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  1. Mariners sign GM Jack Zduriencik to multi-year extension

    Aug 31, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

    Jack Zduriencik

    According to Shannon Drayer of ESPN 710 AM in Seattle, the Mariners have signed general manager Jack Zduriencik to a multi-year contract extension. The Mariners finished 40 games under .500 last season and sit 20 games under .500 here in 2011, but Zduriencik is widely regarded as one of baseball’s most forward-thinking executives and Seattle’s…

  2. Madison Bumgarner fans 11 as Giants shut out Cubs

    Aug 31, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner

    Madison Bumgarner is doing his best to keep the Giants in the race. He allowed two hits and matched his career high with 11 strikeouts over eight innings in a 4-0 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday.  It was just his ninth win of the season, but the Giants did improve to 9-4 in his…

  3. Joe Nathan shuns trade possibility, opts to stick with Twins

    Aug 31, 2011, 6:16 PM EDT

    Jim Thome, Joe Nathan, Justin Morneau, Glen Perkins

    Joe Nathan, who has full no-trade protection as a 10-year veteran who has spent the last five years with one team, has told the Twins he’d prefer to stay with the team rather than accept a deal to a contender, the Star-Tribune’s Joe Christensen reports. No trade involving Nathan had been agreed to.  The Twins went…

  4. Barry Bonds won’t be retried on perjury counts

    Aug 31, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    As you’ll recall, the jury that sat in judgment of Barry Bonds could not reach a verdict on the perjury counts he faced.  That meant a mistrial on those counts, which gave the prosecution the right to re-try Bonds if it so chose.  Today the prosecution announced that it would decline.  From the Mercury News:…

  5. Adrian Beltre to return from hamstring injury Thursday

    Aug 31, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    beltre runs getty

    Barring another last-minute setback with his hamstring injury Adrian Beltre is scheduled to come off the disabled list tomorrow, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Beltre hasn’t played since mid-July, but was on the verge of returning on August 9 when he aggravated the injury while testing his hamstring running the…

  6. Deep thoughts: what does it mean to “consider” someone for the MVP?

    Aug 31, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT

    Consideration

    I tweeted this randomly a few minutes ago and got some good responses, so I figured I’d throw it out to the whole crowd: I tire of the argument that goes like this: “Player X should get consideration for Honor Y!” It could be the Hall of Fame. It could be a postseason award like…

  7. While on the disabled list A.J. Pierzynski may have lost his job to Tyler Flowers

    Aug 31, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Minnesota Twins

    A.J. Pierzynski had started 28 of 32 games behind the plate for the White Sox when he fractured his wrist on August 12, but it sounds like he’ll be a part-time player once he returns from the disabled list. Tyler Flowers has impressed while filling in for Pierzynski and manager Ozzie Guillen told Doug Padilla…

  8. Franco, Piazza to take part in Mets September 11th remembrance

    Aug 31, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Franco FDNY

    The Mets — and particularly New York native John Franco and first-game-back home run hitter Mike Piazza — played an instrumental role in ushering baseball back into action following the 9/11 attacks. It should not be surprising, then, that the Mets have called back Franco and catcher Mike Piazza to take part in the team’s…

  9. Jose Canseco is breaking news about the Red Sox now

    Aug 31, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    jose canseco twitter

    Jose Canseco manages the independent league Yuma Scorpions and one of his players is former big leaguer and speedy center fielder Joey Gathright. So naturally Canseco broke the news via Twitter that Gathright has left the Scorpions to sign a minor-league deal with the Red Sox: I’m not so sure about the Fenway in October…

  10. The Netherlands wants to host a major league game or two

    Aug 31, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Netherlands

    Did you know you can walk into a ballpark in Amsterdam and buy a beer? And I don’t mean just like in no paper cup, I’m talking about a glass of beer.  Which is a good thing if, as this translated-from-Dutch article is saying what I think it’s saying, the Netherlands wants to host some…

  11. Rangers get reliever Michael Gonzalez from Orioles, catcher Matt Treanor from Royals

    Aug 31, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Gonzalez_Mike

    Not satisfied with adding Mike Adams and Koji Uehara to the bullpen at the July 31 trade deadline the Rangers have pulled off another deal for a veteran reliever, acquiring Michael Gonzalez from the Orioles for a player to be named later. Gonzalez had a brutal April, but the 33-year-old left-hander recovered to throw 41…

  12. Hanley Ramirez may need shoulder surgery

    Aug 31, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    This isn’t official or anything, but at least one writer with Marlins sources — Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post — is hearing rumors that Hanley Ramirez may need shoulder surgery. Ramirez had been rehabbing and was thought to be ready to come off the disabled list on Friday. But he left a minor…

  13. Where does Miguel Tejada rank in the history of shortstops?

    Aug 31, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    miguel tejada a's

    Miguel Tejada may still latch on with another team after being designated for assignment by the Giants today, but the former MVP looks finished as a quality regular and is definitely finished as a decent shortstop option. Rather than focus on the terrible hitter and range-less fielder that Tejada has become in the twilight of…

  14. Because you need some Tim Lincecum-inspired fashion

    Aug 31, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Lincecum cap

    When I think Tim Lincecum, I think “sharp.”  So you can understand why I’m so stoked to shop at an online store featuring “the Time Lincecum Collection.” I’ll admit, I sort of like the logo-looking one. I just have this feeling that all of these will wear much better in about ten years when he’s…

  15. Mark Buehrle enjoys the “drama” surrounding Ozzie Guillen

    Aug 31, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Tyler Flowers, Ozzie Guillen, Mark Buehrle

    Ozzie Guillen’s relationship with general manager Ken Williams is reportedly worse than ever and he’s already talking about leaving Chicago if a contract extension isn’t offered, but at least one White Sox player is just fine with Guillen’s consistent headline-making ways. During an interview with ESPN-1100 in Chicago today Mark Buehrle explained that Guillen “is…

  16. The Mayor of St. Petersburg unveils his “plan” for the Rays

    Aug 31, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Tropicana Field

    Remember last week how the Mayor of St. Petereburg was reported to have some mysterious plan to save the Rays and keep them in town?  It was all rather strange, actually, with the mayor playing it close to the vest as if he was guarding the schematics of nuclear warheads or something.  I was excited!…

  17. Free-falling Giants drop Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand

    Aug 31, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    aaron rowand giants

    Yesterday the Giants lost for the 21st time in 31 games, falling six games behind the Diamondbacks in the NL West, and today the front office had a mini-house cleaning by designating veterans Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand for assignment. Tejada was signed to a one-year, $6 million contract to take over as the Giants’…

  18. The NL home run race heats up

    Aug 31, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Mike Stanton

    With Mike Stanton going deep again last night, there’s now a three-way tie atop the NL home run leaderboard: 1. Matt Kemp (Dodgers): 31 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): 31 1. Mike Stanton (Marlins): 31 4. Lance Berkman (Cardinals): 30 4. Dan Uggla (Braves): 30 6. Prince Fielder (Brewers): 29 6. Ryan Howard (PhIllies): 29 8.…

  19. Jesus Montero to be called up tomorrow

    Aug 31, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    Of course it’s the first day that rosters expand so it’s not like it’s some monumental decision.  But at least he’s finally up.  So much sturm und drang to get here too.  Ultimately, though, it really doesn’t matter I suppose, as I can’t really see how the Yankees would have been substantially better off with…

  20. Knee injury keeps Victor Martinez from catching

    Aug 31, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    When the Tigers signed Victor Martinez to a four-year, $50 million contract this offseason the assumption was that he’d split time between designated hitter and catcher, at least in the first couple seasons of the deal. Alex Avila‘s emergence means the Tigers haven’t really needed Martinez at catcher much and now a sprained left knee…

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