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  1. Cubs analyst Todd Hollandsworth slams Aramis Ramirez

    Aug 12, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

    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…

  2. MiLB.com launches free “Triple-A” app

    Aug 12, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    MiLB.com

    Using an interface modeled after the MLB At Bat 2011 app, minorleaguebaseball.com is now offering the free Milb.com Triple-A app, providing scoreboard and pitch-tracker information for every Triple-A game over the rest of the season. The app also features a customizable home screen that can be set up with one’s favorite affiliate, archived box scores…

  3. Kyle Davies was arrested day before release from Royals

    Aug 12, 2011, 12:18 AM EST

    Kyle Davies

    While Kyle Davies’ performance certainly justified the Royals’ decision to release him, the timing was curious.  It wasn’t like he could do any harm while on the disabled list because of a sore shoulder. Except apparently he could. Davies was arrested early Tuesday morning in Tampa on charges of disorderly intoxication, the Kansas City Star…

  4. Tim Hudson knows he wouldn’t stand a chance against Jose Constanza

    Aug 11, 2011, 6:57 PM EST

    Tim Hudson

    The AJC’s David O’Brien has a nice article up today on Braves rookie sensation Jose Constanza, who apparently goes by “Georgie” in the Atlanta clubhouse.  And just what sort of article would it be without the traditional quote about how the ace never likes to face one of those pesky singles hitters: “For me, personally,…

  5. Mariano Rivera earns 30th save despite surrendering homer

    Aug 11, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    For just the third time in his Hall of Fame career, Mariano Rivera has given up homers in back-to-back relief appearances.  However, It didn’t prevent him from notching his 30th save Thursday against the Angels. Rivera, who gave up a two-run homer to Bobby Abreu in a loss to the Angels on Tuesday, came into…

  6. Johnny Cueto goes seven scoreless, lowers ERA to 1.94

    Aug 11, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Johnny Cueto

    Johnny Cueto, who keeps straddling the innings threshold for the NL ERA lead, beat the Rockies by pitching seven scoreless innings on Thursday, lowering his ERA to 1.94. Cueto missed the first month of the season with a strained triceps muscle, so he’s currently at 120 1/3 innings in the Reds’ 118 games.  Because he’s…

  7. Stat of the day: most homers during a hitting streak

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Joe DiMaggio

    Inspired by a Danny Knobler tweet, here’s a list of players to hit the most homers over the course of a hitting streak. Joe DiMaggio (NYY, 1941): 15 HR in 56 G Willie McCovey (SFG, 1963): 15 HR in 24 G Alex Rodriguez (NYY, 2006): 15 HR in 23 G Chuck Klein (Phi, 1929): 13…

  8. What’s gotten into the Padres?

    Aug 11, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    Kyle Blanks, Jesus Guzman, Will Venable

    The Padres last night started their fourth options at first base and catcher, their third options at third base and in left field and their backup second baseman, yet scored nine more runs in a win over the Mets. Their batting lines by month to date: April: .211/.293/.308, 14 HR in 27 G May: .249/.303/.363, 19…

  9. Indians rookie Jason Kipnis goes 5-for-5, scores four times

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:07 PM EST

    Jason Kipnis

    Jason Kipnis, who already has a streak of homering in four straight games in his very young career, went 5-for-5 with a homer and four runs scored Wednesday in the Indians’ 10-3 win over the Tigers.  It was his sixth homer in 16 games as a major leaguer. Kipnis became the first rookie to finish…

  10. Curtis Granderson ties and then overtakes career high in homers

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:54 PM EST

    Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson

    Curtis Granderson hit his 30th and 31st homers Wednesday to lead the Yankees to a 9-3 win over the Angels. The second homer gave him a new career high with 47 games left to play.  He hit 30 homers in 160 games in his final year with the Tigers in 2009. Granderson had already long…

  11. Ron Santo’s Wrigley Field statue unveiled

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:36 PM EST

    Ron Santo's statue

    The Cubs on Wednesday unveiled the statue of former third baseman and longtime broadcaster Ron Santo, who passed away last Dec. 3 at age 70. The statue, which features a blue cap and stirrups, depicts Santo, a nine-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glover with the Cubs, throwing to first after handling a grounder. Santo played from the…

  12. Report: Wandy Rodriguez will get claimed on waivers

    Aug 10, 2011, 8:15 PM EST

    Wandy Rodriguez

    Danny Knobler of CBSSports says there is “a growing belief in baseball” that Wandy Rodriguez will be placed on waivers this week and that at least one team will put in a claim. The Yankees discussed a Rodriguez trade prior to the July 31 deadline, but talks broke down amid reports that the Bombers wanted the…

  13. Dan Uggla wastes no time in extending hitting streak to 31 games

    Aug 10, 2011, 7:24 PM EST

    Dan Uggla

    Dan Uggla delivered a two-run single to center field in the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Marlins, extending his hitting streak to 31 games. He’s matched Rico Carty’s Atlanta Braves record by making it to 31, and he’s overtaken Andre Ethier‘s 30-gamer for the longest streak in the majors this season. Uggla had…

  14. Arrest made in Evan Longoria, David Price burglary

    Aug 10, 2011, 6:37 PM EST

    jail cell

    The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest Wednesday in the burglary of the spring home shared by Evan Longoria, David Price and Reid Brignac, the St. Petersburg Times reports. 22-year-old Steven Charles Vaughn, who was already in the Charlotte County Jail on unrelated charges, was arrested and charged with armed burglary of an unoccupied…

  15. Blue Jays GM: “This whole thing is stupid”

    Aug 10, 2011, 6:20 PM EST

    Alex Anthopoulos

    So, Alex Anthopoulous is going the J.P. Arencibia route. Mike Cormack of Sportsnet.ca has all of the quotes as the Blue Jays GM addressed the media Wednesday to respond to an ESPN story accusing the team of using someone in the center-field stands to steal signs. Anthopoulous opened by saying, “This whole thing is stupid. …

  16. MLB announces postseason schedule, eliminates off days

    Aug 10, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    mlb logo

    Except for travel days, there will be no off days in this year’s postseason schedule.  MLB announced the postseason dates today, with the ALDSs beginning on Friday, Sept. 30, followed by the NLDSs on Saturday, Oct. 1. In order to best separate the games for TV coverage, MLB had previously scheduled certain divisional series with…

  17. J.P. Arencibia laughs off sign-stealing allegations on Twitter

    Aug 10, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    J.P. Arencibia, Jo-Jo Reyes

    Catcher J.P. Arencibia, one of the few Blue Jays not performing significantly better at home than on the road this season, is none too happy about the ESPN report claiming his team has been using a person in the center-field stands to steal signs over the last two years. Here are his tweets from this…

  18. Was Vernon Wells a sign-stealer?

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Vernon Wells - Blue Jays

    The Angels ignored the huge red flag in Vernon Wells‘ home-road splits when they took on $81 million of $86 million he was still owed by the Blue Jays in a January trade.  It seems pretty safe to say they regret it now. Still, without additional information, writing off Wells’ 2010 splits as a fluke probably was…

  19. Dodgers vendor asks bankruptcy court for protection

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Dodger Stadium

    The big foam fingers at Dodger Stadium might have a different digit raised next season. With attendence well down at Chavez Ravine, Facility Merchandising Inc. isn’t feeling so good about the eight-year deal it signed with the Dodgers prior to the 2010 season.  It’s asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to intervene on its behalf as…

  20. Stat of the day: 2011′s longest home runs

    Aug 10, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Michael Morse

    In honor of Mike Morse’s blast last night, here are this season’s 10 longest homers, courtesy of ESPN Home Run Tracker: 1. Prince Fielder: 486 ft. (Apr. 29) 2. Justin Upton: 478 ft. (Apr. 12) 3. Mitch Moreland: 472 ft. (June 20) 3. Mark Trumbo: 472 ft. (May 30) 5. Prince Fielder: 471 ft. (July…

  21. It’s time for Dodgers to release James Loney

    Aug 10, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    James Loney

    Haven’t we all seen enough by now? All James Loney really had going for him the past couple of years was decent RBI totals.  He truly was a clutch player, in that he hit like a perfectly solid first baseman with RISP and then napped through his at-bats with no one on. This year, though, Loney…

  22. ESPN goes in-depth on Blue Jays sign-stealing allegations

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:41 AM EST

    Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion

    Four players have confirmed to ESPN that they’ve witnessed Blue Jays hitters being relayed signs from the center-field stands at Rogers Centre. An Outside The Lines reports details the allegations and an incident involving one of the players and Jose Bautista.  The report claims that a man in center field, situated perfectly behind the pitcher…

  23. Why Adam Dunn also swings and misses when searching for teammates

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Adam Dunn

    CSNChicago’s Chuck Garfien has a fun article on the White Sox and the aliases they use checking into hotels.  Jake Peavy likes to dip into military history for his, while John Danks, trying to escape those looking to convert him, has opted for a cartoon character. Unfortunately, as Adam Dunn details, the aliases can change…

  24. Edwin Encarnacion could help a contender

    Aug 10, 2011, 8:30 AM EST

    Edwin Encarnacion

    He’s more expendable than ever in Toronto following Brett Lawrie’s arrival, but Edwin Encarnacion, who has been tearing it up for the Jays for more than two months, could be a nice piece for a contender this month. Encarnacion was the Toronto offense last night, going 2-for-2 with a homer and two walks in a…

  25. Cliff Lee hits second homer, denied crack at sixth shutout

    Aug 10, 2011, 1:04 AM EST

    Cliff Lee

    The Phillies’ Cliff Lee, already with a major league-leading five shutouts, was denied a shot at No. 6 on Tuesday.  Having thrown 124 pitches, he was removed after eight scoreless innings in what turned out to be a 2-1 win over the Dodgers. Ryan Madson closed it out in the ninth, but not before giving up an RBI single to Casey Blake.…

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