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  1. White Sox rotation could go from six to four

    Aug 9, 2011, 1:35 PM EST

    Mark Buehrle

    Five appears to be an unlucky number for the White Sox.  While they’ve recently gone back to a six-man rotation with Zach Stewart up, they’re considering dropping down to a four-man rotation with three off-days coming up in the second half of the month. “It has been on my mind the last couple of days.…

  2. Alex Rodriguez to meet with MLB about poker “in a few days” and “no chance he’ll be suspended”

    Aug 9, 2011, 1:17 PM EST

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    As promised, MLB soon will meet with Alex Rodriguez to discuss his involvement in high-stakes poker games, according to the New York Daily News. The newspaper reports that the meeting will take place “in a few days” at MLB’s offices in New York, but commissioner Bud Selig likely won’t be there and the talks aren’t…

  3. Nationals unlikely to sign draft pick who made racist tweets

    Aug 9, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Nationals logo

    Zach Houchins, the Nationals’ 15th-round pick in the 2011 draft who created a bit of a stir when a fanblog highlighted some very unflattering tweets, hasn’t heard from the team in months and is highly unlikely to sign a contract prior to the Aug. 15 deadline. Houchins, a shortstop from a North Carolina juco, apologized…

  4. Stat of the Day: OPS leaders since the All-Star break

    Aug 9, 2011, 12:42 PM EST

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    The overall OPS leaderboard is filled with familiar names as Jose Bautista, Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman, Prince Fielder, and Miguel Cabrera hold the top five spots, but the OPS leaderboard since the All-Star break has a few more surprises …

  5. David Ortiz got punk’d by Dustin Pedroia

    Aug 9, 2011, 12:27 PM EST

    David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia

    Remember last week when David Ortiz burst into Terry Francona’s media session and went on a profanity-laced tirade over a lost RBI, the result of a changed scoring decision? Well, apparently no one got a bigger chuckle out of it than little Dustin Pedroia.  Says the CSNNE.com report: Pedroia told Ortiz that John Henry and Theo Epstein…

  6. Twins approached Jason Kubel about contract extension

    Aug 9, 2011, 12:04 PM EST

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    Last week Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the Twins offered impending free agent Michael Cuddyer a two-year, $16 million extension that he predictably turned down and now he says they “also spoke to Jason Kubel.” Kubel is also an impending free agent and has expressed a desire to remain in Minnesota,…

  7. With six days to go before deadline, 14 of top 16 draft picks still unsigned

    Aug 9, 2011, 11:50 AM EST

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    It looks like we’re going to have another very busy Aug. 15 this year.  As of Tuesday morning, only nine of the 30 first-round picks have signed.  A mere two of the top 16 have inked deals. Here’s the top 16: 1. Pirates: RHP Gerrit Cole 2. Mariners: LHP Danny Hultzen 3. Diamondbacks: RHP Trevor…

  8. Adam Dunn plans to change offseason routine “to not let this happen again”

    Aug 9, 2011, 11:28 AM EST

    Adam Dunn

    Adam Dunn famously doesn’t swing a bat during the offseason and that approach has certainly worked for a long time, as he came into this season with an OPS above .800 in each of his first 10 years. However, with Dunn going through an epic collapse that includes a .165 batting average and league-leading 143…

  9. Brian McCann hoping to come off DL when eligible Friday

    Aug 9, 2011, 10:56 AM EST

    Brian McCann

    Oblique strains tend to sideline players for longer than the minimum 15-day stay on the disabled list, but Brian McCann is pleased enough with how his recovery has gone to think returning when eligible Friday is possible. McCann took batting practice yesterday for the first time since suffering the injury on July 26 and told…

  10. Ongoing elbow problems may shut down Scott Baker

    Aug 9, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Scott Baker

    Scott Baker had elbow surgery shortly after the end of last season, spent time on the disabled list in July, and has been very successfully pitching through various levels of discomfort for much of this year, but it sounds like the pain may finally be too much. Baker allowed five runs in six innings against…

  11. Ramon Ramirez on fine: “I was waiting for a suspension”

    Aug 9, 2011, 10:01 AM EST

    Phillies Giants Baseball

    Ramon Ramirez expected to receive a harsher punishment for his part in Friday night’s Giants-Phillies scuffle, calling his undisclosed fine “a surprise” because “I was waiting for a suspension.” Instead the only player suspended by MLB was Shane Victorino, who’s appealing his three-game punishment that the commissioner’s office termed “aggressive actions [that] prolonged the bench-clearing…

  12. Kevin Millwood leaves Red Sox and joins Rockies’ rotation for Wednesday start

    Aug 9, 2011, 9:25 AM EST

    Kevin Millwood

    As rumored yesterday, Kevin Millwood will start for Colorado on Wednesday after opting out of his minor-league deal with the Red Sox to sign with the Rockies. Millwood went 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA for the Orioles last season and didn’t pitch particularly well for the Yankees and Red Sox at Triple-A this year, but…

  13. The Braves could skip Tommy Hanson in the rotation this week

    Aug 9, 2011, 8:16 AM EST

    Tommy Hanson

    Drew asked the other day, “What’s the Deal With Tommy Hanson?” Well, we’re about to find out. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and pitching coach Roger McDowell plan to talk with Hanson to determine whether he needs to be skipped in the rotation or have his scheduled Friday…

  14. Joey Votto isn’t interested in switching positions

    Aug 8, 2011, 11:21 PM EST

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    Yonder Alonso is a promising young hitter and the top-rated prospect in the Cincinnati Reds organization. The problem is he doesn’t really have a good spot to play. Alonso, a first baseman by trade, is blocked by Reds All-Star Joey Votto, who is the reigning NL MVP and at 27, only three years older than…

  15. Placido Polanco diagnosed with sports hernia

    Aug 8, 2011, 9:30 PM EST

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    We might not see Placido Polanco back in the Phillies’ lineup for a while. According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro announced earlier this evening that Polanco was diagnosed with a sports hernia. Polanco was sent back to Philadelphia over the weekend after revealing that he had been dealing with discomfort…

  16. Carlos Carrasco placed on disabled list with right elbow inflammation

    Aug 8, 2011, 8:29 PM EST

    Cleveland Indians v Boston Red Sox

    The Indians just announced that they have placed Carlos Carrasco on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Carrasco was handed a six-game suspension last week for throwing at the head of Royals’ DH Billy Butler on July 29, but he didn’t begin serving the suspension until after his start last Wednesday against the…

  17. Carlos Beltran out of tonight’s lineup with sprained right wrist

    Aug 8, 2011, 7:50 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants

    UPDATE: Amy Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com reports that Carlos Beltran‘s hand is still sore and he is being sent for an MRI. 7:30 PM: According to Henry Schulman of San Francisco Chronicle, Carlos Beltran is out of the lineup for tonight’s game against the Pirates due to a sprained right wrist. Beltran felt a sharp pain…

  18. Bryan Stow shows progress, moving limbs on command

    Aug 8, 2011, 7:12 PM EST

    Giants Fan Attacked

    Bryan Stow’s family passed along some good news on the Giants fan who’s been hospitalized since a brutal beating at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, posting the following statement on their official website: Yesterday we got the most response from Bry to date. He lifted his left leg slightly when asked, he raised his left…

  19. Bobby Jenks undergoes colonoscopy after being hospitalized for “intestinal turmoil”

    Aug 8, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Bobby Jenks

    Already on the disabled list with a back injury, Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks was hospitalized over the weekend with what manager Terry Francona described as “intestinal turmoil.” According to Francona “he got really sick, I mean, really sick” and “they ended up having to keep him in the hospital for three days.” Brian MacPherson…

  20. Phillies-Giants scuffle leads to three-game suspension for Shane Victorino, fines for others

    Aug 8, 2011, 5:46 PM EST

    Shane Victorino, Mike Muchlinski,Ramon Ramirez

    The disciplinary fallout from the Phillies-Giants scuffle Friday night is pretty minor, with Shane Victorino receiving a three-game suspension and no other players from either team getting more than undisclosed fines. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Victorino will appeal his suspension, which stems from what MLB described as “aggressive actions that prolonged the bench-clearing…

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