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D.J. Short

  1. Adam LaRoche is being himself

    Aug 7, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    He’s a few weeks later we’re used to, but Adam LaRoche is finally realizing this is the second half of the season. LaRoche went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a 2-1 win over the Padres on Friday night and is now batting .418 (13-for-27) with four home runs and eight RBI over his…

  2. Javier Vazquez has a dead arm

    Aug 7, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland told Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com that Javier Vazquez is dealing with a dead arm. Vazquez struggled in Friday’s loss to the Red Sox, allowing six runs — three earned — while walking four and allowing two home runs. After the game, Yankees manager Joe Girardi expressed concern in the right-hander’s…

  3. UPDATE: Jacoby Ellsbury out of the starting lineup Saturday

    Aug 7, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe, Ellsbury’s absence from the lineup today has nothing to do with last night’s catch. “The only fallout (from last night’s catch) is he might’ve had a little grass in his teeth,” Terry Francona told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald. Conspiracy theories are fun, we have…

  4. Red Sox sign Carlos Delgado to minor league contract

    Aug 7, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Red Sox have signed free agent first baseman Carlos Delgado to a minor league contract. As a condition of the agreement, the veteran slugger must be in the major leagues by September 1 or he can become a free agent. He’ll receive a pro-rated portion of a $3…

  5. Mets cut ties with Alex Cora

    Aug 7, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Mets have released Alex Cora in order to make room for Ruben Tejada. The Mets also optioned outfielder Jesus Feliciano to the minor leagues, clearing the way for Fernando Martinez to join the active roster, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. Cora, 34, is batting just .207/.265/.278 with…

  6. Cliff Lee is still ridiculous

    Aug 7, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    You know, just in case you had any doubts. Cliff Lee earned the 100th victory of his career Friday night, tossing eight innings of one-run ball in a 5-1 win over the Athletics. The left-hander is 2-2 with a 2.63 ERA over his first six starts since joining Texas. While that’s pretty impressive on its…

  7. UPDATE: Fernando Martinez and Ruben Tejada called up, not traded

    Aug 7, 2010, 11:37 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com reports that the Mets have summoned Fernando Martinez and Ruben Tejada from Triple-A Buffalo, as alluded to earlier. No word yet on what the corresponding roster moves will be. 9:19 AM: A source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that neither Fernando Martinez or Ruben Tejada were placed on waivers, and…

  8. The Orioles are 4-0 under Buck Showalter

    Aug 7, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

    That easy, huh? Fresh off a three-game sweep of the Angels, the Orioles won in walkoff fashion for the second consecutive night Friday, defeating the White Sox 2-1 in 10 innings. Adam Jones played hero this time, delivering an RBI single to secure the victory. New skipper Buck Showalter is 4-0 to begin his tenure…

  9. Aroldis Chapman isn't on his way from the minors yet

    Aug 7, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    Just yesterday, Reds manager Dusty Baker raised the possibility that Aroldis Chapman would get called up to the big leagues if Russ Springer required a DL stint for a hip injury. Springer was placed on the disabled list today, however Carlos Fisher was the one who got the call from the minors, not Chapman, according…

  10. Dropped pop-up helps lift Red Sox over Yankees

    Aug 7, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    John Henry may think that his team needs “a miracle” to make the playoffs, but the Red Sox just keep finding ways to win baseball games. The latest example was Friday night, when some miscommunication between Francisco Cervelli and Javier Vazquez led to a dropped pop-up in front of the mound during the top of…

  11. Carlos Gomez placed on disabled list with concussion

    Aug 6, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

    Is it just me, or have there been an abnormal amount of head injuries lately? Carlos Gomez is just one of the latest victims. He was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Cubs right-hander Brian Schlitter on Monday night. After being held out of the lineup for the past two games, the Brewers…

  12. Astros promote 19-year-old Jordan Lyles to Triple-A

    Aug 6, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    The Astros have promoted prospect right-hander Jordan Lyles to Triple-A Round Rock, according to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle. Lyles, a former supplementary first-round pick in 2008, has a 3.36 ERA over parts of three seasons in the minors, including a 3.12 ERA and 115/35 K/BB over 21 outings with Double-A Corpus Christi this…

  13. Would Jon Daniels jump ship to the Mets?

    Aug 6, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    As Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reminded us last month, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has the ability to opt out of his contract after the season in the event of new ownership. Now that Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan have landed the team, Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com asked Daniels if he has any intention to…

  14. Pedro Martinez turned down offers from "several teams"

    Aug 5, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    This headline from an Associated Press story tells us what we already know by now. No, Pedro Martinez will not pitch this season. The interesting part, however, is that he said he turned down offers from “several teams” over the past two weeks. Martinez said he was “very happy” to receive the offers and called…

  15. Hideki Matsui reacts to Guillen's comments on Asian/Latino ballplayers

    Aug 5, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    And it’s about as even-keeled as you would imagine. Hideki Matsui was only “vaguely aware” of what Ozzie Guillen said over the weekend, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, but after being informed of the context of his remarks, he said the following through his interpreter Roger Kahlon: “I think the circumstances…

  16. Mark Reynolds is still feeling a bit woozy

    Aug 5, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

    Mark Reynolds, who was hit in the head with a 95 mph fastball by Nationals right-hander Collin Balester on Tuesday, was incredibly back in the starting lineup for Wednesday’s game. He wasn’t able make it through the whole game, however. During a pitching change in the seventh inning, teammate Stephen Drew noticed that Reynolds was…

  17. Mets willing to negotiate extension with Jose Reyes

    Aug 5, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    The Mets are willing to negotiate a contract extension with Jose Reyes, a team source tells Andy Martino of the Daily News. Reyes is currently in the final year of a four-year, $23.25 million contract. The Mets hold an $11 million club option for next season, but would like to replace the option year with…

  18. Aroldis Chapman is on the fast track to the big leagues

    Aug 5, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    In the form of his video blog for ESPN.com, Buster Olney tells us that Aroldis Chapman is very close to finding his way to the major leagues. Thanks to some recent mechanical tweaks, the Cuban left-hander has made some real strides in his transition to the bullpen for Triple-A Louisville. Chapman hasn’t allowed a run…

  19. Jason Bay is "not close" to returning

    Aug 5, 2010, 10:18 AM EDT

    When Jason Bay collided into the left field fence in Los Angeles on July 23, I described it as a potential season-changing moment. Not for the Mets, necessarily, but that Bay would finally be the elite run producer we all know he is capable of being. Of course, I said that not knowing he would…

  20. Tigers activate Brandon Inge from the disabled list

    Aug 4, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    Yesterday, our own Aaron Gleeman told you that Brandon Inge was “ahead of schedule” in his rehab from a broken left hand and was cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Low-A West Michigan. Well, apparently one game was all the Tigers needed to see, because Inge was activated from the 15-day disabled…

  21. Wilson Ramos is off to a pretty nice start with Triple-A Syracuse

    Aug 4, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Just a short while ago, Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider and CSNWashington.com brought us up to speed on what Wilson Ramos has been up to since being acquired from the Twins for closer Matt Capps last Thursday: Since his acquisition from Twins, Nats C Wilson Ramos is 6-for-15, HR, 4 RBI, 3B, 4 R at…

  22. Rockies expected to move Aaron Cook to the bullpen

    Aug 4, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Aaron Cook has the distinction of being the Rockies’ all-time leader in wins, but none of that matters as the team’s playoff chances continue to fade by the minute. A team source tells Troy Renck of the Denver Post that the Rockies are likely to move Cook to the bullpen, clearing a spot for Jhoulys…

  23. Joe Saunders has something to prove

    Aug 4, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders already told reporters last week that he feels he is “just as good” as Dan Haren and through two starts with his new team, it’s pretty clear he is on a mission to prove just that. After holding the Phillies to two runs over seven innings in his D-Backs’ debut last Thursday, Saunders…

  24. Jacoby Ellsbury is coming back tonight

    Aug 4, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    At long last, Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to be activated from the disabled list for tonight’s game against the Indians. Ellsbury went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI as the designated hitter in his final rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday. In three rehab games with the PawSox, the speedy center fielder…

  25. Manny's rehab hits a bit of a snag

    Aug 4, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    Dodgers manager Joe Torre acknowledged Tuesday that Manny Ramirez suffered a setback during his rehab from a right calf strain and will need at least another week before going out on a minor league rehab assignment, according to Evan Drellich of MLB.com. The team made the assessment after Dodgers trainer Stan Conte visited Ramirez at…

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