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  1. Dodgers acquire catcher Rod Barajas from Mets

    Aug 22, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Andy Martino of the New York Daily News is reporting that the Dodgers have acquired catcher Rod Barajas from the Mets for cash.  The Mets already have two other catchers on their active 25-man roster and are out of playoff contention.  The Dodgers don’t have much of a shot either, but they’re without Russell Martin…

  2. Piniella stepping down, Mike Quade taking over for Cubs

    Aug 22, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    Cubs manager Lou Piniella has had enough and is going to step down from his post as the team’s manager after Sunday’s series finale against the Braves. This according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Third base coach Mike Quade will take over…

  3. Early reports are arriving on Stephen Strasburg

    Aug 22, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post says that Strasburg reported “significant improvement” in his right arm on Sunday morning and plans to work out this afternoon. We’re still thinking he will be shut down.

  4. Andrew Bailey set to rejoin A's on Sunday

    Aug 22, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Oakland closer Andrew Bailey, out since July 21 with a strained intercostal muscle, is going to be activated from the disabled list before Sunday’s game. He should reclaim his ninth-inning role immediately from Michael Wuertz…

  5. Peter Bourjos gets first career homer and triple in win

    Aug 22, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos had himself a nice little Saturday.  The Halos beat the Twins 9-3 at Minnesota’s Target Field and the the 23-year-old collected a series of firsts. Called to the big leagues on August 3 and thrown into the fire almost immediately, Bourjos hasn’t been perfect.  But he has shown flashes.  On Saturday…

  6. Scully announces future plans: for now, not retiring

    Aug 22, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

    Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully was scheduled to announce his plans for the future before Sunday’s game against the Reds. Scully, who has broadcast Dodgers baseball for an absurd total of 61 years…

  7. UPDATE: Strasburg leaves start with forearm strain

    Aug 21, 2010, 10:24 PM EDT

    Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg was lifted from his start against the Phillies on Saturday with an apparent elbow injury. He delivered a 2-1 pitch to Philadelphia outfielder Domonic Brown…

  8. D'Backs ink Mike Hampton to minor league deal

    Aug 21, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic is reporting that the Diamondbacks have signed veteran left-hander Mike Hampton to a minor league contract…

  9. Dodgers to activate Manny, place him on waivers?

    Aug 21, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Dodgers will activate outfielder Manny Ramirez from the 15-day disabled list before Saturday evening’s game against the Reds and start him in left field. Of course, he might not be with Los Angeles for long…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Phillies celebrate 100th consecutive sellout

    Aug 19, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    As Todd Zolecki of MLB.com 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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.…

  22. 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,…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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