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  1. A.J. Pierzynski cleared to resume baseball activities

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

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    It sounds like the first disabled list stint of A.J. Pierzynski‘s career won’t be a long one. Pierzynski got a second opinion on his fractured wrist yesterday and has been cleared to resume baseball activities just three days after being placed on the DL. Despite the “fracture” description Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago writes that…

  2. Jim Hendry fired as Cubs GM

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:24 AM EST

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    So much for that vote of confidence last week, huh? Jim Hendry has been fired as the Cubs general manager, reports David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com.  The termination is effective immediately. Kaplan reports that Hendry is currently meeting with the Cubs in the clubhouse, presumably being thanked by the players for all of those ridiculous contracts…

  3. “Growing sense in Marlins clubhouse” that Hanley Ramirez won’t play again this season

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Hanley Ramirez

    Hanley Ramirez is eligible to return from the disabled list two weeks after spraining his left shoulder, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post writes that “there’s a growing sense in the Marlins clubhouse” that he’ll miss the remainder of the season. No one has ruled out Ramirez returning and manager Jack McKeon spoke…

  4. HBT Daily: A few words about the Indians-Tigers series

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Tiffany and I discuss what is more or less the only real playoff race going on right now

  5. Cole Hamels is “progressing really well” and “on course” to start next week

    Aug 19, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers a pitch to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    Cole Hamels was scratched from his scheduled start this week because of shoulder inflammation, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that “he remains on course to rejoin the rotation next week.” Hamels will have to throw a problem-free bullpen session first, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. noted that “he’s been progressing really well.” Hamels…

  6. Adrian Gonzalez says his neck is not to blame for his power outage

    Aug 19, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Earlier this week Terry Francona said that Adrian Gonzalez‘s recent struggles were due to his bad neck.  Gonzalez dismissed that after another bad night last night: “I’m not hitting because my swing isn’t good right now, not because of my neck” Not that this absolves his neck. He says that the swing is messed up…

  7. Brian Wilson likely unavailable all weekend with sore elbow

    Aug 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Brian Wilson was unavailable yesterday for the second straight game because of elbow inflammation and Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News writes that the Giants’ closer is unlikely to pitch again before Monday. That’s the bad news. The good news is that Wilson has avoided the disabled list so far and Dr. James…

  8. An MLB.com columnist pens a love letter to baseball commissioners

    Aug 19, 2011, 9:53 AM EST

    Bud Selig

    I long ago abandoned the notion that MLB.com was Pravda or something, which is what I first thought it would be when it started up. The reporting there is very good, and sometimes great. Many of the MLB.com beat writers are much better than the newspaper guys who cover the same beat. Many of the…

  9. Mets drop to 14th in overall attendance; on pace for worst year since 2004

    Aug 19, 2011, 9:16 AM EST

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    Kaja Whitehouse of the New York Post reports the Mets are suffering from an eight percent decline in home attendance and have dropped to 14th place in baseball’s average attendance standings.   Average attendance this year is 30,891. That’s the lowest per-game average since 2004. On the one hand, if you look at the Mets…

  10. Jerry Reinsdorf unsure if expanded playoffs, realignment is going to happen

    Aug 19, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Reinsdorf, chairman of MLB team Chicago White Sox and NBA basketball team Chicago Bulls, smiles as he participates at the 2010 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills

    We’ve spent a lot of time this spring and summer talking about realignment and the expansion of the playoffs, but at the owners’ meetings the other day, White Sox honcho Jerry Reinsdorf voiced skepticism that either of those things would happen: “I’m not sure I’m in favor of the expanded playoffs. If it happens, I…

  11. Former Congressman: Roger Clemens “has suffered enough”

    Aug 19, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    Former Congressman Tom Davis, who was co-chair of the committee which recommended that Clemens be investigated for perjury following his testimony, said yesterday that he thinks the Justice Department should cut bait on the prosecution and that Clemens has already “suffered enough.” The suffering, Davis said, was the millions in legal fees Clemens has had…

  12. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 19, 2011, 5:42 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels 2, Rangers 1: Mark Trumbo hits a walkoff homer off Mike Adams to help Anaheim salvage one in what was still a disappointing four-game set. They trailed the Rangers by just 1½ games early last week and now it’s six. Oh, and Jered Weaver, while pitching well, still managed to get visibly annoyed at…

  13. Phil Humber takes a lickin’, keeps on tickin’

    Aug 19, 2011, 1:45 AM EST

    Phil Humber apparently has a hard head. The Chicago White Sox pitcher was hit flush in the head by a line drive off the bat of Cleveland Indians outfielder Kosuke Fukudome in the second inning of Thursday’s game, yet was on his feet to greet trainer Herm Schneider, and actually tried to convince Schneider to…

  14. Bryce Harper pulled from AA game with hamstring strain; might be done for season

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:48 PM EST

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    According to beat writer Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Nationals outfield prospect Bryce Harper was pulled from a game Thursday at Double-A Harrisburg after injuring his hamstring while running the bases. Harper had to be carried off the field by trainers, but early indications point to the injury being rather minor. He’ll be reevaluated Friday morning.…

  15. Tommy Hanson won’t be activated early next week

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:11 PM EST

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    Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson (shoulder inflammation) was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to August 7, so he is eligible to be activated early next week — Monday, to be exact. But that’s probably not going to happen. According to Mark Bowman and Chris Cox of MLB.com, Hanson’s sore right shoulder has not made…

  16. Stephen Strasburg will make fourth rehab start Monday

    Aug 18, 2011, 9:46 PM EST

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    Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington once again has an update on Stephen Strasburg‘s ongoing rehabilitation from Tommy John elbow surgery. Per Zuckerman, Nationals manager Davey Johnson revealed to the media this evening that Strasburg is scheduled to make his next minor league rehab start on Monday with the Single-A Hagerstown Suns. It’ll be his third…

  17. Morrow takes to Twitter, apologizes for grazing Wells’ ‘schnaz’

    Aug 18, 2011, 9:20 PM EST

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    You’ve got to love how social media brings people together. In fact, I’d like to nominate Twitter for The Nobel Peace Prize. Can I do that? As it turns out, no. But I’ll forge ahead anyway in praising the peace-making qualities of Twitter. Case in point: Last night, in his first start in Seattle since…

  18. MLBPA files grievance against Cubs on Big Z’s behalf

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:03 PM EST

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    From Carrie Muskat of MLB.com comes word that the Major League Baseball Players Association field a grievance against the Cubs this evening on behalf of right-handed starter Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano was placed on the disqualified list and docked 30 days of pay after walking out on his Cubs teammates following a blowout loss to the…

  19. Jason Kipnis scratched from Indians’ lineup Thursday

    Aug 18, 2011, 7:18 PM EST

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    As expected, rookie second baseman Jason Kipnis is back in the Indians’ starting lineup for Thursday night’s series finale against the White Sox. Kipnis missed four straight games with soreness in his right oblique. The promising 24-year-old was cleared to return after making it through a workout Wednesday that consisted of batting practice, infield practice…

  20. 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…

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