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  1. Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings

    Aug 10, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Better late than never, no? And the reason for the poster is simply because I’m tired of putting up pics of Yankees players giving each other high fives.

  2. Carlos Zambrano returns

    Aug 10, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    If the Cubs have any hope of unloading Carlos Zambrano on anyone, they’re going to have to showcase him as a starter. That showcasing began last night. It wasn’t pretty, but it could have been way uglier. Zambrano gave up only two runs over five innings, but that was deceiving: only 49 of his 96…

  3. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 10, 2010, 6:03 AM EDT

    The Cardinals let the Reds know that they still have a ways to go before they can claim the NL Central.

  4. Brandon Phillips' trash talk comes back to bite

    Aug 10, 2010, 1:56 AM EDT

    Brandon Phillips is flashy and likes to live large. He drives a custom Audi with purple paint and Gold Gloves on the wheels, and he blames his sweet ride for his recent reckless driving charge. (“I really didn’t know how fast I was going. That’s how powerful the car is.”) The Cincinnati Reds’ All-Star second…

  5. The Diamondbacks may have finally found a closer

    Aug 9, 2010, 11:01 PM EDT

    OK, maybe not. It’s a slow Monday night and I’m pretty bored. Still, Adam LaRoche tells Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that he would like to get an opportunity to pitch. “The only thing I can promise you is, if a position player gets to pitch, it will be me,” he said. “We’ll have…

  6. UPDATE: Niemann and Davis placed on DL with shoulder strains

    Aug 9, 2010, 10:31 PM EDT

    UPDATE: After Monday’s game, Wade Davis joined Niemann on the disabled list with a shoulder strain, according to the Tampa Tribune. Jeremy Hellickson was recalled and will start Tuesday’s game. 6:50 PM Niemann was officially placed on the DL prior to Monday’s game, with reliever Mike Eckstrom being called up to take his spot. 6:30…

  7. Former M's manager Don Wakamatsu issues statement

    Aug 9, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    Don Wakamatsu, who was fired as Mariners manager earlier today, just issued a statement via his former employer’s public relations department. (courtesy of Larry Stone of the Seattle Times) “I would like to thank the city of Seattle and all the baseball fans here in the Northwest for the great support offered to me during…

  8. UPDATE: Braun diagnosed with left wrist strain and contusion

    Aug 9, 2010, 10:01 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Haudricourt writes that Braun is currently wearing a splint in the dugout and speculates that he is probably “more than day-to-day.” 9:48 PM: According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Braun was diagnosed with a left wrist strain and contusion. He is currently listed as day-to-day. 7:45 PM: Ryan Braun is out of…

  9. Carlos Silva undergoes successful cardiac procedure

    Aug 9, 2010, 8:47 PM EDT

    Carlos Silva underwent successful cardiac ablation today at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. Silva left last Monday’s game against the Rockies due to shortness of breath and was subsequently diagnosed with an abnormal heart rate. I’m not expecting many of you to know what most of this medical jargon…

  10. Don't call it a setback: Morneau won't join Twins in Chicago

    Aug 9, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    The hope was that Justin Morneau would be able to join the team in Chicago on Monday in order to participate in batting practice on Tuesday and Wednesday. No dice, apparently. While refusing to call it a setback, Twins general manager Bill Smith told Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that there was a change…

  11. Quote of the Day: Jonathan Sanchez is confident

    Aug 9, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    Giants pitcher Jonathan Sanchez does not lack confidence.

  12. HBT Daily: Reds-Cards, sleeping Rays and over-hyped Jeter

    Aug 9, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Tiffany Simons and I discuss the pressing matters of the day. And Derek Jeter.

  13. Daniel Bard just made a statement (with update rebutting some of that statement)

    Aug 9, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

    UPDATE: I guess the “statement” only lasted so long. Bottom of the eighth and Mark Teixeira just deposited a Daniel Bard fastball to the upper deck in right field. You may now exhale, Mr. Papelbon. 4:54: P.M.: Daniel Bard just came into the Yankees-Red Sox game in the bottom of the seventh with the Sox…

  14. Scoring change strengthens Mike Leake's ROY bid

    Aug 9, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    A week later, Mike Leake’s case for NL Rookie of the Year honors just got a whole lot better. MLB on Monday made a scoring change that gave Scott Rolen an error on a shot to third that was originally ruled a Lastings Milledge double in last Tuesday’s game between the Reds and Pirates. As…

  15. Mets fan sues team, Luis Castillo, Rawlings over maple bat injuries

    Aug 9, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    James Falzon was sitting along the third base line at a Mets-Braves game in 2007 when Luis Castillo’s bat shattered, sending the barrel flying towards his face and resulting in some pretty massive injuries.  Falzon is now suing the Mets, Castillo, former Met Ramon Castro — who owned the bat — Major League Baseball and…

  16. The Mariners' roster is what sunk Wakamatsu, not his performance

    Aug 9, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Don Wakamatsu is taking the fall for the performance of the 2010 Mariners, but their fate is not all — or even mostly — his fault.

  17. Report: Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu, multiple coaches have been fired

    Aug 9, 2010, 3:08 PM EDT

    ESPN 710 in Seattle is reporting that the Mariners have fired manager Don Wakamatsu.  Additional sources are reporting that bench coach Ty van Burkleo and pitching coach Rick Adair have been let go as well. Jon Paul Morosi just reported that AAA manager Daren Brown has been promoted and will be the Mariners interim manager.…

  18. Jim Edmonds-for-Chris Dickerson swap smart all-around

    Aug 9, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    It’s almost a challenge trade: division rivals swap left-handed-hitting center fielders. But there isn’t much downside for either Reds GM Walt Jocketty or Brewers GM Doug Melvin here. The Brewers have fallen completely out of the race in the NL Central, and Jim Edmonds has indicated that he’s probably going to retire after the season.…

  19. Who is the worst everyday player in baseball?

    Aug 9, 2010, 2:39 PM EDT

    Edmonds trade aside, it’s a pretty slow day in baseball land, so I offer up a link to Joe Posnanski’s post in which he tries to figure out who the worst position player in baseball is this year.  He goes over a long list of candidates, discussing their lack of merits, but he settles on…

  20. The Mets are facing a money crunch for 2011

    Aug 9, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York takes a look at the Mets’ salary commitments for 2011 and concludes that the situation looks dire: Even if the Mets had 16 players making the major league minimum next season — which is impossible — the salary commitments for 2011 already total $120 million. The nine who make…

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