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  1. Astros sweep four-game series from Phillies, in Philadelphia

    Aug 26, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

    This afternoon Wandy Rodriguez and the Astros completed an unlikely four-game sweep of the Phillies, in Philadelphia. Not only is it the first time the Phillies have been swept in a four-game series at home since 2002–in other words, before they’d even moved into their current ballpark–they came into the series having won 22 of…

  2. Report: Dustin Pedroia is "probably done for the year"

    Aug 26, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    Earlier this week Dustin Pedroia sought a second opinion on his injured foot and now Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that a “major league source” has told him the second baseman is “probably done for the year.” According to Cafardo he’ll spend the next week or two wearing a boot to stabilize the…

  3. Bryce Harper puts on a batting practice show in Washington

    Aug 26, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper is holding his first press conference for the Washington media today, but first he took batting practice before the Nationals-Cardinals game and … well, he hit a whole bunch of homers. Here’s how Gene Wang of the Washington Post described the scene: In front of team executives, agent Scott Boras, players from both…

  4. No, Virginia, I don't believe in jinxes

    Aug 26, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    There, I said it. Phew. This topic is pretty silly to begin with, but since it’s been a relatively slow afternoon news-wise, I thought it was worth discussing. You see, during Tuesday’s near no-hitter by the Rangers, I was accused of being a jinx. Yes, it’s true. That stung a little bit at the time,…

  5. Indians pitching prospect Hector Rondon undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Aug 26, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    Last season Hector Rondon emerged as one of Cleveland’s best pitching prospects by posting a 3.38 ERA and 137/29 K/BB ratio in 146 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, but he followed that up with an 8.53 ERA in 32 innings at Triple-A before being shut down in mid-May and yesterday he underwent Tommy John elbow…

  6. Lance Berkman "is on the phantom disabled list" and "has been healthy for a while"

    Aug 26, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    Chad Jennings of the New York Journal News reports that Lance Berkman will definitely be ready to come off the disabled list when eligible next week and in fact writes that “Berkman has been healthy for a while.” According to Jennings “he could have played this week” and “is on the phantom disabled list so…

  7. Brad Hawpe could sign as soon as today

    Aug 26, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Brad Hawpe could sign with a new club by as soon as today. Hawpe, 31, was designated for assignment last week after batting just .255/.343/.432 with seven home runs, 37 RBI and a 776 OPS in 259 at-bats with the Rockies this season. After passing through release…

  8. Manny Ramirez is out of Dodgers' lineup for day game after night game

    Aug 26, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez is not in the Dodgers’ lineup this afternoon, but it likely has more to do with manager Joe Torre resting him for a day game following a night game than it does his waiver wire status. However, if he doesn’t come off the bench as a pinch-hitter this afternoon there’s a slight chance…

  9. Oliver Perez wants to stay with the Mets. Of course he does!

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    This might be my favorite story of the day, mostly because it makes me incredibly sad. Oliver Perez told Adam Rubin of ESPN.com that he would like to be back with the Mets next season. “I want to be back here. I want to have a championship because I know the fans want it and…

  10. Troy Glaus making transition back to third base in minors

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    Aaron told us earlier this week that Troy Glaus was surprisingly seeing some action at third base while rehabbing a knee injury with Triple-A Gwinnett. His transition back to the hot corner hasn’t gone perfectly. Glaus committed two errors during Tuesday’s game and was nearly charged with another on Wednesday. Still, he told Carroll Rogers…

  11. Triple Crown Watch: Albert Pujols vs. Joey Votto

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Last night Albert Pujols went 0-for-4 in a loss to the Pirates while Joey Votto went 4-for-7 with two homers and four RBIs in a wild extra-inning win over the Giants, so here’s how the Triple Crown picture looks right now: BATTING AVERAGE JOEY VOTTO .326 Carlos Gonzalez .320 ALBERT PUJOLS .319 HOME RUNS ALBERT…

  12. Felix Hernandez becomes fourth-youngest pitcher to record 1,000 strikeouts

    Aug 26, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    Last night Felix Hernandez beat the Red Sox while racking up seven strikeouts in 7.2 innings of two-run ball and in doing so became the fourth-youngest pitcher in baseball history to reach 1,000 career strikeouts. Here are the leaders, according to Elias Sports Bureau: YEAR AGE Bob Feller 1941 22 years, 179 days Bert Blyleven…

  13. Roger Clemens will be arraigned on Monday

    Aug 26, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    According to Teri Thompson of the New York Daily News, Roger Clemens will be arraigned Monday before U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton. The hearing is set for 2 p.m. ET at the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse in downtown Washington, D.C., according to an order released by the court. We have a feeling a few…

  14. Former baseball union boss Donald Fehr on verge of taking over same role in NHL

    Aug 26, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    According to James Mirtle of the Toronto Globe and Mail longtime MLB players’ association executive director Donald Fehr “is on the verge of taking over the troubled NHL players’ association.” Hockey has been without a players’ association boss since Paul Kelly was fired last year and Fehr received an $11 million severance package while stepping…

  15. Manuel Corpas likely done for season with elbow injury

    Aug 26, 2010, 11:58 AM EDT

    Yesterday’s stunning comeback win over the Braves has the Rockies primed for yet another late-season charge towards the postseason, but it looks like they’ll have to do it without Manuel Corpas. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Corpas is likely done for the season due to an elbow injury. The 27-year-old right-hander left…

  16. Brewers dump Manny Parra from the rotation for third year in a row

    Aug 26, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    As expected, the Brewers have bumped Manny Parra from the rotation after an ugly start Sunday dropped him to 3-10 with a 5.65 ERA this season. Chris Capuano will replace Parra in the rotation beginning Saturday against the Pirates. Capuano has pitched mostly in relief since coming back from Tommy John surgery, but was a…

  17. Ryan Howard's five-strikeout, 0-for-7 night was pretty rare

    Aug 26, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Lost in Roy Oswalt playing left field in a 16-inning game after Ryan Howard was ejected by an out of line umpire Tuesday night is that Howard went 0-for-7 with five strikeouts before getting tossed in the 14th frame. With the help of Baseball-Reference.com I looked up how many players in baseball history have gone…

  18. Rob Dibble is conveniently on vacation

    Aug 26, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    You may recall that Rob Dibble had some some choice words for Stephen Strasburg earlier this week, telling him to “suck it up,” among other things. In wake of the controversial comments, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon that Dibble would not be in the MASN broadcast booth for at least the next two nights.…

  19. Dusty Baker may juggle Reds' rotation to keep Cardinals from killing Johnny Cueto

    Aug 26, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Depending on how the Reds adjust their rotation between now and then Johnny Cueto may be in line to start against the Cardinals next week. When he last faced the Cardinals on August 10 there was a benches-clearing incident and Cueto was suspended seven games after giving Jason LaRue a season-ending concussion with a kick…

  20. Unhappy with reduced role, Luis Castillo may seek a trade

    Aug 26, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    Luis Castillo has started just four of the last 17 games and said yesterday that he’s unhappy losing playing time to 20-year-old rookie Ruben Tejada, who’s hitting just .167 in 48 games overall this season. On the bench last night for the fifth straight game, Castillo told the New York Daily News that he’ll talk…

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