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  1. Alex Rodriguez could begin playing in rehab games Friday

    Aug 7, 2011, 11:18 AM EST

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    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…

  2. Trayvon Robinson launches first major league home run

    Aug 7, 2011, 10:25 AM EST

    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…

  3. Kevin Millwood leaves Red Sox organization

    Aug 7, 2011, 9:41 AM EST

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    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…

  4. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Aug 7, 2011, 8:39 AM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 6, 2011, 10:05 PM EST

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    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…

  6. Astros catcher Jason Castro unlikely to return this season

    Aug 6, 2011, 8:53 PM EST

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    Astros catcher Jason Castro was supposed to open the 2011 season as the team’s primary backstop, but he suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee early in spring training and has been rehabbing ever since. That rehab is likely to continue into October. According to Stephen Goff of the Astros Examiner, the 24-year-old is…

  7. Adrian Beltre aggravates hammy strain while running bases

    Aug 6, 2011, 7:28 PM EST

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    Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was hoping to begin playing in minor league rehab games by early next week. That won’t be happening now. According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, the 30-year-old third baseman felt discomfort in his strained left hamstring while trying to run the bases on Saturday afternoon at the Ballpark…

  8. Brandon Phillips “day-to-day” with sprained right ankle

    Aug 6, 2011, 6:02 PM EST

    Brandon Phillips, Drew Stubbs

    Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips suffered a sprained right ankle Saturday when he collided with outfielder Drew Stubbs while trying to make a difficult running catch in shallow center field. Phillips laid on the Wrigley Field grass for about a minute before climbing to his feet with the help of a trainer. He stayed in…

  9. Angels leaning toward putting Hisanori Takahashi in rotation

    Aug 6, 2011, 4:48 PM EST

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    No decision needs to be made until next week, but Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are leaning toward Hisanori Takahashi as the rotation replacement for demoted starter Joel Pineiro. Takahashi was a veteran starter in Japan prior to coming to MLB at age 35 last season, but he had a…

  10. Astros demote struggling starter J.A. Happ to Triple-A

    Aug 6, 2011, 4:13 PM EST

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    J.A. Happ apparently used up all his good luck with the Phillies. Happ had a 14-5 record and 3.11 ERA in 217 career innings when Philadelphia traded him to Houston in the Roy Oswalt deal last July, but since then he’s 9-18 with a 5.32 ERA in 191 innings. That includes an ugly 6.26 ERA…

  11. Chipper Jones bats fifth for Braves in first start since July 25

    Aug 6, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

    Chipper Jones

    Atlanta lost Jair Jurrjens to more knee problems, but at least Chipper Jones is back in the Braves’ starting lineup today for the first time since injuring his quadriceps on July 25. Jones avoided the disabled list and made four appearances as a pinch-hitter, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout, but he’s playing third base and…

  12. More knee problems send Jair Jurrjens back to disabled list

    Aug 6, 2011, 3:12 PM EST

    Jair Jurrjens

    Jair Jurrjens missed the end of last season following surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, which makes it doubly concerning that the Braves have placed him on the disabled list with a strain in the same knee. To replace him in the rotation the Braves called up Mike Minor, who’ll start tomorrow…

  13. Charlie Manuel says Shane Victorino had to fight “unless he wants his teammates to call him chicken”

    Aug 6, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

    Shane Victorino, Mike Muchlinski,Ramon Ramirez

    Todd Zolecki of MLB.com got some good quotes about last night’s Phillies-Giants scuffle from Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, and manager Charlie Manuel. For starters, Manuel said that Victorino “almost has to” charge the mound when Ramon Ramirez plunked him “unless he wants his teammates to call him chicken” because “he hit Vic and then came…

  14. Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio undergoes neck surgery after being struck in head by line drive

    Aug 6, 2011, 1:15 PM EST

    Juan Nicasio

    Struck in the head by an Ian Desmond line drive last night, Colorado pitcher Juan Nicasio underwent neck surgery this morning and the Rockies issued a statement saying he’s “resting comfortably.” Desmond’s comebacker hit Nicasio on the right side of his head, instantly knocking him to the ground. He was carted off the field on…

  15. Chris Sale’s role on White Sox: Bullpen now, rotation in 2012?

    Aug 6, 2011, 1:07 PM EST

    Chris Sale throwing

    All the offseason and spring training debate about which role Chris Sale would fill for the White Sox has mostly been forgotten, as he’s remained in the bullpen all season while throwing 51 innings with a 2.81 ERA and 53/19 K/BB ratio. Not quite as unhittable as he was as a rookie, but Sale has…

  16. Aroldis Chapman’s fastball 1, Wrigley Field protective netting 0

    Aug 6, 2011, 11:50 AM EST

    aroldis chapman netting

    Aroldis Chapman throwing a 99-mph fastball is nothing new, but that pitch sailing wide of the catcher and ripping through the protective netting behind home plate is a scary thought for the people paying big bucks for those seats. That’s exactly what happened last night at Wrigley Field, although luckily no one was sitting directly…

  17. Carlos Gonzalez set to rejoin Rockies’ lineup tonight

    Aug 6, 2011, 11:43 AM EST

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    Barring a last-minute setback Carlos Gonzalez is slated to be in the Rockies’ lineup tonight, returning from the disabled list a day earlier than expected after sitting out the past three weeks with a wrist injury. Gonzalez went 3-for-10 on a brief rehab assignment at Triple-A and manager Jim Tracy told Nick Kosmider of MLB.com…

  18. Red Sox expected to have Jed Lowrie back on Monday

    Aug 6, 2011, 11:11 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Jed Lowrie has been out since mid-June with a shoulder injury, but he’s rehabbing in the minors and Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that the infielder is on track to come off the disabled list Monday. Lowrie is 4-for-12 (.333) with a double and two walks through four rehab games at Triple-A, but the Red…

  19. Jered Weaver just doesn’t know how to win (or something)

    Aug 6, 2011, 10:22 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Detroit Tigers

    When someone uses Jered Weaver‘s win total against him in a Cy Young debate–and it’s already happening, with plenty more to come–I hope the sane among us remember last night’s game. Weaver threw nine shutout innings, striking out eight, walking one, and allowing zero extra-base hits. And he got a no-decision. And then an inning…

  20. Merle Haggard recorded an ode to Ron Washington

    Aug 6, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Merle Haggard AP

    From the “Why Would I Make This Up?” department, here’s this. You may be familiar with the phrase, “That’s the Way Baseball Go.” It was uttered by Rangers manager Ron Washington last season and became something of a rallying cry for the team during their first-ever World Series run. Well, now it is forever immortalized…

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