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  1. Scott Kazmir’s independent league comeback isn’t pretty

    Aug 20, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    All you need to know about how poorly Scott Kazmir‘s time with the independent league Sugar Land Skeeters is going can be found in the first sentence of this game recap on the team’s official website: Eight walks sounds bad, but there are plenty of positives to be found in Scott Kazmir’s last start. When…

  2. Just a reminder regarding suspensions

    Aug 20, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Back in April, when Delmon Young received a seven game suspension for drunkenly walking around New York and yelling things at people, I was willing — perhaps naively — to believe that some of the suspension was for his public intoxication and that it meant that MLB was finally getting serious about alcohol-related incidents. Unless…

  3. Matt Moore isn’t Mike Trout, but he’s a damn good rookie

    Aug 20, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Coming into the season Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, and Matt Moore ranked 1-2-3 in some order on every prospect list, with each of them holding the top spot for at least one prominent ranking. Harper got all the early hype, Trout has emerged as the best player in the American League … and Moore has…

  4. Michael Pineda busted for DUI in Tampa

    Aug 20, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

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    Talk about a lost season. First the career-threatening shoulder injury now this: Injured Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was busted for DUI in Tampa, Fla., on a busy road early this morning after a cop spotted his speeding, “weaving” Nissan SUV driving without its headlights on, cops said … The Domnican Republic native’s blood-alcohol level was found…

  5. Showtime canceled “The Franchise: A Season With The Miami Marlins”

    Aug 20, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Showtime’s documentary series “The Franchise” followed the Giants last season and the Marlins this season, but the network has decided to cancel this year’s version after just seven episodes. It was supposed to go at least eight episodes, but both sides agreed to cut it short after Showtime declined to broadcast any more than the…

  6. Time to make Red Sox and Angels fans feel even worse

    Aug 20, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Vernon Wells Reuters

    These tweets from Mike DiGiovanna are not news or rumors — just a guy thinking out loud — but they probably make Angels and Red Sox fans feel bad: I would not be surprised if #Angels try to engage #RedSox in a Vernon Wells-for-John Lackey swap of bad contracts this winter. (more) — Mike DiGiovanna…

  7. Nationals first-round pick Lucas Giolito re-injures elbow

    Aug 20, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Lucas Giolito was in the mix to be the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft until an elbow injury ended his high school season. He fell to the Nationals with the 16th overall pick and signed just before the deadline for $2.925 million. And now after just one minor-league start his elbow is…

  8. Roger Clemens is gonna pitch again

    Aug 20, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    The Rocket returns. No, not to the majors, but he will be pitching again: Sugar Land Skeeters president Matt O’Brien and Roger Clemens’ agent Randy Hendricks told FOX 26 Sports that Roger Clemens worked out for the Skeeters today and will sign with the team. Hendricks and O’Brien told FOX Clemens will start for the…

  9. Forgotten reliever Pedro Feliciano likely to be September call-up for Yankees

    Aug 20, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Pedro Feliciano hasn’t pitched for the Yankees since signing a two-year, $8 million deal in January of 2011, spending nearly two entire seasons on the disabled list with a shoulder injury that required surgery. However, he’s finally seeing some game action in the minors and manager Joe Girardi indicated yesterday that the Yankees are planning…

  10. Chipper Jones calls Curt Schilling “a shock jock”

    Aug 20, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Fun times on talk radio: Curt Schilling suggested that Chipper Jones may not really want to retire and that he’d possibly come back with an AL team and DH next year. Chipper Jones went on 790 The Zone in Atlanta and shot that down rather sharply: Curt Schilling has thrown out the concept of you…

  11. Jeff Kent is going to be on the new season of “Survivor”

    Aug 20, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    CBS just announced the cast for the next season of “Survivor” and it includes former five-time All-Star and National League MVP Jeff Kent. I stopped watching “Survivor” back when that’s how everyone knew of Elisabeth Hasselbeck, but one of the best second basemen of all time being on the show might actually get me to…

  12. Michael Cuddyer could be done for the year

    Aug 20, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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    The injuries have been piling up for the Rockies, and one of their latest may have ended the injured party’s season.  Michael Cuddyer, placed on the DL over the weekend due to an oblique strain, could be done for the year: “There is a possibility,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Sunday when asked if Cuddyer…

  13. Buffalo ditching Mets after four years as Triple-A affiliate

    Aug 20, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    For the past four seasons Buffalo has been the Triple-A home of the Mets, but with a 255-304 record during that time there’s been speculation that the relationship is coming to an end. Bisons manager Wally Backman all but confirmed that yesterday to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: I would guess that’s true. It’s…

  14. Phillies activate Placido Polanco from disabled list

    Aug 20, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Philadelphia activated Placido Polanco from the disabled list after the third baseman missed the past four weeks with a back injury. Polanco struggled before being shut down, hitting just .255 with a .628 OPS in 82 games at age 36, and the Phillies seem likely to choose a $1 million buyout over his $5.5 million…

  15. Ryan Dempster, Derek Holland impersonate Will Ferrell impersonating Harry Caray

    Aug 20, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    I don’t think anyone has so thoroughly dominated a celebrity impression the way Will Ferrell has dominated the Harry Caray impression. The evidence: no one actually impersonates Harry Caray anymore. They all impersonate Ferrell doing Caray.  Like Ryan Dempster and Derek Holland did at the MLB Fan Cave recently: Not bad for baseball players. But…

  16. Brett Anderson to start Tuesday for first time in 14 months

    Aug 20, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Brett Anderson has been out since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in July of last year, but Kate Longworth of CSNBayArea.com reports that the A’s left-hander is scheduled to start Tuesday for the first time in 14 months. Anderson has an 18/3 K/BB ratio in 25 innings while rehabbing in the minors and threw a…

  17. Chris Perez continues to be, um, colorful, gets into profane exchange with a fan

    Aug 20, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

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    Chris Perez has seen his fair share of controversy this year. He’s challenged the fan base. He has gesticulated and emoted in ways that have really pissed off the opposition. He got all Internet Tough Guy and tweeted about how he’s gonna plunk Royals hitters.  He, inexplicably, went to war with the beloved Kenny Lofton.…

  18. Jose Bautista set to begin minor league rehab assignment

    Aug 20, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Jose Bautista is finally on the verge of returning from his wrist injury following several setbacks, as John Lott of the National Post reports that the Blue Jays slugger is ready to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. Bautista took batting practice Saturday and Sunday, saying afterward that his wrist is “100 percent” healthy. He’ll play…

  19. Phillies merchandise sales down 60% this year

    Aug 20, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

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    I will never say that Phillies fans don’t support their team. They obviously do, and with great fervor and zeal.  To the extent I take issue with them over their level of support is when Phillies fans lay claim to some sort of Phillies Fan Exceptionalism in which they not only support their team to…

  20. John Lackey threw a bullpen session and Bobby Valentine “was very impressed”

    Aug 20, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    John Lackey

    John Lackey is out for the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery, but has advanced far enough in his recovery that he threw a 45-pitch bullpen session yesterday at Yankee Stadium. And Bobby Valentine liked what he saw, telling Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston: He threw with an ease of motion and with perfect…

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