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  1. Phillies unveil statue in tribute to longtime broadcaster Harry Kalas

    Aug 16, 2011, 9:38 PM EDT

    Steve Carlton, Jimmy Rollins

    Prior to tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks, the Phillies unveiled a bronze statue in tribute to longtime broadcaster Harry Kalas, who passed away on April 13, 2009 at the age of 73. The statue stands in section 141 on the main concourse at Citizens Bank Park just outside the entrance to Harry the K’s, the…

  2. Jonathan Sanchez leaves start with left ankle sprain

    Aug 16, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    The Giants are crumbling before our eyes. Already short handed on their bench tonight against the Braves, the Giants were forced to go to their bullpen early after left-hander Jonathan Sanchez was pulled in the bottom of the third inning with a left ankle sprain. Sanchez suffered the injury while fielding a sacrifice bunt by…

  3. Brian Matusz back from minors to start tonight vs. Athletics

    Aug 16, 2011, 8:09 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    As expected, Brian Matusz has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and will start later tonight against the Athletics. Matusz, who began the year on the disabled list with an intercostal strain, compiled an ugly 8.77 ERA and 18/11 K/BB ratio over his first six starts in the majors this season before being demoted at the…

  4. Cardinals prospect Shelby Miller suspended for violating team policy

    Aug 16, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT

    Shelby Miller

    One of the game’s top pitching prospects is in some hot water. According to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have suspended prospect right-hander Shelby Miller for a “violation of team policy.” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak wouldn’t go into any specifics other than to say that the incident occurred in the past week.…

  5. On Jim Thome and steroids

    Aug 16, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Thanks largely to the work of Sam Miller, the Orange County Register has one of the best baseball blogs of any newspaper in the country.  The other bloggers, though, don’t always measure up, and Jeff Miller decided to take on Jim Thome’s 600th homer today, claiming that it’s just fine for us to assume he did…

  6. Injury-plagued Giants use a wild lineup

    Aug 16, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    Eli Whiteside, Matt Cain

    It’s safe to say the defending world champs weren’t projecting this as a starting lineup a few months ago: CF Cody Ross 2B Mike Fontenot 1B Pablo Sandoval LF Aubrey Huff RF Brandon Belt SS Orlando Cabrera 3B Miguel Tejada C Chris Stewart For the record, this is the Giants’ 122nd game of the season.  The eight players…

  7. Video of the Day: Batting Stance Guy impersonates the baseball talking heads

    Aug 16, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    I saw references to this video floating around the web earlier today and didn’t think much of it. I like Batting Stance Guy, but I didn’t figure it could be that great. But it is that great. I think Tim Kurkjian is the best — I don’t literally laugh out loud very often, but this…

  8. Blue Jays closer Jon Rauch has emergency appendectomy

    Aug 16, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    John Farrell, J.P. Arencibia, Jon Rauch, Alfonso Marquez

    Toronto has placed Jon Rauch on the disabled list after the closer underwent an emergency appendectomy in Seattle this morning. Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star speculates that the Blue Jays may give Jesse Litsch an opportunity to save games in Rauch’s absence, but turning back to former closer Frank Francisco seems more likely considering…

  9. After seven missed games Giants finally put Carlos Beltran on DL, activate Miguel Tejada

    Aug 16, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies

    Carlos Beltran hasn’t played since August 7 because of a wrist injury, missing seven games while taking up a spot on the active roster, but according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News the Giants have finally decided to place him on the disabled list. And to replace Beltran on the roster the…

  10. Cole Hamels has shoulder inflammation, will miss a start

    Aug 16, 2011, 4:30 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

    To my thinking, the only thing that can stop the juggernaut that is the Philadelphia Phillies are injuries.  And on that score there is some not-awful-but-not-good news coming out of the Phillies clubhouse this afternoon: Cole Hamels, who has been suffering from dead arm, had a “precautionary” MRI yesterday, and the results, according to Matt…

  11. Pirates activate Jose Tabata from DL, send Pedro Alvarez back to Triple-A

    Aug 16, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds

    When the Pirates recalled Pedro Alvarez from Triple-A two weeks ago they hinted that the move was more due to other players being injured than anything Alvarez did, and sure enough today they sent him back to the minors while activating Jose Tabata from the disabled list. Tabata, who sat out the past seven weeks…

  12. Tough luck: James Shields takes a complete game loss

    Aug 16, 2011, 3:53 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    James Shields has thrown a lot of complete games this year and today he tossed his ninth.  A three-hitter too!  Except he lost. The Sox beat the Rays 3-1. That’s what happens when (a) the other team’s pitchers only give up three hits as well; and (b) unlike you, they don’t bunch them altogether at…

  13. Federal courthouse security guards investigated for accepting Roger Clemens autographs

    Aug 16, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

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

    Security guards at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C. are in trouble after allegedly accepting autographed baseballs from Roger Clemens before his perjury trial last month. According to the Washington Post the U.S. Marshals Service “is investigating why and how six signed balls were sent to a guard by someone on Clemens’ defense team” and…

  14. The Nationals will honor the Navy SEALs tonight

    Aug 16, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    Nationals logo

    Because they’re in Washington, the Nationals have come to be baseball’s designated, well, National team when it comes to ceremonies, honors and things like that. Which I kind of like. Tonight they will be doing some of that honoring. Adam Kilgore reports: On Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds, the Nationals will wear cap emblazoned with the Navy SEALs…

  15. Sore elbow shuts down Giants setup man Sergio Romo

    Aug 16, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

    Sergio Romo

    Sergio Romo has been extraordinary for the Giants this season, throwing 38 innings with a 1.67 ERA, .153 opponents’ batting average, and ridiculous 53/4 K/BB ratio, but he’s been bothered by elbow soreness recently and was placed on the disabled list today. Dan Runzler, who struggled in 18 appearances for the Giants earlier this season,…

  16. White Sox lose catcher A.J. Pierzynski to fractured wrist

    Aug 16, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski

    X-rays on A.J. Pierzynski‘s left wrist initially came back negative after he was hit by a pitch Friday, but he hasn’t played since then and apparently a re-examination showed a fracture. Pierzynski has been placed on the disabled list, with the White Sox calling up Donny Lucy to take his roster spot. Pierzynski’s backup, Ramon…

  17. Frank Sinatra’s family would like to get in on the Dodgers’ bankruptcy

    Aug 16, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

    Sinatra

    A group of Dodgers season ticket holders is trying to get a place at the stakeholders’ table in the bankruptcy case.  They’re not owed money or anything so I’m not sure, legally speaking, they have a right to be there, but you don’t get anything if you don’t ask for it, so good luck to…

  18. Ben Revere’s almost inside-the-park homer “didn’t feel good at all”

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Ben Revere, Alex Avila, Bill Miller

    Ben Revere made one of the most exciting outs I’ve ever seen last night, hitting a ball into the right-center field gap at spacious Comerica Park and getting thrown out at the plate in an inside-the-park homer attempt. Nearly every other player in baseball would have stopped at third base, but Revere’s incredible speed actually…

  19. Vernon Wells studied video of when he used to be good

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Vernon Wells

    Vernon Wells returned to Toronto over the weekend for the first time since being traded to the Angels this offseason and took the opportunity to study the Blue Jays’ video library for footage of his prime. Wells told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that “2006 is the year I’m concentrating on” because “that…

  20. Is televising the Little League World Series really necessary?

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Little League WS

    Jelisa Castrodale — who has the good sense to both (a) write for NBC; and (b) come from the same hometown as me — has a column up today about the Little League World Series. Specifically, about it being televised. And she wonders whether it’s too much: I know that ESPN is increasing the production values…

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