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  1. 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…

  2. 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.

  3. Jose Canseco lands a new job

    Aug 14, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    Just yesterday, we learned that Jose Canseco was evicted from his apartment. Forced to seek refuge in a friend’s garage, the former baseball player/current exhibition boxer claimed that he would “play softball for food.” I’m not sure who the Laredo Broncos are, exactly, but they have signed Canseco to a short-term contract, according to the…

  4. Mike Stanton making history at just 20 years old

    Aug 14, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Mike Stanton connected for two solo home runs in Friday’s 7-2 loss to the Reds. At 20 years and 278 days old, he became the youngest player to homer twice in a game since Jose Reyes did it in 2003. It continued a torrid week for the rookie outfielder, as Stanton is 11-for-16 with four…

  5. Rockies place Jeff Francis on disabled list with shoulder tendinitis

    Aug 14, 2010, 1:22 PM EDT

    According to Tracy Ringolsby of Inside the Rockies, Jeff Francis is headed to the disabled list with tendinitis in his left shoulder. Francis missed the entire 2009 season due to shoulder surgery and didn’t make his debut this season until May 16. The 29-year-old southpaw is 4-4 with a 4.56 ERA through 16 starts so…

  6. Confirmed: Chase Utley to begin rehab assignment today

    Aug 14, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer confirms that Chase Utley will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Single-A Clearwater on Saturday. He is expected to play five innings in the field. Friday, 11:48 PM: When asked by Todd Zolecki of MLB.com if Chase Utley was going to begin a minor league rehab assignment…

  7. Luis Castillo wants out of Queens

    Aug 14, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    Craig already roasted Jeff Francoeur in epic fashion earlier this week, so I’m not going to try to top that one. Still, the sickness appears to be contagious in the Mets’ locker room. While Luis Castillo hasn’t requested a trade, he told Dan Martin of the New York Post that he is not willing to…

  8. O's improve to 9-2 under Buck Showalter despite ugly uniforms

    Aug 14, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    The Orioles improved to 9-2 under Buck Showalter with a 5-0 win over the Rays on Friday night, establishing their best 11-game stretch since the 2005 season. That’s all well and good, but what the heck were they wearing? Turns out the solid orange look was actually a throwback to an ensemble worn twice during…

  9. The Rangers new ownership group knows how to raise fan morale

    Aug 14, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    On Friday, new Rangers managing partner and CEO Chuck Greenberg announced a new “Stretch Drive Pricing” initiative, slashing prices for parking, concessions and various merchandise items. “On behalf of Nolan Ryan and our entire group, I want to say how proud we are to assume the ownership of the Texas Rangers,” commented Greenberg, who announced…

  10. Francisco Rodriguez set to return to Mets today

    Aug 14, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez is scheduled to return from his two-game suspension tonight, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. Mets general manager Omar Minaya spoke with reporters before Friday’s game, expressing his disappointment in Rodriguez’s actions. “It’s not acceptable,” Minaya said Friday, before the Mets opened a series against the Philadelphia Phillies. “He understands that. He admits…

  11. Rangers top Red Sox in extra-innings thriller

    Aug 14, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    If this week is any indication, the Rangers will be very exciting to watch in the postseason. They played in yet another thriller on Friday night, this time against the Red Sox, winning 10-9 on a walkoff solo blast by Nelson Cruz in the 11th inning. The Rangers actually trailed in this one 8-2 when…

  12. UPDATE: Jacoby Ellsbury headed back to Boston for MRI on ribs

    Aug 14, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    UPDATE: It’s official. Jacoby Ellsbury is snakebit. As a result of the tumble Ellsbury took over the first base bag on Friday night, he reinjured his left side and back. According to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe, he is headed back to Boston for an MRI. “It’s very concerning,” said manager Terry Francona. “The…

  13. Martin Prado feels pain in broken finger during batting practice

    Aug 13, 2010, 9:02 PM EDT

    Not exactly what you want to hear if you are Braves fan. According to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Martin Prado felt pain in his broken right pinky finger when he took batting practice indoors Friday. “The vibration is bothering me,” Prado said. “It stings a little bit.” “They told me it won’t be…

  14. Andy Pettitte suffers setback during simulated game

    Aug 13, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte threw 50 pitches in a simulated game this afternoon, however Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the veteran left-hander was only able to throw at about  “75 percent effort” because he didn’t feel 100 percent with his groin according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. As a result, Pettitte will rejoin the team in Kansas…

  15. Dodgers strip Jonathan Broxton of closer's role

    Aug 13, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Believing his hulking right-hander has lost his confidence, manager Joe Torre today removed Jonathan Broxton for the closer’s role and replaced him with left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo. He added that Octavio Dotel would be used if a save chance materializes Friday, only because Kuo has pitched on back-to-back days. Broxton gave up four runs in taking…

  16. Twins reliever Jose Mijares out four weeks after knee surgery

    Aug 13, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Jose Mijares’ injured his right knee while covering first base Wednesday night and while he was able to walk off the field under his own power the left-handed reliever has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus that will require surgery. He’s expected to miss at least four weeks, which is the latest blow to a…

  17. Marlins talking contract extension with Dan Uggla

    Aug 13, 2010, 6:28 PM EDT

    Agent Terry Bross said Friday that he and the Marlins are “involved” in preliminary discussions regarding a three-year deal for second baseman Dan Uggla. Uggla is currently making $7.8 million in his next-to-last year of arbitration. It looked like he was going to be traded last winter, but most of his suitors were looking at…

  18. Twins no longer have timetable for Justin Morneau's return from concussion

    Aug 13, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau has missed 31 games since a knee to the helmet while breaking up a double play on July 7 left him with a concussion and manager Ron Gardenhire revealed today that the Twins have decided to abandon any timetable they had for his return. Initially expected to miss a short period of time,…

  19. A's prospect Michael Ynoa to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Aug 13, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    Michael Ynoa almost immediately had arm problems after the A’s signed him out of the Dominican Republic as a 16-year-old for an international record $4.25 million in 2008 and today the team announced that he’ll undergo Tommy John elbow surgery. Ynoa has appeared in just three pro games, all this season, tossing nine innings with…

  20. Johnny Cueto will not appeal seven-game suspension

    Aug 13, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto has decided not to appeal his seven-game suspension for kicking Jason LaRue and Chris Carpenter during the benches-clearing altercation between the Cardinals and Reds on Tuesday. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Cueto will begin serving the suspension immediately, which means he’ll miss Sunday’s scheduled start against the Marlins. Homer Bailey is expected…

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