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  1. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Aug 4, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    The Question

    I asked questions last night, you answered them. Let’s go: Q: Orange you glad I didn’t say banana? Great. One of my kids has a Twitter account now.  Really, when you’re six, that joke never, ever, ever gets old. Q: Why does Tony LaRussa not age? His home is built over a Lazarus Pit.  True story.…

  2. Reds first base prospect Yonder Alonso taking third base reps

    Aug 4, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Reds top prospect Yonder Alonso is a first baseman, but the seventh overall pick in the 2008 draft is blocked there by reigning MVP Joey Votto. In an effort to find a long-term home for Alonso in the lineup alongside Votto the Reds have been using him in left field and now Mark Sheldon of…

  3. Mariners will limit Michael Pineda’s workload with extra rest between starts

    Aug 4, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Throughout the first half the Mariners talked about potentially finding ways to limit rookie Michael Pineda‘s workload and it sounds like they’ve decided to go with extra rest between starts. Pineda, who’s currently on pace to throw around 195 innings, will have nine days off before making his next start and manager Eric Wedge told…

  4. Jeff Francoeur: clutch hitter

    Aug 4, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Some days I think the entire world is out to taunt me.  Today is one of those days. Anyone have $70 I can borrow?

  5. Twins prospect Kyle Gibson may need Tommy John surgery

    Aug 4, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    As if Minnesota hasn’t had enough injuries on the big-league roster this season now the Twins’ top prospect, 2009 first-round pick Kyle Gibson, has been shut down with elbow problems and underwent an MRI exam to determine if he needs Tommy John surgery. Gibson got off to a good start at Triple-A, but then went…

  6. Indians rookie Jason Kipnis has homered in four straight games

    Aug 4, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Boston Red Sox

    I saw Jason Kipnis play here in Columbus last month.  I’m no scout and I don’t know what to look for, but he seemed pretty solid.  Had a good game anyway, and some dude sitting a few seats down from me was telling his friend that Kipnis was impressive. Works for me! But whether he’s…

  7. Rob Dibble will not shut up about Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals

    Aug 4, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Fired as the Nationals’ television analyst in the middle of last season after saying Stephen Strasburg should “stop crying” and “suck it up” to play through what proved to be a torn elbow ligament that required Tommy John surgery, Rob Dibble is now criticizing the Nationals for rushing Strasburg back “to sell tickets.” Seriously. Courtesy…

  8. Oh great: Concrete tests on Yankee Stadium were faked

    Aug 4, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    You will be shocked — shocked! — to learn that there was corruption and malfeasance in a major construction project in New York City.  I know. Just when you think you can have faith in something in this world. But yeah, it seems that the engineers and contractors who built Yankee Stadium and bunch of other major…

  9. Mark Connor hired by Rangers after resigning as Orioles pitching coach

    Aug 4, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    After only three months on the job Mark Connor resigned suddenly as the Orioles’ pitching coach in mid-June, citing personal reasons, but now Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that he’s taken a job with the Rangers as a “player development special consultant.” That’s the same position Connor held with the Rangers for two seasons prior…

  10. Today is a day we should all root for Frank McCourt

    Aug 4, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Of all of the litigation in which Frank McCourt is currently involved, the one in which I’m most staunchly on his side is his malpractice action — or malpractice action to-be — against the lawyers that handled the property distribution agreement between him and his wife. As became clear during the divorce trial, one lawyer’s…

  11. Bob Davidson is a disgrace

    Aug 4, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Bob Davidson, Mike Quade

    Bob Davidson has been among the worst umpires on the merits and one of the worst umpires in terms of temperament for years now, and he showed exactly why last night in the Cubs-Pirates game. Tyler Colvin was called out on strikes by Davidson to end the fifth inning. It was a bad call, but…

  12. Jeter smacks five hits in Yankees romp

    Aug 4, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Chicago White Sox

    If we’re going to dwell on it when he’s struggling fairness dictates that we note it when he rakes: Derek Jeter raked last night, singling four times, doubling once and driving in two runs.   He’s now batting .333 with an OPS over .800 since he came off the disabled list with that calf injury.…

  13. Casey McGehee hit three homers for a kid

    Aug 4, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Casey McGehee

    This is pretty great. Casey McGehee hit three homers yesterday. After the game he told reporters that, in doing so, he kinda sorta fulfilled a promise to a kid.  No hospital bed was involved in this one, but it’s close enough to that old cliche that we’ll give him credit: “This morning, I got to…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

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

    Aug 3, 2011, 10:38 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Aug 3, 2011, 9:42 PM EDT

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    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…

  19. Matt Stairs officially retires after 19 major league seasons

    Aug 3, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

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    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,…

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

    Aug 3, 2011, 7:34 PM EDT

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    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…

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