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  1. Indians place hot-hitting rookie Jason Kipnis on disabled list

    Aug 19, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    kipnis getty

    Jason Kipnis was slated to return from a strained oblique muscle yesterday, but instead he was a last-minute scratch from the lineup and the Indians have now placed him on the disabled list. Called up from Triple-A on July 22, the 2009 second-round pick hit .279 with six homers, four doubles, and a .903 OPS…

  2. Wanna buy Joe DiMaggio’s shotgun?

    Aug 19, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Joe DiMaggio

    When Joe DiMaggio hit in his 42nd straight game in 1941 — breaking the old record of 41 — he was presented with a shotgun. Neat!  Now that shotgun is up for auction.  Double neat!  The details of it are set forth in the “Gun Nut” column over at Field & Stream. Which I’m pretty…

  3. White Sox place Phil Humber on DL after line drive to head

    Aug 19, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Chicago White Sox

    Phil Humber left last night’s game in the second inning after taking a line drive to the head, but actually tried to talk the White Sox’s trainer into letting him stay in and then told reporters afterward that he was planning to make his next start. He won’t, as the White Sox have placed Humber…

  4. The best and worst from Cubs GM Jim Hendry

    Aug 19, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

    Jim Hendry, Kenny Williams

    A look at the highlights and lowlights from Jim Hendry’s nine-year tenure as Cubs GM, which ended with his dismissal on Friday. Best moves July 23, 2003: Acquired 3B Aramis Ramirez and OF Kenny Lofton from Pirates for 2B Bobby Hill, INF Jose Hernandez and RHP Matt Burback I called it “highway robbery” on Rotoworld…

  5. Report: Jose Tabata and Pirates agree to six-year contract

    Aug 19, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Pirates are close to signing outfielder Jose Tabata to a six-year contract. Tabata, who just returned from the disabled list Tuesday after missing six weeks with a quadriceps injury, won’t be arbitration eligible for the first time until 2014. Presumably the six-year deal would include a team…

  6. Baseball’s playoff slogan: “Legends are born in October”

    Aug 19, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Legends October

    I can’t wait until the playoffs start. Excitement! High stakes!  Commercials that get run into the ground! I doubt we’ll ever see anything as glorious as “her father is the district attorney!” again, but in recent years we have certainly gotten our fair share of MLB-produced promos that seek to brand the playoffs.  This years…

  7. Barry Bonds to confront a Bonds hater on some TV show

    Aug 19, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    I really don’t watch much TV these days. When I do watch TV it’s usually an entire series at a time on Netflix or something like “Battlestar Galactica,” or “Pushing Daisies” or something. The only shows I actually watch as they’re being broadcast anymore are “Breaking Bad” and “Archer,” and those are on so rarely…

  8. Jim Thome putting up historic production for a 40-year-old

    Aug 19, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Jim Thome ruined the Twins’ plans to have him reach 600 career home runs at Target Field by being too damn good, hitting his 599th and 600th homers Monday night in Detroit and then delivering No. 601 against the Tigers two nights later. Thome has been deserving of the Hall of Fame for years already,…

  9. Joe Girardi probably should have protested that game the other day

    Aug 19, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Still thinking about that Billy Butler homer in the Yankees-Royals game the other night.  Joe Torre has admitted that the umpires misapplied the rules.  And now Joe Girardi admits he should have protested it.  He says he simply took the umps’ word for it that they were properly applying the rules: “I assumed the rules…

  10. Pat Gillick “doubtful” to be interested in Cubs’ GM job

    Aug 19, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Pat Gillick

    Last month there was speculation regarding Pat Gillick talking to the Cubs about a job in the front office, but now that the general manager spot is open Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Gillick won’t be replacing Jim Hendry. According to Rosenthal “it’s doubtful that he would even consider the Cubs” because Gillick “is…

  11. Pirates and Nationals lead 2007-2011 draft spending at $52 million and $51 million

    Aug 19, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    Jim Callis of Baseball America crunched the numbers for the past five drafts and reports that the Pirates led all MLB teams in spending by handing out $52 million in total signing bonuses. Much of that has to do with having the No. 1 pick once, the No. 2 pick twice, and the No. 4…

  12. Great moments in optimism, Angels edition

    Aug 19, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    Sam Miller writes about the Angels for the OC Register. So he certainly got to see the Halos woof three of four to the Rangers this week and has watched their playoff hopes fall off a cliff since there were only a game and a half back last week. But he is not one to…

  13. Chris Davis chooses rehab over shoulder surgery for now

    Aug 19, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    Chris Davis met with Dr. James Andrews yesterday and has decided to continue rehabbing his partially torn right shoulder rather than undergo surgery. Davis was acquired from the Rangers in the Koji Uehara trade last month, but went just 9-for-40 (.225) with 14 strikeouts in 10 games before being shut down on August 14. He…

  14. The five best and five worst owners

    Aug 19, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Liverpool Football club's co-owner, John

    Ken Davidoff of Newsday just got back from the owners meetings and he decided to go all listy: the five best owners in baseball and, of course, the five worst owners in baseball. I don’t have any disagreements with the best-of list. The results pretty much speak for themselves at the top, and I agree…

  15. Marlins reliever Randy Choate shut down with elbow injury

    Aug 19, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Choate_Randy

    Randy Choate has done his usual solid work as the Marlins’ left-handed specialist, posting a 1.82 ERA while holding left-handed hitters to a .145 batting average, but it sounds like the 35-year-old reliever won’t pitch again this season. Choate, who logged a grand total of just 25 innings in 54 appearances because of his specialist…

  16. What celebrities wish for on their birthday

    Aug 19, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Ed Norton

    I’m a pretty big Ed Norton fan. Great actor. I’ve heard some stories, though, that he’s hard to deal with on the set. Likes to take control over the script and the direction and stuff and is generally a pain in the rear.  It happens. Marlon Brando was the same way and, unlike Norton, Brando…

  17. A.J. Pierzynski cleared to resume baseball activities

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    aj-pierzynski-and-gavin-floyd

    It sounds like the first disabled list stint of A.J. Pierzynski‘s career won’t be a long one. Pierzynski got a second opinion on his fractured wrist yesterday and has been cleared to resume baseball activities just three days after being placed on the DL. Despite the “fracture” description Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago writes that…

  18. Jim Hendry fired as Cubs GM

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    hendry getty

    So much for that vote of confidence last week, huh? Jim Hendry has been fired as the Cubs general manager, reports David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com.  The termination is effective immediately. Kaplan reports that Hendry is currently meeting with the Cubs in the clubhouse, presumably being thanked by the players for all of those ridiculous contracts…

  19. “Growing sense in Marlins clubhouse” that Hanley Ramirez won’t play again this season

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Hanley Ramirez is eligible to return from the disabled list two weeks after spraining his left shoulder, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post writes that “there’s a growing sense in the Marlins clubhouse” that he’ll miss the remainder of the season. No one has ruled out Ramirez returning and manager Jack McKeon spoke…

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