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  1. Stephen Strasburg strikes out six in latest rehab start

    Aug 22, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    The climb continues for Stephen Strasburg. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, the rehabbing right-hander allowed two runs (one earned) over three innings tonight in his latest minor league rehab start with Class A Hagerstown. Strasburg, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, gave up two hits while striking out six, walking…

  2. Jose Reyes set to begin rehab assignment Thursday

    Aug 22, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    The Mets have lost three in a row and nine out of 11 to fall six games under the .500 mark, but they are close to getting a much-needed boost for their lineup. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Jose Reyes is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Double-A Binghamton. Reyes,…

  3. Rangers, Orioles have discussed the Chris Davis situation

    Aug 22, 2011, 6:54 PM EDT

    Chris Davis

    Batlimore’s Chris Davis, who is currently on the disabled list with a partially torn right labrum, has complicated the July 30 Koji Uehara trade by saying the shoulder started bothering him when he was with Texas. Such a statement could be considered grounds for reworking the deal that sent Davis and right-hander Tommy Hunter to the…

  4. Starlin Castro benched after Sunday’s lapses

    Aug 22, 2011, 6:27 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro

    Upon reviewing the tape from Sunday night’s game against the Cardinals, manager Mike Quade has decided to give shortstop Starlin Castro a “mental day off” against the Braves on Monday. In truth, it’s a benching. Castro has been accused of a lack of focus several times during his age-21 season, and ESPN focused on it…

  5. Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz closer to returning for Red Sox

    Aug 22, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Kelly Shoppach, Jacoby Ellsbury

    It looks like the banged-up Boston offense will soon get a boost. Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Jacoby Ellsbury, who is out for a third straight game tonight, likely will return to center field on Tuesday. The Boston Herald’s Scott Lauber also reports that David Ortiz will take batting practice and then have his…

  6. Alex Rodriguez is still gambling for high stakes

    Aug 22, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    alex rodriguez poker

    I’m not sure anyone anywhere really thinks Alex Rodriguez playing high-stakes poker is a big deal, but with MLB repeatedly telling him to stop gambling and his involvement in Hollywood home games making headlines recently you’d think he might at least give it a rest for a while. Instead the New York Post reports that…

  7. Kevin Correia’s terrible second half now includes trip to DL

    Aug 22, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Kevin Correia made the All-Star team on the basis of his 11 first-half wins, but his 4.07 ERA was nothing special and not surprisingly the 30-year-old pitcher with a 4.57 career ERA coming into this season came crashing back down to earth after the break. Correia is 1-4 with a 7.23 ERA in seven starts…

  8. Indians place Travis Hafner on disabled list with foot injury

    Aug 22, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

    Travis Hafner

    Travis Hafner exited yesterday’s game with a sprained right foot and the Indians have placed the designated hitter on the disabled list. Hafner also missed time with a foot injury in April and spent a month on the DL with an oblique strain around midseason, but he’s been very productive when healthy enough to be…

  9. Heath Bell, Carlos Pena and Jim Thome all go on trade waivers

    Aug 22, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    From FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal comes the news that the Padres’ Heath Bell, the Cubs’ Carlos Pena and the Twins’ Jim Thome and Jason Kubel were all placed on trade waivers Monday. They’ll all be on waivers — but still eligible to play — through Wednesday.  If they clear waivers, they can be dealt at any…

  10. A’s pull back Rich Harden after Indians claim him on waivers

    Aug 22, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Rich Harden

    Last month the A’s had a Rich Harden trade worked out, only to have the Red Sox back away because of concerns about his health. And now Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the A’s put Harden on waivers only to pull him back when the Indians claimed him and “couldn’t work out a deal.”…

  11. Phillies lose Jimmy Rollins, but activate Placido Polanco

    Aug 22, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Jimmy Rollins was placed on the disabled list with a strained groin, but the Phillies have replaced him on the roster by activating Placido Polanco from the DL. Polanco hasn’t played since August 6 because of a hip injury and hasn’t played well since April because of assorted health problems, but his return allows the…

  12. Austin Jackson’s feat hadn’t been pulled off since 1988

    Aug 22, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Austin Jackson

    When Austin Jackson threw out Kosuke Fukudome at home to end Detroit’s 8-7 win over Cleveland on Sunday, it was the first time since 1988 that a game had ended with an 8-2 double play. Baseball-Reference’s Raphy did the research and saw only five games that had ended that way since 1973, the last coming…

  13. Josh Beckett now able to block trades with 10-and-5 rights

    Aug 22, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett wasn’t going anywhere anyway, but now he’s officially able to block any future attempts the Red Sox might make to trade him. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com notes that Beckett recently gained his 10-and-5 rights, which means he’s accumulated 10 total seasons of service time in the majors, including five consecutive seasons with the…

  14. Picture of the Day: Joe Maddon is ready for some football

    Aug 22, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

    Rays manager Joe Maddon channels Ricky Williams by doing a press conference with a football helmet on.

  15. Jimmy Rollins placed on disabled list with strained groin

    Aug 22, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    rollins fielding ap

    Jimmy Rollins, who left yesterday’s game with a strained groin, just announced via Twitter that he’s headed for the disabled list. According to Rollins’ tweet he’s been diagnosed with a mild, Grade 2 strain, which means he might be able to return from the DL when eligible in early September. Philadelphia leads the NL East…

  16. Anthony Swarzak replaces injured, ineffective Nick Blackburn in Twins’ rotation

    Aug 22, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Texas Rangers

    Nick Blackburn isn’t a particularly effective starting pitcher but the one thing he always does is throw strikes, so when the right-hander walked four of the first eight batters he faced yesterday something was obviously wrong. He left the game in the second inning and is headed for the disabled list with a strained forearm,…

  17. 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…

  18. Frank Francisco unavailable after feeling shoulder soreness warming up

    Aug 22, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    frank-francisco-blue-jays-spring

    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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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