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  1. Aaron Rowand, Miguel Tejada go on release waivers

    Sep 8, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Ryan Doumit, Aaron Rowand

    In what should come as a surprise to no one, the Giants weren’t able to trade Aaron Rowand or Miguel Tejada after designating both for assignment.  The pair were placed on release waivers Thursday, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Henry Schulman reports. Both players figure to become free agents Monday, allowing them to sign with teams. …

  2. Ivan Rodriguez may not get another start for the Nationals

    Sep 8, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    Even though Ivan Rodriguez is healthy and ready to play five days after coming off the disabled list, he’s yet to get a start this month, and Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Thursday that Rodriguez might not get another start this season. “One, [Wilson] Ramos is the No. 1 catcher,” Johnson said. “He needs all the experience…

  3. Wait: is Albert Pujols a big jerk or something? Since when?

    Sep 8, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers

    I’ve had an interesting conversation with some Brewers fans on Twitter in the past few minutes.  It started when a guy named @brewfangrb called me and a couple others out for being critical of Nyjer Morgan in the wake of last night’s dustup with the Cardinals. The point wasn’t to defend Morgan — the guy and…

  4. Happy 21st birthday: Phillies prospect Zach Collier suspended for amphetamines

    Sep 8, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    zach collier phillies

    Phillies prospect Zach Collier, who was the team’s first-round pick in 2008, has been suspended 50 games by MLB after testing positive for an amphetamine. The kicker: Today is his 21st birthday. Collier is a left-handed-hitting outfielder who missed all of 2010 with injuries and spent this season at low Single-A, batting just .255 with…

  5. Tony La Russa: Smooth

    Sep 8, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    Following up on Joe Morgan doing the chicken dance, we have Tony La Russa playing maracas for Carlos Santana. The guitar player, not the catcher. Dave Brown has the story — and a photo of La Russa shakin’ ’em — over at Big League Stew. No word on whether or not La Russa protested Santana’s…

  6. Alex Rodriguez bought a new place in Miami for $24 million

    Sep 8, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    alex rodriguez house

    Alex Rodriguez recently bought a new house in Miami for a reported $24 million and Splash News Online has some overhead photos of the place. It looks decent, I guess, if you’re into sprawling ocean-side estates that also have a pool. Presumably there’s also a poker room, although that isn’t pictured. Worth noting: $24 million…

  7. Joe Morgan is keeping busy

    Sep 8, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Joe Morgan headshot

    You have a Hall of Fame Second Baseman leading your Chicken Dance. Your argument is invalid: Reds great and Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan will lead the annual World’s Largest Chicken Dance at Oktoberfest next Saturday … “Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati has long been regarded as the largest Oktoberfest celebration in North America and the second largest in…

  8. Jason Isringhausen plans to pitch in 2012, but for the Mets?

    Sep 8, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    Jason Isringhausen

    Jason Isringhausen is currently unavailable for at least the next several days because of a herniated disk in his back, but the 38-year-old reliever told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that he plans to pitch in 2012. Isringhausen managed only a minor-league contract offer from the Mets after missing all of 2010 following Tommy…

  9. Old Style will continue to flow in Wrigley Field

    Sep 8, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Old Style

    Did you know that there was a chance that Old Style Beer — a fixture for over 60 years — would not be sold in Wrigley Field after this year?  Seems that the brewer and the Cubs have ironed out their differences, however, and have extended their pouring rights agreement through 2013. Sorry Cubs fans.…

  10. Doctors agree that Ike Davis won’t need ankle surgery

    Sep 8, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ike Davis

    Ike Davis hasn’t played since May and was ruled out for the season long ago, but the good news is that it sounds like he won’t need ankle surgery. Davis said last week that he was confident enough in his rehab progress to avoid surgery and today doctors who examined his bone bruise agreed, according…

  11. Charlie Morton is out of the Pirates rotation

    Sep 8, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St. Louis Cardinals

    At least for now. He’s bring moved aside in favor of lefty Jeff Locke. I realize that this of little interest to non-Pirates fans and non-fantasy players (uber deep league fantasy players if guys like Morton and Locke are implicated), but a story like this interest me because they shows us just how damn long…

  12. Chipper Jones is batting second for the first time since 1996

    Sep 8, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Fredi Gonzalez has decided to shake things up with the Braves’ lineup for Game 1 of today’s doubleheader against the Mets, moving Chipper Jones into the second spot. Last time Jones hit second in the order? Way back in 1996, when he did so four times as a 24-year-old. In the 15 seasons since here’s…

  13. What would MLB do if a team plane crashed?

    Sep 8, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Old airliner

    In light of yesterday’s tragic crash of the plane carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team, Al Yellon of SB Nation details the plans in place — which Major League Baseball is understandably loathe to talk much about — in the event that tragedy were to strike a major league team in which more than five of its players…

  14. Hamstring injury keeps Bryce Harper from Double-A playoffs

    Sep 8, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    harper futures getty

    Bryce Harper hasn’t played since August 18 because of a hamstring injury and the Nationals announced today that he’s been ruled out for the Double-A playoffs. Harper got off to a very slow start following his midseason promotion to Harrisburg, but was hitting .286 with an .879 OPS in 14 August games before the injury.…

  15. Reggie Jackson has regrets?

    Sep 8, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Reggie Jackson

    Marc Carig has a good piece over at Baseball Prospectus today. He talks with Reggie Jackson about Mr. October’s all-time strikeout record and how, in hindsight, Reggie wishes he had cut down on his mighty hack.  Marc adds some analysis of his own comparing the guy who was once thought of as an insane whiffer…

  16. Stephen Strasburg’s next start is Sunday versus the Astros

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    strasburg ap wide

    Stephen Strasburg looked fantastic in his first start back from Tommy John elbow surgery, averaging 96 miles per hour with his fastball while throwing five shutout innings Tuesday night, so the Nationals will keep him on a normal rest schedule for his next turn in the rotation. Strasburg is slated to make his second start…

  17. The Brewers are not happy with Nyjer Morgan

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    morgan ap

    Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin was on WTMJ radio today and was asked about the Nyjer Morgan/Albert Pujols business from last night.  Summary here, actual broadcast here. Upshot: He’s not happy.  He said that manager Ron Roenicke is going to deal with Morgan “internally,” and likely not by giving him a firm handshake and an “‘attaboy.” He…

  18. Dodgers rule out Andre Ethier for the season with knee injury

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers batter Andre Ethier reacts in the dugout after he struck out against the New York Mets during their MLB National League baseball game in New York

    Andre Ethier backtracked a bit from his comments last month suggesting the Dodgers were making him play through a knee injury, but manager Don Mattingly just announced that Ethier has been shut down for the season. According to Ethier doctors initially told him that playing through the injury wouldn’t make it any worse, but Dylan…

  19. Why baseball is better than football

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    baseball

    ESPN’s Jim Caple writes one of these every year, so he’s kind of running out of original ideas, but it’s always good to be reminded of any reasons — even the weaker ones — why baseball beats the crap out of football, so I link it with approval. To be honest, though, whenever I’m presented…

  20. Phillies activate Jimmy Rollins from the disabled list

    Sep 8, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    Chase Utley is out for at least a few days with a mild concussion, but the Phillies’ middle infield does get a boost today with Jimmy Rollins being activated from the disabled list. Rollins hasn’t played since August 22 because of a groin injury and wasn’t quite ready to return from the DL when eligible…

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