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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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’…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Giants closer Brian Wilson cleared to resume throwing

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:28 PM EDT

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    Via our friends at CSNBayArea.com, Giants closer Brian Wilson played catch for six minutes Thursday on flat ground and reported no unexpected issues. Wilson was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to August 16 with inflammation in his right elbow. He’s eligible to return to the major leagues on August 31, but Giants manager…

  10. Jose Reyes goes 0-for-1 in first minor league rehab game

    Aug 25, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v New York Mets

    According to the fine folks at MetsBlog.com, shortstop Jose Reyes finished 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored Thursday in his first minor league rehab game at Single-A Binghamton. Reyes manned shortstop for five innings, reporting no lingering pain or discomfort in his once-strained left hamstring. He’s scheduled to play in another rehab game…

  11. Veteran slugger Jim Thome accepts trade to Indians

    Aug 25, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

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    According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Twins slugger Jim Thome has accepted a trade to the Indians. Thome’s no-trade clause allowed him final say on the Indians’ Thursday waiver claim, and he took only a couple of hours to make up his mind. Thome will head out to Cleveland shortly and should be in the Tribe…

  12. Report: Lenny Dykstra charged with indecent exposure

    Aug 25, 2011, 8:24 PM EDT

    Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California

    Things continue to go south for Lenny Dykstra. Per TMZ, the former All-Star has been charged with indecent exposure for allegedly showing his private parts to several women he met on Craigslist. According to the report, Dykstra would place ads on the internet-based classifieds website calling for a female personal assistant and housekeeper. When the…

  13. Colby Rasmus could be headed for the disabled list

    Aug 25, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

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    Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus was pulled from Tuesday’s loss to the Royals after jamming his right wrist on two different defensive plays. Rasmus hasn’t appeared in a game since and the wrist is apparently showing no signs of progress. From Shi Davidi of Canada’s Sportsnet comes word that the promising 25-year-old outfielder could…

  14. Brian Wilson could resume throwing as soon as Thursday

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

    brian wilson reuters

    The bearded one is on his way back. According to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Giants closer Brian Wilson will attempt a light game of catch on Thursday afternoon. If it goes well, he will be cleared for more strenuous throwing workouts by the weekend and could begin tossing bullpen sessions by early…

  15. Orioles great Mike Flanagan found dead outside home

    Aug 24, 2011, 9:42 PM EDT

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    Tragic news out of Monkton, Maryland. According to Baltimore’s WBAL 11, former Orioles pitcher, broadcaster and front office executive Mike Flanagan was reportedly found dead on a trail outside his home shortly before 4:30 p.m. ET Wednesday. There aren’t many other details available at the moment and the Orioles have not issued a public comment…

  16. Logan Morrison homers in first game back with Marlins

    Aug 24, 2011, 9:10 PM EDT

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    The Marlins demoted young outfielder Logan Morrison to Triple-A New Orleans on August 13. He was in a bit of an offensive rut and the Marlins’ front office disapproved of him bailing out on a meet-and-greet with season-ticket holders. As they say, time heals. Morrison was recalled from New Orleans before Wednesday’s doubleheader against the…

  17. Astros pull Wandy Rodriguez back, no deal with Rockies

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Houston Astros

    The Rockies claimed left-hander Wandy Rodriguez off waivers on Tuesday, but trade negotiations didn’t get very far and the 32-year-old has now been pulled back by the Astros. This according to Richard Justice, columnist with the Houston Chronicle. Rodriguez cannot be placed back on waivers and will finish out the 2011 season with the last-place…

  18. Justin Upton back in D’Backs lineup Wednesday night

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

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    The first-place Diamondbacks were dealt a scare on Tuesday night when star right fielder Justin Upton was forced from action after getting hit on the left elbow by a pitch. It turns out he’s just fine. Upton was diagnosed with a mild left elbow contusion and is back in the Arizona starting lineup on Wednesday…

  19. Cubs not expected to deal Carlos Pena to Yankees

    Aug 24, 2011, 7:36 PM EDT

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    Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena was claimed off waivers by the Yankees on Wednesday afternoon. The Cubs are well out of contention for a playoff spot and would do well to dump some cash. And the Yankees could use an upgrade at designated hitter, where Jorge Posada and Co. have been far too inconsistent. But…

  20. Carlos Quentin diagnosed with sprained shoulder

    Aug 21, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

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    The White Sox, currently five games back of the Tigers in the American League Central standings, are going to be without one of their primary offensive performers for the next couple of days. According to the club’s official Twitter feed, right fielder Carlos Quentin was diagnosed with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder on…

  21. Jimmy Rollins exits Sunday’s game with right groin strain

    Aug 21, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

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    Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was pulled in the third inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Nationals after straining his right groin muscle. According to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News, he is considered day-to-day. Rollins suffered the groin injury in the second inning while ranging up the middle on a Jesus Flores ground…

  22. Astros send 20-year-old Jordan Lyles back to Triple-A

    Aug 21, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Arizona Diamondbacks

    From Brian McTaggart of MLB.com comes word that the Astros have optioned young right-hander Jordan Lyles to Triple-A Oklahoma City, effectively ending his first season as a major league starter. Lyles will return to the big leagues when rosters expand on the first of September, but only as a long man out of the bullpen.…

  23. Photo of the Day: Justin Upton at Kirk Gibson’s desk

    Aug 21, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

    Courtesy of MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, here’s Diamondbacks star Justin Upton relaxing at manager Kirk Gibson’s desk (the wine looks nice, Kirk) before Sunday’s series finale against the Braves. The Diamondbacks are 2 1/2 games up in the National League West, but have suddenly dropped four straight. Upton, 23, is batting .299/.372/.549 with 25 home runs,…

  24. Alex Rodriguez activated, batting cleanup in first game back

    Aug 21, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    a-rod reuters yankees

    Alex Rodriguez is finally back in action. According to Jack Curry of the YES Network, the veteran third baseman was activated from the 15-day disabled list before Sunday’s series finale against the Twins. He’s manning the hot corner and batting cleanup in his first big league game since July 7. A-Rod missed about five weeks…

  25. Burnett, Girardi exchange words after another dismal effort

    Aug 21, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

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    Yankees right-hander A.J. Burnett was pulled from Saturday evening’s 9-4 loss to the Twins after allowing five hits, three walks and seven earned runs in less than two innings of work. A normal major league starter would hang his head after such an effort and find a spot near the end of the dugout bench…

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