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  1. Blue Jays GM: “This whole thing is stupid”

    Aug 10, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Alex Anthopoulos

    So, Alex Anthopoulous is going the J.P. Arencibia route. Mike Cormack of Sportsnet.ca has all of the quotes as the Blue Jays GM addressed the media Wednesday to respond to an ESPN story accusing the team of using someone in the center-field stands to steal signs. Anthopoulous opened by saying, “This whole thing is stupid. …

  2. Tigers promised Brandon Inge he’ll be back in September

    Aug 10, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    Brandon Inge

    Brandon Inge is currently at Triple-A after being designated for assignment on July 20, but told the Associated Press that the Tigers have promised to call him back up to the majors once rosters expand on September 1. To do so they’ll have to re-add him to the 40-man roster, as Inge was outrighted off…

  3. Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio released from hospital after neck surgery and “resting comfortably”

    Aug 10, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Juan Nicasio

    UPDATE: The Rockies just issued a statement saying Nicasio has been released from the hospital and “is resting comfortably at home in Denver.” Great news. ========== Struck in the head by a line drive Friday night, Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio remains hospitalized following surgery to repair a broken neck but “is definitely moving in the…

  4. Fired scouting director on Angels GM Tony Reagins: “He’s not a guy I’d want to hang out with”

    Aug 10, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    eddie bane

    When the Angels fired longtime scouting director Eddie Bane back in October the reason given was an unhappiness with the team’s recent drafts. That seemed somewhat difficult to believe given that, among other solid prospects, stud outfielder Mike Trout was a product of the 2009 draft after 24 other teams passed on him. And sure…

  5. Brandon Phillips out five days with elbow that “looks like a balloon”

    Aug 10, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

    phillips wide

    Brandon Phillips was hit on the elbow by a pitch last night and posted the following note on Twitter when he woke up this morning: Woke up today and my elbow looks like a ballon… Can’t fully extend it!!!! I think I need an XRay… Please don’t let it be broken #Pray4Me X-rays showed nothing…

  6. Picture of the Day: New look, same bad pitching

    Aug 10, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett changed his hair style prior to last night’s game, but unfortunately for the Yankees his pitching style stayed the same.

  7. MLB announces postseason schedule, eliminates off days

    Aug 10, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    mlb logo

    Except for travel days, there will be no off days in this year’s postseason schedule.  MLB announced the postseason dates today, with the ALDSs beginning on Friday, Sept. 30, followed by the NLDSs on Saturday, Oct. 1. In order to best separate the games for TV coverage, MLB had previously scheduled certain divisional series with…

  8. J.P. Arencibia laughs off sign-stealing allegations on Twitter

    Aug 10, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    J.P. Arencibia, Jo-Jo Reyes

    Catcher J.P. Arencibia, one of the few Blue Jays not performing significantly better at home than on the road this season, is none too happy about the ESPN report claiming his team has been using a person in the center-field stands to steal signs over the last two years. Here are his tweets from this…

  9. CEO says Padres will increase payroll to at least $50 million in 2012

    Aug 10, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Petco Park

    Padres chief executive officer Jeff Moorad said yesterday that the team’s payroll will rise to at least $50 million in 2012, adding that “our long-term goal is to operate at $70 million.” That would be a big raise over this season’s $45 million payroll, but even $70 million would rank just 20th among all MLB…

  10. Carlos Beltran out of Giants’ lineup for third straight game

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants

    Giving up a prospect as good as Zack Wheeler for Carlos Beltran was costly enough for the Giants when they thought they’d have him for 60 games, but a wrist injury has him out of the lineup today for the third straight game. Beltran hit just .244 with a .616 OPS in 11 games for…

  11. Was Vernon Wells a sign-stealer?

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Vernon Wells - Blue Jays

    The Angels ignored the huge red flag in Vernon Wells‘ home-road splits when they took on $81 million of $86 million he was still owed by the Blue Jays in a January trade.  It seems pretty safe to say they regret it now. Still, without additional information, writing off Wells’ 2010 splits as a fluke probably was…

  12. Reds rookie Zack Cozart to undergo season-ending elbow surgery Friday

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Cleveland Indians

    UPDATE: Cozart will have the surgery Friday, knocking him out until 2012. ========== Zack Cozart hit his way into the Reds’ plans with a .310 batting average and .825 OPS at Triple-A and then pushed past veteran Edgar Renteria as the starting shortstop, only to suffer a hyper-extended elbow in his 11th game. Cozart has…

  13. Dodgers vendor asks bankruptcy court for protection

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    The big foam fingers at Dodger Stadium might have a different digit raised next season. With attendence well down at Chavez Ravine, Facility Merchandising Inc. isn’t feeling so good about the eight-year deal it signed with the Dodgers prior to the 2010 season.  It’s asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to intervene on its behalf as…

  14. Men accused of beating Bryan Stow enter not guilty plea

    Aug 10, 2011, 1:37 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

    Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, the two men accused of brutally beating Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, were arraigned today and pleaded not guilty to criminal charges that include mayhem, assault, and battery. They’re each being held on $500,000 bail until September 30 hearings. Stow remains hospitalized more than four…

  15. Reid Brignac back with Rays after brief demotion to Triple-A

    Aug 10, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    brignac rays

    Justin Ruggiano landing on the disabled list with a knee injury has opened the door for Reid Brignac’s return to the majors following a three-week stint at Triple-A. Brignac didn’t play particularly well in Durham, but with Sean Rodriguez struggling mightily as the Rays’ primary shortstop and Elliot Johnson no one’s idea of a quality…

  16. Stat of the day: 2011’s longest home runs

    Aug 10, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Michael Morse

    In honor of Mike Morse’s blast last night, here are this season’s 10 longest homers, courtesy of ESPN Home Run Tracker: 1. Prince Fielder: 486 ft. (Apr. 29) 2. Justin Upton: 478 ft. (Apr. 12) 3. Mitch Moreland: 472 ft. (June 20) 3. Mark Trumbo: 472 ft. (May 30) 5. Prince Fielder: 471 ft. (July…

  17. Jorge Posada on benching: “I’m not happy with it … but I’m moving on”

    Aug 10, 2011, 12:43 PM EDT

    Girardi Posada

    Jorge Posada has handled his benching as the Yankees’ designated hitter about as well as possible, admitting yesterday that he’s “not happy with it” while adding that “I’m moving on and I’ll be ready to play whenever I happen to play.” Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York asked Joe Girardi how he felt back in…

  18. Royals add to prospect influx by calling up 21-year-old catcher Salvador Perez

    Aug 10, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Salvador Perez

    Salvador Perez is the latest prospect on his way to Kansas City, with the Royals calling up the 21-year-old catcher from Triple-A in time for tonight’s game and releasing historically awful starter Kyle Davies to make room on the roster. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Start reports that Perez “is expected to become the…

  19. It’s time for Dodgers to release James Loney

    Aug 10, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    James Loney

    Haven’t we all seen enough by now? All James Loney really had going for him the past couple of years was decent RBI totals.  He truly was a clutch player, in that he hit like a perfectly solid first baseman with RISP and then napped through his at-bats with no one on. This year, though, Loney…

  20. Adrian Beltre must “start over again” after hamstring setback

    Aug 10, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    Adrian Beltre was initially very optimistic about the recovery timetable for his hamstring injury, noting that he’s “a quick healer.” Unfortunately he suffered a setback while testing the injury running the bases over the weekend and that will force him “to start over again” with his recovery, according to manager Ron Washington. Washington told Louie…

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