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  1. Phillies looking for left-handed bench bat, but will Jim Thome or Jason Giambi get to them on waivers?

    Aug 18, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

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    Last week the Phillies signed Jack Cust to a minor-league contract as a potential left-handed bench bat, but Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that they’re still looking to add a lefty swinging veteran for the stretch run. Jim Thome would be the most obvious solution, as he played for the Phillies from 2003…

  2. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Aug 18, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    The Question

    After a week off of the old Twitter questions, let’s see what ya got for me: Q: Grosser habit: nail chewing or spitting? Spitting, by far. Nail chewing ain’t great, but it suggests inner turmoil for which I have some bit of empathy. Spitting just means you’re freaking rude and gross. Q: Can you think of an…

  3. A.J. Pierzynski to see specialist for fractured wrist

    Aug 18, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    A.J. Pierzynski

    On the disabled list for the first time in his 10-year career, A.J. Pierzynski is scheduled to visit with a specialist today to determine a recovery timetable for his fractured left wrist. Pierzynski has said that he’s aiming to come off the DL when eligible on August 28 and Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune…

  4. Royals sign Jeff Francoeur to two-year, $13.5 million extension

    Aug 18, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    UPDATE: The new deal is worth $13.5 million for two seasons. ========== Credit where it is due. Jeff Francoeur is having a better season than anyone — especially me — thought he would. He’s hitting .278/.328/.465 with 15 homers and 66 RBI and he’s playing his usual above-average defense. That’s more than useful in the…

  5. Logan Morrison injures groin in second game at Triple-A

    Aug 18, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Logan Morrison ultimately decided not to file a grievance against the Marlins following his shocking demotion to Triple-A last week, which is probably the right move given that the grievance wouldn’t have gone anywhere and would have further angered a bunch of people in the process. Instead he simply reported to Triple-A, where he went…

  6. Hideki Irabu’s cause of death ruled as “self-inflicted with rope”

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Hideki Irabu

    Hideki Irabu’s death last month was confirmed as a suicide and today the Los Angeles department of public health released his death certificate, which lists “self-inflicted with rope” as the official cause of death. Irabu, who was 42 years old and married with two children, passed away on July 27 at his home in Los…

  7. Mike Jacobs suspended 50 games for HGH

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Mike Jacobs

    Mike Jacobs, a 1B/DH type who spent time with the Mets, Marlins and Royals over the years, and who this year has been playing at Colorado Springs for the Rockies organization, has been suspended 50 games for HGH. This comes less than a week after the Denver Post wrote a story about how it’s Jacobs’…

  8. Indians teammates ponied up $35,000 so Jack Hannahan could be at son’s birth

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Cleveland Indians

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has a great story about Indians utility man Jack Hannahan. Two weeks ago Hannahan’s wife went into labor with the couple’s first child nearly three months before her October 26 due date. Hannahan and Indians director of team travel Mike Seghi worked on finding a last-minute flight from…

  9. Mike Stanton has homered in four straight games

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

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    In the same vein of that Brewers post, this post is just to draw your attention to something that’s going down but which you may have missed due to the whole East Coast Bias and all of that (note: I’m invited to all meetings of the East Coast Bias Committee, but I am still a…

  10. Hall of Fame establishes a Commissioner’s archive

    Aug 18, 2011, 9:43 AM EST

    cooperstown

    Major League Baseball has announced that the Hall of Fame has established an archive for the papers of MLB Commissioners. Sort of like a presidential library, I assume.  From the press release. Quotes from Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the Hall of Fame: “This archive will provide a central location for the study and research of…

  11. The Tribe releases Austin Kearns

    Aug 18, 2011, 9:23 AM EST

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    No, this isn’t a big story, and no it’s not surprising at all. Shin-Soo Choo is coming back, a roster spot is needed and Kearns — who is hitting .200/.302/.287 — is the dictionary definition of expendable, so he’s gone. But it is notable for one reason. For years Kearns was always such a saber-boy…

  12. The Brewers are basically unstoppable

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Milwaukee Brewers

    Probably worth noting at this point that the Milwaukee Brewers are unstoppable. They’ve won 19 of 21 games. When this nice little run began in late July they were tied with the Cardinals for first place. Now they lead by seven and are close to putting the NL Central away. They’re 47-15 at home for…

  13. Royals awarded a gift home run when umps whiff on the ground rules

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

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    The disputed Billy Butler home run in the Yankees-Royals game is going to be used by instant replay opponents to say that even a replay system isn’t perfect, but in this case replay wasn’t the problem. It was human error. As in, the umpires apparently didn’t know the ground rules of the ballpark in which…

  14. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 18, 2011, 6:07 AM EST

    Texas Rangers Andrus and Kinsler celebrate after defeating Los Angeles Angels during their MLB baseball game in Anaheim

    Rangers 4, Angels 3: Watching the Angels get beat by the Rangers puts me in mind of some sci-fi movie where a group is under attack from an invading army. Mike Scioscia is the defending general in a command center somewhere and keeps getting reports that the defenses are crumbling. He steels himself and says…

  15. Johan Santana won’t throw off mound for another week

    Aug 17, 2011, 10:32 PM EST

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    It’s becoming less and less likely that Mets starter Johan Santana will be able to return to major league action before the 2011 season is through. According to beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the rehabbing southpaw has been cleared to return to Port St. Lucie, Florida after a successful checkup back in…

  16. Stephen Strasburg shaky in third minor league rehab start

    Aug 17, 2011, 9:29 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington has all the details on Stephen Strasburg‘s latest rehab outing. Strasburg, now 11 months removed from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, allowed four hits, two walks and five earned runs in under two innings of work Wednesday evening against the Astros’ Single-A affiliate from Lexington, Kentucky. He struck out three…

  17. Braves sign infielder Wes Helms to minor league contract

    Aug 17, 2011, 8:45 PM EST

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    The Marlins released veteran infielder Wes Helms on Saturday when they demoted Logan Morrison to Triple-A New Orleans. As expected, it didn’t take Helms long to find an opportunity elsewhere. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves signed the 35-year-old to a minor league contract on Wednesday night and have assigned him…

  18. Jason Kipnis expected to return to action Thursday

    Aug 17, 2011, 8:03 PM EST

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    Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has been sidelined since last Friday with a bit of discomfort in the area of his right oblique, but he’s made significant progress in the last couple of days and is expected to return to Cleveland’s starting lineup for Thursday night’s series finale against the White Sox. The good news…

  19. Alex Rodriguez will not be activated until Friday

    Aug 17, 2011, 7:38 PM EST

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    According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Yankees manager Joe Girardi poured some cooling solution Wednesday on the idea that third baseman Alex Rodriguez might be activated from the 15-day disabled list in time for Thursday night’s series-opening game against the Twins. A-Rod went 4-for-10 with a double and a home run during a successful four-game…

  20. Former top prospect Jerome Williams returns to majors with Angels

    Aug 17, 2011, 7:11 PM EST

    Jerome Williams

    Jerome Williams, who was last seen going 0-5 with a 7.20 ERA in six starts with the Nationals in 2007, is back in the majors after being promoted by the Angels on Wednesday. Williams, a native of Hawaii, debuted with the Giants in 2003, finishing 7-5 with a 3.30 ERA in 21 starts as a rookie. …

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