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  1. The Week Ahead: Countdown to deadline for Harper, Nats

    Aug 16, 2010, 12:37 AM EDT

    As with all of the players selected in the 2010 draft, No. 1 overall selection Bryce Harper has until midnight ET on Monday night to sign a deal. If he doesn’t reach an agreement with the Washington Nationals, Harper could return to college or sign somewhere else, such as an independent league. This seems unlikely,…

  2. Dibble apologizes for comments about female fans

    Aug 15, 2010, 10:12 PM EDT

    Last week, former pitcher and current Washington Nationals broadcaster Rob Dibble caused a little stir when he made some degrading comments on the air about a couple of female fans, wondering why they wouldn’t stop talking, how they must be embarrassing their husbands, and theorizing that “there must be a sale tomorrow.” Now he would…

  3. Rangers hoping to lock up outfielder Josh Hamilton

    Aug 15, 2010, 6:31 PM EDT

    We already know that the Rangers will make an effort to lock up ace left-hander Cliff Lee this offseason.  Now new CEO and managing partner Chuck Greenberg is saying that he also plans to work out an extension with outfielder Josh Hamilton in the very near future.  This according to the Dallas Morning News. “Keeping…

  4. Willy Taveras inks minor league deal with Rangers

    Aug 15, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers have inked outfielder Willy Taveras to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City…

  5. Kevin Slowey lifted Sunday after seven no-hit innings

    Aug 15, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey had a no-hitter going through seven innings against the A’s on Sunday, but was lifted due to a pitch count of 106 and a recent bout with elbow tendinitis…

  6. Dustin Pedroia's rehab assignment is underway

    Aug 15, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia began a minor league rehab assignment on Saturday at Triple-A Pawtucket and finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, according to the Boston Globe’s Dan Hickling.  Not a bad start. “It felt good,” he said. “It’s been a while since I played. Later in the game I…

  7. Rangers place Rich Harden back on disabled list

    Aug 15, 2010, 1:53 PM EDT

    Rangers right-hander Rich Harden failed to make it out of the third inning in his last start, August 7 against the A’s, and he had a scheduled outing pushed back this week for undisclosed reasons.  No we know why. Harden was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with right shoulder tendinitis, according to Anthony…

  8. Indians activate Travis Hafner from the disabled list

    Aug 15, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    According to the Indians’ official Twitter feed, designated hitter Travis Hafner has been activated from the disabled list. Hafner was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 29 with yet another case of soreness and discomfort in his shoulder.  It’s kind of shocking, given the big man’s history of shoulder problems, that he was…

  9. A-Rod homers three times in win over Kansas City

    Aug 15, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez slugged three home runs and collected a total of five RBI in Saturday’s 8-3 defeat of the Royals. It took him a grueling 47 at-bats to climb from career home run No. 599 to 600…

  10. Carlos Zambrano wins for first time since late June

    Aug 15, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano has struggled this season in more ways than one.  Through 70 innings — 11 starts, 16 relief appearances — he has posted a 5.27 ERA, 1.77 WHIP and 38 walks against 63 strikeouts.  Oh, and there was that little incident back in June that cost him a month. Perhaps some progress…

  11. Norris fans a record 14 batters in win over Pirates

    Aug 15, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    Astros starter Bud Norris set a Minute Maid Park record on Saturday, striking out 14 batters over seven innings in a 3-2 victory over the Pirates…

  12. K-Rod returns to mound, pitches scoreless inning

    Aug 15, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez returned to the mound Saturday for the first time since being arrested for assaulting and harassing the father of his girlfriend on Wednesday night at Citi Field. As expected, he was showered with boos…

  13. Torre to make decision on retirement around Labor Day

    Aug 14, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

    Dodgers manager Joe Torre told reporters on Saturday afternoon that he will make an announcement about his future before Labor Day. Torre, who turned 70 in early July, is weighing whether to retire or continue his role as Los Angeles’ skipper…

  14. Again? Nelson Cruz pulled with hamstring tightness

    Aug 14, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

    According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was lifted from Saturday’s game against the Red Sox with tightness in his left hamstring. Hamstring injuries are never good — minor or not — but it’s even…

  15. Milton Bradley to undergo knee surgery next week

    Aug 14, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

    According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, the outfielder will undergo exploratory surgery on his right knee Tuesday and is likely to miss the remainder of the 2010 season. Because the procedure isn’t…

  16. Rangers place infielder Cristian Guzman on disabled list

    Aug 14, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    As first reported by Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers have placed infielder Cristian Guzman on the 15-day disabled list with a strain of his right quadriceps muscle. Guzman had missed a couple of consecutive games due to…

  17. K-Rod apologizes to teammates, fans and Mets brass

    Aug 14, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez finally addressed his third-degree assault and second-degree harassment charges on Saturday at Citi Field. He made a one-minute statement and did not take questions. Here’s the transcript of that statement, via ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin…

  18. Ellsbury placed back on disabled list with ongoing rib issue

    Aug 14, 2010, 5:24 PM EDT

    Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports that Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is headed back to the 15-day disabled list due to lingering discomfort in the area of his rib cage…

  19. Chipper Jones undergoes successful knee surgery

    Aug 14, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Chipper Jones underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Saturday, according to his agent B.B. Abbott. “It went very well,” Abbott said in a text message from Piedmont Hospital. The two-hour procedure was performed by Dr. Marvin Royster, the same…

  20. Blue Jays lock up Ricky Romero through at least 2015

    Aug 14, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Blue Jays have signed Ricky Romero to a five-year, $30.1 million extension. The deal also includes a club option for 2016.

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