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  1. Look, nothing is going to happen to A-Rod over this poker business

    Aug 4, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    It was rather notable to see the reports — emanating from the entertainment press, not the sporting press — about Alex Rodriguez and the allegedly high-stakes, cocaine-and-Tobey-McGuire-fueled poker games.  Kind of salacious and, because most people like talking about A-Rod, kind of fun.  But let’s be clear about something: the reports that Major League Baseball is looking into…

  2. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 4, 2011, 5:52 AM EDT

    Aubrey Huff, Orlando Cabrera, Pablo Sandoval, Jeff Keppinger

    Giants 8, Diamondbacks 1: The Giants beat back the charging horde. Three hits and two runs scored for Carlos Beltran, three runs batted in for Orlando Cabrera and a strong six innings for Ryan Vogelsong. Jason Marquis: eh, not quite the game-changing acquisition Kevin Towers may have imagined. Red Sox 4, Indians 3: Walkoff homer…

  3. Ryan Braun: ‘Any good hitter has to be pitched up and in at times’

    Aug 4, 2011, 1:58 AM EDT

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    We’ve written plenty in this blog today about Tony La Russa and the shenanigans in Tuesday night’s Cardinals-Brewers game, so while it’s been fun, I’m not going to rehash the whole thing again. If you need a recap, go here, here and even here. But I did want to point out that Ryan Braun, the…

  4. Phil Hughes to remain in Yankees’ rotation … for now

    Aug 3, 2011, 10:38 PM EDT

    phil hughes getty throws

    As Craig noted this morning, Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes was magnificent Tuesday against the White Sox, hurling six scoreless innings before his start was halted due to a Chicago storm. The dominant performance has earned Hughes at least one more week in the Yanks’ rotation. Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger brings word that the…

  5. MRI on Hanley Ramirez’s shoulder confirms: it’s sprained

    Aug 3, 2011, 9:42 PM EDT

    hanley getty hurt wide

    The Marlins have avoided a bit of a scare. According to the club’s official Twitter account, shortstop Hanley Ramirez was diagnosed this evening with a sprained left shoulder after undergoing an MRI back in Miami. No structural damage, and all that good stuff. Hanley will likely spend the night in south Florida before rejoining his…

  6. Matt Stairs officially retires after 19 major league seasons

    Aug 3, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

    stairs close-up getty

    The writing was on the wall Monday when the 43-year-old was released by the Nationals, but this bit of news is worth passing along anyway. According to the Montreal Gazette, Matt Stairs has officially retired from the game of baseball. Stairs, a native of Canada, played for the Expos, Red Sox, A’s, Cubs, Brewers, Pirates,…

  7. Shin-Soo Choo aiming to return to Tribe in less than 15 days

    Aug 3, 2011, 7:34 PM EDT

    choo reuters

    Shin-Soo Choo‘s recovery from a fractured left thumb — and the subsequent surgery to repair that fracture — continues to run smoothly. The Indians right fielder took between 50 and 60 swings in a cage this afternoon and is scheduled to participate in batting practice with his Tribe teammates Thursday at Boston’s Fenway Park. And…

  8. Mike Moustakas benched so that he can work on swing

    Aug 3, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Mike Moustakas

    The Royals said Wednesday that Mike Moustakas will get the next two days off so that he can work on an adjustment to a swing that’s produced a .194 average to date. Moustakas, who was called up nearly two months to replace Wilson Betemit as the Royals’ starting third baseman, has just one homer —…

  9. Dan Uggla stays hot, extends hitting streak to 25 games

    Aug 3, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    His season totals are still incredibly ugly because that’s what happens when you take a .173 batting average into mid-July, but Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 25 games this afternoon by going 2-for-4 with a three-run homer. During the 25-game streak Uggla is now 34-for-96 (.354) with 11 homers, five doubles, and 10…

  10. Tony La Russa is taking his anger out on Edwin Jackson

    Aug 3, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    Most eyes were on this afternoon’s Cardinals-Brewers game to see if there would be violence and mayhem between the two teams.  So far none between them. But Edwin Jackson had best get a restraining order against Casey McGehee and Tony La Russa, because they’re both beating the crap out of him. As I type, the…

  11. Mark Prior still in the minors, still injured, and still cursed

    Aug 3, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    Mark Prior

    From the Associated Press, here’s the latest in a never-ending series of injury updates on Mark Prior: Yankees right-hander Mark Prior has a bruised left forearm after being hit by a ball during batting practice. The converted reliever was hit by a liner near the wrist on his 20th pitch of a BP session today…

  12. Looking for Jack McKeon in the morning? He’s almost certainly at Mass

    Aug 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    jack mckeon marlins

    Interesting story about Marlins manager Jack McKeon in the New York Times today. Seems that every morning — at home or on the road — he goes to Mass.  He’s done it for 60 years, and it’s just part of his game day routine, even if the team plane got in at 3AM and he…

  13. Roy Oswalt to rejoin Phillies’ rotation Sunday versus Giants

    Aug 3, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

    oswalt square

    Two solid rehab starts convinced the Phillies that Roy Oswalt is ready to return from a six-week back injury, so they’ll activate him from the disabled list for Sunday’s game against the Giants. Oswalt last pitched on June 23, allowing four runs in two innings, and once he was placed on the DL speculation started…

  14. Bus carrying Phillies minor league team almost plunges off a bridge

    Aug 3, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Crosscutters bus

    This is scary: a bus carrying the Williamsport Crosscutters — the short season A-ball team of the Phillies — nearly plunged off a bridge in New York: The Williamsport Crosscutters were on their way to the team hotel in Brooklyn when the bus driver got lost, drove over the Verrazano Bridge and wound up on the Fingerboard Road overpass above the…

  15. Scott Rolen out 4-6 weeks following shoulder surgery

    Aug 3, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    On the disabled list since July 22 with a left shoulder injury, Scott Rolen underwent surgery today to remove bone spur fragments and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Rolen has a long history of shoulder problems and hit just .242 with five homers and a .676 OPS in 65 games before the DL stint,…

  16. Taking a closer look at the Bartolo Colon stem cell therapy

    Aug 3, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    CJ Nitkowski

    C.J. Nitkowski pitched in the bigs for ten years but had to hang it up due to shoulder problems.  Because of those problems, and because of the example of Bartolo Colon‘s rather startling comeback, Nitkowski decided to undergo the same stem cell treatment Colon famously received. Nitkowski writes about it in Sports Illustrated, and it’s…

  17. Catching-starved Pirates get Ryan Doumit back from DL

    Aug 3, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Injuries to Chris Snyder, Ryan Doumit, and Jason Jaramillo left the Pirates so short on catching depth that they had to trade for 26-year-old career minor leaguer Michael McKenry and make him the starter. McKenry has predictably hit just .256 with a measly .642 OPS in 37 games, but his reign as the primary catcher…

  18. Now La Russa can’t handle heckling fans

    Aug 3, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    La Russa Day continues here at HardballTalk.  I missed this in all of this morning’s reports, but apparently we had another example of his pathological aversion to being the bigger man: Cardinals manager Tony La Russa says a fan told him he hoped he would get shingles again and that others took insults too far…

  19. Report: Alex Rodriguez “played in an underground, illegal poker game where cocaine was openly used”

    Aug 3, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    World Series Phillies Yankees Baseball

    RadarOnline.com and Star magazine have published a report claiming Alex Rodriguez “played in an underground, illegal poker game where cocaine was openly used.” Tabloid reports should be taken with truck fulls of salt, obviously, but the story is a follow-up to the June crackdown of a Hollywood poker game in which big names like Tobey…

  20. Jason Heyward sits again

    Aug 3, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Look, I know that Jason Heyward is having a rough season. And I can understand why, given the fact that he seems to be fragile, that you give him a day off here and there.  But can someone explain to me why Fredi Gonzalez is sitting Heyward again today, against a righty, in favor of…

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