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  1. LaTroy Hawkins goes back on DL with more shoulder pain

    Aug 12, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    LaTroy Hawkins missed three months with shoulder soreness earlier this season, appeared in five games for the Brewers after returning from the disabled list late last month, and is now back on the shelf with what is being called “shoulder weakness.” Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Hawkins will get a second opinion from Dr.…

  2. Mark Prior strikes out five straight batters in independent ball

    Aug 12, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Mark Prior’s latest (and perhaps last) comeback attempt is with the independent league Orange County Flyers and he struck out five straight batters while tossing two shutout innings last night. Prior is working as a reliever and is scheduled to pitch again Saturday. So far he has six strikeouts versus one hit and two walks…

  3. Johnny "Kung Fu" Cueto suspended seven games

    Aug 12, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    MLB has suspended Johnny Cueto seven games for kicking Chris Carpenter and Jason LaRue during Tuesday’s benches-clearing altercation between the Cardinals and Reds. LaRue took the worst of it, suffering a concussion and needing stitches from Cueto kicking him in the head and face with his cleats. He’ll likely end up missing more games than…

  4. Rockies infielder Omar Quintanilla suspended 50 games for PED use at Triple-A

    Aug 12, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Omar Quintanilla, who played 216 games for the Rockies from 2005-2009 before spending all of this season at Triple-A, has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance called Methylhexanamine. According to my extensive research on Methylhexanamine (read: Wikipedia) it’s intended to be used as a nasal decongestant but is also marketed…

  5. John Grabow out for the season with torn knee ligament

    Aug 12, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    John Grabow heard something “pop” while rehabbing a knee injury in the minors Monday and will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a torn medial collateral ligament. He finishes the year with a 7.36 ERA in 25.2 innings and has posted a 5.33 ERA in 50.2 total innings for the Cubs…

  6. Mike Stanton is first 20-year-old with five-hit game since 1978

    Aug 12, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Marlins rookie Mike Stanton went 5-for-5 with a homer and two doubles last night, becoming just the ninth 20-year-old in baseball history–and the first since Alan Trammell in 1978–to notch five hits in a game. Here’s the complete list, courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com: MIKE STANTON 2010 Alan Trammell 1978 Jack Heidemann 1970 Ken Hubbs 1962 (twice)…

  7. Red hot Joe Mauer on historic doubles pace

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer had two more hits last night, making him 39-for-89 (.438) with 17 extra-base hits and 27 RBIs in 22 games since the All-Star break. One of those hits was his 38th double of the year, which ties Mauer for the AL lead with Nick Markakis and puts him on pace to break both…

  8. Javier Vazquez is worried about his declining fastball velocity

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Last week Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland talked about Javier Vazquez dealing with a “dead arm” period and after serving up a homer on an 85-mph fastball last night Vazquez expanded on his lack of velocity: I reach back, and I see 88. The fastball is not there. I don’t have any zip on it.…

  9. Nolan Ryan is trying to lower the temperature at the Rangers' ballpark

    Aug 11, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

    After falling short in his bid for the Rangers last week Mark Cuban commented that high temperatures in Arlington mean the team is “always at a disadvantage just because of the heat factor” and “you’re never going to be able to quite charge the same [prices] as Boston is just because of the comfort factor…

  10. Dodgers place Rafael Furcal on disabled list with back injury

    Aug 11, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    As expected, the Dodgers have placed Rafael Furcal on the disabled list with a strained lower back and called up Juan Castro from Triple-A to replace him on the roster. After sitting out part of April and most of May with a hamstring injury Furcal hit .319/.381/.518 with eight homers, 26 total extra-base hits, 10…

  11. Joe Torre benches Matt Kemp for the second straight game

    Aug 11, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp is out of the Dodgers’ lineup tonight for the second straight game and since he said yesterday that there’s nothing wrong with him physically … well, that means he’s simply been benched. Again. Kemp has had a disappointing season on both sides of the ball and is just 2-for-21 since a five-hit game…

  12. George Sherrill is an on-base machine

    Aug 11, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    It took seven seasons, but 33-year-old reliever George Sherrill finally got his first career plate appearance in last night’s blowout loss to the Phillies. And, naturally, he drew a walk off J.C. Romero without swinging the bat. “I was taking the whole way,” Sherrill told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. “I hadn’t had…

  13. Rays rookie Jeremy Hellickson did something only two other pitchers since 1920 have done

    Aug 11, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

    There’s an interesting note on the Baseball-Reference.com blog about Jeremy Hellickson, who tossed seven shutout innings last night against the Tigers. Hellickson also threw seven innings of two-run ball versus the Twins in his debut last week. So what’s the interesting note? Well, in both starts he allowed three hits and that makes him just…

  14. Julian Casablancas of The Strokes wants to write a Mets song

    Aug 11, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    I’m not sure how Mets fans will feel about this, but The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas said in a recent Rolling Stone interview he wants to write a new television theme song for the team: My next thing is I want to write the new TV theme song for the Mets. I’m totally serious. I…

  15. Randy Johnson is now the world's tallest music photographer

    Aug 11, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Now that he has some free time on his hands following his retirement after 22 seasons in the big leagues Randy Johnson attended Lollapalooza in Chicago last week … as a music photographer. Here’s what the 46-year-old future Hall of Famer told Amy Sciarretto of NoiseCreep.com about his post-retirement plans: This is my first summer…

  16. On second thought, maybe Dodgers aren't into Jose Guillen

    Aug 11, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    Remember yesterday, when Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported that the Dodgers “have strong interest in Jose Guillen for a part-time role”? Well, today Ken Gurnick of MLB.com writes: Dodgers interest in Kansas City outfielder Jose Guillen is believed to be lukewarm at best, despite an Internet report that the interest was strong. I don’t…

  17. New manager Buck Showalter far from committed to Alfredo Simon as Orioles' closer

    Aug 11, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Alfredo Simon took over closer duties in Baltimore when he was called up from Triple-A in late April, converting 15 of 17 save chances with a 3.40 ERA and .248 opponents’ batting average through his first 30 appearances. However, he’s struggled lately, blowing two saves and allowing seven runs in his last six games, and…

  18. Time for Indians to move Justin Masterson to the bullpen

    Aug 11, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Justin Masterson allowed seven runs in five innings last night for his league-leading 11th loss and is now 5-18 with a 5.19 ERA since going from Boston to Cleveland in the Victor Martinez trade last July. Normally that type of performance would suggest someone simply isn’t a good pitcher, but in Masterson’s case it likely…

  19. Red Sox call up Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Triple-A

    Aug 11, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia is just 5-for-21 (.238) in five games at Triple-A since Boston acquired him from Texas on July 31, but with Kevin Cash headed to the disabled list with a hamstring injury the Red Sox are calling up Saltalamacchia for tonight’s game. Saltalamacchia started at first base for Pawtucket last night and may not…

  20. Ian Kinsler may not be ready to return until September

    Aug 11, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels admitted yesterday that Ian Kinsler may not be ready to return from his strained groin until September, which is quite a change from the initial recovery timetable when he was placed on the disabled list last month. In fact, Kinsler initially said he wanted to play through the injury and…

  21. Astros sticking with struggling Matt Lindstrom as closer

    Aug 11, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Matt Lindstrom served up a pair of homers last night to blow his sixth save, which is tied for second-most among all closers, but afterward Astros manager Brad Mills replied “not at all, he’s our guy” when asked if he was considering a switch in the ninth inning. Third baseman Chris Johnson expressed a similar…

  22. Russell Martin out for season, but putting off surgery decision

    Aug 11, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Russell Martin is finished for the season with a fractured hip, but Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that there’s some hope he’ll be able to avoid surgery. According to Gurnick “three specialists agree” that Martin will rest for 3-4 weeks and “be re-evaluated in September to determine if the fracture and/or the hip labrum he…

  23. Dustin Pedroia slated to rejoin Red Sox lineup next Tuesday

    Aug 10, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia worked out in Toronto prior to tonight’s game against the Blue Jays and Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that he’s now “on track to rejoin the Red Sox one week from today.” Here’s more from Abraham: He will start running the bases tomorrow and is scheduled for an exam on Friday…

  24. Stephen Strasburg back from disabled list for tonight's start

    Aug 10, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    After missing the past two weeks with shoulder soreness Stephen Strasburg has been activated from the disabled list and will start tonight against Anibal Sanchez and the Marlins. He previously shut out Florida for six innings on July 16 and was 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA and 75/15 K/BB ratio in 52.1 innings overall before…

  25. Rumor: Dodgers "have strong interest in Jose Guillen"

    Aug 10, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the “Dodgers have strong interest in Jose Guillen, but for a part-time role.” Guillen was designated for assignment by the Royals last week, so Rojas speculates that the Dodgers may simply wait for him to get released and become a free agent before making a play for him.…

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