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  1. Two MLB.com writers robbed at gunpoint at Great American

    Aug 9, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Great American Ball Park (photo by Derek Jensen)

    MLB.com’s Barry Bloom and Thomas Harding were robbed at 1:30 a.m. this morning about 15 feet outside Gate 3 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News reports. “I thought the guy was a fan as he approached, but he said, ‘We can do this the easy way or…

  2. David Ortiz reclaims his disputed RBI

    Aug 9, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Call it “the RBI that won’t die.” Even after all of the lengths Red Sox GM Theo Epstein and owner John Henry went through to take it away from him, David Ortiz today was reawarded an RBI from last Wednesday’s game against the Indians. To review, Ortiz was initially credited with a two-run single on…

  3. Alex Rodriguez on track to return from disabled list next week

    Aug 9, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    File photo of Yankees' Rodriguez talking with the media during a news conference at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

    Prior to tonight’s game against the Angels, Joe Girardi told Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger that Alex Rodriguez is on track to return from the disabled list when the Yankees are on the road next week. “I don’t know if Monday is realistic,” Girardi said. “Part of it probably depends on where he starts…

  4. Stephen Strasburg to throw three innings Friday

    Aug 9, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg will make his second rehab start Friday and is slated to throw three innings for Single-A Potomac. It’s actually a bit of a surprise that the Nationals are missing a second opportunity to cash in here.  Potomac’s Pfitzner Stadium already figured to be packed Friday as the result of the highly anticipated Ian…

  5. Jason Heyward gets benched on 22nd birthday

    Aug 9, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    Even though the Braves are facing a right-hander in the Marlins’ Clay Hensley tonight, Jason Heyward is riding the pine in favor of the Braves’ newest sparkplug, Jose Constanza.  It’s the second straight day on the bench for the 2010 All-Star, who is celebrating his 22nd birthday.  He’s sitting even though he homered and walked…

  6. Grady Sizemore won’t return during August

    Aug 9, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    The Indians gave Grady Sizemore‘s recovery a 4-6 week timetable when he underwent surgery for a hernia on July 18, but manager Manny Acta said Tuesday that it’s likely to be longer than that now. Acta ruled out a return for Sizemore during the month of August, though he did say Sizemore could resume playing…

  7. Playing in 1,218th game, Orlando Hudson bats cleanup for first time

    Aug 9, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Orlando Hudson

    Incredibly enough, the Padres have scored 43 runs in their last four games. Still, they’re giving Orlando Hudson his first career start in the cleanup spot Tuesday against the Mets. Never in his life has Hudson batted from the fourth spot in the order, even in his appearances off the bench.  His previous 1,165 starts…

  8. Lyle Overbay released by Pirates after clearing waivers

    Aug 9, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

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    Lyle Overbay predictably cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Pirates last week and has been released, making him a free agent. Overbay was a bust on a one-year, $5 million deal, hitting just .227 with eight homers and a .649 OPS in 103 games before the Pirates decided to replace him with…

  9. After skipped start Phil Hughes will rejoin rotation Saturday

    Aug 9, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    phil hughes getty throws

    Phil Hughes was initially scheduled to start tonight, but Joe Girardi decided to skip his turn in the rotation after Hughes threw 13 pitches in relief Sunday night. It was an odd decision given that Hughes had turned in back-to-back strong starts, including six shutout innings his last time out, and said he’d be fine…

  10. Twins place Scott Baker on disabled list, let Kevin Slowey out of doghouse

    Aug 9, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    Kevin Slowey

    Kevin Slowey has been in the Twins’ doghouse all season because he didn’t take well to becoming a reliever when demoted from the rotation during spring training, but after spending several months in the minors he’s back in Minnesota to replace the injured Scott Baker. As expected, Baker was placed on the disabled list with…

  11. Angels calling up prospect Garrett Richards to take over Joel Pineiro’s rotation spot

    Aug 9, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

    Angels Reds Spring Baseball

    Garrett Richards, not Hisanori Takahashi, will take over for the struggling Joel Pineiro in the Angels’ rotation, according to Keith Law of ESPN.com. Reports over the weekend suggested the Angels weren’t all that enthused about any of their potential replacements for Pineiro, pondering various call-ups in addition to moving Takahashi from the bullpen to the…

  12. MLB hypes Yankees-Red Sox ratings

    Aug 9, 2011, 4:15 PM EDT

    Josh Reddick, Dustin Pedroia

    According to a series of tweets from the MLB Public Relations department Tuesday: – Friday night’s Yankees-Red Sox game on MLB Network was its highest rated game of the year and second highest ever behind Stephen Strasburg‘s debut in 2010. – Saturday’s Yankees-Red Sox game on FOX was the most watched non-prime time MLB broadcast…

  13. Tommy Hanson to miss Friday start, but avoid disabled list

    Aug 9, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    Tommy Hanson‘s struggles since the All-Star break and diminished velocity have convinced the Braves to scratch him from Friday’s scheduled start, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that he’ll avoid the disabled list for now. Hanson declined to discuss whether he’s been pitching through any arm problems while posting an 8.10 ERA since the All-Star…

  14. Pitch like Tim Lincecum? Then maybe you can hit off him, too

    Aug 9, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum Red Bull

    Tim Lincecum is offering a lucky fan the chance to hit against him next spring.  All that fan will need to do is emulate his delivery better than everyone else. Fans can submit a video to the “Red Bull Ultimate” competition doing their best Lincecum windup for the opportunity to meet the ace in spring training.  According…

  15. Jose Reyes is “probably losing $100,000 a day on the DL”

    Aug 9, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v New York Mets

    We still have nearly two months left in the regular season, but one of the more interesting questions for the Hot Stove will be just how much Jose Reyes will make in free agency given that he has already had two stints on the disabled list this season with a strained left hamstring. Perception could…

  16. Blue Jays call up 21-year-old prospect Henderson Alvarez from Double-A

    Aug 9, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Blue Jays catcher Molina talks with pitcher Alvarez during their Grapefruit League baseball game in Lakeland

    Henderson Alvarez began this season at Single-A, but 16 starts later the 21-year-old right-hander is in the majors after the Blue Jays called him up today. Alvarez is stepping into the rotation spot that belonged to Carlos Villanueva, who’s on the disabled list with a strained forearm, and will make his big-league debut tomorrow at…

  17. We own you: each team’s best record vs. another franchise since 2000

    Aug 9, 2011, 2:55 PM EDT

    Royals loss

    Here’s something I thought would be quick and fun on a slow news day: each team’s best record versus a league opponent since 2000.  I’m not including the small-sample interleague results. Arizona: 46-32 vs. Pittsburgh (.590 winning pct.) Atlanta: 52-31 vs. San Diego (.627) Chicago: 107-82 vs. Pittsburgh (.566) Cincinnati: 43-33 vs. Florida (.566) Colorado:…

  18. Ralph Kiner has the right idea about closers and saves

    Aug 9, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    ralph kiner

    Allen Barra of the Village Voice quotes 88-year-old Hall of Famer and part-time Mets announcer Ralph Kiner on the evolution of the closer role and the modern manager’s obsession with saves: One of the worst things they ever did to relief pitching was invent the “save” category. If they hadn’t done that, managers would bring…

  19. Lenny Dykstra looks good in orange

    Aug 9, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra appears Los Angeles Superior court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California

    Lenny Dykstra was back in court yesterday, wearing an orange jump suit and handcuffs at his arraignment hearing in California. Dykstra is charged with 25 counts including grand theft auto, attempted grand theft auto, filing false financial statements, and possessing a controlled substance. Dan Whitcomb of Reuters reports that he faces up to 12 years…

  20. White Sox rotation could go from six to four

    Aug 9, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Five appears to be an unlucky number for the White Sox.  While they’ve recently gone back to a six-man rotation with Zach Stewart up, they’re considering dropping down to a four-man rotation with three off-days coming up in the second half of the month. “It has been on my mind the last couple of days.…

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