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  1. Dodgers strip Jonathan Broxton of closer's role

    Aug 13, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Believing his hulking right-hander has lost his confidence, manager Joe Torre today removed Jonathan Broxton for the closer’s role and replaced him with left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo. He added that Octavio Dotel would be used if a save chance materializes Friday, only because Kuo has pitched on back-to-back days. Broxton gave up four runs in taking…

  2. Twins reliever Jose Mijares out four weeks after knee surgery

    Aug 13, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Jose Mijares’ injured his right knee while covering first base Wednesday night and while he was able to walk off the field under his own power the left-handed reliever has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus that will require surgery. He’s expected to miss at least four weeks, which is the latest blow to a…

  3. Marlins talking contract extension with Dan Uggla

    Aug 13, 2010, 6:28 PM EDT

    Agent Terry Bross said Friday that he and the Marlins are “involved” in preliminary discussions regarding a three-year deal for second baseman Dan Uggla. Uggla is currently making $7.8 million in his next-to-last year of arbitration. It looked like he was going to be traded last winter, but most of his suitors were looking at…

  4. Twins no longer have timetable for Justin Morneau's return from concussion

    Aug 13, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau has missed 31 games since a knee to the helmet while breaking up a double play on July 7 left him with a concussion and manager Ron Gardenhire revealed today that the Twins have decided to abandon any timetable they had for his return. Initially expected to miss a short period of time,…

  5. A's prospect Michael Ynoa to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Aug 13, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    Michael Ynoa almost immediately had arm problems after the A’s signed him out of the Dominican Republic as a 16-year-old for an international record $4.25 million in 2008 and today the team announced that he’ll undergo Tommy John elbow surgery. Ynoa has appeared in just three pro games, all this season, tossing nine innings with…

  6. Johnny Cueto will not appeal seven-game suspension

    Aug 13, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto has decided not to appeal his seven-game suspension for kicking Jason LaRue and Chris Carpenter during the benches-clearing altercation between the Cardinals and Reds on Tuesday. Mark Sheldon of reports that Cueto will begin serving the suspension immediately, which means he’ll miss Sunday’s scheduled start against the Marlins. Homer Bailey is expected…

  7. Chipper Jones plans to play in 2011 following knee surgery

    Aug 13, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones just announced during a press conference this afternoon that he will undergo season-ending knee surgery and plans to rehab with the intention of playing in 2011. Earlier this season Jones more or less announced that he planned to retire, but apparently he either changed his mind somewhere along the way or simply doesn’t…

  8. Ike Davis sits against lefty, world ends

    Aug 13, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    Well, OK, so the world is always ending on Twitter, but this time it’s because Ike Davis is on the bench against a lefty for the second time in three days. Tweets’s Anthony DiComo: Poor Ike Davis. Hitting .272 vs. lefties as a rookie, but now is basically platooning. Hessman in again tonight. #Mets…

  9. Brewers activate Jody Gerut from the DL and release him

    Aug 13, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

    Jody Gerut is finally healthy after being on the disabled list since May with a bruised heel, so the Brewers activated him from the DL today … and released him, eating the remainder of his $2 million contract. Gerut persevered through multiple knee injuries early in his career to have an excellent bounceback season in…

  10. Must-click link: The 30 worst baseball cards of all time

    Aug 13, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    This great link comes via Jimmy Kimmel’s Twitter feed, but it’s so good that it’d be worth posting even if it came from, say, Jay Leno’s Twitter feed*: The 30 Worst Baseball Cards of All Time This is one of those instances when “worst” and “best” are basically interchangeable, but my favorite is definitely Wally…

  11. Fading Tigers could make August deals

    Aug 13, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    They’ve yet to admit that they’re sellers, but the Tigers have some trade possibilities while sitting 9 1/2 games back of the Twins in the AL Central and 14 games off the pace in the wild card. Indications are that Johnny Damon, who is on a one-year, $8 million contract, has yet to be placed…

  12. Jose Canseco got evicted and he's tweeting about it

    Aug 13, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    Jose Canseco has taken a break from getting beat up by much smaller guys in “celebrity” boxing matches long enough to post a bunch of tweets about how he got evicted from his apartment today. Here’s a sampling (I’ve left in the various spelling and grammar issues, in part because it’s Twitter and in part…

  13. Should the Mariners trade Chone Figgins? Should the Braves be interested in him?

    Aug 13, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

    Rarely do Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times and Dave Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner agree on something, but amid speculation that the Braves are interested in Chone Figgins as a possible replacement for Chipper Jones they both think the Mariners would be smart to deal him. Baker argues that Figgins is redundant with Ichiro Suzuki…

  14. Yikes: The Giants plan to play Jose Guillen in right field

    Aug 13, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

    According to Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse, Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that the newly-acquired Jose Guillen will be the everyday right fielder, moving Aubrey Huff back to first base. What does it tell you when even Dayton Moore and the Royals preferred to use Guillen almost exclusively as a designated hitter this season? Huff…

  15. Pirates demote 2007 fourth overall pick Daniel Moskos to AA

    Aug 13, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Many fans and prospect analysts mocked the Pirates for selecting Clemson reliever Daniel Moskos with the fourth overall pick in the 2007 draft when Georgia Tech catcher Matt Wieters was still available. Wieters has been a disappointment so far, hitting just .267/.331/.393 in 188 games for the Orioles after arriving in the majors last May…

  16. New manager Buck Showalter considering a six-man rotation for Orioles in September

    Aug 13, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    Buck Showalter isn’t wasting any time making changes in Baltimore, saying earlier this week that Alfredo Simon is far from guaranteed to remain the Orioles’ closer and indicating last night that the team may use a six-man starting rotation in September. It’s something that we have kicked around a little bit depending on what the…

  17. Done deal: Royals send Jose Guillen to Giants for PTBNL

    Aug 13, 2010, 12:22 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star confirms that the Royals have sent Jose Guillen and cash to the Giants in exchange for a player to be named player. 10:30 AM: A rival executive tells Ken Rosenthal of that a deal sending Guillen to the Giants is “done.” 8:35 AM: ESPN’s Enrique Rojas…

  18. Mark Teahen ready to return, so White Sox send free-swinging Dayan Viciedo back to minors

    Aug 13, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Mark Teahen is scheduled to return from the disabled list today after missing the past 10 weeks with a broken finger and to make room for him on the roster the White Sox have demoted 20-year-old rookie Dayan Viciedo back to Triple-A. With a .268 batting average and nine extra-base hits in 27 games since…

  19. Dodgers collapse, Phillies prevail in a wild one

    Aug 13, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Over-analyzing one baseball game is frivolous. Heck, over-analyzing a three-game series is frivolous. The baseball season is a 162-game grind that is best viewed in large chunks — halves or quarters, whatever…

  20. Francisco Rodriguez had "manhood challenged" and "mother insulted" before attack

    Aug 13, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    According to the New York Daily News “the one-sided fight” between Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez and Carlos Pena, the 53-year-old father of his girlfriend, began Wednesday night “when Pena challenged Rodriguez’s manhood and insulted his mother after the crazed closer began shouting about the latest Mets loss.” Based on police reports and various sources, here’s…

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