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  1. Very superstitious. Writing’s on the wall.

    Aug 2, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    There’s a story in the Detroit News about the superstitions of the Detroit Tigers. Here’s one of Jose Valverde‘s: “I have a couple of cars, like a Lexus and a Mercedes. If I throw good while I’m driving one car, I stay with that car. I’m driving the Lexus now — and have been since the start of the…

  2. Now that’s a slump: Craig Counsell hitless in last 45 at-bats

    Aug 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    Craig Counsell popped out as a pinch-hitter yesterday, extending the veteran infielder’s historic slump to 0-for-45. Yes, zero hits in his last 45 at-bats. Seriously. Counsell hasn’t had a hit since going 3-for-3 on June 10 and is now just one more hitless at-bat away from tying Bill Bergen’s all-time record of 46 straight at-bats…

  3. They’ve already got the knives out for Erik Bedard in Boston

    Aug 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Erik Bedard

    Erik Bedard hasn’t so much as picked up a baseball in Boston yet, but the press is already out to get him. Here’s Gerry Callahan in the Herald: Bedard is a hard-throwing left-hander with the proverbial good stuff, but when you take a look at the complete package, it’s obvious he belongs in Boston about…

  4. Blue Jays top prospect Brett Lawrie on verge of call up

    Aug 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Brett Lawrie spring training

    Brett Lawrie was seemingly days away from being called up in late May when a broken hand suffered at Triple-A sidelined him for two months. Now he’s back and has resumed crushing the ball, leading to speculation that the Blue Jays are once again on the verge of calling up their top prospect. When the…

  5. Phil Hughes is probably heading to the pen

    Aug 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Yesterday we learned that the Yankees are going to use a six-man rotation. That kind of thing never lasts of course, so someone is gonna be the odd man out soon.  Matthew suggested that it may be Phil Hughes given his recent struggles. Matthew is probably right about that. Backing him up: Mark Feinsand of…

  6. Roy Oswalt ready to rejoin Phillies’ rotation after rehab start

    Aug 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    oswalt wide getty

    Roy Oswalt made his second rehab start yesterday, throwing six innings of two-run ball at Triple-A, and afterward declared himself ready to return from the disabled list. Oswalt has been out since June 24 with a lower back injury, but Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that his fastball was clocked in the…

  7. Metal trim falls from Busch Stadium

    Aug 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Busch Stadium

    The wife and I had our little suburban house built in 2005.  There was a five year warranty on masonry work. Porch, brick steps, etc.  Five years and three months after moving in, they started to crumble.  Because I’m trained in the fine art of being a tremendous pain in the ass, I was able…

  8. Cliff Pennington has Bell’s Palsy

    Aug 2, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Pennington_Cliff

    That sounds more serious than it is — Bell’s Palsy is a temporary condition in most cases — but it’s not a malady you hear of all that often with ballplayers. But it got Cliff Pennington during last night’s game, causing him to suffer partial facial paralysis and preventing him from closing his left eye. Pennington is…

  9. Hey Hunter Pence … forgetting something?

    Aug 2, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    Hunter Pence is 3 for 14 with an RBI — and the Phillies are undefeated in three games — since he was traded from Houston.  That’s great. He walked up to the plate in Colorado last night having forgotten to take the donut off his bat, however.  That’s not so great. And it’s especially not…

  10. So I guess the Mets were supposed to keep K-Rod and Beltran

    Aug 2, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Mets fans, prepare to roll your eyes. After years of seeing short-term plans fail to pan out, a changing of the guard at GM and the launching of a smart plan to shed baggage and contracts and try to align the Mets for a more solid long term footing, culminating in good trades of both…

  11. Lou Gehrig memorabilia from an unexpected source

    Aug 2, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    SPORT RIPKEN

    A pretty nifty story in the New York Times this morning.  Seems Lou Gehrig had a girlfriend for a brief period in the early 30s prior to marrying his wife Eleanor.  That relationship ended after a brief time for the same reason a lot of Gehrig’s early relationships ended: Gehrig’s domineering mother didn’t approve. But it…

  12. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 2, 2011, 5:59 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Cubs 5, Pirates 3: Impressive debut for Derrek Lee: two homers. Alas, that was all the offense the Buccos could really muster as Carlos Zambrano scattered seven hits over six innings. By the way, the last player who hit a home run in his Pirates debut was pitcher Matt Morris back in 2007. I was…

  13. Rubby De La Rosa diagnosed with sprained UCL in elbow, could need surgery

    Aug 2, 2011, 1:08 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    UPDATE: Ugh, just when you thought this season couldn’t get any worse for Dodgers fans. The Dodgers announced following Monday’s game that Rubby De La Rosa was diagnosed with a sprained UCL in his elbow. Surgery is a possibility for the promising young right-hander. 9:08 PM: Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports that…

  14. Heath Bell would accept arbitration if he doesn’t get a contract extension from the Padres

    Aug 1, 2011, 11:06 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    Once the dust settled at 4 p.m. ET yesterday, the natural assumption was that the Padres would let Heath Bell walk via free agency and take the two draft picks if they are unable to work out a team-friendly contract extension. Well, it may not work out that way. Bell told Bill Center of the…

  15. Alex Rodriguez to begin baseball activities Thursday

    Aug 1, 2011, 8:12 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v New York Mets

    The Yankees were notable for their inactivity before Sunday’s trade deadline, but remember that they have some pretty good help on the way. According to George A. King III of the New York Post, Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed earlier today that Alex Rodriguez will begin baseball activities Thursday in Tampa. Rodriguez underwent surgery on July 11…

  16. Witness in Bryan Stow case dies suddenly

    Aug 1, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    The Los Angeles Times reports that a key witness in the beating case of Bryan Stow died suddenly Sunday, apparently of an allergic food reaction. Law enforcement sources told the Times that Matthew Lee died after eating a salad that apparently contained nuts.  The coroner’s office has not released a cause of death, however. Lee…

  17. Yankees to use six-man rotation this week

    Aug 1, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Ivan Nova

    Ivan Nova, who allowed two runs over seven innings against Baltimore in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, will make at least one more start for the Yankees, as the team will go to a six-man rotation this week. The Yankees announced Monday that Nova would slot in Thursday, pushing Bartolo Colon back to Friday.…

  18. Johan Santana’s rehab start gets pushed back

    Aug 1, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    GM Sandy Alderson said it’s simply a “tweak in the schedule, not a setback,” but Johan Santana had his second scheduled rehab start for Single-A St. Lucie pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday because he didn’t feel as strong as hoped after his last outing, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. It means Santana will be going…

  19. Diamondbacks call up slugging prospect Paul Goldschmidt

    Aug 1, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day

    When the Diamondbacks traded Brandon Allen to the A’s in the weekend deal for Brad Ziegler it cleared the path for Paul Goldschmidt to replace him as their first baseman of the present and, Arizona hopes, the future. And sure enough, the Diamondbacks have called up Goldschmidt from Double-A after the 23-year-old former eighth-round pick…

  20. Stephen Strasburg to begin rehab starts next week

    Aug 1, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that Stephen Strasburg likely has one more sim game to throw down in Florida but then should begin rehab starts in actual minor league combat next week. This would put him on track to pitch in genuine major league contests before the end of the year, which is a tad…

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