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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. DiMaggio: a "defective attitude," and "hostility and resistance" to the Army

    Aug 3, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Fascinating stuff in the Smoking Gun today regarding the Yankee Clipper: Joe DiMaggio’s army records, which paint him an a pretty unflattering light: Despite a cushy job as a physical instructor in the Army’s Special Services division, DiMaggio–who saw no combat, was never shipped overseas, and spent many months stationed in Hawaii–exhibited a “defective attitude…

  7. The Sox place Kevin Youkilis on the DL, activate Mike Lowell

    Aug 3, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Turns out Youkilis has a torn muscle in his thumb. The team will be getting a second opinion on it (“hmmm, looks merely frayed!”), but the concern was that if he keeps playing, the muscle could detach from the bone.  4:30 P.M.: Kevin Youkilis had an MRI on his wonky thumb today. It apparently…

  8. Call-up Peter Bourjos pushes Torii Hunter out of center field for first time since 1999

    Aug 3, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Peter Bourjos is considered one of the elite defensive center fielders among prospects and Torii Hunter ceased being an excellent defender several years ago, so it makes sense that the Angels would use Bourjos in center field for his big-league debut tonight while sliding Hunter to right field. Of course, given Hunter’s nine straight Gold…

  9. Carlos Santana placed on disabled list with sprained left knee

    Aug 3, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    Follow his ugly collision at home plate with Ryan Kalish last night Carlos Santana has been placed on the disabled list. For now the Indians are calling his injury a sprained left knee and that would probably qualify as the best-case scenario given how gruesome things looked at the time, but the diagnosis presumably could…

  10. Ben Sheets opts for elbow surgery again

    Aug 3, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    As expected, Ben Sheets has decided to undergo season-ending elbow surgery after being diagnosed with a torn flexor tendon last month. Sheets missed all of last season following elbow surgery, so his career could be in jeopardy at this point and he’s unlikely to be much of factor in 2011 even if things go smoothly.…

  11. Please: do not freak out every time you hear that someone is placed on waivers

    Aug 3, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    Waivers. They’re no big deal. But you knew that, right?

  12. Attention: Juan Pierre hit a home run a few minutes ago

    Aug 3, 2010, 3:04 PM EDT

    The White Sox are playing the Tigers at Comiskey Comerica this afternoon. As the bulldog goes to press, it’s 12-1 Chisox. Kind of feels like the Tigers’ season is ending as we speak, doesn’t it? Beyond that, the most interesting thing about this game is that Juan Pierre hit a solo home run in the…

  13. Brandon Inge ahead of schedule and cleared for rehab stint

    Aug 3, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    Brandon Inge was initially expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a broken hand suffered on July 19, but now he’s been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tonight at Single-A. There’s no word yet on an official revised return timetable, but he’s clearly ahead of schedule and by rule rehab assignment are limited to…

  14. Ozzie Guillen backtracks on that Asian/Latino ballplayer thing

    Aug 3, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    On one level I’m happy that Ozzie Guillen is now backtracking from his controversial comments over the weekend, saying that his stuff about baseball treating Asian players better than Latinos was taken out of context, misinterpreted and so on.  I mean, we have a pretty decent pennant race shaping up here in the AL Central,…

  15. Mariners call up Adam Moore, send Rob Johnson to Triple-A

    Aug 3, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Rob Johnson has been one of the worst players in baseball this season and Adam Moore has been playing well at Triple-A, so today the Mariners flip-flopped them with Johnson heading to Tacoma and Moore returning to Seattle. Johnson has been remarkably bad. Not only did he hit just .191 with a .574 OPS in…

  16. Mark Cuban and Jim Crane may team up to bid on the Rangers

    Aug 3, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    Many have suggested that Mark Cuban and Houston Businessman Jim Crane are not wanted by Major League Baseball (note: his name has been legally changed to “Houston Businessman Jim Crane.” I’m totally not effing with you here). But maybe in baseball as in nature, two negatives make a positive: Mavericks  owner Mark Cuban  could make…

  17. Steve Pearce to miss rest of season following knee surgery

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Steve Pearce suffered a knee injury while on a rehab assignment for an ankle injury in May and after unsuccessfully trying non-surgical options Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that he’ll go under the knife tomorrow. Pearce will miss the remainder of this season and may not be fully healthy for start of next year, which…

  18. Carlos Delgado is getting minor league offers

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    Missed this in the trade deadline hangover the other day, but Rosenthal reported on Sunday that Carlos Delgado has gotten two minor league offers and that his agent, David Sloane, may field more this week.  The offers were not based on in-person scouting, however: Sloane says he sent video last week of Delgado running and…

  19. Jason Marquis ready to return three months after surgery

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Jason Marquis tossed six innings of two-run ball in a rehab start last night at Triple-A and Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com reports that he’s ready to rejoin the Nationals’ rotation following May elbow surgery. Whether or not the Nationals are ready to welcome him back is another issue. Marquis went 0-3 with a brutal 20.52…

  20. More interesting public art coming to Nationals Park

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    Remember those statues of Frank Howard, Josh Gibson and Walter Johnson that were installed at Nationals Park last year?  The ones with the multiple limbs that were described as “having the unfortunate effect of making the players seem covered in tumorous growths.”  Yeah, there’s more of that sort of thing coming next season: Thomas Sayre…

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