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  1. Heath Bell to remain with Padres as deadline passes without Giants deal

    Aug 26, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Padres pitcher Bell is congratulated by teammate and catcher Torrealba after the Padres defeated the Giants during their MLB baseball  game in San Francisco

    San Francisco claimed Heath Bell off revocable waivers, but every indication was that the Giants were highly unlikely to acquire the impending free agent closer from the Padres and now it’s official. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the 48-hour window to work out a trade has passed without a deal, so Bell will stay…

  2. Adrian Beltre is “moving closer” to a rehab assignment

    Aug 26, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    Last time Adrian Beltre was this close to returning from a hamstring strain he tried to test himself by running the bases and aggravated the injury. Three weeks later he’s feeling good again and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Beltre “is moving closer to a medical rehabilitation assignment in the minor leagues.” Beltre took…

  3. The Orioles will wear a Mike Flanagan patch the rest of the season

    Aug 26, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Mike Flanagan

    The Orioles have announced several things they’ll be doing in remembrance of Mike Flanagan, who took his own life on Wednesday.  Among them: Players and coaches will wear a black patch on their sleeves with the word “FLANNY” written on it; A black banner will be displayed with the number 46 on it below the…

  4. Remember when Adrian Gonzalez was in a power slump?

    Aug 26, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    As recently as last week Adrian Gonzalez‘s lack of homers was making headlines, with Terry Francona speculating that neck problems were to blame for the power slump, Gonzalez later downplaying that notion, and some people even suggesting that participating in the Home Run Derby was the culprit. Suddenly it’s no longer even an issue. Gonzalez…

  5. Ivan Rodriguez will try another rehab assignment

    Aug 26, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    Ivan Rodriguez hasn’t played since July 6 due to an oblique injury and the Nationals don’t really have any room for him with Wilson Ramos and Jesus Flores splitting time behind the plate, but the future Hall of Famer is determined to play again this season. Steven Miller of MLB.com reports that Rodriguez will begin…

  6. What is a “closer’s mentality” anyway?

    Aug 26, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Philadelphia Phillies

    Dash Treyhorn of The Fightins has a long post up today countering the belief among some in Phillies Nation* that Ryan Madson simply doesn’t have a “closer’s mentality.” We get plenty of Phillies navel-gazing in these parts lately so I don’t post it for that (bring back Steve Bedrosian; I really don’t care who closes…

  7. Josh Beckett was almost traded to the Rangers instead of the Red Sox

    Aug 26, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Josh Beckett - All-Star

    Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell were traded to the Red Sox in a November of 2005 blockbuster deal that included then-prospects Hanley Ramirez and Anibal Sanchez going to the Marlins, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com has an interesting article about how Beckett and Lowell were nearly dealt to the Rangers instead. According to Bradford the…

  8. GM says Cardinals will exercise Adam Wainwright’s 2012 and 2013 options

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    Adam Wainwright has missed the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery and will enter 2012 as a major question mark, which put the Cardinals in a tough position regarding his 2012 and 2013 options. As part of Wainwright’s contract the Cardinals must decide by the end of this season whether to exercise both future…

  9. Oh noes! Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly are breaking up!

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jeter walks with girlfriend Kelly at Yankee Stadium after final game

    Derek Jeter has been on a tear in recent weeks. He’s hitting like it’s 2006 all over again.  Clearly it has everything to do with him eliminating the distractions in his life: After dating for three years, Minka Kelly and Derek Jeter have broken up, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.  “They care about each other…

  10. Carlos Pena is happy the Cubs didn’t trade him to the Yankees

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    carlos pena ap

    Earlier this week Carlos Pena was claimed off revocable waivers by the Yankees, but the 48-hour window to work out a trade came and went without a move and the veteran first baseman is happy to remain with the Cubs. When asked why he wouldn’t want to leave a fifth-place team for a playoff team…

  11. Johan Santana won’t pitch this year

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    johan santana getty

    The New York Post reports that it’s “unlikely” Johan Santana will return this season. The team is looking at winter ball or perhaps the instructional league to get him some work, but Sandy Alderson says that he’s going to need rest too. Color me not surprised. When the initial time tables came out over the winter having…

  12. If the Cubs want Billy Beane, Lew Wolff won’t stand in the way

    Aug 26, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Billy Beane

    As Aaron noted, yesterday Susan Slusser wrote that A’s owner Lew Wolff would probably allow Billy Beane to interview with the Cubs if they come calling about their vacant GM guy, despite the fact that Beane is under contract through 2014.  Today John Shea reports, after an interview with Wolff, that there is no probably…

  13. Andy Pettitte continues to not un-retire

    Aug 26, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    At some point people will not feel obligated to ask Andy Pettitte if he’s going to come back whenever they see him.  We’re not to that point yet, however. Yesterday ESPN’s Wallace Matthews ran into Pettitte when he was in town for a photo shoot and the subject came up again. Pettitte’s answer: “Right now,…

  14. Blue Jays manager John Farrell has pneumonia

    Aug 26, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    John Farrell

    Blue Jays manager John Farrell left last night’s game against the Royals with chest pains and discomfort. The good news is that he didn’t have a heart attack or anything. The bad news:  pneumonia: He was later diagnosed with pneumonia. Farrell has been released from hospital and is expected to return to the team Friday.…

  15. The judge in the Bonds case still mulling whether to set aside his conviction

    Aug 26, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    It’s been over four months since Barry Bonds was convicted of obstruction of justice and over two months since Bonds filed a motion to have that conviction set aside. Yesterday Bonds’ lawyers and the government had oral arguments in front of Judge Susan Illston about it all, but she’s still thinking about it, no decision…

  16. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 26, 2011, 5:54 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v New York Yankees

    Yankees 22, Athletics 9:  Heavens to Betsy, this was bad. The grand slams were notable to be sure, but the 13 Oakland walks — 12 by the pen — simply beat this game with an ugly stick. The game was four and a half hours and started an hour and a half late due to…

  17. Travis Snider done for season due to wrist tendinitis

    Aug 26, 2011, 12:06 AM EDT

    snider batting getty

    We can put a bow on Travis Snider’s 2011 season. According to Shi Davidi of Canada’s Sportsnet, the 23-year-old outfielder was diagnosed Thursday with tendinitis in his right wrist and will rest for the next 4-6 weeks. In other words, he won’t be recalled to the majors when rosters expand on September 1 and probably…

  18. Giants closer Brian Wilson cleared to resume throwing

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:28 PM EDT

    wilson throwing getty

    Via our friends at CSNBayArea.com, Giants closer Brian Wilson played catch for six minutes Thursday on flat ground and reported no unexpected issues. Wilson was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to August 16 with inflammation in his right elbow. He’s eligible to return to the major leagues on August 31, but Giants manager…

  19. Jose Reyes goes 0-for-1 in first minor league rehab game

    Aug 25, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v New York Mets

    According to the fine folks at MetsBlog.com, shortstop Jose Reyes finished 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored Thursday in his first minor league rehab game at Single-A Binghamton. Reyes manned shortstop for five innings, reporting no lingering pain or discomfort in his once-strained left hamstring. He’s scheduled to play in another rehab game…

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