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  1. Cubs analyst Todd Hollandsworth slams Aramis Ramirez

    Aug 12, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    Whether’s it’s Manny, Hanley, Ramon or now Aramis, slamming a Ramirez is simply the in thing to do in baseball these days. Cubs analyst Todd Hollandsworth, who works in the studio for Comcast Sportsnet, decided to take on Aramis Ramirez on “The McNeil and Spiegel Show” this morning.  The Chicago Tribune has the quotes: When…

  2. Report: Johnny Damon clears waivers, eligible to be traded

    Aug 12, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon, Ben Zobrist

    Literally hundreds of players will be placed on waivers this month and a high percentage of them will go unclaimed, making them eligible to be traded. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com Johnny Damon is one of those players, as Tampa Bay successfully passed the left fielder/designated hitter through waivers unclaimed. Stark notes that the…

  3. MiLB.com launches free “Triple-A” app

    Aug 12, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    MiLB.com

    Using an interface modeled after the MLB At Bat 2011 app, minorleaguebaseball.com is now offering the free Milb.com Triple-A app, providing scoreboard and pitch-tracker information for every Triple-A game over the rest of the season. The app also features a customizable home screen that can be set up with one’s favorite affiliate, archived box scores…

  4. Former Village People lead singer planning to sue Rays

    Aug 12, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    village people

    Victor Willis, who was the lead singer (and cop) in the Village People before leaving the group in 1984, announced yesterday that he plans to sue the Tampa Bay Rays “within the next 30 days.” Willis is upset because in promoting a Village People concert at Tropicana Field last August the Rays used some video…

  5. Brennan Boesch diagnosed with second-degree thumb sprain

    Aug 12, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Brennan Boesch

    Brennan Boesch‘s thumb injury is more serious than the Tigers initially hoped, as he was diagnosed with a second-degree sprain that will keep him out of the lineup for at least a few days. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Boesch saw a hand specialist yesterday, getting an MRI exam and X-rays, but he’ll need…

  6. Phillies sign Mariners castoff Jack Cust to minor-league deal

    Aug 12, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Jack Cust

    Released by the Mariners last week, Jack Cust has signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. If he makes it back to the majors Cust will have gained 27 games in the standings by going from Seattle to Philadelphia, but he’d be no more than a bench bat for…

  7. Justin Morneau rejoins Twins six weeks after neck surgery

    Aug 12, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau is back in the Twins’ lineup, coming off the disabled list slightly ahead of schedule following neck surgery six weeks ago. Morneau sped up his return timetable by going 11-for-30 (.367) with a homer and four doubles in seven games at Triple-A, reportedly texting various Twins decision-makers to tell them he wanted back…

  8. Former big leaguers Tony Phillips and Mike Marshall fight as Jose Canseco manages

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

    grumpy old men

    When he’s not busy tweeting about his depressing love life Jose Canseco manages the Yuma Scorpions of the independent North American Baseball League, which believe it or not isn’t even close to the weirdest part of this story detailed by Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times. One of the Yuma players is Tony Phillips,…

  9. Shin-Soo Choo returns ahead of schedule from broken thumb

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:11 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v San Francisco Giants

    Shin-Soo Choo was scheduled to come off the disabled list next week, but in a surprise move the Indians activated him today about six weeks into what was initially an 8-10 week recovery timetable for a broken left thumb. They’re obviously confident that Choo is healthy, but he certainly didn’t show it by going 0-for-6…

  10. Albert Pujols is still ALBERT PUJOLS

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Albert Pujols‘ season totals are still well below his usual standards because of his bad start, but he’s somewhat quietly been his usual dominant self and then some for the past two months. Last night Pujols went 4-for-4 against the Brewers, smacking his 28th homer to move into a tie for the NL lead with…

  11. Brian McCann to begin minor league rehab assignment tonight

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:23 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Atlanta Braves

    According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Brian McCann will begin a minor league rehab assignment tonight with Triple-A Gwinnett. McCann hasn’t played since straining his left oblique during the extra-innings marathon against the Pirates back on July 26. While he originally hoped to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday and return from the disabled list tonight,…

  12. Brian Matusz pitching his way back into the Orioles’ plans?

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    Just a couple weeks ago Brian Matusz was struggling in the minors following his demotion to Triple-A and complaining publicly about the changes Baltimore pitching coaches asked him to make this season. However, yesterday Matusz threw a complete-game shutout at Triple-A and the Orioles dropped Chris Tillman from the rotation, leading Dan Connolly of the…

  13. First-place Diamondbacks match last season’s win total in dramatic comeback

    Aug 12, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Chris Young

    Paul Goldschmidt hit just .200 with 13 strikeouts in his first 30 at-bats, but the Diamondbacks called on the rookie slugger with two outs in the ninth inning last night and he delivered a monstrous pinch-hit homer that turned a 5-3 deficit into a 5-5 tie with the Astros. An inning later Chris Young put…

  14. Giants not planning payback in rematch vs. Marlins

    Aug 12, 2011, 2:18 AM EDT

    Scott Cousins, Buster Posey

    The San Francisco Giants take on the Florida Marlins in a three-game series beginning Friday. At first glance, this might not seem like much of a series, what with the Marlins entering the weekend on a seven-game losing streak, and the Giants preparing to face the talented Atlanta Braves early next week. But then we…

  15. Kyle Davies was arrested day before release from Royals

    Aug 12, 2011, 12:18 AM EDT

    Kyle Davies

    While Kyle Davies’ performance certainly justified the Royals’ decision to release him, the timing was curious.  It wasn’t like he could do any harm while on the disabled list because of a sore shoulder. Except apparently he could. Davies was arrested early Tuesday morning in Tampa on charges of disorderly intoxication, the Kansas City Star…

  16. Blue Jays not expected to sign first-rounder Tyler Beede

    Aug 11, 2011, 9:56 PM EDT

    jays logo

    Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com heard from a source Thursday that the Blue Jays are no longer expecting to reach agreement on a contract with Tyler Beede, their first-round pick from June’s MLB Amateur Draft. Beede made a commitment to pitch for Vanderbilt University earlier this summer and apparently hasn’t been swayed by the Jays’ contract…

  17. Asdrubal Cabrera, Carlos Santana exchange words in dugout, have to be separated

    Aug 11, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT

    cabrera santana getty

    According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and catcher-first baseman Carlos Santana had to be separated in the Indians dugout during the first inning of this evening’s game against the Tigers. It’s not exactly clear what spawned the argument, but Santana has struggled handling throws at first base this season and it’s…

  18. Michael Morse diagnosed with bruised elbow after HBP

    Aug 11, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    morse ap

    Nationals first baseman Mike Morse was forced from a game Thursday at Wrigley Field after getting struck in the left arm by a Ryan Dempster pitch. Morse doubled over in pain once he reached first base and held his arm carefully against his body as trainers escorted him off the field. It looked as though…

  19. Tim Hudson knows he wouldn’t stand a chance against Jose Constanza

    Aug 11, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    The AJC’s David O’Brien has a nice article up today on Braves rookie sensation Jose Constanza, who apparently goes by “Georgie” in the Atlanta clubhouse.  And just what sort of article would it be without the traditional quote about how the ace never likes to face one of those pesky singles hitters: “For me, personally,…

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