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  1. Jerry Hairston Jr. may need season-ending hip surgery

    Aug 22, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Jerry Hairston Jr. played through a hip injury for two months before finally shutting things down last week and now it sounds like he won’t be playing again this season. Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports that an anti-inflammatory injection did nothing to ease Hairston’s discomfort and he 36-year-old utility man “could be…

  2. Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher is on the hot seat

    Aug 22, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Mike Butcher, LaTroy Hawkins, Chris Iannetta

    Craig Calcaterra wrote yesterday about how manager Mike Scioscia’s job is probably safe despite the Angels’ recent struggles, but the same isn’t necessarily true about pitching coach Mike Butcher. For one thing coaches tend to get the ax first–hitting coach Mickey Hatcher was fired in May–especially when the manager involved has been with the team…

  3. Giants players are apparently angry with Melky Cabrera

    Aug 22, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

    Melky Cabrera

    No, not because his idiocy cost them 50 games worth of their second best hitter, but because he didn’t face them afterwards. That’s what Mike Krukow said on KNBR today anyway: Krukow on #SFGiants 4-1 roadie w/o Melky: “He never addressed the team, and it pissed them off. They’ve used the anger to forge chemistry.”…

  4. Andy Pettitte is “pretty much healed” and open to pitching next season

    Aug 22, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Andy Pettitte

    Andy Pettitte is no sure thing to pitch again this season following a recent setback with his broken ankle, but the 40-year-old sounds like someone planning to pitch in 2013. Asked if he’d rule out coming back for another season, Pettitte told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York: No, I wouldn’t. I mean, I’ll go…

  5. The Brewers release Randy Wolf on his birthday

    Aug 22, 2012, 11:02 AM EST

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    Happy birthday, Randy Wolf!  Your present? Your unconditional release. Sincerely, the Milwaukee Brewers. Not that it was undeserved. Wolf has been awful this year, posting a 5.69 ERA and 96/45 K/BB ratio over 142 1/3 innings this season. That combined with the need to find room for the soon-to-be-activated Shaun Marcum and to clear up space for…

  6. Grady Sizemore ruled out for the season

    Aug 22, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Grady Sizemore

    When the Indians re-signed Grady Sizemore to a one-year, $5 million they did so hoping he’d be ready for Opening Day, but instead the oft-injured center fielder hasn’t played a single game and now he’s been ruled out for the season following another setback. Manager Manny Acta summed up the situation pretty well to Jordan…

  7. Joba Chamberlain could be on the way to the minors

    Aug 22, 2012, 10:33 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    CC Sabathia is coming back? That means someone has to go down or out. And one possibility for that is Joba Chamberlain: With CC Sabathia due back from the disabled list on Friday, the Yankees will have to make a roster move to open a spot for their returning ace. According to a source, the…

  8. CC Sabathia throws bullpen session, set to return Friday

    Aug 22, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    CC Sabathia Getty

    CC Sabathia had no problems with his sore elbow during a bullpen session yesterday and afterward declared himself ready to come off the disabled list when eligible Friday. Joe Girardi stopped short of making the same proclamation, saying only “it’s possible” when asked about Sabathia feeling ready to return Friday versus the Indians. Assuming he…

  9. John Axford is the Brewers closer again

    Aug 22, 2012, 9:48 AM EST

    John Axford Getty

    At the end of July, amid an epic, multi-game meltdown of the Brewers bullpen, Ron Roenicke decided to go to a closer-by-committee approach. That’s over now, and John Axford has his old job back, it seems. Axford was put in after the Brewers turned a 5-0 lead into a save situation against the Cubs last…

  10. Baseball and Bud to stay together for six more years

    Aug 22, 2012, 9:14 AM EST

    generic beer

    No, not Selig, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they did too. Bud as in Budweiser: Budweiser and baseball, two American staples whose history can be traced back to the late 1800s, will continue to go hand-in-hand. Anheuser-Busch and Major League Baseball Properties today announced a six-year renewal of the sponsorship agreement that designates Budweiser…

  11. John Smoltz says smart things about the Stephen Strasburg shutdown

    Aug 22, 2012, 8:52 AM EST

    strasburg wide getty

    John Smoltz was on NBC SportsTalk last night and gave his opinion of shutting down Stephen Strasburg, and it’s a pretty smart, informed and nuanced one: I think Smoltz made a key point early: “maybe if they had to do it over again [the Nationals] would have done something without alerting everyone to what was…

  12. Could Dodger Stadium be shrinking soon?

    Aug 22, 2012, 8:22 AM EST

    Dodger Stadium

    This is not a news flash or anything, but getting into Dodger Stadium is a gigantic pain in the butt. While gorgeous, the Chavez Ravine location makes it not too easily accessible, and when you combine that with L.A. traffic and the fact that 56,000 people can fit in the place and really only have…

  13. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 22, 2012, 6:13 AM EST

    Nationals' Strasburg pitches in the rain during the second inning of their MLB game against Braves in Washington

    Nationals 4, Braves 1: I have been arguing against a Stephen Strasburg shutdown for a while now, but allow me to say that if those dudes are really gonna do that, I wish they would have done it before last night. Strasburg struck out ten in six innings, allowing a single run and winning his…

  14. No no-no, but Felix Hernandez beats Indians for 12th win

    Aug 22, 2012, 12:35 AM EST

    Felix Hernandez

    Felix Hernandez didn’t make any sort of run at Johnny Vander Meer’s unbreakable record of back-to-back no-hitters Tuesday — he gave up a single to Jason Kipnis, the very first batter he faced — but he did limit the Indians to one run in 7 2/3 innings in a 4-1 victory. Meanwhile, the other Hernandez…

  15. 2012 first-rounder Chris Stratton hospitalized after being hit by liner

    Aug 22, 2012, 12:14 AM EST

    Chris Stratton

    Giants first-round pick Chris Stratton is in stable condition after taking a line drive off his head during batting practice for short-season Single-A Salem-Keiser on Tuesday. Stratton was transported to the hospital by ambulance, CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reports. The Giants wouldn’t confirm that, but they did comment on his condition: “He’s at the…

  16. Baseball America tells the Jairo Beras story

    Aug 21, 2012, 11:36 PM EST

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    Baseball America’s Ben Badler has a must-read breakdown on the whole Jairo Beras saga. Beras, as you may remember, changed his date of birth before signing a $4.5 million deal with the Rangers in February. MLB initially declined to approve the contract, but did so in July, a move that left several other teams unhappy.…

  17. Stephen Strasburg returns after delay, fans 10 in win

    Aug 21, 2012, 10:35 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    A 51-minute rain delay couldn’t cool off Stephen Strasburg, as the Nationals’ ace allowed one run in six innings and struck out 10 to beat the Braves on Tuesday night. Ian Desmond and Jesus Flores homered off Paul Maholm in the 4-1 game. It was Strasburg’s fifth double-digit strikeout game of the season. He improved…

  18. Josh Tomlin to have Tommy John surgery

    Aug 21, 2012, 10:05 PM EST

    josh tomlin getty

    From beat reporter Jordan Bastian of MLB.com comes word that Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin is scheduled to undergo Tommy John reconstructive surgery Wednesday on his pitching elbow. Tomlin has been on the disabled list since early last week with elbow discomfort. He paid a visit to joint specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum on Tuesday afternoon and the…

  19. Cubs confirm that Matt Garza is done for the season

    Aug 21, 2012, 9:28 PM EST

    matt garza getty

    Cubs skipper Dale Sveum told reporters early last week that “it’s going to be tough” for right-hander Matt Garza to return this season from a stress reaction in his pitching elbow. Sveum was right. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com heard this evening that Garza is officially “done” for the rest of the season. Not because he had…

  20. Reds prospect Billy Hamilton breaks Vince Coleman’s minor league stolen bases record

    Aug 21, 2012, 8:43 PM EST

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    By now you’ve surely heard of Reds youngster Billy Hamilton, regarded by many prospect evaluators as the fastest player at any level of professional baseball. Well, he just made some history: He’s done it! 2 more steals for Billy Hamilton! 146 thefts this year! #KingOfThieves — PensacolaBlueWahoos (@BlueWahoosBBall) August 22, 2012 That’s from the official Twitter account of the…

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