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  1. Tweet of the Day: Hunter Pence, firestarter

    Aug 17, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    After this tweet I’m guessing Hunter Pence no longer has a 100 percent approval rating in Philadelphia.

  2. Grady Sizemore cleared to resume baseball activities, hopes to return in September

    Aug 17, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Baltimore Orioles

    Grady Sizemore won’t be back in the Indians’ lineup this month, but the oft-injured center fielder has been cleared to resume baseball activities following sports hernia surgery on July 21 and is optimistic about returning at some point in September. In addition to the surgery Sizemore is also recovering from ongoing knee problems, but has…

  3. What was the last World Series winner without a future Hall of Famer?

    Aug 17, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

    konerko fenway

    Twitter questions are tomorrow, but I got a random one thrown my way about five minutes ago by reader BioInFocus: When was the last time a team won the World Series without having a future Hall of Famer on the roster? Obviously that’s hard to answer given that, you know, the best players in a…

  4. Two weeks after fracturing neck Juan Nicasio says “I want to pitch again”

    Aug 17, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Juan Nicasio, Joe Diaz, Kieth Dugger

    Juan Nicasio spoke to the media yesterday about two weeks after a line drive to the head left the Rockies pitcher with a fractured neck and the 24-year-old right-hander said: “I want to pitch again.” Nicasio underwent surgery on a fractured C-1 vertebrae, which is the same injury that paralyzed actor Christopher Reeve and often…

  5. Tom Ricketts hates Boise’s ballpark

    Aug 17, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    Tom Ricketts

    A few minutes ago I tweeted that how interesting a news day it is is inversely related to how early in the day I simply put “baseball” in a Google search in an effort to find something worth posting about. Well, I did that just a few minutes ago — pretty early for me — but…

  6. Chris Davis likely done for the season with torn shoulder

    Aug 17, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    Chris Davis is likely finished for the season just 10 games after the Orioles acquired him from the Rangers in the Koji Uehara trade. Davis was placed on the disabled list yesterday with a right shoulder injury that president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail described as “a small tear.” He’s scheduled to be examined Thursday…

  7. Who in the heck was Jigger Statz?

    Aug 17, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jigger Statz

    And why isn’t that some sabermetrician’s street name? To find out who Jigger Statz was, and to read a wonderfully entertaining list of the most interesting players to hit one and only one home run for each team, go read this week’s Power Rankings from Grant Brisbee over at SB Nation. This is the kind…

  8. Alex Rodriguez “was a little tentative, a little hesitant” in rehab game

    Aug 17, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v New York Mets

    Alex Rodriguez continued his rehab assignment yesterday at Triple-A, going 1-for-3 with a single, and afterward told Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York that he “was a little tentative, a little hesitant” coming back from July 11 knee surgery. Rodriguez also played six innings defensively at third base, making one putout, and is scheduled to…

  9. Don’t use MVP voting to throw cold water on Jim Thome’s Hall of Fame case

    Aug 17, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Personally speaking I think Jim Thome is a Hall of Famer. I haven’t really analyzed his case yet and won’t for a while, but I think he is.  The general sentiment among writers over the past few days seems to reflect that too. Even guys who have historically been opposed to so-called “stat-compilers” and who…

  10. Orlando Hernandez to retire

    Aug 17, 2011, 9:28 AM EDT

    Orlando Hernandez

    Orlando Hernandez hasn’t thrown a pitch in anger in the big leagues since 2007, and he hasn’t thrown a pitch anywhere this year, but he had not announced his retirement.  Until now. At least according to multiple Tweets to that effect, most notably by Jon Heyman. El Duque pitched nine seasons in the majors, most…

  11. There were five walkoff wins last night

    Aug 17, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Neil Walker, Garrett Jones

    It was a pretty exciting night of baseball last night. Or demoralizing. Guess it depends which side of the five walkoff endings your team was on.  The rundown, for those who didn’t read the recaps: In Atlanta, Martin Prado‘s hit a two-out, 11th-inning single, giving the Braves their second walkoff win over the Giants in as…

  12. Carlos Marmol blows another one

    Aug 17, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Houston Astros

    If there’s a safe save situation in baseball, it’s the three-run lead over the Houston Astros to start the ninth inning.  Just don’t tell that to Carlos Marmol, because he blew that exact situation in spectacular fashion last night. After getting the first out, he gave up a single to J.B. Shuck and then uncorked…

  13. Mets owners lose a key battle in the Madoff mess

    Aug 17, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    A federal appeals court yesterday gave some bad news to Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz: the bankruptcy trustee’s calculation of how much Madoff money they have to return was upheld — and Wilpon and Katz’s much lower calculation denied — meaning that they have to fork over $300 million. To be clear: this…

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

    Aug 17, 2011, 6:02 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies

    Diamondbacks 3, Phillies 2: Roy Halladay struck out 14 and pitched a complete game but lost all the same. Guess he just doesn’t know how to win, huh?  Lyle Overbay knocked in all three of the Snakes’ runs, including a two-run double which ended up winning it in the ninth. Astros 6, Cubs 5: Where…

  15. The Red Sox turned a pretty nifty triple play tonight

    Aug 16, 2011, 10:54 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    In talking about the “half-sweet” triple play turned by the Brewers last night, Craig wrote the following this morning: “I say half-sweet because the sweetest version is the lightning-fast around the horn thing in which the third baseman fields a hot shot, steps on the bag, fires it to second and then the second baseman…

  16. Phillies place Placido Polanco on disabled list with sports hernia

    Aug 16, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Following tonight’s stunning loss to the Diamondbacks, the Phillies placed third baseman Placido Polanco on the 15-day disabled list with a sports hernia, reports Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Polanco hasn’t played since August 6, so he will be eligible to return next Monday against the Mets. He has ruled out the possibility of…

  17. Phillies unveil statue in tribute to longtime broadcaster Harry Kalas

    Aug 16, 2011, 9:38 PM EDT

    Steve Carlton, Jimmy Rollins

    Prior to tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks, the Phillies unveiled a bronze statue in tribute to longtime broadcaster Harry Kalas, who passed away on April 13, 2009 at the age of 73. The statue stands in section 141 on the main concourse at Citizens Bank Park just outside the entrance to Harry the K’s, the…

  18. Jonathan Sanchez leaves start with left ankle sprain

    Aug 16, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    The Giants are crumbling before our eyes. Already short handed on their bench tonight against the Braves, the Giants were forced to go to their bullpen early after left-hander Jonathan Sanchez was pulled in the bottom of the third inning with a left ankle sprain. Sanchez suffered the injury while fielding a sacrifice bunt by…

  19. Brian Matusz back from minors to start tonight vs. Athletics

    Aug 16, 2011, 8:09 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    As expected, Brian Matusz has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and will start later tonight against the Athletics. Matusz, who began the year on the disabled list with an intercostal strain, compiled an ugly 8.77 ERA and 18/11 K/BB ratio over his first six starts in the majors this season before being demoted at the…

  20. Cardinals prospect Shelby Miller suspended for violating team policy

    Aug 16, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT

    Shelby Miller

    One of the game’s top pitching prospects is in some hot water. According to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have suspended prospect right-hander Shelby Miller for a “violation of team policy.” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak wouldn’t go into any specifics other than to say that the incident occurred in the past week.…

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