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  1. Picture of the Day: Pronk face

    Jul 26, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    This has nothing to do with anything, really, but Zack Meisel of MLB.com shared this photo of Travis Hafner on Twitter last night and I couldn’t go on living without passing it along:

  2. You want to see the Nats bullpen reading “50 Shades of Gray,” don’t you?

    Jul 26, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

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    Some things that are seen cannot be unseen: This is still less disturbing than finding your mom reading the book, I suppose. But only a little.

  3. Buck Showalter shares a scary story about his mother

    Jul 26, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    In talking to Baltimore reporters about Cal Ripken Jr.’s mother being abducted at gunpoint Orioles manager Buck Showalter revealed that his own mother went through a similar ordeal. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun has the details: In 2000, when Showalter was managing the Arizona Diamondbacks, his elderly mother was living alone in the house…

  4. Marlins players are pretty happy to see Hanley Ramirez gone

    Jul 26, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Hanley Ramirez‘s former Marlins teammates? Not sad to see him gone: One player who spoke on the condition of anonymity said, “There were a lot of smiles’’ in the Marlins clubhouse Wednesday morning, happiness because a player disliked by many in the organization — but protected by the front office for years because he was…

  5. What’s going on with Ricky Romero and his 5.75 ERA?

    Jul 26, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero blows a gum balloon during practice at their spring training facility in Dunedin

    Ricky Romero showed a steady progression in his first three seasons, as his ERA went from 4.30 to 3.73 to 2.92 with similar improvements in walk rate and strikeout-to-walk ratio. He emerged as a top-of-the-rotation starter for the Blue Jays last season, making his first All-Star team at age 26 and throwing 225 innings with…

  6. The Brewers acknowledge that Zack Greinke is all but gone

    Jul 26, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Not exactly shocking and not exactly a secret, but given how cagey general managers tend to be about players they’re trading, this is notable: “We’re taking phone calls,” Melvin told WTMJ’s Greg Matzek. “We’ve been working here. I’m in the office in the ‘war room’ already. It’s a busy week. At this point we have…

  7. Yoenis Cespedes has been ridiculous lately

    Jul 26, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Toronto Blue Jays

    As the A’s heat up, it’s worth noting that one of the biggest reasons for it has been their biggest offseason acquisition: Yoenis Cespedes. All of the A’s did great against the Blue Jays last night, but Cespedes had a particularly nice evening: two doubles, a walk, two runs scored two RBI and a stolen base. Since…

  8. Someone get Chipper Jones his medication

    Jul 26, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Chipper Jones just got his Twitter account a couple of days ago.  He probably never would have gotten one, but someone created a well-followed fake one in recent days, and someone with MLB or the Braves convinced Jones to make an official one so people would know the difference between his and the fake. It…

  9. The Mets are back to normal

    Jul 26, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    New York Mets players surround manager Collins after Washington Nationals LaRoche two run home run in MLB game in New York

    For much of the season the Mets played decent baseball. More significantly, though, they played fundamentally sound, team-oriented baseball and there weren’t any typical-for-the-Mets stories of discord and strife. In a decade or so when Mets fans routinely found their palm to their face for some damn reason or another, it has been a remarkably…

  10. Carlos Gomez has the best foul ball trot in baseball

    Jul 26, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

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    Carlos Gomez killed a baseball during the first inning of yesterday’s Brewers-Phillies game. Unfortunately for him it went foul.  Fortunately for the rest of us, Gomez either didn’t watch it or didn’t look to the umpires, because he thought it was a homer and trotted all the way around the bases anyway: Best part: he…

  11. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 26, 2012, 6:16 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Phillies 7, Brewers 6: It’s hard to imagine a more demoralizing series than the one the Brewers just experienced. In all three games they fell victim to last inning rallies. This one after their own rally brought them back from a 5-1 deficit, tied with a Ryan Braun homer in the eighth. Then they take…

  12. Hanley Ramirez goes 2-for-4, triples in Dodgers debut

    Jul 26, 2012, 12:35 AM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Batting fifth and playing third base, Hanley Ramirez tripled in his first at-bat with the Dodgers and later added an RBI single, but it wasn’t enough as the club lost to the Cardinals 3-2 in 12 innings. Ramirez is expected to move back to shortstop for the Dodgers, but since he hadn’t played there at…

  13. Red Sox prospect reaches base in 16 straight plate appearances

    Jul 26, 2012, 12:24 AM EDT

    Michael Almanzar

    Single-A Salem’s Michael Almanzar, the son of former big-league reliever Carlos Almanzar, got hits in his first three at-bats Wednesday to reach base in 16 straight plate appearances before flying out in his final at-bat of the night. The minor league record for such a feat is unknown, but Almanzar matched the modern-day major league…

  14. A’s torch Blue Jays 16-0 for seventh straight win

    Jul 25, 2012, 10:50 PM EDT

    Jemile Weeks, Josh Reddick

    The A’s had a nice little thing going over the weekend in sweeping a four-game series against the Yankees. In all, they entered their series against Toronto having won five straight games by exactly one run. Needless to say, they weren’t content with such efforts against the Blue Jays. After beating Toronto 7-2 on Tuesday,…

  15. Jaime Garcia could begin a rehab assignment next week

    Jul 25, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT

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    From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes this: Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia faced hitters Tuesday in Jupiter, Fla., and he could one more workout away from a rehab assignment. That final workout will happen Friday afternoon and will involve Garcia throwing around 45 pitches. If all goes smoothly, he should make his first rehab start late next…

  16. J.P. Arencibia out six weeks after fracturing right hand

    Jul 25, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

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    More unfortunate injury news for the Blue Jays. From beat writer Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com comes word that Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia suffered a fractured right hand during Wednesday night’s game against the visiting Athletics and will be out of commission for approximately six weeks. The 26-year-old took a foul tip off the top of…

  17. Alfonso Soriano drawing interest from “at least one club”

    Jul 25, 2012, 8:19 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Chicago White Sox

    Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano is owed $36 million over the next two seasons, but he’s actually been pretty productive this summer and there are almost no power-hitters available on the trade market. So the overpaid 36-year-old is actually drawing interest. From Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports comes word that “at least one club has…

  18. Dustin Ackley needs to join Justin Smoak in the minors

    Jul 25, 2012, 7:46 PM EDT

    Dustin Ackley

    Another day, another hitless game for Dustin Ackley in Seattle’s 5-2 loss to the Yankees. Ackley is 0-for-21 in his last five games and 1-for-30 in his last seven. For the month, he’s hitting .135 in 74 at-bats. His overall average is down to .220. A demotion is most definitely warranted. If the Mariners had…

  19. Evan Longoria to begin playing in rehab games on Thursday

    Jul 25, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

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    Forget about all of that almost ready talk. According to beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has been cleared to embark on a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday evening with the Triple-A Durham Bulls. He packed a bag on Wednesday and announced to reporters before departing…

  20. Ozzie Guillen: Gimme a bad attitude and good numbers

    Jul 25, 2012, 6:44 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen had a problem with Hanley Ramirez alright, but it had nothing to do with the former Rookie of the Year’s attitude or demeanor. The Sun-Sentinel’s Juan C. Rodriguez has the quote: Hanley Ramirez had a great attitude with bad performance for me. From Day 1 when we talked to today he…

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