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  1. 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…

  2. 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 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…

  3. 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.…

  4. Jose Bautista set to begin minor league rehab assignment

    Aug 20, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' Bautista looks into the stands between innings during a MLB American League baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg

    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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. I went to Nationals Park and it was good

    Aug 20, 2012, 9:47 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals Michael Morse celebrates a grand slam home run against the New York Mets in Washington

    I went to D.C. on Friday. The impetus for the trip: my friend, who does business development in the commercial real estate world, was gifted with the use of a luxury suite for the Nats-Mets game. She filled it up with clients and business contacts but, by golly, wouldn’t you know it, she had a…

  8. Everything you ever wanted to know about bench coaches

    Aug 20, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Bench Coach

    The New York Times had a great story about the history and evolution of the bench coach yesterday.  It’s not gonna stop me from always lazily assuming that the bench coach is around to have beers with the manager after the game, but it is going to at least realize that when I do so,…

  9. Quote of the Day: Melky Cabrera: Criminal Mastermind edition

    Aug 20, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

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    From the Associated Press story about Melky Cabrera‘s clearly well thought-out plan to create a phony website cum PED alibi: It’s the first such case MLB has had and officials hope that uncovering the scheme will discourage similar attempts. Something tells me that Melky is not the vanguard of a legion of ballplayers who would…

  10. David Ortiz looks to return too late

    Aug 20, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox  v Tampa Bay Rays

    The Sox offense was not the problem for most of the season, but it definitely took a downward turn when David Ortiz went out with an achilles injury in mid July.  It’s too late to save the season now, but Ortiz is finally coming back from this week. Ortiz tells Sean McAdam of that…

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

    Aug 20, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

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    Pirates 6, Cardinals 3: For the second straight year the Pirates play a nineteen inning game. This time, unlike the game against the Braves in which they were royally screwed, the Pirates won. Thank you Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen who drove in runs in the 19th, Alvarez with a homer. They had to burn…

  12. Hiroki Kuroda, Ichiro Suzuki lead Yankees past Red Sox

    Aug 19, 2012, 10:58 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Hiroki Kuroda pitched eight innings of one-run ball and Ichiro Suzuki homered twice as the Yankees topped the Red Sox 4-1 on Sunday night. The Bombers claimed two out of three games in the series at Yankee Stadium to maintain their hold on the AL’s best record. It was the first time in four career…

  13. Report: Carl Crawford to undergo surgery Tuesday

    Aug 19, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    Update: While the official statement is that the Red Sox will decide Carl Crawford‘s fate Monday, ESPN is reporting that the decision has already been made that Crawford will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, making tonight’s game his last of the season. /// Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said the Red Sox will meet…

  14. Pirates outlast Cardinals 6-3 in 19 innings

    Aug 19, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

    Pedro Alvarez

    The Pirates and Cardinals had already split a pair of one-run games Friday and Saturday, but they were just setting the table for Sunday’s marathon, a 19-inning affair won by Pittsburgh 6-3. Pedro Alvarez hit a go-ahead homer off Barret Browning in the top of the 19th to break the tie, and Andrew McCutchen later…

  15. Red Sox “very interested” in re-signing Cody Ross

    Aug 19, 2012, 8:04 PM EDT

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    Lost in all the negative stories surrounding the 2012 edition of the Boston Red Sox is the fact that corner outfielder Cody Ross has been very productive, and a steal at one-year, $3 million this past offseason. But the Boston front office is paying close attention. According to Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes column in the…

  16. Rays finish four-game sweep in Anaheim

    Aug 19, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    Matt Moore

    The Rays couldn’t manage so much as a hit or a walk Wednesday in Felix Hernandez‘s perfect game, but look at what they did to the Angels’ starters in four games since: Dan Haren: 3 2/3 IP, 7 H, 5 ER Jered Weaver: 3 IP, 8 H, 9 ER C.J. Wilson: 4 2/3 IP, 6…

  17. Jaime Garcia tallies career-high 10 strikeouts in return

    Aug 19, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Jaime Garcia looked about as good as the Cards could have hoped for in his return from an eight-week stint on the disabled list Sunday at Busch Stadium. The left-hander struck out a career-high 10 batters while allowing just two unearned runs and five hits over eight strong innings against the visiting Pirates. Garcia threw…

  18. Jeremy Guthrie loses no-no on controversial infield hit

    Aug 19, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    Eric Hosmer, Paul Konerko

    White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko was credited with an infield hit with two outs in the seventh inning Sunday, costing Kansas City’s Jeremy Guthrie his chance for a no-hitter. The slow-footed Konerko hit a grounder into the hole at short. Alcides Escobar grabbed it, but made a poor throw that bounced high off the…

  19. Report: Kelly Shoppach used Adrian Gonzalez’s phone to set up Red Sox meeting

    Aug 19, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

    Kelly Shoppach

    Sources told the New York Daily News that former Red Sox catcher Kelly Shoppach, who has since been traded to the Mets, used Adrian Gonzalez’s phone to express the team’s displeasure with Bobby Valentine last month, leading to the meeting that has caused such a stir this week. Three sources suggested to the paper that…

  20. Mike Trout might be having the best year in Angels history

    Aug 19, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

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    Angels phenom Mike Trout has a good shot at capturing both MVP and Rookie of the Year honors in the American League. He’d be the first do it since Ichiro Suzuki in 2001, and Ichiro was 27 years old at the time. Trout just turned 21. Now for something even more mind-boggling. From the great Sam Miller of…

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