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  1. Braves acquire Jack Wilson from Mariners for PTBNL

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:12 PM EDT

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    In case you haven’t noticed, waiver trades aren’t nearly as interesting or exciting as their counterparts that take place in mid-to-late July. Exhibit A: According to the Mariners’ official Twitter feed, veteran infielder Jack Wilson was dealt to the Braves late Thursday for a player to be named later. Wilson has hit just .249/.283/.295 in…

  2. Grady Sizemore goes 0-for-3 in rehab debut at Double-A

    Aug 31, 2011, 9:53 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout and two groundouts Wednesday in his first minor league rehab game since undergoing surgery in late July to repair a sports hernia. This according to Zack Meisel, associate reporter with MLB.com. Sizemore batted leadoff and served as Double-A Akron’s designated hitter. He will begin seeing…

  3. Reds promoting top catching prospect Devin Mesoraco

    Aug 31, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

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    The Reds are planning to add several fresh faces Thursday when major league rosters expand, according to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon. Chief among those September callups will be catching prospect Devin Mesoraco. A 23-year-old from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (yes, home of the famous groundhog), Mesoraco has posted an impressive .289/.371/.484 batting line with 36 doubles, 15 home…

  4. Travis Hafner could return to Tribe in late September

    Aug 31, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

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    “Pronk” has not been shut down. Yet. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner got encouraging news about his strained right foot Wednesday after paying a visit to an “out-of-state” specialist who usually treats NFL players. Hafner is still required to wear a protective walking boot, but recent…

  5. Cards approached Lance Berkman in July about extension

    Aug 31, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals drew phone calls from at least one contending team earlier this week when right fielder Lance Berkman passed through waivers unclaimed and became eligible to be traded to any major league club. But Berkman hasn’t been dealt, and won’t be dealt, because the Redbirds are hoping to make him part of their plans…

  6. Mariners sign GM Jack Zduriencik to multi-year extension

    Aug 31, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

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    According to Shannon Drayer of ESPN 710 AM in Seattle, the Mariners have signed general manager Jack Zduriencik to a multi-year contract extension. The Mariners finished 40 games under .500 last season and sit 20 games under .500 here in 2011, but Zduriencik is widely regarded as one of baseball’s most forward-thinking executives and Seattle’s…

  7. Nationals’ Jordan Zimmermann ends season with 3.18 ERA

    Aug 28, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

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    Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann spent most of the 2010 season recovering from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, so he tallied only 70 2/3 innings between the minor and major leagues. Because of that low innings total, the talented 25-year-old right-hander entered the 2011 campaign with a loosely-defined innings limit. And he reached it on Sunday…

  8. Dayan Viciedo making 2011 MLB debut Sunday vs. Mariners

    Aug 28, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Dayan Viciedo was officially promoted to the major leagues on Saturday, but he didn’t play in last night’s game because of the grueling cross-country flight from Triple-A Charlotte to big-league Seattle. Rested and ready, he’s in the White Sox starting lineup on Sunday afternoon, batting sixth and playing right field against the Mariners in what…

  9. Hanley Ramirez on track to return to Marlins Wednesday

    Aug 28, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez is 3-for-7 with a triple since beginning a minor league rehab assignment Friday night with Single-A Jupiter. If the production continues and he’s able to avoid setbacks, the 27-year-old will return to the major league lineup Wednesday against the Mets. This according to MLB.com’s Christina De Nicola, who spoke directly with…

  10. Showalter fires back at Yankees’ scheduling complaints

    Aug 28, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

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    As D.J. Short noted yesterday, the Yankees were quite upset about the way the Orioles handled the rescheduling of games this weekend in the days before and after the arrival of Hurricane Irene. Instead of trying to fit in a split-doubleheader on Friday, when Baltimore was dry and Irene was still a few hundred miles…

  11. Shin-Soo Choo out a few days due to sore left side

    Aug 28, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo missed a bit of time last week due to general discomfort on the left side of his body. That discomfort has now reemerged. According to Zack Meisel of MLB.com, Choo was pulled in the fifth inning of Saturday’s 8-7 victory over the Royals and is likely to sit out a few…

  12. Marlins still hoping Josh Johnson ready by late September

    Aug 28, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    From Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald comes word that the Marlins are still optimistic that ace right-hander Josh Johnson will be able to return for one or two starts in late September. Johnson has been on the disabled list since the middle of May with inflammation in his shoulder. Tests have ruled out structural…

  13. Michael Brantley won’t return this season

    Aug 28, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Texas Rangers

    Michael Brantley landed on the 15-day disabled list last week with inflammation in his right wrist. It seemed like a fairly minor situation at the time, but only because we didn’t have all the information. According to the Indians’ official Twitter feed, Brantley was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Sunday morning following further…

  14. Picture of the Day: Brian Wilson high-fiving runners

    Aug 28, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

    Giants closer Brian Wilson offered his support Saturday to runners participating in San Francisco’s “Giant Race,” which plays host to a 5K, a 10K and a half-marathon. Twitter user Nathan Brown snapped this shot:

  15. Jose Reyes goes 2-for-5 in final minor league rehab game

    Aug 28, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

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    Mets shortstop Jose Reyes has been cleared to return from the 15-day disabled list Monday after wrapping up a short minor league rehab assignment Saturday night at Double-A Binghamton with a 2-for-5 performance. This according to Adam Rubin, beat writer for ESPN New York. Reyes came around to score each time he reached base and…

  16. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Aug 28, 2011, 8:21 AM EDT

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    It’s August 28. On this date in baseball history, Dodgers president Branch Rickey met with Jackie Robinson for the first time to discuss his plans to integrate the major leagues (1945), Ryne Sandberg became the first second baseman to hit 30 home runs in consecutive seasons as the Cubs topped the Astros (1990), and a 20-year-old…

  17. Stephen Strasburg shines in fifth minor league rehab start

    Aug 27, 2011, 9:29 PM EDT

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    Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg took a big step in the right direction Saturday night at Triple-A Syracuse, hurling five impressive innings of one-run ball in his fifth minor league rehab start. Strasburg was perfect through five innings before allowing two singles to open the sixth. He was then pulled, and one of those runners later…

  18. Justin Verlander fastest to 20 wins since ’02 Curt Schilling

    Aug 27, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

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    It wasn’t his prettiest outing, but Tigers ace Justin Verlander became the first major league pitcher of the 2011 baseball season to reach the 20-win plateau in Saturday afternoon’s 6-4 victory over the Twins. Verlander yielded eight hits and four runs, and at one point allowed back-to-back homers to light-hitting Twins reserves Luke Hughes and…

  19. Rangers skipping Matt Harrison’s next scheduled start

    Aug 27, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

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    From Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas comes word that the Rangers are skipping Matt Harrison‘s scheduled Tuesday start against the Rays in an effort to limit the 25-year-old’s rising innings total. Scott Feldman, a reliever, will take the mound instead. Harrison threw just 85 2/3 innings last season between the minor and major leagues. This…

  20. Adrian Beltre cleared to begin rehab assignment Monday

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:19 PM EDT

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    From Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram comes word that Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Omaha. Beltre has been on the disabled list since late July with a left hamstring strain. He hit a setback a few weeks ago while trying…

  21. Orioles, Yankees cancel Saturday’s doubleheader because of Hurricane Irene

    Aug 26, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    New York City Begins Preparing For Direct Hit By Hurricane Irene

    Hurricane Irene has barely reached the United States coastline, but the storm continues to wreak havoc on the Major League Baseball schedule. According to Dan Babarisi of the Wall Street Journal, the Orioles have canceled Saturday’s doubleheader against the Yankees. One of the games will be made up in a split-doubleheader Sunday, and the other…

  22. White Sox calling up top prospect Dayan Viciedo

    Aug 26, 2011, 9:04 PM EDT

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    Dayan Viciedo posted promising results in his first taste of the big leagues last year — like an .840 OPS and five home runs in 106 plate appearances — but he could not find a spot on the Opening Day roster heading into this season and has spent the past several months tearing it up…

  23. Hanley Ramirez might not return until September

    Aug 26, 2011, 8:16 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    When it was announced earlier today that Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez had been cleared to begin a rehab assignment tonight with Single-A Jupiter, the general consensus was that he’d play two or three games on the farm before returning to the majors early next week. Possibly as soon as Monday. But that’s not the Marlins’…

  24. Rockies activate closer Huston Street from disabled list

    Aug 26, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

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    According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have activated closer Huston Street from the 15-day disabled list in time for Friday night’s series opener against the Dodgers. Street missed a little over two weeks after suffering a mild right triceps strain in early August. He did not allow a run in two…

  25. Travis Snider done for season due to wrist tendinitis

    Aug 26, 2011, 12:06 AM EDT

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    We can put a bow on Travis Snider’s 2011 season. According to Shi Davidi of Canada’s Sportsnet, the 23-year-old outfielder was diagnosed Thursday with tendinitis in his right wrist and will rest for the next 4-6 weeks. In other words, he won’t be recalled to the majors when rosters expand on September 1 and probably…

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