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  1. The Nationals don’t intend to go after Prince Fielder

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Bill Ladson of MLB.com says that the Nationals don’t intend to pursue to Prince Fielder in free agency this winter.  Normally this kind of thing wouldn’t be terribly significant, especially in August, but it probably matters here. As we’ve seen these past few years, the Nationals have become Scott Boras’ huckleberry.  If he’s got a…

  2. Jered Weaver went against agent Scott Boras’ advice in signing five-year, $85 million extension

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Angels starting pitcher Weaver tips his cap to center fielder Bourjos during their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington

    Rarely does agent Scott Boras advise a star client nearing free agency to bypass the open market and sign a long-term extension, let alone a long-term extension for a surprisingly reasonable rate. The only difference with Jered Weaver is that he ignored Boras’ advice. In yesterday’s press conference officially announcing his five-year, $85 million deal…

  3. There are a bunch of reasons Theo Epstein wouldn’t work for the Cubs, but let’s not let that stop our speculation

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    I want the Cubs to hire their new GM quickly. Why? To spare us from speculation pieces with passages like this one from Olney’s column this morning: And here’s another big name to keep in mind: Theo Epstein, the general manager of the Red Sox … Keep in mind that Epstein has carved out a strong…

  4. Wandy Rodriguez is pitching against the Rockies one day after they claimed him off waivers

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    Colorado claimed Wandy Rodriguez and his contract off waivers yesterday, which should make it awfully weird when he takes the mound at Coors Field this afternoon to face the Rockies. Assuming they don’t work out a trade with the Astros by then, of course. Rodriguez is scheduled to face Aaron Cook about 20 hours before…

  5. Pudge Rodriguez wants to stay in Washington

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has a story today about how Ivan Rodriguez wants to continue to play — and continue to play in Washington — after his two-year contract is up after this season. Given that he’s now completely ineffective with a bat and can’t stay healthy, one may ask what the value…

  6. White Sox expected to claim Jim Thome on waivers

    Aug 24, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Buster Olney says that there is “a high expectation” that the White Sox will win the waiver claim on Jim Thome. Which, given that they’re the (marginal) contender in the AL with the worst record, makes sense.  I guess Shin-Soo Choo‘s dramatic home run yesterday ruined it for the Indians. Pity! Thome is batting .253/.363/.495…

  7. Craig Kimbrel ties rookie saves record

    Aug 24, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Chicago Cubs

    Braves closer Craig Kimbrel notched his 40th save to tie the major league rookie record set last season by Neftali Feliz. He leads the majors in saves. The guy has been nearly untouchable all summer, and and has now tossed 31 and two-thirds straight scoreless innings since June 11. During that time he has been perfect in…

  8. Great moments in small ball: Joe Girardi

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Joe Girardi

    It’s not my intent to mercilessly rip Joe Girardi here. I think he does a good job overall, especially when you realize how many critics he has and how much scrutiny he’s under. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t find, oh, I dunno, teachable moments in his managerial decisions. Down by two in the ninth inning,…

  9. Adam Jones hospitalized with chest pains

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was taken to the hospital during last night’s game after suffering shortness of breath and mild chest pains. They ran tests and everything came back fine, so he was released late last night. It was apparently muscular-related and not a cardiopulmonary thing. Here’s what he tweeted at about 2AM: Back from hospital.…

  10. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:34 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v New York Yankees

    Athletics 6, Yankees 5: The Yankees were down 6-0 entering the bottom of the eighth whenNick Swisher hit a three-run homer. In the ninth Jorge Posada added another one, and then Robinson Cano walked with the bases loaded to male it 6-5. The bases still juiced with two out when Andrew Bailey induced a harmless…

  11. Mets expected to place Jon Niese and Scott Hairston on DL with rib cage injuries

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:47 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Mets have dropped five in a row and 11 out of 13 to fall eight games under the .500 mark. And there’s a chance things could get even uglier in the days ahead. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets manager Terry Collins said following tonight’s loss that left-hander Jon Niese and…

  12. Alex Rodriguez to meet with MLB about poker allegations Friday

    Aug 23, 2011, 9:46 PM EDT

    alex rodriguez poker

    Judgment day is nearly upon us. OK, not really. Alex Rodriguez told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com before tonight’s game that he will meet with MLB’s investigators Friday in Baltimore to discuss his alleged involvement in illegal high-stakes poker games. The topic du jour will likely be the report from Star Magazine and RadarOnline earlier this…

  13. David Ortiz cleared to pinch-hit, return to lineup Wednesday

    Aug 23, 2011, 8:55 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Kansas City Royals

    Jacoby Ellsbury was back in the lineup tonight after missing three games with a bruised back and it appears David Ortiz isn’t far behind him. According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Ortiz tested his right heel before tonight’s game against the Rangers by running some sprints in the outfield. He’ll still have to be…

  14. Giants activate Carlos Beltran from disabled list

    Aug 23, 2011, 8:17 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies

    Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the Giants have activated Carlos Beltran from the disabled list. No word yet on the corresponding roster move, but Nate Schierholtz is unavailable tonight due to ongoing soreness in his right foot while Jonathan Sanchez still can’t throw off a mound due to a left ankle…

  15. Tommy Hanson has bullpen session scrapped due to shoulder soreness

    Aug 23, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT

    hanson wide getty

    It’s officially time to worry about Tommy Hanson. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Hanson was scratched from his scheduled bullpen session this evening due to lingering shoulder soreness. The young right-hander threw just nine pitches in an abbreviated bullpen session yesterday, but insisted that his shoulder was fine. Apparently not. Hanson has served two…

  16. Logan Morrison to rejoin Marlins on Wednesday

    Aug 23, 2011, 7:14 PM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    If figured that Logan Morrison’s exile would be a short one, and according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, the Marlins will recall him Wednesday, meaning his stint with Triple-A New Orleans will have lasted the minimum 10 days. (Only in cases of an injury requiring a DL stint to a major leaguer are teams able to recall…

  17. Mark Prior scratched due to sore shoulder

    Aug 23, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Mark Prior

    Good thing I already have a macro for this one… Right-hander Mark Prior was scratched from his scheduled appearance with the GCL Yankees on Tuesday because of shoulder discomfort. Prior had made six appearances in the Rookie league over the past 2 1/2 weeks, allowing one run and two hits in six innings.  He struck…

  18. Orioles give up on Felix Pie, promote Matt Angle

    Aug 23, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

    Felix Pie

    After taking a big step backwards this year, 26-year-old Felix Pie was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Tuesday.  The team has called up fellow outfielder Matt Angle to take his place. Pie, a former Cubs prospect, seemed ready to start in center field for some team after a 2009 season in which he…

  19. Alex Rodriguez day-to-day after X-rays come back negative on thumb

    Aug 23, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez is sitting out Tuesday’s game and will undergo X-rays on his left thumb after jamming it Sunday in his first game back from knee surgery. Rodriguez said he hurt the thumb while fielding a grounder in the game against the Twins.  He was a late scratch tonight after cutting short his batting-practice session,…

  20. Thinking about the Kelly Johnson-for-Aaron Hill swap

    Aug 23, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Aaron Hill

    Ahhh, the elusive challenge trade. With just five weeks left in the season, the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays opted to swap second basemen Tuesday.  Toronto received Kelly Johnson and sent along Aaron Hill, also including shortstop John McDonald in the bargain. That all three players in the trade are free agents-to-be makes it an especially…

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