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  1. Stat of the day: most homers during a hitting streak

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Joe DiMaggio

    Inspired by a Danny Knobler tweet, here’s a list of players to hit the most homers over the course of a hitting streak. Joe DiMaggio (NYY, 1941): 15 HR in 56 G Willie McCovey (SFG, 1963): 15 HR in 24 G Alex Rodriguez (NYY, 2006): 15 HR in 23 G Chuck Klein (Phi, 1929): 13…

  2. Matt Bush went bust as a hitter, but former No. 1 overall pick still has some pitching potential

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    Matt Bush Padres

    Matt Bush has had numerous off-the-field issues, suffered multiple injuries, spent time in three different organizations in three years, and made the switch from shortstop to pitcher in an effort to avoid being a complete bust … and now the former No. 1 pick is blowing away hitters in the minors. Well, sort of. Bush…

  3. Alex Rodriguez to begin rehab assignment tomorrow, return to Yankees next week

    Aug 11, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Joe Girardi announced that Alex Rodriguez will begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment tomorrow in Florida, with the current plan calling for him to start at designated hitter before moving to third base Saturday. Barring a setback that means Rodriguez will likely come off the disabled list by next Thursday, when the Yankees begin a…

  4. Davey Johnson says Ivan Rodriguez “is not doing too well”

    Aug 11, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    Davey Johnson didn’t sound very optimistic when asked yesterday about Ivan Rodriguez‘s recovery from a strained oblique muscle. Johnson told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that Rodriguez “is not doing too well” and “is pushing it too hard” in attempt to return from the disabled list, causing him to suffer a setback that required…

  5. Jake Arrieta set for season-ending elbow surgery Friday

    Aug 11, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Arrieta throwing

    After meeting with Dr. Lewis Yocum yesterday Orioles starter Jake Arrieta has decided to undergo season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow. While he’s done for 2011, the expected recovery timetable of two months should allow him to come into spring training fully healthy next year and the 25-year-old right-hander remains in…

  6. What’s gotten into the Padres?

    Aug 11, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Kyle Blanks, Jesus Guzman, Will Venable

    The Padres last night started their fourth options at first base and catcher, their third options at third base and in left field and their backup second baseman, yet scored nine more runs in a win over the Mets. Their batting lines by month to date: April: .211/.293/.308, 14 HR in 27 G May: .249/.303/.363, 19…

  7. Josh Johnson looking for “peace of mind for the offseason”

    Aug 11, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    Josh Johnson hasn’t pitched since mid-May and could end up missing the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury that continues to be described as merely inflammation, and yesterday the Marlins ace explained that he’s now just looking for “peace of mind for the offseason.” Johnson told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com that he’d be…

  8. MRI finds no structural damage in Tommy Hanson’s shoulder

    Aug 11, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    hanson wide getty

    Tommy Hanson has already been scratched from Friday’s scheduled start and received a cortisone injection because of shoulder problems, but the Braves got some good news yesterday when an MRI exam revealed no structural damage. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the current plan is for Hanson to avoid the disabled list…

  9. Logan Morrison takes “not so subtle jab at Hanley Ramirez”

    Aug 11, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Florida Marlins

    Shortly after the Marlins placed Hanley Ramirez on the disabled list with a sprained left shoulder Logan Morrison took what Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel describes as a “not so subtle jab at Ramirez.” Rodriguez has the details: “What we don’t have is experience and a veteran who is in the…

  10. Bruised shoulder sends Dodgers rookie Dee Gordon to DL

    Aug 11, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Dee Gordon took over as the Dodgers’ starting shortstop when Rafael Furcal was traded to the Cardinals, but now the 23-year-old rookie will be sidelined for at least two weeks with a bruised right shoulder. Don Mattingly described the decision to place Gordon on the disabled list as “precautionary” and an MRI exam revealed no…

  11. Bryce Harper ejected from Double-A game after confrontation with umpire

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:08 AM EDT

    bryce harper ejection

    Bryce Harper thought he drew a 3-2 walk in the seventh inning at Double-A last night, but as he headed to first base home plate umpire Max Guyll called him out on strikes and the 18-year-old Nationals uber-prospect angrily slammed his helmet down in disgust. Guyll immediately ejected him from the game, at which point…

  12. Marlins place Hanley Ramirez on 15-day disabled list

    Aug 10, 2011, 11:05 PM EDT

    hanley face getty

    Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez was only supposed to miss a couple of games as a result of his sprained left shoulder, but the absences have continued to pile up and the Fish were forced to make an unfortunate decision late Wednesday night. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Ramirez was placed on…

  13. C.J. Wilson “hates” pitching at the Oakland Coliseum

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

    oakland coliseum getty

    Some harsh words from Rangers left-hander C.J. Wilson on pitching at the A’s Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Via NBCSports.com: “I hate pitching there. There’s no fans there. It’s too bad, because the fans that are there are adamant, they’re really stoked on the team, they wave flags and play drums. And that’s cool. But there are…

  14. Indians rookie Jason Kipnis goes 5-for-5, scores four times

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:07 PM EDT

    Jason Kipnis

    Jason Kipnis, who already has a streak of homering in four straight games in his very young career, went 5-for-5 with a homer and four runs scored Wednesday in the Indians’ 10-3 win over the Tigers.  It was his sixth homer in 16 games as a major leaguer. Kipnis became the first rookie to finish…

  15. Curtis Granderson ties and then overtakes career high in homers

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:54 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson

    Curtis Granderson hit his 30th and 31st homers Wednesday to lead the Yankees to a 9-3 win over the Angels. The second homer gave him a new career high with 47 games left to play.  He hit 30 homers in 160 games in his final year with the Tigers in 2009. Granderson had already long…

  16. Ron Santo’s Wrigley Field statue unveiled

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:36 PM EDT

    Ron Santo's statue

    The Cubs on Wednesday unveiled the statue of former third baseman and longtime broadcaster Ron Santo, who passed away last Dec. 3 at age 70. The statue, which features a blue cap and stirrups, depicts Santo, a nine-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glover with the Cubs, throwing to first after handling a grounder. Santo played from the…

  17. Twins expecting to get Justin Morneau back on Friday

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:13 PM EDT

    morneau hat ap

    Good news, Twins fans. According to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, first baseman Justin Morneau is scheduled to return from the disabled list Friday in Cleveland. Morneau has been sidelined since undergoing surgery on his neck in late June. The 30-year-old native of Canada is batting just .225 this season with a .619 OPS, four home…

  18. Report: Wandy Rodriguez will get claimed on waivers

    Aug 10, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    Danny Knobler of CBSSports says there is “a growing belief in baseball” that Wandy Rodriguez will be placed on waivers this week and that at least one team will put in a claim. The Yankees discussed a Rodriguez trade prior to the July 31 deadline, but talks broke down amid reports that the Bombers wanted the…

  19. Alex Cobb to undergo season-ending surgery on rib cage

    Aug 10, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

    cobb throwing getty

    Rays right-hander Alex Cobb was sent to the hospital after his most recent outing due to an odd numbness in his throwing hand. Doctors found nothing wrong initially, but further tests this week revealed “blockage” near the first rib on the right side of his body. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times,…

  20. Dan Uggla wastes no time in extending hitting streak to 31 games

    Aug 10, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    Dan Uggla delivered a two-run single to center field in the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Marlins, extending his hitting streak to 31 games. He’s matched Rico Carty’s Atlanta Braves record by making it to 31, and he’s overtaken Andre Ethier‘s 30-gamer for the longest streak in the majors this season. Uggla had…

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