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  1. Confirmed: Chase Utley to begin rehab assignment today

    Aug 14, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer confirms that Chase Utley will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Single-A Clearwater on Saturday. He is expected to play five innings in the field. Friday, 11:48 PM: When asked by Todd Zolecki of MLB.com if Chase Utley was going to begin a minor league rehab assignment…

  2. Luis Castillo wants out of Queens

    Aug 14, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    Craig already roasted Jeff Francoeur in epic fashion earlier this week, so I’m not going to try to top that one. Still, the sickness appears to be contagious in the Mets’ locker room. While Luis Castillo hasn’t requested a trade, he told Dan Martin of the New York Post that he is not willing to…

  3. O's improve to 9-2 under Buck Showalter despite ugly uniforms

    Aug 14, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    The Orioles improved to 9-2 under Buck Showalter with a 5-0 win over the Rays on Friday night, establishing their best 11-game stretch since the 2005 season. That’s all well and good, but what the heck were they wearing? Turns out the solid orange look was actually a throwback to an ensemble worn twice during…

  4. The Rangers new ownership group knows how to raise fan morale

    Aug 14, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    On Friday, new Rangers managing partner and CEO Chuck Greenberg announced a new “Stretch Drive Pricing” initiative, slashing prices for parking, concessions and various merchandise items. “On behalf of Nolan Ryan and our entire group, I want to say how proud we are to assume the ownership of the Texas Rangers,” commented Greenberg, who announced…

  5. Francisco Rodriguez set to return to Mets today

    Aug 14, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez is scheduled to return from his two-game suspension tonight, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. Mets general manager Omar Minaya spoke with reporters before Friday’s game, expressing his disappointment in Rodriguez’s actions. “It’s not acceptable,” Minaya said Friday, before the Mets opened a series against the Philadelphia Phillies. “He understands that. He admits…

  6. Rangers top Red Sox in extra-innings thriller

    Aug 14, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    If this week is any indication, the Rangers will be very exciting to watch in the postseason. They played in yet another thriller on Friday night, this time against the Red Sox, winning 10-9 on a walkoff solo blast by Nelson Cruz in the 11th inning. The Rangers actually trailed in this one 8-2 when…

  7. UPDATE: Jacoby Ellsbury headed back to Boston for MRI on ribs

    Aug 14, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    UPDATE: It’s official. Jacoby Ellsbury is snakebit. As a result of the tumble Ellsbury took over the first base bag on Friday night, he reinjured his left side and back. According to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe, he is headed back to Boston for an MRI. “It’s very concerning,” said manager Terry Francona. “The…

  8. Martin Prado feels pain in broken finger during batting practice

    Aug 13, 2010, 9:02 PM EDT

    Not exactly what you want to hear if you are Braves fan. According to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Martin Prado felt pain in his broken right pinky finger when he took batting practice indoors Friday. “The vibration is bothering me,” Prado said. “It stings a little bit.” “They told me it won’t be…

  9. Andy Pettitte suffers setback during simulated game

    Aug 13, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte threw 50 pitches in a simulated game this afternoon, however Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the veteran left-hander was only able to throw at about  “75 percent effort” because he didn’t feel 100 percent with his groin according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. As a result, Pettitte will rejoin the team in Kansas…

  10. Dodgers strip Jonathan Broxton of closer's role

    Aug 13, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Believing his hulking right-hander has lost his confidence, manager Joe Torre today removed Jonathan Broxton for the closer’s role and replaced him with left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo. He added that Octavio Dotel would be used if a save chance materializes Friday, only because Kuo has pitched on back-to-back days. Broxton gave up four runs in taking…

  11. Twins reliever Jose Mijares out four weeks after knee surgery

    Aug 13, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Jose Mijares’ injured his right knee while covering first base Wednesday night and while he was able to walk off the field under his own power the left-handed reliever has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus that will require surgery. He’s expected to miss at least four weeks, which is the latest blow to a…

  12. Marlins talking contract extension with Dan Uggla

    Aug 13, 2010, 6:28 PM EDT

    Agent Terry Bross said Friday that he and the Marlins are “involved” in preliminary discussions regarding a three-year deal for second baseman Dan Uggla. Uggla is currently making $7.8 million in his next-to-last year of arbitration. It looked like he was going to be traded last winter, but most of his suitors were looking at…

  13. Twins no longer have timetable for Justin Morneau's return from concussion

    Aug 13, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau has missed 31 games since a knee to the helmet while breaking up a double play on July 7 left him with a concussion and manager Ron Gardenhire revealed today that the Twins have decided to abandon any timetable they had for his return. Initially expected to miss a short period of time,…

  14. A's prospect Michael Ynoa to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Aug 13, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    Michael Ynoa almost immediately had arm problems after the A’s signed him out of the Dominican Republic as a 16-year-old for an international record $4.25 million in 2008 and today the team announced that he’ll undergo Tommy John elbow surgery. Ynoa has appeared in just three pro games, all this season, tossing nine innings with…

  15. Johnny Cueto will not appeal seven-game suspension

    Aug 13, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto has decided not to appeal his seven-game suspension for kicking Jason LaRue and Chris Carpenter during the benches-clearing altercation between the Cardinals and Reds on Tuesday. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Cueto will begin serving the suspension immediately, which means he’ll miss Sunday’s scheduled start against the Marlins. Homer Bailey is expected…

  16. Chipper Jones plans to play in 2011 following knee surgery

    Aug 13, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones just announced during a press conference this afternoon that he will undergo season-ending knee surgery and plans to rehab with the intention of playing in 2011. Earlier this season Jones more or less announced that he planned to retire, but apparently he either changed his mind somewhere along the way or simply doesn’t…

  17. Ike Davis sits against lefty, world ends

    Aug 13, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    Well, OK, so the world is always ending on Twitter, but this time it’s because Ike Davis is on the bench against a lefty for the second time in three days. Tweets MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo: Poor Ike Davis. Hitting .272 vs. lefties as a rookie, but now is basically platooning. Hessman in again tonight. #Mets…

  18. Brewers activate Jody Gerut from the DL and release him

    Aug 13, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

    Jody Gerut is finally healthy after being on the disabled list since May with a bruised heel, so the Brewers activated him from the DL today … and released him, eating the remainder of his $2 million contract. Gerut persevered through multiple knee injuries early in his career to have an excellent bounceback season in…

  19. Must-click link: The 30 worst baseball cards of all time

    Aug 13, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    This great link comes via Jimmy Kimmel’s Twitter feed, but it’s so good that it’d be worth posting even if it came from, say, Jay Leno’s Twitter feed*: The 30 Worst Baseball Cards of All Time This is one of those instances when “worst” and “best” are basically interchangeable, but my favorite is definitely Wally…

  20. Fading Tigers could make August deals

    Aug 13, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    They’ve yet to admit that they’re sellers, but the Tigers have some trade possibilities while sitting 9 1/2 games back of the Twins in the AL Central and 14 games off the pace in the wild card. Indications are that Johnny Damon, who is on a one-year, $8 million contract, has yet to be placed…

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