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Mike Florio

  1. Royals owner denies rumors that he's trying to sell team

    Aug 19, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Royals owner David Glass denied rumors that he’s attempting to sell the team, telling Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star: I have never ever talked to anyone about selling the club. Period. I have never had a discussion with anyone about it and I have no interest in doing so. Dutton chalks up the…

  2. Lou Gehrig finished "a triple short of the cycle" 42 times

    Aug 19, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    This morning I suggested that hitters finishing “a triple short of the cycle” isn’t nearly as noteworthy as baseball writers like me seem to think, as it’s happened 172 times already this season. I figured that alone was stretching the limits of reader interest, but apparently not. A few of you actually asked about the…

  3. Rich Harden impresses in first start of latest rehab assignment

    Aug 19, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Placed on the disabled list last week with shoulder tendinitis, Rich Harden made his first rehab start yesterday at Triple-A and racked up 10 strikeouts in six innings. He allowed just an unearned run on three hits and three walks. For now Derek Holland has taken his spot in the Rangers’ rotation, but both are…

  4. Tony Gwynn Jr. likely to miss rest of season with broken hand

    Aug 19, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Tony Gwynn Jr. has started 70 of 119 games in center field for the Padres, but they’ll likely be without him for the rest of the season thanks to a broken hamate bone in his right wrist. Gwynn has been one of the worst hitters in the league, batting just .212/.313/.299 in 327 plate appearances,…

  5. Concussion from Johnny Cueto kick sends Jason LaRue to 60-day disabled list

    Aug 19, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto received a seven-game suspension for kicking Chris Carpenter and Jason LaRue in the head during a benches-clearing incident with the Cardinals last week, meaning he missed just one start. His kicks, however, will have a much more lasting impact on LaRue, who hasn’t played since then because of a concussion and…

  6. Cardinals get Pedro Feliz from Astros for minor leaguer

    Aug 19, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    St. Louis’ efforts to land a replacement for the injured David Freese at third base must not have gone very well, because they just sent pitching prospect David Carpenter to the Astros for Pedro Feliz. Once an excellent defender with good power that combined to make up for terrible on-base skills, Feliz has been one…

  7. Andy Pettitte unlikely to return before mid-September

    Aug 19, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte suffered a setback in his recovery from a strained groin while throwing a bullpen session Tuesday and an MRI exam taken afterward showed that the injury hasn’t healed as quickly as hoped. Wallace Matthews of reports that he “will not be ready to return to the mound until the first week of…

  8. Brad Hawpe looking for job with contender following release

    Aug 19, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    Brad Hawpe was informed before yesterday’s game that it would be his last with the Rockies and the veteran outfielder delivered a pinch-hit single in a 3-2 win before being released just hours later. Hawpe cleared waivers earlier this week, but the Rockies were apparently unable to find a trade partner and decided to simply…

  9. Lance Berkman placed on disabled list with ankle injury

    Aug 19, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    This morning Lance Berkman told reporters that he felt good enough to play through the ankle injury that knocked him out of Sunday’s game and has kept him out of the lineup since, but the Yankees have decided to place him on the disabled list anyway. Joe Girardi said Berkman’s injury “hadn’t progressed quite as…

  10. Carlos Gonzalez hung onto the ball and escaped with merely a bruised knee after full-speed wall collision

    Aug 19, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Last night the Rockies beat the Dodgers in extra innings thanks in large part to Carlos Gonzalez’s exceptional catch in the sixth frame. With a runner on first base Casey Blake sent a Jason Hammel pitch deep into the gap in right-center field, but Gonzalez sprinted after it and made the grab inches from the…

  11. Despite monster debut, J.P. Arencibia sent back to minors

    Aug 19, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    J.P. Arencibia had one of the best debuts in baseball history on August 7, going 4-for-5 with two homers after being called up from Triple-A to replace the injured John Buck. Arencibia is one of the best catching prospects in baseball and the 24-year-old former first-round pick is definitely Toronto’s catcher of the future, but…

  12. Braves get Derrek Lee from Cubs for three pitching prospects

    Aug 18, 2010, 5:36 PM EDT

    According to Ken Rosenthal of the rumored trade sending Derrek Lee to the Braves is a “done deal” and the Cubs will receive pitching prospects Robinson Lopez, Tyrelle Harris, and Jeffrey Lorick in exchange for the impending free agent first baseman. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs will “pick up…

  13. Trevor Hoffman gets bases-loaded strikeout for 598th save

    Aug 18, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    John Axford has done a tremendous job since taking over for Trevor Hoffman as the Brewers’ closer in mid-May, going 7-1 while converting 18-of-20 saves with a 2.76 ERA and 50/20 K/BB ratio in 42.2 innings. This afternoon, however, the 27-year-old rookie ran into trouble trying to close out a 3-0 lead over the Cardinals.…

  14. Mike Cameron officially opts for season-ending surgery

    Aug 18, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    As expected, Mike Cameron has decided to undergo surgery on the torn abdominal muscle that has bothered him for most of the season. He’ll miss the rest of this year, but Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that “should be ready for spring training.” He’ll make $7.25 million in 2011 as part of a…

  15. As expected, Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe cleared waivers

    Aug 18, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of reports that Brad Hawpe has cleared waivers, which was inevitable given that the Rockies outfielder is still owed about $2.2 million for the rest of this season and will have to be bought out of his contract for $500,000 next year. Troy Renck of the Denver Post has written repeatedly this…

  16. Expect to see Delmon Young hit by a pitch tonight

    Aug 18, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    White Sox bullpen coach Juan Nieves caused a bit of a stir by saying that Chicago pitchers should consider throwing at Minnesota hitters to “see if you can start a fight” during the three-game series at Target Field that began last night. Yet in Game 1 of the crucial series it was Delmon Young of…

  17. Adam LaRoche clears waivers, but trade may be difficult

    Aug 18, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    John Gambadoro of KTAR-620 in Arizona reports that Adam LaRoche has cleared waivers, meaning the Diamondbacks can make him available in trade talks with any team. LaRoche has hit .272/.339/.489 with 20 homers and 26 doubles in 113 games, which is basically identical to his .273/.342/.492 career line. He’s far from an elite offensive first…

  18. Nationals call up 22-year-old catching prospect Wilson Ramos

    Aug 18, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Wilson Ramos has hit .317/.349/.483 in 15 games at Triple-A since going from Minnesota to Washington in last month’s trade for Matt Capps, and now the Nationals have called up the 22-year-old catcher while Wil Nieves is away from the team to be with his pregnant wife. Ramos was all but guaranteed to get a…

  19. Orioles won't be trading Luke Scott or Ty Wigginton

    Aug 18, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Jon Paul Morosi of reported yesterday that the Orioles won’t be trading Luke Scott after pulling him back off waivers, and now Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun report that the same is true for Ty Wigginton. Scott is under team control through 2012, so the decision not to trade him…

  20. UPDATE: Tigers place Carlos Guillen on the disabled list

    Aug 18, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Despite the good news covered below, the Tigers have placed Carlos Guillen on the disabled list with a bruised knee and recalled Will Rhymes from Triple-A. === Carlos Guillen was out of last night’s lineup after injuring his knee turning a game-ending double play Monday against the Yankees, but Jason Beck of reports…

  21. Craig Counsell open to trade after reportedly clearing waivers

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Buster Olney of reported earlier this week that Craig Counsell has cleared waivers and the veteran infielder said yesterday that he’d be open to a trade to a contender. Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin sought approval from Jim Edmonds before trading him to Cincinnati and Counsell indicated that Melvin discussed a similar possibility with…

  22. LaTroy Hawkins considering shoulder surgery at age 37

    Aug 18, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    LaTroy Hawkins missed three months with shoulder soreness earlier this season and returned to appear in just five games for the Brewers before landing back on the shelf with more shoulder problems last week. And now the 37-year-old reliever is considering season-ending and potentially career-threatening surgery. According to Hawkins a visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum…

  23. Mike Leake moved to bullpen to keep rookie's workload down

    Aug 18, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Suddenly flush with capable rotation options, the Reds have decided to move Mike Leake to the bullpen in order to keep the 22-year-old rookie’s innings count in check. Leake went 7-1 with a 3.45 ERA through his first 18 starts after the 2009 first-round pick skipped the minors completely to crack the Opening Day rotation,…

  24. Report: Braves on verge of acquiring Derrek Lee from Cubs

    Aug 18, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    According to David Kaplan of the Braves are close to trading for Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee, who will reportedly agree to the move despite using his no-trade rights to turn down a proposal to join the Angels last month. Whereas the Angels were hovering around .500 and barely clinging to contention at the…

  25. Decision to let Jim Thome go may cost White Sox the division

    Aug 18, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    This offseason the White Sox chose not to re-sign Jim Thome in large part because manager Ozzie Guillen urged general manager Ken Williams to let him go, saying he preferred to cycle various players through the designated hitter spot and make the lineup less homer dependent. Thome signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the…

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