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  1. Francisco Liriano's "tired arm" pushes him back to Thursday and sets up great matchup with Cliff Lee

    Aug 23, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Francisco Liriano was slated to pitch tonight, but instead his start has been pushed back to Thursday because of what manager Ron Gardenhire called “a tired arm.” Liriano has struggled in two of his last three outings after throwing shutout ball for three straight starts, so the Twins will hope that a little extra rest…

  2. White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson spent an entire game complaining about umpire Joe West

    Aug 23, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson spent the bulk of yesterday afternoon’s game complaining about home plate umpire Joe West, whom he feels holds a longtime grudge against the team that led to the Royals getting favorable calls. Harrelson talked about the umpiring for literally innings at a time and his broadcast partner Frank Thomas, who…

  3. Financial documents show Pirates could spend more

    Aug 23, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    The Associated Press published a round of documents late Sunday night that show the Pirates, on the verge of their 18th consecutive losing season, are still a highly profitable franchise and have been profitable for many years. According to the documents, which are now on full display over at…

  4. Giants designate infielder Matt Downs for assignment

    Aug 23, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    The Giants cleared a spot on their 25-man roster early this morning by designating infielder Matt Downs for assignment, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News.  That will allow outfielder Cody Ross, who was picked up for cash considerations in a waiver deal Sunday, to join the big league team. As Baggarly…

  5. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Aug 23, 2010, 8:32 AM EDT

    Craig is on vacation all week so you’ll see a bigger helping of posts from the less familiar names around here.  It’s like a parent has left town, and has left us access to a stocked fridge and liquor cabinet.  We intend to have a good time.  Bonfire! Here is your weekend wrap-up: Cubs manager…

  6. Brennaman was wise not to wait for Dodgers job

    Aug 23, 2010, 1:54 AM EDT

    Marty Brennaman has been broadcasting Cincinnati Reds games on the radio since 1974, when he was hired to replace Al Michaels. But in 1979, after five years on the job, opportunity – and the Los Angeles Dodgers — came calling. From John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer: “I had a chance to come here (Los…

  7. The Week Ahead: Phillies primed to make a run

    Aug 23, 2010, 1:09 AM EDT

    Hold onto your hats Braves fans, the Philadelphia Phillies are finally hitting their stride. The season has been a struggle for the Phillies. They’ve endured a host of injuries, questions about the preseason trade of Cliff Lee, some major slumps from outfielders Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez, and even some questionable managing decisions. All you…

  8. What they're saying about Lou Piniella's retirement…

    Aug 22, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    Cubs manager Lou Piniella got the opportunity to explain his sudden retirement before Sunday’s game against the Braves.  It’s more about his sick mother than his frustration with the Cubs’ play, and many folks are sharing great ‘Sweet Lou’ stories this afternoon. Here is a bit of Piniella’s statement, via Dave van Dyck of the…

  9. Giants make waiver claim on Marlins' Cody Ross

    Aug 22, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    From the Marlins’ official Twitter feed comes word that the Giants have been awarded outfielder Cody Ross from the Marlins on a waiver claim. Ross, 29, is batting .264/.315/.404 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI…

  10. Quote of the Day: L.A. Times reporter on Kemp, Stewart

    Aug 22, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times published an incredibly revealing article on Saturday night about the relationship between the Dodgers, their fans, Matt Kemp and agent Dave Stewart. In it you’ll find Stewart as an overbearing and overly self-conscious agent and Kemp as…

  11. Strasburg was able to play catch on Sunday morning

    Aug 22, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    We’ve been tracking Stephen Strasburg news all morning and will continue to do so this week as the Nationals make an important decision on his immediate future with the club. Strasburg, 22, was lifted from his start against the Phillies on…

  12. Carlos Gonzalez returns to Rockies' starting lineup

    Aug 22, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    As noted by Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post, Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is back in the Rockies’ starting lineup Sunday for the first time since banging his right knee against the outfield wall on Wednesday night.  CarGo was used as a pinch-hitter in last night’s 3-1 loss to the Diamondbacks but was also seen…

  13. Vin Scully has decided to return for the 2011 season

    Aug 22, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    It’s sad to see Lou Piniella go, and it’s tough to see a young ace like Stephen Strasburg dealing with an arm injury. But it’s not all bad news this Sunday. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com passes along word that legendary

  14. Dodgers acquire catcher Rod Barajas from Mets

    Aug 22, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Andy Martino of the New York Daily News is reporting that the Dodgers have acquired catcher Rod Barajas from the Mets for cash.  The Mets already have two other catchers on their active 25-man roster and are out of playoff contention.  The Dodgers don’t have much of a shot either, but they’re without Russell Martin…

  15. Piniella stepping down, Mike Quade taking over for Cubs

    Aug 22, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    Cubs manager Lou Piniella has had enough and is going to step down from his post as the team’s manager after Sunday’s series finale against the Braves. This according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Third base coach Mike Quade will take over…

  16. Early reports are arriving on Stephen Strasburg

    Aug 22, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post says that Strasburg reported “significant improvement” in his right arm on Sunday morning and plans to work out this afternoon. We’re still thinking he will be shut down.

  17. Andrew Bailey set to rejoin A's on Sunday

    Aug 22, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Oakland closer Andrew Bailey, out since July 21 with a strained intercostal muscle, is going to be activated from the disabled list before Sunday’s game. He should reclaim his ninth-inning role immediately from Michael Wuertz…

  18. Peter Bourjos gets first career homer and triple in win

    Aug 22, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos had himself a nice little Saturday.  The Halos beat the Twins 9-3 at Minnesota’s Target Field and the the 23-year-old collected a series of firsts. Called to the big leagues on August 3 and thrown into the fire almost immediately, Bourjos hasn’t been perfect.  But he has shown flashes.  On Saturday…

  19. Scully announces future plans: for now, not retiring

    Aug 22, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

    Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully was scheduled to announce his plans for the future before Sunday’s game against the Reds. Scully, who has broadcast Dodgers baseball for an absurd total of 61 years…

  20. UPDATE: Ricky Nolasco diagnosed with torn meniscus

    Aug 21, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT

    From the Marlins’ official Twitter feed comes the bad news: Nolasco indeed has a torn meniscus and has been scratched from his scheduled Sunday start. Andrew Miller will fill in…

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