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  1. Rickie Weeks cleared for some baseball-related activities

    Aug 14, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

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    Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks is finally beginning to show signs of progress in his ongoing recovery from a severely sprained left ankle. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers’ medical team cleared Weeks on Sunday to begin taking light infield practice. He’ll soon progress to soft toss, then live batting…

  2. Barry Zito suffers sprained ankle while making rehab start

    Aug 14, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Giants left-hander Barry Zito was placed on the 15-day disabled list at the beginning of August with a sprained muscle in his right foot. He made a successful rehab start last Monday at Single-A San Jose, tossing 7 2/3 innings while allowing only three runs, and looked to be on track to return to the…

  3. Brandon Phillips returns to lineup after four-game absence

    Aug 14, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is back in the Cincinnati starting lineup on Sunday afternoon for the first time since suffering a bruised left elbow when he was hit by a pitch last Tuesday. Phillips, 30, has registered a .287/.333/.424 triple slash line with 11 home…

  4. Tigers place Carlos Guillen on DL with wrist soreness

    Aug 14, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

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    According to the Tigers’ official Twitter account, second baseman Carlos Guillen was placed on the 15-day disabled list early Sunday morning due to lingering soreness in his left wrist. Guillen hadn’t played since going 0-for-4 on Friday night, and the Tigers grew tired of operating a man short. The veteran infielder should be ready for…

  5. Braves activate Brian McCann, but lose Tommy Hanson

    Aug 14, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

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    First, the good news. According to the Braves’ official Twitter account, catcher Brian McCann has been activated from the disabled list and will return to Atlanta’s starting lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Cubs. He went 2-for-6 with a home run and two RBI in a two-game minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Gwinnett.…

  6. Are the Marlins punishing Logan Morrison?

    Aug 14, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

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    The LoMo demotion continues to confound. The Marlins’ front office isn’t saying much on the matter, and Logan Morrison kept his comments light on Twitter last evening. So we’re left only to wonder whether his demotion was performance-related or a punishment for an off-field incident. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post seems to think…

  7. The LA Times ranks baseball’s best and worst fanbases

    Aug 14, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

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    You can type “MLB fanbase rankings” into a Google search and find a couple thousand articles (or slideshows) on the topic. It’s not a unique theme, and it’s a venture often clouded in author’s bias. But the lists tend to be pretty interesting anyway. Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times penned a piece Saturday…

  8. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Aug 14, 2011, 8:29 AM EDT

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    It’s August 14. On this date in baseball history, Jimmie Foxx hit for the cycle and tallied nine RBI in a single game (1933), Cardinals ace Bob Gibson no-hit the Pirates (1971), the Yankees retired Reggie Jackson’s uniform number 44 (1993), and former major leaguer Jose Offerman was suspended indefinitely by the independent Atlantic League…

  9. Marlins option Logan Morrison to Triple-A New Orleans

    Aug 13, 2011, 11:17 PM EDT

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    The story is still basically developing, but we’ll bring you the early talking points. According to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, talented and outspoken left fielder Logan Morrison was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans late Saturday evening, about 30 minutes after the Marlins’ 3-0 loss to the Giants. The Marlins cited Morrison’s recent offensive slump as the…

  10. Dan Uggla extends hitting streak to 33 games

    Aug 13, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    The ride continues. Braves infielder Dan Uggla got right to work Saturday against the Cubs, knocking a single to center field in the bottom of the first inning to extend his major league-best hitting streak to 33 games. Uggla then homered to lead off the fourth inning before getting hit by a pitch in the…

  11. Freddy Garcia scratched from start after slicing finger

    Aug 13, 2011, 9:28 PM EDT

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    Yankees right-hander Freddy Garcia sliced his hand in a kitchen accident this weekend and has been scratched from Sunday’s series finale vs. the Rays. This according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. A.J. Burnett, who has allowed 20 hits and 11 earned runs in his last 10 1/3 innings, will take the hill instead. He could lose…

  12. Zack Greinke dons wrong jersey for pinch-hit appearance

    Aug 13, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

    NBCSports.com has the story and The Outside Corner has the screengrab. Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke laid down a successful sacrifice bunt Saturday in a pinch-hitting appearance against the Pirates, but he did so while wearing a uniform that was intended to be showcased during Sunday’s German Heritage Day at Miller Park. The uni, which apparently…

  13. Charlie Manuel: master of the head game

    Aug 13, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

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    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was asked about unbreakable records in the dugout prior to Sunday’s game and Johnny Vander Meer’s back-to-back no-hitters, always a popular choice, came up. Manuel, though, shot down that one as unbreakable, pointing to a division rival’s own pitcher: “That one could be got,” Manuel said. “I see [Stephen] Strasburg, he’s very…

  14. Report: Cubs will retain general manager Jim Hendry

    Aug 13, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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    From Bob Nightengale of USA Today comes word that Jim Hendry’s job as the Cubs’ general manager is safe, barring a sudden change of thinking on the part of ownership. Hendry has dished out poor contract after poor contract since taking the helm in Chicago back in July of 2002, but he’s apparently gained the…

  15. Yankees sign Scott Proctor to minor league contract

    Aug 13, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

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    According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the Yankees have signed reliever Scott Proctor to a minor league contract. He is scheduled to report to Triple-A Scranton on Monday or Tuesday. Proctor was released by the Braves earlier this week after posting an ugly 6.44 ERA and 18/19 K/BB ratio over 29…

  16. Diamondbacks sign Lyle Overbay after Xavier Nady breaks hand

    Aug 13, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Pirates Overbay hits a single against the Blue Jays during their Interleague MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Diamondbacks have signed Lyle Overbay. He’ll replace Xavier Nady, who is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a fractured left hand on a hit by a pitch during last night’s win over the Mets. Overbay will receive a prorated portion of the major league minimum salary and…

  17. Cubs place Carlos Zambrano on disqualified list

    Aug 13, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Carlos Zambrano retiring? If only it was that easy. According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs have placed Zambrano on the disqualified list. This includes 30 days without pay and no contact with the team. While Zambrano cleaned out his locker and reportedly told some of his teammates that he was thinking…

  18. Former top prospect Angel Villalona suing Giants for $5 million

    Aug 13, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

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    If you ever wondered what happened to former top prospect Angel Villalona, here’s an update. According to the Associated Press, Villalona has sued the Giants for over $5 million, alleging violation of contract. For those unfamiliar, Villalona was charged with murder in his native Dominican Republic in September of 2009. Charges were eventually dismissed due…

  19. Giants place Andres Torres on the disabled list, call up Brandon Belt

    Aug 13, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Well, the Giants have officially recalled Brandon Belt from Triple-A Fresno, but it’s not for the reason we thought. While it looked like Belt would replace Carlos Beltran on the active roster, the Giants have placed Andres Torres on the disabled list with a contusion to his lower right leg. Torres suffered the injury…

  20. Aramis Ramirez wouldn’t trade his career for Todd Hollandsworth’s

    Aug 13, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    I stuck up for Aramis Ramirez when Cubs analyst and former teammate Todd Hollandsworth criticized his lack of a leadership role on a radio show Friday.  I’m sort of regretting that now. Asked to respond to Hollandsworth’s comments by the Chicago Sun-Times, Ramirez came up with this: One thing I got to say is I’ve never seen…

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