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  1. Alex Rodriguez to begin baseball activities Thursday

    Aug 1, 2011, 8:12 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v New York Mets

    The Yankees were notable for their inactivity before Sunday’s trade deadline, but remember that they have some pretty good help on the way. According to George A. King III of the New York Post, Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed earlier today that Alex Rodriguez will begin baseball activities Thursday in Tampa. Rodriguez underwent surgery on July 11…

  2. Witness in Bryan Stow case dies suddenly

    Aug 1, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    The Los Angeles Times reports that a key witness in the beating case of Bryan Stow died suddenly Sunday, apparently of an allergic food reaction. Law enforcement sources told the Times that Matthew Lee died after eating a salad that apparently contained nuts.  The coroner’s office has not released a cause of death, however. Lee…

  3. Yankees to use six-man rotation this week

    Aug 1, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Ivan Nova

    Ivan Nova, who allowed two runs over seven innings against Baltimore in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, will make at least one more start for the Yankees, as the team will go to a six-man rotation this week. The Yankees announced Monday that Nova would slot in Thursday, pushing Bartolo Colon back to Friday.…

  4. Johan Santana’s rehab start gets pushed back

    Aug 1, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    GM Sandy Alderson said it’s simply a “tweak in the schedule, not a setback,” but Johan Santana had his second scheduled rehab start for Single-A St. Lucie pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday because he didn’t feel as strong as hoped after his last outing, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. It means Santana will be going…

  5. Diamondbacks call up slugging prospect Paul Goldschmidt

    Aug 1, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day

    When the Diamondbacks traded Brandon Allen to the A’s in the weekend deal for Brad Ziegler it cleared the path for Paul Goldschmidt to replace him as their first baseman of the present and, Arizona hopes, the future. And sure enough, the Diamondbacks have called up Goldschmidt from Double-A after the 23-year-old former eighth-round pick…

  6. Stephen Strasburg to begin rehab starts next week

    Aug 1, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that Stephen Strasburg likely has one more sim game to throw down in Florida but then should begin rehab starts in actual minor league combat next week. This would put him on track to pitch in genuine major league contests before the end of the year, which is a tad…

  7. Man who fell to death at Coors Field in May had alcohol and marijuana in system

    Aug 1, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Coors Field

    An autopsy has revealed that 27-year-old Robert Seamans had alcohol and marijuana in his system when he fell to his death at Coors Field on May 24. According to the Associated Press the amount of alcohol found in Seamans’ system was twice the legal limit to drive and the medical examiner’s office deemed the combination…

  8. Carlos Carrasco suspended six games for head hunting

    Aug 1, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Carrasco_Carlos

    I’ll take “things I missed because I was paying more attention to trades than I was to baseball this weekend” for $500, Alex!  From MLB: Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco has been suspended for six games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing a pitch in the head area of Kansas City’s Billy Butler during the…

  9. Jeter out of the lineup today

    Aug 1, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Derek Jeter hits single against the Oakland Athletics in New York

    Derek Jeter bruised his finger when he was hit by a pitch yesterday.  He’s apparently still sore, so he’s out of tonight’s lineup, replaced by Eduardo “in the 1940s a guy like him would have a nickname” Nunez. I will now go and contemplate how many players I’d really dedicate a “so and so was scratched from…

  10. Tweet of the Day: Jose Canseco meets Kim Kardashian

    Aug 1, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    No one tell Kris Humphries, but(t) …

  11. Attack on Bryan Stow detailed

    Aug 1, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    There was an aborted bail-reduction hearing for one of the suspects in the Bryan Stow case today.  But in the course of that hearing the details of the attack, as described by police and the prosecution, were revealed.  And it’s pretty awful. Click through for the complete details, but the suspects allegedly committed at least…

  12. Ubaldo Jimenez to make Indians debut Friday versus Rangers

    Aug 1, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    Throwing one terrible inning under odd circumstances Saturday night as Colorado and Cleveland were putting the finishes touches on their blockbuster trade screwed up Ubaldo Jimenez‘s usual throwing schedule, so his Indians debut won’t come until Friday against the Rangers. That means he’ll have one extra day of rest between starts, even though his last…

  13. Danys Baez clears waivers, released by Phillies

    Aug 1, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Baez_Danys

    As expected, the Phillies have released Danys Baez after the veteran reliever was designated for assignment and cleared waivers. Baez still has two months left on a two-year, $5.25 million deal, but his 5.81 ERA in 84 total innings for the Phillies included allowing 17 runs in his final 12 innings. Baez is still just…

  14. Matt Stairs released

    Aug 1, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    We kinda knew this was gonna happen last week when he was designated for assignment, but it’s kind of a bummer anyway: Matt Stairs has been released by the Nationals. It’s probably retirement/hockey coaching time for Stairs who, at 43, managed only a .154/.257/.169 line with no homers this year.  Overall, however, he had a fine…

  15. After failing to sign with A’s last offseason, Hisashi Iwakuma will give MLB another try in 2012

    Aug 1, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    This winter Oakland secured exclusive negotiating rights with Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma by bidding $19 million, but that posting fee was refunded when the two sides couldn’t agree to a contract during a contentious negotiating process. At the time Iwakuma’s agent, Don Nomura, publicly criticized the A’s on Twitter and via various media members, but…

  16. Study: Major League injuries on the rise

    Aug 1, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    Posey injury 2.bmp

    Most of us never read actual studies. Just abstracts. Mostly because we have short attention spans.  But hey, that’s life. Oh, look! Something shiny! Latest abstract of a study we won’t read: one in the American Journal of Sports Medicine that says that MLB injuries are on the rise. The upshot: there are more injuries among…

  17. Pirates designate Lyle Overbay for assignment after Derrek Lee trade

    Aug 1, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    overbay_lyle

    Lyle Overbay got one last start at first base yesterday because Derrek Lee took his time reporting after the Pirates acquired him from the Orioles. Overbay smacked a two-run homer, going deep for just the eighth time in 352 at-bats, and today the Pirates designated the 34-year-old for assignment. He wasn’t worth Pittsburgh’s one-year, $5…

  18. Why do I do Power Rankings again?

    Aug 1, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    My original impulse to do power rankings was two-fold: (1) to force myself to actually look back at how each team did in the past week because I sometimes lose track, especially over the weekend; and (2) to have someplace to put occasional random observations about teams that wouldn’t justify their own blog post. I should add…

  19. Rays rookie Desmond Jennings is off to an incredible start

    Aug 1, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Desmond Jennings profile

    Many people questioned why the Rays kept Desmond Jennings at Triple-A for so long, allowing the speedy outfielder to rack up 230 games and nearly 1,000 plate appearances in parts of three seasons in Durham, but now that he’s in the majors the 24-year-old rookie is thriving. Jennings got some brief action in Tampa Bay…

  20. The Yankees are going to call up Jesus Montero “in the very near future”

    Aug 1, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    The exact timeline is unclear, but the Trenton Times reports that the Yankees are going to call up catcher Jesus Montero “in the very near future.” Montero was rumored to be the fodder of a possible Ubaldo Jimenez deal at the deadline, but one gets the sense that the Yankees weren’t keen on trading him.  It…

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