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  1. That hot dog eater guy is starting for the Orioles on Friday

    Aug 18, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Takeru Kobayashi

    If only his fastball had a little more mustard. Takeru Kobayashi, the world-record holder in eating hot dogs and Krystal burgers, threw out the first pitch for the Gary Southshore Railcats on Wednesday and did a pretty outstanding job of it. The Railcats probably should have let him stay in and throw a few more.  They ended…

  2. Former top prospect Jerome Williams returns to majors with Angels

    Aug 17, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

    Jerome Williams

    Jerome Williams, who was last seen going 0-5 with a 7.20 ERA in six starts with the Nationals in 2007, is back in the majors after being promoted by the Angels on Wednesday. Williams, a native of Hawaii, debuted with the Giants in 2003, finishing 7-5 with a 3.30 ERA in 21 starts as a rookie. …

  3. Wild ending in Oakland sees A’s hold off Orioles

    Aug 17, 2011, 6:49 PM EDT

    Kurt Suzuki, Blake Davis

    The A’s edged the Orioles 6-5 on Wednesday when Kurt Suzuki was able to hold to the throw from right fielder David DeJesus and plant a tag on pinch-runner Blake Davis to end the game. It was a big surprise that it came to that.  Andrew Bailey retired the first two batters he faced in…

  4. Carlos Ruiz sits with oh, OW, OW, OW!

    Aug 17, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz, Miguel Montero

    After getting examined Wednesday, Carlos Ruiz is out of the Phillies lineup tonight with what’s officially being termed a left testicle contusion. Ruiz was injured by a Roy Halladay pitch in Tuesday’s loss, and though he was attended to by the trainer then, he was able to finish the game.  He’s considered day-to-day, and Brian…

  5. Report: Diamondbacks have asked about Edgar Renteria

    Aug 17, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    Edgar Renteria

    John Gambadoro of 620 KTAR in Phoenix tweets that the Diamondbacks have talked to the Reds about shortstop Edgar Renteria. Arizona has been getting by with Willie Bloomquist at shortstop and Cody Ransom in a reserve role since Stephen Drew went down with a fractured ankle on July 20. Renteria, a black hole offensively while…

  6. On Jim Thome and steroids

    Aug 16, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Thanks largely to the work of Sam Miller, the Orange County Register has one of the best baseball blogs of any newspaper in the country.  The other bloggers, though, don’t always measure up, and Jeff Miller decided to take on Jim Thome’s 600th homer today, claiming that it’s just fine for us to assume he did…

  7. Injury-plagued Giants use a wild lineup

    Aug 16, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    Eli Whiteside, Matt Cain

    It’s safe to say the defending world champs weren’t projecting this as a starting lineup a few months ago: CF Cody Ross 2B Mike Fontenot 1B Pablo Sandoval LF Aubrey Huff RF Brandon Belt SS Orlando Cabrera 3B Miguel Tejada C Chris Stewart For the record, this is the Giants’ 122nd game of the season.  The eight players…

  8. Draft signings roundup: No. 1 pick Gerrit Cole gets $8 million bonus

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:02 AM EDT

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    MLB’s attempts at holding down draft pick bonuses again resulted in a wave of signings announced just after the midnight deadline.  This year, all but one first-round pick, the Blue Jays’ Tyler Beede, got a deal done. Top overall pick Gerrit Cole of the Pirates was one of 23 first-round picks to sign just prior to the deadline,…

  9. Padres prospect Drew Cumberland forced into retirement

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Drew Cumberland

    A hat-tip to Baseball America for pointing out the Pensacola News Journal story on Drew Cumberland, a Padres prospect whose career is now over because of an inner-ear condition known as bilateral vestibulopathy. Cumberland was a supplemental first-round pick in 2007.  He hit .350/.385/.505 with seven homers and 21 steals between high-A Lake Elsinore and…

  10. With Delmon Young in Detroit, Magglio Ordonez is done as a regular

    Aug 15, 2011, 6:50 PM EDT

    Magglio Ordonez

    Manager Jim Leyland said Monday he plans to play new arrival Delmon Young in left, Austin Jackson in center and Brennan Boesch in right, leaving no room for Magglio Ordonez in the Tigers’ remade outfield. “That’s as honest as I can be,” Leyland said. “That’s the way the situation is.” Upon returning from the DL in…

  11. Yankees unlikely to call up top prospect Manny Banuelos

    Aug 15, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Manny Banuelos

    There’s been plenty of talk of the Yankees trying southpaw Manny Banuelos, their top pitching prospect, as a reliever next month, but GM Brian Cashman said it probably won’t happen. “You may or may not see him. It’s more likely you won’t see him,’’ Cashman said. “There are no plans for him to join us. He…

  12. Delmon Young thinks it’ll be a cakewalk now

    Aug 15, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Delmon Young

    After being penciled into the third spot ahead of Miguel Cabrera in Detroit’s order in his first game as a Tiger, Delmon Young had this to say: I’ve never been in that situation before, where I have a Hall of Fame-type player behind me Except, you know, Jim Thome.  And hitting behind Joe Mauer and Justin…

  13. Rangers planning Shannon Stone statue

    Aug 15, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Rangers Ballpark

    The Rangers will honor firefighter Shannon Stone with a statue set to be unveiled next year. The statue, which is tentatively set to be named Rangers Fans, will feature Stone along with his 6-year-old son, Cooper.  The two were at the game together when Shannon Stone tumbled over a Rangers Ballpark railing catching a thrown ball from…

  14. Rockies third base coach Rich Dauer taken to emergency room

    Aug 14, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

    Rich Dauer

    Rockies third base coach Rich Dauer was taken to an emergency room after getting struck on the bridge of his nose by a throw prior to Sunday night’s game against the Cardinals. A team spokesman said Dauer was hurt during a double play drill by a throw from Chris Nelson.  Infielders had been practicing double…

  15. Report: Ted Lilly, Jason Vargas among those to clear waivers

    Aug 14, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

    Jason Vargas

    Color me skeptical, but ESPN’s Buster Olney says all of the following starting pitchers have already cleared waivers and are eligible to be traded: Chris Capuano, Bruce Chen, Tom Gorzelanny, Ted Lilly, Rodrigo Lopez, Jason Vargas, Chien-Ming Wang and Carlos Zambrano. It’s largely Vargas’ presence that causes me to question the list.  It’s very hard to…

  16. Charlie Manuel: master of the head game

    Aug 13, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was asked about unbreakable records in the dugout prior to Sunday’s game and Johnny Vander Meer’s back-to-back no-hitters, always a popular choice, came up. Manuel, though, shot down that one as unbreakable, pointing to a division rival’s own pitcher: “That one could be got,” Manuel said. “I see [Stephen] Strasburg, he’s very…

  17. Aramis Ramirez wouldn’t trade his career for Todd Hollandsworth’s

    Aug 13, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    I stuck up for Aramis Ramirez when Cubs analyst and former teammate Todd Hollandsworth criticized his lack of a leadership role on a radio show Friday.  I’m sort of regretting that now. Asked to respond to Hollandsworth’s comments by the Chicago Sun-Times, Ramirez came up with this: One thing I got to say is I’ve never seen…

  18. Bad hop grounder leaves Justin Smoak with broken nose

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:51 PM EDT

    Justin Smoak

    Making his first start in 10 days after dealing with a sore thumb, Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak suffered a broken nose when a Jarrod Saltalamacchia grounder took a bad hop and hit him in the second inning of tonight’s game against the Red Sox. He was taken to a Seattle hospital for a CT…

  19. Carlos Zambrano says he’s retired after giving up five homers

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:21 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    This has to be it for the Cubs and Carlos Zambrano.  If the right-hander is to be believed, this is it for him period. After giving up a career-high five homers and getting ejected for throwing at the Braves’ Chipper Jones, Carlos Zambrano cleaned out his locker and told a Cubs trainer he was retiring,…

  20. Braves announcer Ernie Johnson dies at age 87

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:31 PM EDT

    Ernie Johnson Sr.

    Ernie Johnson Sr., a former major league pitcher better known for his long tenure in the broadcast booth with the Braves, passed away Friday night at age 87. Johnson went 40-23 in a nine-year major league career spent mostly with the Boston and Milwaukee Braves.  Primarily a middle reliever before such a role got much attention, he finished…

  21. CC Sabathia, Carlos Zambrano give up five homers apiece

    Aug 12, 2011, 9:52 PM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    With the 2011 scheduled nearly three-quarters completed, just one pitcher had given up five homers in a game, that being the long-since demoted Sean O’Sullivan of the Royals on May 28 against the Rangers. On Friday night, it happened twice more to two of the game’s highest-paid pitchers.   The Yankees’ CC Sabathia gave up five…

  22. It doesn’t sound as though A.J. Burnett is bullpen bound

    Aug 12, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    Yankees GM Brian Cashman came to the defense of beleaguered right-hander A.J. Burnett on Friday amid speculation that the $18 million-per-year pitcher could get sent to the pen. “The stuff on A.J. is well overblown,” Cashman said. “A.J. Has been solid for us this year. I just think the way it’s playing doesn’t necessarily reflect…

  23. John Kruk joins Phillies’ Wall of Fame

    Aug 12, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    John Kruk - 89 Topps

    The Phillies will honor John Kruk prior to Friday’s game by making him their annual addition to the team’s Wall of Fame. Kruk joins such greats as Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and Robin Roberts on the wall.  His long-time teammate, Darren Daulton, was inducted last year. Kruk is better known now for his big appetite…

  24. Tigers’ Al Alburquerque gets carted off field

    Aug 12, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Al Alburquerque

    Detroit reliever Al Alburquerque was hit by a flyball in the outfield during batting practice Friday and was “writhing in pain” afterwards, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News. The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec describes Alburquerque as going “down head-first” with his feet flailing. As the cart was quickly brought on the the field, Alburqueque was…

  25. Cubs analyst Todd Hollandsworth slams Aramis Ramirez

    Aug 12, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    Whether’s it’s Manny, Hanley, Ramon or now Aramis, slamming a Ramirez is simply the in thing to do in baseball these days. Cubs analyst Todd Hollandsworth, who works in the studio for Comcast Sportsnet, decided to take on Aramis Ramirez on “The McNeil and Spiegel Show” this morning.  The Chicago Tribune has the quotes: When…

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