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  1. Was Vernon Wells a sign-stealer?

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Vernon Wells - Blue Jays

    The Angels ignored the huge red flag in Vernon Wells‘ home-road splits when they took on $81 million of $86 million he was still owed by the Blue Jays in a January trade.  It seems pretty safe to say they regret it now. Still, without additional information, writing off Wells’ 2010 splits as a fluke probably was…

  2. Reds rookie Zack Cozart to undergo season-ending elbow surgery Friday

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Cleveland Indians

    UPDATE: Cozart will have the surgery Friday, knocking him out until 2012. ========== Zack Cozart hit his way into the Reds’ plans with a .310 batting average and .825 OPS at Triple-A and then pushed past veteran Edgar Renteria as the starting shortstop, only to suffer a hyper-extended elbow in his 11th game. Cozart has…

  3. Dodgers vendor asks bankruptcy court for protection

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    The big foam fingers at Dodger Stadium might have a different digit raised next season. With attendence well down at Chavez Ravine, Facility Merchandising Inc. isn’t feeling so good about the eight-year deal it signed with the Dodgers prior to the 2010 season.  It’s asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to intervene on its behalf as…

  4. Men accused of beating Bryan Stow enter not guilty plea

    Aug 10, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, the two men accused of brutally beating Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, were arraigned today and pleaded not guilty to criminal charges that include mayhem, assault, and battery. They’re each being held on $500,000 bail until September 30 hearings. Stow remains hospitalized more than four…

  5. Reid Brignac back with Rays after brief demotion to Triple-A

    Aug 10, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    brignac rays

    Justin Ruggiano landing on the disabled list with a knee injury has opened the door for Reid Brignac’s return to the majors following a three-week stint at Triple-A. Brignac didn’t play particularly well in Durham, but with Sean Rodriguez struggling mightily as the Rays’ primary shortstop and Elliot Johnson no one’s idea of a quality…

  6. Stat of the day: 2011’s longest home runs

    Aug 10, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Michael Morse

    In honor of Mike Morse’s blast last night, here are this season’s 10 longest homers, courtesy of ESPN Home Run Tracker: 1. Prince Fielder: 486 ft. (Apr. 29) 2. Justin Upton: 478 ft. (Apr. 12) 3. Mitch Moreland: 472 ft. (June 20) 3. Mark Trumbo: 472 ft. (May 30) 5. Prince Fielder: 471 ft. (July…

  7. Jorge Posada on benching: “I’m not happy with it … but I’m moving on”

    Aug 10, 2011, 12:43 PM EDT

    Girardi Posada

    Jorge Posada has handled his benching as the Yankees’ designated hitter about as well as possible, admitting yesterday that he’s “not happy with it” while adding that “I’m moving on and I’ll be ready to play whenever I happen to play.” Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York asked Joe Girardi how he felt back in…

  8. Royals add to prospect influx by calling up 21-year-old catcher Salvador Perez

    Aug 10, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Salvador Perez

    Salvador Perez is the latest prospect on his way to Kansas City, with the Royals calling up the 21-year-old catcher from Triple-A in time for tonight’s game and releasing historically awful starter Kyle Davies to make room on the roster. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Start reports that Perez “is expected to become the…

  9. It’s time for Dodgers to release James Loney

    Aug 10, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    James Loney

    Haven’t we all seen enough by now? All James Loney really had going for him the past couple of years was decent RBI totals.  He truly was a clutch player, in that he hit like a perfectly solid first baseman with RISP and then napped through his at-bats with no one on. This year, though, Loney…

  10. Adrian Beltre must “start over again” after hamstring setback

    Aug 10, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    Adrian Beltre was initially very optimistic about the recovery timetable for his hamstring injury, noting that he’s “a quick healer.” Unfortunately he suffered a setback while testing the injury running the bases over the weekend and that will force him “to start over again” with his recovery, according to manager Ron Washington. Washington told Louie…

  11. Joe Girardi says A.J. Burnett will remain in Yankees’ rotation

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    A.J. Burnett turned in another poor outing last night, allowing four runs in six innings against the light-hitting Angels, but afterward manager Joe Girardi wasted no time telling reporters that the struggling right-hander will remain in the Yankees’ rotation. Burnett actually held the Angels scoreless through five innings before falling apart in the sixth frame,…

  12. ESPN goes in-depth on Blue Jays sign-stealing allegations

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion

    Four players have confirmed to ESPN that they’ve witnessed Blue Jays hitters being relayed signs from the center-field stands at Rogers Centre. An Outside The Lines reports details the allegations and an incident involving one of the players and Jose Bautista.  The report claims that a man in center field, situated perfectly behind the pitcher…

  13. “Freakiest thing I’ve seen”: Chris Narveson to miss start after slicing hand with scissors

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Brewers left-hander Chris Narveson will miss at least one start after slicing his hand open and needing eight stitches last night in what he described as “the freakiest thing.” Narveson grabbed a pair of scissors and was altering the laces on his glove when he cut the tip of his left thumb, telling Todd Rosiak…

  14. Braves call up 20-year-old Arodys Vizcaino for bullpen help

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    Atlanta released veteran reliever Scott Proctor this morning and filled his roster spot by calling up 20-year-old phenom Arodys Vizcaino from Triple-A. Viczaino was acquired from the Yankees in the December of 2009 deal for Javier Vazquez and cracked Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects list coming into the season despite spending most of last year…

  15. Justin Morneau is swinging the bat well during his rehab assignment

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    While he may be too late to help the sinking Twins in the American League Central, Justin Morneau is at least swinging the bat well during his minor league rehab assignment. After going 3-for-5 with two doubles last night, he is now batting .409 (9-for-22) with four doubles and five RBI over his first five…

  16. Why Adam Dunn also swings and misses when searching for teammates

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    CSNChicago’s Chuck Garfien has a fun article on the White Sox and the aliases they use checking into hotels.  Jake Peavy likes to dip into military history for his, while John Danks, trying to escape those looking to convert him, has opted for a cartoon character. Unfortunately, as Adam Dunn details, the aliases can change…

  17. Edwin Encarnacion could help a contender

    Aug 10, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion

    He’s more expendable than ever in Toronto following Brett Lawrie’s arrival, but Edwin Encarnacion, who has been tearing it up for the Jays for more than two months, could be a nice piece for a contender this month. Encarnacion was the Toronto offense last night, going 2-for-2 with a homer and two walks in a…

  18. Larry Bernandez is back, better than ever (video)

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:22 AM EDT

    OK maybe not, but the Seattle Mariners have brought back Felix Hernandez’s alter-ego in a new commercial promoting – what else? – Larry Bernandez bobblehead night. The first commercial was amusing enough (if you haven’t seen it, watch here), but Hernandez really shows off his talents in this one, clearly having broadened his acting skills…

  19. Cliff Lee hits second homer, denied crack at sixth shutout

    Aug 10, 2011, 1:04 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    The Phillies’ Cliff Lee, already with a major league-leading five shutouts, was denied a shot at No. 6 on Tuesday.  Having thrown 124 pitches, he was removed after eight scoreless innings in what turned out to be a 2-1 win over the Dodgers. Ryan Madson closed it out in the ninth, but not before giving up an RBI single to Casey Blake.…

  20. Mariano Rivera gives it up at home for first time this year

    Aug 10, 2011, 12:01 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Fresh off taking his fifth blown save Sunday in Boston, Mariano Rivera was beaten at home for the first time this year Tuesday, as he surrendered a two-run homer to Bobby Abreu in a tie game in what turned out to be a 6-4 loss for the Yankees against the Angels. Rivera entered with a…

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