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

    Aug 1, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

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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…

  2. Neftali Feliz undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Aug 1, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT

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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…

  3. Brandon Phillips could return to action over the weekend

    Aug 1, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT

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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…

  4. Fernando Rodney is in very rare territory

    Aug 1, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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    The Rays have had the magic touch with lightly regarded relievers before, but Fernando Rodney is easily their biggest success story yet. The 35-year-old Rodney recorded his 31st save Wednesday, moving himself into a tie for the major league lead, and lowered his ERA to 0.74 with a scoreless inning in a 4-1 win over…

  5. Surging Diamondbacks sweep Dodgers in Los Angeles

    Aug 1, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

    Patrick Corbin

    The Dodgers remade their lineup Wednesday to fit in new arrival Shane Victorino, but it led to just two hits — one off the bat of starter Stephen Fife — as the Diamondbacks won 4-0 to complete a three-game sweep in Los Angeles. Manager Don Mattingly, too often limited to one or two quality hitters…

  6. Franklin Gutierrez “almost out of the woods” five weeks after concussion

    Aug 1, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

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    It’s been five weeks since Franklin Gutierrez suffered a concussion when an errant pickoff throw hit his head on June 29 and manager Eric Wedge told Greg Johns of that the center fielder is “almost out of the woods.” He remains on the disabled list–where he’s unfortunately been for most of the past two…

  7. Justice Sotomayor was in the Yankee Stadium bleachers today

    Aug 1, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    When in recess, Supreme Court justices tend to go on cushy boondoggles in tropical paradises where they deliver a couple of lectures about the law or something while dining on the finest meats and cheeses. Not Justice Sotomayor, however. She was in the right field bleachers at Yankee Stadium today: The Supreme Court justice and Bronx…

  8. Joba Chamberlain allows homer in first action in 13 months

    Aug 1, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Joba Chamberlain returned from his broken ankle (not to mention Tommy John surgery) and made his season debut this afternoon, throwing 1.2 innings in the Yankees’ blowout win over the Orioles. Chamberlain allowed two runs on four hits, including a homer to J.J. Hardy on his second pitch of the game, but showed good velocity…

  9. Carlos Zambrano on demotion to bullpen: “It’s not my role, but I have to do it”

    Aug 1, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    All things considered Carlos Zambrano reacted pretty well to the Marlins demoting him to the bullpen yesterday. Not only didn’t he destroy any Gatorade coolers, his quotes about the situation were perfectly reasonable: It’s not my role, but I have to do it. There is no other choice. If they put me in the bullpen,…

  10. Devin Mesoraco suspended three days for an ump bump

    Aug 1, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Cincinnati Reds

    On Monday night Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was ejected for poking umpire Chad Fairchild in the chest protector after Fairchild called a ball on a pitch that Mesoraco thought was a strike, and then bumping him before leaving the field.  You can’t do that, see, and today Mesoraco was suspended for three games. Mesoraco says he’ll…

  11. Rays release Hideki Matsui

    Aug 1, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Last week the Rays designated Hideki Matsui for assignment and today they released the 38-year-old after he hit just .147 in 34 games. It’s hard to imagine Matsui getting another big-league opportunity at this point, or at least not until he proves he can still hit a little bit in the minors. Tampa Bay oddly…

  12. Josh Beckett to avoid the disabled list

    Aug 1, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox

    Bobby Valentine was on WEEI this afternoon and he said that he doesn’t think Josh Beckett will need to be placed on the disabled list due to his back spasms. Thank goodness. Because if he went on the DL, you just know someone would follow him around and take a picture of him bending over…

  13. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke likes career-long outfielder Corey Hart at first base

    Aug 1, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

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    Mat Gamel got hurt and Taylor Green didn’t hit, so the Brewers turned to Corey Hart as Prince Fielder‘s replacement at first base and … well, manager Ron Roenicke likes it a lot. Hart had started just two career games at first base prior to this season–compared to nearly 7,000 innings as an outfielder–but he’s…

  14. The Phillies designate Mike Fontenot for assignment

    Aug 1, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Philadelphia Phillies

    More Phillies leaving town: Mike Fontenot was just designated for assignment. Fontenot hit .289/.343/.340 with a home run, seven RBI in 47 games. Now he’ll work for food. Or a veteran’s minimum salary. Michael Martinez has been called up from Lehigh Valley to take his place on the roster.

  15. Dodgers cut Bobby Abreu to make room for Shane Victorino

    Aug 1, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Bobby Abreu

    Shane Victorino‘s arrival meant someone had to get the boot from the Dodgers’ roster today and they chose 38-year-old Bobby Abreu, designating him for assignment. Abreu signed with the Dodgers after being released by the Angels in late April and got off to a strong start while seeing regular action in left field, but he’s…

  16. The Red Sox may be getting desperate to maintain the sellout streak

    Aug 1, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

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    A reader writes: I just received this email from the Red Sox apparently pleading with me to buy tickets to tonight’s game. The catch is that I’ve never been on any Red Sox email list nor ever gotten an email from the club before, except past ticket-buying confirmations from and the like. The point is, they’ve never…

  17. Rockies “restructuring” front office, but Dan O’Dowd will remain general manager

    Aug 1, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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    As the Rockies try to avoid the worst season in franchise history Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the team is “expected to announce a restructuring of responsibilities in their front office.” However, according to Renck general manager Dan O’Dowd is not in danger of losing his job and instead will simply be…

  18. Ryan Dempster says he never turned down that deal to the Braves. Um, OK.

    Aug 1, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Ryan Dempster was all-but-traded to the Braves last week, but rejected it with his 10/5 rights.  At least that’s what The Man wants you to believe. Dempster says it didn’t go down like that: “The truth of the matter is, at the end of the day, I didn’t turn down any trades. All I asked…

  19. Padres lose hot-hitting rookie catcher Yasmani Grandal to oblique injury

    Aug 1, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Rookie catcher Yasmani Grandal has provided a huge spark for the Padres since being called up on June 2, hitting .312 with five homers and a .947 OPS in 24 games, but now he’ll miss at least two weeks with a strained oblique muscle. He’ll be eligible to return from the disabled list in the…

  20. Vin Scully + Twitter = adorable

    Aug 1, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Vin Scully

    Vin Scully, who in addition to being the greatest announcer of all time is also 84 years old, read one of new Dodger Shane Victorino‘s tweets on the air last night and … well, it was adorable: I’m significantly less adorable, but you can still follow me on Twitter: @AaronGleeman

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