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  1. Rangers could call up Jurickson Profar next week

    Aug 13, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

    Jurickson Profar

    The Rangers are going with a three-man bench after dropping Alberto Gonzalez from the roster last week. That’s expected to change next week, and when it does, top prospect Jurickson Profar could get the call,’s T.R. Sullivan reports. Profar, widely regarded as the top position prospect in the minors, has hit .283/.362/.463 with 13…

  2. Johnny Pesky’s terrific big-league start

    Aug 13, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Johnny Pesky didn’t finish his major league career with anything close to Hall of Fame numbers, but who knows what might have happened if he didn’t miss his age 23, 24 and 25 seasons to serve in World War II? I’ll admit that I didn’t realize just how good Pesky was early on before checking…

  3. The Braves are going to a six-man rotation for a while

    Aug 13, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

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    Lots of rotation weirdness this year. Six mans, four mans. Here’s another six-man: the Atlanta Braves. With Tommy Hanson coming off the disabled list, Fredi Gonzalez had to figure out who to bump. The most likely choices were Kris Medlen or Mike Minor, but given that everyone has pitched fairly well, Gonzalez has decided to…

  4. J.C. Romero is headed back to the majors with the Orioles

    Aug 13, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    J.C. Romero is on the move again, going from Triple-A with the Indians to the big leagues with the Orioles as part of a minor trade today. Romero has bounced around an incredible amount and in fact he was actually released from Triple-A by the Orioles when he exercised an opt-out clause in his contract…

  5. Daron Sutton: still suspended by the Diamondbacks

    Aug 13, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    File this under “Things We Forgot About Since the All-Star Break and the Olympics and Other Things That Have Since Diverted Our Attention”:  Diamondbacks announcer Daron Sutton is still suspended. You’ll recall that he was suspended back in June for, as far as we know anyway, bucking the team’s broadcast booth dress code. He wanted…

  6. Orioles’ Manny Machado homers his way to history in first four games

    Aug 13, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

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    Based on his modest numbers in the minors it seemed like a questionable decision for the Orioles to promote Manny Machado from Double-A to the majors just a month after his 20th birthday, but there’s nothing questionable about his first taste of the big leagues. Machado went 2-for-4 with a triple in his MLB debut,…

  7. Johnny Pesky: 1919-2012

    Aug 13, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

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    One of the most beloved figures in Boston Red Sox history, Johnny Pesky, has died at the age of 92. Pesky played ten seasons in the majors, eight in Boston, with brief stops in Detroit and Washington toward the end of his career. He missed three full seasons due to military service during World War…

  8. Tweet of the Day: Jose Canseco, time traveler

    Aug 13, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Jose Canseco

    This probably speaks for itself: Yes time travel is possible. Will explain later. — Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) August 13, 2012 UPDATE: Meh.

  9. The Yankees officially announce the Derek Lowe signing

    Aug 13, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

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    We wrote about this on Saturday, but the Yankees officially announced it earlier this afternoon: The New York Yankees today announced they have signed right-handed pitcher Derek Lowe to a Major League contract and selected him to the 25-man active roster. Lowe is scheduled to join the team tonight and is expected to pitch out of the…

  10. Twins activate Trevor Plouffe from DL, demote Tsuyoshi Nishioka back to minors

    Aug 13, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Tsuyoshi Nishioka hasn’t played since going 0-for-12 with a half-dozen fielding mistakes in last week’s three-game series against the Indians and not surprisingly the Twins have optioned him back to Triple-A. The move was made to clear a roster spot for Trevor Plouffe‘s return from the disabled list, as the slugging third baseman has missed…

  11. Video of the Day: Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads

    Aug 13, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Back to the Future

    Seen on Friday in McCovey Cove, just over the right field wall at AT&T Park: Our friend Rick Chandler from Off the Bench has the story of the guy who made that bad boy. Sometimes I weep for America. Like, when I read stuff like this.  But sometimes, when I see things like the creation…

  12. Red Sox to activate Andrew Bailey from DL tomorrow

    Aug 13, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    Andrew Bailey had another strong minor-league rehab outing yesterday, retiring all four batters he faced at Triple-A, and Alex Speier of reports that the Red Sox will activate him from the disabled list tomorrow. Bailey has missed the entire season following a spring training thumb injury, but he’s thrown 6.1 innings with a 1.42…

  13. Nate Schierholtz broke his toe

    Aug 13, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Nate Schierholtz

    The Phillies have placed Nate Schierholtz on the DL with a fractured toe. There’s no timetable for his return, but it’s not like there’s any urgency in Philly at the moment. Schierholtz has seven hits in 32 at-bats with a homer, a double and two RBIs since coming over from the Giants.  Hector Luna has been…

  14. Wait, GMs still have depth chart posters on their walls?

    Aug 13, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

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    There’s an interesting article in the New York Times today about what the Astros face in rebuilding and, more specifically, how their new owner and new GM are approaching it.  The best news in the article: the color orange is going to make a comeback in the new uniforms for next year. The most interesting…

  15. Alex Rodriguez trying to sell his Miami home for $38 million

    Aug 13, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Eleven months ago Alex Rodriguez completed construction on a mansion in Miami that cost the Yankees third baseman a reported $24 million, but now TMZ reports that he’s trying to sell the place … for $38 million. Some details on the property: The 9-bedroom, 11-bath beachfront estate … offers 275 ft. of water frontage, a…

  16. Alcides Escobar is bunt happy

    Aug 13, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT


    This is no news to Royals fans who spend a lot of time getting mad at the Royals for bunting a lot. But if you don’t pay attention to such things, stuff like this will make you happy to not follow the Royals: Alcides Escobar bunted in the first inning Sunday against Baltimore after Alex…

  17. Mariners promote No. 3 pick Mike Zunino to Double-A

    Aug 13, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mike Zunino

    No. 3 overall pick Mike Zunino made a mockery of low Single-A, hitting .373 with 10 homers, 10 doubles, and a 1.210 OPS in 29 games and the Mariners were so impressed that they’re promoting the reigning college player of the year two levels to Double-A. Zunino announced the move himself via Twitter: Just got…

  18. Everyone insists Johan Santana is healthy despite 7.98 ERA

    Aug 13, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Johan Santana got rocked for eight runs in 1.1 innings Saturday in his return from the disabled list and now has a 7.98 ERA in nine starts since throwing a no-hitter against the Cardinals on June 1. Since racking up 134 pitches while making history Santana has allowed 39 runs in 44 innings, serving up…

  19. Lance Berkman has cartilage damage in his left knee

    Aug 13, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

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    Lance Berkman‘s right knee has him on the DL. The other day we learned that his left knee is bothering him too.  Though it was originally reported that it was just “soreness” and that there was no damage, an MRI has revealed cartilage damage. Joe Strauss has a good story about what Berkman faces now.…

  20. Josh Hamilton is heating up

    Aug 13, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

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    Josh Hamilton‘s yo-yo season is continuing. After a hotter than hell April and May and a colder than cold June and July, Hamilton is now 15-for-48 in August with three homers and 15 runs batted in. This, combined with the fading Angels has made for a nice couple of weeks for the Rangers.

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