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  1. Yankees' Ivan Nova being investigated by MLB

    Aug 27, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    According to a report in the New York Post, MLB is investigating Yankees pitchers Ivan Nova and Wilkin De La Rosa over concerns they injected each other with B-12 shots last year as teammates at Double-A Trenton. B-12 shots are not included in MLB’s list of prohibited substances, but only licensed physicians are allowed to…

  2. Brad Hawpe will go to Single-A for now after signing minor league deal with Rays

    Aug 27, 2010, 4:17 PM EST

    Brad Hawpe’s deal with the Rays is official. He signs a minor-league contract after being released by the Rockies earlier this month and will report to Single-A for now. Hawpe hasn’t played since August 18, so the Rays will give him some at-bats in the minors and then likely call him up before rosters expand…

  3. Poll: Are the Nationals to blame for Strasburg's injury?

    Aug 27, 2010, 3:55 PM EST

    I tend to think the answer is a pretty obvious “no” here. After all, Stephen Strasburg averaged just 77 pitches per start in the minors and 92 pitches per start in the majors, never cracking even 100 pitches for the Nationals. If anything, his only big workloads came in college at San Diego State, where…

  4. Instead of September call-up, ex-A's prospect Grant Desme enters seminary

    Aug 27, 2010, 3:28 PM EST

    A’s outfield prospect Grant Desme retired from baseball in January to enter the priesthood and the 24-year-old former second-round pick officially begins his time at a seminary in California today. Had he not given up baseball before the season Desme would probably be in line for a call-up when rosters expand on September 1. After…

  5. Rehabbing catcher Gregg Zaun wants to play at age 40

    Aug 27, 2010, 3:10 PM EST

    With his rehab from surgery to repair a torn labrum progressing well, Gregg Zaun intends to return for his age-40 season next year. Zaun signed a $1.9 million deal over the winter to replace Jason Kendall as the Brewers’ primary catcher. He opened the season by hitting .265/.350/.392 in 28 games, but he landed on…

  6. Jhonny Peralta hopes the Tigers pick up his $7 million option for next season

    Aug 27, 2010, 2:49 PM EST

    Traded from Cleveland to Detroit last month, Jhonny Peralta said yesterday that he’d like to remain with the Tigers next season: I want to be here. I hope they pick up the option. But I want to be here. I like everybody here. That comes as no surprise, because “the option” is for $7 million…

  7. Report: White Sox win waiver claim for Manny Ramirez

    Aug 27, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark tweets that the White Sox have been awarded a waiver claim on Manny Ramirez. They would have until Tuesday to work out a deal with the Dodgers.’s T.R. Sullivan is reporting that the Rangers claimed Ramirez, but the White Sox had the higher priority by virtue of their inferior record. Stark…

  8. Max Scherzer has dominated since returning from Triple-A

    Aug 27, 2010, 2:14 PM EST

    When the Tigers demoted Max Scherzer to Triple-A in mid-May he was 1-4 with an ugly 7.29 ERA, but since returning following a two-week stint in Toledo he’s been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball. Scherzer tossed eight innings of one-run ball against the Blue Jays last night, improving to 9-5 with a…

  9. Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo robbed at gunpoint

    Aug 27, 2010, 1:50 PM EST

    At approximately 2:30 am Friday morning, Yovani Gallardo and a Brewers clubhouse attendant were robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Milwaukee supermarket, WTMJ Newsradio reports. Both Gallardo and attendant Alex Sanchez were robbed of money and jewelry by a lone African American male. Sanchez was pistol-whipped by the assailant, but was not…

  10. Reports: Manny Ramirez claimed off waivers

    Aug 27, 2010, 1:35 PM EST

    Update: Jon Heyman is tweeting that multiple teams put in claims for Ramirez. Though that could include AL teams ahead of the White Sox in the standings. Update #2: Sources told Morosi that neither the Rays nor Yankees put in claims for Ramirez. There’s been speculation that the Rangers might have, but they’d be behind…

  11. Tony La Russa and Albert Pujols to attend rally in Washington with Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin

    Aug 27, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    While in Washington to play the Nationals this weekend Albert Pujols and Tony La Russa will be guests at the “Restoring Honor” rally organized by FOX News host Glenn Beck and featuring former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Pujols is being honored at the event and La Russa will be on hand to introduce…

  12. Tommy John surgery isn't a death sentence for Strasburg

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:55 PM EST

    Be prepared to hear a lot of people use Mark Prior in the same sentence as Stephen Strasburg in the days and months ahead. Please don’t listen to them. This would be a far worse scenario if we were talking about Strasburg’s shoulder. Thankfully, we aren’t. Though today’s news is a very tough blow for…

  13. Micah Owings stays with Reds, accepts Triple-A assignment

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:48 PM EST

    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty apparently wasn’t kidding when he said there was “not a lot of interest” in Micah Owings from other teams after the right-hander was designated for assignment last week. Owings cleared waivers and has accepted an assignment to Triple-A, which means he’ll remain in the Reds organization while losing his spot…

  14. Stephen Strasburg will burn through service time while on DL

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:17 PM EST

    I hate to spread more icing on the Nationals’ bad news cake, but a side effect of Stephen Strasburg likely needing Tommy John elbow surgery is that he would burn through service time while on the disabled list. In other words, even if he never throws a pitch in 2011 and spends the entire season…

  15. Does Rob Dibble still think Stephen Strasburg should "suck it up" and "stop crying"?

    Aug 27, 2010, 11:46 AM EST

    I hope Rob Dibble feels about as good as he announces right now. Dibble, who serves as the Nationals’ television analyst, made headlines for saying during a radio interview that Stephen Strasburg should “suck it up” and pitch through the arm pain that knocked him out of Saturday’s start. Dibble’s anti-Strasburg rant included all sorts…

  16. Report: Rays to sign Brad Hawpe

    Aug 27, 2010, 11:09 AM EST

    According to Ken Rosenthal of, the Rays will sign Brad Hawpe. Hawpe, 31, was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week after batting just .255/.343/.432 with seven home runs and 37 RBI. The Rangers, Red Sox and Padres were also rumored to have varying degrees of interest. Hawpe is no Manny Ramirez, but…

  17. Cliff Lee loses to Twins, falls to 2-5 with 4.50 ERA for Rangers

    Aug 27, 2010, 11:07 AM EST

    Francisco Liriano held up his end of the bargain in last night’s marquee pitching matchup, taking a shutout into the seventh inning in Texas, but Cliff Lee turned in his third straight ugly start and dropped to 2-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 total outings since being traded to the Rangers. Lee continues to…

  18. Stephen Strasburg has significant UCL tear, will likely require Tommy John surgery

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:34 AM EST

    Well, this is just about the worst-case scenario for Nationals fans. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo just announced that Stephen Strasburg will likely require Tommy John surgery after Thursday’s arthogram revealed a “significant tear” of the ulnar collateral ligament in his his right elbow. Rizzo said the team believes the injury was “acute” and happened…

  19. Carlos Beltran would be open to a trade

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:29 AM EST

    According to David Lennon of Newsday, Carlos Beltran indicated that he would consider waiving his no-trade clause this winter. Newsday has that pesky paywall, so go ahead and read the full story here. “I have to,” Beltran said. “I have to do what’s best for me and they have to do what’s best for them.…

  20. Giants manager Bruce Bochy says Pablo Sandoval and Tim Lincecum need to get in better shape

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:14 AM EST

    In talking to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News yesterday Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he wants to see both Pablo Sandoval and Tim Lincecum get into better physical condition this offseason. Grouping them together may seem strange given that Sandoval is one of the portliest players in baseball and Lincecum probably weighs…

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