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  1. Alex Rodriguez plays high-stakes poker, but is he any good?

    Aug 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    OK, so at this point we know that Alex Rodriguez regularly played poker, usually for a lot of money and with some shady people, but one thing I haven’t heard addressed is whether he’s actually any good. Until yesterday, that is. I was watching a recent episode of NBC’s late-night show “Poker After Dark” on…

  2. The Diamondbacks are trying to nip a Twitter problem in the bud

    Aug 5, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Social media is scary!  Anyone can say anything at any time!  Personal expression can flourish with no supervision!  This is something with which sports teams don’t typically do very well. So, there are a couple of ways you can go if you run a sports team and are concerned about players saying inappropriate or otherwise…

  3. Another good prospect headed to Kansas City, as Royals call up Johnny Giavotella

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    The latest arrival in Kansas City’s season-long influx of young talent is second base prospect Johnny Giavotella, who was called up from Triple-A last night. While not among the Royals’ historic stockpile of elite prospects, Giavotella would be one of the top few prospects in plenty of other organizations. He hit .322 with an .855…

  4. Better call Shields and Price

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    The MLB Fan Cave has a funny. I just wish Rich Harden was in it so that they could start it out with the classic “are you injured?” Oh, and I kind of have a thing for that Alice McGinity person who shows up near the end of the video.  She has a Kelly Macdonald…

  5. Diving play leaves Omar Infante with fractured middle finger

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Florida Marlins

    Omar Infante‘s diving attempt at a ground ball with the bases loaded yesterday was unsuccessful and left the Marlins second baseman with a fractured right middle finger. Infante initially remained in the game, but was eventually replaced by Wes Helms and is bound for the disabled list. However, manager Jack McKeon is hopeful that Infante…

  6. Memorabilia dealer arrested for selling phony jerseys

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Dragnet

    Shocking: a guy selling allegedly game-worn jerseys turns out to have been passing out fakes.  Doubly shocking: the word “Authentics” appeared in the name of his business. You just can’t trust anyone these days! Steven Jensen, co-chief executive officer of Vintage Sports Authentics, was accused in Manhattan federal court of mail fraud and wire fraud.…

  7. David Freese takes one to the head; diagnosed with a mild concussion

    Aug 5, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    David Freese

    Cardinals third baseman David Freese was hit on the side of the head by a pitch from Clay Hensley during last night’s game. It clearly wasn’t intentional, as the HBP came with the bases loaded and drove in the go-ahead run for the Cardinals, but someone should probably ask Tony La Russa what he thought…

  8. Cliff Lee shuts down the Giants

    Aug 5, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    It seems like a year ago that the Giants took two of three from the Phillies in Citizens Bank Park, but it was only about a week.  For that matter it seems like ten years ago that the Giants beat the Phillies in the NLCS, but it was less than ten months.  But one thing…

  9. Trying to squeeze something out of the A-Rod poker story

    Aug 5, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v New York Mets

    It’s been funny watching the New York media trying to make something out of this A-Rod poker story.  They staked him out during his rehab workouts down in Tampa yesterday. They were told beforehand by Yankees officials that A-Rod wouldn’t answer questions about poker, and that if they asked, he’d leave.  They asked, he left.…

  10. What happened to Barry Zito?

    Aug 5, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

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    There’s a column by Chris Jones up at Grantland. It’s about Barry Zito and it tries to figure out what has happened to the guy. The premise: the famous Scott Boras binder, which he creates for all of his free agent clients, ruined him.  That it set a level of expectations and created a level…

  11. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 5, 2011, 5:28 AM EDT

    Ivan Nova

    Yankees 7, White Sox 2: Gosh, I just don’t know how the Yankees are gonna compete with the rotation in such bad shape. I mean, really, it’s dire (Ivan Nova 7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER 10K). Phillies 3, Giants 0: Cliff Lee tosses a seven hit shutout. Microcosm game: both teams can pitch, the…

  12. Dustin Ackley already has quite an eye for the strike zone

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:05 AM EDT

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    In case you haven’t noticed, Dustin Ackley has been on quite a tear of late. The Seattle Mariners rookie, drafted No. 2 overall behind Stephen Strasburg in the 2009 draft, has a .315/.377/.559 line in 39 games since being called up from Class-AAA Tacoma. His OPS+ is 165, the fifth highest OPS+ ever for a…

  13. Stephen Strasburg to make rehab debut Sunday at Single-A

    Aug 4, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

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    As expected, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg made it through a side session Thursday in Viera, Florida and has been cleared to make his first minor league rehab start on Sunday with Single-A Hagerstown. This according to Adam Kilgore, beat writer for the Washington Post. Strasburg underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last September after beginning…

  14. Justin Morneau cleared for minor league rehab games

    Aug 4, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

    morneau frustrated reuthers

    From the Minnesota Twins’ official Twitter feed comes word that first baseman Justin Morneau has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Rochester. Morneau has been out of commission since undergoing surgery on his neck near the end of June. He’s also still regaining strength from the several months that…

  15. Johan Santana diagnosed with left shoulder fatigue

    Aug 4, 2011, 8:19 PM EDT

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    Mets left-hander Johan Santana was sent to New York earlier this week for a checkup exam after experiencing discomfort in his surgically-repaired shoulder following a three-inning rehab start. That exam took place today. And the results are pretty much what we expected them to be. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets’…

  16. Report: Yadier Molina, Gerald Laird fought last night

    Aug 4, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    Umpire Drake backs off, as Cardinals' Molina argues, and is restrained by Descalso at Miller Park in Milwaukee

    The Cardinals just dropped two of three to the Brewers in a crucial early-week series, falling 3 1/2 games back of Milwaukee in the National League Central standings. And now it appears that the Cards’ problems have spilled off the field. According to Craig Mish of SiriusXM, catchers Yadier Molina and Gerald Laird got into…

  17. Picture of the Day: Jordan Lyles got his first win and first pie

    Aug 4, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    It took 12 starts, but 20-year-old Astros rookie Jordan Lyles finally picked up his first big-league victory yesterday. And then he got his first big-league pie to the face:

  18. “Out: The Glenn Burke Story” to air on Versus on Tuesday

    Aug 4, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Glenn Burke

    We first wrote about the Glenn Burke documentary last year when it made its premiere on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.  Now it’s getting a national showing on Versus on Tuesday, August 9th at 10PM. For those unaware, Glenn Burke was the first and, as far as we know, the only gay player to be out of…

  19. No more delays: Blue Jays call up top prospect Brett Lawrie

    Aug 4, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie spring training

    Brett Lawrie was on the verge of being called up in May when a broken hand knocked him out for two months, but he’s hit .350 at Triple-A since returning in mid-July and today the Blue Jays officially added their top prospect to the roster. There are questions about whether Lawrie can stick at third…

  20. Yadier Molina suspended for five games for spittlepocalypse

    Aug 4, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina

    Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for his little freakout on Tuesday night. I love the way the MLB press release puts it. It says he was suspended for “his inappropriate actions” which included: … making contact with Umpire Rob Drake multiple times and spraying him with spittle…

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