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  1. With contract up after this season, would Joe Girardi want to replace Lou Piniella in Chicago?

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi’s three-year contract is up at the end of this season and the New York media is already starting to speculate about him potentially replacing Lou Piniella in Chicago. Girardi was born and raised in Illinois, got drafted by the Cubs in 1986, and spent two different stints calling Wrigley Field home, playing there…

  2. Aaron Harang is bullpen bound once he returns from DL

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    Even after shifting rookie Mike Leake to the bullpen last week the Reds still have more capable starters than their rotation can hold, so it sounds like they’ll end up using Aaron Harang as a reliever once he returns from the disabled list. Harang has been the Opening Day starter for the Reds in each…

  3. Cliff Lee says rumored affinity for Yankees is "a lie"

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

    Take one listen to the Colin Cowherd radio program — “The Herd,” I believe it’s called — and it’s not hard to conceive why people don’t take the guy seriously.  Cowherd is loud and far from level-headed, and on Monday he made a few ridiculous comments regarding Rangers ace Cliff Lee. Lee was shelled for…

  4. Carlos Guillen not close to return, still has "sharp pain" in knee

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Carlos Guillen is eligible to return from the disabled list on August 31, but said yesterday that he’s still experiencing “sharp pain” in his bruised left knee. “Right now, it’s not good,” Guillen told Jason Beck of Guillen guessed that he’s at least two weeks from potentially rejoining Detroit’s lineup and because he’s still…

  5. MLB investigating leak of financial documents

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    In news that should come with little surprise, Major League Baseball is quite upset about Monday’s leaking of the financial documents of various teams and is looking for the source that gave up the information.  As noted by Richard Sandomir of the New York Times, access to teams’ financial records is usually limited to the…

  6. Dusty Baker taking his time deciding on Reds extension offer

    Aug 24, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    Not so long ago Dusty Baker was believed to be on the hot seat after back-to-back losing seasons, but now the veteran manager is taking his sweet time deciding whether or not to accept the Reds’ contract extension offer. Baker’s current contract expires after this season and with the Reds in first place at 72-53…

  7. Johnny Damon "definitely leaning toward staying" with Tigers

    Aug 24, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon has until tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. ET to accept or decline a potential trade to the Red Sox, but said after last night’s game that he’s “definitely leaning towards staying” with the Tigers. As part of the no-trade clause negotiated into the one-year, $8 million contract Damon signed with the Tigers in February…

  8. Sosa fumes at Cubs over his unretired number 21

    Aug 24, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    Sammy Sosa hit 545 of his 609 career home runs as a Cub, won an MVP as a Cub in 1998 and was named to a total of seven All-Star games.  All as a Cub.  Now the organization seemingly wants little to do with him, and he opened up to on Monday about how…

  9. Blue Jays' Jose Bautista hits home runs 39 and 40

    Aug 24, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista launched his 39th and 40th home runs of the year on Monday in a 3-2 victory over the Yankees.  It was his sixth multi-homer game of the season and gave him a seven-homer lead on Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols for most in the majors. Bautista is the first American League…

  10. Zimmermann set to return to Nationals' rotation Thursday

    Aug 24, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    The Nationals are going to have to shut Stephen Strasburg down for the next few weeks, if not the rest of the season, due to a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm.  It’s disappointing news because the young ace is incredible to watch, but there is a bright side. Replacing Strasburg in the Nats’…

  11. Joe Mauer breaks up Rangers' no-hit bid with one out in ninth

    Aug 23, 2010, 10:46 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Party’s over, folks. With one out in the ninth, Joe Mauer broke up the no-hit bid with a hard hit single up the middle, just beyond the outstretched glove of Elvis Andrus. It was the only hit the Rangers would allow in a 4-0 win over the Twins. It spoiled what would have been…

  12. Rob Dibble tells Stephen Strasburg to "suck it up"

    Aug 23, 2010, 9:42 PM EDT

    Don’t act so surprised. We all knew this was coming. During an appearance on Sirius XM’s MLB Network Radio this afternoon, Rob Dibble essentially called out Stephen Strasburg for being a wimp. I didn’t hear it as it happened, but Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post was nice enough to transcribe it all for us.…

  13. Judge issues gag order (finally!) in Clemens case

    Aug 23, 2010, 8:51 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, the judge on the Roger Clemens perjury case has issued a gag order prohibiting “public comments by the principles in the case.” It’s about time. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton is worried that lawyers (that means you Rusty Hardin) and potential witnesses (and you Brian McNamee) could affect the jury…

  14. Conor Jackson to undergo surgery for sports hernia next week

    Aug 23, 2010, 8:06 PM EDT

    Athletics assistant general manager David Forst confirmed to Jane Lee of today that Conor Jackson will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia next week. Jackson told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday that he was “99 percent sure” that he had a sports hernia, so this new doesn’t come as…

  15. Adding Damon would be too little, too late for Red Sox

    Aug 23, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    The Red Sox pretty obviously have a need for Johnny Damon. No, mediocre defensive left fielders with 764 OPSs aren’t particularly valuable, but Damon is getting on base 36 percent of the time and he’d likely improve his numbers with a return to Fenway Park, where he’s a career .305/.376/.440 hitter. Damon, though, probably doesn’t…

  16. Jarrod Saltalamacchia released from hospital

    Aug 23, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    After four days in the hospital with an infected leg, Jarrod Saltalamacchia rejoined the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Monday and played catch on the field. “I feel fine,” he told the Providence Journal. “I’m just getting my body back into it. But it’s going to take a day or two for that.” The…

  17. Ian Kinsler ready to get back on the field

    Aug 23, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Second baseman Ian Kinsler still needs to be cleared to return, but he’s hoping to begin a rehab assignment this week after undergoing an MRI Tuesday that could pave the way for him to resume baseball activities. Kinsler has been on the DL since the end of June with a strained left groin. According to…

  18. Stephen Strasburg headed for disabled list after MRI confirms strained flexor tendon

    Aug 23, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    Jim Riggleman said this afternoon that Stephen Strasburg is all but certain to be placed on the disabled list and a short time later general manager Mike Rizzo revealed that an MRI exam has confirmed the initial diagnosis of a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that…

  19. Behold: The most Jon Heyman tweet in the history of Jon Heyman tweets

    Aug 23, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    At the risk of being blocked from following him like he did to Craig, this recent Johnny Damon note from’s Jon Heyman qualifies as the most Heyman tweet of all time. Seriously, instead of simply writing “Damon isn’t sure if he’ll accept the move” we get non-news positioned as an update on a story…

  20. Johnny Damon mulling whether to accept move to Red Sox

    Aug 23, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    According to Jason Beck of the Tigers have informed Johnny Damon that the Red Sox are indeed the team that placed a waiver claim on him and the veteran outfielder is now deciding whether or not he’d accept the move. Damon has the Red Sox on the list of teams he can’t be traded…

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