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  1. Mark Prior scratched due to sore shoulder

    Aug 23, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Mark Prior

    Good thing I already have a macro for this one… Right-hander Mark Prior was scratched from his scheduled appearance with the GCL Yankees on Tuesday because of shoulder discomfort. Prior had made six appearances in the Rookie league over the past 2 1/2 weeks, allowing one run and two hits in six innings.  He struck…

  2. Orioles give up on Felix Pie, promote Matt Angle

    Aug 23, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

    Felix Pie

    After taking a big step backwards this year, 26-year-old Felix Pie was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Tuesday.  The team has called up fellow outfielder Matt Angle to take his place. Pie, a former Cubs prospect, seemed ready to start in center field for some team after a 2009 season in which he…

  3. Alex Rodriguez day-to-day after X-rays come back negative on thumb

    Aug 23, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez is sitting out Tuesday’s game and will undergo X-rays on his left thumb after jamming it Sunday in his first game back from knee surgery. Rodriguez said he hurt the thumb while fielding a grounder in the game against the Twins.  He was a late scratch tonight after cutting short his batting-practice session,…

  4. Thinking about the Kelly Johnson-for-Aaron Hill swap

    Aug 23, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Aaron Hill

    Ahhh, the elusive challenge trade. With just five weeks left in the season, the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays opted to swap second basemen Tuesday.  Toronto received Kelly Johnson and sent along Aaron Hill, also including shortstop John McDonald in the bargain. That all three players in the trade are free agents-to-be makes it an especially…

  5. Angel Pagan has colitis

    Aug 23, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Don’t you feel bad now about making jokes about Angel Pagan being in the bathroom when he was supposed to be at bat last night?  Wait, you didn’t make jokes about it? Only I did?  Well then. Anyway, Andy Martino’s sources tell him that it wasn’t just a bad burrito that got to Pagan but,…

  6. Jose Contreras to undergo exploratory elbow surgery

    Aug 23, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Philadelphia Phillies

    Jose Contreras won’t pitch again this season, as the Phillies announced that the veteran reliever will undergo exploratory elbow surgery. His return timetable depends on what doctors find once he’s under the knife, but even a minor surgery would make Contreras a question mark heading into next season at age 40. He pitched well enough…

  7. Hey look, Jason Heyward gets to play

    Aug 23, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    Jose Constanza, who has been ridin’ the wave, turned his ankle last night and has a mild sprain.  That has him out of the lineup against the Cubs tonight, which means that — wonder of wonders — Jason Heyward gets a start.  Of course, since this is Heyward and he’s in everyone’s dog house these…

  8. Rockies acquire Kevin Kouzmanoff from A’s for player to be named later

    Aug 23, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Kevin Kouzmanoff Getty

    Kevin Kouzmanoff has been stuck in the minors since the A’s demoted the struggling third baseman to Triple-A in mid-June and today they traded him (and some cash) to the Rockies for a player to be named later. Kouzmanoff and his $4.75 million salary went unclaimed on waivers back in June, allowing the A’s to…

  9. Perception or reality: Wandy Rodriguez … underrated?

    Aug 23, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    News that the Rockies claimed Wandy Rodriguez off waivers and will have until Thursday afternoon to potentially work out a trade with the Astros for him has me wondering if the 32-year-old left-hander is underrated. For the past week or so various prominent media members have been acting as if Rodriguez’s contract is a Vernon…

  10. Shin-Soo Choo hits a three-run walkoff homer

    Aug 23, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    choo getty

    Last night Indians’ closer Chris Perez blew a tie game in the ninth when he lost control and started getting all plunky.  Today, probably not fully trusting his closer — or maybe just wanting to save him for the nightcap of today’s double header — Manny Acta sent Justin Masterson out for the ninth inning…

  11. Padres prospect Donavan Tate injures wrist after returning from 50-game suspension

    Aug 23, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Donavan Tate - Bowman

    Just three weeks after returning from a 50-game suspension for a “drug of abuse” Padres prospect and former No. 3 overall pick Donavan Tate has suffered a season-ending wrist injury, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. He managed to play a total of just 39 games in his first “full season” as a professional,…

  12. Dbacks trade Kelly Johnson to Toronto for Aaron Hill, John McDonald

    Aug 23, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kelly Johnson

    It’s being reported — sorry, not sure who got it first; the earthquake has rendered Twitter almost unreadable — that the Diamondbacks have traded Kelly Johnson to Toronto for Aaron Hill and John McDonald. Johnson is a year removed from a 26-homer, .284/.370/.496 season, though he’s struggling mightily this year. There’s still power — 18 homers…

  13. Pirates designate lefty reliever Joe Beimel for assignment

    Aug 23, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Contenders interested in adding another left-handed reliever to the bullpen mix may take a look at Joe Beimel, who was designated for assignment by the Pirates. Beimel had a sub-4.00 ERA every season from 2005 to 2010, but his ERA stands at 5.33 after serving up a homer to right-handed slugger Ryan Braun yesterday and…

  14. UPDATE: Wandy Rodriguez claimed on waivers by Rockies; trade talks ongoing

    Aug 23, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    UPDATE II:  Now Rosenthal is saying that the Rockies have claimed Rodriguez. If they and the Astros are to get a deal done, they have to do it by Thursday at noon. UPDATE: Rosenthal reports that, contra Olney, it was not the Nationals who claimed Rodriguez. The team is still unknown.  So we have it:…

  15. Video: Josh Hamilton goes hunting, talks drugs, kills a deer

    Aug 23, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Here’s some video of Josh Hamilton‘s recent appearance on the Versus channel hunting show “The Bucks of Tecomate” in which the reigning MVP discusses his battle with drugs and kills a deer:

  16. Hey, how about that earthquake?

    Aug 23, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Earthquake

    Fun thing about being on Twitter all day is that when something happens you get hundreds of people rushing to make all of the jokes and the profound observations as soon as humanly possible. And so it was with that earthquake that just hit the east coast.  Within five minutes we had: 1,245 “hey, did…

  17. After one year as Cubs manager Mike Quade is 80-85

    Aug 23, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Bob Davidson, Mike Quade

    Mike Quade managed the Cubs to a 24-13 record down the stretch last season after replacing Lou Piniella and that earned him a two-year contract worth around $2 million, but a year later the honeymoon is definitely over. Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com notes that today marks the one-year anniversary of Quade becoming the interim manager…

  18. Brian Schneider is why the Phillies win so much? Um, OK.

    Aug 23, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brian Schneider, Ryan Madson

    Look, I know it’s a long season and that you have to come up with new stuff to write about all of the time, but does anyone besides me have problems with a story which suggests that the backup catcher is the key to everything? In this case, Brian Schneider of the Phillies: With expectations set…

  19. Cole Hamels placed on DL, but expected to start Monday

    Aug 23, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels reacts to a balk call during the fifth inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia has placed Cole Hamels on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, but because the stint is backdated to August 13 he’ll be eligible to return Sunday. For now at least Hamels remains the Phillies’ scheduled starter for Monday’s game against the Reds, so it looks like the DL move is mostly just so they…

  20. The honeymoon is over between San Francisco and the Giants

    Aug 23, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Giants fans Believe

    News flash: A team that won a world championship realized a large uptick in fan interest and feel-good euphoria; News flash: That fan interest gradually became smugness and entitlement; News flash: That team, which was rather flawed to begin with but caught lighting in a bottle for a couple of months, is not doing as…

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