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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. UPDATE: Strasburg leaves start with forearm strain

    Aug 21, 2010, 10:24 PM EDT

    Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg was lifted from his start against the Phillies on Saturday with an apparent elbow injury. He delivered a 2-1 pitch to Philadelphia outfielder Domonic Brown…

  12. D'Backs ink Mike Hampton to minor league deal

    Aug 21, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic is reporting that the Diamondbacks have signed veteran left-hander Mike Hampton to a minor league contract…

  13. LaTroy Hawkins to undergo shoulder surgery next week

    Aug 21, 2010, 7:58 PM EDT

    According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, LaTroy Hawkins will undergo exploratory surgery on his right shoulder next Friday. Hawkins was recently placed on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue for the second time this season. He finally opted for surgery after undergoing a second MRI on Friday. The procedure will be performed by…

  14. Dodgers to activate Manny, place him on waivers?

    Aug 21, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Dodgers will activate outfielder Manny Ramirez from the 15-day disabled list before Saturday evening’s game against the Reds and start him in left field. Of course, he might not be with Los Angeles for long…

  15. Carlos Delgado placed on minor league disabled list

    Aug 21, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    The hits just keep on coming. According to Mike Petaglia of WEEI.com, Carlos Delgado was placed on the seven-day disabled list with Triple-A Pawtucket due to continued back soreness unrelated to his surgically-repaired right hip. The 38-year-old slugger was signed to minor league contract two weeks ago. He was 3-for-13 (.231) with two RBI over…

  16. Quote of the day: "Brett Favre's f–d it up for everybody"

    Aug 21, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Billy Wagner recorded his National League-leading 50th game finished last night, vesting a $6.5 million option for the 2011 season, however he told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he’s no Brett Favre: “I’m retiring. I don’t know how to say it in a politically correct way, that anybody’s going to believe me.” “Until…

  17. UPDATE: Yankees place Alex Rodriguez on disabled list

    Aug 21, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Chad Jennings of the Journal News, the Yankees have decided to place Alex Rodriguez on the disabled list due to his lingering right calf injury. “We’re going to play it safe,” Joe Girardi said. “We don’t think he’s any worse than the time before.” Barring a trade, Eduardo Nunez, who notched his…

  18. Marlins begin talks on contract extension for Ricky Nolasco

    Aug 21, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have had preliminary talks with Ricky Nolasco regarding a contract extension. Nolasco, who turns 28 in December, is making $3.8 million this season and remains under team control through 2012. Back in January, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reported that the Marlins would explore a multi-year…

  19. Phillies activate Ryan Howard from the disabled list

    Aug 21, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies have activated first baseman Ryan Howard from the 15-day disabled list. This announcement comes as somewhat of a surprise, as Howard just kicked off a minor league rehab assignment with Single-A Lakewood last night, going 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. He was originally…

  20. 'Kiner's Korner' is back!

    Aug 21, 2010, 2:11 PM EDT

    From the moment SNY launched as the television home of the Mets in 2006, there has always been demand for vintage episodes of “Kiner’s Korner,” the former Mets postgame and rain delay show hosted by the venerable Ralph Kiner. Now those folks — including me — are finally getting their wish. Well, sort of. According…

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