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  1. Pablo Sandoval to begin minor league rehab assignment Friday

    Aug 9, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

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    Pablo Sandoval hasn’t played since straining his left hamstring while stretching for a throw at first base on July 24, but he’s ready to return to game action. According to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, Sandoval is scheduled to play five innings at third base tomorrow when he begins a minor league rehab assignment with High-A…

  2. Tim Byrdak diagnosed with capsule tear in shoulder, likely headed for surgery

    Aug 6, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Tim Byrdak leads the majors with 56 appearances this season and is second only to Jonny Venters with 128 appearances dating back to the start of last season. Unfortunately he has paid the price for his heavy workload. According to David Lennon of New York Newsday, the Mets announced this evening that Byrdak was diagnosed…

  3. The Phillies’ sellout streak ends at 257 games

    Aug 6, 2012, 9:19 PM EDT

    Phillies Getty Citizens Bank Park

    The announced attendance for tonight’s Braves-Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park was 41,665, falling short of a sellout for the first time since July 6, 2009. And with that, the Phillies’ sellout streak ends at 257 games. Given the Phillies’ current place in the standings and the recent trades of Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence,…

  4. Erick Aybar back from disabled list after fractured toe

    Aug 6, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Erick Aybar was initially called day-to-day after he fractured his big right toe on July 21, but the Angels ended up playing it safe by placing him on the disabled list. However, the switch-hitting shortstop is back in the Angels’ starting lineup tonight against the Athletics after missing the minimum 15 days. Aybar, who signed…

  5. Shaun Marcum to make minor league rehab start Thursday

    Aug 6, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum Getty

    Aaron mentioned earlier this morning that Shaun Marcum made it through a 30-pitch simulated game yesterday with no issues. Now he’s ready to make the next step. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Marcum is scheduled to make a minor league rehab start Thursday with Class A Wisconsin. It will be his first…

  6. A.J. Griffin exits start against Blue Jays with tight shoulder, MRI shows no damage

    Aug 4, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

    A.J. Griffin Getty

    UPDATE: Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle says Griffin’s MRI turned up clean. 4:57 PM: Lee reports that Griffin exited due to right shoulder tightness. 4:46 PM: According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, Athletics right-hander A.J. Griffin left his start against the Blue Jays this afternoon in the top of the second inning with an apparent…

  7. Orioles designate Endy Chavez for assignment, call up Nate McLouth

    Aug 4, 2012, 5:39 PM EDT

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    The Orioles signed Endy Chavez to a one-year, $1.5 million contract over the winter to serve as a fourth outfielder, but he was designated for assignment this afternoon in order to make room for the promotion of former All-Star outfielder Nate McLouth. Chavez was a big disappointment with the Orioles this season, batting just .190/.222/.281…

  8. Felix Hernandez outduels Hiroki Kuroda in two-hit shutout against Yankees

    Aug 4, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez AP

    After CC Sabathia pitched a complete game against the Mariners last night, Felix Hernandez thoroughly dominated the Yankees this afternoon. King Felix allowed just two hits in a complete game 1-0 victory over the Bombers. He struck out six and walked a pair while throwing just 101 pitches. The Yankees didn’t get a runner in…

  9. False alarm: Emilio Bonifacio could return from thumb injury in two or three weeks

    Aug 4, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Things were looking pretty bleak after Bonifacio sprained his left thumb, but the Marlins received some good news this afternoon. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the sprain isn’t as severe as initially believed and Bonifacio could be back in about two or three weeks. 10:48 AM: The Marlins’ season just…

  10. Yoenis Cespedes day-to-day with sprained right wrist

    Aug 4, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    The Athletics won another thriller last night against the Blue Jays, but they were given a bit of a scare when slugger Yoenis Cespedes was lifted for pinch-hitter Michael Taylor in the eighth inning. It turns out he sprained his right wrist when he was thrown out trying to steal third base in the sixth…

  11. Jesus Flores learned about Kurt Suzuki trade from reporters

    Aug 4, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Jesus Flores AP

    The Nationals acquired catcher Kurt Suzuki from the Athletics yesterday in exchange for minor league catcher David Freitas. Suzuki is expected to take over the starting catcher gig from Jesus Flores, who has really struggled carrying the load since Wilson Ramos suffered a season-ending knee injury in May. Flores was asked about the trade after…

  12. Rockies left-hander Christian Friedrich to miss rest of season with stress fracture in back

    Aug 4, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

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    The Rockies just aren’t having any luck with their starting pitchers. According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, left-hander Christian Friedrich will miss the rest of the season due to a stress fracture on the right side of his lower spine. Friedrich was was scratched from his scheduled start on Thursday due to back spasms, but…

  13. Carlos Ruiz out four to six weeks with plantar fasciitis in left foot

    Aug 4, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    The Phillies just announced that Carlos Ruiz was placed on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. An MRI revealed a partial tear, so he’s expected to miss 4-6 weeks. It’s been that kind of year for the Fightins. It’s a real shame, as Ruiz was enjoying the best season of…

  14. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. says Cliff Lee “isn’t going anywhere”

    Aug 4, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee Getty

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reported yesterday that the Dodgers were awarded claiming rights on Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee. But that doesn’t mean the southpaw will follow his former teammate Joe Blanton to Los Angeles. According to Paul Hagen of MLB.com, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. wouldn’t confirm or deny Morosi’s report when…

  15. Vin Scully got A.J. Ellis trending on Twitter last night

    Aug 4, 2012, 10:22 AM EDT

    Vin Scully

    After Vin Scully showed his unfamiliarity with Twitter earlier this week in his typical charming fashion, the broadcasting legend embraced the technology last night and urged folks to get Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis trending. And they responded. By the way, Ellis went 3-for-3 with a pair of homers and three RBI in a 6-1 win…

  16. The Athletics win in walk-off fashion again

    Aug 4, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    Coco Crisp Reuters

    I’d be lying if I said I stayed up to watch the very end of this, but the Athletics topped the Blue Jays 5-4 in 15 innings last night — or, early this morning, depending on your time zone — for their major-league leading 13th walk-off win of the season. Coco Crisp played the role…

  17. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Aug 4, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman Getty

    The big series of the weekend kicked off last night in Cincinnati, as the Reds blanked the second-place Pirates by the score of 3-0 in front of a sellout crowd of 40,829 at Great American Ballpark. Mat Latos was dominant in the victory, allowing just four hits (all singles) over 7 1/3 shutout innings while…

  18. CC Sabathia strikes out 10 in complete game win over Mariners

    Aug 3, 2012, 11:14 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    CC Sabathia and Russell Martin were paired together tonight for just the third time this season and the first time since April 11. We’ll likely see them work together more often the rest of the way. Sabathia allowed three runs on three hits and a walk in a complete game 6-3 victory over the Mariners…

  19. Upton brothers hit 100th career home runs on the same night

    Aug 3, 2012, 9:14 PM EDT

    B.J. and Justin Upton AP

    Here’s something pretty cool. Justin Upton launched a long home run to left field off Phillies’ right-hander Kyle Kendrick in the top of the second inning tonight for the 100th home run of his career. Less than an hour later, his big brother B.J. Upton connected for a solo shot to center field off Orioles’…

  20. Ted Lilly scratched from rehab start after setback with shoulder

    Aug 3, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    Ted Lilly Getty

    The Dodgers acquired Joe Blanton from the Phillies late this afternoon in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. While it’s certainly not the flashiest of moves, the acquisition makes even more sense now that Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. is reporting that Ted Lilly was scratched from a rehab…

  21. Johan Santana to make minor league rehab start Sunday

    Aug 3, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    UPDATE: According to Rubin, Santana will throw three innings in a rehab start Sunday with Class A Brooklyn. He’s on track to return next Saturday. 7:44 PM: The Mets recently decided to give Johan Santana a bit of a break following an ankle injury which led to some arm fatigue, but he could be back…

  22. Josh Beckett could miss next start due to back spasms

    Aug 2, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox

    Josh Beckett was booed off the mound at Fenway Park on Tuesday night after leaving his start against the Tigers in the third inning with back spasms. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine expressed optimism yesterday that the veteran right-hander will be able to avoid a stint on the disabled list, but there’s now uncertainty whether…

  23. Yadier Molina to undergo X-rays on sprained right thumb

    Aug 2, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals surely have their fingers crossed right now, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Yadier Molina is out of tonight’s lineup against the Rockies due to a sprained right thumb and is scheduled to undergo X-rays when the team returns home to St. Louis tomorrow. Molina injured the thumb in…

  24. David Ortiz says his right Achilles tendon is at about “50-60 percent”

    Aug 2, 2012, 8:16 PM EDT

    David Ortiz Getty

    Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine mentioned earlier this afternoon that David Ortiz could be activated from the disabled list as soon as this weekend against the Twins, but odds are that’s not going to happen. According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Ortiz did some light jogging while the Red Sox were taking batting practice…

  25. Diamondbacks release Scott Podsednik just two days after acquiring him

    Aug 2, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    Scott Podsednik Getty

    The Diamondbacks acquired outfielder Scott Podsednik along with right-hander Matt Albers from the Red Sox for left-hander Craig Breslow just two days ago. However, the team announced Podsednik’s release this afternoon. What gives? According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Podsednik was granted his release after refusing an assignment to Triple-A Reno. I’m not…

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