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  1. Bryce Harper won't make his pro debut this season

    Aug 20, 2010, 10:01 PM EDT

    The Nationals agreed to terms with No. 1 overall pick Bryce Harper on a five-year, $9.9 million contract earlier this week, however he won’t make his pro debut this season. According to Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that the teenage hitting sensation will soon travel to Viera, Florida in order…

  2. Athletics place Conor Jackson on DL once again

    Aug 20, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Conor Jackson, who just rejoined the Athletics on Monday, was placed on the DL for the third time this season Friday with a strained abdominal muscle. The A’s acquired Jackson from the Diamondbacks on June to step in as their starting left fielder, but he’s played in just 18 games since, hitting .228/.362/.316 with five…

  3. Indians get prospect Zach McAllister from Yankees

    Aug 20, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    The player to be named in the Austin Kearns deal was announced Friday, and the Indians ended up acquiring right-hander Zach McAllister from the Bombers to complete the deal. I’ve always viewed McAllister as an overrated prospect, but he’s a nice return for someone who had no place in Cleveland’s future plans. The 22-year-old was…

  4. Takin' a little time off

    Aug 20, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    As I mentioned in this morning’s recaps, I’m going to be taking a little time off. All next week to be precise. I’ll be back on Monday, August 30th.  Yes, I’m going out of town, but it’s to a secret undisclosed location that may or may not look like the pic to the right. I…

  5. Braves stun Cubs in the ninth inning, win 5-3

    Aug 20, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

    The day had not gone well for Atlanta. New first baseman Derrek Lee was 0 for 4 with a couple of strikeouts. Melky Cabrera’s adventures in left field had led to a couple of Cubs runs. The Braves’ bats just weren’t able to do a hell of a lot against Ryan Dempster. Facing Carlos Marmol…

  6. Tyler Colvin getting a shot to replace Derrek Lee at first base

    Aug 20, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    After trading Derrek Lee to the Braves the Cubs are now looking at rookie Tyler Colvin as his possible replacement at first base. Colvin has never played an inning at first base in five seasons as a pro, but Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that he took grounders there before today’s game and manager Lou…

  7. Mets beef up security in light of K-Rod getting all punchy

    Aug 20, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    I’m not sure this is necessary. There has been a 100% drop in relief pitcher-on-girlfriend’s father violence in the Mets clubhouse in recent days! Since Francisco Rodriguez suffered a season-ending hand injury while allegedly assaulting his girlfriend’s father in the family lounge at Citi Field last week, the Mets have increased their security presence monitoring…

  8. Derek Holland demoted, so Rich Harden in line to start Monday for Rangers

    Aug 20, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    After a rough start Wednesday the Rangers have sent Derek Holland back to Triple-A, calling up reliever Michael Kirkman to take his place on the roster for now. Holland was penciled in to start Monday, so that means the Rangers will likely activate Rich Harden from the disabled list to make that start against the…

  9. Laser Show cancelled: Pedroia goes back to the DL

    Aug 20, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia got all kinds of props for taking ground balls from his knees and pushing to get back in the lineup as soon as possible.  Seems that the gritty toughness is not the better part of valor, because he just got put on the disabled list again.  Too much pain in his ankle, he…

  10. Cody Ross claimed on waivers; could be dealt

    Aug 20, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Marlins outfielder Cody Ross was much talked about at the trade deadline but ultimately nothin’ happened.  Now he’s on waivers, however, and Jayson Stark is reporting that an NL team has claimed him — Ken Rosenthal says it’s the Giants — and that the Marlins are discussing a possible trade. Of course, what put the…

  11. Marlins catcher Ronny Paulino suspended 50 games for PEDs

    Aug 20, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Marlins catcher Ronny Paulino has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. Numerous minor leaguers have been suspended for PED usage this year, but Paulino and Edinson Volquez are the only major leaguers to get the 50-game ban. Last season Manny Ramirez…

  12. Congressman says Andy Pettitte was the key to Clemens' indictment

    Aug 20, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    We’ve all been talking about the difficulty of the Roger Clemens-Brian McNamee he-said-he-said game, but at least one prominent member of the congressional committee that led to this mess said that the key to the referral to the U.S. Attorney’s office (which eventually led to the indictment) was Andy Pettitte’s testimony: Andy Pettitte’s sworn statement…

  13. In the middle of 18th straight losing season, Pirates planning "meaningful" payroll increase for 2011

    Aug 20, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Craig noted this morning that the Pirates are one defeat away from their 18th straight losing season and their current 109-loss pace would be the team’s worst record during that horrendous stretch. But fear not, Pirates fans, because today team president Frank Coonelly said the following to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette: We…

  14. Yet Johnny Cueto continues to walk the streets, a free man

    Aug 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Here’s a pressing and important debate in today’s Post-Dispatch that in no way is designed to enflame the passions of Cardinals fans angry at Johnny Cueto. The headline: “LaRue’s out, Cueto’s in: Is that fair?” While the contours of the actual debate which follow are reasonable enough, the headline just slays me. The obvious implication…

  15. Rays manager soon to be "Doctor Joe Maddon"

    Aug 20, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Between his black, thick-framed glasses and decidedly intellectual persona Joe Maddon already kind of looked and talked the part, but now the Rays manager will actually be a “doctor” thanks to his alma mater awarding him an honorary degree. Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, where Maddon was a student from 1972-76, will give him a “Doctor…

  16. Torii Hunter visits the ballpark he helped build

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

    When I read the intro to this story about Torii Hunter’s return to Minnesota in today’s L.A. Times, I was prepared to scoff at yet another strange Torii Hunter statement: Target Field is “The House That Torii Built.”  Ha! Put this alongside “Dominicans are imposters” and “Kirby Puckett moved off centerfield for me.” The usual…

  17. Derrek Lee batting cleanup and facing Cubs in Braves debut

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Derrek Lee will make his Braves debut later this afternoon at Wrigley Field against his former Cubs teammates. He’s also batting cleanup, which is somewhat unexpected for a guy with a .416 slugging percentage. Of course, Lee hit .304/.358/.528 with six homers and 10 doubles in the 30 games preceding his trade to Atlanta and…

  18. The Red Sox lottery game is outrageously lucrative

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Remember back in March when I used the Red Sox scratchoff lottery game to unleash a big anti-lottery screed?  At the time I said I’d provide updates as warranted. That was kind of snarky, actually, but today we have a good reason to update anyway:  the Massachusetts lottery has now brought in $1 billion in…

  19. Clemens' obsession with his image seriously threatens his liberty

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Earlier this year, the lawyers representing Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger advised him to put his image behind his liberty, advising him to say nothing about an allegation of rape lodged against him in Georgia.  Though Roethlisberger’s reputation took the kind of a beating not seen since Tex Cobb absorbed 15 rounds of jabs, roundhouses, and…

  20. Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies arrested in cocaine bust

    Aug 20, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies was arrested in Florida and charged with cocaine possession. According to Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times he was arrested at 1:10 a.m. and released at 10:52 a.m. after posting a $2,000 bond. Gillies, who is legally deaf and wears a…

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