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

    Aug 21, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT

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    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.…

  2. 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,…

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

    Aug 21, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

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    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…

  4. 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…

  5. Giants place closer Brian Wilson on disabled list

    Aug 21, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

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    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants have placed right-hander Brian Wilson on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 16, with inflammation in his throwing elbow. Wilson has been battling elbow soreness since early last week and did not make enough progress this weekend. He’s eligible to return at the…

  6. Padres designate reliever Pat Neshek for assignment

    Aug 21, 2011, 10:28 AM EDT

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    According to Dan Hayes of the North County Times, the Padres designated right-handed reliever Pat Neshek for assignment late Saturday night to clear a roster spot for the activation of Ernesto Frieri. Neshek, 30, registered an underwhelming 4.01 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 25 relief appearances this year for San Diego, striking out just 20…

  7. Drew Pomeranz done for season following appendectomy

    Aug 21, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

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    Top pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz was dealt from the Indians to the Rockies in late July as part of a package for Ubaldo Jimenez, but Pomeranz was drafted just last year and didn’t sign until the August 15 deadline so he wasn’t allowed to join an affiliate in the Rockies’ system until last week. Pomeranz…

  8. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Aug 21, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

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    It’s August 21. On this date in baseball history, Babe Ruth became the first major leaguer to hit 600 career home runs as the Yankees beat the Browns (1931), the first Little League World Series tournament was held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania (1947), Brewers closer Rollie Fingers became the first player in major league history to…

  9. Tigers’ Brandon Inge homers in return to major leagues

    Aug 20, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT

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    The Tigers promoted veteran infielder Brandon Inge from Triple-A Toledo on Saturday, after watching him catch fire for a three-week stretch against a lower level of competition in the International League. He has apparently carried some of that minor league momentum with him back to Detroit. Inge finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run and…

  10. Ted Lilly exits start with stiffness on left side of neck

    Aug 20, 2011, 9:46 PM EDT

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    From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times comes word that Dodgers starter Ted Lilly had to be removed from Saturday’s game against the Rockies due to stiffness on the left side of his neck. Lilly told reporters that he has been bothered by the neck discomfort since sleeping awkwardly a few days ago in…

  11. Jose Altuve hits leadoff inside-the-park home run

    Aug 20, 2011, 8:19 PM EDT

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    Astros second baseman Jose Altuve recorded the first home run of his major league career on Saturday night against the Giants. And he did it in style. Serving as Houston’s leadoff hitter in the bottom of the first inning, Altuve launched a deep fly ball to left field. It struck the top part of the…

  12. Carlos Beltran hits in batting cage, nearing return

    Aug 20, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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    Carlos Beltran will be back shortly. According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the veteran outfielder took swings in a batting cage from both sides of the plate on Saturday afternoon without experiencing any lingering pain or discomfort in his once-strained right hand. Beltran has been on the 15-day disabled list since August…

  13. Bryce Harper pulled from AA game with hamstring strain; might be done for season

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

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    According to beat writer Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Nationals outfield prospect Bryce Harper was pulled from a game Thursday at Double-A Harrisburg after injuring his hamstring while running the bases. Harper had to be carried off the field by trainers, but early indications point to the injury being rather minor. He’ll be reevaluated Friday morning.…

  14. Tommy Hanson won’t be activated early next week

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:11 PM EDT

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    Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson (shoulder inflammation) was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to August 7, so he is eligible to be activated early next week — Monday, to be exact. But that’s probably not going to happen. According to Mark Bowman and Chris Cox of MLB.com, Hanson’s sore right shoulder has not made…

  15. Stephen Strasburg will make fourth rehab start Monday

    Aug 18, 2011, 9:46 PM EDT

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    Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington once again has an update on Stephen Strasburg‘s ongoing rehabilitation from Tommy John elbow surgery. Per Zuckerman, Nationals manager Davey Johnson revealed to the media this evening that Strasburg is scheduled to make his next minor league rehab start on Monday with the Single-A Hagerstown Suns. It’ll be his third…

  16. MLBPA files grievance against Cubs on Big Z’s behalf

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

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    From Carrie Muskat of MLB.com comes word that the Major League Baseball Players Association field a grievance against the Cubs this evening on behalf of right-handed starter Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano was placed on the disqualified list and docked 30 days of pay after walking out on his Cubs teammates following a blowout loss to the…

  17. Jason Kipnis scratched from Indians’ lineup Thursday

    Aug 18, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

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    As expected, rookie second baseman Jason Kipnis is back in the Indians’ starting lineup for Thursday night’s series finale against the White Sox. Kipnis missed four straight games with soreness in his right oblique. The promising 24-year-old was cleared to return after making it through a workout Wednesday that consisted of batting practice, infield practice…

  18. Johan Santana won’t throw off mound for another week

    Aug 17, 2011, 10:32 PM EDT

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    It’s becoming less and less likely that Mets starter Johan Santana will be able to return to major league action before the 2011 season is through. According to beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the rehabbing southpaw has been cleared to return to Port St. Lucie, Florida after a successful checkup back in…

  19. Stephen Strasburg shaky in third minor league rehab start

    Aug 17, 2011, 9:29 PM EDT

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    Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington has all the details on Stephen Strasburg‘s latest rehab outing. Strasburg, now 11 months removed from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, allowed four hits, two walks and five earned runs in under two innings of work Wednesday evening against the Astros’ Single-A affiliate from Lexington, Kentucky. He struck out three…

  20. Braves sign infielder Wes Helms to minor league contract

    Aug 17, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

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    The Marlins released veteran infielder Wes Helms on Saturday when they demoted Logan Morrison to Triple-A New Orleans. As expected, it didn’t take Helms long to find an opportunity elsewhere. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves signed the 35-year-old to a minor league contract on Wednesday night and have assigned him…

  21. Jason Kipnis expected to return to action Thursday

    Aug 17, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

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    Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has been sidelined since last Friday with a bit of discomfort in the area of his right oblique, but he’s made significant progress in the last couple of days and is expected to return to Cleveland’s starting lineup for Thursday night’s series finale against the White Sox. The good news…

  22. Alex Rodriguez will not be activated until Friday

    Aug 17, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

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    According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Yankees manager Joe Girardi poured some cooling solution Wednesday on the idea that third baseman Alex Rodriguez might be activated from the 15-day disabled list in time for Thursday night’s series-opening game against the Twins. A-Rod went 4-for-10 with a double and a home run during a successful four-game…

  23. Dan Uggla’s hitting streak ends at 33 games

    Aug 14, 2011, 5:16 PM EDT

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    Braves slugger Dan Uggla snapped his 33-game hitting streak Sunday in a 6-5 loss to the Cubs. The second baseman plated Michael Bourn with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning, fouled out to first base in the third inning, was robbed of a bloop single by Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney…

  24. Logan Morrison considering filing grievance against Marlins

    Aug 14, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

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    We wondered earlier what the next step in the Logan Morrison demotion saga might be. It appears that answer has now arrived. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, who has been all over the story since Saturday, Morrison is considering filing a grievance against the Marlins for optioning him suddenly to Triple-A.…

  25. Giants’ Brandon Belt homers twice in first game back

    Aug 14, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

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    The Giants’ handling of Brandon Belt this season has been frustrating and confusing. He hasn’t produced, but that’s mostly because the San Francisco front office hasn’t given him an opportunity to produce. (Belt entered play Sunday with only 90 major league plate appearances to his name). If the talented 23-year-old is going to earn a…

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