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  1. Josh Beckett scratched from Sunday start, Franklin Morales rejoins Red Sox rotation

    Aug 3, 2012, 5:35 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox

    As expected the Red Sox have scratched Josh Beckett from his scheduled Sunday start against the Twins due to a back injury, announcing that Franklin Morales will take his place. Morales moving back into the rotation seemed possible as soon as the Red Sox traded for left-handed reliever Craig Breslow earlier this week, although for…

  2. Lance Berkman aggravates knee injury, goes back on DL

    Aug 3, 2012, 5:14 PM EST

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    UPDATE: St. Louis placed Berkman on the disabled list with right knee inflammation. ========== Lance Berkman tweaked his surgically repaired right knee in his final at-bat last night and Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the 36-year-old first baseman “had the knee heavily wrapped with ice after the game” and will be examined by team…

  3. Phillies trade Joe Blanton to Dodgers for player to be named

    Aug 3, 2012, 4:41 PM EST

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    Philadelphia’s sell-off continues, as the Phillies have traded Joe Blanton to the Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash after the right-hander was claimed off revocable waivers by Los Angeles. Leading up to Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline Blanton was said to be on the verge of being traded to the Orioles, but…

  4. Josh Hamilton reveals “mystery issue” is chewing tobacco

    Aug 3, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

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    Josh Hamilton has yet to reveal the nature of the mystery issue he’s repeatedly made cryptic comments about for the past week, but Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the former MVP’s inability to quit chewing tobacco is the source. Hamilton unsuccessfully tried to quit last year and then went public with a follow-up effort…

  5. Indians part ways with .222-hitting Johnny Damon

    Aug 3, 2012, 3:40 PM EST

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    Cleveland gave Johnny Damon three months to show he still had some gas left in the tank, but the 38-year-old hit just .222 with four homers and a .610 OPS in 64 games and today the Indians designated him for assignment. Damon has actually been fairly decent since a brutal start, hitting .280 with a…

  6. Must-click link: Get to know Aaron Cook’s strikeout victims

    Aug 3, 2012, 3:25 PM EST

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    I actually just finished writing a tidbit-laden post about Red Sox right-hander Aaron Cook having MLB’s lowest strikeout rate since 1945, but then I saw this article on the same topic by Matthew Kory at Baseball Prospectus and realized mine was approximately one percent as good. So instead of posting an obviously inferior version I…

  7. Nationals acquire catcher Kurt Suzuki from A’s

    Aug 3, 2012, 2:41 PM EST

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    By acquiring George Kottaras from the Brewers last week the A’s signaled that Kurt Suzuki would lose playing time behind the plate, but today they took that several steps further by trading Suzuki to the Nationals. In return the A’s receive Single-A catching prospect David Freitas, who was a 15th-round pick in 2010 and has…

  8. Could Phillies bring back Michael Bourn this winter?

    Aug 3, 2012, 2:10 PM EST

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    In making their trades earlier this week, the Phillies showed they weren’t interested in paying Hunter Pence or Shane Victorino market value in 2013. Now they have three outfield spots in flux going forward, and while they’re hoping Dominic Brown can hold down right field, there’s already plenty of speculation that they might target free…

  9. Mark Appel tops Baseball America’s rankings for 2013 draft

    Aug 3, 2012, 1:43 PM EST

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    Now, admittedly August of 2012 is ridiculously early to be thinking about the June of 2013 draft, but Baseball America just released their top-50 rankings and Stanford right-hander Mark Appel holds the top spot after declining to sign with the Pirates as the No. 8 pick this year. Pittsburgh will get the No. 9 pick…

  10. A Visit to Tiger Stadium

    Aug 3, 2012, 1:07 PM EST

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    I’m in Detroit. The reason: my girlfriend Allison writes for Bless You Boys and this weekend is their annual meetup at Comerica Park. ¬†Despite living only three hours from Comerica Park, I have never been there. For years my avoiding it was done out of protest. ¬†I grew up going to Tiger Stadium. I realize…

  11. Dustin Pedroia, Ichiro Suzuki, Rafael Furcal among worst hitters since May 15

    Aug 3, 2012, 12:45 PM EST

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    I wrote yesterday about how Albert Pujols has recovered from his awful start to lead the entire American League in homers, RBIs, slugging percentage, and OPS since May 15. Based off that I thought it would also be interesting to look at the least productive hitters during that same span, which accounts for about 70…

  12. Wilson Ramos aiming to be ready for spring training

    Aug 3, 2012, 12:01 PM EST

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    Wilson Ramos was back in the Nationals clubhouse yesterday, visiting with his teammates two weeks after undergoing a second knee surgery. Ramos injured his right knee on May 12, had surgery to repair a torn meniscus on June 1, and then needed a follow-up surgery on July 18 to repair further damage. In other words,…

  13. Ryan Dempster thanks Cubs fans in full-page newspaper ad

    Aug 3, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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    Ryan Dempster didn’t exactly leave Chicago on the greatest of terms, but perhaps this full-page newspaper ad thanking Cubs fans will help smooth over some of the bad feelings:

  14. Baseball cards found in Ohio attic sell for $566,000

    Aug 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    Last month we had a post about the remarkably pristine collection of early 1900s baseball cards discovered in an Ohio attic, which experts speculated could fetch as much as $3 million. The first batch of those cards was auctioned off last night at the annual National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore and a 37-card lot…

  15. Josh Hamilton breaks out of slump, but stays quiet about mystery issues and “disobedience”

    Aug 3, 2012, 9:44 AM EST

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    Josh Hamilton showed some life at the plate last night, going 2-for-5 with a double and four RBIs after batting just .167 from July 1 through August 1, but once again declined to address the details surrounding his cryptic comments about something troubling the former MVP. People are not going to understand, I’ll share more…

  16. Cal Ripken Jr.’s mother doing “pretty well” after kidnapping

    Aug 3, 2012, 9:07 AM EST

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    Cal Ripken Jr. appeared on Good Morning America today to give an update on his mother, 74-year-old Violet Ripken, who was kidnapped from her home at gunpoint last week before being found unharmed a day later. Ripken told GMA that she’s doing “pretty well” but has not resumed her normal routine of living at her…

  17. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 3, 2012, 6:00 AM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    Rangers 15, Angels 9: Ryan Dempster was shelled in his Rangers debut, but it didn’t matter because C.J. Wilson was shelled too. Josh Hamilton drove in four. You have to wonder if Wednesday night’s game was some kind of turning point in this race. Rockies 8, Cardinals 2: Homers in four straight games for Josh…

  18. Ryan Dempster gets bombed, Rangers win anyway

    Aug 3, 2012, 12:35 AM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    Making his Rangers debut, Ryan Dempster surrendered eight runs Thursday against the Angels, yet opposing starter C.J. Wilson was just as bad and Texas won a shootout 15-9. Dempster gave up his eight runs in 4 2/3 innings, while Wilson, an ex-Ranger who left for Anaheim in free agency last winter,yielded eight runs in 5…

  19. Josh Beckett could miss next start due to back spasms

    Aug 2, 2012, 10:29 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox

    Josh Beckett was booed off the mound at Fenway Park on Tuesday night after leaving his start against the Tigers in the third inning with back spasms. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine expressed optimism yesterday that the veteran right-hander will be able to avoid a stint on the disabled list, but there’s now uncertainty whether…

  20. Yadier Molina to undergo X-rays on sprained right thumb

    Aug 2, 2012, 9:31 PM EST

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    The Cardinals surely have their fingers crossed right now, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Yadier Molina is out of tonight’s lineup against the Rockies due to a sprained right thumb and is scheduled to undergo X-rays when the team returns home to St. Louis tomorrow. Molina injured the thumb in…

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