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  1. Manny Ramirez out of the lineup for a second straight day

    Aug 27, 2010, 7:44 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, who was held out of Thursday’s lineup because it was a day game after a night game, is not in Friday’s starting lineup, either. Don’t look into it too much yet, though. According to Tony Jackson of, Dodgers manager Joe Torre insisted that that there’s nothing fishy going on. Nope, he apparently…

  2. Reading material for Strasburg: Kris Medlen's blog

    Aug 27, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    As he prepares for Tommy John surgery, Stephen Strasburg should have plenty of time to catch up on his reading. He might want to start with the blog of another young pitcher going through the same thing: Kris Medlen. Medlen opened the season in Atlanta’s bullpen before moving into the rotation in place of an…

  3. Ambiorix Burgos accused of poisoning ex-wife

    Aug 27, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    OK, our first thought was that Ambiorix Burgos being in “more legal trouble,” as the ESPN headline kindly puts it, probably wouldn’t be worthy of our readers’ time on such a newsy day. But then again, we didn’t know yet that he had allegedly turned to rat poison to deal with his ex-wife. Burgos, who…

  4. Jerry Reinsdorf calls Jay Mariotti a pissant… again

    Aug 27, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Nothing like kicking a man when he’s down. But it is Jay Mariotti, after all. White Sox and Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf was on a panel with Cubs owner Tom Ricketts on Friday at a WGN Radio event called “The Business of Sports” when asked about the former Sun-Times writer. As the Tribune quotes: “Jay…

  5. Is Albert Pujols the greatest right-handed hitter of all time?

    Aug 27, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols smacking his 400th career homer last night got me thinking about where he ranks among the greatest right-handed hitters in baseball history. My favorite stat for across-era comparisons is adjusted OPS+, which puts a hitter’s production into the context of the leagues, ballparks, and run-scoring environments he played in. In other words, a…

  6. Reds place Mike Leake on disabled list with fatigued shoulder

    Aug 27, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    Earlier this week the Reds hinted about possibly shutting Mike Leake down for the season and this afternoon they placed the 22-year-old rookie on the disabled list with a “fatigued right shoulder.” Leake has already thrown 138.1 innings this season after skipping the minors to join the Opening Day rotation, so the Reds moved him…

  7. Red-hot Ted Lilly goes on trade waivers

    Aug 27, 2010, 4:43 PM EDT

    Ted Lilly, who has gone 5-0 with a 1.83 ERA since the Dodgers picked him up from the Cubs before the July 31 deadline, has been placed on revocable waivers, according to’s Ken Rosenthal. It’s just like the Manny Ramirez situation, in that that Dodgers would have the opportunity to get a trade done…

  8. Yankees' Ivan Nova being investigated by MLB

    Aug 27, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    According to a report in the New York Post, MLB is investigating Yankees pitchers Ivan Nova and Wilkin De La Rosa over concerns they injected each other with B-12 shots last year as teammates at Double-A Trenton. B-12 shots are not included in MLB’s list of prohibited substances, but only licensed physicians are allowed to…

  9. Brad Hawpe will go to Single-A for now after signing minor league deal with Rays

    Aug 27, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    Brad Hawpe’s deal with the Rays is official. He signs a minor-league contract after being released by the Rockies earlier this month and will report to Single-A for now. Hawpe hasn’t played since August 18, so the Rays will give him some at-bats in the minors and then likely call him up before rosters expand…

  10. Poll: Are the Nationals to blame for Strasburg's injury?

    Aug 27, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    I tend to think the answer is a pretty obvious “no” here. After all, Stephen Strasburg averaged just 77 pitches per start in the minors and 92 pitches per start in the majors, never cracking even 100 pitches for the Nationals. If anything, his only big workloads came in college at San Diego State, where…

  11. Instead of September call-up, ex-A's prospect Grant Desme enters seminary

    Aug 27, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    A’s outfield prospect Grant Desme retired from baseball in January to enter the priesthood and the 24-year-old former second-round pick officially begins his time at a seminary in California today. Had he not given up baseball before the season Desme would probably be in line for a call-up when rosters expand on September 1. After…

  12. Rehabbing catcher Gregg Zaun wants to play at age 40

    Aug 27, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    With his rehab from surgery to repair a torn labrum progressing well, Gregg Zaun intends to return for his age-40 season next year. Zaun signed a $1.9 million deal over the winter to replace Jason Kendall as the Brewers’ primary catcher. He opened the season by hitting .265/.350/.392 in 28 games, but he landed on…

  13. Jhonny Peralta hopes the Tigers pick up his $7 million option for next season

    Aug 27, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    Traded from Cleveland to Detroit last month, Jhonny Peralta said yesterday that he’d like to remain with the Tigers next season: I want to be here. I hope they pick up the option. But I want to be here. I like everybody here. That comes as no surprise, because “the option” is for $7 million…

  14. Report: White Sox win waiver claim for Manny Ramirez

    Aug 27, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark tweets that the White Sox have been awarded a waiver claim on Manny Ramirez. They would have until Tuesday to work out a deal with the Dodgers.’s T.R. Sullivan is reporting that the Rangers claimed Ramirez, but the White Sox had the higher priority by virtue of their inferior record. Stark…

  15. Max Scherzer has dominated since returning from Triple-A

    Aug 27, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    When the Tigers demoted Max Scherzer to Triple-A in mid-May he was 1-4 with an ugly 7.29 ERA, but since returning following a two-week stint in Toledo he’s been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball. Scherzer tossed eight innings of one-run ball against the Blue Jays last night, improving to 9-5 with a…

  16. Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo robbed at gunpoint

    Aug 27, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    At approximately 2:30 am Friday morning, Yovani Gallardo and a Brewers clubhouse attendant were robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Milwaukee supermarket, WTMJ Newsradio reports. Both Gallardo and attendant Alex Sanchez were robbed of money and jewelry by a lone African American male. Sanchez was pistol-whipped by the assailant, but was not…

  17. Reports: Manny Ramirez claimed off waivers

    Aug 27, 2010, 1:35 PM EDT

    Update: Jon Heyman is tweeting that multiple teams put in claims for Ramirez. Though that could include AL teams ahead of the White Sox in the standings. Update #2: Sources told Morosi that neither the Rays nor Yankees put in claims for Ramirez. There’s been speculation that the Rangers might have, but they’d be behind…

  18. Tony La Russa and Albert Pujols to attend rally in Washington with Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin

    Aug 27, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    While in Washington to play the Nationals this weekend Albert Pujols and Tony La Russa will be guests at the “Restoring Honor” rally organized by FOX News host Glenn Beck and featuring former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Pujols is being honored at the event and La Russa will be on hand to introduce…

  19. Tommy John surgery isn't a death sentence for Strasburg

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    Be prepared to hear a lot of people use Mark Prior in the same sentence as Stephen Strasburg in the days and months ahead. Please don’t listen to them. This would be a far worse scenario if we were talking about Strasburg’s shoulder. Thankfully, we aren’t. Though today’s news is a very tough blow for…

  20. Micah Owings stays with Reds, accepts Triple-A assignment

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty apparently wasn’t kidding when he said there was “not a lot of interest” in Micah Owings from other teams after the right-hander was designated for assignment last week. Owings cleared waivers and has accepted an assignment to Triple-A, which means he’ll remain in the Reds organization while losing his spot…

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