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  1. Rockies call up Kevin Kouzmanoff after yesterday’s trade

    Aug 24, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Kevin Kouzmanoff Getty

    Colorado traded for Kevin Kouzmanoff yesterday and the initial reports had the Rockies assigning the veteran third baseman to Triple-A, where the A’s kept him stashed for the past several months, but less than 24 hours later they’ve decided to call him up. Kouzmanoff will get a chance to play regularly at third base, where…

  2. There’s allegedly a “secret plan” to keep the Rays in St. Petersburg

    Aug 24, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Tropicana Field

    I like this story a lot. Not because it has any new information, really, but because it involves a mayor of a large U.S. city basically saying “I have a secret and I can’t tell you so nyah, nyah nyah.” Short version: the Rays want out of St. Pete because its not economically viable to…

  3. Giants claim Padres closer Heath Bell off revocable waivers

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

    Heath Bell

    Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Giants claimed Heath Bell off waivers, meaning they’re now the only team eligible to trade for the Padres closer. Brian Wilson‘s elbow problems may have played a factor in the Giants’ decision to claim Bell, although because the Padres obviously weren’t going to simply give him away for…

  4. Must-Click Link: Inside the mind of a Yankees beat writer

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

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    Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger is, in my view, the best Yankees beat writer there is and is one of the best beat writers in all of Major League Baseball. I like his temperament. I like that he always manages to be even-handed while not checking his brain or his opinions at the door.  He’s…

  5. Stephen Strasburg will move to Triple-A for next rehab start

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg struck out six batters in a three-inning rehab start Monday night at Single-A and the Nationals announced that he’ll move up to Triple-A for his next start Saturday. In addition to being just one step from the majors Strasburg told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he’s looking forward to facing Triple-A…

  6. UPDATE: Hurricane Irene knocking the Yankees off TBS’ Sunday game

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    Irene

    UPDATE: OK, I’m an idiot. They Yankees game is being knocked off TBS’ afternoon schedule and replaced with the Cubs-Brewers. ESPN is broadcasting the Angels-Rangers, which is decidedly NOT part of the dreaded East Coast Bias.  In my haste to cast ESPN as reluctantly giving up their Yankees fetish I pretty much, you know, ignored…

  7. Ryan Ludwick follows Derrek Lee to Pirates’ disabled list

    Aug 24, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Ryan Ludwick

    At the trade deadline the Pirates chose not to make any high-impact moves, instead acquiring Derrek Lee and Ryan Ludwick in the hopes that the pair of underperforming veterans would turn things around at modest prices. Since then the Pirates have plummeted out of the playoff picture, with Lee playing just five games before being…

  8. Bryan Stow suffers a setback in his recovery

    Aug 24, 2011, 12:32 PM EST

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    Bryan Stow had been showing some signs of improvement in recent weeks, but as Jessica Pasko reports in the Mercury-News, he has suffered setbacks. Infections, to be precise. Both urinary tract and staph infections. His temperature has spiked to 104 at times. Anyone who has had a loved one in the hospital knows just how…

  9. Sean Burroughs homered last night for first time since 2005

    Aug 24, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Washington Nationals

    This has been a helluva week for early 2000s prospect busts. Jerome Williams beat the Orioles on Sunday for his first big-league win since September 25, 2005 and last night Sean Burroughs homered for the first time since April 30, 2005. Williams and Burroughs were both first-round picks in the late 1990s and the 2001…

  10. Deep thoughts: The Brewers are Nixon, the Cardinals are McGovern

    Aug 24, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    Nixon

    Buster Olney said this this morning: “Is the NL Central race over? Well, it’s not literally over. But if this were the 1972 presidential election, the Cardinals would be McGovern and the Brewers would be Richard Nixon.” I guess that makes the Reds Hubert Humphrey, the Pirates Edmund Muskie, the Cubs Shirley Chisholm and the Astros George…

  11. Adrian Beltre not cleared to run full speed, won’t be ready before September

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Adrian Beltre

    Adrian Beltre still hasn’t been cleared to run at full speed following his setback from a hamstring injury last month and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that “it’s almost a certainty that Beltre won’t be ready until after the rosters expand in September.” Beltre was on the verge of returning from the disabled list on…

  12. In case you were wondering why the Reds and Marlins are playing a double header today

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Irene

    No, it’s not to make up for a previous rainout. It’s to avoid an inevitable one tomorrow thanks to Hurricane Irene. Which, while on course for the Carolinas and points north, will no doubt spit all kinds of rain and yuck at Miami too.  The Marlins made a rescheduling request and MLB said sure. Given…

  13. Nate Schierholtz plans to play through fractured foot

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Nate Schierholtz fouled a ball off his right foot Sunday and an MRI exam Monday revealed a fracture, but the Giants outfielder is apparently going to play through the injury. Schierholtz told Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle that his foot felt much better yesterday and doctors have assured him there’s no further risk…

  14. The Nationals don’t intend to go after Prince Fielder

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Bill Ladson of MLB.com says that the Nationals don’t intend to pursue to Prince Fielder in free agency this winter.  Normally this kind of thing wouldn’t be terribly significant, especially in August, but it probably matters here. As we’ve seen these past few years, the Nationals have become Scott Boras’ huckleberry.  If he’s got a…

  15. Jered Weaver went against agent Scott Boras’ advice in signing five-year, $85 million extension

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Angels starting pitcher Weaver tips his cap to center fielder Bourjos during their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington

    Rarely does agent Scott Boras advise a star client nearing free agency to bypass the open market and sign a long-term extension, let alone a long-term extension for a surprisingly reasonable rate. The only difference with Jered Weaver is that he ignored Boras’ advice. In yesterday’s press conference officially announcing his five-year, $85 million deal…

  16. There are a bunch of reasons Theo Epstein wouldn’t work for the Cubs, but let’s not let that stop our speculation

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    I want the Cubs to hire their new GM quickly. Why? To spare us from speculation pieces with passages like this one from Olney’s column this morning: And here’s another big name to keep in mind: Theo Epstein, the general manager of the Red Sox … Keep in mind that Epstein has carved out a strong…

  17. Wandy Rodriguez is pitching against the Rockies one day after they claimed him off waivers

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Wandy Rodriguez

    Colorado claimed Wandy Rodriguez and his contract off waivers yesterday, which should make it awfully weird when he takes the mound at Coors Field this afternoon to face the Rockies. Assuming they don’t work out a trade with the Astros by then, of course. Rodriguez is scheduled to face Aaron Cook about 20 hours before…

  18. Pudge Rodriguez wants to stay in Washington

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has a story today about how Ivan Rodriguez wants to continue to play — and continue to play in Washington — after his two-year contract is up after this season. Given that he’s now completely ineffective with a bat and can’t stay healthy, one may ask what the value…

  19. White Sox expected to claim Jim Thome on waivers

    Aug 24, 2011, 9:39 AM EST

    Jim Thome

    Buster Olney says that there is “a high expectation” that the White Sox will win the waiver claim on Jim Thome. Which, given that they’re the (marginal) contender in the AL with the worst record, makes sense.  I guess Shin-Soo Choo‘s dramatic home run yesterday ruined it for the Indians. Pity! Thome is batting .253/.363/.495…

  20. Craig Kimbrel ties rookie saves record

    Aug 24, 2011, 9:14 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Chicago Cubs

    Braves closer Craig Kimbrel notched his 40th save to tie the major league rookie record set last season by Neftali Feliz. He leads the majors in saves. The guy has been nearly untouchable all summer, and and has now tossed 31 and two-thirds straight scoreless innings since June 11. During that time he has been perfect in…

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