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  1. Rockies activate closer Huston Street from disabled list

    Aug 26, 2011, 7:32 PM EST

    street getty

    According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have activated closer Huston Street from the 15-day disabled list in time for Friday night’s series opener against the Dodgers. Street missed a little over two weeks after suffering a mild right triceps strain in early August. He did not allow a run in two…

  2. Diagnosis for Tommy Hanson: small tear in rotator cuff

    Aug 26, 2011, 6:48 PM EST

    Tommy Hanson

    The Braves announced prior to Friday’s game that an MRI showed a small tear in Tommy Hanson’s rotator cuff that won’t require surgery.  The hope is that he’ll return to the rotation in mid-September. It’s a scary diagnosis for Braves fans, though it certainly could be worse; most major league pitchers have some sort of…

  3. Jason Bay scratched from Friday’s lineup with jammed shoulder

    Aug 26, 2011, 6:10 PM EST

    Jason Bay

    Jason Bay will miss Friday’s game against the Braves and probably most of 2012 because of a jammed right shoulder, the Mets announced. Well, the Mets didn’t actually announce that Bay would miss most of 2012.  That’s just an easy assumption since he is, in fact, a Met.  Technically, the team is saying he’s day-to-day.…

  4. A-Rod met with MLB today to talk about the poker stuff

    Aug 26, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez watches from the dugout as the Yankees take batting practice in Minneapolis

    Alex Rodriguez met with Major League Baseball officials in Baltimore today. The topic: those tabloid/blog reports about his underground poker games and his alleged trip to Mohegan Sun. MLB is not at all happy with A-Rod over this stuff. No word on whether part of that unhappiness has anything to do with his presence at…

  5. Wrigley Field likely getting the 2016 All-Star Game

    Aug 26, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Wrigley Field

    That’s the story from Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago.  Of course, the way Major League Baseball works they won’t make it official until, like, spring 2015 even though they’ve been printing up stuff about it for months. I mean, they haven’t even announced where 2013’s game is going to be yet. Why so far out…

  6. John Farrell to miss tonight’s game after all

    Aug 26, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    John Farrell

    This morning’s report about Blue Jays manager John Farrell having pneumonia also had him rejoining the team today. Which seemed a bit nuts given that, you know, pneumonia is rather serious. Apparently cooler heads have prevailed, however, as Farrell is now reported to be missing tonight’s game against the Rays. Presumably bench coach Don Wakamatsu will fill in…

  7. Stat of the day: facing the Bombers

    Aug 26, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

    Felix Hernandez

    61 pitchers have started at least five games versus the Yankees since the beginning of 2007.  Here are the best and worst of the results, ranked by ERA: Best 1. A.J. Burnett: 4-1, 1.35 ERA (seven starts) 2. Felix Hernandez: 6-1, 2.04 ERA (eight starts) 3. Cliff Lee: 4-1, 2.55 ERA (six starts) 4. Brian…

  8. The Phillies-Marlins Saturday night game postponed due to Irene

    Aug 26, 2011, 4:25 PM EST

    Hurricane Irene - Friday

    The Sunday game between the Phillies and Marlins had been moved to Saturday as part of a double header. Now the back end of that doubleheader has been cancelled due to the fact that it’s really gonna be rainin’ and blowin’ by Saturday night.  The day game scheduled for 1PM tomorrow is still on track.…

  9. Dewayne Wise on his way to Toronto

    Aug 26, 2011, 4:10 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Florida Marlins

    The Blue Jays and Dewayne Wise just can’t quit one another.  The Jays claimed Wise off waivers from the Marlins today, which means Wise is heading to the Jays organization for the third time. He played with them from 2000-02 and then spent 52 games with them last season. He was also in their minor…

  10. Ramon Hernandez pulled back off waivers

    Aug 26, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Ramon Hernandez

    According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, catcher Ramon Hernandez was claimed off waivers and has since been pulled back by the Reds, making him ineligible to be traded. Hernandez seemed like an obvious fit with either the Giants or Angels earlier this season, but the Reds weren’t willing to trade him prior to the July 31…

  11. Look! A series with playoff implications!

    Aug 26, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Minnesota Twins

    Let’s stop talking about games that have been cancelled and start talking about games that matter. Like the series that really and truly matters most this weekend, the Angels vs. the Rangers. Who’d-a-thunk it a week and a half ago when Texas soundly dispatched Anaheim, taking three of four in the Big A, and extending…

  12. Indians put Michael Brantley on DL, call up Nick Hagadone

    Aug 26, 2011, 3:07 PM EST

    Michael Brantley

    With Jim Thome joining the club, the Indians have shaken up their roster some in advance of Friday’s game against the Royals.  Left fielder Michael Brantley (wrist) and starting pitcher Josh Tomlin (elbow) have both gone on the DL, and left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone has been called up to make his major league debut. Hagadone,…

  13. On deck for Derek Jeter: scouting out rebound opportunities

    Aug 26, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

    Mila Kunis

    We here at HardballTalk sympathize wholeheartedly with Derek Jeter in the wake of his breakup with Minka Kelly. So, to save him some time and stress in the middle of the pennant race, we’ve lined up some rebound possibilities for him. It’s the least we could do. Jennifer Lopez: Alex Rodriguez hooked up with an older diva…

  14. UPDATE: Now both Saturday and Sunday’s Mets-Braves games are canceled

    Aug 26, 2011, 2:21 PM EST

    Irene - Thursday

    UPDATE:  Earlier today word was that the Sunday Mets-Braves game was cancelled due to the hurricane. Now they’ve cancelled Saturday’s too.  New York is closing mass transit at noon on Saturday for fear of flooding and chaos. Without the mass transit, you’ve got no way to move the fans, the stadium workers and others in…

  15. Hanley Ramirez set to begin rehab assignment tonight

    Aug 26, 2011, 2:19 PM EST

    hanley getty hurt wide

    Out since August 3 with a sprained shoulder, Hanley Ramirez is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tonight at Single-A. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that Ramirez could come off the disabled list and rejoin the Marlins as soon as Monday. Emilio Bonifacio has started all 20 games at shortstop in…

  16. NBC blogger looks to pick fight with millions, proposes “putting ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ out to pasture”

    Aug 26, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    American Flag

    Not me! I swear! Even though I pretty much agree with everything Off The Bench’s Rick Chandler says in his post today about getting rid of “The Star Spangled Banner” as our national anthem:* Now, no one loves America more than me, except perhaps Apollo Creed. But I say it may be time to put The…

  17. Jim Thome is gone, but the Jim Thome giveaway goes on in Minnesota

    Aug 26, 2011, 1:52 PM EST

    jim thome toy

    Minnesota traded Jim Thome last night and he’ll be in Cleveland’s lineup tonight, but that won’t stop the Twins from going through with their planned Thome “wind-up walker” giveaway. The first 10,000 fans through the turnstiles at Target Field tonight will receive the toy pictured to the right and the fact that the Twins had…

  18. Jim Leyland doesn’t think Justin Verlander should be the MVP

    Aug 26, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

    Justin Verlander

    The “Justin Verlander should be given MVP consideration” train has been gaining steam this past week. Buster Oleny is shoveling the most coal, but I suppose he’ll be joined by others soon. I don’t deny that he should be given consideration. The rules of the MVP award are clear in stating that pitchers should be…

  19. Heath Bell to remain with Padres as deadline passes without Giants deal

    Aug 26, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Padres pitcher Bell is congratulated by teammate and catcher Torrealba after the Padres defeated the Giants during their MLB baseball  game in San Francisco

    San Francisco claimed Heath Bell off revocable waivers, but every indication was that the Giants were highly unlikely to acquire the impending free agent closer from the Padres and now it’s official. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the 48-hour window to work out a trade has passed without a deal, so Bell will stay…

  20. Adrian Beltre is “moving closer” to a rehab assignment

    Aug 26, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    Last time Adrian Beltre was this close to returning from a hamstring strain he tried to test himself by running the bases and aggravated the injury. Three weeks later he’s feeling good again and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Beltre “is moving closer to a medical rehabilitation assignment in the minor leagues.” Beltre took…

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