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  1. Astros acquire infielder Tyler Greene from Cardinals

    Aug 9, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Before becoming Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow spent years running the Cardinals’ farm system and today he acquired one of his former first-round picks, Tyler Greene, from St. Louis. Greene was the 30th overall pick in the 2005 draft out of Georgia Tech, but is now 28 years old and hasn’t hit in the majors…

  2. Here’s what happens when you pitch too slow

    Aug 9, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

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    From Baseball Prospectus, here’s a copy of the letter MLB sends you if you go full-Trachsel: Better than the letter itself is Adam Sobsey’s imagining of what Mike Ekstrom was thinking as he took so long to warm up and deliver pitches. Based on the lameness and weirdness of my own internal monologue, I’m assuming…

  3. Heath Bell time again for Marlins? Ozzie Guillen thinks so

    Aug 9, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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    When you sign a three-year, $27 million deal to serve as a team’s closer you tend to get plenty of chances and not surprisingly Ozzie Guillen is ready to give Heath Bell another crack at the Marlins’ closer role. Bell hasn’t gotten a save opportunity since coughing up three runs to blow a game against…

  4. A-Rod is slowly progressing

    Aug 9, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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    Alex Rodriguez is still a long ways away, but there is some moderately good news: no setbacks and, if not yet a timetable, there is a path forward: Alex Rodriguez will have an X-ray on his left wrist Monday in New York and the plan is for the splint to be removed next week. “That’s…

  5. Allen Craig back in Cardinals lineup after chest injury scare

    Aug 9, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Yesterday the Cardinals created a whole lot of nervous fans by telling reporters “something developed” with Allen Craig‘s health. They later revealed that he had a sore chest stemming from colliding with a railing in mid-July and indicated that the injury wasn’t serious. And they were right. Craig sat out yesterday’s game, but is back…

  6. Brett Lawrie is heading to the DL

    Aug 9, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Wow, an injured Toronto Blue Jays player? That’s unpossible! Brett Lawrie has a strained oblique and has missed several games now, and it’s not getting any better, to the Jays are sending him to the DL retroactive to August 4. Lawrie, who is hitting  .282/.326/.416 with nine homers, should be ready to come off as…

  7. Year-by-year breakdown of Cole Hamels’ $144 million deal

    Aug 9, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Todd Zolecki of MLB.com has the details of Cole Hamels‘ six-year, $144 million contract extension with the Phillies, which keeps the 28-year-old left-hander from hitting the open market as a free agent this offseason: Signing bonus: $6 million 2013: $19.5 million 2014: $22.5 million 2015: $22.5 million 2016: $22.5 million 2017: $22.5 million 2018: $22.5…

  8. The Astros are looking to conquer Mexico

    Aug 9, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

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    What did Mexico ever do to us? We took half their land under the banner of Manifest Destiny, our insatiable appetite for drugs has ripped that country apart with violence and for decades we have sent our most vapid and annoying college students to Cancun on spring break. Now we go even lower: Astros general…

  9. Lance Berkman’s other knee is sore now too

    Aug 9, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Lance Berkman is on the disabled list after aggravating his surgically repaired right knee, but Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Cardinals first baseman “is now also experiencing discomfort in his left knee.” According to Langosch tests ruled out any structural damage, but Berkman did have surgery on his left knee in 2010 and…

  10. Struggling, frustrated Bryce Harper to get the day off

    Aug 9, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Bryce Harper has been fighting it. Since the All-Star break he’s hitting .176 with two homers, 26 strikeouts and 15 walks in 116 plate appearances. He’s also getting frustrated, as Adam Kilgore reports, and will be getting a day off to clear his head: In the Nationals’ 4-3 victory over the Astros on Wednesday, Harper extended his second-half…

  11. Orioles promote top prospect Dylan Bundy to Double-A

    Aug 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Dylan Bundy is on the move for the second time in less than three months, as the Orioles have promoted the No. 4 overall pick in the 2011 draft from high Single-A to Double-A. For a 19-year-old in his first pro season to play at three different levels is pretty rare, but Bundy posted a…

  12. A’s vs. Giants in the fight for San Jose: “We’re talking about two immoveable objects”

    Aug 9, 2012, 9:47 AM EDT

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    Yahoo!’s Steve Henson gives us the state of the union over the MLB’s efforts to mediate the A’s-to-San Jose thing. The upshot: it’s ugly and there’s no easy solution, as the Giants aren’t even negotiating with the league over this, and some think they’ll sue if the A’s are allowed to move: The Giants have…

  13. There is a very special steak sandwich to be had at Citi Field

    Aug 9, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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    On the one hand, waiting three whole innings — three innings! — in line for a sandwich at a ballpark is stupid.  On the other hand, when the three innings you’re missing come in a 13-0 drubbing of the Mets by the Marlins, it’s hard to say you wasted your time: New York City celebrity…

  14. Eric Young had an inside the park homer. Yawn.

    Aug 9, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

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    I know I mention this a couple of times a year and I know it makes me sound like a big freakin’ crank, but I’ll say it again anyway: most inside the park homers are lame. Case in point: Eric Young had one last night in the Rockies-Dodgers game. Video here. The picture to the…

  15. Paul Konerko has a mild concussion

    Aug 9, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

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    Paul Konerko missed yesterday’s game. Originally Robin Ventura said it was due to general soreness. After the game, though, the story was different: Afterward, Ventura said Konerko had a mild concussion and needs further evaluation on Friday. Ventura didn’t dismiss the possibility for Konerko to go on the seven-day DL. Konerko is hitting .316/.388/.504 with 18…

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

    Aug 9, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

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    Marlins 13, Mets 0: Well, that one got out of hand. Chris Young was beaten like a red headed stepchild (can we still say that?), allowing two homers and four RBI to Giancarlo Stanton and a mess of runs to everyone else. Jose Reyes extends his hitting streak to 26 games. Giants 15, Cardinals 0:…

  17. Orioles to call up top prospect Manny Machado from Double-A

    Aug 8, 2012, 11:38 PM EDT

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    Now here’s a surprise: Baltimore is calling up 20-year-old shortstop Manny Machado from Double-A Bowie on Thursday, MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli reports. Machado, the third overall pick in the 2010 draft, has been on fire of late, going 15-for-32 with three homers in his last nine games. He hit for the cycle on Saturday. Still, he hasn’t been…

  18. Chien-Ming Wang pulled off rehab, out indefinitely

    Aug 8, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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    Amanda Comak of the Washington Times passes along the following update on the status of injured Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang: Wang, who gave up six earned runs off seven hits and two walks in Tuesday night in Double-A, had a recurrence of the hip soreness that landed him on the disabled list on July 3,…

  19. Francisco Cordero diagnosed with sprained ligament in toe

    Aug 8, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

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    Francisco Cordero‘s nightmare season may be coming to an end courtesy of another nightmare. According to MLB.com beat writer Brian McTaggart, the right-hander has been diagnosed with a sprained ligament in a toe on his right foot and will be in a protective walking boot for the foreseeable future. Cordero has been on the disabled list since…

  20. Allen Craig out Wednesday with chest discomfort

    Aug 8, 2012, 7:27 PM EDT

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    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny sent shivers through St. Louis earlier when he told reporters that something “developed today” with Allen Craig, who is out of tonight’s starting lineup against the Giants. As it turns out, there’s no reason for concern. According to B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak announced about an…

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