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  1. Red Sox to put Kevin Youkilis on DL, call up Ryan Lavarnway

    Aug 18, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Boston’s league-leading offense will be short-handed for a while, as Kevin Youkilis has joined David Ortiz on the sidelines. Ortiz remains on the active roster for now despite a heel injury, but Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are expected to place Youkilis on the disabled list due to back…

  2. That hot dog eater guy is starting for the Orioles on Friday

    Aug 18, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Takeru Kobayashi

    If only his fastball had a little more mustard. Takeru Kobayashi, the world-record holder in eating hot dogs and Krystal burgers, threw out the first pitch for the Gary Southshore Railcats on Wednesday and did a pretty outstanding job of it. The Railcats probably should have let him stay in and throw a few more.  They ended…

  3. Jose Tabata wants to honor Roberto Clemente by wearing his retired number for one game

    Aug 18, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

    clemente retired number

    Now that he’s back from a two-month stint on the disabled list Jose Tabata told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review that his “dream” is to play right field at PNC Park while wearing Roberto Clemente’s retired No. 21 for one game. No player has worn that number for the Pirates since the Hall…

  4. Mets won’t be trading Jason Isringhausen or Scott Hairston

    Aug 18, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    jason-isringhausen-mets-spring

    Now that the Mets are transitioning to Bobby Parnell as their primary closer trading 38-year-old Jason Isringhausen for a prospect might make sense, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that won’t be happening. According to Rubin the Mets placed Isringhausen on waivers along with fellow impending free agents Scott Hairston and Tim Byrdak,…

  5. Phillies looking for left-handed bench bat, but will Jim Thome or Jason Giambi get to them on waivers?

    Aug 18, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Last week the Phillies signed Jack Cust to a minor-league contract as a potential left-handed bench bat, but Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that they’re still looking to add a lefty swinging veteran for the stretch run. Jim Thome would be the most obvious solution, as he played for the Phillies from 2003…

  6. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Aug 18, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Question

    After a week off of the old Twitter questions, let’s see what ya got for me: Q: Grosser habit: nail chewing or spitting? Spitting, by far. Nail chewing ain’t great, but it suggests inner turmoil for which I have some bit of empathy. Spitting just means you’re freaking rude and gross. Q: Can you think of an…

  7. A.J. Pierzynski to see specialist for fractured wrist

    Aug 18, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski

    On the disabled list for the first time in his 10-year career, A.J. Pierzynski is scheduled to visit with a specialist today to determine a recovery timetable for his fractured left wrist. Pierzynski has said that he’s aiming to come off the DL when eligible on August 28 and Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune…

  8. Royals sign Jeff Francoeur to two-year, $13.5 million extension

    Aug 18, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    UPDATE: The new deal is worth $13.5 million for two seasons. ========== Credit where it is due. Jeff Francoeur is having a better season than anyone — especially me — thought he would. He’s hitting .278/.328/.465 with 15 homers and 66 RBI and he’s playing his usual above-average defense. That’s more than useful in the…

  9. Logan Morrison injures groin in second game at Triple-A

    Aug 18, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    logan morrison ap

    Logan Morrison ultimately decided not to file a grievance against the Marlins following his shocking demotion to Triple-A last week, which is probably the right move given that the grievance wouldn’t have gone anywhere and would have further angered a bunch of people in the process. Instead he simply reported to Triple-A, where he went…

  10. Hideki Irabu’s cause of death ruled as “self-inflicted with rope”

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Hideki Irabu

    Hideki Irabu’s death last month was confirmed as a suicide and today the Los Angeles department of public health released his death certificate, which lists “self-inflicted with rope” as the official cause of death. Irabu, who was 42 years old and married with two children, passed away on July 27 at his home in Los…

  11. Mike Jacobs suspended 50 games for HGH

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Mike Jacobs

    Mike Jacobs, a 1B/DH type who spent time with the Mets, Marlins and Royals over the years, and who this year has been playing at Colorado Springs for the Rockies organization, has been suspended 50 games for HGH. This comes less than a week after the Denver Post wrote a story about how it’s Jacobs’…

  12. Indians teammates ponied up $35,000 so Jack Hannahan could be at son’s birth

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Cleveland Indians

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has a great story about Indians utility man Jack Hannahan. Two weeks ago Hannahan’s wife went into labor with the couple’s first child nearly three months before her October 26 due date. Hannahan and Indians director of team travel Mike Seghi worked on finding a last-minute flight from…

  13. Mike Stanton has homered in four straight games

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    stanton swing

    In the same vein of that Brewers post, this post is just to draw your attention to something that’s going down but which you may have missed due to the whole East Coast Bias and all of that (note: I’m invited to all meetings of the East Coast Bias Committee, but I am still a…

  14. Hall of Fame establishes a Commissioner’s archive

    Aug 18, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT

    cooperstown

    Major League Baseball has announced that the Hall of Fame has established an archive for the papers of MLB Commissioners. Sort of like a presidential library, I assume.  From the press release. Quotes from Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the Hall of Fame: “This archive will provide a central location for the study and research of…

  15. The Tribe releases Austin Kearns

    Aug 18, 2011, 9:23 AM EDT

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    No, this isn’t a big story, and no it’s not surprising at all. Shin-Soo Choo is coming back, a roster spot is needed and Kearns — who is hitting .200/.302/.287 — is the dictionary definition of expendable, so he’s gone. But it is notable for one reason. For years Kearns was always such a saber-boy…

  16. The Brewers are basically unstoppable

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Milwaukee Brewers

    Probably worth noting at this point that the Milwaukee Brewers are unstoppable. They’ve won 19 of 21 games. When this nice little run began in late July they were tied with the Cardinals for first place. Now they lead by seven and are close to putting the NL Central away. They’re 47-15 at home for…

  17. Royals awarded a gift home run when umps whiff on the ground rules

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Kauffman fence.bmp

    The disputed Billy Butler home run in the Yankees-Royals game is going to be used by instant replay opponents to say that even a replay system isn’t perfect, but in this case replay wasn’t the problem. It was human error. As in, the umpires apparently didn’t know the ground rules of the ballpark in which…

  18. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 18, 2011, 6:07 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers Andrus and Kinsler celebrate after defeating Los Angeles Angels during their MLB baseball game in Anaheim

    Rangers 4, Angels 3: Watching the Angels get beat by the Rangers puts me in mind of some sci-fi movie where a group is under attack from an invading army. Mike Scioscia is the defending general in a command center somewhere and keeps getting reports that the defenses are crumbling. He steels himself and says…

  19. Johan Santana won’t throw off mound for another week

    Aug 17, 2011, 10:32 PM EDT

    johan santana getty

    It’s becoming less and less likely that Mets starter Johan Santana will be able to return to major league action before the 2011 season is through. According to beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the rehabbing southpaw has been cleared to return to Port St. Lucie, Florida after a successful checkup back in…

  20. Stephen Strasburg shaky in third minor league rehab start

    Aug 17, 2011, 9:29 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington has all the details on Stephen Strasburg‘s latest rehab outing. Strasburg, now 11 months removed from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, allowed four hits, two walks and five earned runs in under two innings of work Wednesday evening against the Astros’ Single-A affiliate from Lexington, Kentucky. He struck out three…

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