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  1. Derrek Lee out of tonight's lineup with bulging disk in back

    Aug 16, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

    Derrek Lee homered in his first two at-bats Sunday, but then left the game in the fifth inning with back soreness and is out of the Cubs’ lineup for tonight’s game with a bulging disk in his lower back. It’s a tough break for Lee, who had smacked four homers in three games since returning…

  2. So, can the Mets void K-Rod's contract?

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    That’s the question Mets fans who don’t want to see K-Rod’s mondo-expensive contract continue to weigh on the team are asking in light of the revelation that Rodriguez injured himself punching a 62 year-old man.  My gut feeling: seems doubtful. This stuff is governed by a clause in the Uniform Player Contract every player signs.…

  3. K-Rod to miss rest of the season with thumb injury. Guess how he got it.

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Multiple outlets are reporting that Francisco Rodriguez has a thumb ligament injury that will require surgery which will put him out for the season. And yep, you guessed it: the injury came when he punched his girlfriend’s father last week. I don’t suppose the result of the punches he threw render the intention to throw…

  4. Giants sign first-round pick Gary Brown for $1.3 million

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Now we’re down to 15 unsigned first-round picks, as the Giants inked No. 24 overall selection and Cal-State Fullerton outfielder Gary Brown to a $1.3 million bonus. Brown is basically getting the MLB-recommended “slot” bonus, as last year’s No. 24 pick received $1.25 million. Considered one of the fastest players in the country, he broke…

  5. The Braves may be interested in Clint Barmes. Why? I have no idea

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves may be interested in Rockies’ second baseman Clint Barmes and could either claim him or trade for him if Colorado places him on waivers. Which kind of makes no sense to me. The thinking would be that Barmes would play second, allowing Martin Prado to cover third base now…

  6. GM says Brad Penny "below 50 percent chance" of returning

    Aug 16, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Last month the Cardinals abandoned any timetable for Brad Penny’s return from shoulder problems and yesterday general manager John Mozeliak said the injured right-hander has a “below 50 percent chance” of pitching again this season. Penny last pitched on May 21, so that means he could end up missing five months with what has been…

  7. Nelson Cruz heads back to the DL

    Aug 16, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz is on the disabled list for the third time this season because of hamstring issues. He already had a right hamstring strain and a left hamstring strain. This one is a left, so he’ll probably need to pull that right one again in order to balance things out. Cruz is hitting .320 with…

  8. Orioles pull back Luke Scott after he's claimed on waivers

    Aug 16, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    Luke Scott is quietly having a huge season in Baltimore, hitting .293/.357/.577 with 22 homers and 24 doubles in 92 games to rank eighth among AL hitters with a .934 OPS. He’d obviously make a nice stretch-run pickup for contenders in need of a big bat and the Orioles placed him on waivers to set…

  9. Babe Ruth's final appearance at Yankee Stadium

    Aug 16, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Life Magazine has some never before seen photos of Babe Ruth’s last appearance at Yankee Stadium, two months before his death.  They’re in color and, unlike some of the more well known pictures of the latter-day Babe, they give a striking view of just how frail he was. Black and white photography is wonderful in…

  10. Mark Prior is "having a blast" playing independent league ball

    Aug 16, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Mark Prior is making his latest and perhaps last comeback attempt with the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden League, and Tom Krasovic of Fanhouse caught up with the former phenom who said he’s “having a blast … just getting back out there and just playing the game.” Prior is seeing game action for…

  11. Comment of the Day: Manny Ramirez is no destructive force

    Aug 16, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    Today’s post about Manny Ramirez brought forth a handful of “who would want that guy bringing their team down” comments. And one comment, by reader bobr, wondering what on Earth those people are complaining about: I wonder which example of his destructive influence you are basing this statement on. Might it be the 11 post-seasons…

  12. Angels sign first-round pick Kaleb Cowart for $2.3 million

    Aug 16, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    There are going to be an absurd number of draft pick signings to announce today because midnight is the deadline for deals to be reached before teams cease controlling a player’s rights. This morning there were 17 unsigned first-round picks, but that number if now 16 with the Angels convincing Georgia high school infielder and…

  13. Firing up the Hot Stove: Starting pitchers

    Aug 16, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    This is the first article in an eight-part series examining this winter’s free agents and looking at potential trade candidates and non-tenders. I’m also predicting contracts and destinations for the major free agents, but given that it’s August, those are to be taken with a grain of salt. Starting Pitchers Cliff Lee (Rangers) – The…

  14. Bryce Harper and the Nats are making progress

    Aug 16, 2010, 2:34 PM EDT

    I don’t put a ton of stock in Jim Bowden: newsbreaker, but the guy still knows people with the Nats, so I’ll put some amount of stock in his latest report that the Nationals and Harper are “making progress” on a deal and should have things wrapped up before the midnight deadline. Bowden says it’s…

  15. Homer Bailey hurls six shutout innings subbing for suspended Johnny Cueto

    Aug 16, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto’s seven-game suspension meant he couldn’t make his scheduled start yesterday, so the Reds activated Homer Bailey from the disabled list to take his place and he shut out the Marlins for six innings in a 2-0 victory that completed a three-game sweep. Cincinnati is back alone in first place despite being swept by…

  16. Ichiro is pushing the Mariners to hire Bobby Valentine

    Aug 16, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Peter Gammons is reporting that Ichiro is lobbying for the Mariners to make Bobby Valentine their new manager. Gammons calls Valentine “Suzuki’s preference.” It’s not clear why he’d be Ichiro’s favorite, but one can assume that it has something to do with Valentine’s track record in the NPB and word of mouth from friends, former…

  17. Kevin Slowey and the no-hitter that was never gonna happen

    Aug 16, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Kevin Slowey was brilliant yesterday, no-hitting the A’s through seven innings, and many fans at Target Field in Minnesota booed when he didn’t come out for the eighth inning. And then they booed even louder when reliever Jon Rauch allowed a one-out hit on the way to giving up two runs. However, it was absolutely…

  18. HBT Daily: Bryce Harper and the Rangers visit the Rays

    Aug 16, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Matt and I ponder the fate of Bryce Harper and look ahead to the Rangers and the Rays

  19. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Aug 16, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    The Yankees are the Boyz II Men of the Power Rankings. That’s a good thing! At least I think it is.

  20. When he golfs, Ryan Franklin's crazy facial hair isn't even the thing that stands out

    Aug 16, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Courtesy of MLB.com’s Matthew Leach, here is Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin’s fantastic golfing attire:

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