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  1. Heath Bell, Carlos Pena and Jim Thome all go on trade waivers

    Aug 22, 2011, 4:35 PM EST

    Heath Bell

    From FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal comes the news that the Padres’ Heath Bell, the Cubs’ Carlos Pena and the Twins’ Jim Thome and Jason Kubel were all placed on trade waivers Monday. They’ll all be on waivers — but still eligible to play — through Wednesday.  If they clear waivers, they can be dealt at any…

  2. A’s pull back Rich Harden after Indians claim him on waivers

    Aug 22, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Rich Harden

    Last month the A’s had a Rich Harden trade worked out, only to have the Red Sox back away because of concerns about his health. And now Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the A’s put Harden on waivers only to pull him back when the Indians claimed him and “couldn’t work out a deal.”…

  3. Phillies lose Jimmy Rollins, but activate Placido Polanco

    Aug 22, 2011, 3:51 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Jimmy Rollins was placed on the disabled list with a strained groin, but the Phillies have replaced him on the roster by activating Placido Polanco from the DL. Polanco hasn’t played since August 6 because of a hip injury and hasn’t played well since April because of assorted health problems, but his return allows the…

  4. Austin Jackson’s feat hadn’t been pulled off since 1988

    Aug 22, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

    Austin Jackson

    When Austin Jackson threw out Kosuke Fukudome at home to end Detroit’s 8-7 win over Cleveland on Sunday, it was the first time since 1988 that a game had ended with an 8-2 double play. Baseball-Reference’s Raphy did the research and saw only five games that had ended that way since 1973, the last coming…

  5. Josh Beckett now able to block trades with 10-and-5 rights

    Aug 22, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett wasn’t going anywhere anyway, but now he’s officially able to block any future attempts the Red Sox might make to trade him. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com notes that Beckett recently gained his 10-and-5 rights, which means he’s accumulated 10 total seasons of service time in the majors, including five consecutive seasons with the…

  6. Picture of the Day: Joe Maddon is ready for some football

    Aug 22, 2011, 2:42 PM EST

    Rays manager Joe Maddon channels Ricky Williams by doing a press conference with a football helmet on.

  7. Jimmy Rollins placed on disabled list with strained groin

    Aug 22, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    rollins fielding ap

    Jimmy Rollins, who left yesterday’s game with a strained groin, just announced via Twitter that he’s headed for the disabled list. According to Rollins’ tweet he’s been diagnosed with a mild, Grade 2 strain, which means he might be able to return from the DL when eligible in early September. Philadelphia leads the NL East…

  8. Anthony Swarzak replaces injured, ineffective Nick Blackburn in Twins’ rotation

    Aug 22, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

    Minnesota Twins v Texas Rangers

    Nick Blackburn isn’t a particularly effective starting pitcher but the one thing he always does is throw strikes, so when the right-hander walked four of the first eight batters he faced yesterday something was obviously wrong. He left the game in the second inning and is headed for the disabled list with a strained forearm,…

  9. Neck injury could force Casey Blake into retirement

    Aug 22, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    Casey Blake

    Casey Blake‘s latest injury is a pinched nerve in his neck, which has caused him to miss four straight games, and the 37-year-old is thinking ahead to how it could impact his health long after retiring from baseball. “Obviously, this neck thing is pretty serious,” Blake told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. “I…

  10. Frank Francisco unavailable after feeling shoulder soreness warming up

    Aug 22, 2011, 12:47 PM EST

    frank-francisco-blue-jays-spring

    Toronto closer Jon Rauch is out following an emergency appendectomy, so Frank Francisco was warming up to pitch the ninth inning of a 1-0 game yesterday when his shoulder started barking. Francisco stopped throwing and the Blue Jays instead let Casey Janssen finish the game by pitching a third inning. Today is an off day…

  11. Will the Phillies give Cole Hamels a Jered Weaver-like deal?

    Aug 22, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers a pitch to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    Jered Weaver‘s new five-year, $85 million extension with the Angels has set the market for young aces nearing free agency and Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer speculates that that Phillies may try to sign Cole Hamels to a similar contract. Weaver is a year older than Hamels, but in terms of service time they’re…

  12. Ubaldo Jimenez has allowed 21 runs in 21 innings for Indians

    Aug 22, 2011, 11:41 AM EST

    Cleveland Indians v Chicago White Sox

    Cleveland gave up such a valuable package of prospects to get Ubaldo Jimenez from Colorado in large part because he’s signed through 2014 and thus not simply a stretch-run pickup, but the Indians can’t be happy with how he’s looked in the early on. Jimenez failed to make it out of the fourth inning yesterday…

  13. Dodgers had first baseman James Loney ready to pitch

    Aug 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    James Loney

    James Loney hasn’t hit this season, so yesterday the Dodgers figured maybe he could help them as a pitcher. With the bullpen on fumes thanks to Saturday night’s 13-inning loss to the Rockies at Coors Field, manager Don Mattingly had Loney warm up in the bullpen before yesterday’s game in case he was needed as…

  14. Pitching coach Dave Duncan away from Cardinals due to personal reasons

    Aug 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Dave Duncan, Jaime Garcia, Yadier Molina

    St. Louis was without Dave Duncan all weekend after the pitching coach left the team due to an undisclosed personal matter. Duncan’s son, Cleveland bench player Shelley Duncan, also left the Indians for the same reason. Bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist filled in for Duncan as pitching coach as the Cardinals lost two of three games…

  15. Report: Sandy Alderson nixed talk of Mike Pelfrey becoming Mets’ closer in 2012

    Aug 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    New York Mets v New York Yankees

    Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that manager Terry Collins recently asked Mike Pelfrey if he’d be willing to serve as the Mets’ closer next season and the 27-year-old right-hander agreed, but general manager Sandy Alderson shot down the idea before it gained much traction. Collins declined to discuss the situation and…

  16. Quote of the Day: Davey Johnson on Phillies’ fans

    Aug 22, 2011, 9:58 AM EST

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Baiting Philly fans is, like, 40% of my job description, but I could jaw at ‘em for a month and not do it quite as elegantly as Davey Johnson did after yesterday’s Nats-Phillies game: “You gotta sit back down,” chuckling Nats Manager Davey Johnson said of all those invading fans who had to flop back…

  17. Umps screw up the whole warn-the-benches thing in the Indians-Tigers game

    Aug 22, 2011, 9:38 AM EST

    Porcello Cabrera.bmp

    Yesterday in the Indians-Tigers game Asdrubal Cabrera hit a long foul ball that could have gone out. He watched it as it flew. Which, given that it was either a foul ball or a home run shouldn’t have been too big a deal. I mean, it’s not like it was a moon shot to straightaway…

  18. Jack McKeon rips his team

    Aug 22, 2011, 9:16 AM EST

    Florida Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    Most of the time when a manager rips his team I get the sense that he’s doing it as much to help himself as he is genuinely upset. “Man, my job is on the line here; I had better show some fire …”  It’s human. Jack McKeon is in a different situation, though. He knows…

  19. Cubs owner says Zambrano’s days as a Cub likely over

    Aug 22, 2011, 8:49 AM EST

    zambrano getty wide

    Well, Tom Ricketts strongly implied it in a passive way anyway, saying when asked if he was open to Carlos Zambano pitching for the Cubs again, “I have a hard time imagining that.” Of course, given that this is the guy who has final signoff on whether the Cubs release Zambrano, one would figure that…

  20. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Aug 22, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    midnightcowboy

    I think half the time I write that as “Weekend Wrapup” and half the time I write it as “Weekend Wrap.”  Eh, consistency is overrated. That A.J. Burnett-Joe Girardi business from Saturday night.  True Fact: I landed in New York at about 9:30 AM yesterday morning. My cab driver, however, already had detailed inside information…

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