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  1. Taijuan Walker impresses over five innings in MLB debut

    Aug 30, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Taijuan Walker

    Baseball America rated pitcher Taijuan Walker the #18 overall prospect going into the season, putting a lot of expectations on the 21-year-old entering his fourth year of professional baseball. He pitched well enough with Double-A Jackson, though, to warrant a mid-season promotion to Triple-A Tacoma. There, he averaged better than a strikeout per inning and…

  2. Francisco Liriano pitches a gem, blanks Cardinals over eight innings

    Aug 30, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    Francisco Liriano was down on his luck when the Pirates signed him to a one-year, $1 million deal in February. He was coming off a year in which he posted a combined 5.34 ERA with the Twins and White Sox, the third time in four seasons he had posted an ERA in the fives. Liriano…

  3. With a triple into the Wrigley Field ivy, Chase Utley turned one ball into two

    Aug 30, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Chase Utley

    Here’s something you don’t see every day. The Phillies trailed the Cubs 5-1 in the top of the sixth inning, but were threatening with runners on first and second and Chase Utley at the dish against starter Jeff Samardzija. Utley laced a line drive into right-center, scoring both runners on a triple. That wasn’t the…

  4. Giants activate Angel Pagan from 60-day disabled list

    Aug 30, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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    The Giants have activated outfielder Angel Pagan from the 60-day disabled list. He will lead off tonight against the Diamondbacks. Pagan suffered the injury on May 25 when he hit a walk-off inside-the-park home run in the tenth inning against the Colorado Rockies. He went on the DL with a .688 OPS. In his absence,…

  5. Miguel Cabrera exits after two innings with abdominal irritation

    Aug 30, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera Getty

    Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera left Thursday’s game with “abdominal discomfort” but felt good enough tonight to make the start at the hot corner against the Indians. Unfortunately, he was only able to go two innings tonight due to abdominal irritation, striking out in his only plate appearance. Andy Dirks took over at third base.…

  6. Joey Votto wants to lead the league in OPS and WAR

    Aug 30, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Joey Votto Getty

    At FanGraphs, David Laurila polled a handful (12, to be specific) of Major Leaguers about with which offensive statistic they would like to lead the league. It’s quite fascinating, particularly that the most popular answer was not batting average, runs, or RBI, but OPS. Had you randomly polled 12 players five years ago, I would…

  7. The Reds will call up Billy Hamilton on Monday

    Aug 30, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that the Reds will be promoting outfield prospect Billy Hamilton from Triple-A Louisville on Monday after rosters have expanded. Hamilton was rated the #20 overall prospect by Baseball America going into the season. In 356 trips to the plate, he has hit just .256 with a .308…

  8. Clay Buchholz shaky in first rehab outing

    Aug 25, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

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    Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz was expected to make two Minor League rehab appearances before rejoining the Major League squad, but he started off on the wrong foot this afternoon. Given a pitch count between 45 and 50 pitches, Buchholz threw 38 and did not make it out of the first inning, walking the final…

  9. Matt Kemp could begin rehab assignment this week

    Aug 25, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

    Kemp lunges while being forced out at home by Suzuki during the ninth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Washington

    Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp says his ankle is pain-free, meaning he could begin a rehab assignment this week, tweets Dylan Hernandez. It is the next step towards rejoining the Dodger lineup. Kemp injured his ankle sliding into home plate in the ninth inning against the Nationals on July 21. It was his first game after being activated…

  10. Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis deliver for Indians fan living with cerebral palsy

    Aug 25, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana Getty

    Sometimes, one can get caught up with all of the negative news that gets reported these days, so it’s good to find a piece like this every once in a while. Per this story by the Associated Press, on Saturday, eight-year-old Niko Lanzarotta and his family were watching the Indians take batting practice prior to last…

  11. Denard Span’s mom is a great hitting coach

    Aug 25, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Denard Span

    Outfielder Denard Span has not had a great first year with the Washington Nationals. Acquired from the Twins in the off-season for pitching prospect Alex Meyer, the Nats expected Span to be a threat on the bases and provide some occasional power. Span, however, entered this afternoon’s game against the Royals hitting .264 with just…

  12. Nomar Garciaparra thinks proven PED users should be booted from the Hall of Fame

    Aug 25, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

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    Former Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra spoke at length with Jesse Spector of Sporting News. One of the big topics they touched on was the inclusion of players proven or implicated to have used performance-enhancing drugs getting into the Hall of Fame. Nomar thinks they should be booted out if they have been proven to…

  13. Miguel Cabrera homers again, inches closer to Triple Crown

    Aug 25, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Mets

    Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera homered again as he continues to inch closer to the AL home run lead, and subsequently another Triple Crown. The homer, a two-run shot off of Mets starter Dillon Gee in the first inning this afternoon, marked #42 on the season, leaving him four shy of Orioles first baseman Chris…

  14. Plays of the Day: Roger Bernadina makes a pair of nifty grabs in Phillies victory

    Aug 25, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    Roger Bernadina

    Roger Bernadina was very supportive of his pitching staff today, making a pair of impressive catches to help keep the Diamondback offense at bay. The athleticism is made all the more impressive considering that this afternoon’s game started just 11 hours after last night’s knock-down, drag-out, 18-inning affair ended. The first great grab occurred In…

  15. Mets ponder ways to limit Matt Harvey’s workload

    Aug 25, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

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    Matt Harvey has already logged 178.1 innings of work this season and he is on track to make another seven starts on his current schedule. The Mets, however, have made it abundantly clear throughout this season that they will attempt to limit his workload as the end of the season draws near. Josh Vitale of…

  16. White Sox bench coach Mark Parent was ejected while exchanging lineup cards

    Aug 25, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Mark Parent

    Strange happenings in baseball, indeed. Mark Parent, currently in his second year as bench coach under manager Robin Ventura, was ejected by crew chief Jerry Layne while he was exchanging lineup cards prior to the start of this afternoon’s series finale with the Rangers. Video showed Parent saying something to Layne, but it is not…

  17. Phillies shut down Jonathan Pettibone for another three to six weeks

    Aug 23, 2013, 11:50 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Detroit Tigers

    The Phillies have shut down rookie starter Jonathan Pettibone for another three to six weeks, reports CSN Philly’s John Finger. The right-hander hasn’t started since the end of July due to a strained right shoulder. A recent MRI revealed inflammation in his right rotator cuff, but thankfully there is no structural damage. He will receive…

  18. J.J. Putz lands on disabled list with dislocated pinky finger

    Aug 23, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

    J.J. Putz Getty

    Diamondbacks reliever J.J. Putz stuck out his pitching hand in an attempt to field Phillies utility infielder Kevin Frandsen‘s grounder in the bottom of the seventh inning tonight. The ball ricoheted off of Putz’s hand to shortstop Cliff Pennington, who threw to first to retire Frandsen and end the inning. Putz retired the side in…

  19. Phillies walk off for the third consecutive game

    Aug 23, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies, perhaps coincidentally, have started to play better since firing long-time manager Charlie Manuel and replacing him with Ryne Sandberg. With tonight’s walk-off victory, their third consecutive walk-off, they have won five of their last six games. On Wednesday and Thursday, the Phillies victimized Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt, who we later found out was…

  20. Yankees could activate Derek Jeter on Monday

    Aug 23, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

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    The Yankees could activate shortstop Derek Jeter from the 15-day disabled list on Monday, reports MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. The 39-year-old has been on the disabled list since August 3 with a strained right groin, his third stint on the DL this year already. Jeter missed the first 91 games of the season recovering from the…

  21. Daisuke Matsuzaka roughed up by Tigers in Mets debut

    Aug 23, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    The Indians released Japanese right-handed starter Daisuke Matsuzaka on Tuesday after he posted a 3.92 ERA in 103.1 innings with Triple-A Columbus. The Mets signed him yesterday and immediately inserted him into the rotation to make his debut in Queens against the heavy-hitting Tigers, his first Major League appearance since October 3, 2012. The Tigers…

  22. Report: Torii Hunter and Albert Pujols nearly came to blows last summer

    Aug 23, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

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    It seems that any Angels-related news that doesn’t involve Mike Trout is bad news, these days. We learned earlier that general manager Jerry DiPoto and manager Mike Scioscia will not be able to coexist in the Angels organization after the season. Now, via Scott Miller of CBS Sports, it appears that outfielder Torii Hunter had…

  23. David Ortiz doesn’t think Ryan Dempster should have thrown at Alex Rodriguez

    Aug 23, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    On August 18, a Sunday night game nationally broadcast on ESPN, Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster attempted to hit Yankees third baseman and embattled drama magnet Alex Rodriguez with a series of fastballs. On the first pitch, the right-hander threw it behind the slugger’s legs, the next two pitches weren’t inside enough, and the fourth…

  24. Rockies place closer Rafael Betancourt on the DL again

    Aug 23, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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    After blowing two consecutive saves in Philadelphia on Wednesday and Thursday, the Rockies have placed closer Rafael Betancourt on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow, reports MLB.com’s Michael Radano. He will undergo an MRI on Monday which the club hopes assuages their fear he has torn his ulnar ligament. On Wednesday, Betancourt…

  25. Matt Cain lands on disabled list for the first time in his career

    Aug 23, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Matt Cain Getty

    The Giants have placed starter Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list after being hit by a Gaby Sanchez line drive in the fourth inning of yesterday’s start against the Pirates. X-rays showed Cain did not suffer a fracture. In his place, the Giants have called up Yusmeiro Petit and he will likely make at…

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