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  1. Braves acquire Jack Wilson from Mariners for PTBNL

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:12 PM EST

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    In case you haven’t noticed, waiver trades aren’t nearly as interesting or exciting as their counterparts that take place in mid-to-late July. Exhibit A: According to the Mariners’ official Twitter feed, veteran infielder Jack Wilson was dealt to the Braves late Thursday for a player to be named later. Wilson has hit just .249/.283/.295 in…

  2. Grady Sizemore goes 0-for-3 in rehab debut at Double-A

    Aug 31, 2011, 9:53 PM EST

    Grady Sizemore

    Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout and two groundouts Wednesday in his first minor league rehab game since undergoing surgery in late July to repair a sports hernia. This according to Zack Meisel, associate reporter with MLB.com. Sizemore batted leadoff and served as Double-A Akron’s designated hitter. He will begin seeing…

  3. Reds promoting top catching prospect Devin Mesoraco

    Aug 31, 2011, 9:25 PM EST

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    The Reds are planning to add several fresh faces Thursday when major league rosters expand, according to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon. Chief among those September callups will be catching prospect Devin Mesoraco. A 23-year-old from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (yes, home of the famous groundhog), Mesoraco has posted an impressive .289/.371/.484 batting line with 36 doubles, 15 home…

  4. Travis Hafner could return to Tribe in late September

    Aug 31, 2011, 8:38 PM EST

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    “Pronk” has not been shut down. Yet. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner got encouraging news about his strained right foot Wednesday after paying a visit to an “out-of-state” specialist who usually treats NFL players. Hafner is still required to wear a protective walking boot, but recent…

  5. Cards approached Lance Berkman in July about extension

    Aug 31, 2011, 8:04 PM EST

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    The Cardinals drew phone calls from at least one contending team earlier this week when right fielder Lance Berkman passed through waivers unclaimed and became eligible to be traded to any major league club. But Berkman hasn’t been dealt, and won’t be dealt, because the Redbirds are hoping to make him part of their plans…

  6. Mariners sign GM Jack Zduriencik to multi-year extension

    Aug 31, 2011, 7:21 PM EST

    Jack Zduriencik

    According to Shannon Drayer of ESPN 710 AM in Seattle, the Mariners have signed general manager Jack Zduriencik to a multi-year contract extension. The Mariners finished 40 games under .500 last season and sit 20 games under .500 here in 2011, but Zduriencik is widely regarded as one of baseball’s most forward-thinking executives and Seattle’s…

  7. Madison Bumgarner fans 11 as Giants shut out Cubs

    Aug 31, 2011, 6:40 PM EST

    Madison Bumgarner

    Madison Bumgarner is doing his best to keep the Giants in the race. He allowed two hits and matched his career high with 11 strikeouts over eight innings in a 4-0 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday.  It was just his ninth win of the season, but the Giants did improve to 9-4 in his…

  8. Joe Nathan shuns trade possibility, opts to stick with Twins

    Aug 31, 2011, 6:16 PM EST

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    Joe Nathan, who has full no-trade protection as a 10-year veteran who has spent the last five years with one team, has told the Twins he’d prefer to stay with the team rather than accept a deal to a contender, the Star-Tribune’s Joe Christensen reports. No trade involving Nathan had been agreed to.  The Twins went…

  9. Barry Bonds won’t be retried on perjury counts

    Aug 31, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

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    As you’ll recall, the jury that sat in judgment of Barry Bonds could not reach a verdict on the perjury counts he faced.  That meant a mistrial on those counts, which gave the prosecution the right to re-try Bonds if it so chose.  Today the prosecution announced that it would decline.  From the Mercury News:…

  10. Adrian Beltre to return from hamstring injury Thursday

    Aug 31, 2011, 5:46 PM EST

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    Barring another last-minute setback with his hamstring injury Adrian Beltre is scheduled to come off the disabled list tomorrow, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Beltre hasn’t played since mid-July, but was on the verge of returning on August 9 when he aggravated the injury while testing his hamstring running the…

  11. Deep thoughts: what does it mean to “consider” someone for the MVP?

    Aug 31, 2011, 5:36 PM EST

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    I tweeted this randomly a few minutes ago and got some good responses, so I figured I’d throw it out to the whole crowd: I tire of the argument that goes like this: “Player X should get consideration for Honor Y!” It could be the Hall of Fame. It could be a postseason award like…

  12. While on the disabled list A.J. Pierzynski may have lost his job to Tyler Flowers

    Aug 31, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

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    A.J. Pierzynski had started 28 of 32 games behind the plate for the White Sox when he fractured his wrist on August 12, but it sounds like he’ll be a part-time player once he returns from the disabled list. Tyler Flowers has impressed while filling in for Pierzynski and manager Ozzie Guillen told Doug Padilla…

  13. Franco, Piazza to take part in Mets September 11th remembrance

    Aug 31, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

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    The Mets — and particularly New York native John Franco and first-game-back home run hitter Mike Piazza — played an instrumental role in ushering baseball back into action following the 9/11 attacks. It should not be surprising, then, that the Mets have called back Franco and catcher Mike Piazza to take part in the team’s…

  14. Jose Canseco is breaking news about the Red Sox now

    Aug 31, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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    Jose Canseco manages the independent league Yuma Scorpions and one of his players is former big leaguer and speedy center fielder Joey Gathright. So naturally Canseco broke the news via Twitter that Gathright has left the Scorpions to sign a minor-league deal with the Red Sox: I’m not so sure about the Fenway in October…

  15. The Netherlands wants to host a major league game or two

    Aug 31, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Netherlands

    Did you know you can walk into a ballpark in Amsterdam and buy a beer? And I don’t mean just like in no paper cup, I’m talking about a glass of beer.  Which is a good thing if, as this translated-from-Dutch article is saying what I think it’s saying, the Netherlands wants to host some…

  16. Rangers get reliever Michael Gonzalez from Orioles, catcher Matt Treanor from Royals

    Aug 31, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

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    Not satisfied with adding Mike Adams and Koji Uehara to the bullpen at the July 31 trade deadline the Rangers have pulled off another deal for a veteran reliever, acquiring Michael Gonzalez from the Orioles for a player to be named later. Gonzalez had a brutal April, but the 33-year-old left-hander recovered to throw 41…

  17. Hanley Ramirez may need shoulder surgery

    Aug 31, 2011, 3:03 PM EST

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    This isn’t official or anything, but at least one writer with Marlins sources — Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post — is hearing rumors that Hanley Ramirez may need shoulder surgery. Ramirez had been rehabbing and was thought to be ready to come off the disabled list on Friday. But he left a minor…

  18. Where does Miguel Tejada rank in the history of shortstops?

    Aug 31, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

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    Miguel Tejada may still latch on with another team after being designated for assignment by the Giants today, but the former MVP looks finished as a quality regular and is definitely finished as a decent shortstop option. Rather than focus on the terrible hitter and range-less fielder that Tejada has become in the twilight of…

  19. Because you need some Tim Lincecum-inspired fashion

    Aug 31, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

    Lincecum cap

    When I think Tim Lincecum, I think “sharp.”  So you can understand why I’m so stoked to shop at an online store featuring “the Time Lincecum Collection.” I’ll admit, I sort of like the logo-looking one. I just have this feeling that all of these will wear much better in about ten years when he’s…

  20. Mark Buehrle enjoys the “drama” surrounding Ozzie Guillen

    Aug 31, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

    Tyler Flowers, Ozzie Guillen, Mark Buehrle

    Ozzie Guillen’s relationship with general manager Ken Williams is reportedly worse than ever and he’s already talking about leaving Chicago if a contract extension isn’t offered, but at least one White Sox player is just fine with Guillen’s consistent headline-making ways. During an interview with ESPN-1100 in Chicago today Mark Buehrle explained that Guillen “is…

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