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  1. So, Johan Santana’s no-hitter was still worth it, right?

    Aug 22, 2012, 6:25 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    Never really a workhorse, Johan Santana threw 134 pitches in his no-hitter on June 1, topping his previous career high by nine. Coming back from shoulder surgery, he hadn’t thrown more than 108 pitches in a start this season, as the Mets were being extra cautious with him until the night he had a chance…

  2. MLB overrules the hit that broke up Jeremy Guthrie’s no-hitter

    Aug 22, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

    Eric Hosmer, Paul Konerko

    It doesn’t matter much now, but the controversial Paul Konerko infield single that broke up Jeremy Guthrie‘s no-hitter with two outs in the seventh inning Sunday is no more. MLB has ruled the play an error on Alcides Escobar. As you may remember: The slow-footed Konerko hit a grounder into the hole at short. Escobar grabbed…

  3. Max Scherzer is trying to crash the aces-only party for MLB strikeout leaders

    Aug 22, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer Getty

    Usually the MLB strikeout leader is a big-name, Cy Young-caliber pitcher. In fact, every single MLB strikeout leader during the past 20 years fits that description: Randy Johnson (nine times) Johan Santana (two times) Justin Verlander (two times) Curt Schilling (two times) Jered Weaver Tim Lincecum Jake Peavy Kerry Wood John Smoltz You get the…

  4. UPDATE: Ivan Nova to miss a start after feeling “a grab” in his shoulder

    Aug 22, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

    Ivan Nova

    UPDATE: Sorry for the confusion. I saw one reporter who had Nova going to the DL. Everyone else is reporting that he’ll merely miss a start. 5: 02 PM: Ivan Nova had a bad night last night, and now it’s being reported that he felt “a grab” in his shoulder during his six-run, six-inning performance…

  5. Randy Wolf took the whole “getting fired on your birthday” thing pretty well

    Aug 22, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

    Randy Wolf

    I’m sure having $70 million in career earnings and a guaranteed $10 million contract for this season helped Randy Wolf get over being fired on his birthday, but even still the veteran left-hander showed a lot of class after the Brewers released him this morning: I’ve known about it. I think the way the organization…

  6. Johan Santana is getting shut down for the year

    Aug 22, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    Johan Santana has been getting killed lately. Killed so bad that people have been talking about just shutting him down for the season. While the Mets first instinct was to put him on a pitch count, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that they have decided to simply shut him down instead. Santana has…

  7. Troy Tulowitzki cleared to begin rehab assignment

    Aug 22, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    Troy Tulowitzki flew to Philadelphia to be examined by the doctor who performed his groin surgery on June 21 and has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Tulowitzki will likely begin playing at Double-A this weekend, although nothing is official yet. He hasn’t seen game…

  8. And now, tomorrow’s Bartolo Colon commentary today!

    Aug 22, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    I have a sneaking suspicion that Bartolo Colon’s drug suspension coming a week after Melky Cabrera‘s is gonna be like manna from hack commentator heaven. The story line — and it will be treated as one, seamless story line — is gonna break down thusly: Angle: Here we go again! The Bay Area is once…

  9. Tweet of the Day: Brandon McCarthy’s wife is the best

    Aug 22, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Twitter logo

    Brandon McCarthy‘s rotation-mate Bartolo Colon was just suspended 50 games for testosterone, so McCarthy’s wife is smartly doing her due diligence on Twitter regarding the usage of other substances: Hey @mlb, extenze is offering a two week free trial that I want to get @bmccarthy32… That’s cool with the PED rules, right? — Amanda McCarthy…

  10. Player Poll: A-Rod is the phoniest player in the game

    Aug 22, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Sports Illustrated continues to trickle out the results of player polling they did. We’ve had the most overrated, the most underrated, the meanest, the most eccentric and the most popular. Now, the phoniest: like you needed to tell me it was gonna be A-Rod? Rodriguez finished first with 26% of the vote, followed by Nick Swisher…

  11. Phillies fans did a good job giving Joe Blanton a thick skin

    Aug 22, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Miami Marlins

    Calcaterra is taking a long lunch today, so I’m going to pick up the Phillies fans trolling slack with this little tidbit from the Los Angeles Times about Joe Blanton‘s rough start last night: Blanton departed from the field to the collective boos of the 56,000 fans who were drawn to Dodger Stadium by a…

  12. Denard Span out for 10th straight day, too claustrophobic for MRI exam

    Aug 22, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Span_Denard

    For the 10th straight day Denard Span is out of the Twins’ lineup because of a shoulder injury but still on the active roster instead of being placed on the disabled list. That’s become an odd trend for the Twins since last season, although 10 days of playing with a 24-man roster is extreme even…

  13. Bartolo Colon suspended 50 games for testosterone

    Aug 22, 2012, 1:25 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics' Colon returns to dugout during their MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Oakland

    Melky Cabrera has company. MLB just announced that A’s right-hander and former Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for testosterone. Last week Cabrera was suspended for 50 games following a positive test for testosterone in the middle of a career-best season in which he hit .346 with a…

  14. Injured youth receives $14.5 million after being hit by liner

    Aug 22, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Stephen Domalewski

    The family of Steven Domalewski received $14.5 million to settle its lawsuit with Little League Baseball, The Sports Authority and Hillerich and Bradsby on Wednesday. Domalewski, then nine, was struck in the chest by a line drive while pitching in a Police Athletic League game in 2006. He went into cardiac arrest, and while paramedics…

  15. Watch the A’s turn a triple play (you know you want to)

    Aug 22, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    buy1get2free

    Last night the A’s turned their first triple play since 2000. I was watching live and the victims were my beloved Twins, but I’ve still re-watched the video a few times: Adam Rosales did a helluva job catching the throw, standing strong, and getting off a good throw to first base.

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

    Aug 22, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 22, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    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…

  18. Giants players are apparently angry with Melky Cabrera

    Aug 22, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    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.”…

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

    Aug 22, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    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…

  20. The Brewers release Randy Wolf on his birthday

    Aug 22, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Wolf_Randy

    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…

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