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  1. Orioles great Mike Flanagan found dead outside home

    Aug 24, 2011, 9:42 PM EDT

    mike flanagan card

    Tragic news out of Monkton, Maryland. According to Baltimore’s WBAL 11, former Orioles pitcher, broadcaster and front office executive Mike Flanagan was reportedly found dead on a trail outside his home shortly before 4:30 p.m. ET Wednesday. There aren’t many other details available at the moment and the Orioles have not issued a public comment…

  2. Logan Morrison homers in first game back with Marlins

    Aug 24, 2011, 9:10 PM EDT

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    The Marlins demoted young outfielder Logan Morrison to Triple-A New Orleans on August 13. He was in a bit of an offensive rut and the Marlins’ front office disapproved of him bailing out on a meet-and-greet with season-ticket holders. As they say, time heals. Morrison was recalled from New Orleans before Wednesday’s doubleheader against the…

  3. Astros pull Wandy Rodriguez back, no deal with Rockies

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Houston Astros

    The Rockies claimed left-hander Wandy Rodriguez off waivers on Tuesday, but trade negotiations didn’t get very far and the 32-year-old has now been pulled back by the Astros. This according to Richard Justice, columnist with the Houston Chronicle. Rodriguez cannot be placed back on waivers and will finish out the 2011 season with the last-place…

  4. Justin Upton back in D’Backs lineup Wednesday night

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

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    The first-place Diamondbacks were dealt a scare on Tuesday night when star right fielder Justin Upton was forced from action after getting hit on the left elbow by a pitch. It turns out he’s just fine. Upton was diagnosed with a mild left elbow contusion and is back in the Arizona starting lineup on Wednesday…

  5. Cubs not expected to deal Carlos Pena to Yankees

    Aug 24, 2011, 7:36 PM EDT

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    Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena was claimed off waivers by the Yankees on Wednesday afternoon. The Cubs are well out of contention for a playoff spot and would do well to dump some cash. And the Yankees could use an upgrade at designated hitter, where Jorge Posada and Co. have been far too inconsistent. But…

  6. Red Sox making Hurricane Irene plans for weekend

    Aug 24, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Hurricane Irene

    With Hurricane Irene’s projected path currently taking it through Massachusetts on Sunday evening, the Red Sox are talking with MLB about playing a preemptive doubleheader at Fenway Park on Friday or Saturday, the Boston Herald reports. The A’s will be in Boston for a three-game series scheduled to begin Friday night. Nothing has been decided about the…

  7. Miguel Cabrera to go on paternity leave list

    Aug 24, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Does a one-day absence really need an official transaction?  Apparently, it does. Miguel Cabrera will start at first base for the Tigers tonight, but he’ll miss Thursday’s game with his wife due to have labor induced, manager Jim Leyland said.  Detroit will officially place him on the paternity leave list and call up a player…

  8. Report: Cubs considering claim on Gavin Floyd

    Aug 24, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    Gavin Floyd

    It’s hard to believe Gavin Floyd would last to the Cubs on waivers, but that’s not going to stop the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers from doing some speculating: Interesting waiver situation … cubs mulling a claim on Gavin Floyd that could could start talks on a multi-player trade w/white sox. The 28-year-old Floyd is 11-10 with a…

  9. Yankees claim Carlos Pena off revocable waivers from Cubs

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Yankees have claimed Carlos Pena off recovable waivers, which means they have 48 hours to work out a potential trade with the Cubs. Earlier today, before the Yankees were identified as the claiming team, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com speculated that the Cubs trading Pena was unlikely because he’s…

  10. Jason Heyward is in the lineup for the second straight night

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Chicago Cubs

    If you think I’m simply posting about this because when I posted about it yesterday Heyward hit a grand slam, and that I want to continue to exercise my particular brand of sorcery in this regard, well … that’s where you’re right. Jose Constanza‘s ankle is apparently still bothering him. Or else Heyward’s slam has…

  11. Phillies sign 16-year-old Venezuelan outfielder Carlos Tocci for $759,000

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The deal is now official, with Tocci signing for $759,000. ========== Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies are on the verge of signing 16-year-old Venezuelan center fielder Carlos Tocci for around $750,000, with the only holdup being that they have to wait until he turns 16 and is actually eligible to sign.…

  12. Plenty of good seats available at the Reds-Marlins game

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    As I mentioned earlier today, because of the stupid hurricane, the Reds and Marlins scheduled an impromptu doubleheader today. It got underway just under an hour ago.  Cincy Enquirer reporter John Fay just tweeted that, during the National Anthem, an actual hand count totaled 250 fans. Another 50 or so have shown up in the past…

  13. Tweet of the Day: Pat Neshek can unpack now

    Aug 24, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Earlier this week Pat Neshek was designated for assignment and removed from the 40-man roster by the Padres … or so he thought:

  14. Oddities from Wednesday’s Indians-Mariners game

    Aug 24, 2011, 4:15 PM EDT

    Wily Mo Pena

    Sure, Felix Hernandez did his usual thing, striking out 10 as Seattle bested Cleveland 9-2 on Wednesday.  But this was no ordinary game: – We mentioned last month that Josh Tomlin broke Daisuke Matsuzaka’s major league record for outings of at least five innings to begin a career.  That streak was snapped at 37 today, as he…

  15. Everything you ever wanted to know about scouting but were afraid to ask

    Aug 24, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    radar gun

    Today is Acquaint Readers with The Jobs of Real Baseball Professionals Day. Earlier it was beat writers. Now: scouts. In the form of a very long yet very interesting look at what scouts really do by Dave Gershman of Beyond the Box Score. It’s complicated in places, but highly illuminating, focusing on how a scouting report…

  16. GM doesn’t expect to trade Wandy Rodriguez to Rockies

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Cincinnati Reds

    Tomorrow afternoon is the deadline for the Rockies to work out a trade for Wandy Rodriguez after claiming him off waivers, but Astros general manager Ed Wade told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that he doesn’t expect a deal to happen: I can’t make predictions. I don’t predict what could happen, but my gut tells me…

  17. Phillies fans: you’re not really enjoying yourselves, are you?

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    Howard Bryant of ESPN.com makes a pretty decent observation: when your team becomes a superpower, your fandom changes. The magic is really only there at the beginning of a dynasty or near-dynasty. After that you’re not satisfied with anything short of a title and something is lost. His Exhibit A: Phillies fans: For all the…

  18. Kerry Wood wants to stay with the Cubs in 2012

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Kerry Wood took less money to sign with the Cubs as a free agent this offseason and then turned down a chance to potentially join a contender at the trade deadline, so not surprisingly he’s also interested in re-signing for 2012. Wood will be a free agent this offseason and should draw plenty of interest…

  19. Cardinals attendance is down close to 3,000 a game

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Busch Stadium

    The fact that the Cardinals remain a top-5 attendance team in one of baseball’s smallest market is a testament to the fan loyalty they’ve cultivated.  But things are a tad off this year: Rick Hummel reports that the Cardinals are down 2,843 fans a game.  No big worries given that they’ll still be over three million,…

  20. Brewers left-hander Manny Parra to undergo elbow surgery

    Aug 24, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Manny Parra, Miguel Tejada

    Manny Parra has been on the disabled list all season with elbow and back problems, and now the Brewers left-hander is headed for surgery to replace a screw that has been in his elbow. Parra initially had the screw inserted to fix a stress fracture when he was a teenager, so considering he went on…

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