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  1. Stephen Strasburg to make two or three more starts

    Aug 30, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Nationals manager Davey Johnson broke the news to Stephen Strasburg on the plane ride home Monday: the 24-year-old right-hander will “probably” make just two or three more starts this season. Johnson says he has a “pretty firm plan” for Strasburg, but it’s based on how many innings the right-hander pitches in his next starts. Strasburg…

  2. Zach Britton strikes out 10 in win, gets sent down

    Aug 30, 2012, 5:53 PM EDT

    Zach Britton

    It’s just a paper move, but Zach Britton was sent down to the minors Thursday after limiting the White Sox to one run in eight innings and striking out a career-high 10 batters in Baltimore’s victory. Britton improved to 4-1 on the season. He had never fanned more than seven in 35 career starts before…

  3. Shaun Marcum leaves start with calf injury

    Aug 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum Getty

    Shaun Marcum lasted just four innings today in his second start back from the disabled list, leaving with an injury after throwing 85 pitches against the Cubs. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the injury wasn’t to his arm, as the Brewers announced that Marcum was dealing with right calf cramping. All…

  4. Twins (finally) place Denard Span on disabled list

    Aug 30, 2012, 4:44 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    UPDATE: Span is finally headed to the disabled list, one day before rosters would have expanded anyway and 18 days after his initial injury. ========== Denard Span injured his shoulder on August 12 and was officially deemed “day-to-day.” He then proceeded to sit out 11 consecutive days, all while remaining on the Twins’ active roster…

  5. Jonathan Papelbon’s 30-save streak stands alone

    Aug 30, 2012, 4:28 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Jonathan Papelbon protected a one-run lead Thursday against the Mets to earn his 30th save of the season. It’s the seventh year in a row he’s reached the milestone, a streak that is going to be by far the longest in baseball once the season ends. Besides Papelbon, only Mariano Rivera had saved 30 games…

  6. Scott Boras Overstating His Clients’ Skills season has come early this year

    Aug 30, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Boras thinking

    Usually we have to wait until November to hear Scott Boras oversell his free agent clients, but we have an early preview for Jacoby Ellsbury: “He has shown he can hit .300 in the big leagues, not once but twice,” Boras, Ellsbury’s agent, told “He’s at a point in his career he’s proven he…

  7. Lindsay Lohan drinking, doing karaoke with former Yankees

    Aug 30, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    lindsay lohan

    Lindsay Lohan is apparently moving from Los Angeles to New York. Why is that information at all relevant to baseball? Well, because according to the New York Daily News she’s been hanging out with some former Yankees and to be honest the sheer randomness of it all amuses me: While the move won’t likely happen…

  8. Jimmy Rollins gets benched for not running out a popup

    Aug 30, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    At least it seems that way. A couple weeks ago, Jimmy Rollins got in hot water with Charlie Manuel over not running out a ground ball.  A few minutes ago, he just got into hot water over lack of hustle again. Although this was a bit different. One out, bottom of the sixth, and the…

  9. Cole Hamels to pitch Sunday after “bad salad” missed start

    Aug 30, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels

    Cole Hamels was scratched from yesterday’s start against the Mets because of what the Phillies called “a gastrointestinal illness” but he apparently felt much better today and is now scheduled to start Sunday versus the Braves. Todd Zolecki of reports that the source of Hamels’ stomach problems was “a bad salad,” which is why…

  10. A-Rod to begin his minor league rehab assignment

    Aug 30, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    Eleven days (at most, and likely way fewer) until A-Rod returns: Alex Rodriguez will DH on Friday for Class-A Tampa, and if all goes well, he will play 3B there on Saturday. — Peter Botte (@PeterBotte) August 30, 2012   The Yankees need to get healthy, and getting A-Rod back will be a nice boost.…

  11. Randy Wolf to join Orioles tomorrow as a reliever

    Aug 30, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Baltimore is expected to add Randy Wolf to the roster tomorrow, which will allow the Orioles to include the 36-year-old left-hander on the playoff roster if they a) make the playoffs, and b) actually want him involved. As for his role, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Wolf will be asked to work…

  12. Hank Aaron says PED punishments need to be increased

    Aug 30, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    1961 Topps Hank Aaron

    All respect to Hank Aaron, but his status as the guy who was eclipsed in the record book by a steroids-fueled dude doesn’t render this sentiment any more rational than when someone else says it: “I think it’s got to be a little bit more severe as far as penalties are concerned,” Aaron said. “I…

  13. Dustin Pedroia attempts to explain away every Red Sox controversy of 2012

    Aug 30, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia Reuters

    At some point you figure it’s best to just be quiet about things and hope the bad stuff ends as the season collapses.  But Dustin Pedroia put on his media pants yesterday and went on at length with Rob Bradford of WEEI and explained his side and/or the team’s side of every notable Red Sox…

  14. Rockies will keep four-man rotation, 75-pitch limits for 2013

    Aug 30, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    pomeranz getty

    Colorado’s switch to a four-man rotation with starters on 75-pitch limits hasn’t exactly worked wonders, but the Rockies are sticking with that setup for the remainder of this season and plan to continue using it next year as well. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that they’ll make a slight change, essentially pairing each…

  15. Signs of approaching fall: position players being converted into pitchers

    Aug 30, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Orioles logo

    I always get a little bummed when August comes to a close and the minor league seasons end. It snakes up on me and reminds me that, in a couple of days, there will be a couple thousand professional baseball players not playing baseball until next spring. And there are always a couple of signifying…

  16. Michael Schwimer ends protest against Phillies, reports to Triple-A six days later

    Aug 30, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Michael Schwimer Getty

    Upset that the Phillies optioned him to the minors instead of placing him on the MLB disabled list with elbow soreness, reliever Michael Schwimer took his sweet time reporting to Triple-A and there was even speculation that he might file a grievance. Schwimer finally reported to Lehigh Valley yesterday, six days after being optioned there.…

  17. Catch the Reds-Cardinals series tonight on “Caught Looking” at 9PM on the NBC Sports Network

    Aug 30, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    NBC Sports Network

    Tonight’s Caught Looking, airing at 9 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, goes behind the scenes at last weekend’s Red-Cardinals series. Spoiler alert! The Cards took two of three. But that’s OK, because that’s not the point of the show.  Here’s a preview. Note: Brandon Phillips should probably be miked up in every game, always.

  18. Daniel Bard back with Red Sox despite 7.03 ERA at Triple-A

    Aug 30, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Daniel Bard Reuters

    Daniel Bard was back in the Red Sox’s clubhouse yesterday and will officially be recalled before today’s game, returning to the majors following a three-month demotion to Triple-A. Bard was dumped from Boston’s rotation and sent to the minors in early June, taking with him a 5.24 ERA and more walks (37) than strikeouts (34)…

  19. The Dodgers fear Chad Billingsley is out for the year

    Aug 30, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Chad Billingsley

    Last week Chad Billingsley was placed on the disabled list with an inflammation in his right elbow and it was said that he could be out “a while.”  “A while” could be the rest of the season. At least that’s what Stan Kasten, the Dodgers’ president and chief executive officer thinks. Dylan Hernandez reports that…

  20. NBC SportsTalk: Brian Cashman’s irresponsible PED comments

    Aug 30, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Joe Sheehan and I joined Erik Kuselias on SportsTalk last night and one of the segments was about Brian Cashman’s lack of surprise over Bartolo Colon and Melky Cabrera‘s positive PED tests.  Which is fine as far as it goes. It may be a rare bit of candor from an executive on the topic of…

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