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  1. UPDATE: Manny Ramirez not in the lineup for the third straight day

    Aug 28, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    UPDATE: It’s confirmed. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Manny Ramirez is out of the starting lineup for the third straight game Saturday. Joe Torre can say what he wants about superstitions and not wanting to mess with chemistry of the ballclub, but we all know better. 11:31 AM: Seriously. I’m hoping the Dodgers told…

  2. Edinson Volquez scratched from Sunday start; bullpen bound?

    Aug 28, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    After Reds manager Dusty Baker hinted earlier this week that Edinson Volquez could be removed from the starting rotation earlier this week, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reported this afternoon that he was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday. According to the team’s Twitter feed, Travis Wood will start against the Cubs on Sunday while…

  3. Adam Dunn expects to become a free agent

    Aug 28, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    We’ve heard a lot of to-and-fro on this subject this season, but with September just around the corner, Adam Dunn tells Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he is “assuming” he will end the season without a contract extension from the Nationals. Dunn, who turns 31 in November, is batting .258/.350/.537 with 31 home…

  4. A.J. Burnett might get bumped out of the rotation

    Aug 28, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett was hammered for nine runs (eight earned) over 3 1/3 innings in a 9-4 loss to the White Sox last night. When Yankees manager Joe Girardi was asked if Burnett would remain in the starting rotation, he hinted that he could make some changes, reports Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger. “We’ll evaluate…

  5. Video: Tony La Russa and Albert Pujols speak at Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally

    Aug 28, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Cardinals manager Tony La Russa introduced Albert Pujols at this afternoon’s “Restoring Honor” rally in Washington. The event was organized by Glenn Beck and featured former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Pujols was presented with the “Hope” award for his off-field charitable work. As Aaron noted yesterday, Pujols and La Russa only agreed to…

  6. Manuel Corpas likely needs Tommy John surgery

    Aug 28, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

    According to Tracy Ringolsby of Inside the Rockies, Manuel Corpas has told friends that he expects to undergo Tommy John surgery. As I told you on Thursday, Corpas left Wednesday’s game against the Braves due to elbow soreness. The Rockies placed him on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in…

  7. Jay Bruce slugs three home runs in win over Cubs

    Aug 28, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Figures as soon as Jay Bruce gets moved to the leadoff spot, he starts hitting like the middle-of-the-order presence we’ve all been waiting for. Bruce homered in three straight at-bats and tied a career-high with five RBI in a 7-1 win over the Cubs on Friday night. None of them were cheapies, either. All three…

  8. Jason Bay cleared for physical activity, still wants to return this season

    Aug 28, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    Jason Bay has finally been cleared to begin physical activity, however he’s not sure if he will be able to play again this season, reports Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. “I expect to. But, at the same time … I haven’t done anything in a month and there’s a certain rigor of programs you need to…

  9. Aroldis Chapman hit 105 mph last night

    Aug 28, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    And he didn’t even need Brandon Phillips’ car to do it. That’s right, Aroldis Chapman topped out at 105 mph in a relief appearance with Triple-A Louisville on Friday night. Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse had it first, though it was repeated by Buster Olney of ESPN.com and Peter Gammons of MLB Network and NESN…

  10. Phillies survive ninth-inning balk by Brad Lidge, win in extras

    Aug 28, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    Funny that I mentioned Jerry Hairston Jr. again before this entry, because he figured quite prominently in one of the key plays of last night’s eventual 3-2 loss to the Phillies in 12 innings. Pinch-hitter Matt Stairs led off the ninth with a single and was quickly replaced by the aforementioned Hairston. David Eckstein followed…

  11. UPDATE: Padres to place Jerry Hairston Jr. on disabled list

    Aug 28, 2010, 8:09 AM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, it turns out that Hairston will be placed on the disabled list before Saturday’s game. Padres manager Bud Black said they are still working through a corresponding roster move, however Brock writes that is likely to be either Oscar Salazar or Everth Cabrera.9:05 PM, Friday: According to Corey…

  12. Twins acquire Brian Fuentes from Angels

    Aug 27, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    Well, this is certainly a surprise. The Twins have acquired left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes from the Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com had it first. Fuentes, 35, has a 3.52 ERA and 23 saves in 39 appearances this season, posting a 39/18 K/BB ratio over 38…

  13. Manny Ramirez out of the lineup for a second straight day

    Aug 27, 2010, 7:44 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, who was held out of Thursday’s lineup because it was a day game after a night game, is not in Friday’s starting lineup, either. Don’t look into it too much yet, though. According to Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com, Dodgers manager Joe Torre insisted that that there’s nothing fishy going on. Nope, he apparently…

  14. Reading material for Strasburg: Kris Medlen's blog

    Aug 27, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    As he prepares for Tommy John surgery, Stephen Strasburg should have plenty of time to catch up on his reading. He might want to start with the blog of another young pitcher going through the same thing: Kris Medlen. Medlen opened the season in Atlanta’s bullpen before moving into the rotation in place of an…

  15. Ambiorix Burgos accused of poisoning ex-wife

    Aug 27, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    OK, our first thought was that Ambiorix Burgos being in “more legal trouble,” as the ESPN headline kindly puts it, probably wouldn’t be worthy of our readers’ time on such a newsy day. But then again, we didn’t know yet that he had allegedly turned to rat poison to deal with his ex-wife. Burgos, who…

  16. Jerry Reinsdorf calls Jay Mariotti a pissant… again

    Aug 27, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Nothing like kicking a man when he’s down. But it is Jay Mariotti, after all. White Sox and Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf was on a panel with Cubs owner Tom Ricketts on Friday at a WGN Radio event called “The Business of Sports” when asked about the former Sun-Times writer. As the Tribune quotes: “Jay…

  17. Is Albert Pujols the greatest right-handed hitter of all time?

    Aug 27, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols smacking his 400th career homer last night got me thinking about where he ranks among the greatest right-handed hitters in baseball history. My favorite stat for across-era comparisons is adjusted OPS+, which puts a hitter’s production into the context of the leagues, ballparks, and run-scoring environments he played in. In other words, a…

  18. Reds place Mike Leake on disabled list with fatigued shoulder

    Aug 27, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    Earlier this week the Reds hinted about possibly shutting Mike Leake down for the season and this afternoon they placed the 22-year-old rookie on the disabled list with a “fatigued right shoulder.” Leake has already thrown 138.1 innings this season after skipping the minors to join the Opening Day rotation, so the Reds moved him…

  19. Red-hot Ted Lilly goes on trade waivers

    Aug 27, 2010, 4:43 PM EDT

    Ted Lilly, who has gone 5-0 with a 1.83 ERA since the Dodgers picked him up from the Cubs before the July 31 deadline, has been placed on revocable waivers, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. It’s just like the Manny Ramirez situation, in that that Dodgers would have the opportunity to get a trade done…

  20. Yankees' Ivan Nova being investigated by MLB

    Aug 27, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    According to a report in the New York Post, MLB is investigating Yankees pitchers Ivan Nova and Wilkin De La Rosa over concerns they injected each other with B-12 shots last year as teammates at Double-A Trenton. B-12 shots are not included in MLB’s list of prohibited substances, but only licensed physicians are allowed to…

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