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  1. Here are the MVP voting criteria

    Aug 29, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

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    The MVP post from earlier today has, predictably, set off a lot of debate. And it’s understandable debate given that there aren’t hard and fast guidelines for what actually constitutes the Most Valuable Player. But that doesn’t mean there are no guidelines. Indeed, as Anna McDonald of The Hardball Times reported last year after her…

  2. Scott Rolen working his way back from shoulder surgery

    Aug 29, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Scott Rolen has already missed five weeks following shoulder surgery that was initially expected to sideline him 4-6 weeks, but the third baseman with a lengthy history of shoulder problems said yesterday that he remains hopeful about playing again this season. Rolen spent the weekend fielding ground balls and taking swings in the batting cage,…

  3. Jamie Moyer to rehab down at Clearwater

    Aug 29, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Jamie Moyer throwing

    I should probably go back and check the article and see if it said “rehab” or if it said “retire.” But either way, Todd Zolecki reports that Jamie Moyer is going to be down at the Phillies’ facility in Clearwater doing something. OK, I just checked. It’s rehab. He’ll be working out and pitching there…

  4. B.J. Upton stays with Rays as deadline for deal passes

    Aug 29, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    B.J. Upton was reportedly claimed off revocable waivers by an undisclosed team, but it’s a moot point now because the 48-hour window for the Rays to make a deal has passed. Tampa Bay pulled him back off waivers, meaning Upton is ineligible to be traded this season. He’s under team control for next season via…

  5. Giants still think Barry Zito is “potentially useful”

    Aug 29, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Barry Zito

    San Francisco needed to create an opening on the 40-man roster over the weekend, but instead of simply transferring Barry Zito to the 60-day disabled list the Giants designated Double-A pitcher Clayton Tanner for assignment. All of which makes Chris Haft of MLB.com speculate that the Giants “still deemed Zito, who’s recovering from a right…

  6. You’re not “valuable” unless you’re on a winning team, apparently

    Aug 29, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    We’re destined to have a good postseason award fight every year. Last year was the great pitchers’ wins debate, in which people argued about whether or not Felix Hernandez should win the Cy Young despite not having a lot of them.  This year it’s going to be the “MVPs can only come from winning teams”…

  7. Stat of the day: facing the Phillies

    Aug 29, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Tom Glavine

    Last week, I looked at the best and worst from how starters fared against the Yankees over the last five years.  Now, here’s a piece using the Phillies instead.  51 pitchers have started at least five games against them since the beginning of 2007: Best Hiroki Kuroda: 2-2, 1.41 ERA (six starts) Tommy Hanson: 1-2,…

  8. Nelson Cruz’s hamstring injury could motivate Rangers to pursue Lance Berkman

    Aug 29, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    While the Rangers await word on Nelson Cruz‘s latest hamstring injury Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News speculates that Lance Berkman of the Cardinals would be “their prime target … if the Rangers do go elsewhere for help.” Berkman cleared waivers last week, so the Cardinals are free to trade the 35-year-old outfielder, and…

  9. Ike Davis to avoid microfracture surgery

    Aug 29, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Ike Davis

    One of the longest-running player health sagas this summer has been the state of Ike Davis‘ ankle. It’s bad, we know, but the big question has been whether he’d need microfracture surgery or if a less-horrific procedure would get the job done. Today Jon Heyman reports that it appears that Davis will avoid the horrific.…

  10. Jose Reyes is back, but not until Game 2 of doubleheader

    Aug 29, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Jose Reyes will come off the disabled list today, but not until after the Mets play Game 1 of their doubleheader against the Marlins. Reyes will remain inactive for this afternoon’s game, with Ruben Tejada starting at shortstop, but is expected to be in the lineup for Game 2 tonight. He hasn’t played since August…

  11. Cole Hamels activated

    Aug 29, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers a pitch to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    As expected, Cole Hamels‘ DL stint was not all that serious. He threw a bullpen session last week, felt fine, and today’s he’s been activated and will start tonight against the Redlegs. So yes, Cole Hamels is fine.  Mostly.

  12. Stephen Strasburg’s next start is Thursday … in the minors

    Aug 29, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg was fantastic Saturday in his fifth minor-league rehab start, taking a perfect game into the sixth inning, but the Nationals are resisting the urge to move up his return timetable. MLB rosters expand Wednesday, so the Nationals could easily call up Strasburg and essentially have him replace Jordan Zimmermann in the rotation, but…

  13. High socks, or no high socks; that is the question

    Aug 29, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    Michael Vitez of the Philly Inquirer has a fun story today about the never-ending battle in baseball between those who like to wear high socks — the avatars of goodness and truth — and those who don’t — evil incarnate. OK, that was a bit of editorializing on my part. Apologies. I’m sure there are…

  14. Brian Matusz rocked again as ERA rises to 9.07

    Aug 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    Brian Matusz‘s miserable season continued yesterday, as he served up three homers and allowed six runs in 5.1 innings against the Yankees, falling to 1-7 with a 9.07 ERA in nine starts. Matusz had a very promising rookie season last year and the 24-year-old left-hander looked like a big part of the Orioles’ long-term plans,…

  15. For the love of the game? Eh, not so much

    Aug 29, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    Dirk Hayhurst, currently a farmhand at Durham and, of course, the author of “The Bullpen Gospels” and the upcoming “Out of My League,” hates to burst your bubble, but he does not play baseball for the love of the game: So, dear baseball purist, you ask why then do I play? … Because I enjoy…

  16. Finger healed, Freddy Garcia rejoins Yankees rotation

    Aug 29, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Freddy Garcia never wanted to go on the disabled list in the first place after slicing his hand in a kitchen accident, but now he’s back and starting tonight against the Orioles. Garcia ended up missing 20 days, although he would have rejoined the Yankees’ rotation over the weekend if not for Hurricane Irene. Prior…

  17. Scheduling disruptions are a bit overstated

    Aug 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Joe Girardi

    In a vacuum I understand the Yankees’ frustration with having to burn one of their two remaining offdays — September 8th — to make up one of the washed-out Orioles games.  Off-days are precious this time of the season. I’m also sympathetic to Joe Girardi’s argument that there should have been a doubleheader scheduled for…

  18. Diamondbacks ace Ian Kennedy leads the NL in wins

    Aug 29, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Ian Kennedy

    I’m not much for pitcher wins, as they involve so many factors beyond how well someone pitched, but with Justin Verlander getting all kinds of attention for reaching 20 victories it’s at least worth noting that the NL wins leader is now Ian Kennedy. Kennedy picked up his 17th victory with seven innings of one-run…

  19. Derek Jeter likely to miss “several games” with bruised knee

    Aug 29, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles - Game One

    Headline says it all, and what it doesn’t say Bob Nightengale of USA Today says: The Yankees say that Jeter will miss tonight’s series finale against the Orioles, and hope to get him back at some point during the three-game Red Sox series beginning Tuesday at Fenway Park in Boston. The Yankees trail the Red…

  20. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Aug 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Chase Utley, Emilio Bonifacio

    We’re to the point of the season where so many games have been played that actual record and power ranking are at the closest they’ve been all year. No one who is better than their record is considerably better than their record. No one who is worse than their record is considerably worse. I mean,…

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