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  1. A-Rod homers three times in win over Kansas City

    Aug 15, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez slugged three home runs and collected a total of five RBI in Saturday’s 8-3 defeat of the Royals. It took him a grueling 47 at-bats to climb from career home run No. 599 to 600…

  2. Carlos Zambrano wins for first time since late June

    Aug 15, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano has struggled this season in more ways than one.  Through 70 innings — 11 starts, 16 relief appearances — he has posted a 5.27 ERA, 1.77 WHIP and 38 walks against 63 strikeouts.  Oh, and there was that little incident back in June that cost him a month. Perhaps some progress…

  3. Norris fans a record 14 batters in win over Pirates

    Aug 15, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    Astros starter Bud Norris set a Minute Maid Park record on Saturday, striking out 14 batters over seven innings in a 3-2 victory over the Pirates…

  4. K-Rod returns to mound, pitches scoreless inning

    Aug 15, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez returned to the mound Saturday for the first time since being arrested for assaulting and harassing the father of his girlfriend on Wednesday night at Citi Field. As expected, he was showered with boos…

  5. Torre to make decision on retirement around Labor Day

    Aug 14, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

    Dodgers manager Joe Torre told reporters on Saturday afternoon that he will make an announcement about his future before Labor Day. Torre, who turned 70 in early July, is weighing whether to retire or continue his role as Los Angeles’ skipper…

  6. Again? Nelson Cruz pulled with hamstring tightness

    Aug 14, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

    According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was lifted from Saturday’s game against the Red Sox with tightness in his left hamstring. Hamstring injuries are never good — minor or not — but it’s even…

  7. Milton Bradley to undergo knee surgery next week

    Aug 14, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

    According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, the outfielder will undergo exploratory surgery on his right knee Tuesday and is likely to miss the remainder of the 2010 season. Because the procedure isn’t…

  8. Rangers place infielder Cristian Guzman on disabled list

    Aug 14, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    As first reported by Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers have placed infielder Cristian Guzman on the 15-day disabled list with a strain of his right quadriceps muscle. Guzman had missed a couple of consecutive games due to…

  9. K-Rod apologizes to teammates, fans and Mets brass

    Aug 14, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez finally addressed his third-degree assault and second-degree harassment charges on Saturday at Citi Field. He made a one-minute statement and did not take questions. Here’s the transcript of that statement, via ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin…

  10. Ellsbury placed back on disabled list with ongoing rib issue

    Aug 14, 2010, 5:24 PM EDT

    Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports that Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is headed back to the 15-day disabled list due to lingering discomfort in the area of his rib cage…

  11. Chipper Jones undergoes successful knee surgery

    Aug 14, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Chipper Jones underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Saturday, according to his agent B.B. Abbott. “It went very well,” Abbott said in a text message from Piedmont Hospital. The two-hour procedure was performed by Dr. Marvin Royster, the same…

  12. Blue Jays lock up Ricky Romero through at least 2015

    Aug 14, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Blue Jays have signed Ricky Romero to a five-year, $30.1 million extension. The deal also includes a club option for 2016.

  13. Jose Canseco lands a new job

    Aug 14, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    Just yesterday, we learned that Jose Canseco was evicted from his apartment. Forced to seek refuge in a friend’s garage, the former baseball player/current exhibition boxer claimed that he would “play softball for food.” I’m not sure who the Laredo Broncos are, exactly, but they have signed Canseco to a short-term contract, according to the…

  14. Mike Stanton making history at just 20 years old

    Aug 14, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Mike Stanton connected for two solo home runs in Friday’s 7-2 loss to the Reds. At 20 years and 278 days old, he became the youngest player to homer twice in a game since Jose Reyes did it in 2003. It continued a torrid week for the rookie outfielder, as Stanton is 11-for-16 with four…

  15. Rockies place Jeff Francis on disabled list with shoulder tendinitis

    Aug 14, 2010, 1:22 PM EDT

    According to Tracy Ringolsby of Inside the Rockies, Jeff Francis is headed to the disabled list with tendinitis in his left shoulder. Francis missed the entire 2009 season due to shoulder surgery and didn’t make his debut this season until May 16. The 29-year-old southpaw is 4-4 with a 4.56 ERA through 16 starts so…

  16. Confirmed: Chase Utley to begin rehab assignment today

    Aug 14, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer confirms that Chase Utley will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Single-A Clearwater on Saturday. He is expected to play five innings in the field. Friday, 11:48 PM: When asked by Todd Zolecki of if Chase Utley was going to begin a minor league rehab assignment…

  17. Luis Castillo wants out of Queens

    Aug 14, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    Craig already roasted Jeff Francoeur in epic fashion earlier this week, so I’m not going to try to top that one. Still, the sickness appears to be contagious in the Mets’ locker room. While Luis Castillo hasn’t requested a trade, he told Dan Martin of the New York Post that he is not willing to…

  18. O's improve to 9-2 under Buck Showalter despite ugly uniforms

    Aug 14, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    The Orioles improved to 9-2 under Buck Showalter with a 5-0 win over the Rays on Friday night, establishing their best 11-game stretch since the 2005 season. That’s all well and good, but what the heck were they wearing? Turns out the solid orange look was actually a throwback to an ensemble worn twice during…

  19. The Rangers new ownership group knows how to raise fan morale

    Aug 14, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    On Friday, new Rangers managing partner and CEO Chuck Greenberg announced a new “Stretch Drive Pricing” initiative, slashing prices for parking, concessions and various merchandise items. “On behalf of Nolan Ryan and our entire group, I want to say how proud we are to assume the ownership of the Texas Rangers,” commented Greenberg, who announced…

  20. Francisco Rodriguez set to return to Mets today

    Aug 14, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez is scheduled to return from his two-game suspension tonight, according to Adam Rubin of Mets general manager Omar Minaya spoke with reporters before Friday’s game, expressing his disappointment in Rodriguez’s actions. “It’s not acceptable,” Minaya said Friday, before the Mets opened a series against the Philadelphia Phillies. “He understands that. He admits…

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