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  1. Micah Owings stays with Reds, accepts Triple-A assignment

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty apparently wasn’t kidding when he said there was “not a lot of interest” in Micah Owings from other teams after the right-hander was designated for assignment last week. Owings cleared waivers and has accepted an assignment to Triple-A, which means he’ll remain in the Reds organization while losing his spot…

  2. Stephen Strasburg will burn through service time while on DL

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    I hate to spread more icing on the Nationals’ bad news cake, but a side effect of Stephen Strasburg likely needing Tommy John elbow surgery is that he would burn through service time while on the disabled list. In other words, even if he never throws a pitch in 2011 and spends the entire season…

  3. Does Rob Dibble still think Stephen Strasburg should "suck it up" and "stop crying"?

    Aug 27, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    I hope Rob Dibble feels about as good as he announces right now. Dibble, who serves as the Nationals’ television analyst, made headlines for saying during a radio interview that Stephen Strasburg should “suck it up” and pitch through the arm pain that knocked him out of Saturday’s start. Dibble’s anti-Strasburg rant included all sorts…

  4. Report: Rays to sign Brad Hawpe

    Aug 27, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Rays will sign Brad Hawpe. Hawpe, 31, was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week after batting just .255/.343/.432 with seven home runs and 37 RBI. The Rangers, Red Sox and Padres were also rumored to have varying degrees of interest. Hawpe is no Manny Ramirez, but…

  5. Cliff Lee loses to Twins, falls to 2-5 with 4.50 ERA for Rangers

    Aug 27, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Francisco Liriano held up his end of the bargain in last night’s marquee pitching matchup, taking a shutout into the seventh inning in Texas, but Cliff Lee turned in his third straight ugly start and dropped to 2-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 total outings since being traded to the Rangers. Lee continues to…

  6. Stephen Strasburg has significant UCL tear, will likely require Tommy John surgery

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    Well, this is just about the worst-case scenario for Nationals fans. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo just announced that Stephen Strasburg will likely require Tommy John surgery after Thursday’s arthogram revealed a “significant tear” of the ulnar collateral ligament in his his right elbow. Rizzo said the team believes the injury was “acute” and happened…

  7. Carlos Beltran would be open to a trade

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    According to David Lennon of Newsday, Carlos Beltran indicated that he would consider waiving his no-trade clause this winter. Newsday has that pesky paywall, so go ahead and read the full story here. “I have to,” Beltran said. “I have to do what’s best for me and they have to do what’s best for them.…

  8. Giants manager Bruce Bochy says Pablo Sandoval and Tim Lincecum need to get in better shape

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    In talking to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News yesterday Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he wants to see both Pablo Sandoval and Tim Lincecum get into better physical condition this offseason. Grouping them together may seem strange given that Sandoval is one of the portliest players in baseball and Lincecum probably weighs…

  9. UPDATE: Nats to provide update on Strasburg at 10:30 a.m. ET

    Aug 27, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post tweets that the conference call is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. ET. 8:14 AM: This sounds promising. The Nationals will hold a conference call sometime between 9 a.m. ET and noon today to announce the results of Stephen Strasburg’s MRI arthogram, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.…

  10. Jordan Zimmermann makes first start in 13 months

    Aug 27, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    The event was overshadowed a bit by the introduction of Bryce Harper and the concern over Stephen Strasburg, but Jordan Zimmermann made his long-awaited return from Tommy John surgery in last night’s wild 11-10 extra-innings victory over the Cardinals. Zimmermann looked decent enough over the first three innings, giving up one run on two hits…

  11. Diamondbacks plan to hire GM by the end of the season

    Aug 27, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic on Thursday that the team intends to have a permanent general manager in place by the end of the regular season. “I’d like to have a GM in place before the season ends,” Hall said. “You allow teams to get through the draft, get…

  12. Chris Young hopes to return to Padres this season

    Aug 26, 2010, 10:57 PM EDT

    Remember Chris Young? He certainly hopes the San Diego Padres do. Young, the 6-10 right-hander known as much for his injury struggles as his talent, threw 55 pitches over three innings in a simulated game on Thursday. He is trying to work his way back from a shoulder injury, and says he’s focused on returning…

  13. D'Backs looking to make Chase Field less hitter-friendly

    Aug 26, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    The Diamondbacks’ Chase Field is known as one of the most hitting-friendly ballparks in Major League Baseball with its short fences, massive center field batter’s eye and relatively high elevation.  According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the D’Backs are looking at ways to change that. From messing with the dimensions to raising fences…

  14. Jose Reyes aggravates right oblique strain, exits game

    Aug 26, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

    Mets shortstop Jose Reyes spent close to a month on the disabled list earlier this season due to an oblique injury. He might be going back on the disabled list now for the very same reason. According to New York’s WFAN radio, Reyes was…

  15. Albert Pujols goes deep for the 400th time

    Aug 26, 2010, 8:14 PM EDT

    Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols just launched an opposite-field home run off Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann.  It was his 400th career long-ball.  Pujols is the 47th player to reach that feat and the third-youngest in baseball history, behind only Eddie Matthews and Alex Rodriguez.  He is a .332/.426/.625 career hitter and has managed at least 30…

  16. AL home run leader Jose Bautista could pull off a first

    Aug 26, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    In major league baseball’s long history, no player with at least 100 plate appearances has ever managed to hit under .260 and slug at least .600. Jose Bautista, though, has a chance to do it this year. With 125 games under his belt, Bautista is batting .258/.374/.597 with 40 homers and 95 RBI. Except for…

  17. Phillies fan says Nyjer Morgan was only being playful in incident that landed him a seven-game suspension

    Aug 26, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    This is interesting. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post received an e-mail from a Phillies fan Thursday who was sitting in the Citizens Bank Park center field stands last week…

  18. Rangers tempted by Manny Ramirez, not by Brad Hawpe

    Aug 26, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Rangers officials told MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan that the team is looking at making a run at Manny Ramirez, but that the team isn’t interested in the recently released Brad Hawpe. Hawpe has been mentioned as a possible fit for Texas and San Diego since being let go by Colorado, but the Padres appear to be…

  19. Report: Cubs interview Eric Wedge for managerial spot

    Aug 26, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine reports that Cubs GM Jim Hendry went to Cleveland Thursday for a face-to-face interview with ex-Indians manager Eric Wedge. Wedge, the AL Manager of the Year in 2007, was fired by the Indians following the 2009 season. In seven seasons at the helm of the tribe, he compiled a 561-573 record.…

  20. X-rays negative on Brandon Phillips' hand

    Aug 26, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    X-rays on Brandon Phillips’ injured right hand came back negative Thursday, and he’s expected to be available to play this weekend, according to Scott Miller of CBS Sports. Phillips was injured when he was hit by a Santiago Casilla pitch during the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game. He stayed in to run the bases, but…

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