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  1. Tom Hicks issues statement for goodbye as Rangers owner

    Aug 13, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    Now that the Rangers sale is finally complete, longtime owner Tom Hicks issued the following statement saying, more or less, goodbye: Obviously, this is a bittersweet moment for our family because these past 12 years with the Rangers have produced a remarkable experience for all of us. I sincerely think the two major turning points…

  2. Agent speaks out in Matt Kemp's defense and says Dodgers might be better off trading him

    Aug 13, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp returned to the Dodgers’ lineup last night after being benched for two games and went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs. Hours earlier Kemp’s agent, former All-Star pitcher Dave Stewart, spoke to Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times about the Dodgers’ treatment of his client, suggesting that perhaps everyone involved would…

  3. Jenks pulled in ninth inning with back spasms

    Aug 12, 2010, 11:10 PM EDT

    The White Sox avoided a fairly major injury scare Thursday in Chicago. Ninth-inning man Bobby Jenks was accompanied off the mound in the ninth inning after feeling some pain and discomfort in his back. Not to worry, though, because he was…

  4. Hafner will test shoulder Friday with batting practice

    Aug 12, 2010, 9:58 PM EDT

    According to John Barone of MLB.com, Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner is scheduled to take batting practice on Friday afternoon at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. If it goes well, he could be cleared…

  5. Ryan Howard takes grounders, hits in indoor cage

    Aug 12, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

    According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Howard took ground balls at first base and even took some hacks in an indoor batting cage on Thursday afternoon at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park…

  6. Andy Pettitte scratched from simulated game Thursday

    Aug 12, 2010, 7:12 PM EDT

    MLB.com beat writer Bryan Hoch reports that Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte was scratched from a simulated game on Thursday in Florida after feeling some tightness in the area of his hip flexor muscle…

  7. Brewers' Casey McGehee up to nine hits in nine at-bats

    Aug 12, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee followed up a double in his final at-bat Tuesday with 4-for-4 days on both Wednesday and Thursday, giving him hits in nine straight at-bats headed into Friday’s game. Pinky Higgins (1938) and Walt Dropo (1952) hold the major league record by picking up hits in 12 consecutive at-bats. With another…

  8. Rob Dibble: those women must be talking about shopping!

    Aug 12, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Rob Dibble does Washington Nats games. In light of this, I tend to go with the opponents’ broadcast feed whenever the desire to watch a Nats game strikes me. Because baseball analysis-wise, well, he’s a little shaky. But I had no idea he was so bad that he’d spend several minutes of a broadcast making…

  9. Picked up for nothing, Pat Burrell has come up big for Giants

    Aug 12, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Cut loose by the Rays after two miserably unproductive seasons in the American League, Pat Burrell signed a minor-league deal with the Giants, got a call back to the National League a short time later, and has produced just like he did for the Phillies from 2000-2008. He delivered two game-winning homers in the past…

  10. Sure, Bobby Valentine would be interested in the Mariners' gig

    Aug 12, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Because you can’t have a managerial opening without mentioning Bobby Valentine’s name, I give you Larry Stone on the M’s vacancy: Valentine is not commenting, but friends of Valentine say that [the Mariners job] is a job that he would be greatly interested in . . . someone familiar with Valentine’s thinking said Valentine believes…

  11. Derrek Lee expected to return from bereavement leave Friday

    Aug 12, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Derrek Lee has been away from the Cubs since Tuesday to be with a sick grandparent in California, but he’s expected to rejoin the team in time for tomorrow’s game against the Cardinals. Lee, a 34-year-old impending free agent who rejected a trade to the Angels last month, has hit just .246/.332/.383 with 12 homers…

  12. Francisco Rodriguez charged with third degree assault

    Aug 12, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez was released from jail today after being charged with third degree assault and second-degree harassment. He was ordered to stay away from his his girlfriend’s father,* his girlfriend and his children until a subsequent hearing can be held in family court. We’ve all been having a little bit of fun with the whole…

  13. Eric Chavez not ready to call it a career quite yet

    Aug 12, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    After saying earlier this week that he was contemplating retirement, Eric Chavez clarified things today by telling Jane Lee of MLB.com that he has no plans to call it quits before at least trying one more comeback. I don’t know if I’ll every play again, I really don’t. But I’m going to try. I’m not…

  14. Papelbon blows another one: Sox lose to the Jays, 6-5

    Aug 12, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon doesn’t lead the league in blown saves. But for some reason, it always feels like a bigger deal when he blows one than when someone else does. And he blew another one today, giving Toronto a victory over Boston. John Lackey was cruising throughout most of the game. He had thrown only around…

  15. Quote of the Day: Bryce Harper's college coach

    Aug 12, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    The Bryce Harper signing saga shouldn’t be all that drama-filled, but his college coach is adding some pressure all the same.

  16. Lyle Overbay clears waivers, but has right to block any trade

    Aug 12, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Blue Jays first baseman Lyle Overbay has cleared waivers, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com. That means he’s free to be traded to any team, except former general manager J.P. Ricciardi inexplicably gave Overbay a no-trade clause as part of his four-year, $24 million deal signed in 2007 and so he can veto any…

  17. Phillies activate Shane Victorino

    Aug 12, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    One All-Star back, two more to go: the Phillies have activated Shane Victorino, reports Matt Gelb. The surprising part: to make toom for Victorino, the Phils have optioned Antonio Bastardo.  Many folks thought that they’d send Domonic Brown down instead. Wait? What’s that?  Sorry, folks. Just got a note from the guild. Seems I forgot…

  18. No K-Rod, no problem: Santana hurls complete game shutout

    Aug 12, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    With closer Francisco Rodriguez “unavailable” for this afternoon’s game, Johan Santana stepped up with a complete-game shutout of the Rockies. Santana had 110 pitches through eight innings, but came out for the ninth anyway and needed just five more throws for his eighth career shutout and fourth since joining the Mets. He allowed just four…

  19. If not New York, where would Derek Jeter sign?

    Aug 12, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    Look, I know he’s not leaving the Yankees and you know he’s not leaving the Yankees, but if I don’t link to MLBTR’s fun post about possible non-Yankees destinations for Derek Jeter, then I’m just going to post another thing about the Mets, and frankly, even I’m getting tired of that. So where — apart…

  20. HBT Daily: K-Rod, Chase Utley and White Sox-Twins

    Aug 12, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Matt Stroup and I reveal the shocking, shocking news that there is dysfunction with the Mets

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