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  1. Pirates clinch 18th consecutive losing season

    Aug 21, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    The Pirates dropped to 40-82 on the year with a 7-2 loss to the Mets last night, clinching their 18th consecutive losing season. It extends the longest streak in the history of the four major North American professional sports. According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, this is the earliest that the Pirates have…

  2. Rays send Jeremy Hellickson back to the minors

    Aug 21, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    The Rays sent Jeremy Hellickson to Single-A Charlotte following last night’s loss to the Athletics, presumably as punishment for him finally giving up more than two runs. (Sarcasm, I hope you know.) Hellickson wasn’t quite as sharp, allowing three runs over 6 1/3 innings as part of a no-decision. The rookie right-hander actually left the…

  3. Reds keep rolling, pad lead over Cards in NL Central

    Aug 21, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    The Cardinals couldn’t have picked a worse time to go on a season-high five-game losing streak. While they’ve been slipping recently, the Reds have enjoyed their best stretch of the year. With a 3-1 victory over the Dodgers on Friday night, the Reds extended their winning streak to season-high seven games. Brandon Phillips drove in…

  4. UPDATE: OK, maybe Jason Bay isn't done for the year

    Aug 21, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

    UPDATE: After predicting that Jason Bay would not play again this season, Mets manager Jerry Manuel backtracked from those comments after Friday’s game. “It appears that I was a little premature in saying Jason Bay wouldn’t be back,” Manuel said. “It appears he is recovering nicely and that there is a possibility he will be…

  5. Bryce Harper won't make his pro debut this season

    Aug 20, 2010, 10:01 PM EDT

    The Nationals agreed to terms with No. 1 overall pick Bryce Harper on a five-year, $9.9 million contract earlier this week, however he won’t make his pro debut this season. According to Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that the teenage hitting sensation will soon travel to Viera, Florida in order…

  6. Athletics place Conor Jackson on DL once again

    Aug 20, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Conor Jackson, who just rejoined the Athletics on Monday, was placed on the DL for the third time this season Friday with a strained abdominal muscle. The A’s acquired Jackson from the Diamondbacks on June to step in as their starting left fielder, but he’s played in just 18 games since, hitting .228/.362/.316 with five…

  7. Indians get prospect Zach McAllister from Yankees

    Aug 20, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    The player to be named in the Austin Kearns deal was announced Friday, and the Indians ended up acquiring right-hander Zach McAllister from the Bombers to complete the deal. I’ve always viewed McAllister as an overrated prospect, but he’s a nice return for someone who had no place in Cleveland’s future plans. The 22-year-old was…

  8. Takin' a little time off

    Aug 20, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    As I mentioned in this morning’s recaps, I’m going to be taking a little time off. All next week to be precise. I’ll be back on Monday, August 30th.  Yes, I’m going out of town, but it’s to a secret undisclosed location that may or may not look like the pic to the right. I…

  9. Braves stun Cubs in the ninth inning, win 5-3

    Aug 20, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

    The day had not gone well for Atlanta. New first baseman Derrek Lee was 0 for 4 with a couple of strikeouts. Melky Cabrera’s adventures in left field had led to a couple of Cubs runs. The Braves’ bats just weren’t able to do a hell of a lot against Ryan Dempster. Facing Carlos Marmol…

  10. Tyler Colvin getting a shot to replace Derrek Lee at first base

    Aug 20, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    After trading Derrek Lee to the Braves the Cubs are now looking at rookie Tyler Colvin as his possible replacement at first base. Colvin has never played an inning at first base in five seasons as a pro, but Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that he took grounders there before today’s game and manager Lou…

  11. Mets beef up security in light of K-Rod getting all punchy

    Aug 20, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    I’m not sure this is necessary. There has been a 100% drop in relief pitcher-on-girlfriend’s father violence in the Mets clubhouse in recent days! Since Francisco Rodriguez suffered a season-ending hand injury while allegedly assaulting his girlfriend’s father in the family lounge at Citi Field last week, the Mets have increased their security presence monitoring…

  12. Derek Holland demoted, so Rich Harden in line to start Monday for Rangers

    Aug 20, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    After a rough start Wednesday the Rangers have sent Derek Holland back to Triple-A, calling up reliever Michael Kirkman to take his place on the roster for now. Holland was penciled in to start Monday, so that means the Rangers will likely activate Rich Harden from the disabled list to make that start against the…

  13. Laser Show cancelled: Pedroia goes back to the DL

    Aug 20, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia got all kinds of props for taking ground balls from his knees and pushing to get back in the lineup as soon as possible.  Seems that the gritty toughness is not the better part of valor, because he just got put on the disabled list again.  Too much pain in his ankle, he…

  14. Cody Ross claimed on waivers; could be dealt

    Aug 20, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Marlins outfielder Cody Ross was much talked about at the trade deadline but ultimately nothin’ happened.  Now he’s on waivers, however, and Jayson Stark is reporting that an NL team has claimed him — Ken Rosenthal says it’s the Giants — and that the Marlins are discussing a possible trade. Of course, what put the…

  15. Marlins catcher Ronny Paulino suspended 50 games for PEDs

    Aug 20, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Marlins catcher Ronny Paulino has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. Numerous minor leaguers have been suspended for PED usage this year, but Paulino and Edinson Volquez are the only major leaguers to get the 50-game ban. Last season Manny Ramirez…

  16. Congressman says Andy Pettitte was the key to Clemens' indictment

    Aug 20, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    We’ve all been talking about the difficulty of the Roger Clemens-Brian McNamee he-said-he-said game, but at least one prominent member of the congressional committee that led to this mess said that the key to the referral to the U.S. Attorney’s office (which eventually led to the indictment) was Andy Pettitte’s testimony: Andy Pettitte’s sworn statement…

  17. In the middle of 18th straight losing season, Pirates planning "meaningful" payroll increase for 2011

    Aug 20, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Craig noted this morning that the Pirates are one defeat away from their 18th straight losing season and their current 109-loss pace would be the team’s worst record during that horrendous stretch. But fear not, Pirates fans, because today team president Frank Coonelly said the following to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette: We…

  18. Yet Johnny Cueto continues to walk the streets, a free man

    Aug 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Here’s a pressing and important debate in today’s Post-Dispatch that in no way is designed to enflame the passions of Cardinals fans angry at Johnny Cueto. The headline: “LaRue’s out, Cueto’s in: Is that fair?” While the contours of the actual debate which follow are reasonable enough, the headline just slays me. The obvious implication…

  19. Rays manager soon to be "Doctor Joe Maddon"

    Aug 20, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Between his black, thick-framed glasses and decidedly intellectual persona Joe Maddon already kind of looked and talked the part, but now the Rays manager will actually be a “doctor” thanks to his alma mater awarding him an honorary degree. Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, where Maddon was a student from 1972-76, will give him a “Doctor…

  20. Torii Hunter visits the ballpark he helped build

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

    When I read the intro to this story about Torii Hunter’s return to Minnesota in today’s L.A. Times, I was prepared to scoff at yet another strange Torii Hunter statement: Target Field is “The House That Torii Built.”  Ha! Put this alongside “Dominicans are imposters” and “Kirby Puckett moved off centerfield for me.” The usual…

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