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  1. Hideki Irabu continues to benefit the Yankees. Sorta.

    Aug 2, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Hideki Irabu

    Good stuff from The Common Man at the Platoon Advantage: a trade tree, tracking the late Hideki Irabu’s path in and out of New York, with attention paid to what the Yankees got for him, and the next guy and so on and so on to the present day. Short version: Nick Swisher can trace his…

  2. So much for last year: “The honeymoon with Buck Showalter seems to be over now”

    Aug 2, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    buck-showalter-orioles-spring

    Buck Showalter took over a dreadful 32-73 team and managed them to a 34-23 record down the stretch last season, creating some optimism among Orioles fans for the first time in a long time. So much for that. This season the Orioles have the AL’s worst record at 42-63, which is a .400 winning percentage…

  3. Jim Crane to be approved as Astros new owner later this month

    Aug 2, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Jim Crane

    Via Maury comes news that Jim Crane’s candidacy to become the new owner of the Houston Astros is likely to be voted on at the next owners’ meetings, which take place on August 17th and 18th.  It’s expected that he’ll have smooth sailing. I was asked yesterday if it was bad for the Astros that he wasn’t…

  4. Marlins ace Josh Johnson still hoping to pitch again this year

    Aug 2, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Marlins' Johnson delivers a pitch against the Phillies in the first inning during their MLB National League baseball game in Miami

    Josh Johnson still hasn’t ruled out pitching again this season despite missing the past three months with a shoulder injury that the Marlins continue to describe as merely inflammation. General manager Mike Hill told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that Johnson is “hopeful that he’ll start his throwing program this week” with an eye…

  5. Rockies prospect Alex White hates on Cleveland

    Aug 2, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    alex-white-indians-spring

    Alex White was a top Indians prospect until the other day. Then he was shipped to the Rockies in the package for Ubaldo Jimenez. A few minutes ago he voiced his pleasure with the move, geographically-speaking: Denver or Cleveland, Denver or Cleveland? Let’s be honest, ill take Denver. With the exception of a few people.…

  6. Shoulder surgery ends Freddy Sanchez’s season

    Aug 2, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez injured

    As expected, the Giants announced last night that Freddy Sanchez will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. He hasn’t played since June 10, but the Giants delayed a decision on surgery because Sanchez showed that he was able to hit reasonably well through the injury. He wasn’t able to successfully…

  7. Carlos Gonzalez aiming for weekend return from disabled list

    Aug 2, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Carlos Gonzalez took batting practice yesterday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with a wrist injury on July 22 and afterward reported feeling “a lot better than I expected.” Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post reports that Gonzalez is scheduled to take another round of batting practice today and then…

  8. Very superstitious. Writing’s on the wall.

    Aug 2, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    There’s a story in the Detroit News about the superstitions of the Detroit Tigers. Here’s one of Jose Valverde‘s: “I have a couple of cars, like a Lexus and a Mercedes. If I throw good while I’m driving one car, I stay with that car. I’m driving the Lexus now — and have been since the start of the…

  9. Now that’s a slump: Craig Counsell hitless in last 45 at-bats

    Aug 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    Craig Counsell popped out as a pinch-hitter yesterday, extending the veteran infielder’s historic slump to 0-for-45. Yes, zero hits in his last 45 at-bats. Seriously. Counsell hasn’t had a hit since going 3-for-3 on June 10 and is now just one more hitless at-bat away from tying Bill Bergen’s all-time record of 46 straight at-bats…

  10. They’ve already got the knives out for Erik Bedard in Boston

    Aug 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Erik Bedard

    Erik Bedard hasn’t so much as picked up a baseball in Boston yet, but the press is already out to get him. Here’s Gerry Callahan in the Herald: Bedard is a hard-throwing left-hander with the proverbial good stuff, but when you take a look at the complete package, it’s obvious he belongs in Boston about…

  11. Blue Jays top prospect Brett Lawrie on verge of call up

    Aug 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Brett Lawrie spring training

    Brett Lawrie was seemingly days away from being called up in late May when a broken hand suffered at Triple-A sidelined him for two months. Now he’s back and has resumed crushing the ball, leading to speculation that the Blue Jays are once again on the verge of calling up their top prospect. When the…

  12. Phil Hughes is probably heading to the pen

    Aug 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Yesterday we learned that the Yankees are going to use a six-man rotation. That kind of thing never lasts of course, so someone is gonna be the odd man out soon.  Matthew suggested that it may be Phil Hughes given his recent struggles. Matthew is probably right about that. Backing him up: Mark Feinsand of…

  13. Roy Oswalt ready to rejoin Phillies’ rotation after rehab start

    Aug 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    oswalt wide getty

    Roy Oswalt made his second rehab start yesterday, throwing six innings of two-run ball at Triple-A, and afterward declared himself ready to return from the disabled list. Oswalt has been out since June 24 with a lower back injury, but Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that his fastball was clocked in the…

  14. Metal trim falls from Busch Stadium

    Aug 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Busch Stadium

    The wife and I had our little suburban house built in 2005.  There was a five year warranty on masonry work. Porch, brick steps, etc.  Five years and three months after moving in, they started to crumble.  Because I’m trained in the fine art of being a tremendous pain in the ass, I was able…

  15. Cliff Pennington has Bell’s Palsy

    Aug 2, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Pennington_Cliff

    That sounds more serious than it is — Bell’s Palsy is a temporary condition in most cases — but it’s not a malady you hear of all that often with ballplayers. But it got Cliff Pennington during last night’s game, causing him to suffer partial facial paralysis and preventing him from closing his left eye. Pennington is…

  16. Hey Hunter Pence … forgetting something?

    Aug 2, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    Hunter Pence is 3 for 14 with an RBI — and the Phillies are undefeated in three games — since he was traded from Houston.  That’s great. He walked up to the plate in Colorado last night having forgotten to take the donut off his bat, however.  That’s not so great. And it’s especially not…

  17. So I guess the Mets were supposed to keep K-Rod and Beltran

    Aug 2, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Mets fans, prepare to roll your eyes. After years of seeing short-term plans fail to pan out, a changing of the guard at GM and the launching of a smart plan to shed baggage and contracts and try to align the Mets for a more solid long term footing, culminating in good trades of both…

  18. Lou Gehrig memorabilia from an unexpected source

    Aug 2, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    SPORT RIPKEN

    A pretty nifty story in the New York Times this morning.  Seems Lou Gehrig had a girlfriend for a brief period in the early 30s prior to marrying his wife Eleanor.  That relationship ended after a brief time for the same reason a lot of Gehrig’s early relationships ended: Gehrig’s domineering mother didn’t approve. But it…

  19. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 2, 2011, 5:59 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Cubs 5, Pirates 3: Impressive debut for Derrek Lee: two homers. Alas, that was all the offense the Buccos could really muster as Carlos Zambrano scattered seven hits over six innings. By the way, the last player who hit a home run in his Pirates debut was pitcher Matt Morris back in 2007. I was…

  20. Rubby De La Rosa diagnosed with sprained UCL in elbow, could need surgery

    Aug 2, 2011, 1:08 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    UPDATE: Ugh, just when you thought this season couldn’t get any worse for Dodgers fans. The Dodgers announced following Monday’s game that Rubby De La Rosa was diagnosed with a sprained UCL in his elbow. Surgery is a possibility for the promising young right-hander. 9:08 PM: Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports that…

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