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  1. Daniel Straily’s amazing numbers in minors get him called up to A’s

    Aug 2, 2012, 5:07 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Straily will make his debut Friday against the Blue Jays in place of Travis Blackley, who’ll move to the bullpen. ========== It’s not quite the Rangers calling up stud third base prospect Mike Olt, but according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle the A’s are promoting a top prospect of their own…

  2. Mike Olt makes Rangers debut as first baseman, No. 8 hitter

    Aug 2, 2012, 4:13 PM EST

    Jean Segura, Mike Olt

    Called up from Double-A late last night, Rangers prospect Mike Olt is making his big-league debut tonight starting at first base and batting eighth. Olt was primarily a third baseman in the minors and projects as a good defender there long term, but the Rangers already have one of the league’s best all-around third basemen…

  3. Dusty Baker on if Joey Votto will return from knee surgery this weekend: “Oh, hell no”

    Aug 2, 2012, 3:25 PM EST

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    Joey Votto was on the field taking some ground balls at first base this morning, but afterward manager Dusty Baker made it very clear that the former MVP won’t be coming off the disabled list this weekend: Oh, hell no. What weekend? You’ve still got to run. He just started playing a little first base.…

  4. Frank Francisco to come off DL, rejoin Mets on Friday

    Aug 2, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

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    Out since late June with an oblique injury, Frank Francisco has completed his minor-league rehab assignment and will come off the disabled list tomorrow. Bobby Parnell hasn’t exactly been unhittable lately as the fill-in closer and Francisco threw shutout ball in each of his last four rehab outings, so he may reclaim ninth-inning duties pretty…

  5. Delmon Young looking for plea deal in hate crime case

    Aug 2, 2012, 2:04 PM EST

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    With the Tigers having today off Delmon Young traveled to New York to appear in a Manhattan courtroom for what the Associated Press calls “an update” on his misdemeanor hate crime case. While in town to play the Yankees in April he was arrested and charged with yelling anti-Semitic epithets at a group of tourists…

  6. Shane Victorino says “Mahalo Philadelphia” in full-page ad

    Aug 2, 2012, 1:27 PM EST

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    Via David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News: Shane Victorino took out a full-page newspaper ad saying goodbye to Phillies fans after being traded to the Dodgers. And as Murphy notes, if nothing else Victorino is doing his part to keep the newspaper industry afloat.

  7. Jose Bautista’s return timetable “very much up in the air”

    Aug 2, 2012, 12:50 PM EST

    Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista resumed swinging a bat last week, but the Blue Jays slugger isn’t close to returning from a sprained wrist. Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Bautista “is still experiencing some discomfort” and his return timetable “remains very much up in the air” 17 days after the injury. Bautista told Chisholm that a hand…

  8. Jason Giambi cleared for baseball activities after sickness

    Aug 2, 2012, 12:20 PM EST

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    Jason Giambi won’t be eligible to return from the disabled list until next week, but the 41-year-old has been cleared to resume baseball activities after being sidelined by a viral infection. Giambi revealed to Trey Scott of MLB.com that he was feeling sick for several weeks before finally seeing a doctor: I had stomach aches,…

  9. Giancarlo Stanton aiming to return from DL early next week

    Aug 2, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v Miami Marlins

    Giancarlo Stanton is scheduled to begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment today at Single-A and, barring a setback with his surgically repaired knee, hopes to come off the disabled list as soon as Tuesday versus the Mets. At the time of Stanton’s surgery on July 9 he was expected to miss 4-6 weeks, so he’s…

  10. Albert Pujols leads the AL in HR, RBI, and OPS since May 15

    Aug 2, 2012, 10:37 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols hits a two-run home run against Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish in Arlington, Texas

    I’ve written a few posts already about how Albert Pujols has bounced back from his brutal start with the Angels to resume being a great hitter, but after his latest homer binge–which includes two bombs against the Rangers last night–he’s now leading the American League in OPS dating back to May 15: ALBERT PUJOLS 1.060…

  11. Jordan Zimmermann is pitching through shoulder soreness

    Aug 2, 2012, 10:05 AM EST

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    Jordan Zimmermann‘s next start has been pushed back from Friday to Saturday because of shoulder soreness. For now the Nationals are saying it’s nothing serious, but James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that Zimmermann “has recently been taking anti-inflammatory medicine” and had trouble getting loose before his last outing. It’d be a shame if…

  12. Angels haven’t talked contract extension with Zack Greinke

    Aug 2, 2012, 9:33 AM EST

    Zack Greinke

    Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin indicated that Zack Greinke wanted to test the open market as a free agent no matter what, which obviously played a big part in the Brewers trading him. However, now that he’s with the Angels there are already questions about whether Greinke might bypass free agency for a big-money deal.…

  13. David Ortiz says he’s pain free

    Aug 2, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox  v Tampa Bay Rays

    David Ortiz is on the comeback trail and says he no longer feels any pain in his achilles: “I feel better today than days before,” Ortiz said Wednesday. “Hopefully, I will continue feeling better every day. We’ll see if I can go back into the fire … The doctor checked me out every day, and he…

  14. The Rangers call up Mike Olt

    Aug 2, 2012, 8:22 AM EST

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    This is surprising: the Rangers have called up top prospect Mike Olt from Double-A. Olt is one of the game’s top prospects, but he’s definitely green, never having played anywhere more exalted than Frisco. To be fair, however, he is 23. And he was abusing the Texas League, hitting .287/.399/.575 with 27 home runs and 81 RBI…

  15. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 2, 2012, 6:19 AM EST

    Elvis Andrus,Robbie Ross,Adrian Beltre,Michael Young,Joe Nathan

    Rangers 11, Angels 10: Holy schnikes! The Angels jumped out to a 6-0 lead and the fans were booing Yu Darvish and the local nine. Then the comeback. Make that the comebacks. Four runs in the fifth and then single runs in the eighth and ninth to force extras. Then, down by three in the…

  16. Indians DFA veteran right-hander Derek Lowe

    Aug 1, 2012, 11:22 PM EST

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    From Jordan Bastian of MLB.com comes word that the Indians have designated veteran starter Derek Lowe for assignment, booting him from their 40-man roster and placing him on waivers. Cory Kluber will be called up on Thursday afternoon to fill the roster vacancy. He’s scheduled to start Thursday night’s series-finale against the Royals. Lowe was…

  17. Mets promote top prospect Zack Wheeler to AAA

    Aug 1, 2012, 10:31 PM EST

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    Here’s a dose of positive news for Mets fans. As first reported by CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler was officially promoted from Double-A Binghmaton to Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday as he continues his steady climb through the Mets’ minor league system. Wheeler, acquired from the Giants last summer for outfielder Carlos…

  18. There’s something troubling going on with Josh Hamilton

    Aug 1, 2012, 9:23 PM EST

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    Josh Hamilton batted just .177/.253/.354 in July, which would be reason enough to think that something’s not quite right with the MVP outfielder. Now add these cryptic comments, uttered by Hamilton late last week following a 1-for-14 homestand: “When the time is right, I’ll be honest with you, you’ll be right in the loop. I’ve been…

  19. Neftali Feliz undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Aug 1, 2012, 8:18 PM EST

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    From Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram comes word that Rangers right-hander Neftali Feliz underwent his scheduled Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery this afternoon in Arlington, Texas. He showed up to the home clubhouse at Rangers Ballpark a few hours later and was still a bit woozy but told reporters the procedure was a…

  20. Brandon Phillips could return to action over the weekend

    Aug 1, 2012, 7:34 PM EST

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    Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was removed from Tuesday’s game against the Padres because of a left calf strain and later told reporters that he was going to be out of commission “a while.” But there is suddenly reason for optimism. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Reds manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday night that…

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