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  1. Rockies infielder Omar Quintanilla suspended 50 games for PED use at Triple-A

    Aug 12, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Omar Quintanilla, who played 216 games for the Rockies from 2005-2009 before spending all of this season at Triple-A, has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance called Methylhexanamine. According to my extensive research on Methylhexanamine (read: Wikipedia) it’s intended to be used as a nasal decongestant but is also marketed…

  2. Jay Gibbons will not be donating his salary to charity

    Aug 12, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    The other day I asked if Jay Gibbons would keep his 2008 promise to donate his salary to charity if he ever made the majors again.  The answer is no: “I’m going to hold on to my money now,” the outfielder said. “I’ve got kids now. I think three years of not playing is punishment…

  3. John Grabow out for the season with torn knee ligament

    Aug 12, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    John Grabow heard something “pop” while rehabbing a knee injury in the minors Monday and will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a torn medial collateral ligament. He finishes the year with a 7.36 ERA in 25.2 innings and has posted a 5.33 ERA in 50.2 total innings for the Cubs…

  4. Report: Chipper Jones tore his ACL, out for the year. Maybe forever

    Aug 12, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Well, @$#!&%. Sports radio station 790 The Zone is reporting that Chipper Jones has a torn ACL and that he’ll be out for the year.  Obviously this is distressing to me. But not for the obvious reason. Yes, losing Chipper Jones — who has been back to his old All-Star self since June — is…

  5. Mike Stanton is first 20-year-old with five-hit game since 1978

    Aug 12, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Marlins rookie Mike Stanton went 5-for-5 with a homer and two doubles last night, becoming just the ninth 20-year-old in baseball history–and the first since Alan Trammell in 1978–to notch five hits in a game. Here’s the complete list, courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com: MIKE STANTON 2010 Alan Trammell 1978 Jack Heidemann 1970 Ken Hubbs 1962 (twice)…

  6. The Cubs may still be dealing

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Yesterday’s trade of Mike Fontenot may not be the last deal the Cubs have up their sleeve: ”It’s hard to say if it’ll be the last one,” assistant general manager Randy Bush said after the trade that netted the Cubs outfield prospect Evan Crawford. ”Anything that we can do that we feel is to the…

  7. Red hot Joe Mauer on historic doubles pace

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer had two more hits last night, making him 39-for-89 (.438) with 17 extra-base hits and 27 RBIs in 22 games since the All-Star break. One of those hits was his 38th double of the year, which ties Mauer for the AL lead with Nick Markakis and puts him on pace to break both…

  8. 2011 All-Star Game protesters arrested

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    That’s the year 2011, not 2,011 protesters. But maybe if there were that many one of them could have gotten the petition they were trying to deliver to Bud Selig through the thin blue line: Five people were arrested in Minneapolis in an attempt to deliver more than 110,000 petitions to Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig,…

  9. Javier Vazquez is worried about his declining fastball velocity

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Last week Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland talked about Javier Vazquez dealing with a “dead arm” period and after serving up a homer on an 85-mph fastball last night Vazquez expanded on his lack of velocity: I reach back, and I see 88. The fastball is not there. I don’t have any zip on it.…

  10. Hundreds treated for heat exhaustion during yesterday's Reds-Cards game

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    In my little riff on hot and humid ballparks this morning I left out Cincinnati.  It gets downright ugly there, and yesterday it was particularly bad: Around 200 fans were treated for heat problems Wednesday during the Cincinnati Reds/St. Louis Cardinals game at Great American Ball Park. The game time temperature was 93 degrees, but…

  11. Updated major league logos

    Aug 12, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    I pretty much stopped reading ESPN’s Page 2 when Hunter S. Thompson blew his head off — I think he would have wanted me to — but there’s something really good over there today: Updated MLB logos.  Each team’s, reimagined in such a way as to capture the essence of its bein’, ya know? Here’s…

  12. The Mets may start Oliver Perez on Saturday

    Aug 12, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    In a move that can only be explained by Jerry Manuel having money on the Phillies to win the division, the Mets manager said that he’s thinking about starting Oliver Perez against Philly. If he forfeited it would save everyone time and money. Not that there isn’t some logic afoot here. The Phillies will be…

  13. The Dbacks smack four consecutive homers

    Aug 12, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    Adam LaRoche, Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds and Stephen Drew hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning off Brewers starter Dave Bush last night.  The video is here. Great fun for anyone who isn’t a Brewers fan or a Dave Bush fantasy owner. For the record, the jacks came off two 89 m.p.h. fastballs, a…

  14. Quote of the Day: K-Rod-punches-out-his-father-in-law edition

    Aug 12, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    Clearly, K-Rod assaulting his wife’s old man last night was the result of media pressure.

  15. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 12, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    Last night’s scores and highlights, as well as digressions about humidity and whether a baseball team can request political asylum.

  16. K-Rod assaulted family member, arrested at Citi Field

    Aug 12, 2010, 12:11 AM EDT

    Reports are flowing in… Francisco Rodriguez was arrested on Wednesday night at Citi Field for apparently assaulting his father-in-law.

  17. Report: Orioles place Ty Wigginton on waivers

    Aug 11, 2010, 10:38 PM EDT

    The O’s have reportedly placed infielder Ty Wigginton on waivers. He has 18 home runs and has been used at multiple positions in Baltimore. Who might have interest?

  18. New father Mark Teixeira will rejoin Yankees Thursday

    Aug 11, 2010, 9:14 PM EDT

    The Teixeiras welcomed a new baby boy on Tuesday. On Thursday, Mark will be welcomed back to the Yankees.

  19. Giants acquire Fontenot from Cubs for minor leaguer

    Aug 11, 2010, 8:08 PM EDT

    As first reported by Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants have acquired second baseman Mike Fontenot from the Cubs for minor-league outfielder Evan Crawford…

  20. HBT Extra: Triple Crowns, bad boyfriends and more Francoeur hate!

    Aug 11, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Check out Tiffany’s transition from the discussion of Triple Crown candidates to Jeff Francoeur. Epic, kids, epic.

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