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  1. Phillies sign 16-year-old Venezuelan outfielder Carlos Tocci for $759,000

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The deal is now official, with Tocci signing for $759,000. ========== Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies are on the verge of signing 16-year-old Venezuelan center fielder Carlos Tocci for around $750,000, with the only holdup being that they have to wait until he turns 16 and is actually eligible to sign.…

  2. Plenty of good seats available at the Reds-Marlins game

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    As I mentioned earlier today, because of the stupid hurricane, the Reds and Marlins scheduled an impromptu doubleheader today. It got underway just under an hour ago.  Cincy Enquirer reporter John Fay just tweeted that, during the National Anthem, an actual hand count totaled 250 fans. Another 50 or so have shown up in the past…

  3. Tweet of the Day: Pat Neshek can unpack now

    Aug 24, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Earlier this week Pat Neshek was designated for assignment and removed from the 40-man roster by the Padres … or so he thought:

  4. Oddities from Wednesday’s Indians-Mariners game

    Aug 24, 2011, 4:15 PM EDT

    Wily Mo Pena

    Sure, Felix Hernandez did his usual thing, striking out 10 as Seattle bested Cleveland 9-2 on Wednesday.  But this was no ordinary game: – We mentioned last month that Josh Tomlin broke Daisuke Matsuzaka’s major league record for outings of at least five innings to begin a career.  That streak was snapped at 37 today, as he…

  5. Everything you ever wanted to know about scouting but were afraid to ask

    Aug 24, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Today is Acquaint Readers with The Jobs of Real Baseball Professionals Day. Earlier it was beat writers. Now: scouts. In the form of a very long yet very interesting look at what scouts really do by Dave Gershman of Beyond the Box Score. It’s complicated in places, but highly illuminating, focusing on how a scouting report…

  6. GM doesn’t expect to trade Wandy Rodriguez to Rockies

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Cincinnati Reds

    Tomorrow afternoon is the deadline for the Rockies to work out a trade for Wandy Rodriguez after claiming him off waivers, but Astros general manager Ed Wade told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that he doesn’t expect a deal to happen: I can’t make predictions. I don’t predict what could happen, but my gut tells me…

  7. Phillies fans: you’re not really enjoying yourselves, are you?

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Howard Bryant of ESPN.com makes a pretty decent observation: when your team becomes a superpower, your fandom changes. The magic is really only there at the beginning of a dynasty or near-dynasty. After that you’re not satisfied with anything short of a title and something is lost. His Exhibit A: Phillies fans: For all the…

  8. Kerry Wood wants to stay with the Cubs in 2012

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Kerry Wood took less money to sign with the Cubs as a free agent this offseason and then turned down a chance to potentially join a contender at the trade deadline, so not surprisingly he’s also interested in re-signing for 2012. Wood will be a free agent this offseason and should draw plenty of interest…

  9. Cardinals attendance is down close to 3,000 a game

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

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    The fact that the Cardinals remain a top-5 attendance team in one of baseball’s smallest market is a testament to the fan loyalty they’ve cultivated.  But things are a tad off this year: Rick Hummel reports that the Cardinals are down 2,843 fans a game.  No big worries given that they’ll still be over three million,…

  10. Brewers left-hander Manny Parra to undergo elbow surgery

    Aug 24, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Manny Parra, Miguel Tejada

    Manny Parra has been on the disabled list all season with elbow and back problems, and now the Brewers left-hander is headed for surgery to replace a screw that has been in his elbow. Parra initially had the screw inserted to fix a stress fracture when he was a teenager, so considering he went on…

  11. Dodgers fans can totally sink Vin Scully’s career if they want to

    Aug 24, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Vin Scully

    I’ve talked about my love-hate relationship with T.J. Simers before. Sometimes he’s nasty, cheap and intolerable. Sometimes, though, he’s pretty funny. Today is a good day. Seems the Dodgers have sent out fan surveys about their announcing crew. Which is pretty cool. Nothin’ wrong with getting fan feedback. Except, as Simers notes, it’s a bit…

  12. Rockies call up Kevin Kouzmanoff after yesterday’s trade

    Aug 24, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Colorado traded for Kevin Kouzmanoff yesterday and the initial reports had the Rockies assigning the veteran third baseman to Triple-A, where the A’s kept him stashed for the past several months, but less than 24 hours later they’ve decided to call him up. Kouzmanoff will get a chance to play regularly at third base, where…

  13. There’s allegedly a “secret plan” to keep the Rays in St. Petersburg

    Aug 24, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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    I like this story a lot. Not because it has any new information, really, but because it involves a mayor of a large U.S. city basically saying “I have a secret and I can’t tell you so nyah, nyah nyah.” Short version: the Rays want out of St. Pete because its not economically viable to…

  14. Giants claim Padres closer Heath Bell off revocable waivers

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Giants claimed Heath Bell off waivers, meaning they’re now the only team eligible to trade for the Padres closer. Brian Wilson‘s elbow problems may have played a factor in the Giants’ decision to claim Bell, although because the Padres obviously weren’t going to simply give him away for…

  15. Must-Click Link: Inside the mind of a Yankees beat writer

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger is, in my view, the best Yankees beat writer there is and is one of the best beat writers in all of Major League Baseball. I like his temperament. I like that he always manages to be even-handed while not checking his brain or his opinions at the door.  He’s…

  16. Stephen Strasburg will move to Triple-A for next rehab start

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg struck out six batters in a three-inning rehab start Monday night at Single-A and the Nationals announced that he’ll move up to Triple-A for his next start Saturday. In addition to being just one step from the majors Strasburg told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he’s looking forward to facing Triple-A…

  17. UPDATE: Hurricane Irene knocking the Yankees off TBS’ Sunday game

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: OK, I’m an idiot. They Yankees game is being knocked off TBS’ afternoon schedule and replaced with the Cubs-Brewers. ESPN is broadcasting the Angels-Rangers, which is decidedly NOT part of the dreaded East Coast Bias.  In my haste to cast ESPN as reluctantly giving up their Yankees fetish I pretty much, you know, ignored…

  18. Ryan Ludwick follows Derrek Lee to Pirates’ disabled list

    Aug 24, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    At the trade deadline the Pirates chose not to make any high-impact moves, instead acquiring Derrek Lee and Ryan Ludwick in the hopes that the pair of underperforming veterans would turn things around at modest prices. Since then the Pirates have plummeted out of the playoff picture, with Lee playing just five games before being…

  19. Bryan Stow suffers a setback in his recovery

    Aug 24, 2011, 12:32 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

    Bryan Stow had been showing some signs of improvement in recent weeks, but as Jessica Pasko reports in the Mercury-News, he has suffered setbacks. Infections, to be precise. Both urinary tract and staph infections. His temperature has spiked to 104 at times. Anyone who has had a loved one in the hospital knows just how…

  20. Sean Burroughs homered last night for first time since 2005

    Aug 24, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Washington Nationals

    This has been a helluva week for early 2000s prospect busts. Jerome Williams beat the Orioles on Sunday for his first big-league win since September 25, 2005 and last night Sean Burroughs homered for the first time since April 30, 2005. Williams and Burroughs were both first-round picks in the late 1990s and the 2001…

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