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  1. Cliff Lee is still ridiculous

    Aug 7, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    You know, just in case you had any doubts. Cliff Lee earned the 100th victory of his career Friday night, tossing eight innings of one-run ball in a 5-1 win over the Athletics. The left-hander is 2-2 with a 2.63 ERA over his first six starts since joining Texas. While that’s pretty impressive on its…

  2. UPDATE: Fernando Martinez and Ruben Tejada called up, not traded

    Aug 7, 2010, 11:37 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com reports that the Mets have summoned Fernando Martinez and Ruben Tejada from Triple-A Buffalo, as alluded to earlier. No word yet on what the corresponding roster moves will be. 9:19 AM: A source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that neither Fernando Martinez or Ruben Tejada were placed on waivers, and…

  3. The Orioles are 4-0 under Buck Showalter

    Aug 7, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

    That easy, huh? Fresh off a three-game sweep of the Angels, the Orioles won in walkoff fashion for the second consecutive night Friday, defeating the White Sox 2-1 in 10 innings. Adam Jones played hero this time, delivering an RBI single to secure the victory. New skipper Buck Showalter is 4-0 to begin his tenure…

  4. Aroldis Chapman isn't on his way from the minors yet

    Aug 7, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    Just yesterday, Reds manager Dusty Baker raised the possibility that Aroldis Chapman would get called up to the big leagues if Russ Springer required a DL stint for a hip injury. Springer was placed on the disabled list today, however Carlos Fisher was the one who got the call from the minors, not Chapman, according…

  5. Dropped pop-up helps lift Red Sox over Yankees

    Aug 7, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    John Henry may think that his team needs “a miracle” to make the playoffs, but the Red Sox just keep finding ways to win baseball games. The latest example was Friday night, when some miscommunication between Francisco Cervelli and Javier Vazquez led to a dropped pop-up in front of the mound during the top of…

  6. Tigers will bring back Jim Leyland, Dave Dombrowski

    Aug 6, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

    In case there was any doubt, Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press reported Friday that the Tigers will bring back manager Jim Leyland and GM Dave Dombrowski for the 2011 season. The Tigers were 10 games above .500 at this year’s All-Star break and just one game behind the Twins for first place in…

  7. Twins agree to terms with first rounder Alex Wimmers

    Aug 6, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

    The Twins have reached agreement with their first round pick from this year’s draft, Ohio State right-hander Alex Wimmers.

  8. Bobby Jenks to remain the White Sox's closer… for now

    Aug 6, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Unwilling to mess with a bullpen arrangement that has worked very well for the White Sox this season, manager Ozzie Guillen said Friday that Bobby Jenks remains his closer. Questions were again raised about Jenks’ status after he blew a three-run lead in the ninth Thursday against the Tigers, raising his ERA to 5.13. He’s…

  9. Is there hope in Cleveland, Kansas City and Pittsburgh?

    Aug 6, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Peter Gammons says there is in his latest column: As dark as it seems, all three once-great baseball towns have hope. “The Royals and Pirates have done what small-market teams should do with their revenue-sharing money,” says one big-market general manager. “The last couple of years they’ve gone over slot on Draft choices, they’ve spent…

  10. Red Sox owner: "we need a miracle"

    Aug 6, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    FanHouse’s Tom Krasovic — who’s in pretty entertaining form today — spoke with Red Sox owner John Henry via email today about the state of the Sox. The verdict: Not too good: “At this point we’ll need another miracle. This team, healthy, is capable . . . However, the injuries we have had have been…

  11. The Reds and Dusty Baker are talking about a contract extension

    Aug 6, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    We heard that they’d be discussing it after the deadline. It’s now after the deadline. They’re now discussing it, with Baker telling MLB.com that he’s “been approached in the last couple days,” and that “there are some things starting.” As was the case with Ron Washington, it’s all about winning. If the Reds weren’t in…

  12. Carlos Delgado worked out for the Red Sox today

    Aug 6, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

    Mark Hale of the New York Post reports that Carlos Delgado worked out for the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium today.  The Red Sox, of course, need a first baseman. Without any decent first basemen likely to make it through waivers, Delgado may be their best option.  Though they may have to battle Chicago to…

  13. The Indians claim the Reds' Drew Sutton off waivers

    Aug 6, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    I thought I felt the balance of power shift in Ohio just a few minutes ago. This transaction must have been it. OK, seriously, it’s a slow day so I’ll take any transaction I can get. Cleveland’s claim of Sutton makes sense. He’s got no power, but he has some on-base ability and could —…

  14. Adam Dunn was claimed on waivers, probably by the Dodgers

    Aug 6, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    Who claims a player on waivers is never disclosed, but Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle believes that Adam Dunn — who, not surprisingly, was claimed — was claimed by the Dodgers: They were in perfect position in the standings to get the claim and had good reason to do it. Face it, the…

  15. The Phillies are better than the Mets because they are arrogant and condescending

    Aug 6, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    According to one columnist it’s not about talent or execution. No, the Phillies are better than the Mets because the Mets are polite and lack “swagger.”

  16. Fan dies on the field at Dodger Stadium

    Aug 6, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Well this is awful: A baseball fan participating in Mormon Community Night at Dodger Stadium has died after collapsing on the field during batting practice. Officials say Don Hawkins was standing near the third-base coach’s box Thursday night when he fell ill. He was one of about 4,000 Mormons on hand for the annual event,…

  17. Ron Washington will be back with the Rangers next year

    Aug 6, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    This is really no surprise given how smoothly the Rangers’ season has gone, but the Rangers made it official: Ron Washington, whose contract was set to expire after the season, will be back for 2011. The details will come later. How many people would have guessed we’d be saying this back in March when it…

  18. Pablo Sandoval needs to get back to Camp Panda

    Aug 6, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Andrew Baggarly thinks that Pablo Sandoval’s biggest problem this year is his conditioning: I’ve noticed in recent weeks that Sandoval has lost a step from last season. Some time toward the end of the last homestand, he got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. It would’ve been an easy double for…

  19. Carlos Gomez placed on disabled list with concussion

    Aug 6, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

    Is it just me, or have there been an abnormal amount of head injuries lately? Carlos Gomez is just one of the latest victims. He was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Cubs right-hander Brian Schlitter on Monday night. After being held out of the lineup for the past two games, the Brewers…

  20. Carlos Silva scheduled for a heart catheterization

    Aug 6, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Carlos Silva left Monday’s Cubs-Rockies game after suffering shortness of breath and was subsequently diagnosed with an abnormal heartbeat.  ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine reports today that Silva will have a cardiac catheterization on Monday to determine if he needs a cardiac ablation. I don’t really know what those things are, but Levine provides us some…

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