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  1. Rafael Betancourt to remain Rockies’ closer over Huston Street

    Aug 27, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Cincinnati Reds

    Huston Street was activated from the disabled list prior to last night’s game against the Dodgers, but he’s not getting his old job back. At least not right away. Troy Renck of the Denver Post was told by Rockies manager Jim Tracy that Rafael Betancourt will remain in the the closer role for the time…

  2. Today’s Marlins-Phillies game rained out

    Aug 27, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    Who saw this one coming? According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, today’s game between the Marlins and Phillies was rained out. The Phillies moved this game from Sunday in an effort to get out in front of Hurricane Irene, but rain was already pouring down on the sparsely attended crowd at Citizens Bank…

  3. A.J. Pierzynski set to begin rehab assignment next week

    Aug 27, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Chicago White Sox

    A.J. Pierzynski won’t return from the disabled list when he’s first eligible tomorrow, but there’s a good chance he’ll be back with the White Sox as soon as next weekend. According to Scott Merkin of MLB.com, Pierzynski tested his fractured right wrist yesterday by catching Gavin Floyd‘s bullpen session and participating in batting practice. “All good.…

  4. Ryan Dempster expected to exercise $14 million option for 2012

    Aug 27, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Chicago Cubs

    Not a big surprise, but Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Ryan Dempster is expected to exercise his $14 million player option for next season. Dempster, 34, is in the final guaranteed year of a four-year, $52 million contract. He has proved to be a good value for Chicago, despite his superficially mediocre…

  5. Giants to call up prospect Eric Surkamp for start tonight against Astros

    Aug 27, 2011, 10:49 AM EDT

    Eric Surkamp

    According to Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants will call up prospect left-hander Eric Surkamp to make his major league debut tonight against the Astros. Jonathan Sanchez and Barry Zito are both sidelined with ankle sprains and Dan Runzler gave up four runs on three hits and three walks over 1…

  6. Report: B.J. Upton claimed off revocable waivers

    Aug 27, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Oakland Athletics

    B.J. Upton survived the trade deadline in a Rays’ uniform, but there’s still a chance he could have a new home before the end of the season. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Upton was claimed off revocable waivers by an unknown team. Topkin suspects the mystery team could be the Nationals,…

  7. Yankees will “try to fight” decision about postponed doubleheader

    Aug 27, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

    Yankees manager Girardi pleads his case with second base umpire DeMuth as he challenges a solo home run by Royals' Butler during their MLB American League baseball game in Kansas City

    As Drew mentioned, it was announced last night that Saturday’s scheduled doubleheader between the Yankees and Orioles was postponed due to the pending arrival of Hurricane Irene. One of the games will be made up in a split-doubleheader Sunday while the other will be made as a night game on September 8. Of course, the Yankees…

  8. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Aug 27, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Yankees' Burnett reacts after giving up a home run to Orioles' Reynolds in their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    You guys aren’t going to believe this, but A.J. Burnett was pretty awful again last night. Burnett was knocked around for a season-high nine runs over five innings in a 12-5 loss to the Orioles. This included a six-run second inning, where the struggling right-hander surrendered four doubles and two home runs. The loss pushed Burnett’s…

  9. Matt Kemp joins the 30/30 club

    Aug 27, 2011, 12:53 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Matt Kemp homered Friday in the Dodgers’ 6-1 win over the Rockies to become the 55th player in big-league history to turn in a 30-homer, 30-steal season. Kemp took Matt Reynolds deep in the seventh inning to reach 30 homers for the first time.  His previous high was last year’s 28. Kemp, who entered the…

  10. Vin Scully to return for 63rd season in Dodgers booth

    Aug 27, 2011, 12:31 AM EDT

    Vin Scully

    Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully announced during Friday’s game that he would return for his record 63rd season in 2012. Scully, who in recent years has skipped road trips taking him east of the Rockies, indicated that he’ll maintain his usual schedule of home games and select road games. Scully turns 85 in November. As…

  11. Barry Bonds’ conviction upheld

    Aug 26, 2011, 11:13 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    The highly unusual obstruction of justice conviction Barry Bonds was stuck with on April 13 was upheld by a federal judge on Friday night. Bonds’ lawyers had asked for a new trial on the charge or an acquittal, but U.S. District Judge Susan Illston refused Friday to overturn the only unanimous decision reached by the…

  12. Adrian Beltre cleared to begin rehab assignment Monday

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:19 PM EDT

    beltre red hat getty

    From Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram comes word that Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Omaha. Beltre has been on the disabled list since late July with a left hamstring strain. He hit a setback a few weeks ago while trying…

  13. Jose Bautista gets tossed, throws equipment onto field

    Aug 26, 2011, 9:36 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista came late to stardom, but he pitched a fit any diva would have been proud of after getting fanned by the Rays’ James Shields for the third time tonight. Bautista yelled at home-plate umpire Bill Welke, took his bat to the dugout wall and threw his bat and helmet onto the field after being tossed…

  14. Orioles, Yankees cancel Saturday’s doubleheader because of Hurricane Irene

    Aug 26, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    New York City Begins Preparing For Direct Hit By Hurricane Irene

    Hurricane Irene has barely reached the United States coastline, but the storm continues to wreak havoc on the Major League Baseball schedule. According to Dan Babarisi of the Wall Street Journal, the Orioles have canceled Saturday’s doubleheader against the Yankees. One of the games will be made up in a split-doubleheader Sunday, and the other…

  15. White Sox calling up top prospect Dayan Viciedo

    Aug 26, 2011, 9:04 PM EDT

    viciedo pose getty

    Dayan Viciedo posted promising results in his first taste of the big leagues last year — like an .840 OPS and five home runs in 106 plate appearances — but he could not find a spot on the Opening Day roster heading into this season and has spent the past several months tearing it up…

  16. Roger Clemens asks for case to be dismissed

    Aug 26, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    Asking the judge to punish prosecutors for their “egregious error,” Roger Clemens on Friday requested in Washington federal court that his perjury case be dismissed. Clemens is accused of lying under oath when he told congressional investigators he never used performance-enhancing drugs. Prosecutors, whose original case ended in a mistrial last month, said they made a simple mistake…

  17. Hanley Ramirez might not return until September

    Aug 26, 2011, 8:16 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    When it was announced earlier today that Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez had been cleared to begin a rehab assignment tonight with Single-A Jupiter, the general consensus was that he’d play two or three games on the farm before returning to the majors early next week. Possibly as soon as Monday. But that’s not the Marlins’…

  18. Rockies activate closer Huston Street from disabled list

    Aug 26, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

    street getty

    According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have activated closer Huston Street from the 15-day disabled list in time for Friday night’s series opener against the Dodgers. Street missed a little over two weeks after suffering a mild right triceps strain in early August. He did not allow a run in two…

  19. Diagnosis for Tommy Hanson: small tear in rotator cuff

    Aug 26, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    The Braves announced prior to Friday’s game that an MRI showed a small tear in Tommy Hanson’s rotator cuff that won’t require surgery.  The hope is that he’ll return to the rotation in mid-September. It’s a scary diagnosis for Braves fans, though it certainly could be worse; most major league pitchers have some sort of…

  20. Jason Bay scratched from Friday’s lineup with jammed shoulder

    Aug 26, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    Jason Bay

    Jason Bay will miss Friday’s game against the Braves and probably most of 2012 because of a jammed right shoulder, the Mets announced. Well, the Mets didn’t actually announce that Bay would miss most of 2012.  That’s just an easy assumption since he is, in fact, a Met.  Technically, the team is saying he’s day-to-day.…

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