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  1. Aroldis Chapman’s fastball 1, Wrigley Field protective netting 0

    Aug 6, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

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    Aroldis Chapman throwing a 99-mph fastball is nothing new, but that pitch sailing wide of the catcher and ripping through the protective netting behind home plate is a scary thought for the people paying big bucks for those seats. That’s exactly what happened last night at Wrigley Field, although luckily no one was sitting directly…

  2. Carlos Gonzalez set to rejoin Rockies’ lineup tonight

    Aug 6, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

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    Barring a last-minute setback Carlos Gonzalez is slated to be in the Rockies’ lineup tonight, returning from the disabled list a day earlier than expected after sitting out the past three weeks with a wrist injury. Gonzalez went 3-for-10 on a brief rehab assignment at Triple-A and manager Jim Tracy told Nick Kosmider of MLB.com…

  3. Red Sox expected to have Jed Lowrie back on Monday

    Aug 6, 2011, 11:11 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Jed Lowrie has been out since mid-June with a shoulder injury, but he’s rehabbing in the minors and Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that the infielder is on track to come off the disabled list Monday. Lowrie is 4-for-12 (.333) with a double and two walks through four rehab games at Triple-A, but the Red…

  4. Jered Weaver just doesn’t know how to win (or something)

    Aug 6, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Detroit Tigers

    When someone uses Jered Weaver‘s win total against him in a Cy Young debate–and it’s already happening, with plenty more to come–I hope the sane among us remember last night’s game. Weaver threw nine shutout innings, striking out eight, walking one, and allowing zero extra-base hits. And he got a no-decision. And then an inning…

  5. Merle Haggard recorded an ode to Ron Washington

    Aug 6, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

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    From the “Why Would I Make This Up?” department, here’s this. You may be familiar with the phrase, “That’s the Way Baseball Go.” It was uttered by Rangers manager Ron Washington last season and became something of a rallying cry for the team during their first-ever World Series run. Well, now it is forever immortalized…

  6. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Aug 6, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    The Yankees topped the Red Sox 3-2 last night, giving them their eighth straight victory and sole possession of first place in the American League East for the first time since July 7. That’s like an eternity in “Yankee years,” by the way. The game really turned when Joe Girardi pulled Bartolo Colon with the…

  7. The Phillies and Giants had themselves a benches-clearing brawl

    Aug 6, 2011, 12:52 AM EDT

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    Who needs the Red Sox and Yankees? We just witnessed a benches-clearing brawl in the sixth inning of tonight’s game between the Phillies and Giants. Check out the video footage here. It all started when Shane Victorino was hit in the back by a pitch from Giants right-hander Ramon Ramirez. Victorino began to gesture and…

  8. Brad Hawpe undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

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    According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Brad Hawpe is done for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. Hawpe, who signed with the Padres over the winter, batted .231/.301/.344 with four home runs, 19 RBI and a .645 OPS over 216 plate appearances before being place on the disabled list in…

  9. Juan Nicasio hospitalized after being struck in head by comebacker

    Aug 5, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

    Juan Nicasio

    UPDATE: Here’s the latest update from the Rockies: Juan Nicasio is at a local hospital resting and undergoing tests after being struck on the right side of the head. 9:34 PM: Very scary moment in Denver. Juan Nicasio left tonight’s game against the Nationals in the top of the second inning after being struck in…

  10. Marlins holding preliminary internal talks about a long-term contract for Mike Stanton

    Aug 5, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Mike Stanton won’t even be eligible for arbitration until after the 2013 season, but the Marlins are already planning for their future. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the Marlins are holding “preliminary internal talks” about a long-term contract for the young slugger. However, the team hasn’t come up with anything specific…

  11. Orioles place Zach Britton on disabled list with strained shoulder

    Aug 5, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees - Game Two

    Zach Britton‘s rookie campaign has taken another unfortunate turn. According to Roch Kubato of MASNSports.com, the Orioles have placed Britton on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder. He was cleared to make room for Cesar Izturis, who is back from elbow surgery. It’s always scary when you hear something about a pitcher’s…

  12. J.J. Hardy sidelined with left ankle injury

    Aug 5, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    J.J. Hardy is out of tonight’s lineup against the Blue Jays after leaving Thursday’s game with discomfort in the upper part of his left ankle, reports Avi Zaleon of MLB.com. Hardy is officially listed as day-to-day right now, though he is expected to go for a precautionary MRI. The good news is that Orioles manager Buck Showalter…

  13. Ike Davis won’t return to Mets this season, may need surgery

    Aug 5, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Not that anyone expected any different by now, but the Mets have all but officially ruled out first baseman Ike Davis returning this season. General manager Sandy Alderson announced that Davis will remain shut down for 3-4 more weeks, at which point he’ll attempt to resume baseball activities nearly four months after suffering what was…

  14. Single + Yonder Alonso in left field = inside-the-park homer

    Aug 5, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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    Yesterday we learned that the Reds are giving Yonder Alonso some ground balls at third base in their ongoing effort to find ways to get the first base prospect in the lineup alongside Joey Votto. Today we learned that, not only is he highly unlikely to ever be anything but awful defensively at third base,…

  15. Nate McLouth out six weeks following sports hernia surgery

    Aug 5, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Nate McLouth was placed on the disabled list last week with a lower abdominal strain, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves outfielder underwent sports hernia surgery yesterday and is expected to miss six more weeks. McLouth hasn’t ruled out playing again this season, but he’ll definitely be up against the clock and…

  16. Talking about the Braves with Ted Berg

    Aug 5, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    In the runup to the Braves-Mets series this weekend, Ted Berg of SNY.TV had me on The Baseball Show today to talk about the Braves. It’s about 70% gloom, 30% bright future talk if you’re a Braves fan. If you’re a Mets fan, reverse those ratios.  I’m probably too pessimistic about Braves hitting prospects, actually.…

  17. Mark Trumbo’s power matched only by his out-making ability

    Aug 5, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    I was watching the Angels-Twins game last night when Minnesota television analyst Bert Blyleven advised Francisco Liriano to “throw the slider to this big donkey.” Liriano obliged and Mark Trumbo hit the ball approximately 700 feet for a three-run homer. It was Trumbo’s 21st homer, which ranks eighth in the AL and is very impressive…

  18. MLB warns against performance-enhancing ground up deer antlers

    Aug 5, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    The fact that ballplayers are using a spray made from ground up deer antlers as some sort of performance enhancer a la HGH is not news. We wrote about it back in January. What’s new, per Tom Verducci at Sports Illustrated, is that Major League Baseball sent a warning to players last week that they…

  19. Carlos Lee has more career plate appearances than the rest of the Astros combined

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

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    The other day I wrote about how ugly the Astros’ lineup looks after trading away Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn, and Jeff Keppinger. But as Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle points out, the lineup is incredibly inexperienced in addition to being really, really bad: Carlos Lee has 7,967 career plate appearances, or four more than…

  20. Must-click link: Stop Subsidies to Sports Stadiums

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

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    Neil deMause of Baseball Prospectus and Field of Schemes has written an article for The Nation making it clear to anyone who didn’t already know it that using public dollars for ballparks, stadiums and arenas is bad business and bad government.  Here’s a quote which I’ve heard before but it’s always worth repeating: “If you want…

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