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  1. A’s manager Bob Melvin wants Hideki Matsui back in 2012

    Aug 15, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Hideki Matsui has recovered from a miserable first half to hit .400 with five homers and seven doubles in 27 games since the All-Star break, playing so well that manager Bob Melvin told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’d like the A’s to re-sign the 37-year-old. That is, if Melvin is back…

  2. Quote of the Day: Adam Jones on unsigned draftees

    Aug 15, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles

    Today, if you did not know it, is signing day for those fellows taken in this summer’s amateur draft. If they don’t sign, back into the hopper or to college or to wherever they go. Most sign, though. At least the top-of-the-draft guys we non-draft experts tend to hear about and care about.  And as…

  3. Alex Gordon interested in contract extension with Royals

    Aug 15, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    The American League's best left fielder?

    Alex Gordon revealed yesterday that his agent recently talked to Royals general manager Dayton Moore about a long-term contract extension. Gordon made it clear that he wants to remain with the Royals, telling Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star: Staying here? Heck, yeah. I love it here. I love the guys here. I love…

  4. Anyone want an expensive, no-defense, washed-up slugger?

    Aug 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    alfonso-soriano-cubs

    I usually stay away from the “so-and-so was put on waivers” and “so-and-so cleared waivers” stories because they’re pretty dog-bites-man.  Shocker: really expensive guys on non-contenders are placed on and clear waivers all the time. But sometimes it’s worth looking at the examples of some to remind us of this.  Like today, when within a…

  5. Yankees or not, Jorge Posada plans to play next season

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    Jorge Posada is 39 years old and having the worst season of his career, getting benched as the Yankees’ designated hitter last week, but the five-time All-Star indicated yesterday that he plans to play in 2012. And that seemingly means putting on a different uniform for the first time in 20 years, because it’s tough…

  6. Did you know that Ralph Branca was Jewish? Until recently, neither did he

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Ralph Branca

    This is only about baseball insofar as it involves a baseball player, but it’s a pretty interesting story anyway. The New York Times’ Joshua Prager has a story about retired Dodgers’ pitcher Ralph Branca’s family. Seems that even though Branca was baptized and raised Catholic to Catholic parents and remains Catholic to this day, his…

  7. Jose Reyes won’t be ready to return from DL when eligible

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Jose Reyes is eligible to come off the disabled list on August 23, but yesterday manager Terry Collins indicated that the shortstop returning from his injured hamstring then is highly unlikely. Reyes was initially given a 2-3 week recovery timetable and has yet to begin baseball activities, so it’s hard to imagine him making it…

  8. Photo of the Day: The Memphis Redbirds channel Slim Goodbody

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Wait, you don’t remember Slim Goodbody?  Eh, the 70s were a different time. Anyway, the Memphis Redbirds had cool jerseys on Saturday night. They hosted Organ Donor Night, sparking awareness of the goodness of organ donation and encouraging fans to do the same.  And to help out, they donned the following jerseys. Kinda cool, no?…

  9. Sunday worst: Rockies lose 17th straight Sunday game

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v St. Louis Cardinals

    Last night’s loss to the Cardinals was the 17th straight time the Rockies have been defeated on Sunday, which is an MLB-record that shortstop Troy Tulowitzki called “mind-boggling.” Colorado actually won its first two Sunday games this season, back in April, but have dropped 17 in a row since then. Overall this season they’re 2-17…

  10. Baseball’s Randy Moss All-Stars

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Randy Moss

    Chris Jaffe has a fun article up over at The Hardball Times today. Of course, almost everything Chris Jaffe writes is fun, so this should be no surprise, but this one is more fun than most: it’s baseball’s Randy Moss All-Stars. What’s a Randy Moss All-Star?  According to Chris, it’s a guy who had a…

  11. Astros catcher Jason Castro may play in Arizona Fall League after missing season

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    jason-castro-astros-injury

    Jason Castro has missed the entire season after tearing his ACL early in spring training, so the Astros may get their projected starting catcher some 2011 playing time by asking him to play in the Arizona Fall League. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that Castro is eligible for the AFL despite playing 67…

  12. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    John Kruk, Darren Daulton

    I’m gonna level with you: thanks to the vacation, I have no freakin’ idea what happened last week. Oh, I quickly glanced at scores most mornings, but I didn’t think hard about it or process any of it. I have a very weak grasp on who’s hot and who’s not. And, even if I can…

  13. If you like hugs, go to Friday’s Mets game

    Aug 15, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Hugs

    If you like hugs and if you like Nick Cannon, you probably need to go Citi Field this Friday for the Mets-Brewers game: The New York Mets today announced they are teaming up with Nick Cannon, host of 92.3 NOW’s Morning Show, to “Hug It Out” and help Cannon break the Guinness World Record for…

  14. Jason Marquis has a broken leg, is lost for the season

    Aug 15, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Jason Marquis

    If you missed it yesterday, Diamondbacks starter Jason Marquis broke his fibula on a comebacker during the Dbacks-Mets game. He’s done for the year. Crazy thing: he broke it on an Angel Pagan line drive in the third inning. But he stayed in the game, finished the inning and then pitched to two batters —…

  15. Ryan Howard: the Phillies’ seventh-best player

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Phillies' Howard smiles after scoring the game-winning run against the Astros during their National League baseball game in Philadelphia

    I felt bad that the Phillies game got rained out, thus depriving you guys of obsessing over them in the ATH comments, so I’ll just throw this little link out there for you. It’s an article by Sean Forman — the boss of Baseball-Reference.com — from yesterday’s New York Times. In it he offers the totally…

  16. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Lake Michigan

    After a week off I have no idea what in the hell is going on. Some dude tried to convince me on Twitter last night that Texas A&M has petitioned to join the AL Central and I’m inclined to believe him.  That’s what happens when you get in the car with the kids, drive 450…

  17. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 15, 2011, 5:31 AM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan

    Miss me? No? Ah, well. Baseball stops for no one man. Back to the grind then: Brewers 2, Pirates 1: The walkoff sac fly for Nyjer Morgan. Of course all guys who hit sac flies walk off the field, so whatever. Charlie Morton‘s scoreless innings streak was snapped at 24. In other news, Charlie Morton…

  18. Rockies third base coach Rich Dauer taken to emergency room

    Aug 14, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

    Rich Dauer

    Rockies third base coach Rich Dauer was taken to an emergency room after getting struck on the bridge of his nose by a throw prior to Sunday night’s game against the Cardinals. A team spokesman said Dauer was hurt during a double play drill by a throw from Chris Nelson.  Infielders had been practicing double…

  19. Report: Ted Lilly, Jason Vargas among those to clear waivers

    Aug 14, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

    Jason Vargas

    Color me skeptical, but ESPN’s Buster Olney says all of the following starting pitchers have already cleared waivers and are eligible to be traded: Chris Capuano, Bruce Chen, Tom Gorzelanny, Ted Lilly, Rodrigo Lopez, Jason Vargas, Chien-Ming Wang and Carlos Zambrano. It’s largely Vargas’ presence that causes me to question the list.  It’s very hard to…

  20. Dan Uggla’s hitting streak ends at 33 games

    Aug 14, 2011, 5:16 PM EDT

    uggla on deck gety

    Braves slugger Dan Uggla snapped his 33-game hitting streak Sunday in a 6-5 loss to the Cubs. The second baseman plated Michael Bourn with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning, fouled out to first base in the third inning, was robbed of a bloop single by Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney…

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