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  1. Manny Ramirez out of Dodgers' lineup yet again

    Aug 29, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    This is getting downright weird. Dodgers manager Joe Torre has left outfielder Manny Ramirez out of his starting lineup for a fourth consecutive day, according to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick.The Dodgers have been playing well…

  2. Matt Lindstrom has setback, shut down indefinitely

    Aug 29, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Astros closer Matt Lindstrom was placed on the 15-day disabled list in mid-August with back spasms.  He was expected to miss the minimum and return to the back end of Houston’s bullpen by September 1.  Now it appears that won’t happen. Lindstrom is still dealing with back spasms, according to Zachary Levine of the Houston…

  3. Nyjer Morgan stirs up trouble again with hit on Cards catcher

    Aug 29, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    It hasn’t drawn much media coverage, but there was a troubling incident at the end of Saturday’s game between the Cardinals and Nationals involving outfielder Nyjer Morgan, who is currently appealing a suspension for a mistake he made one week ago in Philadelphia… The Nats hammered St. Louis starter Kyle Lohse for eight earned runs…

  4. Marlins say shared playing surface is still "a concern"

    Aug 29, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    In this era of single-sport stadiums, it’s becoming rare to see the shadows of a baseball diamond on a football field. Or vice-versa. But that’s exactly what the Marlins and A’s go through every time summer turns to fall and it causes stress for at least one…

  5. Brandon Webb aiming to return "within 14 days"

    Aug 29, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

    Here’s a shocker. Diamondbacks veteran Brandon Webb, who hasn’t thrown a pitch in a major league game since April of 2009, is aiming to return to the big leagues “within the next 14 days.” This is what…

  6. Teixeira lifted from game due to bruised right thumb

    Aug 28, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira gave the Yankees Universe a small scare on Saturday night when he was lifted suddenly from the Yanks’ game against the White Sox. The Yankees later revealed that he suffered a bone bruise in his right thumb when he attempted to snag a ball in foul territory Friday and hit the ground hard. …

  7. Mariners shut down pitching prospect Michael Pineda

    Aug 28, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

    The Mariners flirted with the idea of calling up top pitching prospect Michael Pineda multiple times this year to give him a taste of the major leagues in what has been a lost season in Seattle.  They never pulled the trigger, though, and now it definitely won’t happen. According to Larry Stone of the Seattle…

  8. Erick Threets likely needs Tommy John surgery

    Aug 28, 2010, 8:28 PM EDT

    More news on the Tommy John front. According to The Sports Network, via the Miami Herald, White Sox reliever Erick Threets has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his…

  9. Brian Wilson OK after being hit in throat during batting practice

    Aug 28, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

    According to Henry Schulman of San Francisco Chronicle, Brian Wilson had to be helped off the field after being hit in the throat by a ball during batting practice. Giants head trainer Dave Groeschner confirmed to Schulman that Wilson was hit after missing a throw while playing catch with fellow reliever Santiago Casilla. I’m sure…

  10. Carlos Silva makes first rehab start since minor heart procedure

    Aug 28, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    Carlos Silva made a minor league rehab start with Single-A Peoria on Friday night, his first appearance since undergoing a minor cardiac procedure to remedy an abnormal heart beat earlier this month. Silva allowed just two hits — both of them singles — over 2 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out one and walking none.…

  11. UPDATE: Manny Ramirez not in the lineup for the third straight day

    Aug 28, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    UPDATE: It’s confirmed. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Manny Ramirez is out of the starting lineup for the third straight game Saturday. Joe Torre can say what he wants about superstitions and not wanting to mess with chemistry of the ballclub, but we all know better. 11:31 AM: Seriously. I’m hoping the Dodgers told…

  12. Edinson Volquez scratched from Sunday start; bullpen bound?

    Aug 28, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    After Reds manager Dusty Baker hinted earlier this week that Edinson Volquez could be removed from the starting rotation earlier this week, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reported this afternoon that he was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday. According to the team’s Twitter feed, Travis Wood will start against the Cubs on Sunday while…

  13. Adam Dunn expects to become a free agent

    Aug 28, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    We’ve heard a lot of to-and-fro on this subject this season, but with September just around the corner, Adam Dunn tells Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he is “assuming” he will end the season without a contract extension from the Nationals. Dunn, who turns 31 in November, is batting .258/.350/.537 with 31 home…

  14. A.J. Burnett might get bumped out of the rotation

    Aug 28, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett was hammered for nine runs (eight earned) over 3 1/3 innings in a 9-4 loss to the White Sox last night. When Yankees manager Joe Girardi was asked if Burnett would remain in the starting rotation, he hinted that he could make some changes, reports Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger. “We’ll evaluate…

  15. Video: Tony La Russa and Albert Pujols speak at Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally

    Aug 28, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Cardinals manager Tony La Russa introduced Albert Pujols at this afternoon’s “Restoring Honor” rally in Washington. The event was organized by Glenn Beck and featured former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Pujols was presented with the “Hope” award for his off-field charitable work. As Aaron noted yesterday, Pujols and La Russa only agreed to…

  16. Manuel Corpas likely needs Tommy John surgery

    Aug 28, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

    According to Tracy Ringolsby of Inside the Rockies, Manuel Corpas has told friends that he expects to undergo Tommy John surgery. As I told you on Thursday, Corpas left Wednesday’s game against the Braves due to elbow soreness. The Rockies placed him on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in…

  17. Jay Bruce slugs three home runs in win over Cubs

    Aug 28, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Figures as soon as Jay Bruce gets moved to the leadoff spot, he starts hitting like the middle-of-the-order presence we’ve all been waiting for. Bruce homered in three straight at-bats and tied a career-high with five RBI in a 7-1 win over the Cubs on Friday night. None of them were cheapies, either. All three…

  18. Jason Bay cleared for physical activity, still wants to return this season

    Aug 28, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    Jason Bay has finally been cleared to begin physical activity, however he’s not sure if he will be able to play again this season, reports Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. “I expect to. But, at the same time … I haven’t done anything in a month and there’s a certain rigor of programs you need to…

  19. Aroldis Chapman hit 105 mph last night

    Aug 28, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    And he didn’t even need Brandon Phillips’ car to do it. That’s right, Aroldis Chapman topped out at 105 mph in a relief appearance with Triple-A Louisville on Friday night. Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse had it first, though it was repeated by Buster Olney of ESPN.com and Peter Gammons of MLB Network and NESN…

  20. Phillies survive ninth-inning balk by Brad Lidge, win in extras

    Aug 28, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    Funny that I mentioned Jerry Hairston Jr. again before this entry, because he figured quite prominently in one of the key plays of last night’s eventual 3-2 loss to the Phillies in 12 innings. Pinch-hitter Matt Stairs led off the ninth with a single and was quickly replaced by the aforementioned Hairston. David Eckstein followed…

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