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  1. Jordan Zimmermann nearly ready for return to majors

    Aug 21, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    Yesterday afternoon, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo hinted that Jordan Zimmermann was potentially one start away from returning to the major leagues. Well, the rehabbing right-hander made quite a statement by tossing five shutout innings in his latest minor league rehab start last night. Zimmermann gave up just one hit while striking out five and…

  2. Roger Clemens makes first public comments since indictment

    Aug 21, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens made his first public comments since being indicted on federal charges for perjury during an appearance on the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Telethon yesterday. “I’m not going to get into details. All I’m going to say is that I learned a lot. My eyes were opened by some of the things that happened and…

  3. Pirates clinch 18th consecutive losing season

    Aug 21, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    The Pirates dropped to 40-82 on the year with a 7-2 loss to the Mets last night, clinching their 18th consecutive losing season. It extends the longest streak in the history of the four major North American professional sports. According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, this is the earliest that the Pirates have…

  4. Rays send Jeremy Hellickson back to the minors

    Aug 21, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    The Rays sent Jeremy Hellickson to Single-A Charlotte following last night’s loss to the Athletics, presumably as punishment for him finally giving up more than two runs. (Sarcasm, I hope you know.) Hellickson wasn’t quite as sharp, allowing three runs over 6 1/3 innings as part of a no-decision. The rookie right-hander actually left the…

  5. Reds keep rolling, pad lead over Cards in NL Central

    Aug 21, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    The Cardinals couldn’t have picked a worse time to go on a season-high five-game losing streak. While they’ve been slipping recently, the Reds have enjoyed their best stretch of the year. With a 3-1 victory over the Dodgers on Friday night, the Reds extended their winning streak to season-high seven games. Brandon Phillips drove in…

  6. UPDATE: OK, maybe Jason Bay isn't done for the year

    Aug 21, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

    UPDATE: After predicting that Jason Bay would not play again this season, Mets manager Jerry Manuel backtracked from those comments after Friday’s game. “It appears that I was a little premature in saying Jason Bay wouldn’t be back,” Manuel said. “It appears he is recovering nicely and that there is a possibility he will be…

  7. Bryce Harper won't make his pro debut this season

    Aug 20, 2010, 10:01 PM EDT

    The Nationals agreed to terms with No. 1 overall pick Bryce Harper on a five-year, $9.9 million contract earlier this week, however he won’t make his pro debut this season. According to Ben Goessling of, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that the teenage hitting sensation will soon travel to Viera, Florida in order…

  8. Report: Jacoby Ellsbury "probably" done for the year with fractured rib

    Aug 17, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

    An industry source tells Gordon Edes of that Jacoby Ellsbury suffered another fractured rib and is “probably” done for the rest of the season. The speedy center fielder was examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Ellsbury, who just returned from the disabled list on August 4, suffered the fracture stumbling…

  9. UPDATE: Mets place Francisco Rodriguez on disqualified list

    Aug 17, 2010, 8:59 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Adam Rubin of, Players Association executive director Michael Weiner confirms that the player’s union will contest the Mets’ decision. 7:34 PM: The Mets placed Francisco Rodriguez on the disqualified list, according to Adam Rubin of, making his contract non-guaranteed. Rodriguez won’t be paid while on the list, which at least…

  10. UPDATE: Dylan Covey opts not to sign with Brewers due to diabetes

    Aug 16, 2010, 11:10 PM EDT

    UPDATE: The father of Dylan Covey told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that a recent diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes was the reason his son opted not to sign with the club. “This was crushing, to both us and the Brewers,” said Darrell Covey. “We were all in shock. It had nothing to do…

  11. UPDATE: Pirates ink No. 2 overall pick Jameson Taillon

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Jon Heyman of, Taillon will receive “a bit more than $5 million” from the Pirates. 9:05 PM: According to Chuck Finder of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates have agreed to terms with No. 2 overall pick right-hander Jameson Taillon. The pitcher’s father informed the paper of the signing. Terms haven’t been…

  12. Bill "Spaceman" Lee signs with Brockton Rox

    Aug 16, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, 63-year-old Bill “Spaceman” Lee has signed with the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League on Monday. Lee, who recently made the news for some pointed comments after the death of George Steinbrenner, is expected to start the season finale against the Worcester Tornadoes on September 5. By the way, this…

  13. Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann on track to return next week

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:08 PM EDT

    According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey said that Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann “did well” during their bullpen sessions Monday. Davis and Niemann were placed on the disabled list early last week due to shoulder strains. Barring any setbacks, Hickey said they should be on track to…

  14. Chipper Jones undergoes successful knee surgery

    Aug 14, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Chipper Jones underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Saturday, according to his agent B.B. Abbott. “It went very well,” Abbott said in a text message from Piedmont Hospital. The two-hour procedure was performed by Dr. Marvin Royster, the same…

  15. Blue Jays lock up Ricky Romero through at least 2015

    Aug 14, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Blue Jays have signed Ricky Romero to a five-year, $30.1 million extension. The deal also includes a club option for 2016.

  16. Jose Canseco lands a new job

    Aug 14, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    Just yesterday, we learned that Jose Canseco was evicted from his apartment. Forced to seek refuge in a friend’s garage, the former baseball player/current exhibition boxer claimed that he would “play softball for food.” I’m not sure who the Laredo Broncos are, exactly, but they have signed Canseco to a short-term contract, according to the…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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 if Chase Utley was going to begin a minor league rehab assignment…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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