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  1. Rangers expected to call up prospect outfielder Leonys Martin

    Aug 29, 2011, 7:31 PM EST

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    The Rangers may step up their pursuit of Lance Berkman now that Nelson Cruz will be sidelined for three weeks following yet another hamstring injury, but an intriguing in-house replacement is on his way from the minor leagues. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, prospect outfielder Leonys Martin will take Cruz’s place…

  2. The beer dude saved a kid’s life at Nationals Park

    Aug 29, 2011, 6:41 PM EST

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    The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg presents a great story of how 49-year-old beer vendor Emmanuel Marlow saved a choking kid at Nationals Park on Thursday. Marlow, whose day job has him caring for patients with Parkinson’s, noticed a child choking while doing his rounds and didn’t see anyone taking charge to help him. “I guess…

  3. Forget MVP for a second: did you see Heyman’s ROY pick?

    Aug 29, 2011, 6:17 PM EST

    Jordan Walden

    Craig took issue with Jon Heyman’s MVP ballot earlier this afternoon. I’m not really looking to pile on here, but I was just as disturbed by Heyman’s choice for AL Rookie of the Year: 1. Jordan Walden, Angels RP. This 100-mph thrower has 26 saves for pennant contender. Walden already got a nod to the AL…

  4. Alex Rodriguez gets MRI exam on left thumb injury, “really questionable” for Red Sox series

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:53 PM EST

    World Series Phillies Yankees Baseball

    Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter are both out of the Yankees’ lineup for tonight’s series finale against the Orioles, but while Jeter might be available off the bench manager Joe Girardi deemed Rodriguez “really questionable” to play in the three-game series versus the Red Sox that begins tomorrow. Rodriguez left the team in Baltimore and…

  5. Must-Click Link: Thank God for the Civil War

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

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    Too soon? Maybe it’s too soon. But can we at least acknowledge that were it not for the Civil War that baseball would have spread across our Great Republic — or perhaps our fractured and ugly two-nation former Republic depending on how things woulda gone — without it? That’s part of what’s in play in…

  6. Nelson Cruz out three weeks with Grade 1 hamstring strain

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:32 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v Texas Rangers

    UPDATE: Cruz will be placed on the disabled list and is expected to miss three weeks after being diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, which won’t do anything to squash the Rangers’ rumored interest in Lance Berkman. ========== Nelson Cruz exited yesterday’s game after straining his left hamstring running out a double, which is…

  7. Brennan Boesch needs thumb surgery, but Tigers hope it can wait until offseason

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Brennan Boesch

    Brennan Boesch is out of the lineup today for a fifth straight game with a partially torn thumb ligament and trainer Kevin Rand admitted that he’ll need surgery eventually, but the Tigers are putting it off in the hopes he can play again this season. “It’s going to be an issue the rest of the…

  8. John Farrell is still out with pneumonia

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    John Farrell

    Sticking with the Blue Jays medical beat, manager John Farrell — who left Thursday night’s game with what turned out to be pneumonia — is still off the job due to his illness. And will be for a while yet. Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star tweeted a bit ago that Farrell showed up at…

  9. Jon Rauch close to returning from emergency appendectomy

    Aug 29, 2011, 4:42 PM EST

    Rauch displays tattoos on his neck during practice at the team's MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    Jon Rauch is on the verge of rejoining the Blue Jays’ bullpen less than two weeks after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Rauch has been cleared to throw a simulated game tomorrow and could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Thursday if everything goes well. What role…

  10. Yonder Alonso will play third base tonight. This should be interesting.

    Aug 29, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

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    The Reds have a Yonder Alonso problem. See, the guy can rake. Big time. He always hit in the minors and in limited playing time in the majors this year he has been fantastic (.467/.556/.867 and three homers in 36 plate appearances). The problem: he has no position. He is naturally a first baseman, but as…

  11. Details of Jered Weaver’s five-year, $85 million extension

    Aug 29, 2011, 3:49 PM EST

    Jered Weaver, Jeff Mathis

    Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times has the year-by-year breakdown of Jered Weaver‘s five-year, $85 million extension with the Angels: Signing bonus: $1 million 2012: $14 million 2013: $16 million 2014: $16 million 2015: $18 million 2016: $20 million As part of the contract, which bought out his final season of arbitration and first…

  12. Here are the MVP voting criteria

    Aug 29, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

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    The MVP post from earlier today has, predictably, set off a lot of debate. And it’s understandable debate given that there aren’t hard and fast guidelines for what actually constitutes the Most Valuable Player. But that doesn’t mean there are no guidelines. Indeed, as Anna McDonald of The Hardball Times reported last year after her…

  13. Scott Rolen working his way back from shoulder surgery

    Aug 29, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Scott Rolen has already missed five weeks following shoulder surgery that was initially expected to sideline him 4-6 weeks, but the third baseman with a lengthy history of shoulder problems said yesterday that he remains hopeful about playing again this season. Rolen spent the weekend fielding ground balls and taking swings in the batting cage,…

  14. Jamie Moyer to rehab down at Clearwater

    Aug 29, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Jamie Moyer throwing

    I should probably go back and check the article and see if it said “rehab” or if it said “retire.” But either way, Todd Zolecki reports that Jamie Moyer is going to be down at the Phillies’ facility in Clearwater doing something. OK, I just checked. It’s rehab. He’ll be working out and pitching there…

  15. B.J. Upton stays with Rays as deadline for deal passes

    Aug 29, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

    B.J. Upton

    B.J. Upton was reportedly claimed off revocable waivers by an undisclosed team, but it’s a moot point now because the 48-hour window for the Rays to make a deal has passed. Tampa Bay pulled him back off waivers, meaning Upton is ineligible to be traded this season. He’s under team control for next season via…

  16. Giants still think Barry Zito is “potentially useful”

    Aug 29, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Barry Zito

    San Francisco needed to create an opening on the 40-man roster over the weekend, but instead of simply transferring Barry Zito to the 60-day disabled list the Giants designated Double-A pitcher Clayton Tanner for assignment. All of which makes Chris Haft of MLB.com speculate that the Giants “still deemed Zito, who’s recovering from a right…

  17. You’re not “valuable” unless you’re on a winning team, apparently

    Aug 29, 2011, 2:01 PM EST

    Jose Bautista

    We’re destined to have a good postseason award fight every year. Last year was the great pitchers’ wins debate, in which people argued about whether or not Felix Hernandez should win the Cy Young despite not having a lot of them.  This year it’s going to be the “MVPs can only come from winning teams”…

  18. Stat of the day: facing the Phillies

    Aug 29, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    Tom Glavine

    Last week, I looked at the best and worst from how starters fared against the Yankees over the last five years.  Now, here’s a piece using the Phillies instead.  51 pitchers have started at least five games against them since the beginning of 2007: Best Hiroki Kuroda: 2-2, 1.41 ERA (six starts) Tommy Hanson: 1-2,…

  19. Nelson Cruz’s hamstring injury could motivate Rangers to pursue Lance Berkman

    Aug 29, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Lance Berkman

    While the Rangers await word on Nelson Cruz‘s latest hamstring injury Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News speculates that Lance Berkman of the Cardinals would be “their prime target … if the Rangers do go elsewhere for help.” Berkman cleared waivers last week, so the Cardinals are free to trade the 35-year-old outfielder, and…

  20. Ike Davis to avoid microfracture surgery

    Aug 29, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

    Ike Davis

    One of the longest-running player health sagas this summer has been the state of Ike Davis‘ ankle. It’s bad, we know, but the big question has been whether he’d need microfracture surgery or if a less-horrific procedure would get the job done. Today Jon Heyman reports that it appears that Davis will avoid the horrific.…

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