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  1. With Alex Cobb down, Matt Moore is ready and willing to help the Rays

    Aug 8, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Matt Moore

    In another organization, Matt Moore would likely already have arrived in the majors.  The 22-year-old was dominant right from the start in Double-A this year, going 8-3 with a 2.2o ERA and a 131/28 K/BB ratio in 102 1/3 innings. The Rays, though, are probably more cautious with their pitching prospects than any club in baseball. …

  2. Stephen Strasburg clocked in high-90s during first rehab start

    Aug 8, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    In his first game action since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery 11 months ago Stephen Strasburg allowed one run in 1.2 innings at Single-A yesterday, throwing 25 of 30 pitches for strikes and striking out four of the eight batters he faced. Pitchers often need time to rediscover their peak velocity following Tommy John surgery,…

  3. Marco Scutaro and Jed Lowrie to ‘split’ shortstop for Red Sox

    Aug 8, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    Jed Lowrie swinging

    Jed Lowrie is set to return from the disabled list after missing six weeks with a shoulder injury, so manager Terry Francona explained that Marco Scutaro no longer has a lock on the everyday shortstop job. “Now that we will have Jed back, we can kind of split it up,” Francona told Peter Abraham of…

  4. Former Yankees batboy reveals clubhouse secrets in book

    Aug 8, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    luis castillo book yankees

    Luis Castillo, who was a Yankees batboy from 1998 to 2005, has a new book coming out called “Clubhouse Confidential” and shared a preview with the New York Post that includes some reasonably interesting behind-the-scenes stories about Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and company. Assorted highlights from the preview: * Jeter nicknamed him “Squeegee” immediately because…

  5. Shin-Soo Choo to begin minor league rehab assignment today

    Aug 8, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    choo hurt ap

    According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Shin-Soo Choo is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment today with Class A Lake County. Choo required surgery after being hit in the left thumb by a pitch on June 24. He began taking batting practice last week and was cleared to return after…

  6. Picture of the Day: J.D. Drew, team player

    Aug 8, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT

    Josh Reddick has taken J.D. Drew‘s starting job, yet when Reddick delivered the game-winning hit for the Red Sox last night the oft-maligned Drew was front and center in the celebration congratulating the rookie for beating the Yankees:

  7. Phil Hughes will be skipped in Yankees’ rotation after last night’s relief loss

    Aug 8, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Phil Hughes took the loss in relief last night against the Red Sox, giving up a run in the 10th inning after manager Joe Girardi opted not to leave Mariano Rivera in the game with a pitch count of nine. Hughes threw only 13 pitches and said afterward that he’d be ready to make his…

  8. Placido Polanco to undergo MRI exam after finally revealing hip injury to Phillies

    Aug 8, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Placido Polanco on bases

    Placido Polanco has played through several injuries this season with limited success, following up an excellent April by hitting just .223 with a .544 OPS in 63 games since. And now he’s headed back to Philadelphia to undergo an MRI exam on his sore left hip, which Polanco revealed yesterday had been bothering him for…

  9. Daniel Murphy done for season with torn MCL in left knee

    Aug 8, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v New York Mets

    Yesterday was not a great day for the Mets’ infield. In addition to Jose Reyes aggravating his recent hamstring injury, Daniel Murphy was spiked on his left leg on a slide into second base by Braves’ outfielder Jose Constanza. While it’s not yet clear if Reyes will require another stint on the disabled list, the…

  10. Jorge Posada benched as Yankees’ regular designated hitter

    Aug 7, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    In a move that will lead to immediate speculation about top prospect Jesus Montero’s arrival in New York, manager Joe Girardi informed Jorge Posada prior to tonight’s game that he’ll no longer be the Yankees’ primary designated hitter. Eric Chavez got the start at DH tonight against the Red Sox, with Girardi telling reporters: “At…

  11. Chase Headley diagnosed with fractured left pinkie finger

    Aug 7, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    headley getty

    According to beat writer Corey Brock of MLB.com, Padres third baseman Chase Headley suffered a fractured left pinkie finger in the first inning of Saturday night’s 13-2 stomping of the Pirates. Headley taped the finger and was able to stay in the game, but he is not in the San Diego lineup on Sunday afternoon…

  12. Rays place Alex Cobb on disabled list with hand discomfort

    Aug 7, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    alex cobb ap

    Rays right-hander Alex Cobb has made a smooth transition to the major league rotation since his early-May promotion, but his young career might have hit a minor snag on Saturday night. After allowing five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings to a weak-hitting Oakland lineup, Cobb was taken to a local hospital after complaining of…

  13. Jose Reyes pulled from game with left hamstring tightness

    Aug 7, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    reyes in dugout getty

    From WFAN in New York comes word that Mets shortstop Jose Reyes had to be removed from Sunday’s series finale against the Braves after complaining of tightness in his left hamstring. Yes, the same hamstring that sent him to the disabled list for over two weeks in July. Willie Harris entered the game to cover…

  14. “Here’s two grown men wearing cargo shorts fighting for a foul ball in a garbage can…”

    Aug 7, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT

    Sunday’s tweet of the day comes from MLB.com’s official Twitter account. And it perfectly describes the ridiculousness of the accompanying video. Let’s not embarrass ourselves any longer, baseball fans.

  15. What’s the deal with Tommy Hanson?

    Aug 7, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    The Braves have enough rotation depth to weather just about any storm, but that doesn’t make Tommy Hanson‘s recent failures any less disconcerting. The 24-year-old ace was shelled for seven earned runs in just 3 1/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Mets. He surrendered eight hits, issued two walks, and watched his ERA…

  16. Alex Rodriguez could begin playing in rehab games Friday

    Aug 7, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    a-rod workout reuters

    George King III of the New York Post passes along word that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez could be cleared to begin playing in minor league rehab games as early as Friday. Rodriguez has been sidelined since early July with a torn meniscus in his right knee and is still recovering from the surgical procedure…

  17. Trayvon Robinson launches first major league home run

    Aug 7, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    Trayvon Robinson

    The Mariners acquired 23-year-old outfield prospect Trayvon Robinson from the Dodgers in last month’s three-team, seven-player deadline deal that sent left-handed starter Erik Bedard to Boston. Robinson found a much quicker path to the majors with Seattle, earning a promotion to the big leagues on Friday after playing just three games with the Mariners’ Triple-A…

  18. Kevin Millwood leaves Red Sox organization

    Aug 7, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

    getty millwood trenton

    According to Maureen Mullen of CSNNE.com, veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood cleaned out his locker at Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday and has suddenly left the Red Sox organization. Millwood signed a minor league contract with Boston in the middle of May after opting out of a similar pact with the Yankees. He was hoping that the…

  19. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Aug 7, 2011, 8:39 AM EDT

    Zach Stewart

    It is August 7. On this date in baseball history, Satchel Paige became the oldest pitcher in major league history* to throw a complete-game shutout at the age of 46 (1952), Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson set a major league record after hitting into his fifth career triple play (1967), Roberto Clemente became the first…

  20. David Ortiz “hurt” by lack of contract talks with Red Sox

    Aug 6, 2011, 10:05 PM EDT

    ortiz wide getty

    Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2011 season. He wants to remain in Boston, and the Red Sox are sure to consider re-signing him this winter. But no negotiations have taken place yet between player and upper management, and that’s beginning to bother…

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