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  1. Hanley Ramirez on track to return to Marlins Wednesday

    Aug 28, 2011, 2:29 PM EST

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez is 3-for-7 with a triple since beginning a minor league rehab assignment Friday night with Single-A Jupiter. If the production continues and he’s able to avoid setbacks, the 27-year-old will return to the major league lineup Wednesday against the Mets. This according to MLB.com’s Christina De Nicola, who spoke directly with…

  2. Showalter fires back at Yankees’ scheduling complaints

    Aug 28, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

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    As D.J. Short noted yesterday, the Yankees were quite upset about the way the Orioles handled the rescheduling of games this weekend in the days before and after the arrival of Hurricane Irene. Instead of trying to fit in a split-doubleheader on Friday, when Baltimore was dry and Irene was still a few hundred miles…

  3. Shin-Soo Choo out a few days due to sore left side

    Aug 28, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

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    Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo missed a bit of time last week due to general discomfort on the left side of his body. That discomfort has now reemerged. According to Zack Meisel of MLB.com, Choo was pulled in the fifth inning of Saturday’s 8-7 victory over the Royals and is likely to sit out a few…

  4. Marlins still hoping Josh Johnson ready by late September

    Aug 28, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    From Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald comes word that the Marlins are still optimistic that ace right-hander Josh Johnson will be able to return for one or two starts in late September. Johnson has been on the disabled list since the middle of May with inflammation in his shoulder. Tests have ruled out structural…

  5. Michael Brantley won’t return this season

    Aug 28, 2011, 10:45 AM EST

    Cleveland Indians v Texas Rangers

    Michael Brantley landed on the 15-day disabled list last week with inflammation in his right wrist. It seemed like a fairly minor situation at the time, but only because we didn’t have all the information. According to the Indians’ official Twitter feed, Brantley was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Sunday morning following further…

  6. Picture of the Day: Brian Wilson high-fiving runners

    Aug 28, 2011, 10:13 AM EST

    Giants closer Brian Wilson offered his support Saturday to runners participating in San Francisco’s “Giant Race,” which plays host to a 5K, a 10K and a half-marathon. Twitter user Nathan Brown snapped this shot:

  7. Jose Reyes goes 2-for-5 in final minor league rehab game

    Aug 28, 2011, 9:37 AM EST

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    Mets shortstop Jose Reyes has been cleared to return from the 15-day disabled list Monday after wrapping up a short minor league rehab assignment Saturday night at Double-A Binghamton with a 2-for-5 performance. This according to Adam Rubin, beat writer for ESPN New York. Reyes came around to score each time he reached base and…

  8. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Aug 28, 2011, 8:21 AM EST

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    It’s August 28. On this date in baseball history, Dodgers president Branch Rickey met with Jackie Robinson for the first time to discuss his plans to integrate the major leagues (1945), Ryne Sandberg became the first second baseman to hit 30 home runs in consecutive seasons as the Cubs topped the Astros (1990), and a 20-year-old…

  9. Man knocked unconscious in stairwell fall at Rangers Ballpark

    Aug 28, 2011, 3:04 AM EST

    Rangers Barllpark Stairwell

    Seven weeks after Shannon Stone was killed while tumbling over a railing at Rangers Ballpark, tragedy nearly struck again. The Associated Press reports that a 24-year-old man was knocked unconscious after falling 21 feet in a stairwell while leaving the stadium.  Police are investigating the incident as an accident. “It doesn’t appear that there’s any foul…

  10. Carlos Gonzalez is hotter than the sun

    Aug 27, 2011, 10:00 PM EST

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Carlos Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 14 games in the first inning Saturday and then just kept going, finishing 4-for-6 with two bunt singles and a pair of RBI in a 7-6 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday. Despite spending the first five days of August on the DL finishing his recovery from a wrist…

  11. Stephen Strasburg shines in fifth minor league rehab start

    Aug 27, 2011, 9:29 PM EST

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    Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg took a big step in the right direction Saturday night at Triple-A Syracuse, hurling five impressive innings of one-run ball in his fifth minor league rehab start. Strasburg was perfect through five innings before allowing two singles to open the sixth. He was then pulled, and one of those runners later…

  12. Justin Verlander fastest to 20 wins since ’02 Curt Schilling

    Aug 27, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

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    It wasn’t his prettiest outing, but Tigers ace Justin Verlander became the first major league pitcher of the 2011 baseball season to reach the 20-win plateau in Saturday afternoon’s 6-4 victory over the Twins. Verlander yielded eight hits and four runs, and at one point allowed back-to-back homers to light-hitting Twins reserves Luke Hughes and…

  13. Rangers skipping Matt Harrison’s next scheduled start

    Aug 27, 2011, 7:18 PM EST

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    From Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas comes word that the Rangers are skipping Matt Harrison‘s scheduled Tuesday start against the Rays in an effort to limit the 25-year-old’s rising innings total. Scott Feldman, a reliever, will take the mound instead. Harrison threw just 85 2/3 innings last season between the minor and major leagues. This…

  14. White Sox place Carlos Quentin on disabled list, call up Dayan Viciedo

    Aug 27, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Carlos Quentin, Ozzie Guillen

    According to our friends at CSNChicago.com, the White Sox just made it official, placing Carlos Quentin on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder and recalling top prospect Dayan Viciedo from Triple-A Charlotte. Quentin hasn’t played since August 20, so he’ll be eligible to return as soon as September…

  15. Jim Leyland clarifies comments on Justin Verlander for MVP

    Aug 27, 2011, 4:43 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Colorado Rockies

    Tigers manager Jim Leyland made some waves earlier this week when he said that pitchers shouldn’t win the MVP award. This was a very bold statement considering that one of his own starters, Justin Verlander, is quickly gaining momentum for MVP consideration in the American League. Despite his opinion on the topic, Leyland told Chris…

  16. Michael Morse moved back to left field following the promotion of Chris Marrero

    Aug 27, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Washington Nationals

    The Nationals announced earlier this afternoon that they have recalled prospect Chris Marrero from Triple-A Syracuse. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Marrero will start at first base and bat seventh today against the Reds while Michael Morse plays left field. By the way, this lineup also features Jayson Werth in center field…

  17. Rafael Betancourt to remain Rockies’ closer over Huston Street

    Aug 27, 2011, 2:05 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Cincinnati Reds

    Huston Street was activated from the disabled list prior to last night’s game against the Dodgers, but he’s not getting his old job back. At least not right away. Troy Renck of the Denver Post was told by Rockies manager Jim Tracy that Rafael Betancourt will remain in the the closer role for the time…

  18. Today’s Marlins-Phillies game rained out

    Aug 27, 2011, 1:33 PM EST

    Florida Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    Who saw this one coming? According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, today’s game between the Marlins and Phillies was rained out. The Phillies moved this game from Sunday in an effort to get out in front of Hurricane Irene, but rain was already pouring down on the sparsely attended crowd at Citizens Bank…

  19. A.J. Pierzynski set to begin rehab assignment next week

    Aug 27, 2011, 12:39 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v Chicago White Sox

    A.J. Pierzynski won’t return from the disabled list when he’s first eligible tomorrow, but there’s a good chance he’ll be back with the White Sox as soon as next weekend. According to Scott Merkin of MLB.com, Pierzynski tested his fractured right wrist yesterday by catching Gavin Floyd‘s bullpen session and participating in batting practice. “All good.…

  20. Ryan Dempster expected to exercise $14 million option for 2012

    Aug 27, 2011, 11:42 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Chicago Cubs

    Not a big surprise, but Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Ryan Dempster is expected to exercise his $14 million player option for next season. Dempster, 34, is in the final guaranteed year of a four-year, $52 million contract. He has proved to be a good value for Chicago, despite his superficially mediocre…

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