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  1. And now the latest in baseball/alcohol news

    Aug 3, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Early Times

    I always love it when my two biggest hobbies converge: Dateline Seattle:  ESPN’s Jim Caple reports that a brewery is using maple bats — actual maple bats owned by Seattle Mariners players — to flavor beer.  Yes, Caple makes the requisite “at least the bats are being used for something” joke.  Given the use of…

  2. Angels explain why they sent Mike Trout back to Double-A rather than Triple-A

    Aug 3, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    When the Angels optioned 19-year-old stud prospect Mike Trout to the minors earlier this week I wondered why they sent him back to Double-A, where he’d already dominated for 75 games, instead of Triple-A, where he’d yet to play. Turns out, they want him to get playoff experience. Mike Scioscia told Jordan Garretson of MLB.com…

  3. Brendan Ryan catches A’s infield napping for “infield triple”

    Aug 3, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Mariners' Ryan laughs with teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Blue Jays during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    I’m worried Brendan Ryan‘s remarkable heads-up play from the A’s-Mariners game last night will get lost in the amusing tale of “Fake Ichiro” or the madness of the Brewers-Cardinals game, because it deserves plenty of attention. Ryan beat out a ground ball to shortstop for an infield single, sneakily took off for second base when…

  4. Deep Thoughts: Carlos Beltran edition

    Aug 3, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies

    Four teams are having a pretty rough go of it right now:  the Giants, Mets, Royals and Astros. What do those four teams have in common?  Carlos Beltran. I hereby recant all of my defenses of Beltran over the years. The man is obviously a selfish clubhouse cancer who doesn’t know how to win. UPDATE:…

  5. Shoulder surgery ends Dustin Moseley’s season for Padres

    Aug 3, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Moseley_Dustin

    Awful run support caused his win-loss record to be ugly, but with a 3.30 ERA in 20 starts Dustin Moseley has been a fantastic pickup for the Padres on a one-year, $900,000 deal. Unfortunately they won’t get more than 120 innings out of him, as Moseley will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder…

  6. Tony La Russa’s success does not make him immune from criticism

    Aug 3, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Tony La Russa Getty

    Yeah, I got La Russa on my mind today.  And to be clear, as I always, always make a point of saying when I’m criticizing La Russa for something, I appreciate him as an all-time great manager. Honestly. He’s one of the best if not the best in my baseball-watching lifetime, and no one can…

  7. Report: Mariners may get Chance Ruffin from Tigers to complete Doug Fister trade

    Aug 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Chance Ruffin

    Last week the Mariners sent Doug Fister and David Pauley to the Tigers for Casper Wells, prospects Charlie Furbush and Francisco Martinez, and an undisclosed player to be named later. The fourth player’s identity went unannounced because he was a 2010 draft pick and thus can’t officially be traded until he’s been signed for one…

  8. Ichiro impostor almost costs Dustin Ackley a triple

    Aug 3, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Fake Ichiro.bmp

    The headline kind of says it all.  Go to MLB.com for the video and the full explanation. To answer your immediate question, a fan grabbing a ball is not an automatic double. It’s often treated like that, but it’s an umpire’s judgement call as to what would have happened absent the interference, and I think…

  9. Jake Arrieta likely to undergo season-ending elbow surgery

    Aug 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Arrieta throwing

    Jake Arrieta will find out next week whether he needs season-ending surgery to remove a fibrous mass from his elbow, but even before his August 10 examination by Dr. Lewis Yocum the Orioles right-hander isn’t optimistic about avoiding going under the knife. “I don’t know if it’s 100 percent, but there’s a good chance I…

  10. Shocker: Tony La Russa interested in a lefty reliever

    Aug 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Rhodes_Arthur

    Tony La Russa suggested to MLB.com that the Cardinals may be interested in Arthur Rhodes, who was just DFA’d by the Rangers.  His comment: “He’s been a hell of a pro for a long, long time,” La Russa said. “He’s got all our respect. Does that sound like intrigued?” Word on the street is that…

  11. So, does Phil Hughes still go to the bullpen?

    Aug 3, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Yesterday it was speculated that last night would be Phil Hughes‘ last start and that, when the Yankees get off this six-man rotation thing, he’d be the odd man out, bullpen-bound. Now what happens? As we noted in the recaps, Hughes had a fine game.  He shut out the White Sox over six innings, needing…

  12. Presenting: your first place Arizona Diamondbacks

    Aug 3, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Well, tied for first place, but they got the mojo. The Dbacks have won four in a row and the Giants have dropped five straight.  The last two in each of those streaks came against the other, and now the defending World Series champs are deadlocked with Arizona.  I don’t necessarily believe in “statement games”…

  13. Mark Teixeira set a record last night

    Aug 3, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    New York Yankees' Teixeira hits a home run against the Chicago White Sox during their MLB American League baseball game in Chicago

    Mark Teixeira homered from both sides of the plate last night.  It was the 12th time he has done that in his career, and that’s a record.  The previous record was 11 — duh — and until Teixeira’s second homer, he shared it with Eddie Murray and Chili Davis. Those homers likewise tie Teixeira with…

  14. What in the hell was Tony La Russa thinking last night?

    Aug 3, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    The highlights from last night’s Cardinals-Brewers game are probably focusing on the Yadier Molina argument and ejection, but there was something far more interesting going on here. Albert Pujols was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning. Runners were on first and third at the time, it was a close game and Pujols leads…

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

    Aug 3, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Diamondbacks 6, Giants 1: Rookie Paul Goldschmidt hit his first major league home run and he did it off Tim frickin’ Lincecum. Justin Upton hit his own two-run shot, the Dbacks have won four in a row and they are now tied for first place with the Giants.  Now how about we divert some of…

  16. Hanley Ramirez day-to-day with left shoulder sprain

    Aug 2, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Quite a scare for the Marlins this evening. Hanley Ramirez was diagnosed with a left shoulder sprain after leaving tonight’s game against the Mets in the bottom of the sixth inning. The injury occurred when Ramirez hustled (see what I did there?) toward left field and dove to attempt to catch a ball off the…

  17. Clay Buchholz aims to return for the postseason

    Aug 2, 2011, 9:08 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    The Red Sox confirmed today that Clay Buchholz does indeed have a stress fracture in his lower back, but Terry Francona told Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com that his return this season “hasn’t been ruled out.” Buchholz will take part in a five-step recovery program, beginning with core-strengthening exercises, before being reevaluated in a month. If…

  18. Tony La Russa thought the Brewers were up to some funny business last night

    Aug 2, 2011, 8:07 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    You might be surprised to learn that Tony La Russa had a bizarre complaint about something last night. OK, probably not. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that La Russa filed a complaint with umpire chief Gary Darling about some lighting issues around home plate at Miller Park. Apparently the Cardinals believed that the…

  19. Rubby De La Rosa to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Aug 2, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    Rubby De La Rosa

    We learned late last night that Rubby De La Rosa was diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow. Unfortunately the injury will require the worst case scenario. The Dodgers just announced that De La Rosa will undergo Tommy John surgery, a procedure that will likely keep him sidelined through most, if…

  20. Yankees place Burnett, Soriano and Posada on waivers

    Aug 2, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    It’s supposed to be hush-hush when veterans get placed on revocable waivers in August, but names always tend to leak, and the New York Post is reporting that the Yankees have placed A.J. Burnett, Rafael Soriano and Jorge Posada all on trade waivers. It’s doubtful any member of the trio will be claimed.  Burnett is…

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