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  1. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 3, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Diamondbacks 6, Giants 1: Rookie Paul Goldschmidt hit his first major league home run and he did it off Tim frickin’ Lincecum. Justin Upton hit his own two-run shot, the Dbacks have won four in a row and they are now tied for first place with the Giants.  Now how about we divert some of…

  2. Hanley Ramirez day-to-day with left shoulder sprain

    Aug 2, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Quite a scare for the Marlins this evening. Hanley Ramirez was diagnosed with a left shoulder sprain after leaving tonight’s game against the Mets in the bottom of the sixth inning. The injury occurred when Ramirez hustled (see what I did there?) toward left field and dove to attempt to catch a ball off the…

  3. Clay Buchholz aims to return for the postseason

    Aug 2, 2011, 9:08 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    The Red Sox confirmed today that Clay Buchholz does indeed have a stress fracture in his lower back, but Terry Francona told Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com that his return this season “hasn’t been ruled out.” Buchholz will take part in a five-step recovery program, beginning with core-strengthening exercises, before being reevaluated in a month. If…

  4. Tony La Russa thought the Brewers were up to some funny business last night

    Aug 2, 2011, 8:07 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    You might be surprised to learn that Tony La Russa had a bizarre complaint about something last night. OK, probably not. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that La Russa filed a complaint with umpire chief Gary Darling about some lighting issues around home plate at Miller Park. Apparently the Cardinals believed that the…

  5. Rubby De La Rosa to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Aug 2, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    Rubby De La Rosa

    We learned late last night that Rubby De La Rosa was diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow. Unfortunately the injury will require the worst case scenario. The Dodgers just announced that De La Rosa will undergo Tommy John surgery, a procedure that will likely keep him sidelined through most, if…

  6. Yankees place Burnett, Soriano and Posada on waivers

    Aug 2, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    It’s supposed to be hush-hush when veterans get placed on revocable waivers in August, but names always tend to leak, and the New York Post is reporting that the Yankees have placed A.J. Burnett, Rafael Soriano and Jorge Posada all on trade waivers. It’s doubtful any member of the trio will be claimed.  Burnett is…

  7. Good news for Gary Carter in his fight against cancer

    Aug 2, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    Via Adam Rubin at ESPN New York comes word from Gary Carter’s daughter that Carter has received a quite positive cancer prognosis. You can read his daughter’s extended comments about it at the link. Upshot: tumors shrinking and, in some cases disappearing. I’m guessing that “tumors are 80% better” is a bit different than what…

  8. Johan Santana suffers setback, will have shoulder examined

    Aug 2, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    Johan Santana‘s comeback from shoulder surgery has hit a snag, with the Mets lefty complaining of soreness following his scoreless three-inning rehab start Thursday. Santana’s next scheduled rehab outing has been canceled and he’ll instead be examined by doctors later this week. Had he avoided any setbacks Santana appeared to be on track to potentially…

  9. Picture of the Day: Bryce Harper at the Hershey Factory

    Aug 2, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    And no, that’s not a euphemism. What has one thumb and feels naked without eye-black on? This guy!

  10. Jered Weaver suspended six games, fined for throwing at Alex Avila

    Aug 2, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    Major League Baseball just suspended Jered Weaver for six games and fined him an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing a pitch at Alex Avila during thebottom of the seventh inning of Sunday’s crazy-fest between the Angels and the Tigers. This is the same punishment that Carlos Carrasco got for throwing at Billy Butler on Friday. I think…

  11. Huston Street on pace to allow most homers ever by a closer

    Aug 2, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Colorado Rockies

    Huston Street has been plenty effective overall this season, converting 28 of 31 save chances with a 3.75 ERA and 46/7 K/BB ratio in 48 innings for the Rockies despite calling Coors Field home, but he’s on an historic pace for serving up homers. Street’s third blown save came last night when he allowed a…

  12. “The media tries to keep Philadelphia fans from being happy”

    Aug 2, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    Wait … did I just get … TOLD? Everyone gets on the Philadelphia fans when they get mad. Look at how angry and aggressive they are! Please, give me a break. But, on the flipside, the media tries to keep them from being happy. Look no further than Craig Calcaterra. Who? Exactly. Calcaterra is the…

  13. Dustin Pedroia: my new favorite player

    Aug 2, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Ric Flair

    Tweet from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com: Dustin Pedroia has a giant autographed wrestling robe from Nature Boy Ric Flair and a belt hanging above his locker. Its gonna be a good day. Pedroia can pretty much do anything he wants for the rest of his career and he’d officially be OK by me. Really, he…

  14. Jason Giambi would be fine with the Rockies trading him, but wants to come back in 2012

    Aug 2, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jason Giambi

    Jason Giambi is currently on the disabled list with a strained quadriceps, but once healthy he’s a candidate to be traded to a contender in search of a left-handed bench bat before August 31. And he’d be fine with the Rockies trading him, but Giambi wants to return to Colorado in 2012 either way. “As…

  15. The Orioles claim Jo-Jo Reyes, release Justin Duchscherer

    Aug 2, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    duchscherer poses

    The Blue Jays waived starter Jo-Jo Reyes and the Orioles have taken a flyer on him.  They also released the last starter they took a flyer on, Justin Duchscherer. Reyes was 5-8 with a 5.40 ERA in 110 IP for the Jays this year. You can’t really call it a “bad year,” however, because it’s pretty…

  16. Rangers designate 41-year-old Arthur Rhodes for assignment

    Aug 2, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Rhodes_Arthur

    Texas beefing up the bullpen with Mike Adams and Koji Uehara meant other relievers had to go to make room and today the Rangers designated Arthur Rhodes for assignment. Rhodes is 41 years old, so his lasting this long as an effective pitcher is pretty amazing, but his performance has definitely slipped this season. After…

  17. “The shelf life for making a quick buck on a negative T-shirt about Frank McCourt is probably quickly evaporating”

    Aug 2, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Frankrupt

    But the fact that the market existed in the first place is pretty telling. Bill Shaikin has a story about dudes who have made a dollar or two capitalizing on Dodgers fans’ seemingly bottomless loathing of Frank McCourt. Not that everyone has made a dollar or two. One guy in the article has sold about…

  18. Mitchell Boggs will try to pitch through bulging disk in his back

    Aug 2, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    mitchell-boggs-cardinals

    Mitchell Boggs has already been through a lot this season, going from setup man to closer to Triple-A to setup man again, and now he’ll try to pitch the final two months with a bulging disk in his lower back. Boggs told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that doctors advised him to…

  19. Must-Click Link: What do the GMs really talk about at the trade deadline

    Aug 2, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Ed Wade

    If you liked that little one act play I imagined involving Theo, Jack and Ned in yesterday’s Power Rankings, you’ll love what Grant Brisbee has done with his power rankings over at SB Nation today. I won’t give any of it away, but I’m pretty sure he totally nailed the Ed Wade/Frank Wren conversation over…

  20. Asdrubal Cabrera is the poor man’s Jose Bautista

    Aug 2, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera

    Asdrubal Cabrera has always been a good player because of his defense and on-base skills, but prior to this year the Indians infielder had a total of 18 homers in 387 games spread over four seasons. Last night Cabrera hit his 18th and 19th homers of the season, surpassing his career total in the 106th…

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