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  1. Hideki Irabu’s cause of death ruled as “self-inflicted with rope”

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Hideki Irabu

    Hideki Irabu’s death last month was confirmed as a suicide and today the Los Angeles department of public health released his death certificate, which lists “self-inflicted with rope” as the official cause of death. Irabu, who was 42 years old and married with two children, passed away on July 27 at his home in Los…

  2. Mike Jacobs suspended 50 games for HGH

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Mike Jacobs

    Mike Jacobs, a 1B/DH type who spent time with the Mets, Marlins and Royals over the years, and who this year has been playing at Colorado Springs for the Rockies organization, has been suspended 50 games for HGH. This comes less than a week after the Denver Post wrote a story about how it’s Jacobs’…

  3. Indians teammates ponied up $35,000 so Jack Hannahan could be at son’s birth

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Cleveland Indians

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has a great story about Indians utility man Jack Hannahan. Two weeks ago Hannahan’s wife went into labor with the couple’s first child nearly three months before her October 26 due date. Hannahan and Indians director of team travel Mike Seghi worked on finding a last-minute flight from…

  4. Mike Stanton has homered in four straight games

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    stanton swing

    In the same vein of that Brewers post, this post is just to draw your attention to something that’s going down but which you may have missed due to the whole East Coast Bias and all of that (note: I’m invited to all meetings of the East Coast Bias Committee, but I am still a…

  5. Hall of Fame establishes a Commissioner’s archive

    Aug 18, 2011, 9:43 AM EST

    cooperstown

    Major League Baseball has announced that the Hall of Fame has established an archive for the papers of MLB Commissioners. Sort of like a presidential library, I assume.  From the press release. Quotes from Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the Hall of Fame: “This archive will provide a central location for the study and research of…

  6. The Tribe releases Austin Kearns

    Aug 18, 2011, 9:23 AM EST

    Kearns_Austin

    No, this isn’t a big story, and no it’s not surprising at all. Shin-Soo Choo is coming back, a roster spot is needed and Kearns — who is hitting .200/.302/.287 — is the dictionary definition of expendable, so he’s gone. But it is notable for one reason. For years Kearns was always such a saber-boy…

  7. The Brewers are basically unstoppable

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Milwaukee Brewers

    Probably worth noting at this point that the Milwaukee Brewers are unstoppable. They’ve won 19 of 21 games. When this nice little run began in late July they were tied with the Cardinals for first place. Now they lead by seven and are close to putting the NL Central away. They’re 47-15 at home for…

  8. Royals awarded a gift home run when umps whiff on the ground rules

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    Kauffman fence.bmp

    The disputed Billy Butler home run in the Yankees-Royals game is going to be used by instant replay opponents to say that even a replay system isn’t perfect, but in this case replay wasn’t the problem. It was human error. As in, the umpires apparently didn’t know the ground rules of the ballpark in which…

  9. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 18, 2011, 6:07 AM EST

    Texas Rangers Andrus and Kinsler celebrate after defeating Los Angeles Angels during their MLB baseball game in Anaheim

    Rangers 4, Angels 3: Watching the Angels get beat by the Rangers puts me in mind of some sci-fi movie where a group is under attack from an invading army. Mike Scioscia is the defending general in a command center somewhere and keeps getting reports that the defenses are crumbling. He steels himself and says…

  10. Johan Santana won’t throw off mound for another week

    Aug 17, 2011, 10:32 PM EST

    johan santana getty

    It’s becoming less and less likely that Mets starter Johan Santana will be able to return to major league action before the 2011 season is through. According to beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the rehabbing southpaw has been cleared to return to Port St. Lucie, Florida after a successful checkup back in…

  11. Stephen Strasburg shaky in third minor league rehab start

    Aug 17, 2011, 9:29 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington has all the details on Stephen Strasburg‘s latest rehab outing. Strasburg, now 11 months removed from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, allowed four hits, two walks and five earned runs in under two innings of work Wednesday evening against the Astros’ Single-A affiliate from Lexington, Kentucky. He struck out three…

  12. Braves sign infielder Wes Helms to minor league contract

    Aug 17, 2011, 8:45 PM EST

    helms fields getty

    The Marlins released veteran infielder Wes Helms on Saturday when they demoted Logan Morrison to Triple-A New Orleans. As expected, it didn’t take Helms long to find an opportunity elsewhere. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves signed the 35-year-old to a minor league contract on Wednesday night and have assigned him…

  13. Jason Kipnis expected to return to action Thursday

    Aug 17, 2011, 8:03 PM EST

    kipnis getty

    Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has been sidelined since last Friday with a bit of discomfort in the area of his right oblique, but he’s made significant progress in the last couple of days and is expected to return to Cleveland’s starting lineup for Thursday night’s series finale against the White Sox. The good news…

  14. Alex Rodriguez will not be activated until Friday

    Aug 17, 2011, 7:38 PM EST

    a-rod at aaa

    According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Yankees manager Joe Girardi poured some cooling solution Wednesday on the idea that third baseman Alex Rodriguez might be activated from the 15-day disabled list in time for Thursday night’s series-opening game against the Twins. A-Rod went 4-for-10 with a double and a home run during a successful four-game…

  15. Former top prospect Jerome Williams returns to majors with Angels

    Aug 17, 2011, 7:11 PM EST

    Jerome Williams

    Jerome Williams, who was last seen going 0-5 with a 7.20 ERA in six starts with the Nationals in 2007, is back in the majors after being promoted by the Angels on Wednesday. Williams, a native of Hawaii, debuted with the Giants in 2003, finishing 7-5 with a 3.30 ERA in 21 starts as a rookie. …

  16. Wild ending in Oakland sees A’s hold off Orioles

    Aug 17, 2011, 6:49 PM EST

    Kurt Suzuki, Blake Davis

    The A’s edged the Orioles 6-5 on Wednesday when Kurt Suzuki was able to hold to the throw from right fielder David DeJesus and plant a tag on pinch-runner Blake Davis to end the game. It was a big surprise that it came to that.  Andrew Bailey retired the first two batters he faced in…

  17. Carlos Ruiz sits with oh, OW, OW, OW!

    Aug 17, 2011, 6:30 PM EST

    Carlos Ruiz, Miguel Montero

    After getting examined Wednesday, Carlos Ruiz is out of the Phillies lineup tonight with what’s officially being termed a left testicle contusion. Ruiz was injured by a Roy Halladay pitch in Tuesday’s loss, and though he was attended to by the trainer then, he was able to finish the game.  He’s considered day-to-day, and Brian…

  18. Report: Diamondbacks have asked about Edgar Renteria

    Aug 17, 2011, 6:10 PM EST

    Edgar Renteria

    John Gambadoro of 620 KTAR in Phoenix tweets that the Diamondbacks have talked to the Reds about shortstop Edgar Renteria. Arizona has been getting by with Willie Bloomquist at shortstop and Cody Ransom in a reserve role since Stephen Drew went down with a fractured ankle on July 20. Renteria, a black hole offensively while…

  19. Brian Wilson has sore elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews

    Aug 17, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Brian Wilson

    San Francisco’s injuries keep piling up. Yesterday the Giants placed setup man Sergio Romo on the disabled list with elbow inflammation and now closer Brian Wilson is unavailable due to elbow problems of his own. For now the Giants are calling Wilson’s elbow injury inflammation as well, but Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury…

  20. Stephen Strasburg could return September 2

    Aug 17, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post spoke with Davey Johnson today, who said that Stephen Strasburg could return to the bigs and make the start on September 2nd.  That’s a Friday against the Mets at Nationals Park. Kilgore refers to it as a “speculative” time table, however, so that could slide.  Given that September 2nd…

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