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  1. Yadier Molina and Gerald Laird downplay ‘animated argument’

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols

    Reports surfaced last night about Cardinals teammates Yadier Molina and Gerald Laird getting into an “ugly” fight over an undisclosed issue, but everyone involved has now downplayed the incident that Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch calls an “animated argument.” According to Hummel, manager Tony La Russa held a closed-door clubhouse meeting yesterday…

  2. David Ortiz does NOT like to have RBIs taken away

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

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    There’s no “I” in “team,” but there is in “RBI” and “Ortiz.” As Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reports, David Ortiz burst into Terry Francona’s media session before yesterday’s game, hopping mad that an official scorer’s decision was reversed from Wednesday night’s game, depriving him of an RBI he thought he had.  There’s heavily-bleeped video of the…

  3. Twins offer Michael Cuddyer two-year, $16 million extension

    Aug 5, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins

    Various contending teams called Minnesota about Michael Cuddyer prior to the trade deadline, but the Twins turned down all advances and made it pretty clear that they want to re-sign the 32-year-old impending free agent. And according to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune their attempt to keep Cuddyer in Minnesota began with a…

  4. HBT Daily: Sox-Yankees! Phillies-Giants! Rangers-Indians!

    Aug 5, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    So. whaddaya watchin’ this weekend?

  5. Angels demote $8 million starter Joel Pineiro to the bullpen

    Aug 5, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v San Diego Padres

    Yesterday’s chicken-sacrificing speculation that Joel Pineiro was in danger of losing his spot in the rotation proved accurate, as the Angels demoted the veteran starter to the bullpen after an ugly four-start stretch in which his ERA rose from 3.90 to 5.31 in just 13 innings. Mike Scioscia and company must have really been sick…

  6. Giants send Brandon Belt back to the minors … again

    Aug 5, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Brandon Belt

    Brandon Belt got off to a slow start with the Giants, but the 23-year-old rookie hit .324 with a 1.011 OPS in 43 games after being sent back to Triple-A and San Francisco’s starting first baseman, Aubrey Huff, is hitting .243 with a .665 OPS. You’d think that would convince the Giants to give Belt…

  7. Some wonderfully random Matt Stairs facts

    Aug 5, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

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    Matt Stairs’ most notable moment was almost certainly his homer in Game 4 of the 2008 NLCS. But the guy played for so long and for so many different teams that he pretty much saw and did it all in his major league career. Over at The Hardball Times today, Chris Jaffe collects some of…

  8. Alex Rodriguez plays high-stakes poker, but is he any good?

    Aug 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    OK, so at this point we know that Alex Rodriguez regularly played poker, usually for a lot of money and with some shady people, but one thing I haven’t heard addressed is whether he’s actually any good. Until yesterday, that is. I was watching a recent episode of NBC’s late-night show “Poker After Dark” on…

  9. The Diamondbacks are trying to nip a Twitter problem in the bud

    Aug 5, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

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    Social media is scary!  Anyone can say anything at any time!  Personal expression can flourish with no supervision!  This is something with which sports teams don’t typically do very well. So, there are a couple of ways you can go if you run a sports team and are concerned about players saying inappropriate or otherwise…

  10. Another good prospect headed to Kansas City, as Royals call up Johnny Giavotella

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    The latest arrival in Kansas City’s season-long influx of young talent is second base prospect Johnny Giavotella, who was called up from Triple-A last night. While not among the Royals’ historic stockpile of elite prospects, Giavotella would be one of the top few prospects in plenty of other organizations. He hit .322 with an .855…

  11. Better call Shields and Price

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

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    The MLB Fan Cave has a funny. I just wish Rich Harden was in it so that they could start it out with the classic “are you injured?” Oh, and I kind of have a thing for that Alice McGinity person who shows up near the end of the video.  She has a Kelly Macdonald…

  12. Diving play leaves Omar Infante with fractured middle finger

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    San Diego Padres v Florida Marlins

    Omar Infante‘s diving attempt at a ground ball with the bases loaded yesterday was unsuccessful and left the Marlins second baseman with a fractured right middle finger. Infante initially remained in the game, but was eventually replaced by Wes Helms and is bound for the disabled list. However, manager Jack McKeon is hopeful that Infante…

  13. Memorabilia dealer arrested for selling phony jerseys

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Dragnet

    Shocking: a guy selling allegedly game-worn jerseys turns out to have been passing out fakes.  Doubly shocking: the word “Authentics” appeared in the name of his business. You just can’t trust anyone these days! Steven Jensen, co-chief executive officer of Vintage Sports Authentics, was accused in Manhattan federal court of mail fraud and wire fraud.…

  14. David Freese takes one to the head; diagnosed with a mild concussion

    Aug 5, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    David Freese

    Cardinals third baseman David Freese was hit on the side of the head by a pitch from Clay Hensley during last night’s game. It clearly wasn’t intentional, as the HBP came with the bases loaded and drove in the go-ahead run for the Cardinals, but someone should probably ask Tony La Russa what he thought…

  15. Cliff Lee shuts down the Giants

    Aug 5, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Cliff Lee

    It seems like a year ago that the Giants took two of three from the Phillies in Citizens Bank Park, but it was only about a week.  For that matter it seems like ten years ago that the Giants beat the Phillies in the NLCS, but it was less than ten months.  But one thing…

  16. Trying to squeeze something out of the A-Rod poker story

    Aug 5, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    New York Yankees v New York Mets

    It’s been funny watching the New York media trying to make something out of this A-Rod poker story.  They staked him out during his rehab workouts down in Tampa yesterday. They were told beforehand by Yankees officials that A-Rod wouldn’t answer questions about poker, and that if they asked, he’d leave.  They asked, he left.…

  17. What happened to Barry Zito?

    Aug 5, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

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    There’s a column by Chris Jones up at Grantland. It’s about Barry Zito and it tries to figure out what has happened to the guy. The premise: the famous Scott Boras binder, which he creates for all of his free agent clients, ruined him.  That it set a level of expectations and created a level…

  18. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 5, 2011, 5:28 AM EST

    Ivan Nova

    Yankees 7, White Sox 2: Gosh, I just don’t know how the Yankees are gonna compete with the rotation in such bad shape. I mean, really, it’s dire (Ivan Nova 7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER 10K). Phillies 3, Giants 0: Cliff Lee tosses a seven hit shutout. Microcosm game: both teams can pitch, the…

  19. Dustin Ackley already has quite an eye for the strike zone

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:05 AM EST

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    In case you haven’t noticed, Dustin Ackley has been on quite a tear of late. The Seattle Mariners rookie, drafted No. 2 overall behind Stephen Strasburg in the 2009 draft, has a .315/.377/.559 line in 39 games since being called up from Class-AAA Tacoma. His OPS+ is 165, the fifth highest OPS+ ever for a…

  20. Stephen Strasburg to make rehab debut Sunday at Single-A

    Aug 4, 2011, 10:35 PM EST

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    As expected, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg made it through a side session Thursday in Viera, Florida and has been cleared to make his first minor league rehab start on Sunday with Single-A Hagerstown. This according to Adam Kilgore, beat writer for the Washington Post. Strasburg underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last September after beginning…

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