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  1. The Nationals are interested in Carl Crawford. Good luck with that.

    Aug 11, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.

  2. On second thought, maybe Dodgers aren't into Jose Guillen

    Aug 11, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    Remember yesterday, when Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported that the Dodgers “have strong interest in Jose Guillen for a part-time role”? Well, today Ken Gurnick of writes: Dodgers interest in Kansas City outfielder Jose Guillen is believed to be lukewarm at best, despite an Internet report that the interest was strong. I don’t…

  3. The owners are meeting in Minneapolis

    Aug 11, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    It’s time for the quarterly owners meetings. They’re up in Minneapolis today and tomorrow. On the agenda: approval of Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan as the new Ranger’s owners, as well as some discussion about the draft, replay and pace of games. I suppose they could also try to settle the Athletics-Giants territorial dispute, but…

  4. New manager Buck Showalter far from committed to Alfredo Simon as Orioles' closer

    Aug 11, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Alfredo Simon took over closer duties in Baltimore when he was called up from Triple-A in late April, converting 15 of 17 save chances with a 3.40 ERA and .248 opponents’ batting average through his first 30 appearances. However, he’s struggled lately, blowing two saves and allowing seven runs in his last six games, and…

  5. Time for Indians to move Justin Masterson to the bullpen

    Aug 11, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Justin Masterson allowed seven runs in five innings last night for his league-leading 11th loss and is now 5-18 with a 5.19 ERA since going from Boston to Cleveland in the Victor Martinez trade last July. Normally that type of performance would suggest someone simply isn’t a good pitcher, but in Masterson’s case it likely…

  6. Wily Mo Pena is raking. Who knew?

    Aug 11, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    I saw a tweet a few minutes ago from the Padres’ feed in which the writer said “fans have been asking about Wily Mo Pena” followed by some analysis on why it’s so hard to call him up right now. Which inspired two questions: (1) Wily Mo Pena is with the Padres?; and (2)…

  7. Red Sox call up Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Triple-A

    Aug 11, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia is just 5-for-21 (.238) in five games at Triple-A since Boston acquired him from Texas on July 31, but with Kevin Cash headed to the disabled list with a hamstring injury the Red Sox are calling up Saltalamacchia for tonight’s game. Saltalamacchia started at first base for Pawtucket last night and may not…

  8. Am I missing something with this Jose Reyes-Jerry Manuel thing?

    Aug 11, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur isn’t the only source of controversy in Queens right now. There’s a little thing going on between Jose Reyes and Jerry Manuel.  I’m not sure I understand the dispute, though. Reyes had a big error in Sunday’s game against the Phillies.  Jerry Manuel said afterwards that he thought Reyes was having problems concentrating.…

  9. Ian Kinsler may not be ready to return until September

    Aug 11, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels admitted yesterday that Ian Kinsler may not be ready to return from his strained groin until September, which is quite a change from the initial recovery timetable when he was placed on the disabled list last month. In fact, Kinsler initially said he wanted to play through the injury and…

  10. The Anti-Mustache Team

    Aug 11, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Two of my favorite baseball bloggers, The Common Man and Bill from The Daily Something, have joined forces in one blog: The Platoon Advantage.  If their previous, separate work is any guide, you’ll definitely want to check out their future, collaborative work, because both TCM and Bill know their stuff. One of their initial posts…

  11. Astros sticking with struggling Matt Lindstrom as closer

    Aug 11, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Matt Lindstrom served up a pair of homers last night to blow his sixth save, which is tied for second-most among all closers, but afterward Astros manager Brad Mills replied “not at all, he’s our guy” when asked if he was considering a switch in the ninth inning. Third baseman Chris Johnson expressed a similar…

  12. Russell Martin out for season, but putting off surgery decision

    Aug 11, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Russell Martin is finished for the season with a fractured hip, but Ken Gurnick of reports that there’s some hope he’ll be able to avoid surgery. According to Gurnick “three specialists agree” that Martin will rest for 3-4 weeks and “be re-evaluated in September to determine if the fracture and/or the hip labrum he…

  13. Johan Santana's rape accusor files a civil suit

    Aug 11, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    You’ll recall that, last fall, Johan Santana was accused of rape. You’ll also recall that the police investigated, found the accuser’s statements “to be inconsistent with that of other witnesses” and declined to file charges.  Now, predictably, Santana’s accuser has filed a civil suit in Florida. According to the Daily News, the plaintiff claims that…

  14. Losing Chipper Jones really hurts the Braves

    Aug 11, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    The Chipper Jones narrative this year has been “nice career, but he’s washed up and it’s just about over.” And there’s a lot of truth to that. But little noticed has been that Jones has rebounded nicely from a slow start. As Dave O’Brien notes over that the AJC, since mid-June, Jones has hit .304…

  15. Tony La Russa didn't take his ejection well

    Aug 11, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Yesterday’s fracas led to both Dusty Baker and Tony La Russa being ejected in the bottom of the first inning. I don’t know about Baker, but Bernie Miklasz reports that La Russa didn’t take his ejection well: Cardinals manager Tony La Russa didn’t necessarily enjoy watching the contest from his office. He claimed that he…

  16. Jeff Francoeur is selfish and deluded

    Aug 11, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    If any other player sent his agent on a media campaign for more playing time as his team was struggling, he’d be excoriated. Jeff Francoeur is not any other player.

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

    Aug 11, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT

    Tuesday night’s alright for fightin’

  18. Kung fu Cueto emerges as brawl villain

    Aug 11, 2010, 2:53 AM EDT

    One interesting result of the big Cardinals-Reds square dance on Tuesday night – aside from the fact that only the managers were ejected, is that Brandon Phillips was not the one to emerge as Public Enemy No. 1. (You can see different videos of the brawl here, here and here.)  The real post-brawl villain was Cincinnati…

  19. Stephen Strasburg struggles in return from disabled list

    Aug 10, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

    OK, so he didn’t just struggle against the Marlins tonight. It was the worst start of his brief major league career. Strasburg failed to complete five innings for the first time, allowing a career-high six runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings. The Marlins hitters were able to square him up with relative ease,…

  20. Jason Heyward scratched with sore right knee

    Aug 10, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward was a late scratch from Tuesday’s game against the Astros due to a sore right knee, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Craig weeps. A team official tells O’Brien there’s no word on when the injury occurred, though it is worth mentioning that he turned 21 yesterday. Just sayin. I’m guessing…

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