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  1. Manny Ramirez told Dodgers he wanted to play in American League

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

    OK, back to the Manny talk. Just for a second anyway. As you may recall, I wondered out loud Saturday if Dodgers manager Joe Torre actually believed any of his silly excuses for keeping Manny Ramirez out of the lineup for four straight games. We can probably safely say that he didn’t. Torre confirmed to…

  2. Andruw Jones aims to play five more years

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    Everybody is understandably talking about Manny right now, but there was another piece of interesting news to come out of Chicago on Monday. Andruw Jones told Scott Merkin of MLB.com that he would like to play five more seasons. “Everybody says he’s getting old or he’s losing it,” said the 33-year-old Jones. “There are things…

  3. Brian Wilson OK after being hit in throat during batting practice

    Aug 28, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

    According to Henry Schulman of San Francisco Chronicle, Brian Wilson had to be helped off the field after being hit in the throat by a ball during batting practice. Giants head trainer Dave Groeschner confirmed to Schulman that Wilson was hit after missing a throw while playing catch with fellow reliever Santiago Casilla. I’m sure…

  4. Carlos Silva makes first rehab start since minor heart procedure

    Aug 28, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    Carlos Silva made a minor league rehab start with Single-A Peoria on Friday night, his first appearance since undergoing a minor cardiac procedure to remedy an abnormal heart beat earlier this month. Silva allowed just two hits — both of them singles — over 2 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out one and walking none.…

  5. UPDATE: Manny Ramirez not in the lineup for the third straight day

    Aug 28, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    UPDATE: It’s confirmed. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Manny Ramirez is out of the starting lineup for the third straight game Saturday. Joe Torre can say what he wants about superstitions and not wanting to mess with chemistry of the ballclub, but we all know better. 11:31 AM: Seriously. I’m hoping the Dodgers told…

  6. Edinson Volquez scratched from Sunday start; bullpen bound?

    Aug 28, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    After Reds manager Dusty Baker hinted earlier this week that Edinson Volquez could be removed from the starting rotation earlier this week, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reported this afternoon that he was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday. According to the team’s Twitter feed, Travis Wood will start against the Cubs on Sunday while…

  7. Adam Dunn expects to become a free agent

    Aug 28, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    We’ve heard a lot of to-and-fro on this subject this season, but with September just around the corner, Adam Dunn tells Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he is “assuming” he will end the season without a contract extension from the Nationals. Dunn, who turns 31 in November, is batting .258/.350/.537 with 31 home…

  8. A.J. Burnett might get bumped out of the rotation

    Aug 28, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett was hammered for nine runs (eight earned) over 3 1/3 innings in a 9-4 loss to the White Sox last night. When Yankees manager Joe Girardi was asked if Burnett would remain in the starting rotation, he hinted that he could make some changes, reports Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger. “We’ll evaluate…

  9. Video: Tony La Russa and Albert Pujols speak at Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally

    Aug 28, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Cardinals manager Tony La Russa introduced Albert Pujols at this afternoon’s “Restoring Honor” rally in Washington. The event was organized by Glenn Beck and featured former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Pujols was presented with the “Hope” award for his off-field charitable work. As Aaron noted yesterday, Pujols and La Russa only agreed to…

  10. Manuel Corpas likely needs Tommy John surgery

    Aug 28, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

    According to Tracy Ringolsby of Inside the Rockies, Manuel Corpas has told friends that he expects to undergo Tommy John surgery. As I told you on Thursday, Corpas left Wednesday’s game against the Braves due to elbow soreness. The Rockies placed him on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in…

  11. Jay Bruce slugs three home runs in win over Cubs

    Aug 28, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Figures as soon as Jay Bruce gets moved to the leadoff spot, he starts hitting like the middle-of-the-order presence we’ve all been waiting for. Bruce homered in three straight at-bats and tied a career-high with five RBI in a 7-1 win over the Cubs on Friday night. None of them were cheapies, either. All three…

  12. Jason Bay cleared for physical activity, still wants to return this season

    Aug 28, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    Jason Bay has finally been cleared to begin physical activity, however he’s not sure if he will be able to play again this season, reports Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. “I expect to. But, at the same time … I haven’t done anything in a month and there’s a certain rigor of programs you need to…

  13. Aroldis Chapman hit 105 mph last night

    Aug 28, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    And he didn’t even need Brandon Phillips’ car to do it. That’s right, Aroldis Chapman topped out at 105 mph in a relief appearance with Triple-A Louisville on Friday night. Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse had it first, though it was repeated by Buster Olney of ESPN.com and Peter Gammons of MLB Network and NESN…

  14. Phillies survive ninth-inning balk by Brad Lidge, win in extras

    Aug 28, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    Funny that I mentioned Jerry Hairston Jr. again before this entry, because he figured quite prominently in one of the key plays of last night’s eventual 3-2 loss to the Phillies in 12 innings. Pinch-hitter Matt Stairs led off the ninth with a single and was quickly replaced by the aforementioned Hairston. David Eckstein followed…

  15. UPDATE: Padres to place Jerry Hairston Jr. on disabled list

    Aug 28, 2010, 8:09 AM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, it turns out that Hairston will be placed on the disabled list before Saturday’s game. Padres manager Bud Black said they are still working through a corresponding roster move, however Brock writes that is likely to be either Oscar Salazar or Everth Cabrera.9:05 PM, Friday: According to Corey…

  16. Twins acquire Brian Fuentes from Angels

    Aug 27, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    Well, this is certainly a surprise. The Twins have acquired left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes from the Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com had it first. Fuentes, 35, has a 3.52 ERA and 23 saves in 39 appearances this season, posting a 39/18 K/BB ratio over 38…

  17. Manny Ramirez out of the lineup for a second straight day

    Aug 27, 2010, 7:44 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, who was held out of Thursday’s lineup because it was a day game after a night game, is not in Friday’s starting lineup, either. Don’t look into it too much yet, though. According to Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com, Dodgers manager Joe Torre insisted that that there’s nothing fishy going on. Nope, he apparently…

  18. Tommy John surgery isn't a death sentence for Strasburg

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    Be prepared to hear a lot of people use Mark Prior in the same sentence as Stephen Strasburg in the days and months ahead. Please don’t listen to them. This would be a far worse scenario if we were talking about Strasburg’s shoulder. Thankfully, we aren’t. Though today’s news is a very tough blow for…

  19. Report: Rays to sign Brad Hawpe

    Aug 27, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Rays will sign Brad Hawpe. Hawpe, 31, was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week after batting just .255/.343/.432 with seven home runs and 37 RBI. The Rangers, Red Sox and Padres were also rumored to have varying degrees of interest. Hawpe is no Manny Ramirez, but…

  20. Stephen Strasburg has significant UCL tear, will likely require Tommy John surgery

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    Well, this is just about the worst-case scenario for Nationals fans. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo just announced that Stephen Strasburg will likely require Tommy John surgery after Thursday’s arthogram revealed a “significant tear” of the ulnar collateral ligament in his his right elbow. Rizzo said the team believes the injury was “acute” and happened…

  21. Carlos Beltran would be open to a trade

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    According to David Lennon of Newsday, Carlos Beltran indicated that he would consider waiving his no-trade clause this winter. Newsday has that pesky paywall, so go ahead and read the full story here. “I have to,” Beltran said. “I have to do what’s best for me and they have to do what’s best for them.…

  22. UPDATE: Nats to provide update on Strasburg at 10:30 a.m. ET

    Aug 27, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post tweets that the conference call is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. ET. 8:14 AM: This sounds promising. The Nationals will hold a conference call sometime between 9 a.m. ET and noon today to announce the results of Stephen Strasburg’s MRI arthogram, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.…

  23. Jordan Zimmermann makes first start in 13 months

    Aug 27, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    The event was overshadowed a bit by the introduction of Bryce Harper and the concern over Stephen Strasburg, but Jordan Zimmermann made his long-awaited return from Tommy John surgery in last night’s wild 11-10 extra-innings victory over the Cardinals. Zimmermann looked decent enough over the first three innings, giving up one run on two hits…

  24. Diamondbacks plan to hire GM by the end of the season

    Aug 27, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic on Thursday that the team intends to have a permanent general manager in place by the end of the regular season. “I’d like to have a GM in place before the season ends,” Hall said. “You allow teams to get through the draft, get…

  25. No, Virginia, I don't believe in jinxes

    Aug 26, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    There, I said it. Phew. This topic is pretty silly to begin with, but since it’s been a relatively slow afternoon news-wise, I thought it was worth discussing. You see, during Tuesday’s near no-hitter by the Rangers, I was accused of being a jinx. Yes, it’s true. That stung a little bit at the time,…

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