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  1. UPDATE: Athletics reacquire catcher Kurt Suzuki from Nationals

    Aug 23, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

    Kurt Suzuki

    Undoing a trade made a year ago, the A’s have acquired Kurt Suzuki from the Nationals for pitching prospect Dakota Bacus. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times was the first with the news Thursday night. With Oakland’s No. 1 (John Jaso), No. 2 (Derek Norris) and No. 4 (Luke Montz) catchers all on the shelf,…

  2. Brandon Beachy to see Dr. James Andrews

    Aug 22, 2013, 5:54 PM EDT

    Brandon Beachy

    As if the Braves hadn’t gotten enough bad news in the last day, Brandon Beachy, who returned from Tommy John surgery last month, will see Dr. James Andrews next week after experiencing a setback. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Beachy underwent an MRI on Wednesday, the results of which the Braves…

  3. Cal Ripken Jr. is having thoughts about managing

    Aug 21, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    Legendary Orioles player Ripken, Jr. listens to tributes prior to unveiling of statue in Baltimore

    While he skirts the subject of whether he might actually go after a job, Cal Ripken Jr. has had thoughts of managing a big-league team, he indicated this week on Table Manners. “I don’t know. I’ve been asked to interview for managing jobs before, not too long ago,” he said. “And I’ve always thought, if…

  4. Report: Alex Rodriguez can still accept a 150-game suspension

    Aug 21, 2013, 1:04 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    A person close to Alex Rodriguez told Bob Nightengale of USATODAY that the disgraced slugger has a standing offer from MLB to have his suspension reduced from 211 games to 150 if he foregoes his appeal. The source told Nightengale that MLB originally offered a 100-game ban before announcing the 211-game suspension, but that the…

  5. Is the end here for Jeff Francoeur?

    Aug 21, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    Maybe someone will pick Jeff Francoeur up for their bench after the Giants designated the 29-year-old outfielder for assignment on Tuesday, but it’s far from a given. His former habit was to hit like gangbusters whenever he joined a new team, but in San Francisco, he came in at .194/.206/.226 with no homers and four…

  6. Jose Bautista goes on DL with bone bruise in hip

    Aug 20, 2013, 10:59 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    The Blue Jays’ sad year just got a little more depressing: Jose Bautista was placed on the DL after Tuesday’s doubleheader sweep by the Yankees. The cause is a bone bruise in his left hip that knocked out of this afternoon’s matinee. According to Sportsnet.ca’s Shi Davidi, Bautista hurt the hip weeks ago as he…

  7. Ryan Dempster declines to appeal five-game suspension

    Aug 20, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    While still maintaining his innocence Tuesday, Ryan Dempster decided not to appeal the five-game suspension handed down by MLB. He started serving the penalty with Tuesday’s game against the Giants. Dempster insisted Tuesday that he was just trying to pitch inside when, in the second inning of Sunday’s tilt between the Yankees and Red Sox,…

  8. Joe Mauer scratched due to dizziness

    Aug 20, 2013, 6:48 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer

    Joe Mauer, who took several foul tips off his mask in Monday’s game against the Mets, was a late scratch for Tuesday’s game against the Tigers after experiencing dizziness during batting practice. Even before the dizziness struck, manager Ron Gardenhire said Mauer probably wouldn’t catch in the series against Detroit, according to the Pioneer Press’s…

  9. Francisco Liriano strikes out 13 in latest gem

    Aug 20, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    The Pirates made the best free agent signing of last winter when they inked Francisco Liriano to a two-year contract, though it nearly fell apart because of an injury to Liriano’s non-throwing arm. That injury caused the deal to be knocked down to $12.75 million from its original $14 million and it resulted in Liriano…

  10. Rangers sac bunt in third, score 11 runs

    Aug 19, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

    Leonys Martin

    It was just the way Ron Washington drew it up. Ian Kinsler, the Rangers’ No. 3 hitter, bunted two runners with none out in the bottom of the third with Texas up 2-1 on Houston tonight. An intentional walk to Adrian Beltre followed. Then came the 11 runs. 11! Here’s the whole gory inning: -…

  11. Report: Alex Rodriguez is about to sue Yankees doctor for malpractice

    Aug 19, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

    Yankees' Rodriguez stands at third base in the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Red Sox in Boston

    A source tells Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com that Alex Rodriguez‘s lawyers are preparing a malpractice suit against a Yankees team doctor: Rodriguez and his lawyers believe they have evidence that supports their contention that Chris Ahmad, the Yankees’ team doctor, misdiagnosed A-Rod’s hip injury during last October’s playoffs. They have yet to file the suit…

  12. Joe Girardi on Ryan Dempster: ‘I wish he had to hit’

    Aug 19, 2013, 1:10 AM EDT

    Yankees' Girardi agrues with home plate umpire Brian O'Nara in the second inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Red Sox in Boston

    Joe Girardi had about four hours to think about what he was going to say after getting tossed in the second inning on Sunday’s Yankees-Red Sox game. His response to Ryan Dempster seemingly intentionally throwing at and hitting Alex Rodriguez: “I wish he had to hit. That’s what I wish.” So, basically, Girardi is saying…

  13. Yankees outlast Red Sox to claim series in Fenway

    Aug 19, 2013, 12:48 AM EDT

    Yankees' Rodriguez celebrates his solo home run against Red Sox's Dempster in the sixth inning of their MLB American League Baseball game in Boston

    This one had a little bit of everything packed into a crisp four hours and 12 minutes. – After Boston grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, Ryan Dempster drilled Alex Rodriguez with a 3-0 pitch to open the second. It was at least Dempster’s second attempt to hit him, but the…

  14. Report: Alex Rodriguez paid for Tony Bosch’s lawyer

    Aug 19, 2013, 12:11 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    A spokesperson for Tony Bosch’s attorney, Susy Ribero-Ayala, told ESPN’s Outside the Lines on Sunday that Alex Rodriguez paid her a $25,000 retainer in February in the wake of the Biogenesis scandal and later transferred an additional $50,000 that was immediately returned to Rodriguez. Outside the Lines reviewed the documents for the second transfer. Ribero-Ayala…

  15. Milestone man Alfonso Soriano homers twice, knocks in six

    Aug 13, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    A day after homering to collect his 2,000th career hit, Alfonso Soriano homered twice and drove in six runs in the Yankees’ 14-7 win over the Angels on Tuesday, giving him 1,100 career RBI. Soriano got to 1,100 RBI just six days after reaching 1,100 runs scored. Next up on the list for him is…

  16. Maybe the Royals shouldn’t bat Chris Getz leadoff

    Aug 13, 2013, 11:32 PM EDT

    Omar Infante, Chris Getz

    In the grand scheme of things, we know lineup order means little. It’s certainly more important that a manager have the right guys playing than have them in the proper order. Lineup decisions aren’t worth a tenth of all the ire they produce on the Internet and radio. And, yet, once in a great while,…

  17. Torii Hunter: You don’t know what’s really going on with Prince Fielder

    Aug 13, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Torii Hunter thinks everyone needs to back off Prince Fielder, even though the first baseman isn’t putting up his usual numbers this year. Speaking on the “Ryan and Rico” show on Detroit’s 105.1 FM on Tuesday, Hunter indicated that Fielder is dealing with issues off the field. MLive.com’s James Schmehl posted a link to the…

  18. Banana tosser says he was mad at Giants, nothing to do with Adam Jones

    Aug 12, 2013, 6:14 PM EDT

    AT&T Park

    After hearing the outcry over a thrown banana, Alexander Poulides reached out to the San Jose Mercury News on Monday and said that he was the tosser and that it was a move made strictly in frustration with another poor performance from the Giants in a 10-2 loss to the Orioles. Baltimore center fielder Adam…

  19. The Red Sox will have Koji Uehara back for another year

    Aug 12, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

    Koji Uehara

    When Koji Uehara signed with the Red Sox as a free agent last winter, it was reported simply as a one-year, $4.25 million contract. However, the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo has learned that the deal also included a $4.25 million option that will vest with his next appearance, his 55th of the season. WEEI’s Alex…

  20. Report: Top Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu defects

    Aug 11, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

    Jose Abreu

    A pair of agents told El Nuevo Herald that first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu has defected from Cuba and is somewhere in the Caribbean, with separate reports placing him in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. If the news is true, Abreu would rate as biggest Cuban free agent ever. Arguably the country’s best hitter, Abreu…

  21. Red Sox bring back Will Middlebrooks to play third base

    Aug 10, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

    Will Middlebrooks

    Those hoping the Red Sox would give top prospect Xander Bogaerts a shot should prepare to be disappointed. The team is instead recalling Will Middlebrooks to play third base, with Brandon Snyder going on the disabled list. Middlebrooks had regained his stroke for Triple-A Pawtucket over the last week, hitting .333/.361/.545 with two homers in…

  22. Two weeks later, Christian Yelich loses three-hit debut

    Aug 9, 2013, 6:36 PM EDT

    Christian Yelich

    A scoring change from the July 26 Marlins-Rockies game came down on Friday, costing Christian Yelich his third hit from his major league debut. Yelich’s third single of the game was a hard grounder at a drawn-in D.J. LeMahieu playing second base. The ball handcuffed LaMehieu and bounced over his shoulder, though LeMahieu was able…

  23. Tim Lincecum allows one hit over eight innings in win

    Aug 8, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum‘s resurgence continued Thursday, as the two-time Cy Young Award winner limited the Brewers to one hit over eight scoreless innings and struck out eight in a victory. Lincecum was shelled for eight runs in the start after his 148-pitch no-hitter last month, but he’s allowed just three runs in 22 innings since. In…

  24. Chase Utley sends Dioner Navarro to the hospital

    Aug 7, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

    Utley collision

    Chase Utley celebrated his new contract tonight by barreling over Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro in a collision at home plate, resulting in an out for the Phillies and a trip to the hospital with at least a leg injury for Navarro. Here’s the GIF of the collision from our own Bill Baer: Utley made as…

  25. The defending world champs have Jeff Francoeur starting in center field

    Aug 7, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    Never has a team fallen so far, so rapidly. Jeff Francoeur is making his third career start in center field as the Giants take on the Brewers in San Francisco tonight. His other two both came last year with the Royals, when he played 16 innings and somehow never had a ball hit his way.…

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