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  1. Cardinals "intensify search" for third baseman, reportedly eye Brandon Inge

    Aug 16, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Yesterday the Cardinals moved Opening Day third baseman David Freese to the 60-day disabled list and gave 25-year-old rookie Allen Craig his first career start at the hot corner. And in related news, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that they have “intensified a search for help at the position.” Tony La…

  2. High temps in Texas kept Jed Lowrie out of Red Sox's lineup

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Nolan Ryan has tried to downplay the impact high temperatures have on the Rangers’ attendance since Mark Cuban suggested it hurt the team during his bid to buy the franchise, but this weekend at least the heat also had an impact on an opposing player. Jed Lowrie left Friday’s game due to heat exhaustion and…

  3. Tim Lincecum on struggles: "I can't keep searching … I've just gotta go out and pitch"

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum went through a brief rough patch earlier this season, which he recovered from to go 5-2 with a 2.67 ERA and 53/19 K/BB ratio over an eight-start span. That stretch ended with a complete-game shutout of the Mets on July 15, but since then Lincecum is 1-3 with a 6.15 ERA in six…

  4. Twins reliever Jose Mijares out four weeks after knee surgery

    Aug 13, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Jose Mijares’ injured his right knee while covering first base Wednesday night and while he was able to walk off the field under his own power the left-handed reliever has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus that will require surgery. He’s expected to miss at least four weeks, which is the latest blow to a…

  5. Twins no longer have timetable for Justin Morneau's return from concussion

    Aug 13, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau has missed 31 games since a knee to the helmet while breaking up a double play on July 7 left him with a concussion and manager Ron Gardenhire revealed today that the Twins have decided to abandon any timetable they had for his return. Initially expected to miss a short period of time,…

  6. A's prospect Michael Ynoa to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Aug 13, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    Michael Ynoa almost immediately had arm problems after the A’s signed him out of the Dominican Republic as a 16-year-old for an international record $4.25 million in 2008 and today the team announced that he’ll undergo Tommy John elbow surgery. Ynoa has appeared in just three pro games, all this season, tossing nine innings with…

  7. Johnny Cueto will not appeal seven-game suspension

    Aug 13, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto has decided not to appeal his seven-game suspension for kicking Jason LaRue and Chris Carpenter during the benches-clearing altercation between the Cardinals and Reds on Tuesday. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Cueto will begin serving the suspension immediately, which means he’ll miss Sunday’s scheduled start against the Marlins. Homer Bailey is expected…

  8. Chipper Jones plans to play in 2011 following knee surgery

    Aug 13, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones just announced during a press conference this afternoon that he will undergo season-ending knee surgery and plans to rehab with the intention of playing in 2011. Earlier this season Jones more or less announced that he planned to retire, but apparently he either changed his mind somewhere along the way or simply doesn’t…

  9. Brewers activate Jody Gerut from the DL and release him

    Aug 13, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

    Jody Gerut is finally healthy after being on the disabled list since May with a bruised heel, so the Brewers activated him from the DL today … and released him, eating the remainder of his $2 million contract. Gerut persevered through multiple knee injuries early in his career to have an excellent bounceback season in…

  10. Must-click link: The 30 worst baseball cards of all time

    Aug 13, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    This great link comes via Jimmy Kimmel’s Twitter feed, but it’s so good that it’d be worth posting even if it came from, say, Jay Leno’s Twitter feed*: The 30 Worst Baseball Cards of All Time This is one of those instances when “worst” and “best” are basically interchangeable, but my favorite is definitely Wally…

  11. Jose Canseco got evicted and he's tweeting about it

    Aug 13, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    Jose Canseco has taken a break from getting beat up by much smaller guys in “celebrity” boxing matches long enough to post a bunch of tweets about how he got evicted from his apartment today. Here’s a sampling (I’ve left in the various spelling and grammar issues, in part because it’s Twitter and in part…

  12. Should the Mariners trade Chone Figgins? Should the Braves be interested in him?

    Aug 13, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

    Rarely do Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times and Dave Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner agree on something, but amid speculation that the Braves are interested in Chone Figgins as a possible replacement for Chipper Jones they both think the Mariners would be smart to deal him. Baker argues that Figgins is redundant with Ichiro Suzuki…

  13. Pirates demote 2007 fourth overall pick Daniel Moskos to AA

    Aug 13, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Many fans and prospect analysts mocked the Pirates for selecting Clemson reliever Daniel Moskos with the fourth overall pick in the 2007 draft when Georgia Tech catcher Matt Wieters was still available. Wieters has been a disappointment so far, hitting just .267/.331/.393 in 188 games for the Orioles after arriving in the majors last May…

  14. New manager Buck Showalter considering a six-man rotation for Orioles in September

    Aug 13, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    Buck Showalter isn’t wasting any time making changes in Baltimore, saying earlier this week that Alfredo Simon is far from guaranteed to remain the Orioles’ closer and indicating last night that the team may use a six-man starting rotation in September. It’s something that we have kicked around a little bit depending on what the…

  15. Mark Teahen ready to return, so White Sox send free-swinging Dayan Viciedo back to minors

    Aug 13, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Mark Teahen is scheduled to return from the disabled list today after missing the past 10 weeks with a broken finger and to make room for him on the roster the White Sox have demoted 20-year-old rookie Dayan Viciedo back to Triple-A. With a .268 batting average and nine extra-base hits in 27 games since…

  16. Francisco Rodriguez had "manhood challenged" and "mother insulted" before attack

    Aug 13, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    According to the New York Daily News “the one-sided fight” between Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez and Carlos Pena, the 53-year-old father of his girlfriend, began Wednesday night “when Pena challenged Rodriguez’s manhood and insulted his mother after the crazed closer began shouting about the latest Mets loss.” Based on police reports and various sources, here’s…

  17. Drunk driver who killed Nick Adenhart asks the judge to drop murder charge

    Aug 13, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    Last year Andrew Gallo drove his van into a car carrying Nick Adenhart, killing the Angels pitcher and two other people. He was well over the legal alcohol limit and was charged with murder, but yesterday Gallo’s lawyer filed a motion asking the judge to drop those charges by claiming, according to the Associated Press,…

  18. Mariano Rivera never liked Francisco Rodriguez

    Aug 13, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    As tends to happen when someone’s bad behavior is made public–just think back to all the Tiger Woods stuff for the most recent prominent example in sports–stories about Francisco Rodriguez being a bad guy are coming out of the woodwork now. Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record passes along this gem about Rodriguez and Mariano…

  19. Tom Hicks issues statement for goodbye as Rangers owner

    Aug 13, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    Now that the Rangers sale is finally complete, longtime owner Tom Hicks issued the following statement saying, more or less, goodbye: Obviously, this is a bittersweet moment for our family because these past 12 years with the Rangers have produced a remarkable experience for all of us. I sincerely think the two major turning points…

  20. Agent speaks out in Matt Kemp's defense and says Dodgers might be better off trading him

    Aug 13, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp returned to the Dodgers’ lineup last night after being benched for two games and went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs. Hours earlier Kemp’s agent, former All-Star pitcher Dave Stewart, spoke to Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times about the Dodgers’ treatment of his client, suggesting that perhaps everyone involved would…

  21. Picked up for nothing, Pat Burrell has come up big for Giants

    Aug 12, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Cut loose by the Rays after two miserably unproductive seasons in the American League, Pat Burrell signed a minor-league deal with the Giants, got a call back to the National League a short time later, and has produced just like he did for the Phillies from 2000-2008. He delivered two game-winning homers in the past…

  22. Derrek Lee expected to return from bereavement leave Friday

    Aug 12, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Derrek Lee has been away from the Cubs since Tuesday to be with a sick grandparent in California, but he’s expected to rejoin the team in time for tomorrow’s game against the Cardinals. Lee, a 34-year-old impending free agent who rejected a trade to the Angels last month, has hit just .246/.332/.383 with 12 homers…

  23. Eric Chavez not ready to call it a career quite yet

    Aug 12, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    After saying earlier this week that he was contemplating retirement, Eric Chavez clarified things today by telling Jane Lee of MLB.com that he has no plans to call it quits before at least trying one more comeback. I don’t know if I’ll every play again, I really don’t. But I’m going to try. I’m not…

  24. Lyle Overbay clears waivers, but has right to block any trade

    Aug 12, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Blue Jays first baseman Lyle Overbay has cleared waivers, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com. That means he’s free to be traded to any team, except former general manager J.P. Ricciardi inexplicably gave Overbay a no-trade clause as part of his four-year, $24 million deal signed in 2007 and so he can veto any…

  25. No K-Rod, no problem: Santana hurls complete game shutout

    Aug 12, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    With closer Francisco Rodriguez “unavailable” for this afternoon’s game, Johan Santana stepped up with a complete-game shutout of the Rockies. Santana had 110 pitches through eight innings, but came out for the ninth anyway and needed just five more throws for his eighth career shutout and fourth since joining the Mets. He allowed just four…

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