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  1. Alex Rodriguez homers in rehab game in Trenton, vows to “keep fighting”

    Aug 2, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

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    Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, recovering from a grade 1 quadriceps strain, continued his laborious climb back to the Majors in tonight’s rehab game with the Double-A Trenton Thunder. Facing Phillies top prospect Jesse Biddle of the Reading Fightin Phils in the third inning, Rodriguez hit a long home run to left field. ESPN’s Andrew…

  2. Jose Fernandez had himself a ballgame

    Aug 2, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Miami Marlins

    Marlins starter Jose Fernandez was staked to a 5-0 lead after three innings, but in reality, all he needed was one run given how dominant he looked against the Indians tonight. The 20-year-old Cuban struck out 14 batters over eight innings, allowing just three hits and one walk. In his previous start against the Pirates,…

  3. Jordany Valdespin continues to make enemies

    Aug 2, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

    Jordany Valdespin

    Mets 51s outfielder Jordany Valdespin has made a name for himself in his still-young baseball career by being exuberant and brash, no matter if he is in the Majors or toiling away in the Minors. In May, he upset the Pirates by showboating a home run with his team down 7-1. A few weeks ago,…

  4. Giants bump Barry Zito from starting rotation

    Aug 2, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    Barry Zito

    After allowing four runs in three and one-third innings to the Phillies on Tuesday, an outing which boosted his ERA to 5.09, Giants manager Bruce Bochy moved him from the starting rotation to the bullpen. He was scheduled to start on Sunday against the Rays, but Guillermo Moscoso will get the nod instead. Additionally, Ryan…

  5. Nike parts ways with Ryan Braun

    Aug 2, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun Getty

    Darren Rovell of ESPN is reporting that Nike has severed ties with Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. Braun, one of a handful of players implicated in the ongoing Biogenesis scandal, is currently serving a season-ending 65-game suspension. Rovell lists other sponsors to have parted ways with Braun, including Kwik Trip, Wilson, and Muscle Milk. Prior to his…

  6. Tom Wilhelmsen out as Mariners closer

    Aug 2, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Tom Wilhelmsen

    Last night’s soul-crushing loss to the Red Sox resulted in a demotion for Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen. The 29-year-old right-hander entered with a 7-2 lead, seemingly an easy finish to an easy game. He faced four hitters, allowing a walk, a single, a double, and another walk before being lifted. As other Mariner relievers —…

  7. Why the Giants passed on Brian Wilson

    Aug 2, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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    On Tuesday, we learned that the Dodgers and Brian Wilson agreed on a Major League contract. The former Giants closer is fully recovered from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, required after succumbing to injury in his second appearance of the 2012 season. Current Giants closer Sergio Romo, normally solid, had a horrendous July,…

  8. Colby Rasmus quietly having a great year

    Jul 28, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

    Having read the title, I can no longer do the following exercise correctly, but I’ll do it anyway: Player A: .295 AVG/.324 OBP/.508 SLG (was in the AL All-Star starting lineup) Player B: .272 AVG/.336 OBP/.490 SLG Player A is Adam Jones, universally hailed as one of the best outfielders in the game. Player B is Colby…

  9. Twins release Rich Harden

    Jul 28, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Rich Harden

    Rich Harden requested and was granted his official release from the Twins organization. The right-hander had been continuing to rehab his surgically-repaired right shoulder, attempting yet another comeback. As Mike Berardino points out, Harden had an out clause in his contract with which he could request his release if he wasn’t on the Major League…

  10. Jose Fernandez dazzles as Marlins top Pirates

    Jul 28, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Miami Marlins

    Marlins starter Jose Fernandez, 21 years old on July 31, continued to make his case both for NL Rookie of the Year and for NL Cy Young with a stunning eight-inning performance against the Pirates this afternoon. The right-hander allowed two runs on five hits, walking none and striking out a whopping 13 batters. He…

  11. Following team’s 8th consecutive loss, Jonathan Papelbon says he “definitely didn’t come here for this”

    Jul 28, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Philadelphia Phillies

    Even as recently as one week ago, the Phillies were considered to be buyers approaching the July 31 trade deadline. They wrapped up a nine-game road trip this afternoon against the Tigers, falling 12-4, their eighth consecutive loss. As mentioned here earlier, it was 50 shades of ugly. I can’t imagine the clubhouse was a…

  12. Yasiel Puig ends pitcher’s duel with walk-off homer

    Jul 28, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Rumors of Yasiel Puig‘s demise were greatly exaggerated. After lighting the baseball world on fire following his debut on June 3, Puig went into a skid, posting a .579 OPS in 16 games between July 3-23. The thought was that the league had finally caught up to him, but entering this afternoon’s series finale against…

  13. After Tino Martinez resigns, Marlins name John Pierson interim hitting coach

    Jul 28, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    tino martinez getty

    Amid allegations from several Marlins players that hitting coach Tino Martinez resorted to both physical and verbal abuse, the former Yankee star resigned from his position. John Pierson was named the interim hitting coach. Pierson had been serving the team as the organization’s Minor League field director. Martinez had offered to resign when the organization…

  14. Just like old times: Derek Jeter returns, Alfonso Soriano helps Yankees walk off

    Jul 28, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Before he joined the Yankees on Friday, Alfonso Soriano was last teammates with Derek Jeter in September 2003, nearly ten years ago. Jeter once again made his triumphant return this afternoon, having recovered from a quad injury suffered in his 2013 debut on July 11. In that first game back, Jeter singled in his first…

  15. A day after Tigers embarrass Phillies, Phillies embarrass themselves

    Jul 28, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Jake Diekman

    Last night, the Tigers outclassed the Phillies en route to an easy 10-0 win. Max Scherzer was on point as he improved to 15-1, and Miguel Cabrera was productive as usual. A typical game for the defending American League champions. This afternoon was an entirely different story, as the Phillies were their own worst enemy.…

  16. Grammar police, please arrest David Ross

    Jul 28, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    As mentioned here, Red Sox teammates Ryan Dempster and Jonny Gomes playfully “repaired” the dugout phone David Ortiz demolished in a fit of rage in last night’s loss to the Orioles. The two hooked up aluminum cans on a piece of string, the way they used to do in the olden days. The @MLB Twitter…

  17. David Ortiz goes 4-for-4 in Red Sox win, does not destroy anything else

    Jul 28, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 4-for-4 with 2 RBI in his first game after destroying the telephone in the visitor’s dugout at Camden Yards last night. He hit a two-run home run off of Orioles starter Jason Hammel in the second inning and logged three additional singles as he bumped his batting average back…

  18. Wade Davis outduels Chris Sale in 1-0 victory

    Jul 27, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

    Wade Davis

    Wade Davis entered the night with the worst ERA among all starters (min. 90 innings). Slated opposite Chris Sale, who entered the night with the 13th-best ERA in baseball, it looked like a mismatch. Nevertheless, Davis persevered, shutting out the White Sox over seven and one-third innings. He allowed four hits, walked three, and struck…

  19. Max Scherzer improves to 15-1 as Tigers embarrass Phillies

    Jul 27, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    Max Scherzer picked up his easiest W of the season as the Tigers rolled over the hapless Phillies 10-0 tonight at Comerica Park. With reliever Raul Valdes making a spot start in place of Cliff Lee, dealing with a stiff neck, the Tigers put up a five-spot in the first inning. Miguel Cabrera got the…

  20. David Ortiz ejected for arguing balls and strikes, throws temper tantrum

    Jul 27, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    David Ortiz Reuters

    Red Sox DH David Ortiz was ejected during tonight’s game against the Orioles after arguing balls and strikes with umpire Tim Timmons. Manager John Farrell had to restrain Ortiz as he shouted at Timmons. After returning to the dugout, Ortiz promptly took out his anger with a baseball bat on the dugout phone. Shards of…

  21. Brandon Beachy will make 2013 debut on Monday

    Jul 27, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

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    Braves starter Brandon Beachy, fully recovered from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, will make his first start of the 2013 season on Monday against the Rockies, reports David O’Brien. He is effectively taking Tim Hudson‘s spot in the rotation. Hudson was lost for the season on Wednesday after suffering a gruesome injury to…

  22. Rangers won’t deal for Michael Young

    Jul 27, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Michael Young AP

    Yesterday, we heard reports that the Rangers were considering re-acquiring third baseman Michael Young from the Phillies. Today, we learn that the Rangers have gone back on that, and will not deal for the veteran. Via MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan: The Rangers are not planning to bring back Michael Young. Major League sources said a trade…

  23. Twins prospect Miguel Sano benched for a fourth consecutive game

    Jul 27, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Miguel Sano

    On Tuesday night, Twins prospect Miguel Sano showboated after hitting a home run. As Patrick Reusse describes it, Sano “stood at the plate for a few seconds, walked out of the box, flipping the bat, and then slow-strutted around the bases.” Jeff Smith, manager of the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats, benched Sano for the…

  24. The Mets are giving Matt Harvey ten more starts

    Jul 27, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Matt Harvey

    With the addition of Jenrry Mejia to the rotation, Mets starter Matt Harvey has about ten starts left according to manager Terry Collins (via Jorge Castillo). We heard rumors about the shutdown throughout the season and now we have a countdown. Harvey has logged 145 innings over 21 starts thus far, posting a 2.11 ERA.…

  25. Tim Hudson can resume baseball activities in four months

    Jul 27, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    tim hudson getty

    Braves starter Tim Hudson had surgery last night to fix a fractured fibula and the deltoid ligament in his right ankle, per the Braves official Twitter. Hudson suffered the injuries on Wednesday covering first base on a ground ball hit by Eric Young, Jr. Young awkwardly stepped on Hudson’s foot, causing the injury. The procedure…

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