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  1. Mark Teixeira returns from sore wrist Monday against White Sox

    Aug 20, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

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    Mark Teixeira sat out the entire weekend series against the Red Sox due to left wrist soreness, but Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that he’s playing first base and batting cleanup tonight against Gavin Floyd and the White Sox. Teixeira originally injured the wrist on a swing against the Red Sox on July 29 and…

  2. Padres to release shortstop Jason Bartlett

    Aug 20, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

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    According to Jeff Sanders of the North County Times, the Padres have requested unconditional release waivers on shortstop Jason Bartlett. The Padres signed Bartlett to a two-year, $11 million contract with an option for 2013 in December of 2010 after acquiring him from the Rays, but he ended up being quite the disappointment, batting just…

  3. Daniel Bard will be back with the Red Sox soon

    Aug 18, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

    Daniel Bard

    When the Red Sox demoted Daniel Bard to Triple-A Pawtucket in June, the hope was that he would be able to straighten out his mechanics and get back on track against lesser competition. Things haven’t exactly worked out that way. Bard has a 7.45 ERA and 30/29 K/BB ratio over 29 innings in 28 relief…

  4. Red Sox prospect Brian Johnson hit in face by line drive, suffers “multiple orbital fractures”

    Aug 18, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Brian Johnson

    Unfortunate news to pass along from the Red Sox. According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, Red Sox prospect left-hander Brian Johnson suffered “multiple orbital fractures” when he was hit in the left side of his face by a line drive at the seventh annual “Futures at Fenway” event this afternoon at Fenway Park. The injury…

  5. Johnny Cueto bests Cubs for NL-leading 16th win

    Aug 18, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT

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    Johnny Cueto continued to bolster his case for the National League Cy Young award this afternoon against the Cubs, giving up two runs over eight innings as part of a 5-3 victory in the first game of a doubleheader. Cueto is now the National League’s first 16-game winner. David Price of the Rays got there…

  6. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly suspended two games for arguing with umpires

    Aug 18, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

    Don Mattingly AP

    According to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has been suspended two games by MLB for arguing with umpires during Thursday’s game against the Pirates. Bench coach Trey Hillman will manage the final two games of the team’s weekend series against the Braves. Thursday’s incident started after Matt Kemp was…

  7. Report: Cubs and Starlin Castro agree to seven-year, $60 million extension

    Aug 18, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com hears that the deal is very close, but isn’t finalized yet. 3:22 PM: We’ve heard reports over the past couple of days that the Cubs and Starlin Castro were close to agreeing on a long-term contract extension. The deal is now in place. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com, the…

  8. Report: Carl Crawford wants to have Tommy John surgery next week

    Aug 18, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Carl Crawford slaps hands with a teammate after scoring a run against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of American League MLB baseball action at Fenway Park in Boston

    UPDATE: Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe via email that Crawford hasn’t asked for permission and that the team is monitoring the situation. According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, Cherington also said that any decision on surgery will be based on the well being of the player, not…

  9. Ryan Dempster to return from restricted list Monday

    Aug 18, 2012, 2:05 PM EDT

    Getty Ryan Dempster

    Ryan Dempster was placed on the restricted list yesterday after leaving the team for personal reasons, but it turns out that he will not require an extended absence. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Dempster will return to start Monday against the Orioles. Roy Oswalt, who was banished to the bullpen last…

  10. CC Sabathia throws bullpen session, aims to return next Friday

    Aug 18, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: According to Jack Curry of YES Network, today’s bullpen session went off without a hitch. Sabathia is scheduled to throw another one Tuesday, but he was “emphatic” in saying he’ll return next Friday. 11:45 AM: CC Sabathia landed on the disabled list last week due to left elbow soreness, but he’s aiming to return…

  11. Mark Reynolds blasts umpires following ejection

    Aug 18, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Mark Reynolds and Orioles manager Buck Showalter were both ejected from last night’s game against the Tigers following a controversial play at first base in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jhonny Peralta was initially ruled out after hitting a grounder to third base. However, Tigers manager Jim Leyland came out to argue and the…

  12. Jeff Francoeur drew three walks last night

    Aug 18, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur AP

    I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the box score this morning, but there it was. Jeff Francoeur drew three walks in last night’s 4-2 win over the White Sox. The three walks were actually a career-high for Francoeur. The free-swinging outfielder came into last night’s action with just 20 walks all season.…

  13. Jhoulys Chacin set to rejoin Rockies’ rotation on Tuesday

    Aug 18, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

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    The Rockies are currently on pace for their worst season in franchise history, but they are set to get some help down the stretch. According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, Jhoulys Chacin is scheduled to rejoin the starting rotation Tuesday night against the Mets. The 24-year-old right-hander has originally placed on the disabled…

  14. Jered Weaver gives up a career-high nine runs in loss to Rays

    Aug 18, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

    Jered Weaver AP

    The Angels’ rotation hasn’t been the force we expected it would be this season, even after the Zack Greinke trade last month, but Jered Weaver has managed to be the exception. Until last night, that is. Weaver was tagged for a career-high nine runs over just three-plus innings as part of a 12-3 loss to…

  15. The Mets may call up C.J. Nitkowski in September

    Aug 18, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

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    C.J. Nitkowski may soon find himself back in the majors for the first time since 2005. We mentioned about a month ago that Nitkowski had signed a minor league contract with the Mets. It was essentially a last-ditch effort to keep his career alive. And boy has he taken advantage of the opportunity. Now using…

  16. Giancarlo Stanton hit a ball really far last night

    Aug 18, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton Getty

    This title is somewhat misleading, as Giancarlo Stanton regularly hits moonshots. But his home run last night against the Rockies at Coors Field was particularly epic. The original estimate had it at 474 feet, but ESPN’s True Distance Hit Tracker had it at 494 feet, which would be the longest home run in MLB since…

  17. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Aug 18, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

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    Last night was a rare Friday night where I was at a baseball game rather than working right here on HardballTalk. It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up, as I finally had the chance to meet our blogger-in-chief Craig Calcaterra and take in the Mets-Nationals game. Yes, we are allowed out of the basement…

  18. MLB owners approve sale of Padres

    Aug 16, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

    According to Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com, MLB owners have approved the sale of the Padres to an investment group headed by San Diego businessman Ron Fowler. The sale was put to a vote today at MLB’s quarterly ownership meetings. The sale price of the club ended up being $800 million, which includes a stake…

  19. Hiroki Kuroda tosses two-hit shutout against Rangers

    Aug 14, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

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    The Yankees need a healthy CC Sabathia if they hope to make a legitimate run at the World Series, but Hiroki Kuroda continues to prove that he’s no slouch, either. Kuroda limited the Rangers to just two hits in a complete game 3-0 win tonight at Yankee Stadium. It was his fourth career shutout and…

  20. The Pirates could send James McDonald to the bullpen

    Aug 14, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

    James McDonald AP

    After James McDonald was knocked around for seven runs over 4 2/3 innings against the Padres last Friday, I speculated that the Pirates could move him to the bullpen while giving Kevin Correia another extended look in the starting rotation. It appears that is exactly what is being considered right now. According to Rob Biertempfel…

  21. Dale Sveum would be “surprised” if Matt Garza returns this season

    Aug 14, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT

    Matt Garza AP

    It’s beginning to look more and more likely that Matt Garza will begin next season as a member of the Cubs. Garza is still in shut-down mode due to a stress reaction in his right elbow. While he’s still hopeful of returning this year, David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com notes that Cubs manager Dale Sveum expressed…

  22. Blue Jays sign Yorvit Torrealba to minor league contract

    Aug 14, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

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    As first hinted by Drew Davison of the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram earlier this afternoon, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that the Blue Jays have signed veteran catcher Yorvit Torrealba to a minor league contract. Torrealba batted just .236/.302/.342 with three home runs, 12 RBI and a .643 OPS in 182 plate appearances with the Rangers this…

  23. Dallas Braden to undergo another shoulder surgery

    Aug 14, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

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    Dallas Braden hasn’t pitched in a major league game since April 16, 2011. And now his absence will stretch into the 2013 campaign. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Athletics manager Bob Melvin said this afternoon that Braden will undergo a second surgery on his left shoulder. Braden has been sidelined all…

  24. Jose Bautista has resumed swinging a bat

    Aug 13, 2012, 11:54 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Be afraid, American League hurlers. Be very afraid. Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that Jose Bautista has resumed swinging a bat. Bautista hasn’t played since July 16 due to inflammation in his left wrist. He was shut down on August 1 following a minor setback, but an MRI last week ruled out any further damage.…

  25. Mariano Rivera plays long toss. No, he still isn’t coming back this year.

    Aug 13, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera Reuters

    Every time Mariano Rivera says or does something even moderately encouraging, the Yankees are quick to come out and say that he isn’t coming back this season. Today was no different. According to Steven Miller of MLB.com, Rivera threw in the outfield at Yankee Stadium prior to tonight’s game against the Rangers. Yankees pitching coach…

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