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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Joe Girardi says A.J. Burnett will remain in Yankees’ rotation

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    A.J. Burnett turned in another poor outing last night, allowing four runs in six innings against the light-hitting Angels, but afterward manager Joe Girardi wasted no time telling reporters that the struggling right-hander will remain in the Yankees’ rotation. Burnett actually held the Angels scoreless through five innings before falling apart in the sixth frame,…

  4. ESPN goes in-depth on Blue Jays sign-stealing allegations

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion

    Four players have confirmed to ESPN that they’ve witnessed Blue Jays hitters being relayed signs from the center-field stands at Rogers Centre. An Outside The Lines reports details the allegations and an incident involving one of the players and Jose Bautista.  The report claims that a man in center field, situated perfectly behind the pitcher…

  5. “Freakiest thing I’ve seen”: Chris Narveson to miss start after slicing hand with scissors

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Brewers left-hander Chris Narveson will miss at least one start after slicing his hand open and needing eight stitches last night in what he described as “the freakiest thing.” Narveson grabbed a pair of scissors and was altering the laces on his glove when he cut the tip of his left thumb, telling Todd Rosiak…

  6. Braves call up 20-year-old Arodys Vizcaino for bullpen help

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    Atlanta released veteran reliever Scott Proctor this morning and filled his roster spot by calling up 20-year-old phenom Arodys Vizcaino from Triple-A. Viczaino was acquired from the Yankees in the December of 2009 deal for Javier Vazquez and cracked Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects list coming into the season despite spending most of last year…

  7. Justin Morneau is swinging the bat well during his rehab assignment

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    While he may be too late to help the sinking Twins in the American League Central, Justin Morneau is at least swinging the bat well during his minor league rehab assignment. After going 3-for-5 with two doubles last night, he is now batting .409 (9-for-22) with four doubles and five RBI over his first five…

  8. Why Adam Dunn also swings and misses when searching for teammates

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    CSNChicago’s Chuck Garfien has a fun article on the White Sox and the aliases they use checking into hotels.  Jake Peavy likes to dip into military history for his, while John Danks, trying to escape those looking to convert him, has opted for a cartoon character. Unfortunately, as Adam Dunn details, the aliases can change…

  9. Edwin Encarnacion could help a contender

    Aug 10, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion

    He’s more expendable than ever in Toronto following Brett Lawrie’s arrival, but Edwin Encarnacion, who has been tearing it up for the Jays for more than two months, could be a nice piece for a contender this month. Encarnacion was the Toronto offense last night, going 2-for-2 with a homer and two walks in a…

  10. Larry Bernandez is back, better than ever (video)

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:22 AM EDT

    OK maybe not, but the Seattle Mariners have brought back Felix Hernandez’s alter-ego in a new commercial promoting – what else? – Larry Bernandez bobblehead night. The first commercial was amusing enough (if you haven’t seen it, watch here), but Hernandez really shows off his talents in this one, clearly having broadened his acting skills…

  11. Cliff Lee hits second homer, denied crack at sixth shutout

    Aug 10, 2011, 1:04 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    The Phillies’ Cliff Lee, already with a major league-leading five shutouts, was denied a shot at No. 6 on Tuesday.  Having thrown 124 pitches, he was removed after eight scoreless innings in what turned out to be a 2-1 win over the Dodgers. Ryan Madson closed it out in the ninth, but not before giving up an RBI single to Casey Blake.…

  12. Mariano Rivera gives it up at home for first time this year

    Aug 10, 2011, 12:01 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Fresh off taking his fifth blown save Sunday in Boston, Mariano Rivera was beaten at home for the first time this year Tuesday, as he surrendered a two-run homer to Bobby Abreu in a tie game in what turned out to be a 6-4 loss for the Yankees against the Angels. Rivera entered with a…

  13. Jonathan Papelbon, on the other hand, is mowing them down

    Aug 10, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Pitching for the third straight day, Jonathan Papelbon turned in a perfect ninth Tuesday against the Twins in Boston’s 4-3 victory, giving him 26 saves in 27 chances. Papelbon’s ERA remains somewhat inflated at 3.14, but he’s worked scoreless innings in 12 straight appearances.  During that span, he’s allowed just two hits and posted a 12/0…

  14. Welcome to Time Warp Tuesday

    Aug 9, 2011, 10:33 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Cincinnati Reds

    Tonight has been a pretty interesting night in that we have seen some excellent performances from pitchers who were written off a long time ago. Let’s start with Dontrelle Willis. Even though he took the loss tonight against the Rockies, he allowed three runs over eight innings while striking out 10 and walking just one.…

  15. Dan Uggla extends hitting streak to 30 games with infield single

    Aug 9, 2011, 10:06 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    Dan Uggla matched the Dodgers’ Andre Ethier for the longest hitting streak this season by reaching 30 with an infield single in the fifth inning Tuesday against the Marlins. Shortstop Emilio Bonifacio, who had a 26-game hitting streak snapped at the end of last month, handled the roller, but his throw wasn’t nearly in time…

  16. James Shields notches fourth shutout in win over Royals

    Aug 9, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    James Shields

    James Shields beat the Royals 4-0 in one hour, 53 minutes on Tuesday night, notching his fourth shutout of the season. The six-hitter was the fastest nine-inning contest in Rays franchise history. Shields moved into a tie with the Rangers’ Derek Holland for the most shutouts in the AL this year.  Cliff Lee is the major league…

  17. Twins prospect Kyle Gibson will not need Tommy John surgery

    Aug 9, 2011, 9:10 PM EDT

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    At least not yet, anyway. According to Tyler Mason of FOXSportsNorth.com, Twins prospect right-hander Kyle Gibson was diagnosed with a flexor pronator muscle strain of the right elbow and a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. He will report to the Twins’ complex in Fort Myers, Florida this week in an effort to rehab…

  18. Brian McCann likely to begin minor league rehab assignment Friday

    Aug 9, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    As Aaron mentioned earlier this morning, Brian McCann has maintained all along that he was hoping to return from the disabled list as soon as he is eligible on Friday. It was probably a little on the optimistic side considering that oblique strains usually sideline players for far longer, so it shouldn’t come as a…

  19. Two MLB.com writers robbed at gunpoint at Great American

    Aug 9, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Great American Ball Park (photo by Derek Jensen)

    MLB.com’s Barry Bloom and Thomas Harding were robbed at 1:30 a.m. this morning about 15 feet outside Gate 3 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News reports. “I thought the guy was a fan as he approached, but he said, ‘We can do this the easy way or…

  20. David Ortiz reclaims his disputed RBI

    Aug 9, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Call it “the RBI that won’t die.” Even after all of the lengths Red Sox GM Theo Epstein and owner John Henry went through to take it away from him, David Ortiz today was reawarded an RBI from last Wednesday’s game against the Indians. To review, Ortiz was initially credited with a two-run single on…

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