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  1. 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…

  2. 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.…

  3. Milton Bradley undergoes knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks

    Aug 17, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Milton Bradley’s season and maybe his terribly disappointing Mariners career could be over after he underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee Tuesday. Bradley hadn’t played for the Mariners since July 26. If he had undergone surgery right away, perhaps he would have been ready to return right around Sept. 1. However,…

  4. Nationals outfielder Josh Willingham likely done for year

    Aug 17, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    According to his agent, Josh Willingham will undergo surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee next week and miss the rest of the season. Manager Jim Riggleman said before Tuesday’s game that Willingham could be available to pinch-hit tonight, suggesting that he might yet see a little action prior to undergoing surgery, but it…

  5. Source: Mets won't try to void K-Rod's deal, will attempt to avoid payment for 2010

    Aug 17, 2010, 6:21 PM EDT

    I just heard that the Mets have decided that they (a) will not attempt to void Francisco Rodriguez’s deal as a result of his little fracas with his girlfriend’s father, but they will (b) attempt to avoid paying him the balance of his 2010 salary as a result of him suffering a non-baseball-related injury. The…

  6. Firing up the Hot Stove: Relievers

    Aug 17, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    This is the second article in an eight-part series examining this winter’s free agents and looking at potential trade candidates and non-tenders. I’m also predicting contracts and destinations for the major free agents, but given that it’s August, those are to be taken with a grain of salt. Relief Pitchers Mariano Rivera (Yankees) – Even…

  7. Carlos Guillen out of tonight's lineup after MRI exam on knee

    Aug 17, 2010, 5:47 PM EDT

    Carlos Guillen injured his left knee turning the game-ending double play against the Yankees last night and initially thought it wasn’t particularly serious, but now he’s out of tonight’s lineup and after undergoing an MRI exam today. I was fine. Everything was normal. But this morning, when I woke up, I felt a little bit…

  8. Quote of the Day: the Dodgers and their fans are crabby

    Aug 17, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    It’s been a pretty bad year for the Dodgers, both on the field and off. Sometimes, though, that’s just how baseball goes, ya know?

  9. Kevin Youkilis still hopes to play in the playoffs

    Aug 17, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    That’s what he was telling people in the Sox’ clubhouse a few minutes ago. Only two things wrong with that of course: (1) the doctors haven’t said that he could (and have previously said it’s extremely likely that he couldn’t); and (2) the Red Sox right now have a hell of a lot of work…

  10. Martin Prado back from the disabled list and playing third base

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    No, the Braves aren’t going to bring in Aramis Ramirez to replace Chipper Jones, but they did activate Martin Prado from the disabled list this afternoon and he’s starting at third base tonight against the Nationals. Prado played primarily second base before landing on the DL with a fractured finger on July 30, hitting .315/.357/.484…

  11. A-Rod out of tonight's lineup

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez tweaked his calf muscle in last night’s game and is out of the lineup tonight.  There’s a chance he could pinch hit, but for now he’s day-to-day. In his place: Ramiro Pena. Nothin’ personal against Pena, but is there a bigger falloff between the starter and his backup in all of Major League…

  12. Rafael Furcal slated to begin rehab assignment tomorrow

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Out since August 2 with a back injury, Rafael Furcal is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment tomorrow at Single-A. Joe Torre indicated earlier this week that the Dodgers won’t ask Furcal to rehab for more than a few games before activating him from the disabled list, assuming of course that he avoids…

  13. The Phillies like to give out extra contract years

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    Tim Dierkes at MLB Trade Rumors noted earlier this afternoon that the Phillies’ decision to give Greg Dobbs a two-year deal before the 2009 season “wasn’t entirely necessary.” In light of his being designated for assignment today, I think Tim is right. But Tim goes further in this post, noting all of the examples in…

  14. Designated for assignment by Reds, should Micah Owings try hitting full time?

    Aug 17, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Last night the Reds signed first-round pick Yasmani Grandal by giving him a $3 million bonus and a major-league contract, which includes a spot on the 40-man roster. Today that spot was cleared by designating Micah Owings for assignment. Normally it isn’t news when a team cuts a 27-year-old pitcher with a 5.11 career ERA,…

  15. Deep Thoughts: Bryce Harper contract edition

    Aug 17, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Baseball news gets kind of slow between 2 and 4pm, so I find myself thinking about stuff like this.

  16. Maybe Bobby V. and the Mariners aren't a fit after all

    Aug 17, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    I’ve written a couple of times recently that I thought Bobby Valentine would be a good fit for the Mariners. Some people just love to dismiss my opinions, apparently because some know-nothing is saying, no, Valentine and the Mariners aren’t a fit. What?  Oh, it was Bobby Valentine who said that? Ah.  Well, yes, I…

  17. Shawn Chacon's grievance versus Astros denied by arbitrator

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    Two years ago right-hander Shawn Chacon allegedly grabbed general manager Ed Wade by the neck and threw him to the ground during an argument, after which the Astros naturally terminated his contract and refused to pay the remaining $983,607 he was owed as part of a one-year, $2 million deal. Chacon and the MLB players’…

  18. Bobby Thomson: 1923-2010

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    The man who hit “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” has died. Bobby Thomson was 86. No one can be fully defined by their best or worst moments on this Earth. But if you have to choose one of ‘em, being remembered for hitting the most famous home run in baseball history ain’t bad. And…

  19. Aramis Ramirez isn't going to replace Chipper Jones in Atlanta

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Yesterday there was some speculation that the Braves pulled their large contract offer to 18th-round draft pick Zach Alvord in order to set that money aside to potentially claim Aramis Ramirez off waivers from the Cubs. Mark Bowman of MLB.com quickly threw cold water on the report by noting that clearing payroll room for this…

  20. The Astros' crowd has improved considerably in the past week

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Last week in Houston we had the guy who jumped out of the way of a foul ball, thereby letting his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend get hit.  Much better news today: an Astros fan who makes one hell of a scoop of a foul ball while (a) wearing a nifty throwback jersey; and (b) not even getting…

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