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  1. An MLB.com columnist pens a love letter to baseball commissioners

    Aug 19, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    Bud Selig

    I long ago abandoned the notion that MLB.com was Pravda or something, which is what I first thought it would be when it started up. The reporting there is very good, and sometimes great. Many of the MLB.com beat writers are much better than the newspaper guys who cover the same beat. Many of the…

  2. Mets drop to 14th in overall attendance; on pace for worst year since 2004

    Aug 19, 2011, 9:16 AM EDT

    Citi Field

    Kaja Whitehouse of the New York Post reports the Mets are suffering from an eight percent decline in home attendance and have dropped to 14th place in baseball’s average attendance standings.   Average attendance this year is 30,891. That’s the lowest per-game average since 2004. On the one hand, if you look at the Mets…

  3. Jerry Reinsdorf unsure if expanded playoffs, realignment is going to happen

    Aug 19, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Reinsdorf, chairman of MLB team Chicago White Sox and NBA basketball team Chicago Bulls, smiles as he participates at the 2010 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills

    We’ve spent a lot of time this spring and summer talking about realignment and the expansion of the playoffs, but at the owners’ meetings the other day, White Sox honcho Jerry Reinsdorf voiced skepticism that either of those things would happen: “I’m not sure I’m in favor of the expanded playoffs. If it happens, I…

  4. Former Congressman: Roger Clemens “has suffered enough”

    Aug 19, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    Former Congressman Tom Davis, who was co-chair of the committee which recommended that Clemens be investigated for perjury following his testimony, said yesterday that he thinks the Justice Department should cut bait on the prosecution and that Clemens has already “suffered enough.” The suffering, Davis said, was the millions in legal fees Clemens has had…

  5. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 19, 2011, 5:42 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels 2, Rangers 1: Mark Trumbo hits a walkoff homer off Mike Adams to help Anaheim salvage one in what was still a disappointing four-game set. They trailed the Rangers by just 1½ games early last week and now it’s six. Oh, and Jered Weaver, while pitching well, still managed to get visibly annoyed at…

  6. Phil Humber takes a lickin’, keeps on tickin’

    Aug 19, 2011, 1:45 AM EDT

    Phil Humber apparently has a hard head. The Chicago White Sox pitcher was hit flush in the head by a line drive off the bat of Cleveland Indians outfielder Kosuke Fukudome in the second inning of Thursday’s game, yet was on his feet to greet trainer Herm Schneider, and actually tried to convince Schneider to…

  7. Bryce Harper pulled from AA game with hamstring strain; might be done for season

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

    harper getty

    According to beat writer Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Nationals outfield prospect Bryce Harper was pulled from a game Thursday at Double-A Harrisburg after injuring his hamstring while running the bases. Harper had to be carried off the field by trainers, but early indications point to the injury being rather minor. He’ll be reevaluated Friday morning.…

  8. Tommy Hanson won’t be activated early next week

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:11 PM EDT

    hanson throws getty

    Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson (shoulder inflammation) was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to August 7, so he is eligible to be activated early next week — Monday, to be exact. But that’s probably not going to happen. According to Mark Bowman and Chris Cox of MLB.com, Hanson’s sore right shoulder has not made…

  9. Stephen Strasburg will make fourth rehab start Monday

    Aug 18, 2011, 9:46 PM EDT

    strasburg throws ap

    Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington once again has an update on Stephen Strasburg‘s ongoing rehabilitation from Tommy John elbow surgery. Per Zuckerman, Nationals manager Davey Johnson revealed to the media this evening that Strasburg is scheduled to make his next minor league rehab start on Monday with the Single-A Hagerstown Suns. It’ll be his third…

  10. Morrow takes to Twitter, apologizes for grazing Wells’ ‘schnaz’

    Aug 18, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

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    You’ve got to love how social media brings people together. In fact, I’d like to nominate Twitter for The Nobel Peace Prize. Can I do that? As it turns out, no. But I’ll forge ahead anyway in praising the peace-making qualities of Twitter. Case in point: Last night, in his first start in Seattle since…

  11. MLBPA files grievance against Cubs on Big Z’s behalf

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    zambrano getty wide

    From Carrie Muskat of MLB.com comes word that the Major League Baseball Players Association field a grievance against the Cubs this evening on behalf of right-handed starter Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano was placed on the disqualified list and docked 30 days of pay after walking out on his Cubs teammates following a blowout loss to the…

  12. Jason Kipnis scratched from Indians’ lineup Thursday

    Aug 18, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

    kipnis wide getty

    As expected, rookie second baseman Jason Kipnis is back in the Indians’ starting lineup for Thursday night’s series finale against the White Sox. Kipnis missed four straight games with soreness in his right oblique. The promising 24-year-old was cleared to return after making it through a workout Wednesday that consisted of batting practice, infield practice…

  13. Alex Rodriguez rejoins Yankees, remains on disabled list

    Aug 18, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    As expected, the Yankees declined to activate Alex Rodriguez from the disabled list after he joined the team in Minnesota for Thursday’s series opener versus the Twins. Rodriguez, who is making his way back from knee surgery, took grounders at third base and ran the bases this afternoon, but according to the AP, he was “looking a…

  14. Joe Mauer is in right field because Luke Hughes went to the wrong gate

    Aug 18, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Drew Butera, Delmon Young, Danny Valencia, Jason Kubel

    Had things worked out as planned, the Twins would have had Luke Hughes at second base, Trevor Plouffe in right field and Joe Mauer behind the plate tonight against the Yankees.  That Mauer is instead in right field is because Luke Hughes showed up at the wrong airport gate after getting news of his promotion. Which, frankly,…

  15. Post-concussion symptoms send Denard Span back to DL

    Aug 18, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    Denard Span

    Denard Span returned from the disabled list two weeks ago despite admitted that he wasn’t fully recovered from a June 3 concussion, suggesting that after two months on the sidelines he felt like it was time to try to push through the symptoms. That has proven to be a big mistake, as Span went 2-for-35…

  16. Clayton Kershaw halts Brewers’ six-game winning streak

    Aug 18, 2011, 5:23 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw blanked the Brewers for eight innings Thursday to earn his 15th win in what ended up being a 5-1 game. The Brewers, who had won six straight and 19 of their last 21 games, managed just five hits off Kershaw before finally scoring a run in the ninth. Having thrown 104…

  17. Joe Mauer forced to play right field for short-handed Twins

    Aug 18, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer high five

    Michael Cuddyer, Denard Span, and Matt Tolbert are injured, Jason Kubel is away from the team for a family emergency, and call-up Luke Hughes missed his flight to Target Field, so manager Ron Gardenhire had to improvise tonight’s Twins lineup and the result is Joe Mauer making his professional debut in right field. Prior to…

  18. MLB reduces Shane Victorino’s suspension to two games, beginning tonight

    Aug 18, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino, Mike Muchlinski,Ramon Ramirez

    Shane Victorino‘s three-game suspension from the Phillies-Giants scuffle on August 6 has been reduced to two games after the center fielder appealed to MLB. He’ll begin serving the reduced suspension tonight against the Diamondbacks and will also sit out tomorrow night’s game against the Nationals. Victorino was the only player who received a suspension, with…

  19. No protest from Yankees means case closed on Royals homer

    Aug 18, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi, Dana DeMuth

    MLB’s executive VP of baseball operations Joe Torre acknowledged umpire Dane DeMuth’s mistake in awarding Billy Butler a home run in Kansas City last night, but because the Yankees declined to file a protest, the matter is over with. DeMuth got the Kauffman Stadium ground rules wrong in giving Butler a homer in the Yankees’…

  20. MLB wouldn’t let the Nationals wear caps honoring the military

    Aug 18, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Alex Cora, Ivan Rodriguez (courtesy Washington Nationals)

    The Nationals were given permission to wear a variety of military-flavored caps in batting practice Tuesday, but MLB wouldn’t let them wear them in the game that night against the Reds.  The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg asked why: So then I called an MLB spokesman to ask what happened, and he explained that the league prefers its…

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