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  1. Blue Jays closer Jon Rauch has emergency appendectomy

    Aug 16, 2011, 5:15 PM EST

    John Farrell, J.P. Arencibia, Jon Rauch, Alfonso Marquez

    Toronto has placed Jon Rauch on the disabled list after the closer underwent an emergency appendectomy in Seattle this morning. Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star speculates that the Blue Jays may give Jesse Litsch an opportunity to save games in Rauch’s absence, but turning back to former closer Frank Francisco seems more likely considering…

  2. After seven missed games Giants finally put Carlos Beltran on DL, activate Miguel Tejada

    Aug 16, 2011, 4:47 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies

    Carlos Beltran hasn’t played since August 7 because of a wrist injury, missing seven games while taking up a spot on the active roster, but according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News the Giants have finally decided to place him on the disabled list. And to replace Beltran on the roster the…

  3. Cole Hamels has shoulder inflammation, will miss a start

    Aug 16, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers a pitch to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    To my thinking, the only thing that can stop the juggernaut that is the Philadelphia Phillies are injuries.  And on that score there is some not-awful-but-not-good news coming out of the Phillies clubhouse this afternoon: Cole Hamels, who has been suffering from dead arm, had a “precautionary” MRI yesterday, and the results, according to Matt…

  4. Pirates activate Jose Tabata from DL, send Pedro Alvarez back to Triple-A

    Aug 16, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds

    When the Pirates recalled Pedro Alvarez from Triple-A two weeks ago they hinted that the move was more due to other players being injured than anything Alvarez did, and sure enough today they sent him back to the minors while activating Jose Tabata from the disabled list. Tabata, who sat out the past seven weeks…

  5. Tough luck: James Shields takes a complete game loss

    Aug 16, 2011, 3:53 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    James Shields has thrown a lot of complete games this year and today he tossed his ninth.  A three-hitter too!  Except he lost. The Sox beat the Rays 3-1. That’s what happens when (a) the other team’s pitchers only give up three hits as well; and (b) unlike you, they don’t bunch them altogether at…

  6. Federal courthouse security guards investigated for accepting Roger Clemens autographs

    Aug 16, 2011, 3:33 PM EST

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    Security guards at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C. are in trouble after allegedly accepting autographed baseballs from Roger Clemens before his perjury trial last month. According to the Washington Post the U.S. Marshals Service “is investigating why and how six signed balls were sent to a guard by someone on Clemens’ defense team” and…

  7. The Nationals will honor the Navy SEALs tonight

    Aug 16, 2011, 3:16 PM EST

    Nationals logo

    Because they’re in Washington, the Nationals have come to be baseball’s designated, well, National team when it comes to ceremonies, honors and things like that. Which I kind of like. Tonight they will be doing some of that honoring. Adam Kilgore reports: On Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds, the Nationals will wear cap emblazoned with the Navy SEALs…

  8. Sore elbow shuts down Giants setup man Sergio Romo

    Aug 16, 2011, 2:51 PM EST

    Sergio Romo

    Sergio Romo has been extraordinary for the Giants this season, throwing 38 innings with a 1.67 ERA, .153 opponents’ batting average, and ridiculous 53/4 K/BB ratio, but he’s been bothered by elbow soreness recently and was placed on the disabled list today. Dan Runzler, who struggled in 18 appearances for the Giants earlier this season,…

  9. White Sox lose catcher A.J. Pierzynski to fractured wrist

    Aug 16, 2011, 2:26 PM EST

    A.J. Pierzynski

    X-rays on A.J. Pierzynski‘s left wrist initially came back negative after he was hit by a pitch Friday, but he hasn’t played since then and apparently a re-examination showed a fracture. Pierzynski has been placed on the disabled list, with the White Sox calling up Donny Lucy to take his roster spot. Pierzynski’s backup, Ramon…

  10. Frank Sinatra’s family would like to get in on the Dodgers’ bankruptcy

    Aug 16, 2011, 2:08 PM EST

    Sinatra

    A group of Dodgers season ticket holders is trying to get a place at the stakeholders’ table in the bankruptcy case.  They’re not owed money or anything so I’m not sure, legally speaking, they have a right to be there, but you don’t get anything if you don’t ask for it, so good luck to…

  11. Ben Revere’s almost inside-the-park homer “didn’t feel good at all”

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

    Ben Revere, Alex Avila, Bill Miller

    Ben Revere made one of the most exciting outs I’ve ever seen last night, hitting a ball into the right-center field gap at spacious Comerica Park and getting thrown out at the plate in an inside-the-park homer attempt. Nearly every other player in baseball would have stopped at third base, but Revere’s incredible speed actually…

  12. Vernon Wells studied video of when he used to be good

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Vernon Wells

    Vernon Wells returned to Toronto over the weekend for the first time since being traded to the Angels this offseason and took the opportunity to study the Blue Jays’ video library for footage of his prime. Wells told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that “2006 is the year I’m concentrating on” because “that…

  13. Is televising the Little League World Series really necessary?

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:04 PM EST

    Little League WS

    Jelisa Castrodale — who has the good sense to both (a) write for NBC; and (b) come from the same hometown as me — has a column up today about the Little League World Series. Specifically, about it being televised. And she wonders whether it’s too much: I know that ESPN is increasing the production values…

  14. Drew Pomeranz switches from Indians to Rockies to complete Ubaldo Jimenez trade

    Aug 16, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    Drew Pomeranz was always the centerpiece of the four-prospect package heading from the Indians to the Rockies for Ubaldo Jimenez, but because the 2010 first-round pick wasn’t eligible to be traded on July 31 he was officially included as a “player to be named later.” Today marks the one-year anniversary of Pomeranz signing with the…

  15. The reactions to Jim Thome’s 600th are just as interesting as the feat itself

    Aug 16, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Jim Thome

    I offered to my congratulations to Jim Thome on his 600th home run in the recaps this morning. In response, my Twitter friend Ross offered the following: You say congrats to Thome but with your way [i.e. my not liking the DH]  he would have never got 600. This is why I like the DH,…

  16. Blue Jays pick Tyler Beede is only first-rounder not to sign

    Aug 16, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    tyler beede

    Despite nearly every negotiation going down to the wire last night all but one first-round pick ultimately ended up signing, with No. 21 overall pick Tyler Beede turning down the Blue Jays’ offer to attend Vanderbilt. And according to Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star the two sides weren’t even particularly close, with the Blue…

  17. Mets begin “transition” to Bobby Parnell as closer

    Aug 16, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Bobby Parnell throwing

    Now that Jason Isringhausen has his 300th career save the Mets are ready to give Bobby Parnell a chance as their primary closer. Anthony DiComo of MLB.com writes that “according to manager Terry Collins the transition to Parnell as closer begins now.” Parnell has just one career save, but he’s been a good setup man…

  18. Tom Hicks sued, accused of looting the Rangers to buy parking lots

    Aug 16, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Tom Hicks

    A baseball owner is being accused of looting his team for tens of millions of dollars in order to buy parking lots.  Yeah, you know who I’m talking about. Oh, no. Actually it isn’t Frank McCourt.  It’s the Rangers’ former owner, Tom Hicks: Former Rangers owner Tom Hicks was sued Monday by the team’s post-bankruptcy…

  19. It’s official: Everyone has a podcast now

    Aug 16, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    podcast logo

    After years of threatening I finally took the leap and started a podcast.

  20. Quote of the Day: Drayton McLane on the held-up sale of the Astros

    Aug 16, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    Drayton McLane

    Yesterday we learned that baseball is taking a longer look at the background of would-be Astros owner Jim Crane.  Today the current owner of the Astros, Drayton McLane, is quoted about that: “I have great respect for the commissioner, but he doesn’t do anything until he’s finished. He’s the most meticulous man I’ve ever met.”…

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