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  1. Jordan Zimmermann tosses four scoreless in latest rehab start

    Aug 10, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    Jordan Zimmermann inched a bit closer to a return to the major leagues today, tossing four scoreless innings during his latest minor league rehab start with Triple-A Syracuse, according to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider. Zimmermann, who is currently working his way back from Tommy John surgery, allowed just one hit while striking out one…

  2. Would anyone want Ichiro?

    Aug 10, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    The Mariners clearly need to make more changes this winter, and adding power to their punchless lineup is going to have to be priority No. 1. But power is expensive and the Mariners already have about $78 million* tied up on a 2011 team without a No. 2 starter, a third baseman, a designated hitter…

  3. Report: Orioles place ex-closer Mike Gonzalez on waivers

    Aug 10, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    They’re revocable waivers, so it’s far from a given that Mike Gonzalez is on the move. Nonetheless, one wonders if the Orioles would simply let him go if he’s claimed. Gonzalez was given a two-year, $12 million contract last winter to step in as the Orioles’ closer. However, he went on to struggle in spring…

  4. Brandon Morrow gets eight days off after 137-pitch outing

    Aug 10, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Doing their best to take care of a young starter who was just extended far beyond his usual limits, the Blue Jays have pushed Brandon Morrow’s next outing back to Aug. 17, meaning he’ll work on eight days’ rest. Morrow threw a career-high 137 pitches in his brilliant one-hitter Sunday against the Rays. To help…

  5. Brandon Phillips doesn't back down; Cardinals still, presumably, "little bitches"

    Aug 10, 2010, 5:36 PM EDT

    Gotta admire a man for sticking to his guns.  Here’s Brandon Phillips a few minutes ago, the day after his “the Cardinals are little bitches” comments: “I said what I said and the Cardinals can say what they said. They can say all they want about what I said, I don’t care. I’ve said all…

  6. "Joe Kerrigan might be the biggest backstabber in baseball"

    Aug 10, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    You wouldn’t think that a couple of coaches being fired in Pittsburgh would make that big a fuss, but Joe Kerrigan and Gary Varsho’s firings have tongues wagging all over the Pittsburgh sports blogosphere. The Baseball Codes blog does some historical digging, and via the mining of some past reporting on Kerrigan — specifically, in…

  7. Dustin Pedroia slated to rejoin Red Sox lineup next Tuesday

    Aug 10, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia worked out in Toronto prior to tonight’s game against the Blue Jays and Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that he’s now “on track to rejoin the Red Sox one week from today.” Here’s more from Abraham: He will start running the bases tomorrow and is scheduled for an exam on Friday…

  8. The Indians and Pirates make a minor trade that got me wonderin'

    Aug 10, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    The Pirates traded minor league catcher Luke Carlin to the Indians today for a player to be named later. That this is as minor a trade as can possibly be is illustrated by the fact that the most significant part of it — Carlin, the guy who was actually named — has really only had…

  9. Stephen Strasburg back from disabled list for tonight's start

    Aug 10, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    After missing the past two weeks with shoulder soreness Stephen Strasburg has been activated from the disabled list and will start tonight against Anibal Sanchez and the Marlins. He previously shut out Florida for six innings on July 16 and was 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA and 75/15 K/BB ratio in 52.1 innings overall before…

  10. Adam LaRoche wants to pitch

    Aug 10, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    I don’t know what it is about pitchers always wanting to hit and position players always wanting to pitch, but Adam LaRoche is the latest example: “The only thing I can promise you is, if a position player gets to pitch, it will be me,” he said. “We’ll have a fight on the mound if…

  11. Rumor: Dodgers "have strong interest in Jose Guillen"

    Aug 10, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the “Dodgers have strong interest in Jose Guillen, but for a part-time role.” Guillen was designated for assignment by the Royals last week, so Rojas speculates that the Dodgers may simply wait for him to get released and become a free agent before making a play for him.…

  12. Because Roy Halladay needed an additional pitch

    Aug 10, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    Ever read those stories about how some insanely rich guy made a business deal to make him even more insanely rich?  That’s how pitchers must feel when they hear how Roy Halladay picked up a new trick or two in the offseason: In spring training, Halladay worked hard at developing his changeup, a pitch that…

  13. SABR convention's "New Technologies in Baseball" panel is exciting glimpse into future of analysis

    Aug 10, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

    I’ll spare you most of the details of my trip to the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) convention in Atlanta last week, but in terms of the actual baseball-related stuff the highlight for me was the “New Technologies in Baseball” panel. Physics of baseball expert Alan Nathan was joined by Fan Graphs and Baseball…

  14. The Nats are going at least partial-Expos on us today

    Aug 10, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Booooo! They’re only wearing the caps in batting practice. As a followup to this morning’s Nats/Expos post, it appears as though Washington is doing more than merely honoring Andre Dawson tonight. They’re actually wearing Expos uniforms. Or least caps, according to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson. My daughter (to the right) approves.  And if they do…

  15. Nationals promote Orlando Hernandez to Double-A

    Aug 10, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    Orlando Hernandez has been promoted to Double-A after posting a 1.50 ERA and 9/0 K/BB ratio in six innings as a reliever in rookie-ball. Shutting down hitters who were often closer to one-third his age than half his age is impressive on a certain level, but obviously the big test for Hernandez will be whether…

  16. Comment of the Day: The Yankees are having lots of babies

    Aug 10, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    Today we learn a little bit about math and biology.

  17. Jason Bay "absolutely" plans to play again this season

    Aug 10, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Jason Bay said yesterday that he “absolutely” plans to play again this season, adding that “my head is getting better” following his July 23 concussion. Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Bay’s headaches have subsided but he continues to experience nausea. Fernando Martinez was called up from Triple-A over the weekend and…

  18. God, politicians drive me absolutely freakin' nuts

    Aug 10, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    This post will be important to the six Ohio readers out there who choose their politicians based on their baseball opinions.

  19. Hero boyfriend flees foul ball; allows girlfriend to get smacked

    Aug 10, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    And you thought Kyle Farnsworth’s performance was the worst thing on display during last night’s Braves-Astros game.

  20. This just in: Curtis Granderson can't hit left-handed pitching

    Aug 10, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson has been a huge disappointment in his first season with the Yankees, posting career-lows in batting average (.240), on-base percentage (.307), and slugging percentage (.417). What’s interesting about Granderson’s career-worst production is that his numbers against right-handed pitching (.259/.339/.492) are only about six percent worse than his career mark. The bigger difference has…

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