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  1. Craig Counsell open to trade after reportedly clearing waivers

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Buster Olney of reported earlier this week that Craig Counsell has cleared waivers and the veteran infielder said yesterday that he’d be open to a trade to a contender. Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin sought approval from Jim Edmonds before trading him to Cincinnati and Counsell indicated that Melvin discussed a similar possibility with…

  2. Golden Age? What Golden Age?

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    Some of the Bobby Thomson remembrances I’ve seen over the past 24 hours have made references to baseball’s “Golden Age.” Forbes’ Tom Van Riper ain’t havin’ it, though: Nostalgia holds that the 1950s represented baseball’s golden era. They didn’t. Thomson’s famous ninth-inning, final-game homer off Ralph Branca to give the New York Giants the 1951…

  3. Video: Jose Canseco hits a homer

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Or, as one of my co-workers put it: “The Shot Heard ‘Round the Greater Laredo Area”

  4. LaTroy Hawkins considering shoulder surgery at age 37

    Aug 18, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    LaTroy Hawkins missed three months with shoulder soreness earlier this season and returned to appear in just five games for the Brewers before landing back on the shelf with more shoulder problems last week. And now the 37-year-old reliever is considering season-ending and potentially career-threatening surgery. According to Hawkins a visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum…

  5. Draft pick slotting isn't going to happen

    Aug 18, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    As is almost always the case following the draft and its attendant August signing deadline, the calls are going out for a hard slotting system in which draft picks are paid a set price based on where they’re taken. No haggling! Just like buying a Saturn! While there may be some merit to the idea…

  6. Mike Leake moved to bullpen to keep rookie's workload down

    Aug 18, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Suddenly flush with capable rotation options, the Reds have decided to move Mike Leake to the bullpen in order to keep the 22-year-old rookie’s innings count in check. Leake went 7-1 with a 3.45 ERA through his first 18 starts after the 2009 first-round pick skipped the minors completely to crack the Opening Day rotation,…

  7. Free Freddie Freeman!

    Aug 18, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    The Braves’ apparent move to get Derrek Lee means that, no, they have no intention of calling up first base prospect Freddie Freeman.  Which is regrettable, because all he’s doing is hitting .308/.369/.510 down in AAA and, if I had to guess, would perform better than either Troy Glaus or Derrek Lee down the stretch.…

  8. Report: Braves on verge of acquiring Derrek Lee from Cubs

    Aug 18, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    According to David Kaplan of the Braves are close to trading for Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee, who will reportedly agree to the move despite using his no-trade rights to turn down a proposal to join the Angels last month. Whereas the Angels were hovering around .500 and barely clinging to contention at the…

  9. Decision to let Jim Thome go may cost White Sox the division

    Aug 18, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    This offseason the White Sox chose not to re-sign Jim Thome in large part because manager Ozzie Guillen urged general manager Ken Williams to let him go, saying he preferred to cycle various players through the designated hitter spot and make the lineup less homer dependent. Thome signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the…

  10. Gregg Doyel won't let facts get in the way of a good rant

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    CBS’s Gregg Doyel has never been one for subtlety, but in his latest column — in which he rips the MLBPA for having the audacity to defend one of its members — he shows his contempt for facts, reason and perspective as well: The MLB players union has gone too far. Finally, inarguably, the…

  11. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen's coping mechanism

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    Jim Thome — the man Ozzie Guillen didn’t want back — hit a big time walkoff home run to beat the Sox last night. What did Ozzie do afterward?

  12. Mike Cameron is done for the year

    Aug 18, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron has been on the disabled list since August 2nd, and based on his comments last night, he’s not coming off for the rest of the season: “We’re in a position now where we need all of the healthy — physically and mentally — guys possible playing in the field. Me trying to play…

  13. The Mets attempt to make K-Rod's contract non-guaranteed is a dumb P.R. game

    Aug 18, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    The Mets putting K-Rod on the disqualified list yesterday was a tough but defensible move. I think the union will fight it because, in essence, the Mets are punishing K-Rod twice for the same conduct, but it’s at least possible that it will stick. The Mets declaration that K-Rod’s contract is non-guaranteed going forward, however,…

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

    Aug 18, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT

    Five shutouts this Tuesday night, and a big walkoff blast from Jim Thome.

  15. Tim Lincecum, a man of the people

    Aug 18, 2010, 2:17 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum has had a rough season. At least for him. His fastball velocity is down, his mechanics are out of sorts, and he’s thinking a little bit too much, which is only hurting the ballclub. But on Tuesday in Philadelphia he didn’t let his on-field issues affect his attitude, going to great lengths to…

  16. Dodgers are paying rent on property they own

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:46 AM EDT

    We know everyone is crabby over in Dodgerland. Reading this story from the Los Angeles Times isn’t going to make anyone happier. The Dodgers have talked about creative ways their Chavez Ravine property could generate revenue for ownership. One such deal, a head-scratcher, is already in place: The team has been charging itself rent —…

  17. Report: Jacoby Ellsbury "probably" done for the year with fractured rib

    Aug 17, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

    An industry source tells Gordon Edes of that Jacoby Ellsbury suffered another fractured rib and is “probably” done for the rest of the season. The speedy center fielder was examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Ellsbury, who just returned from the disabled list on August 4, suffered the fracture stumbling…

  18. UPDATE: Mets place Francisco Rodriguez on disqualified list

    Aug 17, 2010, 8:59 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Adam Rubin of, Players Association executive director Michael Weiner confirms that the player’s union will contest the Mets’ decision. 7:34 PM: The Mets placed Francisco Rodriguez on the disqualified list, according to Adam Rubin of, making his contract non-guaranteed. Rodriguez won’t be paid while on the list, which at least…

  19. With injuries taking toll, Rangers add Alex Cora

    Aug 17, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

    Having lost both Ian Kinsler and Cristian Guzman to the disabled list, the Rangers added some infield depth Tuesday by signing Alex Cora to a minor league contract. Cora was released by the Mets earlier this month after hitting .207/.265/.278 in 169 at-bats. Had he played in 18 more games for the Mets, he would…

  20. Andy Pettitte slated for MRI on strained groin

    Aug 17, 2010, 7:58 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte felt discomfort during a bullpen session Tuesday and will undergo an MRI on the strained left groin that’s had him on the DL for almost a month. Pettitte finished his 40-pitch session at Yankee Stadium, but he admitted afterwards that he still wasn’t quite right. “I’m feeling good. I’m feeling better,” he said.…

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