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  1. James Loney is on fire ever since the Dodgers asked him to warm up as a pitcher

    Aug 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    James Loney swinging

    It took six months, but James Loney is finally hitting. Actually, maybe all it took was for the Dodgers to have him warm up in the bullpen as an emergency pitching option. Since that happened on August 21 he’s 18-for-35 (.514) with four homers and five doubles, which is pretty amazing considering Loney hit .254…

  2. Danny Espinosa is not happy with the idea of giving up playing time

    Aug 30, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals are expected to call up infielder Steve Lombardozzi soon. A lot of people are high on him, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him spell Danny Espinosa and/or Ian Desmond as the Nats play out the string. As The Washington Times’* Amanda Comak reports, however, Espinosa is not prepared to play the…

  3. Miguel Tejada will lay down a bunt for $6 million, but he won’t be happy about it

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Miguel Tejada

    With the Giants trailing the Astros by one run in the 11th inning Sunday and a runner on first base Miguel Tejada was summoned off the bench to lay down a sacrifice bunt. Tejada successfully advanced the runner to second base, but Aaron Rowand and Mike Fontenot stranded him, the Giants eventually lost 4-3, and…

  4. Your weekly Johan Santana reversal

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Last week the New York Post, citing Sandy Alderson, said that Johan Santana was unlikely to pitch in the majors this year.  Today the New York Post, citing Sandy Alderson, said that it’s conceivable that Johan Santana would pitch in the majors this year. I dunno. This is just one of those things I pass…

  5. Diamondbacks reliever Juan Gutierrez to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Juan Gutierrez finished last season as the Diamondbacks’ closer, but Arizona signed J.J. Putz to take that role and after battling arm problems all year Gutierrez is scheduled for Tommy John elbow surgery. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Gutierrez will go under the knife on September 6 and the usual recovery timetable…

  6. Shin-Soo Choo is going to be out longer than first thought

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Remember that sore left side that was going to keep Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo out for a few days?  Yeah, try a few weeks.  That’s the word from Zack Meisel at MLB.com, who says that it’s a strained oblique that is going to require Choo to be on the shelf for at least two weeks.…

  7. Adam Dunn will be riding the pine for a while

    Aug 30, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    The other day Brett Ballantini of CSNChicago.com reported that Ozzie Guillen was going to sit down with Adam Dunn sometime soon and discuss a reduced role for the big guy down the stretch.  It seems now that the conversation has been had. Here’s Ozzie Guillen via the Associated Press: “I don’t know yet. I talked…

  8. Dirk Hayhurst got released

    Aug 30, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    Normally the release of a thirty-year-old minor leaguer wouldn’t rate a mention here, but it does when it’s Dirk Hayhurst.  He announced that the Rays released him yesterday and writes about it over at his blog this morning.  As is befitting the guy who, just yesterday, explained his relationship with baseball in a pretty nuanced…

  9. Are you “amped” for the Red Sox-Yankees series?

    Aug 30, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Varitek Arod

    Red Sox President Larry Lucchino was asked about the Sox-Yankees series that kicks off tonight. Specifically, whether or not there’s anything special about it given that both teams are more or less assured of a playoff spot at this point: “Absolutely,” Lucchino said when asked if he’s still amped. “We want to win, we want…

  10. The Diamondbacks are taking control in the NL West

    Aug 30, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Arizona won its seventh straight game yesterday, beating the Rockies 5-1 behind a strong outing from Daniel Hudson. Hudson added an RBI to — altogether now — help his own cause. Meanwhile the Giants were pounded 7-0 by the Cubs, their already weak bats silenced even more by Randy Wells, who tossed a two-hitter.  Bruce…

  11. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:47 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox

    White Sox 3, Twins 0: Mark Buehrle threw seven and two-thirds shutout innings. And the game came in at two hours four minutes. Knock me over with a feather. Most underrated pitcher of the past decade? Cubs 7, Giants 0: Great pitching all-around for the Chicago clubs last night. A two-hit shutout for Randy Wells.…

  12. Young fan injured by foul liner at Mets game

    Aug 29, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Citi Field

    The Associated Press reports that a child was hurt when he was hit in the face by a line drive in the ninth inning of the first game in Monday’s doubleheader between the Marlins and Mets. The young fan was conscious as he was taken off in a wheelchair accompanied by his mother. “We saw…

  13. Cole Hamels excellent in return from disabled list

    Aug 29, 2011, 9:29 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds

    It’s safe to say that a little bit of rest was just what the doctor ordered for Cole Hamels. Hamels, who placed on the disabled list earlier this month with left shoulder inflammation, allowed one run on two hits over six innings tonight against the Reds. It was his first start since August 12. The…

  14. Pedro Feliciano shut down with more shoulder soreness

    Aug 29, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

    Yankees Spring Training

    Pedro Feliciano signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Yankees over the winter, but it’s increasingly likely that he’ll never throw a pitch for the club. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said earlier today that Feliciano has been shut down indefinitely after feeling more soreness in his shoulder. The…

  15. Rangers expected to call up prospect outfielder Leonys Martin

    Aug 29, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

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    The Rangers may step up their pursuit of Lance Berkman now that Nelson Cruz will be sidelined for three weeks following yet another hamstring injury, but an intriguing in-house replacement is on his way from the minor leagues. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, prospect outfielder Leonys Martin will take Cruz’s place…

  16. The beer dude saved a kid’s life at Nationals Park

    Aug 29, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

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    The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg presents a great story of how 49-year-old beer vendor Emmanuel Marlow saved a choking kid at Nationals Park on Thursday. Marlow, whose day job has him caring for patients with Parkinson’s, noticed a child choking while doing his rounds and didn’t see anyone taking charge to help him. “I guess…

  17. Forget MVP for a second: did you see Heyman’s ROY pick?

    Aug 29, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT

    Jordan Walden

    Craig took issue with Jon Heyman’s MVP ballot earlier this afternoon. I’m not really looking to pile on here, but I was just as disturbed by Heyman’s choice for AL Rookie of the Year: 1. Jordan Walden, Angels RP. This 100-mph thrower has 26 saves for pennant contender. Walden already got a nod to the AL…

  18. Alex Rodriguez gets MRI exam on left thumb injury, “really questionable” for Red Sox series

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT

    World Series Phillies Yankees Baseball

    Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter are both out of the Yankees’ lineup for tonight’s series finale against the Orioles, but while Jeter might be available off the bench manager Joe Girardi deemed Rodriguez “really questionable” to play in the three-game series versus the Red Sox that begins tomorrow. Rodriguez left the team in Baltimore and…

  19. Must-Click Link: Thank God for the Civil War

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

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    Too soon? Maybe it’s too soon. But can we at least acknowledge that were it not for the Civil War that baseball would have spread across our Great Republic — or perhaps our fractured and ugly two-nation former Republic depending on how things woulda gone — without it? That’s part of what’s in play in…

  20. Nelson Cruz out three weeks with Grade 1 hamstring strain

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Texas Rangers

    UPDATE: Cruz will be placed on the disabled list and is expected to miss three weeks after being diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, which won’t do anything to squash the Rangers’ rumored interest in Lance Berkman. ========== Nelson Cruz exited yesterday’s game after straining his left hamstring running out a double, which is…

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