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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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,…

  7. 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,…

  8. 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,…

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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