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  1. Reds' Phillips 'concerned' after taking pitch off hand

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:46 AM EDT

    Brandon Phillips, the All-Star second baseman for the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds, left Wednesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants after he was hit on the hand by a pitch from Santiago Casilla. The incident occurred in the fifth inning of what would become a wild 12-11 Cincinnati victory. While Phillips stayed in the game…

  2. Ump's needless ejection of Beltre bad luck for Red Sox

    Aug 26, 2010, 12:42 AM EDT

    On Tuesday night, Phillies slugger Ryan Howard was ejected from a 16-inning loss to the Astros when he argued a questionable check-swing strike call by third base umpire Scott Barry. The hook came quickly, without mercy, and forced the Phillies to move Raul Ibanez to first base and pitcher Roy Oswalt to the outfield. The…

  3. Nelson Cruz aiming to rejoin the Rangers on Monday

    Aug 25, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, on the disabled list for a third time this season with a hamstring injury, is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday at Double-A Frisco. This according to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas…

  4. Morgan gets seven-game suspension for incident with fan

    Aug 25, 2010, 8:48 PM EDT

    According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan has been issued a seven-game suspension for throwing a ball at a fan last weekend at Philadelphia’s Citizen Bank Park. The incident drew little coverage…

  5. Randy Winn, Michael Young could reach postseason for first time

    Aug 25, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    The list of longest-serving active players without a playoff appearance appears due for a shakeup this year. Here are the leaders in regular-season games played without a postseason appearance: 1. Randy Winn (Cardinals) – 1,686 games 2. Michael Young (Rangers) – 1,473 games 3. Aubrey Huff (Giants) – 1,444 games 4. Mike Sweeney (Phillies) –…

  6. Gerald Laird sets new high with six-game hitting streak

    Aug 25, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Tigers catcher Gerald Laird went 2-for-5 in Wednesday’s 12-inning loss to the Royals, extending his hitting streak to a career-high six games. The huge day, which included a double for his 11th extra-base hit in 237 at-bats this season, raised his average to .203. It’s the first time all season that he’s finished a game…

  7. Nick Johnson set for another wrist surgery

    Aug 25, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    No details yet, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday that Nick Johnson would require a second surgery on his right wrist, presumably ending his season. The Yankees weren’t expecting the slow healing Johnson back in September anyway. Signed to a one-year, $5.5 million contract over the winter, Johnson lasted barely more than a month…

  8. White Sox may or may not be nearing deal for Manny

    Aug 25, 2010, 6:26 PM EDT

    We’re confused. You’re confused? Hey, we can be confused together!

  9. Dice-K injury causes Red Sox to juggle rotation

    Aug 25, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    The Red Sox planned to go with Josh Beckett and Jon Lester in their doubleheader Wednesday against the Mariners, but after winning the first game with Beckett on the mound, they announced that Lester would be pushed back to Friday as a replacement for Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is battling a sore back. Matsuzaka, who is…

  10. Russell Branyan's 20th homer yet another solo shot

    Aug 25, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    All-or-nothing slugger Russell Branyan hit his 20th homer Wednesday off Josh Beckett, but it came in a losing cause as the Red Sox topped the Mariners 5-3. It was his 12th solo homer of the year, and he has just 45 RBI. Of course, the Mariners aren’t putting a ton of guys on base for…

  11. Aaron Cook likely to rejoin Rockies rotation in early September

    Aug 25, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    On the disabled list for the past few weeks with a sprained big toe, Aaron Cook could rejoin the Rockies’ rotation as soon as September 2 against the Phillies. Cook tossed five innings of one-run ball Monday in his first rehab start at Triple-A and Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that he’ll likely…

  12. Willie Bloomquist hits game-winning homer for Royals, feeds Aaron a big serving of crow

    Aug 25, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

    Earlier this afternoon I mocked the Royals for putting out a terrible lineup against Armando Galarraga and the Tigers, giving them a particularly tough time for using Willie Bloomquist as their No. 3 hitter. As noted at the time, Bloomquist is a career .255 hitter with a .305 on-base percentage and .310 slugging percentage against…

  13. Ryan Howard benched after going 0-for-7 with five strikeouts and an ejection yesterday

    Aug 25, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard went 0-for-7 with five strikeouts last night before being ejected by third base umpire and instigator Scott Barry, and manager Charlie Manuel has benched him for tonight’s game. Toss in Howard’s pronounced platoon splits and sitting him versus left-hander J.A. Happ was probably pretty close to a no-brainer for Manuel. The right-handed hitting…

  14. Mets manager Jerry Manuel says Bobby Parnell will have to wait to close

    Aug 25, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Matthew Cerrone of, Manuel softened on his stance during an appearance on WFAN in New York this afternoon, saying Parnell will be used in certain save situations. Good enough for me.4:16 PM: In case you hadn’t noticed, Bobby Parnell has been pretty impressive since being called up from Triple-A Buffalo at…

  15. Takashi Saito's poor night vision hurt the Braves yesterday

    Aug 25, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Mark Bowman of explains how Takashi Saito’s bad vision cost the Braves in last night’s loss to the Rockies: Turns out, the passed ball that gave Dexter Fowler a chance to deliver a two-run single was directly attributed to the vision problem that Takashi Saito experiences during night games. Because of Saito’s limited vision…

  16. Dodgers place Manny Ramirez on waivers

    Aug 25, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    Let the waiver madness begin! Jon Paul Morosi of reports that the Dodgers have placed Manny Ramirez on waivers. According to Morosi, teams have until Friday to place a claim. If he is claimed, the deadline for a deal would be next Tuesday. Ramirez, who was activated from the disabled list Saturday, just became…

  17. Jim Thome having one of the best age-39 seasons of all time

    Aug 25, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Not only has Jim Thome switching from the White Sox to the Twins had a massive impact on the AL Central race,’s blog points out that he’s having one of the best seasons ever by a 39-year-old. Here are the all-time leaders in adjusted OPS+ at age 39: AGE 39 YEAR PA OPS+ Barry…

  18. Pedroia seeks second opinion on foot; talks to Michael Jordan for advice

    Aug 25, 2010, 2:41 PM EDT

    Seeking a second opinion on Dustin Pedroia’s sore left foot, the Red Sox sent scans to Dr. Jonathan Deland and Dr. Robert Anderson, according Quinn Roberts of Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that the team expected feedback either Tuesday or Wednesday, so we should hear an update on his status relatively quickly. This…

  19. Kenshin Kawakami will return as a reliever, with rookie Mike Minor remaining in Braves' rotation

    Aug 25, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Bobby Cox said yesterday that Kenshin Kawakami will be used as a reliever when he returns from his stint at Triple-A, which is no surprise given how impressive rookie Mike Minor has been in three starts since stepping into the rotation. Minor, who was the seventh overall pick in last year’s draft out of Vanderbilt,…

  20. Nats' third base coach Pat Listach would like to manage Cubs

    Aug 25, 2010, 2:09 PM EDT

    Throw another name in the ring. We first heard of his interest over the weekend, but Nationals third base coach Pat Listach reiterated to Bill Ladson of that he would like to manage the Cubs. “I would definitely like the job,” Listach said.  “But I have a job to do here in Washington. If…

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