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  1. Freddy Garcia scratched from start after slicing finger

    Aug 13, 2011, 9:28 PM EDT

    freddy ga pain reuters

    Yankees right-hander Freddy Garcia sliced his hand in a kitchen accident this weekend and has been scratched from Sunday’s series finale vs. the Rays. This according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. A.J. Burnett, who has allowed 20 hits and 11 earned runs in his last 10 1/3 innings, will take the hill instead. He could lose…

  2. Zack Greinke dons wrong jersey for pinch-hit appearance

    Aug 13, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

    NBCSports.com has the story and The Outside Corner has the screengrab. Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke laid down a successful sacrifice bunt Saturday in a pinch-hitting appearance against the Pirates, but he did so while wearing a uniform that was intended to be showcased during Sunday’s German Heritage Day at Miller Park. The uni, which apparently…

  3. Charlie Manuel: master of the head game

    Aug 13, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was asked about unbreakable records in the dugout prior to Sunday’s game and Johnny Vander Meer’s back-to-back no-hitters, always a popular choice, came up. Manuel, though, shot down that one as unbreakable, pointing to a division rival’s own pitcher: “That one could be got,” Manuel said. “I see [Stephen] Strasburg, he’s very…

  4. Report: Cubs will retain general manager Jim Hendry

    Aug 13, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    hendry getty

    From Bob Nightengale of USA Today comes word that Jim Hendry’s job as the Cubs’ general manager is safe, barring a sudden change of thinking on the part of ownership. Hendry has dished out poor contract after poor contract since taking the helm in Chicago back in July of 2002, but he’s apparently gained the…

  5. Yankees sign Scott Proctor to minor league contract

    Aug 13, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Scott Proctor AP

    According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the Yankees have signed reliever Scott Proctor to a minor league contract. He is scheduled to report to Triple-A Scranton on Monday or Tuesday. Proctor was released by the Braves earlier this week after posting an ugly 6.44 ERA and 18/19 K/BB ratio over 29…

  6. Diamondbacks sign Lyle Overbay after Xavier Nady breaks hand

    Aug 13, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Pirates Overbay hits a single against the Blue Jays during their Interleague MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Diamondbacks have signed Lyle Overbay. He’ll replace Xavier Nady, who is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a fractured left hand on a hit by a pitch during last night’s win over the Mets. Overbay will receive a prorated portion of the major league minimum salary and…

  7. Cubs place Carlos Zambrano on disqualified list

    Aug 13, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Carlos Zambrano retiring? If only it was that easy. According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs have placed Zambrano on the disqualified list. This includes 30 days without pay and no contact with the team. While Zambrano cleaned out his locker and reportedly told some of his teammates that he was thinking…

  8. Former top prospect Angel Villalona suing Giants for $5 million

    Aug 13, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Angel Villalona AP

    If you ever wondered what happened to former top prospect Angel Villalona, here’s an update. According to the Associated Press, Villalona has sued the Giants for over $5 million, alleging violation of contract. For those unfamiliar, Villalona was charged with murder in his native Dominican Republic in September of 2009. Charges were eventually dismissed due…

  9. Giants place Andres Torres on the disabled list, call up Brandon Belt

    Aug 13, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    UPDATE: Well, the Giants have officially recalled Brandon Belt from Triple-A Fresno, but it’s not for the reason we thought. While it looked like Belt would replace Carlos Beltran on the active roster, the Giants have placed Andres Torres on the disabled list with a contusion to his lower right leg. Torres suffered the injury…

  10. Aramis Ramirez wouldn’t trade his career for Todd Hollandsworth’s

    Aug 13, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    I stuck up for Aramis Ramirez when Cubs analyst and former teammate Todd Hollandsworth criticized his lack of a leadership role on a radio show Friday.  I’m sort of regretting that now. Asked to respond to Hollandsworth’s comments by the Chicago Sun-Times, Ramirez came up with this: One thing I got to say is I’ve never seen…

  11. Pirates place Derrek Lee on the disabled list with a fractured left wrist

    Aug 13, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Derrek Lee

    Boy, if this isn’t symbolic of the way the Pirates have collapsed in the standings recently, I’m not sure what is. The Pirates just announced that Derrek Lee has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bone fracture in his left wrist. Lee has missed six out of the last eight games due…

  12. Decision day is looming for Ike Davis

    Aug 13, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Ike Davis

    Ike Davis has already been ruled out for the rest of the season, but he is still awaiting word about whether the bone bruise in his left ankle will require surgery. According to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, Davis said before last night’s game that a decision will likely be made by Labor Day…

  13. Al Alburquerque placed on 7-day disabled list with concussion

    Aug 13, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles

    The Tigers have placed reliever Al Alburquerque on the 7-day disabled list after he suffered a concussion when he was hit with a line drive off the bat of Orioles’ infielder Robert Andino during batting practice yesterday. Alburquerque was carted off the field and taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center. According to Jeff Seidel…

  14. Cole Hamels is dealing with a dead arm

    Aug 13, 2011, 11:00 AM 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

    After giving up three runs on six hits and four walks over five innings in a loss to the Nationals last night, Cole Hamels told John R. Finger of CSNPhilly.com that he is going through a dead-arm phase. “It’s just one of those times in the year where you’re traveling and pitching a lot of…

  15. Bryce Harper hit a mammoth walk-off homer last night

    Aug 13, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    We don’t get to say this very often, but last night was a pretty good night to be a Nationals fan. No joke. In addition to the major league club defeating the first-place Phillies, Stephen Strasburg tossed three shutout innings in his second minor league rehab start and Bryce Harper slugged a walk-off home run…

  16. The Cubs are calling Carlos Zambrano’s bluff

    Aug 13, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Courtesy of Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com, here is Cubs general manager Jim Hendry’s reaction to Carlos Zambrano’s intention to retire. “We will respect his wishes and honor them and move forward.” I can only assume this is an edited version of the original statement that may have read something like, “Thanks for taking us off…

  17. Alex Rodriguez homers in first rehab game

    Aug 13, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez hits a solo home run during a minor league rehab assignment with the Tampa Yankees against the Dunedin Blue Jays in Dunedin

    While the Rays were beating up on CC Sabathia last night, Alex Rodriguez was busy working his way back into shape against minor league competition. A-Rod went 2-for-3 with a solo homer last night in his first minor league rehab game with High-A Tampa. Serving as the designated hitter, he slugged a solo homer in…

  18. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Aug 13, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    The Brewers topped the Pirates 7-2 last night behind yet another impressive performance from Zack Greinke, who allowed two runs over 7 2/3 innings while striking out nine and walking just one. Greinke has a 1.75 ERA over his last seven starts and has allowed two earned runs or less in all of them. After…

  19. Bad hop grounder leaves Justin Smoak with broken nose

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:51 PM EDT

    Justin Smoak

    Making his first start in 10 days after dealing with a sore thumb, Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak suffered a broken nose when a Jarrod Saltalamacchia grounder took a bad hop and hit him in the second inning of tonight’s game against the Red Sox. He was taken to a Seattle hospital for a CT…

  20. Carlos Zambrano says he’s retired after giving up five homers

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:21 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    This has to be it for the Cubs and Carlos Zambrano.  If the right-hander is to be believed, this is it for him period. After giving up a career-high five homers and getting ejected for throwing at the Braves’ Chipper Jones, Carlos Zambrano cleaned out his locker and told a Cubs trainer he was retiring,…

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