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  1. Rays considering Rocco Baldelli as part-time designated hitter

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Last month Rocco Baldelli made the transition from coach to player, and since moving up to Triple-A two weeks ago he’s 10-for-30 (.333) with two homers and three doubles. Baldelli has been limited to designated hitter duties and is swinging at everything, striking out seven times compared to zero walks, but Bill Chastain of MLB.com…

  2. Report: O's first-round pick Manny Machado to make pro debut Friday

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT

    According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, No. 3 overall pick Manny Machado is expected to make his pro debut with the Gulf Coast League Orioles on Friday. Machado, an 18-year-old shortstop, was signed to a $5.25 million signing bonus by the Orioles earlier this month. It was the second-largest signing bonus in franchise…

  3. Carlos Zambrano leaves Cubs to visit sick 11-year-old nephew in Venezuela

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

    After holding the Nationals to one run over 7.1 innings last night for his best start of the season Carlos Zambrano left the Cubs and flew home to Venezuela to be with his sick 11-year-old nephew. Zambrano told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that his nephew has been hospitalized with a bacterial infection and…

  4. Carlos Gomez says he's the best center fielder on the Brewers

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

    Carlos Gomez threw down the gauntlet for rookie outfielder Lorenzo Cain on Tuesday, telling Anthony Witrado of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he is the best center fielder on the team. “They know and I know that I can do the job every day,” Gomez said. “I’m the best centerfielder on the team. But Lorenzo is…

  5. Willie Bloomquist batting third today in the Royals' hilariously awful lineup

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Armando Galarraga might have a chance for another (near) perfect game this afternoon, as the Royals feature the following lineup: 1. Gregor Blanco 2. Mike Aviles 3. Willie Bloomquist 4. Billy Butler 5. Kila Ka’aihue 6. Brayan Pena 7. Mitch Maier 8. Jai Miller 9. Chris Getz There are a couple amazing things at play…

  6. Jason Isringhausen shut down for the season; career over?

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty confirmed Tuesday that Jason Isringhausen has been shut down for the rest of the season with an elbow injury. Isringhausen, who turns 38 in September, was attempting to make a comeback after undergoing Tommy John surgery last June. He was signed to…

  7. Group interested in buying Dodgers wants to have Joe Torre run the team

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times reports that manager Joe Torre was “approached recently” by an ownership group interested in buying the Dodgers and having him “run it a la Nolan Ryan and the Texas Rangers.” Torre told Simers that he gets “people who make all kinds of suggestions all the time” and “some…

  8. J.J. Putz and Matt Thornton headed to the disabled list

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    Bobby Jenks is essentially back as Ozzie Guillen’s closer, but he didn’t get there without a body count. J.J. Putz re-injured his right knee last night against the Orioles and Matt Thornton hasn’t appeared in a game since last Tuesday’s due to soreness in his forearm. After last night’s 7-5 win, Guillen told the Chicago…

  9. Reds may shut down struggling rookie Mike Leake

    Aug 25, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Last week the Reds demoted Mike Leake to the bullpen in an effort to keep the rookie’s innings count in check, but after back-to-back ugly relief outings they’re now thinking about shutting him down altogether. Leake gave up six runs while recording one out last night and afterward manager Dusty Baker said: We’re addressing that…

  10. Mets GM Omar Minaya needs "big finish" to keep his job

    Aug 25, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Mets owner Fred Wilpon hinted otherwise earlier this month, however sources tell Jon Heyman of SI.com that the team will likely need a “big finish” in order for Omar Minaya to retain his job as general manager. But that doesn’t mean Minaya is going to be fired. Because he is respected within the organization —…

  11. Mets castoff Rod Barajas has record-setting Dodgers debut

    Aug 25, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    Claimed off waivers by the Dodgers earlier this week, Rod Barajas went 3-for-4 with a homer and two doubles last night to become the first player to smack three extra-base hits in his debut since the team moved to Los Angeles. Prior to being put on waivers Barajas had a grand total of three extra-base…

  12. Brad Hawpe is officially a free agent

    Aug 25, 2010, 9:02 AM EDT

    A source tells Troy Renck of the Denver Post that Brad Hawpe has officially cleared waivers and can now sign with any team. According to Renck, Hawpe is expected to sign with a new team by Thursday. Hawpe, 31, was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week after he batted just .255/.343/.432 with seven…

  13. Roy Oswalt plays left field in extra-innings loss to Astros

    Aug 25, 2010, 8:31 AM EDT

    Who said Roy Oswalt wasn’t going to appear against his former team this week? Yes, we’ll all remember this one for Oswalt becoming the first Phillies’ pitcher to play a position in the field since Bill Wilson on August 6, 1971, but the game was actually plenty entertaining before that. Cole Hamels and Bud Norris…

  14. Bad omen? Skydiver gets stuck on Rangers Ballpark flagpole

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:19 AM EDT

    The Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins for the second straight night on Tuesday, a nice confidence builder for the Rangers after being handed their lunch by the Rays the week before. But perhaps the real excitement came before the game, when a U.S. Army skydiver was snared by a flagpole as he was descending…

  15. Edinson Volquez may be moved to the bullpen

    Aug 24, 2010, 9:32 PM EDT

    Edinson Volquez failed to escape the first inning Monday night against the Giants, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks over just two-thirds of an inning. He now has a 6.17 ERA and 1.97 WHIP over his first eight starts since being activated from the disabled list in July, posting a troublesome 36/27…

  16. Magglio Ordonez set for season-ending ankle surgery Wednesday

    Aug 24, 2010, 8:31 PM EDT

    According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Magglio Ordonez is scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday to stabilize his fractured right ankle, ending his season and most likely his career in Detroit. Ordonez fractured the ankle on a slide into home plate on July 24. Today’s announcement marks an unfortunate, but not completely unexpected end to a…

  17. Pair of Angels on track for rare accomplishment

    Aug 24, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

    There’s still a ways yet to go, but both Brandon Wood and Jeff Mathis have opportunities to become the first players since 2003 to finish a season with 200 plate appearances and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of at least 12:1. Let’s look at the carnage: Wood – .163/.180/.219, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 54/4 K/BB in 189…

  18. Yankees to skip Javier Vazquez's next start

    Aug 24, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    With the right-hander getting lit up because of a dead arm that has him looking more like a Triple-A journeyman than one of the game’s top strikeout pitchers, the Yankees are finally ready to do something about Javier Vazquez. He’ll have his turn skipped this week, and he’ll be available to work out of the…

  19. Pirates right-hander Ross Ohlendorf likely done for 2010

    Aug 24, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    An MRI Tuesday showed a significant strain in the muscles of Ross Ohlendorf’s upper back, likely putting the Pirates hurler on the shelf for the rest of 2010. Ohlendorf felt discomfort in the back of his throwing shoulder during his start Monday and took himself out of the game against the Cardinals after he faced…

  20. Diamondbacks release former ROY Bobby Crosby

    Aug 24, 2010, 6:08 PM EDT

    It was pretty much a given that none of the three players the Diamondbacks got from the Pirates in the Chris Snyder salary dump would turn into long-termers in Arizona. Bobby Crosby just happened to be the first to go, as he was released Tuesday to make room for Ryan Roberts on the roster. Crosby…

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