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  1. Ryan Ludwick follows Derrek Lee to Pirates’ disabled list

    Aug 24, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    At the trade deadline the Pirates chose not to make any high-impact moves, instead acquiring Derrek Lee and Ryan Ludwick in the hopes that the pair of underperforming veterans would turn things around at modest prices. Since then the Pirates have plummeted out of the playoff picture, with Lee playing just five games before being…

  2. Bryan Stow suffers a setback in his recovery

    Aug 24, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    Bryan Stow had been showing some signs of improvement in recent weeks, but as Jessica Pasko reports in the Mercury-News, he has suffered setbacks. Infections, to be precise. Both urinary tract and staph infections. His temperature has spiked to 104 at times. Anyone who has had a loved one in the hospital knows just how…

  3. Sean Burroughs homered last night for first time since 2005

    Aug 24, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Washington Nationals

    This has been a helluva week for early 2000s prospect busts. Jerome Williams beat the Orioles on Sunday for his first big-league win since September 25, 2005 and last night Sean Burroughs homered for the first time since April 30, 2005. Williams and Burroughs were both first-round picks in the late 1990s and the 2001…

  4. Deep thoughts: The Brewers are Nixon, the Cardinals are McGovern

    Aug 24, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Nixon

    Buster Olney said this this morning: “Is the NL Central race over? Well, it’s not literally over. But if this were the 1972 presidential election, the Cardinals would be McGovern and the Brewers would be Richard Nixon.” I guess that makes the Reds Hubert Humphrey, the Pirates Edmund Muskie, the Cubs Shirley Chisholm and the Astros George…

  5. Adrian Beltre not cleared to run full speed, won’t be ready before September

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    Adrian Beltre still hasn’t been cleared to run at full speed following his setback from a hamstring injury last month and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that “it’s almost a certainty that Beltre won’t be ready until after the rosters expand in September.” Beltre was on the verge of returning from the disabled list on…

  6. In case you were wondering why the Reds and Marlins are playing a double header today

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Irene

    No, it’s not to make up for a previous rainout. It’s to avoid an inevitable one tomorrow thanks to Hurricane Irene. Which, while on course for the Carolinas and points north, will no doubt spit all kinds of rain and yuck at Miami too.  The Marlins made a rescheduling request and MLB said sure. Given…

  7. Nate Schierholtz plans to play through fractured foot

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Nate Schierholtz fouled a ball off his right foot Sunday and an MRI exam Monday revealed a fracture, but the Giants outfielder is apparently going to play through the injury. Schierholtz told Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle that his foot felt much better yesterday and doctors have assured him there’s no further risk…

  8. The Nationals don’t intend to go after Prince Fielder

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Bill Ladson of MLB.com says that the Nationals don’t intend to pursue to Prince Fielder in free agency this winter.  Normally this kind of thing wouldn’t be terribly significant, especially in August, but it probably matters here. As we’ve seen these past few years, the Nationals have become Scott Boras’ huckleberry.  If he’s got a…

  9. Jered Weaver went against agent Scott Boras’ advice in signing five-year, $85 million extension

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Angels starting pitcher Weaver tips his cap to center fielder Bourjos during their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington

    Rarely does agent Scott Boras advise a star client nearing free agency to bypass the open market and sign a long-term extension, let alone a long-term extension for a surprisingly reasonable rate. The only difference with Jered Weaver is that he ignored Boras’ advice. In yesterday’s press conference officially announcing his five-year, $85 million deal…

  10. There are a bunch of reasons Theo Epstein wouldn’t work for the Cubs, but let’s not let that stop our speculation

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    I want the Cubs to hire their new GM quickly. Why? To spare us from speculation pieces with passages like this one from Olney’s column this morning: And here’s another big name to keep in mind: Theo Epstein, the general manager of the Red Sox … Keep in mind that Epstein has carved out a strong…

  11. Wandy Rodriguez is pitching against the Rockies one day after they claimed him off waivers

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    Colorado claimed Wandy Rodriguez and his contract off waivers yesterday, which should make it awfully weird when he takes the mound at Coors Field this afternoon to face the Rockies. Assuming they don’t work out a trade with the Astros by then, of course. Rodriguez is scheduled to face Aaron Cook about 20 hours before…

  12. Pudge Rodriguez wants to stay in Washington

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has a story today about how Ivan Rodriguez wants to continue to play — and continue to play in Washington — after his two-year contract is up after this season. Given that he’s now completely ineffective with a bat and can’t stay healthy, one may ask what the value…

  13. White Sox expected to claim Jim Thome on waivers

    Aug 24, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Buster Olney says that there is “a high expectation” that the White Sox will win the waiver claim on Jim Thome. Which, given that they’re the (marginal) contender in the AL with the worst record, makes sense.  I guess Shin-Soo Choo‘s dramatic home run yesterday ruined it for the Indians. Pity! Thome is batting .253/.363/.495…

  14. Craig Kimbrel ties rookie saves record

    Aug 24, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Chicago Cubs

    Braves closer Craig Kimbrel notched his 40th save to tie the major league rookie record set last season by Neftali Feliz. He leads the majors in saves. The guy has been nearly untouchable all summer, and and has now tossed 31 and two-thirds straight scoreless innings since June 11. During that time he has been perfect in…

  15. Great moments in small ball: Joe Girardi

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Joe Girardi

    It’s not my intent to mercilessly rip Joe Girardi here. I think he does a good job overall, especially when you realize how many critics he has and how much scrutiny he’s under. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t find, oh, I dunno, teachable moments in his managerial decisions. Down by two in the ninth inning,…

  16. Adam Jones hospitalized with chest pains

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was taken to the hospital during last night’s game after suffering shortness of breath and mild chest pains. They ran tests and everything came back fine, so he was released late last night. It was apparently muscular-related and not a cardiopulmonary thing. Here’s what he tweeted at about 2AM: Back from hospital.…

  17. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:34 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v New York Yankees

    Athletics 6, Yankees 5: The Yankees were down 6-0 entering the bottom of the eighth whenNick Swisher hit a three-run homer. In the ninth Jorge Posada added another one, and then Robinson Cano walked with the bases loaded to male it 6-5. The bases still juiced with two out when Andrew Bailey induced a harmless…

  18. Mets expected to place Jon Niese and Scott Hairston on DL with rib cage injuries

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:47 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Mets have dropped five in a row and 11 out of 13 to fall eight games under the .500 mark. And there’s a chance things could get even uglier in the days ahead. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets manager Terry Collins said following tonight’s loss that left-hander Jon Niese and…

  19. Alex Rodriguez to meet with MLB about poker allegations Friday

    Aug 23, 2011, 9:46 PM EDT

    alex rodriguez poker

    Judgment day is nearly upon us. OK, not really. Alex Rodriguez told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com before tonight’s game that he will meet with MLB’s investigators Friday in Baltimore to discuss his alleged involvement in illegal high-stakes poker games. The topic du jour will likely be the report from Star Magazine and RadarOnline earlier this…

  20. David Ortiz cleared to pinch-hit, return to lineup Wednesday

    Aug 23, 2011, 8:55 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Kansas City Royals

    Jacoby Ellsbury was back in the lineup tonight after missing three games with a bruised back and it appears David Ortiz isn’t far behind him. According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Ortiz tested his right heel before tonight’s game against the Rangers by running some sprints in the outfield. He’ll still have to be…

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