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  1. Matt Kemp joins the 30/30 club

    Aug 27, 2011, 12:53 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Matt Kemp homered Friday in the Dodgers’ 6-1 win over the Rockies to become the 55th player in big-league history to turn in a 30-homer, 30-steal season. Kemp took Matt Reynolds deep in the seventh inning to reach 30 homers for the first time.  His previous high was last year’s 28. Kemp, who entered the…

  2. Vin Scully to return for 63rd season in Dodgers booth

    Aug 27, 2011, 12:31 AM EDT

    Vin Scully

    Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully announced during Friday’s game that he would return for his record 63rd season in 2012. Scully, who in recent years has skipped road trips taking him east of the Rockies, indicated that he’ll maintain his usual schedule of home games and select road games. Scully turns 85 in November. As…

  3. Barry Bonds’ conviction upheld

    Aug 26, 2011, 11:13 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    The highly unusual obstruction of justice conviction Barry Bonds was stuck with on April 13 was upheld by a federal judge on Friday night. Bonds’ lawyers had asked for a new trial on the charge or an acquittal, but U.S. District Judge Susan Illston refused Friday to overturn the only unanimous decision reached by the…

  4. Adrian Beltre cleared to begin rehab assignment Monday

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:19 PM EDT

    beltre red hat getty

    From Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram comes word that Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Omaha. Beltre has been on the disabled list since late July with a left hamstring strain. He hit a setback a few weeks ago while trying…

  5. Jose Bautista gets tossed, throws equipment onto field

    Aug 26, 2011, 9:36 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista came late to stardom, but he pitched a fit any diva would have been proud of after getting fanned by the Rays’ James Shields for the third time tonight. Bautista yelled at home-plate umpire Bill Welke, took his bat to the dugout wall and threw his bat and helmet onto the field after being tossed…

  6. Orioles, Yankees cancel Saturday’s doubleheader because of Hurricane Irene

    Aug 26, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    New York City Begins Preparing For Direct Hit By Hurricane Irene

    Hurricane Irene has barely reached the United States coastline, but the storm continues to wreak havoc on the Major League Baseball schedule. According to Dan Babarisi of the Wall Street Journal, the Orioles have canceled Saturday’s doubleheader against the Yankees. One of the games will be made up in a split-doubleheader Sunday, and the other…

  7. White Sox calling up top prospect Dayan Viciedo

    Aug 26, 2011, 9:04 PM EDT

    viciedo pose getty

    Dayan Viciedo posted promising results in his first taste of the big leagues last year — like an .840 OPS and five home runs in 106 plate appearances — but he could not find a spot on the Opening Day roster heading into this season and has spent the past several months tearing it up…

  8. Roger Clemens asks for case to be dismissed

    Aug 26, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    Asking the judge to punish prosecutors for their “egregious error,” Roger Clemens on Friday requested in Washington federal court that his perjury case be dismissed. Clemens is accused of lying under oath when he told congressional investigators he never used performance-enhancing drugs. Prosecutors, whose original case ended in a mistrial last month, said they made a simple mistake…

  9. Hanley Ramirez might not return until September

    Aug 26, 2011, 8:16 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    When it was announced earlier today that Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez had been cleared to begin a rehab assignment tonight with Single-A Jupiter, the general consensus was that he’d play two or three games on the farm before returning to the majors early next week. Possibly as soon as Monday. But that’s not the Marlins’…

  10. Rockies activate closer Huston Street from disabled list

    Aug 26, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

    street getty

    According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have activated closer Huston Street from the 15-day disabled list in time for Friday night’s series opener against the Dodgers. Street missed a little over two weeks after suffering a mild right triceps strain in early August. He did not allow a run in two…

  11. Diagnosis for Tommy Hanson: small tear in rotator cuff

    Aug 26, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    The Braves announced prior to Friday’s game that an MRI showed a small tear in Tommy Hanson’s rotator cuff that won’t require surgery.  The hope is that he’ll return to the rotation in mid-September. It’s a scary diagnosis for Braves fans, though it certainly could be worse; most major league pitchers have some sort of…

  12. Jason Bay scratched from Friday’s lineup with jammed shoulder

    Aug 26, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    Jason Bay

    Jason Bay will miss Friday’s game against the Braves and probably most of 2012 because of a jammed right shoulder, the Mets announced. Well, the Mets didn’t actually announce that Bay would miss most of 2012.  That’s just an easy assumption since he is, in fact, a Met.  Technically, the team is saying he’s day-to-day.…

  13. A-Rod met with MLB today to talk about the poker stuff

    Aug 26, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez watches from the dugout as the Yankees take batting practice in Minneapolis

    Alex Rodriguez met with Major League Baseball officials in Baltimore today. The topic: those tabloid/blog reports about his underground poker games and his alleged trip to Mohegan Sun. MLB is not at all happy with A-Rod over this stuff. No word on whether part of that unhappiness has anything to do with his presence at…

  14. Wrigley Field likely getting the 2016 All-Star Game

    Aug 26, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    That’s the story from Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago.  Of course, the way Major League Baseball works they won’t make it official until, like, spring 2015 even though they’ve been printing up stuff about it for months. I mean, they haven’t even announced where 2013’s game is going to be yet. Why so far out…

  15. John Farrell to miss tonight’s game after all

    Aug 26, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    John Farrell

    This morning’s report about Blue Jays manager John Farrell having pneumonia also had him rejoining the team today. Which seemed a bit nuts given that, you know, pneumonia is rather serious. Apparently cooler heads have prevailed, however, as Farrell is now reported to be missing tonight’s game against the Rays. Presumably bench coach Don Wakamatsu will fill in…

  16. Stat of the day: facing the Bombers

    Aug 26, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    61 pitchers have started at least five games versus the Yankees since the beginning of 2007.  Here are the best and worst of the results, ranked by ERA: Best 1. A.J. Burnett: 4-1, 1.35 ERA (seven starts) 2. Felix Hernandez: 6-1, 2.04 ERA (eight starts) 3. Cliff Lee: 4-1, 2.55 ERA (six starts) 4. Brian…

  17. The Phillies-Marlins Saturday night game postponed due to Irene

    Aug 26, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

    Hurricane Irene - Friday

    The Sunday game between the Phillies and Marlins had been moved to Saturday as part of a double header. Now the back end of that doubleheader has been cancelled due to the fact that it’s really gonna be rainin’ and blowin’ by Saturday night.  The day game scheduled for 1PM tomorrow is still on track.…

  18. Dewayne Wise on his way to Toronto

    Aug 26, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Florida Marlins

    The Blue Jays and Dewayne Wise just can’t quit one another.  The Jays claimed Wise off waivers from the Marlins today, which means Wise is heading to the Jays organization for the third time. He played with them from 2000-02 and then spent 52 games with them last season. He was also in their minor…

  19. Ramon Hernandez pulled back off waivers

    Aug 26, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Ramon Hernandez

    According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, catcher Ramon Hernandez was claimed off waivers and has since been pulled back by the Reds, making him ineligible to be traded. Hernandez seemed like an obvious fit with either the Giants or Angels earlier this season, but the Reds weren’t willing to trade him prior to the July 31…

  20. Look! A series with playoff implications!

    Aug 26, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Minnesota Twins

    Let’s stop talking about games that have been cancelled and start talking about games that matter. Like the series that really and truly matters most this weekend, the Angels vs. the Rangers. Who’d-a-thunk it a week and a half ago when Texas soundly dispatched Anaheim, taking three of four in the Big A, and extending…

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