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  1. Padres prospect Donavan Tate injures wrist after returning from 50-game suspension

    Aug 23, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Donavan Tate - Bowman

    Just three weeks after returning from a 50-game suspension for a “drug of abuse” Padres prospect and former No. 3 overall pick Donavan Tate has suffered a season-ending wrist injury, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. He managed to play a total of just 39 games in his first “full season” as a professional,…

  2. Dbacks trade Kelly Johnson to Toronto for Aaron Hill, John McDonald

    Aug 23, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kelly Johnson

    It’s being reported — sorry, not sure who got it first; the earthquake has rendered Twitter almost unreadable — that the Diamondbacks have traded Kelly Johnson to Toronto for Aaron Hill and John McDonald. Johnson is a year removed from a 26-homer, .284/.370/.496 season, though he’s struggling mightily this year. There’s still power — 18 homers…

  3. Pirates designate lefty reliever Joe Beimel for assignment

    Aug 23, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    beimel bigger

    Contenders interested in adding another left-handed reliever to the bullpen mix may take a look at Joe Beimel, who was designated for assignment by the Pirates. Beimel had a sub-4.00 ERA every season from 2005 to 2010, but his ERA stands at 5.33 after serving up a homer to right-handed slugger Ryan Braun yesterday and…

  4. UPDATE: Wandy Rodriguez claimed on waivers by Rockies; trade talks ongoing

    Aug 23, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    UPDATE II:  Now Rosenthal is saying that the Rockies have claimed Rodriguez. If they and the Astros are to get a deal done, they have to do it by Thursday at noon. UPDATE: Rosenthal reports that, contra Olney, it was not the Nationals who claimed Rodriguez. The team is still unknown.  So we have it:…

  5. Video: Josh Hamilton goes hunting, talks drugs, kills a deer

    Aug 23, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Here’s some video of Josh Hamilton‘s recent appearance on the Versus channel hunting show “The Bucks of Tecomate” in which the reigning MVP discusses his battle with drugs and kills a deer:

  6. Hey, how about that earthquake?

    Aug 23, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Earthquake

    Fun thing about being on Twitter all day is that when something happens you get hundreds of people rushing to make all of the jokes and the profound observations as soon as humanly possible. And so it was with that earthquake that just hit the east coast.  Within five minutes we had: 1,245 “hey, did…

  7. After one year as Cubs manager Mike Quade is 80-85

    Aug 23, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Bob Davidson, Mike Quade

    Mike Quade managed the Cubs to a 24-13 record down the stretch last season after replacing Lou Piniella and that earned him a two-year contract worth around $2 million, but a year later the honeymoon is definitely over. Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com notes that today marks the one-year anniversary of Quade becoming the interim manager…

  8. Brian Schneider is why the Phillies win so much? Um, OK.

    Aug 23, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brian Schneider, Ryan Madson

    Look, I know it’s a long season and that you have to come up with new stuff to write about all of the time, but does anyone besides me have problems with a story which suggests that the backup catcher is the key to everything? In this case, Brian Schneider of the Phillies: With expectations set…

  9. Cole Hamels placed on DL, but expected to start Monday

    Aug 23, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels reacts to a balk call during the fifth inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia has placed Cole Hamels on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, but because the stint is backdated to August 13 he’ll be eligible to return Sunday. For now at least Hamels remains the Phillies’ scheduled starter for Monday’s game against the Reds, so it looks like the DL move is mostly just so they…

  10. The honeymoon is over between San Francisco and the Giants

    Aug 23, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Giants fans Believe

    News flash: A team that won a world championship realized a large uptick in fan interest and feel-good euphoria; News flash: That fan interest gradually became smugness and entitlement; News flash: That team, which was rather flawed to begin with but caught lighting in a bottle for a couple of months, is not doing as…

  11. The Yankees aren’t afraid to go after Yu Darvish

    Aug 23, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    darvish presser

    Joel Sherman notes today that the Yankees are likely to be involved in the bidding on Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish, who is expected to come to the United States next season.  As Sherman notes, this is somewhat interesting given how the Yankees have been burned in the high-priced Japanese pitching market before. See, Irabu, Hideki…

  12. Travis Hafner may need season-ending foot surgery

    Aug 23, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Travis Hafner

    Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff gave an update on Travis Hafner‘s status, revealing that the designated hitter is wearing a walking boot and may need season-ending foot surgery. Hafner was placed on the disabled list yesterday with a sprained right foot, leading to speculate that the Indians will try to claim Jim Thome off waivers from…

  13. Major League Baseball to celebrate its 200,000th regular season game on September 24th

    Aug 23, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    200000

    Determining the number of major league games which have occurred in history is something of an inexact science. Record keeping was a bit spotty once upon a time. There’s the political question of whether you count the random upstart leagues that merged into or at least greatly influenced the National and then the American Leagues.…

  14. J.J. Hardy homers to remind Twins of mistake they made letting him go

    Aug 23, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    Last night the Twins were reminded of their biggest offseason mistake when Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy homered in his return to Minnesota. Hardy, who was traded for a pair of mid-level prospects after the Twins decided they wanted to add more “speed” to the middle infield, now has 24 homers for the Orioles, which is…

  15. Several attendance records set this weekend

    Aug 23, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Comerica Park

    Maury Brown, who keeps good track of this stuff, notes that while attendance remains flat overall compared to last year, this past weekend several marks were set. The Saturday game between the Phillies and Nationals drew 44,685, which was the largest crowd at Nationals Park history; The Cardinals Cubs game on Saturday drew 42,374 which was…

  16. Mariners won’t bench struggling Ichiro Suzuki

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Ichiro Suzuki is having the worst season of his career and his streak of consecutive 200-hit seasons is all but certain to end at 10, but manager Eric Wedge said yesterday that he has no plans to bench the 37-year-old right fielder down the stretch. “We’re going to continue to give him opportunities at the…

  17. The Dodgers are learning how expensive it can be to be bankrupt

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    briefcase

    Bill Shaikin has a rundown of all of the Dodgers’ legal expenses in the five weeks or so they’ve been in bankruptcy. It’s fairly mind-boggling. Just one of the firms handing the Dodgers’ bankruptcy — Dewey and LeBoeuf — has thrown 29 lawyers, seven paralegals and ten support staffers at the matter and, in five weeks, have…

  18. Red Sox plan to activate J.D. Drew from DL on September 1

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    J.D. Drew

    J.D. Drew has been out since mid-July with a left shoulder impingement, but Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that the Red Sox’s “current plan” is to activate him from the disabled list once rosters expand on September 1. And with Josh Reddick coming back down to earth following an amazing start Drew might actually be…

  19. Brian Cashman: “I don’t want a guy walking off the mound singing ‘Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah’”

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Brian Cashman is not going to put his life on the line for A.J. Burnett. As the New York Post reports this morning, Burnett only has one more guaranteed start, and that’s this Friday against the Orioles. The next time he starts after that the rosters will be expanded and the Yankees, who have a…

  20. Cole Hamels downplays talk of Jered Weaver-like extension

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Philadelphia Phillies

    Cole Hamels and Jered Weaver are about as close as two pitchers get in terms of age, service time, and performance, leading to some natural speculation that Weaver’s five-year, $85 million extension with the Angels would clear the path for Hamels to sign a similar deal with the Phillies. That may happen eventually, but Hamels…

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