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  1. Red Sox reportedly place waiver claim on Johnny Damon

    Aug 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the mystery team submitting a waiver claim for Johnny Damon was … the Red Sox. Seriously.

  2. Lou Piniella has not considered broadcasting future

    Aug 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    VIDEO: Lou Piniella got a bit emotional when reflecting on his career as a manager Sunday and told reporters that he has not yet considered a return to broadcasting. For now, he’s simply headed home.

  3. Carlos Gomez will return Tuesday, but as a backup

    Aug 23, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez was placed on the disabled list back in early August after getting nailed in the head by a pitch.  He had a concussion, and dealt with symptoms for a little over two weeks before beginning a minor league rehab assignment last week.  Now he’s coming back to the big leagues. According…

  4. Brandon Webb now just hoping to pitch at least once this year

    Aug 23, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    When last we heard from Brandon Webb he was aiming to return from shoulder surgery in time to make 6-8 starts this season, but yesterday the rehabbing right-hander said his goal is now to simply pitch this season, period. One time or 10, whatever I can get. Hopefully, I’ll pitch the last game of the…

  5. Reds GM says "there's not a lot of interest" in Micah Owings

    Aug 23, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Cincinnati has until August 26 to trade or release Micah Owings after designating him for assignment last week, but general manager Walt Jocketty said yesterday that “there’s not a lot of interest” in the 27-year-old right-hander. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that Owings being “arbitration-eligible next year and represented by Scott Boras ……

  6. Phillies hire HOFer Bruce Sutter as minors consultant

    Aug 23, 2010, 2:09 PM EDT

    According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Hall of Fame reliever Bruce Sutter has been hired by the Phillies as a minor league pitching consultant.  His man objective will be to assist in the evaluation of the staffs at Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Whether it translate to the young athletes he will be working…

  7. Must-click link: The Platoon Advantage on Skipper Sendoffs

    Aug 23, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Yesterday the Cubs sent manager Lou Piniella off with a blowout loss, which is either sad given his excellent (and possibly Hall of Fame) career or fitting given how bad the Cubs have been all season. Either way, the boys over at The Platoon Advantage put together a lengthy, interesting look at the final games…

  8. David Ortiz has managed a triple in 11 straight seasons

    Aug 23, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hit his first triple of the season Sunday in Boston’s 5-0 victory over the Blue Jays, driving a Shaun Marcum pitch into the tricky left-center field gap at Fenway Park.  The annual Big Papi triple has become a sort of tradition for Red Sox fans and the beat writers…

  9. OK, so "Omar Infante, All-Star" isn't quite as funny now

    Aug 23, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    I was among the many people who mocked Omar Infante’s presence on the All-Star team and I’ll stand by that mockery, because at the time he was a 28-year-old career-long utility man who wasn’t even playing every day for the Braves. However, he’s been on fire since the All-Star break and after going 4-for-6 with…

  10. Brewers cut ties with disappointing reliever David Riske

    Aug 23, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    From the Brewers’ official Twitter feed comes word that the organization has released right-handed reliever David Riske. The 33-year-old Riske opened the 2010 season on the disabled list due to Tommy John…

  11. Bobby Jenks comes up big for worn out White Sox bullpen

    Aug 23, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    With the White Sox’s pitching staff in shambles after playing a pair of extra-inning games Saturday, manager Ozzie Guillen used Bobby Jenks in a very uncharacteristic way yesterday. Jenks was brought into the game in the seventh inning for the first time since August 20, 2005 and then proceeded to throw three full innings, which…

  12. Pirates' black-ink parade fueled by local apathy

    Aug 23, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    I grew up an ardent and zealous Pirates fan, listening with my grandfather to Bob Prince on the radio and staying up late to watch road games in San Francisco, confused why anyone living in California would be wearing a jacket when it was 80 degrees at midnight in West Virginia.  In October 1992, when…

  13. Billy Butler is closing in on the all-time record for double plays

    Aug 23, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Royals first baseman Billy Butler is having a very nice season, hitting .308/.379/.456 with 46 extra-base hits and nearly as many walks (53) as strikeouts (56) as a 24-year-old, but he’s also closing in on a dubious record. Butler has grounded into 26 double plays, which is the most in baseball this season, ties the…

  14. Jaime Garcia leads strong cast of NL ROY candidates

    Aug 23, 2010, 11:39 AM EDT

    Cardinals rookie Jaime Garcia put on a show Sunday afternoon in St. Louis, tossing a three-hit shutout against the Giants in what became a 9-0 Cards victory. The young left-hander needed only 89 pitches to get through his nine innings of work and he did not allow…

  15. Despite recent action, Mike Lowell still planning to retire

    Aug 23, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Following in Billy Wagner’s footsteps rather than Brett Favre’s footsteps, Mike Lowell reiterated yesterday that he still plans to retire after the season despite getting regular playing time recently in place of the injured Kevin Youkilis. Am I personally enjoying it? Of course. That’s obvious. I have more fun playing than not playing. Yeah, it’s…

  16. Ricky Nolasco may try to pitch through torn meniscus

    Aug 23, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    Ricky Nolasco was diagnosed with a torn right meniscus over the weekend and scratched from his scheduled Sunday start in favor of Andrew Miller.  With such a serious diagnosis, and with the Marlins well out of contention, it felt like Nolasco might be done for the season.  But, alas, he could be ready to pitch…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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