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  1. Jason Isringhausen notches his 300th save

    Aug 16, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Jason Isringhausen

    Jason Isringhausen saved the Mets victory over the Padres last night. It was save number 300 for his career. No, it’s not quite as impressive as Jim Thome hitting his 600th homer, but a round number is a round number, right? Like so many top closers, Isringhausen began his major league life as a starter.…

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

    Aug 16, 2011, 5:59 AM EDT

    Twins' Thome watches his home-run hit against the Tigers, giving him 600 career home-runs, during their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit

    Twins 9, Tigers 6: Congratulations Jim Thome on home run number 599 and, the very next at bat, home run number 600.  For the record, his first one came against Steve Farr on October 4, 1991. I was a freshman in college and had a lush head of hair at the time. George H.W. Bush…

  3. Draft signings roundup: No. 1 pick Gerrit Cole gets $8 million bonus

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:02 AM EDT

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    MLB’s attempts at holding down draft pick bonuses again resulted in a wave of signings announced just after the midnight deadline.  This year, all but one first-round pick, the Blue Jays’ Tyler Beede, got a deal done. Top overall pick Gerrit Cole of the Pirates was one of 23 first-round picks to sign just prior to the deadline,…

  4. 600 homers or not, Thome was already Hall-worthy

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:18 PM EDT

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    Jim Thome joined an elite club on Monday night when he became the eighth player in MLB history to hit 600 home runs. Now that the Minnesota Twins designated hitter has reached such a special milestone, be prepared to hear the question: “Does this make Jim Thome a Hall of Famer?” I’ve got news for…

  5. Cole Hamels undergoes precautionary MRI on left shoulder

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:17 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

    Cole Hamels blamed his poor performance Friday on a dead arm, but the Phillies aren’t taking any chances with their prized left-hander. According to Leslie Gudel of CSNPhilly.com, the Phillies sent Hamels for a precautionary MRI on his left shoulder today. The results aren’t yet available. Hamels gave up three runs on six hits and…

  6. Jim Thome becomes eighth player in MLB history to reach 600 home runs

    Aug 15, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    UPDATE: Jim Thome has done it! Thome just launched an opposite field three-run blast off left-hander Daniel Schlereth in the top of the seventh inning to reach the 600-home run plateau. The veteran slugger was greeted at home plate by his teammates and hugged his family on the field before returning to the dugout. Thome…

  7. Padres prospect Drew Cumberland forced into retirement

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Drew Cumberland

    A hat-tip to Baseball America for pointing out the Pensacola News Journal story on Drew Cumberland, a Padres prospect whose career is now over because of an inner-ear condition known as bilateral vestibulopathy. Cumberland was a supplemental first-round pick in 2007.  He hit .350/.385/.505 with seven homers and 21 steals between high-A Lake Elsinore and…

  8. Carlos Zambrano says he wants to stay with the Cubs

    Aug 15, 2011, 7:46 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Big Z’s annual apology tour is off and running. Carlos Zambrano just spoke with David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com, giving his first public comments since being ejected from Friday’s game against the Braves and walking out on the team. You’ll be shocked to learn that not only does he regret his actions, he wants to remain with…

  9. With Delmon Young in Detroit, Magglio Ordonez is done as a regular

    Aug 15, 2011, 6:50 PM EDT

    Magglio Ordonez

    Manager Jim Leyland said Monday he plans to play new arrival Delmon Young in left, Austin Jackson in center and Brennan Boesch in right, leaving no room for Magglio Ordonez in the Tigers’ remade outfield. “That’s as honest as I can be,” Leyland said. “That’s the way the situation is.” Upon returning from the DL in…

  10. Yankees unlikely to call up top prospect Manny Banuelos

    Aug 15, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Manny Banuelos

    There’s been plenty of talk of the Yankees trying southpaw Manny Banuelos, their top pitching prospect, as a reliever next month, but GM Brian Cashman said it probably won’t happen. “You may or may not see him. It’s more likely you won’t see him,’’ Cashman said. “There are no plans for him to join us. He…

  11. Delmon Young thinks it’ll be a cakewalk now

    Aug 15, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Delmon Young

    After being penciled into the third spot ahead of Miguel Cabrera in Detroit’s order in his first game as a Tiger, Delmon Young had this to say: I’ve never been in that situation before, where I have a Hall of Fame-type player behind me Except, you know, Jim Thome.  And hitting behind Joe Mauer and Justin…

  12. Rangers planning Shannon Stone statue

    Aug 15, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Rangers Ballpark

    The Rangers will honor firefighter Shannon Stone with a statue set to be unveiled next year. The statue, which is tentatively set to be named Rangers Fans, will feature Stone along with his 6-year-old son, Cooper.  The two were at the game together when Shannon Stone tumbled over a Rangers Ballpark railing catching a thrown ball from…

  13. Doctors say Bryan Stow “has made significant improvement”

    Aug 15, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    San Francisco General Hospital chief of neurosurgery Dr. Geoff Manley gave a progress report today on Bryan Stow that matches the optimism level expressed by his family last week. According to the Associated Press, he “has made significant improvement” and “is responding well to surgery last week to replace a missing skull fragment.” Last week…

  14. Carlos Zambrano to file his grievance today

    Aug 15, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    This is not terribly unexpected, but Jon Paul Morosi reports that the union expected to file a grievance on behalf of Carlos Zambrano by the end of the day today in response to the Cubs placing him on the restricted list. We all have our opinion about Zambrano — and I bet that most of us…

  15. Tweet of the Day: Colby Rasmus knows how to dress

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    It turns out maybe Tony La Russa was just intimidated by his style. Via teammate Ricky Romero, here’s Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus on the team plane yesterday:

  16. The worst plate appearance in the history of baseball

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    I’m guessing it’s possible there have been worse ones, but Jeff Sullivan makes a pretty darn good case for one put together by Santiago Casilla (batting) and Jose Ceda (pitching) yesterday. This is why the replacement player gambit never worked back in the 1994-95 strike, by the way.  When you pit scrub football players against…

  17. Torii Hunter doesn’t plan to recruit any more free agents for the Angels this offseason

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Frustrated by unsuccessfully attempting to woo free agents Mark Teixeira and Carl Crawford to the Angels in past offseasons, Torii Hunter said yesterday that he’s done trying to recruit players to join him in California. “I’m retired,” Hunter told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. “It hasn’t been working out. If somebody wants to…

  18. Rookie hazing is slowly fading away

    Aug 15, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Rookie hazing

    Can I tell you my least favorite “story” — and I use that term very loosely — of the baseball season?  The late September story about how the rookies on some team were forced to dress up like Devo or Sailor Moon or strippers or something on a road trip. The rookie hazing, you know.…

  19. Royals sticking with .184-hitting rookie Mike Moustakas

    Aug 15, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Royals loss

    Several of the prospects called up by the Royals this season are playing well, but Mike Moustakas isn’t one of them. Moustakas has hit just .184 with one homer and a .473 OPS in 51 games since being called up in mid-June, but manager Ned Yost explained to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star…

  20. Not so fast: Jim Crane’s approval as Astros owner put on hold

    Aug 15, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Jim Crane

    Jim Crane was supposed to be approved as the new owner of the Astros at this week’s owners meetings.  Now Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Journal is reporting that the vote has been put on hold.  It’s possible that the delay is based on concerns over Crane’s business background. These concerns are not new — Maury…

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