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  1. Stephen Strasburg to begin rehab starts next week

    Aug 1, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that Stephen Strasburg likely has one more sim game to throw down in Florida but then should begin rehab starts in actual minor league combat next week. This would put him on track to pitch in genuine major league contests before the end of the year, which is a tad…

  2. Man who fell to death at Coors Field in May had alcohol and marijuana in system

    Aug 1, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Coors Field

    An autopsy has revealed that 27-year-old Robert Seamans had alcohol and marijuana in his system when he fell to his death at Coors Field on May 24. According to the Associated Press the amount of alcohol found in Seamans’ system was twice the legal limit to drive and the medical examiner’s office deemed the combination…

  3. Carlos Carrasco suspended six games for head hunting

    Aug 1, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Carrasco_Carlos

    I’ll take “things I missed because I was paying more attention to trades than I was to baseball this weekend” for $500, Alex!  From MLB: Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco has been suspended for six games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing a pitch in the head area of Kansas City’s Billy Butler during the…

  4. Jeter out of the lineup today

    Aug 1, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Derek Jeter hits single against the Oakland Athletics in New York

    Derek Jeter bruised his finger when he was hit by a pitch yesterday.  He’s apparently still sore, so he’s out of tonight’s lineup, replaced by Eduardo “in the 1940s a guy like him would have a nickname” Nunez. I will now go and contemplate how many players I’d really dedicate a “so and so was scratched from…

  5. Tweet of the Day: Jose Canseco meets Kim Kardashian

    Aug 1, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    No one tell Kris Humphries, but(t) …

  6. Attack on Bryan Stow detailed

    Aug 1, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    There was an aborted bail-reduction hearing for one of the suspects in the Bryan Stow case today.  But in the course of that hearing the details of the attack, as described by police and the prosecution, were revealed.  And it’s pretty awful. Click through for the complete details, but the suspects allegedly committed at least…

  7. Ubaldo Jimenez to make Indians debut Friday versus Rangers

    Aug 1, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    Throwing one terrible inning under odd circumstances Saturday night as Colorado and Cleveland were putting the finishes touches on their blockbuster trade screwed up Ubaldo Jimenez‘s usual throwing schedule, so his Indians debut won’t come until Friday against the Rangers. That means he’ll have one extra day of rest between starts, even though his last…

  8. Danys Baez clears waivers, released by Phillies

    Aug 1, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Baez_Danys

    As expected, the Phillies have released Danys Baez after the veteran reliever was designated for assignment and cleared waivers. Baez still has two months left on a two-year, $5.25 million deal, but his 5.81 ERA in 84 total innings for the Phillies included allowing 17 runs in his final 12 innings. Baez is still just…

  9. Matt Stairs released

    Aug 1, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    We kinda knew this was gonna happen last week when he was designated for assignment, but it’s kind of a bummer anyway: Matt Stairs has been released by the Nationals. It’s probably retirement/hockey coaching time for Stairs who, at 43, managed only a .154/.257/.169 line with no homers this year.  Overall, however, he had a fine…

  10. After failing to sign with A’s last offseason, Hisashi Iwakuma will give MLB another try in 2012

    Aug 1, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    This winter Oakland secured exclusive negotiating rights with Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma by bidding $19 million, but that posting fee was refunded when the two sides couldn’t agree to a contract during a contentious negotiating process. At the time Iwakuma’s agent, Don Nomura, publicly criticized the A’s on Twitter and via various media members, but…

  11. Study: Major League injuries on the rise

    Aug 1, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    Posey injury 2.bmp

    Most of us never read actual studies. Just abstracts. Mostly because we have short attention spans.  But hey, that’s life. Oh, look! Something shiny! Latest abstract of a study we won’t read: one in the American Journal of Sports Medicine that says that MLB injuries are on the rise. The upshot: there are more injuries among…

  12. Pirates designate Lyle Overbay for assignment after Derrek Lee trade

    Aug 1, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    overbay_lyle

    Lyle Overbay got one last start at first base yesterday because Derrek Lee took his time reporting after the Pirates acquired him from the Orioles. Overbay smacked a two-run homer, going deep for just the eighth time in 352 at-bats, and today the Pirates designated the 34-year-old for assignment. He wasn’t worth Pittsburgh’s one-year, $5…

  13. Why do I do Power Rankings again?

    Aug 1, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    My original impulse to do power rankings was two-fold: (1) to force myself to actually look back at how each team did in the past week because I sometimes lose track, especially over the weekend; and (2) to have someplace to put occasional random observations about teams that wouldn’t justify their own blog post. I should add…

  14. Rays rookie Desmond Jennings is off to an incredible start

    Aug 1, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Desmond Jennings profile

    Many people questioned why the Rays kept Desmond Jennings at Triple-A for so long, allowing the speedy outfielder to rack up 230 games and nearly 1,000 plate appearances in parts of three seasons in Durham, but now that he’s in the majors the 24-year-old rookie is thriving. Jennings got some brief action in Tampa Bay…

  15. The Yankees are going to call up Jesus Montero “in the very near future”

    Aug 1, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    The exact timeline is unclear, but the Trenton Times reports that the Yankees are going to call up catcher Jesus Montero “in the very near future.” Montero was rumored to be the fodder of a possible Ubaldo Jimenez deal at the deadline, but one gets the sense that the Yankees weren’t keen on trading him.  It…

  16. B.J. Upton on trade rumors: “Most nerve-wracking two weeks I ever had”

    Aug 1, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    Publicly at least most players say they aren’t bothered a ton by trade rumors, but B.J. Upton admitted feeling very relieved yesterday once the afternoon deadline came and went without his leaving Tampa Bay. In fact, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune notes that Upton “raised his arms and yelled ‘word … I’m still here!’”…

  17. Let’s help research subconscious racism in sports commentary

    Aug 1, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    We’re all aware of the subtle racism that creeps into sports broadcasts, writing and general fan chatter.  About how the white guy is a hard worker and the black guy is gifted. About how the Latino guy is lazy and the white dude is nursing a hidden injury.  About how you can tell the hustlers…

  18. Angels send 19-year-old prospect Mike Trout back to Double-A

    Aug 1, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Mike Trout was called up from Double-A when Peter Bourjos landed on the disabled list, so when Bourjos returned last week there wasn’t much room in the lineup for the Angels’ stud prospect. They kept him around for a while as a bench player, but have rightly decided that the 19-year-old outfielder will be much…

  19. Astros demote Brett Wallace and Chris Johnson to Triple-A

    Aug 1, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Chris Johnson, Brett Wallace

    As if trading away Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn wasn’t enough of a roster shakeup, the Astros also decided to demote first baseman Brett Wallace and third baseman Chris Johnson to Triple-A last night. They started 91 and 86 of Houston’s first 108 games, but Johnson has struggled all season with a ghastly .286 on-base…

  20. I approve of this field-rushing

    Aug 1, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    A couple of fans rushed the field at the Cardinals-Cubs game last night. Awful. Such a thing has no place in polite society. Think of the safety concerns! Think of the poor example it sets for the children!  This must be stopped if we are ever to — wait, what?  One of them was kinda…

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