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  1. Mike Stanton making history at just 20 years old

    Aug 14, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Mike Stanton connected for two solo home runs in Friday’s 7-2 loss to the Reds. At 20 years and 278 days old, he became the youngest player to homer twice in a game since Jose Reyes did it in 2003. It continued a torrid week for the rookie outfielder, as Stanton is 11-for-16 with four…

  2. Rockies place Jeff Francis on disabled list with shoulder tendinitis

    Aug 14, 2010, 1:22 PM EDT

    According to Tracy Ringolsby of Inside the Rockies, Jeff Francis is headed to the disabled list with tendinitis in his left shoulder. Francis missed the entire 2009 season due to shoulder surgery and didn’t make his debut this season until May 16. The 29-year-old southpaw is 4-4 with a 4.56 ERA through 16 starts so…

  3. Confirmed: Chase Utley to begin rehab assignment today

    Aug 14, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer confirms that Chase Utley will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Single-A Clearwater on Saturday. He is expected to play five innings in the field. Friday, 11:48 PM: When asked by Todd Zolecki of MLB.com if Chase Utley was going to begin a minor league rehab assignment…

  4. Luis Castillo wants out of Queens

    Aug 14, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    Craig already roasted Jeff Francoeur in epic fashion earlier this week, so I’m not going to try to top that one. Still, the sickness appears to be contagious in the Mets’ locker room. While Luis Castillo hasn’t requested a trade, he told Dan Martin of the New York Post that he is not willing to…

  5. O's improve to 9-2 under Buck Showalter despite ugly uniforms

    Aug 14, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    The Orioles improved to 9-2 under Buck Showalter with a 5-0 win over the Rays on Friday night, establishing their best 11-game stretch since the 2005 season. That’s all well and good, but what the heck were they wearing? Turns out the solid orange look was actually a throwback to an ensemble worn twice during…

  6. The Rangers new ownership group knows how to raise fan morale

    Aug 14, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    On Friday, new Rangers managing partner and CEO Chuck Greenberg announced a new “Stretch Drive Pricing” initiative, slashing prices for parking, concessions and various merchandise items. “On behalf of Nolan Ryan and our entire group, I want to say how proud we are to assume the ownership of the Texas Rangers,” commented Greenberg, who announced…

  7. Francisco Rodriguez set to return to Mets today

    Aug 14, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez is scheduled to return from his two-game suspension tonight, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. Mets general manager Omar Minaya spoke with reporters before Friday’s game, expressing his disappointment in Rodriguez’s actions. “It’s not acceptable,” Minaya said Friday, before the Mets opened a series against the Philadelphia Phillies. “He understands that. He admits…

  8. Rangers top Red Sox in extra-innings thriller

    Aug 14, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    If this week is any indication, the Rangers will be very exciting to watch in the postseason. They played in yet another thriller on Friday night, this time against the Red Sox, winning 10-9 on a walkoff solo blast by Nelson Cruz in the 11th inning. The Rangers actually trailed in this one 8-2 when…

  9. UPDATE: Jacoby Ellsbury headed back to Boston for MRI on ribs

    Aug 14, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    UPDATE: It’s official. Jacoby Ellsbury is snakebit. As a result of the tumble Ellsbury took over the first base bag on Friday night, he reinjured his left side and back. According to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe, he is headed back to Boston for an MRI. “It’s very concerning,” said manager Terry Francona. “The…

  10. Martin Prado feels pain in broken finger during batting practice

    Aug 13, 2010, 9:02 PM EDT

    Not exactly what you want to hear if you are Braves fan. According to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Martin Prado felt pain in his broken right pinky finger when he took batting practice indoors Friday. “The vibration is bothering me,” Prado said. “It stings a little bit.” “They told me it won’t be…

  11. Andy Pettitte suffers setback during simulated game

    Aug 13, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte threw 50 pitches in a simulated game this afternoon, however Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the veteran left-hander was only able to throw at about  “75 percent effort” because he didn’t feel 100 percent with his groin according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. As a result, Pettitte will rejoin the team in Kansas…

  12. Yikes: The Giants plan to play Jose Guillen in right field

    Aug 13, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

    According to Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse, Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that the newly-acquired Jose Guillen will be the everyday right fielder, moving Aubrey Huff back to first base. What does it tell you when even Dayton Moore and the Royals preferred to use Guillen almost exclusively as a designated hitter this season? Huff…

  13. Done deal: Royals send Jose Guillen to Giants for PTBNL

    Aug 13, 2010, 12:22 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star confirms that the Royals have sent Jose Guillen and cash to the Giants in exchange for a player to be named player. 10:30 AM: A rival executive tells Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that a deal sending Guillen to the Giants is “done.” 8:35 AM: ESPN’s Enrique Rojas…

  14. Rays promote Rocco Baldelli to Triple-A

    Aug 13, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Rocco Baldelli will continue his unlikely comeback with Triple-A Durham, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. Baldelli was hired as a special assistant minor league coach with the Rays this season, however he decided to continue his playing career last month. The 28-year-old batted .283/.298/.370 with four doubles and six RBI in…

  15. Stephen Strasburg struggles in return from disabled list

    Aug 10, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

    OK, so he didn’t just struggle against the Marlins tonight. It was the worst start of his brief major league career. Strasburg failed to complete five innings for the first time, allowing a career-high six runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings. The Marlins hitters were able to square him up with relative ease,…

  16. Jason Heyward scratched with sore right knee

    Aug 10, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward was a late scratch from Tuesday’s game against the Astros due to a sore right knee, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Craig weeps. A team official tells O’Brien there’s no word on when the injury occurred, though it is worth mentioning that he turned 21 yesterday. Just sayin. I’m guessing…

  17. Benches clear in Cards-Reds game, La Russa and Baker get the boot

    Aug 10, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

    Things just got pretty heated between the Cardinals and Reds in the bottom of the first inning. Brandon Phillips (who else?) exchanged words with Yadier Molina behind the plate as he was set to lead off the bottom of the first inning, clearing the benches. They were quickly separated from each other, but things didn’t…

  18. Jordan Zimmermann tosses four scoreless in latest rehab start

    Aug 10, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    Jordan Zimmermann inched a bit closer to a return to the major leagues today, tossing four scoreless innings during his latest minor league rehab start with Triple-A Syracuse, according to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider. Zimmermann, who is currently working his way back from Tommy John surgery, allowed just one hit while striking out one…

  19. The Diamondbacks may have finally found a closer

    Aug 9, 2010, 11:01 PM EDT

    OK, maybe not. It’s a slow Monday night and I’m pretty bored. Still, Adam LaRoche tells Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that he would like to get an opportunity to pitch. “The only thing I can promise you is, if a position player gets to pitch, it will be me,” he said. “We’ll have…

  20. Former M's manager Don Wakamatsu issues statement

    Aug 9, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    Don Wakamatsu, who was fired as Mariners manager earlier today, just issued a statement via his former employer’s public relations department. (courtesy of Larry Stone of the Seattle Times) “I would like to thank the city of Seattle and all the baseball fans here in the Northwest for the great support offered to me during…

  21. UPDATE: Braun diagnosed with left wrist strain and contusion

    Aug 9, 2010, 10:01 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Haudricourt writes that Braun is currently wearing a splint in the dugout and speculates that he is probably “more than day-to-day.” 9:48 PM: According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Braun was diagnosed with a left wrist strain and contusion. He is currently listed as day-to-day. 7:45 PM: Ryan Braun is out of…

  22. Carlos Silva undergoes successful cardiac procedure

    Aug 9, 2010, 8:47 PM EDT

    Carlos Silva underwent successful cardiac ablation today at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. Silva left last Monday’s game against the Rockies due to shortness of breath and was subsequently diagnosed with an abnormal heart rate. I’m not expecting many of you to know what most of this medical jargon…

  23. Don't call it a setback: Morneau won't join Twins in Chicago

    Aug 9, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    The hope was that Justin Morneau would be able to join the team in Chicago on Monday in order to participate in batting practice on Tuesday and Wednesday. No dice, apparently. While refusing to call it a setback, Twins general manager Bill Smith told Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that there was a change…

  24. UPDATE: Torii Hunter handed four-game suspension

    Aug 7, 2010, 7:39 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times, Hunter originally intended to appeal the suspension, however he changed his mind after conferring with his agent, Angels manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Tony Reagins. “The more you think about it, the more you watch it, that’s not me and I really let that…

  25. Rangers fielding interest in Chris Davis

    Aug 7, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers are “getting much trade interest” in Chris Davis. Davis was sent back to the minors late last month and has a meager .188/.265/.267 batting line with zero homers in 101 major league at-bats this season, however the 24-year-old first baseman is batting .355/.409/.552 with 10 homers and…

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