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  1. Alex Rodriguez rejoins Yankees, remains on disabled list

    Aug 18, 2011, 6:41 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez

    As expected, the Yankees declined to activate Alex Rodriguez from the disabled list after he joined the team in Minnesota for Thursday’s series opener versus the Twins. Rodriguez, who is making his way back from knee surgery, took grounders at third base and ran the bases this afternoon, but according to the AP, he was “looking a…

  2. Joe Mauer is in right field because Luke Hughes went to the wrong gate

    Aug 18, 2011, 6:20 PM EST

    Drew Butera, Delmon Young, Danny Valencia, Jason Kubel

    Had things worked out as planned, the Twins would have had Luke Hughes at second base, Trevor Plouffe in right field and Joe Mauer behind the plate tonight against the Yankees.  That Mauer is instead in right field is because Luke Hughes showed up at the wrong airport gate after getting news of his promotion. Which, frankly,…

  3. Post-concussion symptoms send Denard Span back to DL

    Aug 18, 2011, 5:41 PM EST

    Denard Span

    Denard Span returned from the disabled list two weeks ago despite admitted that he wasn’t fully recovered from a June 3 concussion, suggesting that after two months on the sidelines he felt like it was time to try to push through the symptoms. That has proven to be a big mistake, as Span went 2-for-35…

  4. Clayton Kershaw halts Brewers’ six-game winning streak

    Aug 18, 2011, 5:23 PM EST

    Clayton Kershaw

    The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw blanked the Brewers for eight innings Thursday to earn his 15th win in what ended up being a 5-1 game. The Brewers, who had won six straight and 19 of their last 21 games, managed just five hits off Kershaw before finally scoring a run in the ninth. Having thrown 104…

  5. Joe Mauer forced to play right field for short-handed Twins

    Aug 18, 2011, 5:07 PM EST

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    Michael Cuddyer, Denard Span, and Matt Tolbert are injured, Jason Kubel is away from the team for a family emergency, and call-up Luke Hughes missed his flight to Target Field, so manager Ron Gardenhire had to improvise tonight’s Twins lineup and the result is Joe Mauer making his professional debut in right field. Prior to…

  6. MLB reduces Shane Victorino’s suspension to two games, beginning tonight

    Aug 18, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    Shane Victorino, Mike Muchlinski,Ramon Ramirez

    Shane Victorino‘s three-game suspension from the Phillies-Giants scuffle on August 6 has been reduced to two games after the center fielder appealed to MLB. He’ll begin serving the reduced suspension tonight against the Diamondbacks and will also sit out tomorrow night’s game against the Nationals. Victorino was the only player who received a suspension, with…

  7. No protest from Yankees means case closed on Royals homer

    Aug 18, 2011, 4:38 PM EST

    Joe Girardi, Dana DeMuth

    MLB’s executive VP of baseball operations Joe Torre acknowledged umpire Dane DeMuth’s mistake in awarding Billy Butler a home run in Kansas City last night, but because the Yankees declined to file a protest, the matter is over with. DeMuth got the Kauffman Stadium ground rules wrong in giving Butler a homer in the Yankees’…

  8. MLB wouldn’t let the Nationals wear caps honoring the military

    Aug 18, 2011, 4:05 PM EST

    Alex Cora, Ivan Rodriguez (courtesy Washington Nationals)

    The Nationals were given permission to wear a variety of military-flavored caps in batting practice Tuesday, but MLB wouldn’t let them wear them in the game that night against the Reds.  The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg asked why: So then I called an MLB spokesman to ask what happened, and he explained that the league prefers its…

  9. Jerry Hairston Jr. could have killed Josh Wilson

    Aug 18, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Jerry Hairston Jr.

    They tell us the Brewers have been doing all of the little things right while winning 19 of their last 21 games.  Today, they did a little thing wrong and it could have had big consequences. With men on first and third in the bottom of the third inning of the game against the Dodgers,…

  10. Rays to activate catcher John Jaso from disabled list Friday

    Aug 18, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

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    Tampa Bay has today off and they’ll have John Jaso back in the lineup when they return to action tomorrow, as Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the catcher will come off the disabled list. Jaso has been out since July 9 with an oblique injury, leaving Kelly Shoppach and rookie Robinson…

  11. Rangers acquire reliever Tim Wood from Pirates

    Aug 18, 2011, 2:59 PM EST

    Tim Wood

    In the second waiver deal of the month, the Rangers have acquired right-hander Tim Wood from the Pirates for a player to be named or cash.  They then optioned the reliever to Triple-A Round Rock. Wood, a 28-year-old who pitched for the Marlins in 2009-10, had a 5.63 ERA in eight innings for the Pirates…

  12. Royals go overboard in re-signing Jeff Francoeur

    Aug 18, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Jeff Francoeur

    Pay no attention to the mutual option behind the curtain.  From the day it was dreamed up, it had virtually no chance of being exercised.  What were the odds that both team and player thought said player would be worth exactly $4 million in 2012? On Thursday, the Royals and Jeff Francoeur both decided the 27-year-old outfielder…

  13. Red Sox to put Kevin Youkilis on DL, call up Ryan Lavarnway

    Aug 18, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Boston’s league-leading offense will be short-handed for a while, as Kevin Youkilis has joined David Ortiz on the sidelines. Ortiz remains on the active roster for now despite a heel injury, but Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are expected to place Youkilis on the disabled list due to back…

  14. That hot dog eater guy is starting for the Orioles on Friday

    Aug 18, 2011, 1:52 PM EST

    Takeru Kobayashi

    If only his fastball had a little more mustard. Takeru Kobayashi, the world-record holder in eating hot dogs and Krystal burgers, threw out the first pitch for the Gary Southshore Railcats on Wednesday and did a pretty outstanding job of it. The Railcats probably should have let him stay in and throw a few more.  They ended…

  15. Jose Tabata wants to honor Roberto Clemente by wearing his retired number for one game

    Aug 18, 2011, 1:28 PM EST

    clemente retired number

    Now that he’s back from a two-month stint on the disabled list Jose Tabata told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review that his “dream” is to play right field at PNC Park while wearing Roberto Clemente’s retired No. 21 for one game. No player has worn that number for the Pirates since the Hall…

  16. Mets won’t be trading Jason Isringhausen or Scott Hairston

    Aug 18, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    jason-isringhausen-mets-spring

    Now that the Mets are transitioning to Bobby Parnell as their primary closer trading 38-year-old Jason Isringhausen for a prospect might make sense, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that won’t be happening. According to Rubin the Mets placed Isringhausen on waivers along with fellow impending free agents Scott Hairston and Tim Byrdak,…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

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