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  1. Twins expecting to get Justin Morneau back on Friday

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:13 PM EST

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    Good news, Twins fans. According to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, first baseman Justin Morneau is scheduled to return from the disabled list Friday in Cleveland. Morneau has been sidelined since undergoing surgery on his neck in late June. The 30-year-old native of Canada is batting just .225 this season with a .619 OPS, four home…

  2. Report: Wandy Rodriguez will get claimed on waivers

    Aug 10, 2011, 8:15 PM EST

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    Danny Knobler of CBSSports says there is “a growing belief in baseball” that Wandy Rodriguez will be placed on waivers this week and that at least one team will put in a claim. The Yankees discussed a Rodriguez trade prior to the July 31 deadline, but talks broke down amid reports that the Bombers wanted the…

  3. Alex Cobb to undergo season-ending surgery on rib cage

    Aug 10, 2011, 7:51 PM EST

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    Rays right-hander Alex Cobb was sent to the hospital after his most recent outing due to an odd numbness in his throwing hand. Doctors found nothing wrong initially, but further tests this week revealed “blockage” near the first rib on the right side of his body. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times,…

  4. Dan Uggla wastes no time in extending hitting streak to 31 games

    Aug 10, 2011, 7:24 PM EST

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    Dan Uggla delivered a two-run single to center field in the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Marlins, extending his hitting streak to 31 games. He’s matched Rico Carty’s Atlanta Braves record by making it to 31, and he’s overtaken Andre Ethier‘s 30-gamer for the longest streak in the majors this season. Uggla had…

  5. Arrest made in Evan Longoria, David Price burglary

    Aug 10, 2011, 6:37 PM EST

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    The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest Wednesday in the burglary of the spring home shared by Evan Longoria, David Price and Reid Brignac, the St. Petersburg Times reports. 22-year-old Steven Charles Vaughn, who was already in the Charlotte County Jail on unrelated charges, was arrested and charged with armed burglary of an unoccupied…

  6. Blue Jays GM: “This whole thing is stupid”

    Aug 10, 2011, 6:20 PM EST

    Alex Anthopoulos

    So, Alex Anthopoulous is going the J.P. Arencibia route. Mike Cormack of Sportsnet.ca has all of the quotes as the Blue Jays GM addressed the media Wednesday to respond to an ESPN story accusing the team of using someone in the center-field stands to steal signs. Anthopoulous opened by saying, “This whole thing is stupid. …

  7. Tigers promised Brandon Inge he’ll be back in September

    Aug 10, 2011, 5:43 PM EST

    Brandon Inge

    Brandon Inge is currently at Triple-A after being designated for assignment on July 20, but told the Associated Press that the Tigers have promised to call him back up to the majors once rosters expand on September 1. To do so they’ll have to re-add him to the 40-man roster, as Inge was outrighted off…

  8. Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio released from hospital after neck surgery and “resting comfortably”

    Aug 10, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

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    UPDATE: The Rockies just issued a statement saying Nicasio has been released from the hospital and “is resting comfortably at home in Denver.” Great news. ========== Struck in the head by a line drive Friday night, Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio remains hospitalized following surgery to repair a broken neck but “is definitely moving in the…

  9. Fired scouting director on Angels GM Tony Reagins: “He’s not a guy I’d want to hang out with”

    Aug 10, 2011, 5:11 PM EST

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    When the Angels fired longtime scouting director Eddie Bane back in October the reason given was an unhappiness with the team’s recent drafts. That seemed somewhat difficult to believe given that, among other solid prospects, stud outfielder Mike Trout was a product of the 2009 draft after 24 other teams passed on him. And sure…

  10. Brandon Phillips out five days with elbow that “looks like a balloon”

    Aug 10, 2011, 4:42 PM EST

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    Brandon Phillips was hit on the elbow by a pitch last night and posted the following note on Twitter when he woke up this morning: Woke up today and my elbow looks like a ballon… Can’t fully extend it!!!! I think I need an XRay… Please don’t let it be broken #Pray4Me X-rays showed nothing…

  11. Picture of the Day: New look, same bad pitching

    Aug 10, 2011, 4:10 PM EST

    A.J. Burnett changed his hair style prior to last night’s game, but unfortunately for the Yankees his pitching style stayed the same.

  12. MLB announces postseason schedule, eliminates off days

    Aug 10, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

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    Except for travel days, there will be no off days in this year’s postseason schedule.  MLB announced the postseason dates today, with the ALDSs beginning on Friday, Sept. 30, followed by the NLDSs on Saturday, Oct. 1. In order to best separate the games for TV coverage, MLB had previously scheduled certain divisional series with…

  13. J.P. Arencibia laughs off sign-stealing allegations on Twitter

    Aug 10, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    J.P. Arencibia, Jo-Jo Reyes

    Catcher J.P. Arencibia, one of the few Blue Jays not performing significantly better at home than on the road this season, is none too happy about the ESPN report claiming his team has been using a person in the center-field stands to steal signs over the last two years. Here are his tweets from this…

  14. CEO says Padres will increase payroll to at least $50 million in 2012

    Aug 10, 2011, 3:10 PM EST

    Petco Park

    Padres chief executive officer Jeff Moorad said yesterday that the team’s payroll will rise to at least $50 million in 2012, adding that “our long-term goal is to operate at $70 million.” That would be a big raise over this season’s $45 million payroll, but even $70 million would rank just 20th among all MLB…

  15. Carlos Beltran out of Giants’ lineup for third straight game

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants

    Giving up a prospect as good as Zack Wheeler for Carlos Beltran was costly enough for the Giants when they thought they’d have him for 60 games, but a wrist injury has him out of the lineup today for the third straight game. Beltran hit just .244 with a .616 OPS in 11 games for…

  16. Was Vernon Wells a sign-stealer?

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

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    The Angels ignored the huge red flag in Vernon Wells‘ home-road splits when they took on $81 million of $86 million he was still owed by the Blue Jays in a January trade.  It seems pretty safe to say they regret it now. Still, without additional information, writing off Wells’ 2010 splits as a fluke probably was…

  17. Reds rookie Zack Cozart to undergo season-ending elbow surgery Friday

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Cleveland Indians

    UPDATE: Cozart will have the surgery Friday, knocking him out until 2012. ========== Zack Cozart hit his way into the Reds’ plans with a .310 batting average and .825 OPS at Triple-A and then pushed past veteran Edgar Renteria as the starting shortstop, only to suffer a hyper-extended elbow in his 11th game. Cozart has…

  18. Dodgers vendor asks bankruptcy court for protection

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

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    The big foam fingers at Dodger Stadium might have a different digit raised next season. With attendence well down at Chavez Ravine, Facility Merchandising Inc. isn’t feeling so good about the eight-year deal it signed with the Dodgers prior to the 2010 season.  It’s asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to intervene on its behalf as…

  19. Men accused of beating Bryan Stow enter not guilty plea

    Aug 10, 2011, 1:37 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

    Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, the two men accused of brutally beating Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, were arraigned today and pleaded not guilty to criminal charges that include mayhem, assault, and battery. They’re each being held on $500,000 bail until September 30 hearings. Stow remains hospitalized more than four…

  20. Reid Brignac back with Rays after brief demotion to Triple-A

    Aug 10, 2011, 1:14 PM EST

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    Justin Ruggiano landing on the disabled list with a knee injury has opened the door for Reid Brignac’s return to the majors following a three-week stint at Triple-A. Brignac didn’t play particularly well in Durham, but with Sean Rodriguez struggling mightily as the Rays’ primary shortstop and Elliot Johnson no one’s idea of a quality…

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