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  1. Alex Rodriguez unlikely to return until at least Sunday

    Aug 19, 2011, 9:17 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez watches from the dugout as the Yankees take batting practice in Minneapolis

    Alex Rodriguez had a successful workout before tonight’s game against the Twins, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com that he is “leaning against” activating him from the disabled list tomorrow. Instead, they could wait until Sunday’s series finale against the Twins or even Tuesday, when they return home to play the…

  2. Pablo Sandoval out of tonight’s lineup with left shoulder strain

    Aug 19, 2011, 8:07 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Florida Marlins

    The hits keep on coming for the Giants. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Pablo Sandoval is out of tonight’s lineup against the Astros due to a left shoulder strain. Sandoval suffered the injury while swinging right-handed last night against the Braves. While he offered to bat from the left side…

  3. Davey Johnson says Bryce Harper is likely done for season with hamstring strain

    Aug 19, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    According to Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com, Nationals manager Davey Johnson just confirmed what most of us already assumed. Bryce Harper, who suffered a right hamstring strain while running the bases in a game with Double-A Harrisburg last night, will likely be shut down for the rest of the season. “He probably won’t play the rest…

  4. Brewers prospect Mark Rogers gets busted for stimulant use

    Aug 19, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT

    Mark Rogers

    Former first-round pick Mark Rogers was suspended for 25 games Friday after a second positive test for a banned stimulant. The good news for Rogers is that the suspension kicks in immediately.  The injury-plagued right-hander is on the shelf because of carpal tunnel syndrome in his throwing wrist, and he was already expected to undergo…

  5. Mike Trout rejoins the Angels, probably for good

    Aug 19, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    The Angels still haven’t officially announced the move, but Mike Trout has joined the team and is on the field taking early batting practice.  Mike DiGiovanna said earlier Friday that Vernon Wells could be placed on the DL to open up a roster spot. If that’s the case, then Trout will probably play something close…

  6. Report: Astros place Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers on waivers

    Aug 19, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    The Astros have decided to see if anyone will bite on their two most expensive starters, as they placed both Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers on waivers, SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports. The salaries make it possible neither will be claimed.  Rodriguez is owed $36 million from 2012-14, while Myers will make $11 million next year…

  7. Yankees place Freddy Garcia on DL, claim Aaron Laffey

    Aug 19, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    Aaron Laffey was claimed off waivers by the Yankees after being designated for assignment by the Mariners earlier this week and New York cleared a roster spot for the left-hander by placing Freddy Garcia on the disabled list. Garcia was scratched from his scheduled Sunday start after slicing his hand in a kitchen accident. He…

  8. Breaking down the Brewers’ triple play in scientific terms

    Aug 19, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    I can’t say I watch much SportsCenter, so I didn’t see this little Sports Science segment breaking down the exact timing of the Brewers’ triple play against the Dodgers earlier this week when it aired. But thanks to Bob Wolfley over at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, it was brought to my attention. Neat:

  9. Pirates also working on long-term contract with Neil Walker

    Aug 19, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Neil Walker, Jose Tabata

    This morning Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported that the Pirates and Jose Tabata are close to agreeing to a six-year contract and now Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review says they’re also working on signing Neil Walker to a similar long-term deal. According to Biertempfel the Tabata deal will cover six seasons and…

  10. The Clemens prosecutors make their case to try him again

    Aug 19, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    Despite the calls from lawmakers — many lawmakers, actually — to give up on a second go at prosecuting Roger Clemens, the prosecutors today made their case for a do-over: Prosecutors in the Roger Clemens perjury case say they made an honest mistake in showing jurors inadmissible evidence and the baseball star should face another…

  11. Indians place hot-hitting rookie Jason Kipnis on disabled list

    Aug 19, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    kipnis getty

    Jason Kipnis was slated to return from a strained oblique muscle yesterday, but instead he was a last-minute scratch from the lineup and the Indians have now placed him on the disabled list. Called up from Triple-A on July 22, the 2009 second-round pick hit .279 with six homers, four doubles, and a .903 OPS…

  12. Wanna buy Joe DiMaggio’s shotgun?

    Aug 19, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Joe DiMaggio

    When Joe DiMaggio hit in his 42nd straight game in 1941 — breaking the old record of 41 — he was presented with a shotgun. Neat!  Now that shotgun is up for auction.  Double neat!  The details of it are set forth in the “Gun Nut” column over at Field & Stream. Which I’m pretty…

  13. White Sox place Phil Humber on DL after line drive to head

    Aug 19, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Chicago White Sox

    Phil Humber left last night’s game in the second inning after taking a line drive to the head, but actually tried to talk the White Sox’s trainer into letting him stay in and then told reporters afterward that he was planning to make his next start. He won’t, as the White Sox have placed Humber…

  14. The best and worst from Cubs GM Jim Hendry

    Aug 19, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

    Jim Hendry, Kenny Williams

    A look at the highlights and lowlights from Jim Hendry’s nine-year tenure as Cubs GM, which ended with his dismissal on Friday. Best moves July 23, 2003: Acquired 3B Aramis Ramirez and OF Kenny Lofton from Pirates for 2B Bobby Hill, INF Jose Hernandez and RHP Matt Burback I called it “highway robbery” on Rotoworld…

  15. Report: Jose Tabata and Pirates agree to six-year contract

    Aug 19, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Pirates are close to signing outfielder Jose Tabata to a six-year contract. Tabata, who just returned from the disabled list Tuesday after missing six weeks with a quadriceps injury, won’t be arbitration eligible for the first time until 2014. Presumably the six-year deal would include a team…

  16. Baseball’s playoff slogan: “Legends are born in October”

    Aug 19, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Legends October

    I can’t wait until the playoffs start. Excitement! High stakes!  Commercials that get run into the ground! I doubt we’ll ever see anything as glorious as “her father is the district attorney!” again, but in recent years we have certainly gotten our fair share of MLB-produced promos that seek to brand the playoffs.  This years…

  17. Barry Bonds to confront a Bonds hater on some TV show

    Aug 19, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    I really don’t watch much TV these days. When I do watch TV it’s usually an entire series at a time on Netflix or something like “Battlestar Galactica,” or “Pushing Daisies” or something. The only shows I actually watch as they’re being broadcast anymore are “Breaking Bad” and “Archer,” and those are on so rarely…

  18. Jim Thome putting up historic production for a 40-year-old

    Aug 19, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Jim Thome ruined the Twins’ plans to have him reach 600 career home runs at Target Field by being too damn good, hitting his 599th and 600th homers Monday night in Detroit and then delivering No. 601 against the Tigers two nights later. Thome has been deserving of the Hall of Fame for years already,…

  19. Joe Girardi probably should have protested that game the other day

    Aug 19, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Still thinking about that Billy Butler homer in the Yankees-Royals game the other night.  Joe Torre has admitted that the umpires misapplied the rules.  And now Joe Girardi admits he should have protested it.  He says he simply took the umps’ word for it that they were properly applying the rules: “I assumed the rules…

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