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  1. Brian Matusz pitching his way back into the Orioles’ plans?

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    Just a couple weeks ago Brian Matusz was struggling in the minors following his demotion to Triple-A and complaining publicly about the changes Baltimore pitching coaches asked him to make this season. However, yesterday Matusz threw a complete-game shutout at Triple-A and the Orioles dropped Chris Tillman from the rotation, leading Dan Connolly of the…

  2. First-place Diamondbacks match last season’s win total in dramatic comeback

    Aug 12, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Chris Young

    Paul Goldschmidt hit just .200 with 13 strikeouts in his first 30 at-bats, but the Diamondbacks called on the rookie slugger with two outs in the ninth inning last night and he delivered a monstrous pinch-hit homer that turned a 5-3 deficit into a 5-5 tie with the Astros. An inning later Chris Young put…

  3. Giants not planning payback in rematch vs. Marlins

    Aug 12, 2011, 2:18 AM EDT

    Scott Cousins, Buster Posey

    The San Francisco Giants take on the Florida Marlins in a three-game series beginning Friday. At first glance, this might not seem like much of a series, what with the Marlins entering the weekend on a seven-game losing streak, and the Giants preparing to face the talented Atlanta Braves early next week. But then we…

  4. Kyle Davies was arrested day before release from Royals

    Aug 12, 2011, 12:18 AM EDT

    Kyle Davies

    While Kyle Davies’ performance certainly justified the Royals’ decision to release him, the timing was curious.  It wasn’t like he could do any harm while on the disabled list because of a sore shoulder. Except apparently he could. Davies was arrested early Tuesday morning in Tampa on charges of disorderly intoxication, the Kansas City Star…

  5. Blue Jays not expected to sign first-rounder Tyler Beede

    Aug 11, 2011, 9:56 PM EDT

    jays logo

    Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com heard from a source Thursday that the Blue Jays are no longer expecting to reach agreement on a contract with Tyler Beede, their first-round pick from June’s MLB Amateur Draft. Beede made a commitment to pitch for Vanderbilt University earlier this summer and apparently hasn’t been swayed by the Jays’ contract…

  6. Asdrubal Cabrera, Carlos Santana exchange words in dugout, have to be separated

    Aug 11, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT

    cabrera santana getty

    According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and catcher-first baseman Carlos Santana had to be separated in the Indians dugout during the first inning of this evening’s game against the Tigers. It’s not exactly clear what spawned the argument, but Santana has struggled handling throws at first base this season and it’s…

  7. Michael Morse diagnosed with bruised elbow after HBP

    Aug 11, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    morse ap

    Nationals first baseman Mike Morse was forced from a game Thursday at Wrigley Field after getting struck in the left arm by a Ryan Dempster pitch. Morse doubled over in pain once he reached first base and held his arm carefully against his body as trainers escorted him off the field. It looked as though…

  8. Tim Hudson knows he wouldn’t stand a chance against Jose Constanza

    Aug 11, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    The AJC’s David O’Brien has a nice article up today on Braves rookie sensation Jose Constanza, who apparently goes by “Georgie” in the Atlanta clubhouse.  And just what sort of article would it be without the traditional quote about how the ace never likes to face one of those pesky singles hitters: “For me, personally,…

  9. Cardinals sign Rangers castoff Arthur Rhodes

    Aug 11, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Arthur Rhodes

    UPDATE: They got their man, as Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have signed Rhodes and he’ll join the bullpen tomorrow. ========== Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals “were among the teams to instantly make overtures” to Arthur Rhodes after the veteran reliever…

  10. Astros prospect suspended 25 games for unauthorized possession of a syringe

    Aug 11, 2011, 5:37 PM EDT

    syringe

    MLB announced that four minor leaguers have been suspended for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, but one of the suspensions caught my eye. Astros right-hander Euris Quezada, who’d been pitching at low Single-A, was suspended 25 games for what Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports as “unauthorized possession of a…

  11. Mariano Rivera earns 30th save despite surrendering homer

    Aug 11, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    For just the third time in his Hall of Fame career, Mariano Rivera has given up homers in back-to-back relief appearances.  However, It didn’t prevent him from notching his 30th save Thursday against the Angels. Rivera, who gave up a two-run homer to Bobby Abreu in a loss to the Angels on Tuesday, came into…

  12. Carlos Beltran “doubtful” to play Friday after cortisone shot

    Aug 11, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies

    Carlos Beltran got a cortisone shot in his injured wrist and manager Bruce Bochy said during a radio interview this morning that he’s “doubtful” to return to the lineup tomorrow following the Giants’ off day. That seemingly makes a trip to the disabled list realistic, as Friday would be the fourth game Beltran has missed…

  13. Johnny Cueto goes seven scoreless, lowers ERA to 1.94

    Aug 11, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto

    Johnny Cueto, who keeps straddling the innings threshold for the NL ERA lead, beat the Rockies by pitching seven scoreless innings on Thursday, lowering his ERA to 1.94. Cueto missed the first month of the season with a strained triceps muscle, so he’s currently at 120 1/3 innings in the Reds’ 118 games.  Because he’s…

  14. What do Kyle Davies, Todd Van Poppel, Kevin Jarvis, and Claude Willoughby have in common?

    Aug 11, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

    Kyle Davies

    Yesterday the Royals released Kyle Davies, whom they acquired from the Braves for Octavio Dotel in July of 2007 and gave 99 starts to despite a 29-44 record and 5.34 ERA. Toss in Davies’ early work in Atlanta prior to the trade and he’s thrown 768 innings with a 5.59 ERA for his career. Not…

  15. Adam Jones calls last night’s “barking” at Ozzie Guillen “part of the competition”

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Barking-Sign

    Nolan Reimold smacked a walk-off homer against the White Sox last night and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun writes that during the Orioles’ on-field celebration Adam Jones “was in the back of the scrum barking at the visitor’s dugout.” His target was none other than Ozzie Guillen and the center fielder explained that they…

  16. Stat of the day: most homers during a hitting streak

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Joe DiMaggio

    Inspired by a Danny Knobler tweet, here’s a list of players to hit the most homers over the course of a hitting streak. Joe DiMaggio (NYY, 1941): 15 HR in 56 G Willie McCovey (SFG, 1963): 15 HR in 24 G Alex Rodriguez (NYY, 2006): 15 HR in 23 G Chuck Klein (Phi, 1929): 13…

  17. Matt Bush went bust as a hitter, but former No. 1 overall pick still has some pitching potential

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    Matt Bush Padres

    Matt Bush has had numerous off-the-field issues, suffered multiple injuries, spent time in three different organizations in three years, and made the switch from shortstop to pitcher in an effort to avoid being a complete bust … and now the former No. 1 pick is blowing away hitters in the minors. Well, sort of. Bush…

  18. Alex Rodriguez to begin rehab assignment tomorrow, return to Yankees next week

    Aug 11, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Joe Girardi announced that Alex Rodriguez will begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment tomorrow in Florida, with the current plan calling for him to start at designated hitter before moving to third base Saturday. Barring a setback that means Rodriguez will likely come off the disabled list by next Thursday, when the Yankees begin a…

  19. Davey Johnson says Ivan Rodriguez “is not doing too well”

    Aug 11, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    Davey Johnson didn’t sound very optimistic when asked yesterday about Ivan Rodriguez‘s recovery from a strained oblique muscle. Johnson told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that Rodriguez “is not doing too well” and “is pushing it too hard” in attempt to return from the disabled list, causing him to suffer a setback that required…

  20. Jake Arrieta set for season-ending elbow surgery Friday

    Aug 11, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Arrieta throwing

    After meeting with Dr. Lewis Yocum yesterday Orioles starter Jake Arrieta has decided to undergo season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow. While he’s done for 2011, the expected recovery timetable of two months should allow him to come into spring training fully healthy next year and the 25-year-old right-hander remains in…

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