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  1. Braves beat Diamondbacks 1-0 to complete sweep

    Aug 21, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

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    Tim Hudson allowed three hits over seven innings and combined with two relievers on a shutout as the Braves beat the Diamondbacks 1-0 to complete a three-game sweep Sunday. It was the fifth straight loss for Arizona. The lone run of the game came when shortstop Alex Gonzalez took Josh Collmenter deep in the seventh…

  2. Carlos Quentin diagnosed with sprained shoulder

    Aug 21, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

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    The White Sox, currently five games back of the Tigers in the American League Central standings, are going to be without one of their primary offensive performers for the next couple of days. According to the club’s official Twitter feed, right fielder Carlos Quentin was diagnosed with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder on…

  3. Jimmy Rollins exits Sunday’s game with right groin strain

    Aug 21, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

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    Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was pulled in the third inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Nationals after straining his right groin muscle. According to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News, he is considered day-to-day. Rollins suffered the groin injury in the second inning while ranging up the middle on a Jesus Flores ground…

  4. Astros send 20-year-old Jordan Lyles back to Triple-A

    Aug 21, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Arizona Diamondbacks

    From Brian McTaggart of MLB.com comes word that the Astros have optioned young right-hander Jordan Lyles to Triple-A Oklahoma City, effectively ending his first season as a major league starter. Lyles will return to the big leagues when rosters expand on the first of September, but only as a long man out of the bullpen.…

  5. Photo of the Day: Justin Upton at Kirk Gibson’s desk

    Aug 21, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

    Courtesy of MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, here’s Diamondbacks star Justin Upton relaxing at manager Kirk Gibson’s desk (the wine looks nice, Kirk) before Sunday’s series finale against the Braves. The Diamondbacks are 2 1/2 games up in the National League West, but have suddenly dropped four straight. Upton, 23, is batting .299/.372/.549 with 25 home runs,…

  6. Alex Rodriguez activated, batting cleanup in first game back

    Aug 21, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

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    Alex Rodriguez is finally back in action. According to Jack Curry of the YES Network, the veteran third baseman was activated from the 15-day disabled list before Sunday’s series finale against the Twins. He’s manning the hot corner and batting cleanup in his first big league game since July 7. A-Rod missed about five weeks…

  7. Burnett, Girardi exchange words after another dismal effort

    Aug 21, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

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    Yankees right-hander A.J. Burnett was pulled from Saturday evening’s 9-4 loss to the Twins after allowing five hits, three walks and seven earned runs in less than two innings of work. A normal major league starter would hang his head after such an effort and find a spot near the end of the dugout bench…

  8. Giants place closer Brian Wilson on disabled list

    Aug 21, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

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    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants have placed right-hander Brian Wilson on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 16, with inflammation in his throwing elbow. Wilson has been battling elbow soreness since early last week and did not make enough progress this weekend. He’s eligible to return at the…

  9. Padres designate reliever Pat Neshek for assignment

    Aug 21, 2011, 10:28 AM EDT

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    According to Dan Hayes of the North County Times, the Padres designated right-handed reliever Pat Neshek for assignment late Saturday night to clear a roster spot for the activation of Ernesto Frieri. Neshek, 30, registered an underwhelming 4.01 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 25 relief appearances this year for San Diego, striking out just 20…

  10. Drew Pomeranz done for season following appendectomy

    Aug 21, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

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    Top pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz was dealt from the Indians to the Rockies in late July as part of a package for Ubaldo Jimenez, but Pomeranz was drafted just last year and didn’t sign until the August 15 deadline so he wasn’t allowed to join an affiliate in the Rockies’ system until last week. Pomeranz…

  11. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Aug 21, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

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    It’s August 21. On this date in baseball history, Babe Ruth became the first major leaguer to hit 600 career home runs as the Yankees beat the Browns (1931), the first Little League World Series tournament was held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania (1947), Brewers closer Rollie Fingers became the first player in major league history to…

  12. Tigers’ Brandon Inge homers in return to major leagues

    Aug 20, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT

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    The Tigers promoted veteran infielder Brandon Inge from Triple-A Toledo on Saturday, after watching him catch fire for a three-week stretch against a lower level of competition in the International League. He has apparently carried some of that minor league momentum with him back to Detroit. Inge finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run and…

  13. Ted Lilly exits start with stiffness on left side of neck

    Aug 20, 2011, 9:46 PM EDT

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    From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times comes word that Dodgers starter Ted Lilly had to be removed from Saturday’s game against the Rockies due to stiffness on the left side of his neck. Lilly told reporters that he has been bothered by the neck discomfort since sleeping awkwardly a few days ago in…

  14. Jose Altuve hits leadoff inside-the-park home run

    Aug 20, 2011, 8:19 PM EDT

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    Astros second baseman Jose Altuve recorded the first home run of his major league career on Saturday night against the Giants. And he did it in style. Serving as Houston’s leadoff hitter in the bottom of the first inning, Altuve launched a deep fly ball to left field. It struck the top part of the…

  15. Carlos Beltran hits in batting cage, nearing return

    Aug 20, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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    Carlos Beltran will be back shortly. According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the veteran outfielder took swings in a batting cage from both sides of the plate on Saturday afternoon without experiencing any lingering pain or discomfort in his once-strained right hand. Beltran has been on the 15-day disabled list since August…

  16. Cole Hamels on track to start next Friday after light bullpen session

    Aug 20, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants

    Cole Hamels was scratched from his scheduled start this week due to inflammation in his left shoulder, but David Hale of the Wilmington News Journal reports that he is on track to return next Friday against the Marlins after throwing 25 pitches in a light bullpen session earlier today. Hamels hasn’t pitched since giving up…

  17. Jacoby Ellsbury out of lineup after being hit by pitch in back

    Aug 20, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Jacoby Ellsbury is out of tonight’s lineup against the Royals after he was hit in the back by a pitch in the top of the eighth inning last night. He stayed in the game to run the bases and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzalez, but was replaced in center field in…

  18. Report: Yankees among teams scouting Rich Harden

    Aug 20, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v New York Yankees

    The Red Sox backed out of a trade for Rich Harden before the non-waiver trade deadline due to concerns about his medical records, but there’s still a chance he’ll be dealt this month. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Yankees have had scouts present at each of Harden’s last two starts…

  19. Rockies boot Jason Hammel from rotation in favor of newly-acquired Alex White

    Aug 20, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    The Rockies are ready to begin reaping the rewards of the recent Ubaldo Jimenez trade. Jim Tracy announced earlier today that Alex White will be activated from the disabled list and start Tuesday against the Astros. He’ll take the place of struggling right-hander Jason Hammel, who will move to the bullpen for now. White was…

  20. Brian Cashman shoots down interest in Cubs’ GM job, wants to stay with Yanks

    Aug 20, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    The firing of Cubs general manager Jim Hendry yesterday has immediately led to speculation about some potential high-profile successors. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is in the final year of his contract and while there hasn’t been any talk about an extension yet, he told the New York Daily News yesterday that he has no…

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