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  1. Athletics place Conor Jackson on DL once again

    Aug 20, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Conor Jackson, who just rejoined the Athletics on Monday, was placed on the DL for the third time this season Friday with a strained abdominal muscle. The A’s acquired Jackson from the Diamondbacks on June to step in as their starting left fielder, but he’s played in just 18 games since, hitting .228/.362/.316 with five…

  2. Indians get prospect Zach McAllister from Yankees

    Aug 20, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    The player to be named in the Austin Kearns deal was announced Friday, and the Indians ended up acquiring right-hander Zach McAllister from the Bombers to complete the deal. I’ve always viewed McAllister as an overrated prospect, but he’s a nice return for someone who had no place in Cleveland’s future plans. The 22-year-old was…

  3. Phillies celebrate 100th consecutive sellout

    Aug 19, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    As Todd Zolecki of points out, the Phillies celebrated the 100th consecutive sellout of Citizens Bank Park on Thursday night before their game against the Giants. The stadium has a capacity of 43,651…

  4. Reds call back lefty Travis Wood for Thursday start

    Aug 19, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    The Reds optioned rookie left-hander Travis Wood to Triple-A Louisville in early August in an attempt to limit his innings total.  Well, that’s all over.  He was called back to the big leagues on Thursday afternoon and is scheduled to start this evening against the Diamondbacks. Wood, 23, has posted a 2.65 ERA and 0.88…

  5. Miguel Cabrera knocks in 100th run, joins exclusive club

    Aug 19, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Phil Hughes on Tuesday to reach 100 RBI for the seventh straight season. He’s one of just six players to drive in 100 runs seven times through age 27: Mel Ott – 8 (1929-1936) Miguel Cabrera – 7 (2004-2010) Joe DiMaggio – 7 (1936-1942) Jimmie Foxx – 7…

  6. Dustin Pedroia scratched with soreness in left foot

    Aug 19, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia, who went 1-for-7 in his first two games back from a broken left foot, had to be scratched from Thursday’s lineup with soreness in the same area. Jed Lowrie is filling in as the Red Sox go for a three-game sweep versus the Angels. It’s been obvious since he returned that Pedroia is…

  7. Report: Rockies will release Brad Hawpe late Wednesday

    Aug 18, 2010, 10:04 PM EDT

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post has been all over the Brad Hawpe news front since he was placed on waivers last week.  And now Renck has a breaking report.  The Post columnist and beat writer heard from sources Wednesday that Hawpe is going to be released after tonight’s game against the Dodgers and made…

  8. The Aroldis Chapman Era begins on Sept. 1

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:42 PM EDT

    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds will call up top pitching prospect Aroldis Chapman from Triple-A Louisville on September 1.  Why not sooner?  Well, here’s what manager Dusty Baker told Fay and the Enquirer on Wednesday: “Who do you take off (the roster)?” Baker said. “It would be somebody else who…

  9. Reds have offered Dusty Baker a contract extension

    Aug 18, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that the Reds have offered manager Dusty Baker a contract extension in the wake of a 68-51 start to the 2010 season. We’re thinking he will accept.

  10. Braves place jobless Troy Glaus on the disabled list

    Aug 18, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    Mostly as a result of Wednesday’s trade for Derrek Lee, the Braves have decided to place suddenly-jobless corner infielder Troy Glaus on the 15-day disabled list.  The news comes from David O’Brien with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Glaus has been dealing with a sore knee, but probably wouldn’t have been placed on the disabled list without…

  11. With injuries taking toll, Rangers add Alex Cora

    Aug 17, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

    Having lost both Ian Kinsler and Cristian Guzman to the disabled list, the Rangers added some infield depth Tuesday by signing Alex Cora to a minor league contract. Cora was released by the Mets earlier this month after hitting .207/.265/.278 in 169 at-bats. Had he played in 18 more games for the Mets, he would…

  12. Andy Pettitte slated for MRI on strained groin

    Aug 17, 2010, 7:58 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte felt discomfort during a bullpen session Tuesday and will undergo an MRI on the strained left groin that’s had him on the DL for almost a month. Pettitte finished his 40-pitch session at Yankee Stadium, but he admitted afterwards that he still wasn’t quite right. “I’m feeling good. I’m feeling better,” he said.…

  13. Milton Bradley undergoes knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks

    Aug 17, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Milton Bradley’s season and maybe his terribly disappointing Mariners career could be over after he underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee Tuesday. Bradley hadn’t played for the Mariners since July 26. If he had undergone surgery right away, perhaps he would have been ready to return right around Sept. 1. However,…

  14. Nationals outfielder Josh Willingham likely done for year

    Aug 17, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    According to his agent, Josh Willingham will undergo surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee next week and miss the rest of the season. Manager Jim Riggleman said before Tuesday’s game that Willingham could be available to pinch-hit tonight, suggesting that he might yet see a little action prior to undergoing surgery, but it…

  15. Firing up the Hot Stove: Relievers

    Aug 17, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    This is the second article in an eight-part series examining this winter’s free agents and looking at potential trade candidates and non-tenders. I’m also predicting contracts and destinations for the major free agents, but given that it’s August, those are to be taken with a grain of salt. Relief Pitchers Mariano Rivera (Yankees) – Even…

  16. Draft deadline wrapup: Padres' fail to sign Karsten Whitson

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

    The negotiations are done, the numbers are in and Scott Boras’ wallet just got that much fatter: the deadline for 2010 draft picks to sign and all but three first-round picks inked contracts. We already knew that the Diamondbacks wouldn’t be signing sixth-overall pick Barret Loux, who failed a physical last month and will apparently…

  17. Nationals ink Bryce Harper to $9.9 million contract

    Aug 17, 2010, 12:28 AM EDT

    After plenty of give and take, the Nationals signed first-overall pick Bryce Harper to a major league deal worth a guaranteed $9.9 million prior to Monday’s midnight deadline. According to, Harper gets a $6.25 million signing bonus, though that will be paid over a five-year span. He’ll receive salaries of $500,000 in 2011 and…

  18. Report: Braves making run at Aramis Ramirez

    Aug 16, 2010, 9:13 PM EDT

    A source close to the Braves organization told Talking Chop that the Braves have pulled an offer to 18th-round pick Zach Alvord in order to save money and make a run at Aramis Ramirez to step in for Chipper Jones at third base. The source said that Ramirez has yet to be placed on waivers,…

  19. Reds first-rounder Yasmani Grandal gets major league deal

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

    University of Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal, the 12th overall pick in this year’s draft, has signed a major league contract worth $2.99 million with the Reds. Grandal was projected to go as high as fourth to Kansas City, but his contract demands had some teams wary and it appeared for a time as though he…

  20. Jason Isringhausen's comeback on hold with elbow injury

    Aug 16, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    Jason Isringhausen, who signed a minor league deal with the Reds last month after taking the first half of the season off, was placed on Triple-A Louisville’s DL Monday with a strained elbow. It could mark the end of Isringhausen’s comeback, given that the Reds weren’t anywhere near calling him up. He had allowed seven…

  21. After going 0-for the week, Chris Carter sent down by A's

    Aug 16, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    Overmatched in six major league games, Chris Carter was sent down by the A’s on Monday with the team needing to make room for Conor Jackson. The A’s also opted to promote Travis Buck and send Jeff Larish to Triple-A. The 23-year-old Carter hit .362/.459/.691 with eight homers and 25 RBI in his final 25…

  22. Firing up the Hot Stove: Starting pitchers

    Aug 16, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    This is the first article in an eight-part series examining this winter’s free agents and looking at potential trade candidates and non-tenders. I’m also predicting contracts and destinations for the major free agents, but given that it’s August, those are to be taken with a grain of salt. Starting Pitchers Cliff Lee (Rangers) – The…

  23. Rangers hoping to lock up outfielder Josh Hamilton

    Aug 15, 2010, 6:31 PM EDT

    We already know that the Rangers will make an effort to lock up ace left-hander Cliff Lee this offseason.  Now new CEO and managing partner Chuck Greenberg is saying that he also plans to work out an extension with outfielder Josh Hamilton in the very near future.  This according to the Dallas Morning News. “Keeping…

  24. Willy Taveras inks minor league deal with Rangers

    Aug 15, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    According to T.R. Sullivan of, the Rangers have inked outfielder Willy Taveras to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City…

  25. Kevin Slowey lifted Sunday after seven no-hit innings

    Aug 15, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey had a no-hitter going through seven innings against the A’s on Sunday, but was lifted due to a pitch count of 106 and a recent bout with elbow tendinitis…

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