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  1. Starlin Castro’s extension with the Cubs could be announced Tuesday

    Aug 27, 2012, 9:45 PM EST

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    Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com reported last weekend that the Cubs and Starlin Castro had reached an agreement on a long-term contract extension, but we’re still waiting on an official announcement. That should change soon. According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, the deal could be announced as soon as tomorrow. Castro’s agent, Paul Kinzer, was…

  2. Nick Hundley’s nightmare season ends with knee surgery

    Aug 27, 2012, 8:13 PM EST

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    Nick Hundley signed a three-year, $9 million extension with the Padres in January, but it’s been all downhill from there. Hundley batted just .166 with three home runs and a .485 OPS in 55 games prior to being demoted to Triple-A Tucson in late June. The 28-year-old backstop suffered a hamstring injury during his time…

  3. Jason Hammel on track to make rehab start Saturday

    Aug 27, 2012, 7:22 PM EST

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    Jason Hammel required arthroscopic surgery last month to removed a piece of loose cartilage from his right knee, but he’s inching closer to rejoining the Orioles’ rotation. According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, Hammel threw 58 pitches earlier today in his second simulated game. He’s currently on track to make a minor league rehab start…

  4. Adrian Gonzalez to hit cleanup in Dodgers debut tonight

    Aug 25, 2012, 6:04 PM EST

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    Matt Kemp was nice enough to pass along the lineup card for tonight’s game between the Marlins and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The newly-acquired Adrian Gonzalez is indeed in the starting lineup and will bat cleanup against right-hander Josh Johnson. And to think, just two months ago the Dodgers were using Juan Rivera in the…

  5. David Ortiz could be shut down for rest of season due to Achilles injury

    Aug 25, 2012, 5:35 PM EST

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    David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in his return from the disabled list last night against the Royals, but he’s not out of the woods yet with his strained right Achilles tendon. Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports that Ortiz is out of the starting lineup tonight and is scheduled…

  6. The nine-player blockbuster between the Red Sox and Dodgers is complete

    Aug 25, 2012, 5:10 PM EST

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    UPDATE: The trade has been announced. The Red Sox have traded Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto and cash considerations to the Dodgers for James Loney, Allen Webster, Ivan De Jesus, Jr. and two players to be named later. Rubby De La Rosa and Jerry Sands are reportedly the players to be named…

  7. R.A. Dickey notches 16th win as Mets snap six-game losing streak

    Aug 25, 2012, 4:58 PM EST

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    R.A. Dickey is still very much alive in the conversation for the National League Cy Young award. The knuckleballer tossed seven innings of one-run ball this afternoon at Citi Field as part of a 3-1 win over the Astros. The strong performance helped the Mets snap a six-game losing streak. Dickey actually got the Mets…

  8. Picture of the Day: Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto on the way to L.A.

    Aug 25, 2012, 3:20 PM EST

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    Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto are currently on a plane to Los Angeles to join their new teammates with the Dodgers. Punto took to his Twitter account to thank the Red Sox organization and fans, but he also posted the picture below showing the trio en route to L.A. They look pretty thrilled…

  9. Troy Tulowitzki doubles in first minor league rehab game

    Aug 25, 2012, 3:08 PM EST

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    According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Troy Tulowitzki began a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Tulsa last night and went 1-for-3 with a double while playing five innings at shortstop. It was his first game action since aggravating a groin injury in a rehab game on June 13 and undergoing surgery. Tulowitzki…

  10. Ben Sheets placed on disabled list with right shoulder inflammation

    Aug 25, 2012, 2:02 PM EST

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    In news that unfortunately doesn’t come as a big surprise, the Braves just announced that Ben Sheets was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Sheets was very effective upon joining the Braves last month, allowing one run or less in four out of his first five starts, but he has a 7.71…

  11. Red Sox chairman Tom Werner is pretty high on James Loney

    Aug 25, 2012, 1:29 PM EST

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    It’s only natural for teams to accentuate the positive after a trade in order to instill some confidence in their fanbase, but this is a little much. According to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said the following when asked about the pending blockbuster trade with the Dodgers. “Hopefully this deal…

  12. Padres expected to call up top prospect Casey Kelly to start Monday

    Aug 25, 2012, 1:01 PM EST

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    Here’s an interesting note as we wait for the mega-deal between the Red Sox and Dodgers to become official. According to Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres are expected to call up prospect right-hander Casey Kelly to make his major league debut Monday against the Braves at PETCO Park. Of course, Kelly…

  13. Could Dylan Bundy make his major league debut this year?

    Aug 25, 2012, 12:06 PM EST

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    The Orioles surprised the baseball world earlier this month by calling up top prospect Manny Machado. Could they do the same thing with 19-year-old Dylan Bundy? Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com seems to think so. As each day passes, it seems more obvious that Bundy will be called up and make his major league debut before…

  14. There could be some protestors on hand at Tropicana Field today

    Aug 25, 2012, 11:40 AM EST

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    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times passes along word that there could be some protesters on the field during today’s Athletics-Rays game at Tropicana Field. It’s apparently related to the Republican National Convention, which will take over the stadium beginning tomorrow. Correct me if I’m wrong here, but isn’t the element of surprise pretty…

  15. Pirates players are seriously peeved at ownership right now

    Aug 25, 2012, 11:06 AM EST

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    The Pirates have lost four in a row and eight out of 11 to fall two games behind the Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot. And things aren’t that pretty off the field either. According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pirates players are angry at ownership for scheduling a charity event on…

  16. Tony DeFrancesco gets his first win as Astros manager

    Aug 25, 2012, 10:31 AM EST

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    He had to wait a while, but Tony DeFrancesco finally has his first win as a major league manager, as the Astros topped the Mets 3-1 last night at Citi Field. DeFrancesco managed 17 years in the minors before taking over for Brad Mills last Sunday and was 0-4 as interim manager going into last…

  17. Chad Billingsley leaves start with right elbow tenderness

    Aug 25, 2012, 9:55 AM EST

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    It’s a good thing the Dodgers are about to get Josh Beckett from the Red Sox, because they may now have a hole in their starting rotation. Chad Billingsley left his start against the Marlins last night in the fourth inning due to a tender right elbow. Alex Angert of MLB.com reports that an MRI…

  18. Lance Berkman leaning toward retirement after the season

    Aug 25, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

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    Lance Berkman began a minor league rehab assignment last night with Triple-A Memphis and went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. He’s expected to play in four more rehab games before rejoining the Cardinals in a limited role down the stretch, but he could be reaching the end of his career. According to…

  19. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Aug 25, 2012, 8:52 AM EST

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    Zack Greinke finally resembled the ace pitcher the Angels thought they were getting at the trade deadline, limiting the Tigers to one run over 7 2/3 innings last night as part of a 2-1 victory. Greinke was fantastic, allowing just five hits while striking out five and walking two. He held the Tigers off the…

  20. X-rays on Michael Morse’s hand come back negative

    Aug 24, 2012, 10:48 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that X-rays on Morse’s hand came back negative. He’ll likely have to miss a few days, but it looks like the Nats caught a break. 8:09 PM: The Nationals just announced that Morse left the game with a right hand contusion. We’ll likely hear more on his status after…

  21. Adrian Beltre hits for the cycle against the Twins

    Aug 24, 2012, 10:21 PM EST

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    While Matt Harrison‘s no-hit bid was broken up with two outs in the seventh inning tonight against the Twins, the fans at the Ballpark in Arlington still got to witness a little history. Adrian Beltre hit for his second career cycle as part of an 8-0 victory. He had an RBI triple in the bottom…

  22. Joe Saunders has cleared waivers

    Aug 24, 2012, 9:31 PM EST

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    According to John Gambadoro of 620 KTAR in Phoenix, Joe Saunders has cleared waivers. The upshot is that the Diamondbacks can now trade him to any team. Saunders, 31, has a 4.22 ERA and 89/31 K/BB ratio in 130 innings over 21 starts this season and is due to hit free agency this winter. The…

  23. Scott Diamond suspended six games for throwing at Josh Hamilton, will appeal

    Aug 24, 2012, 8:29 PM EST

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    Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that MLB has suspended Twins right-hander Scott Diamond six games for throwing at Josh Hamilton last night. He was also fined an undisclosed amount. Diamond intends to appeal, but the worst-case scenario is that his next start will be pushed back one or two days. No…

  24. Chad Tracy gets a one-year extension from the Nationals

    Aug 24, 2012, 7:27 PM EST

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    Chad Tracy has only logged 68 plate appearances this year, but he has apparently made a pretty good impression on the Nationals. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Nationals manager Davey Johnson announced before tonight’s game that the club has signed Tracy to a one-year contract extension. No word yet on the terms, but he…

  25. Michael Schwimer is not happy with the Phillies right now

    Aug 23, 2012, 9:33 PM EST

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    The Phillies optioned right-handed reliever Michael Schwimer to Triple-A Lehigh Valley today in order to make room for Jeremy Horst‘s return from the paternity leave list. That’s hardly headline news. But the story behind the roster move is a bit more interesting. Here’s the scoop from Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com: According to multiple sources, the…

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