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  1. UPDATE: Yadier Molina day-to-day after home-plate collision

    Aug 28, 2012, 10:22 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina AP

    UPDATE: Good news for the Cardinals. Jenifer Langosch of reports that Molina checked out OK following a SCAT II concussion test and X-rays. 8:55 PM: Jenifer Langosch of reports that Molina left with an back/neck/shoulder strain. The important thing to note here is that there was no mention of a concussion. He’s considered…

  2. Minus Tony La Russa, Cardinals still league’s biggest dipwads

    Aug 28, 2012, 10:15 PM EDT

    Josh Harrison, Yadier Molina

    Yeah, Josh Harrison bowled over Yadier Molina in the second inning Tuesday, knocking the St. Louis catcher out of the game soreness in his back, neck and shoulders. It was a violent collision, and the Cardinals weren’t happy about seeing maybe their best player leave with an injury. So, of course, Jake Westbrook threw at…

  3. Logan Morrison to undergo knee surgery next week

    Aug 28, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

    logan morrison ap

    The Marlins moved Logan Morrison to the 60-day disabled list last week, essentially ruling him out for the rest of the season, but now we can officially close the book on his disappointing campaign. According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, Morrison said earlier today that he’s scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on his…

  4. Yankees GM Brian Cashman ‘not surprised’ Melky, Colon tested positive

    Aug 28, 2012, 9:21 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman head

    Speaking Tuesday on ESPN New York, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he was “not surprised” about the positive PED tests for Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon.’s Andrew Marchand has the quotes: “In Melky’s case, I think I said in the New York Times article, recently in June, they asked me about him, that when…

  5. The Brewers have placed Shaun Marcum on waivers

    Aug 28, 2012, 7:55 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum Getty

    We could see some more trade action before August 31, as Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Brewers have placed Shaun Marcum on revocable waivers. Marcum landed on the disabled list in mid-June with an elbow injury, but he returned Saturday against the Pirates and gave up four unearned runs over five innings. His…

  6. Alex Rodriguez takes batting practice for first time since hand fracture

    Aug 28, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    The Yankees will be without Mark Teixeira for a little while due to a Grade 1 strain of his left calf, but it’s not all bad news on the injury front. According to Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York, Alex Rodriguez took batting practice earlier today for the first time since fracturing his left hand…

  7. The Jose Bautista wrist injury timeline

    Aug 28, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    July 16: Jose Bautista fouls off a ball in the eighth inning of a game against the Yankees and immediately grabs his left wrist in pain. The Jays announced after the game that no break was found, that he had an injury to a tendon and that he’d undergo an MRI the following day. July…

  8. Remember that $42 million outfielder the Dodgers signed in June?

    Aug 28, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Neither do they, apparently. A couple of weeks after locking up Andre Ethier, the Los Angeles Dodgers gave Cuban defector Yasiel Puig a seven-year, $42 million contract in June. Now, as a result of the weekend’s megadeal with the Red Sox, it’s hard to see where he’s ever going to fit in. 1B Adrian Gonzalez…

  9. Jays first-rounder Marcus Stroman explains 50-game ban

    Aug 28, 2012, 5:58 PM EDT

    Marcus Stroman

    Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman, who was selected 22nd overall in the 2012 MLB draft, was banned 50 games after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine today. He issued a release afterwards: Despite taking precautions to avoid violating the minor league testing program, I unknowingly ingested a banned stimulant that was in an over-the-counter supplement. Nonetheless, I accept…

  10. Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista needs wrist surgery

    Aug 28, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    John Farrell, Jose Bautista

    After six weeks on the disabled list Jose Bautista rejoined the Blue Jays’ lineup Friday, only to aggravate his wrist injury one day later and be placed right back on the shelf. And today the team announced that he needs surgery, which will knock Bautista out for the remainder of this season and carries a…

  11. Guillermo Mota rejoins Giants after 100-game suspension

    Aug 28, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Back in May veteran reliever Guillermo Mota was suspended 100 games for his second positive performance enhancing drug test and today the right-hander rejoined the Giants’ active roster after serving his punishment. At the time Mota claimed that his positive test for Clenbuterol was the result of taking a children’s cough medicine, which his agent…

  12. Today’s minor league drug suspensions

    Aug 28, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT


    Someone go figure out for me how many games the Arizona Rookie League Royals, the Bowling Green Hot Rods and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats will have to forfeit to make up for these drug violations: Kansas City Royals Minor League first baseman Mark Donato has been suspended for 50 games without pay after testing positive for…

  13. Phillies bench Placido Polanco for Kevin Frandsen

    Aug 28, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Placido Polanco

    In case it wasn’t already clear, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel basically admitted today that Placido Polanco has simply been benched. Polanco is out of the lineup tonight for the fifth straight game in favor of 30-year-old journeyman Kevin Frandsen, and when asked about the situation Manuel told Todd Zolecki of that it’s not about…

  14. Rafael Soriano explains why he was not around for the media last night

    Aug 28, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT


    It’s pretty simple, really: Soriano says Yanks pr didn’t let him know media wanted to speak with hin last night. — Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) August 28, 2012   Yes, because it’s unprecedented for the media to want to talk to him after a poor outing.  And for him to take off without doing so. And…

  15. Mac Thomason of Braves Journal nears the end of his battle with cancer

    Aug 28, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT

    Mac Thomason

    Awful news from Alex Remington, who has become the caretaker of Mac Thomason’s Braves Journal. Mac has been moved to hospice. Nothing in life is certain, but it seems like Mac’s years-long battle with cancer is nearing its end. I wrote about Mac last October when his prognosis became bleak and he set off from…

  16. Gavin Floyd placed on DL with more elbow problems

    Aug 28, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    Gavin Floyd Getty

    UPDATE: Floyd has been placed on the disabled list, with Dylan Axelrod moving into the White Sox’s rotation. ========== Gavin Floyd exited Sunday’s start after just two innings with a sore elbow, but an MRI exam revealed no structural damage and the White Sox have diagnosed him with a strain. Robin Ventura told Jeff Seidel…

  17. The Orioles are going to sign Randy Wolf

    Aug 28, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT


    Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles are going to sign Randy Wolf. No, he’s not likely to help — he has a 5.69 ERA and 96/45 K/BB ratio over 142 1/3 innings this year while leading the league in hits allowed — but an arm’s an arm, right? Plus, he’s virtually free. I woulda thought that the…

  18. Cubs finalize $60 million extension with Starlin Castro

    Aug 28, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro

    Making official what was first reported two weeks ago, the Cubs have finalized a seven-year, $60 million contract extension with shortstop Starlin Castro that includes a team option for 2020. Castro is making the minimum salary this season and would have been arbitration eligible for the first time next year. And as a “Super Two”…

  19. GIF of the Day: Joe Mauer did this last night

    Aug 28, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT


    I’m not really even sure how to describe this moment from last night’s Twins-Mariners game, other than to say keep an eye on Joe Mauer and the baseball: (Thanks to Jeff Sullivan of Lookout Landing for the GIF.)

  20. ESPN agrees to broadcast games of every team at least once a year in the new deal

    Aug 28, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    old TV

    Just got the press release from MLB about the new ESPN rights deal. It’s mostly as reported this morning. This stood out, however: ESPN has also made a commitment to showcase each of the 30 MLB Clubs at least once per season in a live game telecast. This is at least a bone to fans…

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