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  1. Carlos Zambrano is returning to the rotation

    Aug 4, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    Paul Sullivan reports that the Cubs are putting Carlos Zambrano back into the rotation. He’ll get the start against the Giants on Monday. This makes perfect sense. If the Cubs think they can trade Zambrano — maybe a crazy thought, but one they’ve been having — the only possible hope they have to do so…

  2. Joe Saunders has something to prove

    Aug 4, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders already told reporters last week that he feels he is “just as good” as Dan Haren and through two starts with his new team, it’s pretty clear he is on a mission to prove just that. After holding the Phillies to two runs over seven innings in his D-Backs’ debut last Thursday, Saunders…

  3. Chris Coghlan may be back sooner than expected

    Aug 4, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Marlins’ outfielder/3B Chris Coghlan may soon begin taking ground balls and taking batting practice, which is a sign that he will be putting off knee surgery until after the season. Assuming a medical exam he was scheduled to have last night turned up nothing crazy, Coghlan could soon be sent out for a rehab assignment…

  4. Jacoby Ellsbury is coming back tonight

    Aug 4, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    At long last, Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to be activated from the disabled list for tonight’s game against the Indians. Ellsbury went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI as the designated hitter in his final rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday. In three rehab games with the PawSox, the speedy center fielder…

  5. For the 1,567th time: baseball does not need a salary cap

    Aug 4, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    And even if it does, the Yankees trading for Austin Kearns is no evidence of it.

  6. Rick Dempsey thinks he should have gotten the O's managerial job

    Aug 4, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    Rick Dempsey believes he was stepped over. Which may have been the way Angelos wanted it, but it ain’t the way he wanted it! He’s smaht! Not like everybody says! “I’m very, very disappointed, to tell you the truth. I don’t begrudge Buck getting the opportunity. He is going to be a hell of a…

  7. Manny's rehab hits a bit of a snag

    Aug 4, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    Dodgers manager Joe Torre acknowledged Tuesday that Manny Ramirez suffered a setback during his rehab from a right calf strain and will need at least another week before going out on a minor league rehab assignment, according to Evan Drellich of MLB.com. The team made the assessment after Dodgers trainer Stan Conte visited Ramirez at…

  8. Erik Bedard to undergo third shoulder surgery

    Aug 4, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    It sure sounded like this situation was headed this way, but now we have confirmation. The Mariners announced Tuesday that Erik Bedard will undergo shoulder surgery Friday, according to Jim Street of MLB.com. The surgery will be performed by Mariners team physician Edward Khalfayan and Dr. Lewis Yocum, according to the team. Yocum performed the…

  9. Don Wakamatsu is given a vote of confidence. How dreaded was it?

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Personally, this one sounds pretty dreaded to me.

  10. The Red Sox and Indians throw at, jaw at one-another

    Aug 4, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    It’s probably a good thing that no one truly fights in baseball anymore, but I’d be lying if I said that there wasn’t something, I dunno, deflating about seeing everyone run out onto the field to simply . . . grumble at one-another.  That’s what the Indians and Red Sox did last night. Here’s some…

  11. No, the Yankees did not lose because of A-Rod's failure to hit his 600th home run

    Aug 4, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

    Let the record reflect that Blue Jays’ starter Rickey Romero was rough stuff last night. After going a mere two and two-thirds innings while giving up eight runs when he faced the Yankees a month ago, Romero came back last night and silenced the Bombers’ bats. He struggled through the first inning but rebounded nicely…

  12. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 4, 2010, 6:18 AM EDT

    The worst part about Jeff Francoeur hitting the game-winning homer? The Atlanta papers will now start agitating for the Braves to somehow bring him back to the Braves.

  13. Stephen Strasburg on track to return Tuesday

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:44 PM EDT

    While we’re on the subject of “next big things,” Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider reports that Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to return from the disabled list next Tuesday against the Marlins. Strasburg, who was placed on the disabled list last week with shoulder stiffness, threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday. He hurled fastballs, curveballs and…

  14. Bonds gives money to journalists, which makes some queasy

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds’ charity organization, the Barry Bonds Family Foundation, has donated $20,000 to The National Association of Black Journalists. The donation has stirred a bit of controversy, and it is not sitting well with some members of the NABJ. From the AP: The gift comes as the former San Francisco Giants slugger prepares for trial…

  15. Mark Prior signs with the Orange County Flyers

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:19 PM EDT

    Who? Exactly. According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Mark Prior signed with the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden Baseball League. He was in uniform Tuesday night, according to the Associated Press. Flyers manager Paul Abbott intends to use him in a set-up role. Prior, who turns 30 in September, threw for upwards of…

  16. David Freese to have season-ending ankle surgery

    Aug 3, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    Just yesterday, the Cardinals hoped to get their rookie third baseman back by as soon as next week. Now they won’t have him back again until next season. David Freese will undergo season-ending surgery to repair tendon damage in his right ankle, according to Matthew Leach of MLB.com. Freese re-injured the ankle during the first…

  17. A-Rod misses the Yankees' team photo shoot

    Aug 3, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    The Yankees had team pictures this afternoon but there was one notable absence: Alex Rodriguez, who just whiffed, apparently. We already knew he was history’s greatest monster, so this merely adds to his ever-growing indictment. Joe Girardi said that he’d probably be fined in the Yankees’ kangaroo court, famously presided over by Mariano Rivera. That…

  18. The Phillies place Ryan Howard on the disabled list

    Aug 3, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    They’re dropping like flies this afternoon. The Phillies have placed Ryan Howard on the DL, obviously figuring that his ankle needs more than a day or two of rest. They’ve called up John Mayberry to take his place on the roster. The entire Phillies infield has been on the DL now at some point this…

  19. More shoulder problems send Travis Hafner to disabled list

    Aug 3, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    Travis Hafner has missed the past five games with shoulder soreness and the Indians placed him on the disabled list this afternoon. Hafner has a long history of shoulder problems, so while his latest malady is being called merely “soreness” for now it wouldn’t be surprising if it proved to be more serious. While nowhere…

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