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  1. Pirates place Derrek Lee on the disabled list with a fractured left wrist

    Aug 13, 2011, 1:10 PM EST

    Derrek Lee

    Boy, if this isn’t symbolic of the way the Pirates have collapsed in the standings recently, I’m not sure what is. The Pirates just announced that Derrek Lee has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bone fracture in his left wrist. Lee has missed six out of the last eight games due…

  2. Decision day is looming for Ike Davis

    Aug 13, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Ike Davis

    Ike Davis has already been ruled out for the rest of the season, but he is still awaiting word about whether the bone bruise in his left ankle will require surgery. According to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, Davis said before last night’s game that a decision will likely be made by Labor Day…

  3. Al Alburquerque placed on 7-day disabled list with concussion

    Aug 13, 2011, 11:50 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles

    The Tigers have placed reliever Al Alburquerque on the 7-day disabled list after he suffered a concussion when he was hit with a line drive off the bat of Orioles’ infielder Robert Andino during batting practice yesterday. Alburquerque was carted off the field and taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center. According to Jeff Seidel…

  4. Cole Hamels is dealing with a dead arm

    Aug 13, 2011, 11:00 AM 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

    After giving up three runs on six hits and four walks over five innings in a loss to the Nationals last night, Cole Hamels told John R. Finger of CSNPhilly.com that he is going through a dead-arm phase. “It’s just one of those times in the year where you’re traveling and pitching a lot of…

  5. Bryce Harper hit a mammoth walk-off homer last night

    Aug 13, 2011, 10:25 AM EST

    Bryce Harper

    We don’t get to say this very often, but last night was a pretty good night to be a Nationals fan. No joke. In addition to the major league club defeating the first-place Phillies, Stephen Strasburg tossed three shutout innings in his second minor league rehab start and Bryce Harper slugged a walk-off home run…

  6. The Cubs are calling Carlos Zambrano’s bluff

    Aug 13, 2011, 9:50 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Courtesy of Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com, here is Cubs general manager Jim Hendry’s reaction to Carlos Zambrano’s intention to retire. “We will respect his wishes and honor them and move forward.” I can only assume this is an edited version of the original statement that may have read something like, “Thanks for taking us off…

  7. Alex Rodriguez homers in first rehab game

    Aug 13, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez hits a solo home run during a minor league rehab assignment with the Tampa Yankees against the Dunedin Blue Jays in Dunedin

    While the Rays were beating up on CC Sabathia last night, Alex Rodriguez was busy working his way back into shape against minor league competition. A-Rod went 2-for-3 with a solo homer last night in his first minor league rehab game with High-A Tampa. Serving as the designated hitter, he slugged a solo homer in…

  8. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Aug 13, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Zack Greinke

    The Brewers topped the Pirates 7-2 last night behind yet another impressive performance from Zack Greinke, who allowed two runs over 7 2/3 innings while striking out nine and walking just one. Greinke has a 1.75 ERA over his last seven starts and has allowed two earned runs or less in all of them. After…

  9. Bad hop grounder leaves Justin Smoak with broken nose

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:51 PM EST

    Justin Smoak

    Making his first start in 10 days after dealing with a sore thumb, Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak suffered a broken nose when a Jarrod Saltalamacchia grounder took a bad hop and hit him in the second inning of tonight’s game against the Red Sox. He was taken to a Seattle hospital for a CT…

  10. Carlos Zambrano says he’s retired after giving up five homers

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:21 PM EST

    Carlos Zambrano

    This has to be it for the Cubs and Carlos Zambrano.  If the right-hander is to be believed, this is it for him period. After giving up a career-high five homers and getting ejected for throwing at the Braves’ Chipper Jones, Carlos Zambrano cleaned out his locker and told a Cubs trainer he was retiring,…

  11. Braves announcer Ernie Johnson dies at age 87

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:31 PM EST

    Ernie Johnson Sr.

    Ernie Johnson Sr., a former major league pitcher better known for his long tenure in the broadcast booth with the Braves, passed away Friday night at age 87. Johnson went 40-23 in a nine-year major league career spent mostly with the Boston and Milwaukee Braves.  Primarily a middle reliever before such a role got much attention, he finished…

  12. CC Sabathia, Carlos Zambrano give up five homers apiece

    Aug 12, 2011, 9:52 PM EST

    CC Sabathia

    With the 2011 scheduled nearly three-quarters completed, just one pitcher had given up five homers in a game, that being the long-since demoted Sean O’Sullivan of the Royals on May 28 against the Rangers. On Friday night, it happened twice more to two of the game’s highest-paid pitchers.   The Yankees’ CC Sabathia gave up five…

  13. Stephen Strasburg dominates in second rehab start

    Aug 12, 2011, 9:35 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    Well, Stephen Strasburg just passed his latest test with flying colors. Strasburg allowed just two hits over three shutout innings tonight for High-A Potomac, striking out five and walking none. Both hits were infield singles. The plan was for Strasburg to throw either five innings or 50 pitches, so he was pulled after throwing 26…

  14. Dan Uggla extends hitting streak to 32 games

    Aug 12, 2011, 8:40 PM EST

    Dan Uggla Getty

    Dan Uggla wasted little time tonight against the Cubs, taking Carlos Zambrano deep for a solo shot in the bottom of the second inning to extend his hitting streak to 32 games. Uggla is now tied with Ryan Howard and Mike Stanton for fifth in the National League with 25 home runs. Not only does…

  15. Juan Nicasio continues to make progress following neck surgery

    Aug 12, 2011, 8:20 PM EST

    Juan Nicasio

    One week removed from being hit in the head by a comebacker off the bat of Nationals’ shortstop Ian Desmond, Juan Nicasio continues to make progress. Nicasio was released from the hospital earlier this week after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured vertebrae in his neck. He is currently “resting comfortably at home” and has been…

  16. Giants may make decision on possible DL stint for Carlos Beltran tomorrow

    Aug 12, 2011, 7:35 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds

    Carlos Beltran is out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game tonight with a strained right hand/wrist and it sounds like the Giants are close to making a decision about placing him on the disabled list. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Beltran has only made “marginal improvement” since receiving…

  17. It doesn’t sound as though A.J. Burnett is bullpen bound

    Aug 12, 2011, 6:52 PM EST

    A.J. Burnett

    Yankees GM Brian Cashman came to the defense of beleaguered right-hander A.J. Burnett on Friday amid speculation that the $18 million-per-year pitcher could get sent to the pen. “The stuff on A.J. is well overblown,” Cashman said. “A.J. Has been solid for us this year. I just think the way it’s playing doesn’t necessarily reflect…

  18. John Kruk joins Phillies’ Wall of Fame

    Aug 12, 2011, 6:14 PM EST

    John Kruk - 89 Topps

    The Phillies will honor John Kruk prior to Friday’s game by making him their annual addition to the team’s Wall of Fame. Kruk joins such greats as Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and Robin Roberts on the wall.  His long-time teammate, Darren Daulton, was inducted last year. Kruk is better known now for his big appetite…

  19. Rockies place Huston Street on DL, activate Jason Giambi

    Aug 12, 2011, 5:55 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Colorado Rockies

    Huston Street probably won’t be breaking the record for most homers allowed by a closer, but unfortunately the Rockies it’s because he was placed on the disabled list with a strained triceps muscle. To take Street’s spot on the roster the Rockies activated Jason Giambi, who’s been on the DL since July 26 with a…

  20. Tigers’ Al Alburquerque gets carted off field

    Aug 12, 2011, 5:27 PM EST

    Al Alburquerque

    Detroit reliever Al Alburquerque was hit by a flyball in the outfield during batting practice Friday and was “writhing in pain” afterwards, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News. The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec describes Alburquerque as going “down head-first” with his feet flailing. As the cart was quickly brought on the the field, Alburqueque was…

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