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  1. Alex Rodriguez will not be activated until Friday

    Aug 17, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    a-rod at aaa

    According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Yankees manager Joe Girardi poured some cooling solution Wednesday on the idea that third baseman Alex Rodriguez might be activated from the 15-day disabled list in time for Thursday night’s series-opening game against the Twins. A-Rod went 4-for-10 with a double and a home run during a successful four-game…

  2. Former top prospect Jerome Williams returns to majors with Angels

    Aug 17, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

    Jerome Williams

    Jerome Williams, who was last seen going 0-5 with a 7.20 ERA in six starts with the Nationals in 2007, is back in the majors after being promoted by the Angels on Wednesday. Williams, a native of Hawaii, debuted with the Giants in 2003, finishing 7-5 with a 3.30 ERA in 21 starts as a rookie. …

  3. Wild ending in Oakland sees A’s hold off Orioles

    Aug 17, 2011, 6:49 PM EDT

    Kurt Suzuki, Blake Davis

    The A’s edged the Orioles 6-5 on Wednesday when Kurt Suzuki was able to hold to the throw from right fielder David DeJesus and plant a tag on pinch-runner Blake Davis to end the game. It was a big surprise that it came to that.  Andrew Bailey retired the first two batters he faced in…

  4. Carlos Ruiz sits with oh, OW, OW, OW!

    Aug 17, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz, Miguel Montero

    After getting examined Wednesday, Carlos Ruiz is out of the Phillies lineup tonight with what’s officially being termed a left testicle contusion. Ruiz was injured by a Roy Halladay pitch in Tuesday’s loss, and though he was attended to by the trainer then, he was able to finish the game.  He’s considered day-to-day, and Brian…

  5. Report: Diamondbacks have asked about Edgar Renteria

    Aug 17, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    Edgar Renteria

    John Gambadoro of 620 KTAR in Phoenix tweets that the Diamondbacks have talked to the Reds about shortstop Edgar Renteria. Arizona has been getting by with Willie Bloomquist at shortstop and Cody Ransom in a reserve role since Stephen Drew went down with a fractured ankle on July 20. Renteria, a black hole offensively while…

  6. Brian Wilson has sore elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews

    Aug 17, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    San Francisco’s injuries keep piling up. Yesterday the Giants placed setup man Sergio Romo on the disabled list with elbow inflammation and now closer Brian Wilson is unavailable due to elbow problems of his own. For now the Giants are calling Wilson’s elbow injury inflammation as well, but Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury…

  7. Stephen Strasburg could return September 2

    Aug 17, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post spoke with Davey Johnson today, who said that Stephen Strasburg could return to the bigs and make the start on September 2nd.  That’s a Friday against the Mets at Nationals Park. Kilgore refers to it as a “speculative” time table, however, so that could slide.  Given that September 2nd…

  8. Brian Roberts not close to returning to Orioles three months after concussion

    Aug 17, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    Brian Roberts

    Brian Roberts hasn’t played since a head-first slide into first base on May 16 left him with a concussion and even after three months on the sidelines his chances of returning this season remain unclear. Roberts spoke yesterday to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, discussing his frustration with the injury, his desire to return and remain…

  9. The Red Sox lose again; offense still AWOL

    Aug 17, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    The Sox just lost to the Rays, 4-0.  They only got three hits in the game. Again. They got three hits in each game of yesterday’s double-header as well. Part of this, of course, is facing good Tampa Bay Rays pitching. Today it was David Price, shutting the Sox out for eight innings. Yesterday it…

  10. The Yankees don’t want anyone copyrighting the term “Evil Empire”

    Aug 17, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

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    Good reading over at Deadspin today, as Barry Petchesky tells the story of a couple of people who have printed up anti-Yankees merchandise with the phrase “Evil Empire” on it and who have attempted to register the copyright.  The Yankees, however, are none too pleased. Partially because it puts them in a bad light, but…

  11. Mariners get Chance Ruffin from Tigers to complete Doug Fister trade

    Aug 17, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Chance Ruffin

    Chance Ruffin couldn’t technically be traded until now because the 2010 supplemental first-round pick hadn’t been under contract for a year, but reports pegged him as the player to be named later in the Doug Fister trade last month and today the Tigers and Mariners made it official. The full deal: Detroit gets Fister and…

  12. Ryan Dempster is unsure what to think about Carlos Zambrano

    Aug 17, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster was on a radio show today and he was asked about Carlos Zambrano and whether or not he would be welcomed back to the Cubs. Dempster was pretty sensible about it all in my view. He noted that some stuff would have to happen before Zambrano could come back and noted…

  13. Terry Francona thinks neck problems may be sapping Adrian Gonzalez’s power

    Aug 17, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Philadelphia Phillies

    Adrian Gonzalez has hit just one homer in 140 plate appearances since the All-Star break and manager Terry Francona speculated today that a stiff neck may be to blame for the lack of power. “I think he still feels it,” Francona told Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston. “It may have cut into his power a…

  14. Angels first-round pick C.J. Cron to undergo knee surgery

    Aug 17, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    cj cron angels

    When the Angels selected C.J. Cron with the 17th pick in June’s draft they did so knowing he had a shoulder injury that could eventually require surgery, but now the 21-year-old first baseman is going under the knife for a different reason. Cron dislocated his kneecap after playing 34 games in rookie-ball and Mike DiGiovanna…

  15. The 1908 Cubs were “a team of beneficent extraterrestrials”

    Aug 17, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    1908 Cubs

    Slagging on the Cubs for not winning a World Series in a long time is pretty stale by now. We get it. It’s been forever. Blah blah blah. But once in a while you get a fresh take on it. Like this one from Steve Rushin in Sports Illustrated, who manages to reference Harriet Tubman,…

  16. This year’s draft picks got $228 million in combined bonuses

    Aug 17, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    stack of money

    Note: I’ve corrected some figures that were initially listed wrongly. Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that the 2011 draft class received a grand total of $228 million in signing bonuses, with their total guaranteed money rising to $236 million once major-league contracts are factored in. That represents a 16 percent increase over last season,…

  17. David Ortiz to miss a week with bursitis

    Aug 17, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

    ortiz wide getty

    Red Sox’ DH David Ortiz missed last night’s game with bursitis in his right heel.  He’s going to need to be in a boot for a few days and tells WEEI’s Alex Speier that he expects to miss no more than a week. In other news, the last time I heard someone complaining about bursitis,…

  18. 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.

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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