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  1. Padres extend veteran outfielder Mark Kotsay through 2013

    Aug 12, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

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    Mark Kotsay has posted a weak .275/.333/.363 batting line in 111 plate appearances this season and isn’t much of a defender at age 36, but Corey Brock of MLB.com writes that Padres have been “impressed” with the veteran outfielder’s clubhouse presence and signed him Sunday to a contract extension that runs through the 2013 season.…

  2. Mike Trout robs third home run of the season

    Aug 12, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

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    Angels phenom Mike Trout is an American League MVP candidate primarily because of his gaudy offensive numbers, but he’s also been a standout defensively since his arrival near the end of April. The 21-year-old made another spectacular play on Saturday night in Anaheim, robbing his third home run of the season with a perfectly-timed leap…

  3. Kris Medlen shines again in third time through rotation

    Aug 12, 2012, 9:32 AM EDT

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    Braves right-hander Kris Medlen spent the first four months of the 2012 regular season in a relief role. It will be a shame if he’s ever asked to go back. The 26-year-old from Santa Ana, California made his third start of the season on Saturday night against the Mets and was brilliant yet again, allowing just a…

  4. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Aug 12, 2012, 8:26 AM EDT

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    The longest current winning streak in the American League belongs to the Rays — a team that might also boast the AL’s Cy Young Award winner. David Price was at it again on Saturday night, allowing just two runs over seven innings while striking out five as Tampa Bay rolled to its fifth straight win…

  5. Tommy Hanson to make rehab start Sunday at Triple-A, will rejoin the Braves afterward

    Aug 11, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

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    Braves righty Tommy Hanson is just about ready. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the 25-year-old is scheduled to make a minor league rehab start on Sunday at Triple-A Gwinnett and will be activated from the disabled list five days later if all goes according to plan. Hanson, who has been on the…

  6. Johan Santana fails to make it two innings in return from DL

    Aug 11, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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    Mets left-hander Johan Santana had a 3.24 ERA in 17 starts before the All-Star break, looking like a candidate for Comeback Player of the Year honors. But his second half has been much less impressive. Santana was hammered for eight earned runs on eight hits Saturday night against the Braves before being forced from the game…

  7. Rangers put Mike Napoli on disabled list with strained quad

    Aug 11, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

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    Rangers catcher Mike Napoli has registered an underwhelming .223/.343/.429 batting line with 17 home runs and 40 RBI through his first 359 plate appearances this season. And now he’s hurt. Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that Napoli was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday because of a painful left quadriceps strain. He tried to…

  8. Yankees sign veteran right-hander Derek Lowe

    Aug 11, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

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    It took Derek Lowe one day to find a new home. According to beat writer Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Yankees have acquired the free agent right-hander, who was released by the Indians on Friday afternoon after posting a 5.52 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 41/45 K/BB ratio across 119 innings. Lowe has agreed…

  9. Chien-Ming Wang pulled off rehab, out indefinitely

    Aug 8, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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    Amanda Comak of the Washington Times passes along the following update on the status of injured Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang: Wang, who gave up six earned runs off seven hits and two walks in Tuesday night in Double-A, had a recurrence of the hip soreness that landed him on the disabled list on July 3,…

  10. Francisco Cordero diagnosed with sprained ligament in toe

    Aug 8, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

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    Francisco Cordero‘s nightmare season may be coming to an end courtesy of another nightmare. According to MLB.com beat writer Brian McTaggart, the right-hander has been diagnosed with a sprained ligament in a toe on his right foot and will be in a protective walking boot for the foreseeable future. Cordero has been on the disabled list since…

  11. Allen Craig out Wednesday with chest discomfort

    Aug 8, 2012, 7:27 PM EDT

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    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny sent shivers through St. Louis earlier when he told reporters that something “developed today” with Allen Craig, who is out of tonight’s starting lineup against the Giants. As it turns out, there’s no reason for concern. According to B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak announced about an…

  12. Joey Votto is at least one week away from returning

    Aug 7, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

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    Reds first baseman Joey Votto ran sprints and performed agility drills on Tuesday afternoon at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, then told reporters after the workout that he was moving at “100 percent” and felt no discomfort in his surgically-repaired left knee. But his return to the active roster is not imminent. According to beat writer John…

  13. Henry Blanco has torn UCL in left thumb, needs surgery

    Aug 7, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

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    As first reported by MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, Diamondbacks catcher Henry Blanco was diagnosed Tuesday with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb and is scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday to have it corrected. He’s almost certainly done for the rest of the year. Blanco was injured this past Sunday at Citizens Bank Park when…

  14. Pablo Sandoval could be cleared to rejoin Giants on Sunday

    Aug 7, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

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    Good news here for the Giants, who are clinging to a half-game advantage in the National League West. From CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggarly comes word that Pablo Sandoval is tentatively scheduled to play in minor league rehab games Friday and Saturday at High-A San Jose and could be activated from the 15-day disabled list as early…

  15. Andy Pettitte, Alex Rodriguez making progress

    Aug 5, 2012, 7:22 PM EDT

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    Good news here for the AL East-leading Yankees. Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that third baseman Alex Rodriguez underwent a checkup X-ray on his left hand Thursday and told reporters Sunday that everything looked “A-OK.” “Waiting now, just have to wait it out,” A-Rod said. “There’s nothing I can do but…

  16. A’s place A.J. Griffin on disabled list with shoulder injury

    Aug 5, 2012, 3:39 PM EDT

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    A’s starter A.J. Griffin was lifted from Saturday’s game against the Blue Jays after less than two innings because of tightness in his throwing shoulder. An MRI taken soon after his departure ruled out major structural damage, but the right-hander is going to be sidelined for a while anyway. According to the Athletics’ official Twitter…

  17. Red Sox trade for Twins’ Danny Valencia

    Aug 5, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

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    As first reported by beat writer Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, the Red Sox have acquired infielder Danny Valencia from the Twins in exchange for minor-league outfielder Jeremias Pineda. Valencia has been assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket, where he’ll attempt to rebuild his career after batting just .198/.212/.310 in 132 plate appearances with Minnesota and .250/.289/.399 for their Triple-A club.…

  18. Cubs promote top prospects Josh Vitters, Brett Jackson

    Aug 5, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

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    The 43-62 Cubs are turning things over to the kids. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, third base prospect Josh Vitters and outfielder prospect Brett Jackson are headed to Los Angeles, where they’ll be added to the active 25-man roster before the Cubs’ series-finale Sunday against the Dodgers. Vitters, the third overall selection in the 2007…

  19. Tigers get Jeff Baker from Cubs for two PTBNLs

    Aug 5, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

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    Yet another waiver transaction is in the books. Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that the Cubs have traded utilityman Jeff Baker to the Tigers in exchange for two players to be named later. Baker, 31, had a .269/.306/.448 slash line, four homers, 10 doubles and 20 RBI in 144 plate appearances this season with Chicago.…

  20. Brandon Phillips still out of Reds’ lineup Sunday

    Aug 5, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

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    From Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette comes word that Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is out of the starting lineup again for Sunday’s series-finale against the Pirates. Wilson Valdez will get the nod in his place, batting seventh against Bucs right-hander A.J. Burnett. Phillips hasn’t started a game this month due to a left…

  21. White Sox don’t plan on exercising Youk’s $13 million option

    Aug 5, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Kevin Youkilis has posted an .864 OPS with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 33 games since joining the White Sox. They love him, but that love has limits. A White Sox official told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe this weekend that the club is unlikely to exercise Youk’s $13 million club option for the…

  22. Brandon McCarthy dominant in Triple-A rehab outing

    Aug 5, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

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    A’s starter Brandon McCarthy is ready to rock. According to CSN Bay Area’s Nate Stuhlbarg, the right-hander tossed six shutout innings Saturday at Triple-A Sacramento in what should be his final rehab start. He allowed only two hits and needed just 73 pitches despite striking out nine opposing hitters. McCarthy has been on the disabled…

  23. Ted Lilly in danger of missing remainder of season

    Aug 5, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

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    Dodgers left-hander Ted Lilly was scratched from a rehab start Friday at High-A Rancho Cucamonga due to renewed discomfort in his throwing shoulder. And now he’s without a recovery timetable. J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News has the update: With two months left in the season, the likelihood of Lilly being ready to throw…

  24. Jaime Garcia goes four-plus innings in second rehab start

    Aug 5, 2012, 9:46 AM EDT

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    Jaime Garcia can finally spot the finish line. The 26-year-old left-hander made his second minor league rehab start on Saturday evening at Double-A Springfield, surrendering just one run on two hits over 4 1/3 impressive innings. He struck out six and did not issue a walk while inducing six groundball outs. According to Kary Booher…

  25. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Aug 5, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT

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    There’s apparently no stoppin’ the mighty Redlegs. Backed by Todd Frazier‘s timely hitting and another outstanding performance by the National League’s top bullpen, Cincinnati rolled to its fifth consecutive victory Saturday night at Great American Ball Park. Joey Votto has been sidelined since July 15 due to knee surgery and Brandon Phillips hasn’t started a…

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