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  1. Laser show warning: Dustin Pedroia activated

    Aug 17, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Big day for previously injured second basemen: the Red Sox have activated Dustin Pedroia from the 15-day disabled list. Pedroia has been out since late June with a non-displaced fracture in his foot. He was hitting .292/.370/.502 with 12 home runs, 41 RBI and eight stolen bases at the time of his injury.  In that…

  2. Chase Utley set to come off the disabled list tonight

    Aug 17, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Out since late June following surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, Chase Utley has finished a brief minor league rehab assignment and is expected to return from the disabled list tonight against the Giants. Utley went 3-for-12 with two extra-base hits in four games rehabbing at Single-A and will be examined…

  3. The Mets blew their chance to punish K-Rod

    Aug 17, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    As I mentioned yesterday, I don’t think the Mets have the right to void K-Rod’s deal pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. I don’t even think they’ll try, honestly. But there are growing calls today for the Mets to at least attempt to void his deal or do something else drastic. Lupica’s column is the…

  4. Lou Piniella is not pleased with the kids in his bullpen

    Aug 17, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    Here’s Lou, last night, after rookies Justin Berg, Andrew Cashner and James Russell combined to allow four runs on six hits: “I’ll tell you what, these young kids we have here pitching-wise, they’re getting an opportunity of a lifetime, and none of them want to step up. You can’t have better opportunities than what we’re…

  5. Pat Burrell, naked, soaking wet, holding beer

    Aug 17, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    No, there is no photo here, thank goodness.

  6. The nail-biting Bryce Harper negotiation ended with . . . pie

    Aug 17, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Adam Kilgore has the breakdown of the up-to-the-deadline Bryce Harper negotiations that resulted in his signing last night. It’s a good read because Kilgore is a good reporter. Still, I can’t help but think that Stan Kasten and Mike Rizzo are milking this a bit. I’d really like to catch Boras or those guys in…

  7. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 17, 2010, 6:08 AM EDT

    The David Price-Cliff Lee pitchers duel wasn’t exactly as stunning as advertised. I probably should stop advertising such things.

  8. Draft deadline wrapup: Padres' fail to sign Karsten Whitson

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

    The negotiations are done, the numbers are in and Scott Boras’ wallet just got that much fatter: the deadline for 2010 draft picks to sign and all but three first-round picks inked contracts. We already knew that the Diamondbacks wouldn’t be signing sixth-overall pick Barret Loux, who failed a physical last month and will apparently…

  9. Nationals ink Bryce Harper to $9.9 million contract

    Aug 17, 2010, 12:28 AM EDT

    After plenty of give and take, the Nationals signed first-overall pick Bryce Harper to a major league deal worth a guaranteed $9.9 million prior to Monday’s midnight deadline. According to ESPN.com, Harper gets a $6.25 million signing bonus, though that will be paid over a five-year span. He’ll receive salaries of $500,000 in 2011 and…

  10. UPDATE: Dylan Covey opts not to sign with Brewers due to diabetes

    Aug 16, 2010, 11:10 PM EDT

    UPDATE: The father of Dylan Covey told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that a recent diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes was the reason his son opted not to sign with the club. “This was crushing, to both us and the Brewers,” said Darrell Covey. “We were all in shock. It had nothing to do…

  11. UPDATE: Pirates ink No. 2 overall pick Jameson Taillon

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Taillon will receive “a bit more than $5 million” from the Pirates. 9:05 PM: According to Chuck Finder of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates have agreed to terms with No. 2 overall pick right-hander Jameson Taillon. The pitcher’s father informed the paper of the signing. Terms haven’t been…

  12. Bill "Spaceman" Lee signs with Brockton Rox

    Aug 16, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, 63-year-old Bill “Spaceman” Lee has signed with the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League on Monday. Lee, who recently made the news for some pointed comments after the death of George Steinbrenner, is expected to start the season finale against the Worcester Tornadoes on September 5. By the way, this…

  13. Report: Braves making run at Aramis Ramirez

    Aug 16, 2010, 9:13 PM EDT

    A source close to the Braves organization told Talking Chop that the Braves have pulled an offer to 18th-round pick Zach Alvord in order to save money and make a run at Aramis Ramirez to step in for Chipper Jones at third base. The source said that Ramirez has yet to be placed on waivers,…

  14. Reds first-rounder Yasmani Grandal gets major league deal

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

    University of Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal, the 12th overall pick in this year’s draft, has signed a major league contract worth $2.99 million with the Reds. Grandal was projected to go as high as fourth to Kansas City, but his contract demands had some teams wary and it appeared for a time as though he…

  15. Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann on track to return next week

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:08 PM EDT

    According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey said that Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann “did well” during their bullpen sessions Monday. Davis and Niemann were placed on the disabled list early last week due to shoulder strains. Barring any setbacks, Hickey said they should be on track to…

  16. Jason Isringhausen's comeback on hold with elbow injury

    Aug 16, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    Jason Isringhausen, who signed a minor league deal with the Reds last month after taking the first half of the season off, was placed on Triple-A Louisville’s DL Monday with a strained elbow. It could mark the end of Isringhausen’s comeback, given that the Reds weren’t anywhere near calling him up. He had allowed seven…

  17. After going 0-for the week, Chris Carter sent down by A's

    Aug 16, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    Overmatched in six major league games, Chris Carter was sent down by the A’s on Monday with the team needing to make room for Conor Jackson. The A’s also opted to promote Travis Buck and send Jeff Larish to Triple-A. The 23-year-old Carter hit .362/.459/.691 with eight homers and 25 RBI in his final 25…

  18. Derrek Lee out of tonight's lineup with bulging disk in back

    Aug 16, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

    Derrek Lee homered in his first two at-bats Sunday, but then left the game in the fifth inning with back soreness and is out of the Cubs’ lineup for tonight’s game with a bulging disk in his lower back. It’s a tough break for Lee, who had smacked four homers in three games since returning…

  19. So, can the Mets void K-Rod's contract?

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    That’s the question Mets fans who don’t want to see K-Rod’s mondo-expensive contract continue to weigh on the team are asking in light of the revelation that Rodriguez injured himself punching a 62 year-old man.  My gut feeling: seems doubtful. This stuff is governed by a clause in the Uniform Player Contract every player signs.…

  20. K-Rod to miss rest of the season with thumb injury. Guess how he got it.

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Multiple outlets are reporting that Francisco Rodriguez has a thumb ligament injury that will require surgery which will put him out for the season. And yep, you guessed it: the injury came when he punched his girlfriend’s father last week. I don’t suppose the result of the punches he threw render the intention to throw…

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