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  1. Man knocked unconscious in stairwell fall at Rangers Ballpark

    Aug 28, 2011, 3:04 AM EDT

    Rangers Barllpark Stairwell

    Seven weeks after Shannon Stone was killed while tumbling over a railing at Rangers Ballpark, tragedy nearly struck again. The Associated Press reports that a 24-year-old man was knocked unconscious after falling 21 feet in a stairwell while leaving the stadium.  Police are investigating the incident as an accident. “It doesn’t appear that there’s any foul…

  2. Carlos Gonzalez is hotter than the sun

    Aug 27, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Carlos Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 14 games in the first inning Saturday and then just kept going, finishing 4-for-6 with two bunt singles and a pair of RBI in a 7-6 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday. Despite spending the first five days of August on the DL finishing his recovery from a wrist…

  3. Stephen Strasburg shines in fifth minor league rehab start

    Aug 27, 2011, 9:29 PM EDT

    strasburg poses getty

    Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg took a big step in the right direction Saturday night at Triple-A Syracuse, hurling five impressive innings of one-run ball in his fifth minor league rehab start. Strasburg was perfect through five innings before allowing two singles to open the sixth. He was then pulled, and one of those runners later…

  4. Justin Verlander fastest to 20 wins since ’02 Curt Schilling

    Aug 27, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    verlander reuters

    It wasn’t his prettiest outing, but Tigers ace Justin Verlander became the first major league pitcher of the 2011 baseball season to reach the 20-win plateau in Saturday afternoon’s 6-4 victory over the Twins. Verlander yielded eight hits and four runs, and at one point allowed back-to-back homers to light-hitting Twins reserves Luke Hughes and…

  5. Rangers skipping Matt Harrison’s next scheduled start

    Aug 27, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

    harrison ap

    From Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas comes word that the Rangers are skipping Matt Harrison‘s scheduled Tuesday start against the Rays in an effort to limit the 25-year-old’s rising innings total. Scott Feldman, a reliever, will take the mound instead. Harrison threw just 85 2/3 innings last season between the minor and major leagues. This…

  6. White Sox place Carlos Quentin on disabled list, call up Dayan Viciedo

    Aug 27, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Carlos Quentin, Ozzie Guillen

    According to our friends at CSNChicago.com, the White Sox just made it official, placing Carlos Quentin on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder and recalling top prospect Dayan Viciedo from Triple-A Charlotte. Quentin hasn’t played since August 20, so he’ll be eligible to return as soon as September…

  7. Jim Leyland clarifies comments on Justin Verlander for MVP

    Aug 27, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Colorado Rockies

    Tigers manager Jim Leyland made some waves earlier this week when he said that pitchers shouldn’t win the MVP award. This was a very bold statement considering that one of his own starters, Justin Verlander, is quickly gaining momentum for MVP consideration in the American League. Despite his opinion on the topic, Leyland told Chris…

  8. Michael Morse moved back to left field following the promotion of Chris Marrero

    Aug 27, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Washington Nationals

    The Nationals announced earlier this afternoon that they have recalled prospect Chris Marrero from Triple-A Syracuse. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Marrero will start at first base and bat seventh today against the Reds while Michael Morse plays left field. By the way, this lineup also features Jayson Werth in center field…

  9. Rafael Betancourt to remain Rockies’ closer over Huston Street

    Aug 27, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Cincinnati Reds

    Huston Street was activated from the disabled list prior to last night’s game against the Dodgers, but he’s not getting his old job back. At least not right away. Troy Renck of the Denver Post was told by Rockies manager Jim Tracy that Rafael Betancourt will remain in the the closer role for the time…

  10. Today’s Marlins-Phillies game rained out

    Aug 27, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    Who saw this one coming? According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, today’s game between the Marlins and Phillies was rained out. The Phillies moved this game from Sunday in an effort to get out in front of Hurricane Irene, but rain was already pouring down on the sparsely attended crowd at Citizens Bank…

  11. A.J. Pierzynski set to begin rehab assignment next week

    Aug 27, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Chicago White Sox

    A.J. Pierzynski won’t return from the disabled list when he’s first eligible tomorrow, but there’s a good chance he’ll be back with the White Sox as soon as next weekend. According to Scott Merkin of MLB.com, Pierzynski tested his fractured right wrist yesterday by catching Gavin Floyd‘s bullpen session and participating in batting practice. “All good.…

  12. Ryan Dempster expected to exercise $14 million option for 2012

    Aug 27, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Chicago Cubs

    Not a big surprise, but Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Ryan Dempster is expected to exercise his $14 million player option for next season. Dempster, 34, is in the final guaranteed year of a four-year, $52 million contract. He has proved to be a good value for Chicago, despite his superficially mediocre…

  13. Giants to call up prospect Eric Surkamp for start tonight against Astros

    Aug 27, 2011, 10:49 AM EDT

    Eric Surkamp

    According to Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants will call up prospect left-hander Eric Surkamp to make his major league debut tonight against the Astros. Jonathan Sanchez and Barry Zito are both sidelined with ankle sprains and Dan Runzler gave up four runs on three hits and three walks over 1…

  14. Report: B.J. Upton claimed off revocable waivers

    Aug 27, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Oakland Athletics

    B.J. Upton survived the trade deadline in a Rays’ uniform, but there’s still a chance he could have a new home before the end of the season. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Upton was claimed off revocable waivers by an unknown team. Topkin suspects the mystery team could be the Nationals,…

  15. Yankees will “try to fight” decision about postponed doubleheader

    Aug 27, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

    Yankees manager Girardi pleads his case with second base umpire DeMuth as he challenges a solo home run by Royals' Butler during their MLB American League baseball game in Kansas City

    As Drew mentioned, it was announced last night that Saturday’s scheduled doubleheader between the Yankees and Orioles was postponed due to the pending arrival of Hurricane Irene. One of the games will be made up in a split-doubleheader Sunday while the other will be made as a night game on September 8. Of course, the Yankees…

  16. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Aug 27, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Yankees' Burnett reacts after giving up a home run to Orioles' Reynolds in their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    You guys aren’t going to believe this, but A.J. Burnett was pretty awful again last night. Burnett was knocked around for a season-high nine runs over five innings in a 12-5 loss to the Orioles. This included a six-run second inning, where the struggling right-hander surrendered four doubles and two home runs. The loss pushed Burnett’s…

  17. Matt Kemp joins the 30/30 club

    Aug 27, 2011, 12:53 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Matt Kemp homered Friday in the Dodgers’ 6-1 win over the Rockies to become the 55th player in big-league history to turn in a 30-homer, 30-steal season. Kemp took Matt Reynolds deep in the seventh inning to reach 30 homers for the first time.  His previous high was last year’s 28. Kemp, who entered the…

  18. Vin Scully to return for 63rd season in Dodgers booth

    Aug 27, 2011, 12:31 AM EDT

    Vin Scully

    Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully announced during Friday’s game that he would return for his record 63rd season in 2012. Scully, who in recent years has skipped road trips taking him east of the Rockies, indicated that he’ll maintain his usual schedule of home games and select road games. Scully turns 85 in November. As…

  19. Barry Bonds’ conviction upheld

    Aug 26, 2011, 11:13 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    The highly unusual obstruction of justice conviction Barry Bonds was stuck with on April 13 was upheld by a federal judge on Friday night. Bonds’ lawyers had asked for a new trial on the charge or an acquittal, but U.S. District Judge Susan Illston refused Friday to overturn the only unanimous decision reached by the…

  20. Adrian Beltre cleared to begin rehab assignment Monday

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:19 PM EDT

    beltre red hat getty

    From Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram comes word that Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Omaha. Beltre has been on the disabled list since late July with a left hamstring strain. He hit a setback a few weeks ago while trying…

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