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  1. Bad hop grounder leaves Justin Smoak with broken nose

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:51 PM EDT

    Justin Smoak

    Making his first start in 10 days after dealing with a sore thumb, Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak suffered a broken nose when a Jarrod Saltalamacchia grounder took a bad hop and hit him in the second inning of tonight’s game against the Red Sox. He was taken to a Seattle hospital for a CT…

  2. Carlos Zambrano says he’s retired after giving up five homers

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:21 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    This has to be it for the Cubs and Carlos Zambrano.  If the right-hander is to be believed, this is it for him period. After giving up a career-high five homers and getting ejected for throwing at the Braves’ Chipper Jones, Carlos Zambrano cleaned out his locker and told a Cubs trainer he was retiring,…

  3. Braves announcer Ernie Johnson dies at age 87

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:31 PM EDT

    Ernie Johnson Sr.

    Ernie Johnson Sr., a former major league pitcher better known for his long tenure in the broadcast booth with the Braves, passed away Friday night at age 87. Johnson went 40-23 in a nine-year major league career spent mostly with the Boston and Milwaukee Braves.  Primarily a middle reliever before such a role got much attention, he finished…

  4. CC Sabathia, Carlos Zambrano give up five homers apiece

    Aug 12, 2011, 9:52 PM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    With the 2011 scheduled nearly three-quarters completed, just one pitcher had given up five homers in a game, that being the long-since demoted Sean O’Sullivan of the Royals on May 28 against the Rangers. On Friday night, it happened twice more to two of the game’s highest-paid pitchers.   The Yankees’ CC Sabathia gave up five…

  5. Stephen Strasburg dominates in second rehab start

    Aug 12, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Well, Stephen Strasburg just passed his latest test with flying colors. Strasburg allowed just two hits over three shutout innings tonight for High-A Potomac, striking out five and walking none. Both hits were infield singles. The plan was for Strasburg to throw either five innings or 50 pitches, so he was pulled after throwing 26…

  6. Dan Uggla extends hitting streak to 32 games

    Aug 12, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla Getty

    Dan Uggla wasted little time tonight against the Cubs, taking Carlos Zambrano deep for a solo shot in the bottom of the second inning to extend his hitting streak to 32 games. Uggla is now tied with Ryan Howard and Mike Stanton for fifth in the National League with 25 home runs. Not only does…

  7. Juan Nicasio continues to make progress following neck surgery

    Aug 12, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Juan Nicasio

    One week removed from being hit in the head by a comebacker off the bat of Nationals’ shortstop Ian Desmond, Juan Nicasio continues to make progress. Nicasio was released from the hospital earlier this week after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured vertebrae in his neck. He is currently “resting comfortably at home” and has been…

  8. Giants may make decision on possible DL stint for Carlos Beltran tomorrow

    Aug 12, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds

    Carlos Beltran is out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game tonight with a strained right hand/wrist and it sounds like the Giants are close to making a decision about placing him on the disabled list. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Beltran has only made “marginal improvement” since receiving…

  9. It doesn’t sound as though A.J. Burnett is bullpen bound

    Aug 12, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    Yankees GM Brian Cashman came to the defense of beleaguered right-hander A.J. Burnett on Friday amid speculation that the $18 million-per-year pitcher could get sent to the pen. “The stuff on A.J. is well overblown,” Cashman said. “A.J. Has been solid for us this year. I just think the way it’s playing doesn’t necessarily reflect…

  10. John Kruk joins Phillies’ Wall of Fame

    Aug 12, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    John Kruk - 89 Topps

    The Phillies will honor John Kruk prior to Friday’s game by making him their annual addition to the team’s Wall of Fame. Kruk joins such greats as Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and Robin Roberts on the wall.  His long-time teammate, Darren Daulton, was inducted last year. Kruk is better known now for his big appetite…

  11. Rockies place Huston Street on DL, activate Jason Giambi

    Aug 12, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Colorado Rockies

    Huston Street probably won’t be breaking the record for most homers allowed by a closer, but unfortunately the Rockies it’s because he was placed on the disabled list with a strained triceps muscle. To take Street’s spot on the roster the Rockies activated Jason Giambi, who’s been on the DL since July 26 with a…

  12. Tigers’ Al Alburquerque gets carted off field

    Aug 12, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Al Alburquerque

    Detroit reliever Al Alburquerque was hit by a flyball in the outfield during batting practice Friday and was “writhing in pain” afterwards, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News. The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec describes Alburquerque as going “down head-first” with his feet flailing. As the cart was quickly brought on the the field, Alburqueque was…

  13. Alex Rodriguez unlikely to come off DL before Thursday

    Aug 12, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v New York Mets

    Alex Rodriguez remains on track to return from knee surgery and rejoin the Yankees next week, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that he’s unlikely to come off the disabled list before Thursday. According to Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York the current plan is for Rodriguez to play minor-league games in Florida tomorrow and…

  14. Ozzie Guillen not yet ready to pinch-hit for Adam Dunn

    Aug 12, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Adam Dunn‘s historic ineptitude against left-handed pitching has convinced Ozzie Guillen to frequently bench him versus southpaws, but the manager said yesterday that he’s not yet to the point of pinch-hitting for Dunn once he’s already in the lineup: I would rather put him on the bench against lefties and give him some time than…

  15. Cubs analyst Todd Hollandsworth slams Aramis Ramirez

    Aug 12, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    Whether’s it’s Manny, Hanley, Ramon or now Aramis, slamming a Ramirez is simply the in thing to do in baseball these days. Cubs analyst Todd Hollandsworth, who works in the studio for Comcast Sportsnet, decided to take on Aramis Ramirez on “The McNeil and Spiegel Show” this morning.  The Chicago Tribune has the quotes: When…

  16. Report: Johnny Damon clears waivers, eligible to be traded

    Aug 12, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon, Ben Zobrist

    Literally hundreds of players will be placed on waivers this month and a high percentage of them will go unclaimed, making them eligible to be traded. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com Johnny Damon is one of those players, as Tampa Bay successfully passed the left fielder/designated hitter through waivers unclaimed. Stark notes that the…

  17. MiLB.com launches free “Triple-A” app

    Aug 12, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    MiLB.com

    Using an interface modeled after the MLB At Bat 2011 app, minorleaguebaseball.com is now offering the free Milb.com Triple-A app, providing scoreboard and pitch-tracker information for every Triple-A game over the rest of the season. The app also features a customizable home screen that can be set up with one’s favorite affiliate, archived box scores…

  18. Former Village People lead singer planning to sue Rays

    Aug 12, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    village people

    Victor Willis, who was the lead singer (and cop) in the Village People before leaving the group in 1984, announced yesterday that he plans to sue the Tampa Bay Rays “within the next 30 days.” Willis is upset because in promoting a Village People concert at Tropicana Field last August the Rays used some video…

  19. Brennan Boesch diagnosed with second-degree thumb sprain

    Aug 12, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Brennan Boesch

    Brennan Boesch‘s thumb injury is more serious than the Tigers initially hoped, as he was diagnosed with a second-degree sprain that will keep him out of the lineup for at least a few days. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Boesch saw a hand specialist yesterday, getting an MRI exam and X-rays, but he’ll need…

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