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  1. Neck injury could force Casey Blake into retirement

    Aug 22, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    Casey Blake

    Casey Blake‘s latest injury is a pinched nerve in his neck, which has caused him to miss four straight games, and the 37-year-old is thinking ahead to how it could impact his health long after retiring from baseball. “Obviously, this neck thing is pretty serious,” Blake told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. “I…

  2. Frank Francisco unavailable after feeling shoulder soreness warming up

    Aug 22, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

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    Toronto closer Jon Rauch is out following an emergency appendectomy, so Frank Francisco was warming up to pitch the ninth inning of a 1-0 game yesterday when his shoulder started barking. Francisco stopped throwing and the Blue Jays instead let Casey Janssen finish the game by pitching a third inning. Today is an off day…

  3. Will the Phillies give Cole Hamels a Jered Weaver-like deal?

    Aug 22, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers a pitch to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    Jered Weaver‘s new five-year, $85 million extension with the Angels has set the market for young aces nearing free agency and Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer speculates that that Phillies may try to sign Cole Hamels to a similar contract. Weaver is a year older than Hamels, but in terms of service time they’re…

  4. Ubaldo Jimenez has allowed 21 runs in 21 innings for Indians

    Aug 22, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Chicago White Sox

    Cleveland gave up such a valuable package of prospects to get Ubaldo Jimenez from Colorado in large part because he’s signed through 2014 and thus not simply a stretch-run pickup, but the Indians can’t be happy with how he’s looked in the early on. Jimenez failed to make it out of the fourth inning yesterday…

  5. Dodgers had first baseman James Loney ready to pitch

    Aug 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    James Loney

    James Loney hasn’t hit this season, so yesterday the Dodgers figured maybe he could help them as a pitcher. With the bullpen on fumes thanks to Saturday night’s 13-inning loss to the Rockies at Coors Field, manager Don Mattingly had Loney warm up in the bullpen before yesterday’s game in case he was needed as…

  6. Pitching coach Dave Duncan away from Cardinals due to personal reasons

    Aug 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Dave Duncan, Jaime Garcia, Yadier Molina

    St. Louis was without Dave Duncan all weekend after the pitching coach left the team due to an undisclosed personal matter. Duncan’s son, Cleveland bench player Shelley Duncan, also left the Indians for the same reason. Bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist filled in for Duncan as pitching coach as the Cardinals lost two of three games…

  7. Report: Sandy Alderson nixed talk of Mike Pelfrey becoming Mets’ closer in 2012

    Aug 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    New York Mets v New York Yankees

    Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that manager Terry Collins recently asked Mike Pelfrey if he’d be willing to serve as the Mets’ closer next season and the 27-year-old right-hander agreed, but general manager Sandy Alderson shot down the idea before it gained much traction. Collins declined to discuss the situation and…

  8. Quote of the Day: Davey Johnson on Phillies’ fans

    Aug 22, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Baiting Philly fans is, like, 40% of my job description, but I could jaw at ‘em for a month and not do it quite as elegantly as Davey Johnson did after yesterday’s Nats-Phillies game: “You gotta sit back down,” chuckling Nats Manager Davey Johnson said of all those invading fans who had to flop back…

  9. Umps screw up the whole warn-the-benches thing in the Indians-Tigers game

    Aug 22, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Porcello Cabrera.bmp

    Yesterday in the Indians-Tigers game Asdrubal Cabrera hit a long foul ball that could have gone out. He watched it as it flew. Which, given that it was either a foul ball or a home run shouldn’t have been too big a deal. I mean, it’s not like it was a moon shot to straightaway…

  10. Jack McKeon rips his team

    Aug 22, 2011, 9:16 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    Most of the time when a manager rips his team I get the sense that he’s doing it as much to help himself as he is genuinely upset. “Man, my job is on the line here; I had better show some fire …”  It’s human. Jack McKeon is in a different situation, though. He knows…

  11. Cubs owner says Zambrano’s days as a Cub likely over

    Aug 22, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    zambrano getty wide

    Well, Tom Ricketts strongly implied it in a passive way anyway, saying when asked if he was open to Carlos Zambano pitching for the Cubs again, “I have a hard time imagining that.” Of course, given that this is the guy who has final signoff on whether the Cubs release Zambrano, one would figure that…

  12. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Aug 22, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    midnightcowboy

    I think half the time I write that as “Weekend Wrapup” and half the time I write it as “Weekend Wrap.”  Eh, consistency is overrated. That A.J. Burnett-Joe Girardi business from Saturday night.  True Fact: I landed in New York at about 9:30 AM yesterday morning. My cab driver, however, already had detailed inside information…

  13. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 22, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Luis Perez

    This edition of And That Happened is being written in a New York City hotel room, so if it takes on a tone of fright and confusion at the horrifying, dystopian cacophony that is New York, well, that’s why: Blue Jays 1, Athletics 0: Luis Perez makes his first big league start and holds the…

  14. Pirates finalize Jose Tabata’s six-year contract

    Aug 21, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Jose Tabata

    23-year-old Jose Tabata is under control through 2019 after officially signing a long-term extension with the Pirates on Sunday.  MLB.com’s Jennifer Langosch has the dollar amounts: Signing bonus: $1 million 2011: $500,000 2012: $750,000 2013: $1 million 2014: $3 million 2015: $4 million 2016: $4.5 million 2017: $6.5 million club option 2018: $7.5 million club…

  15. Angels sign Jered Weaver to five-year, $85 million extension

    Aug 21, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    The Angels have called a Tuesday press conference to announce the signing of ace Jered Weaver to a five-year, $85 million contract extension. SI.com’s Jon Heyman had the dollar amount.  Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown reports that the deal contains a full no-trade clause. Weaver is making $7.37 million this year after losing in arbitration back…

  16. Austin Jackson’s incredible throw saves game for Tigers

    Aug 21, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

    Alex Avila, Kosuke Fukudome

    Jose Valverde can thank center fielder Austin Jackson for improving to 37-for-37 saving games this season. Jackson made an amazing throw to cut down Kosuke Fukudome at the plate on a game-ending double play as the Tigers edged the Indians 8-7 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep in Detroit. Better late than never, MLB.com…

  17. Rafael Furcal trips over rope, sprains thumb

    Aug 21, 2011, 5:57 PM EDT

    Rafael Furcal

    Rafael Furcal had a little accident and will miss Sunday night’s game with the Cubs.  Tweets Buster Olney: Rafael Furcal sprained his thumb when bracing a fall, after tripping over a rope near the batting cage here in Wrigley… Olney didn’t say which thumb.  Furcal broke his left thumb and missed six weeks earlier this season. …

  18. Braves beat Diamondbacks 1-0 to complete sweep

    Aug 21, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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