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  1. Takashi Saito's poor night vision hurt the Braves yesterday

    Aug 25, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    Mark Bowman of explains how Takashi Saito’s bad vision cost the Braves in last night’s loss to the Rockies: Turns out, the passed ball that gave Dexter Fowler a chance to deliver a two-run single was directly attributed to the vision problem that Takashi Saito experiences during night games. Because of Saito’s limited vision…

  2. Dodgers place Manny Ramirez on waivers

    Aug 25, 2010, 3:11 PM EST

    Let the waiver madness begin! Jon Paul Morosi of reports that the Dodgers have placed Manny Ramirez on waivers. According to Morosi, teams have until Friday to place a claim. If he is claimed, the deadline for a deal would be next Tuesday. Ramirez, who was activated from the disabled list Saturday, just became…

  3. Jim Thome having one of the best age-39 seasons of all time

    Aug 25, 2010, 2:58 PM EST

    Not only has Jim Thome switching from the White Sox to the Twins had a massive impact on the AL Central race,’s blog points out that he’s having one of the best seasons ever by a 39-year-old. Here are the all-time leaders in adjusted OPS+ at age 39: AGE 39 YEAR PA OPS+ Barry…

  4. Pedroia seeks second opinion on foot; talks to Michael Jordan for advice

    Aug 25, 2010, 2:41 PM EST

    Seeking a second opinion on Dustin Pedroia’s sore left foot, the Red Sox sent scans to Dr. Jonathan Deland and Dr. Robert Anderson, according Quinn Roberts of Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that the team expected feedback either Tuesday or Wednesday, so we should hear an update on his status relatively quickly. This…

  5. Kenshin Kawakami will return as a reliever, with rookie Mike Minor remaining in Braves' rotation

    Aug 25, 2010, 2:20 PM EST

    Bobby Cox said yesterday that Kenshin Kawakami will be used as a reliever when he returns from his stint at Triple-A, which is no surprise given how impressive rookie Mike Minor has been in three starts since stepping into the rotation. Minor, who was the seventh overall pick in last year’s draft out of Vanderbilt,…

  6. Nats' third base coach Pat Listach would like to manage Cubs

    Aug 25, 2010, 2:09 PM EST

    Throw another name in the ring. We first heard of his interest over the weekend, but Nationals third base coach Pat Listach reiterated to Bill Ladson of that he would like to manage the Cubs. “I would definitely like the job,” Listach said.  “But I have a job to do here in Washington. If…

  7. Juan Rivera moves to first base after Angels re-align outfield

    Aug 25, 2010, 1:40 PM EST

    Juan Rivera made his first career start at first base Monday and manager Mike Scioscia said yesterday that he’ll split time there with Mike Napoli for the rest of the season. Scioscia has used seven different players at first base since Kendry Morales went down for the season in May and Rivera is available for…

  8. Ian Kinsler cleared to resume baseball activities

    Aug 25, 2010, 1:08 PM EST

    Ian Kinsler was cleared to resume baseball activities Tuesday after an MRI showed significant improvement with his strained left groin, according to T.R. Sullivan of Kinsler took batting practice and ran sprints in the outfield Tuesday. He’s expecting to ramp up his workouts as the week continues, but a rehab assignment is not imminent.…

  9. Rays considering Rocco Baldelli as part-time designated hitter

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:48 PM EST

    Last month Rocco Baldelli made the transition from coach to player, and since moving up to Triple-A two weeks ago he’s 10-for-30 (.333) with two homers and three doubles. Baldelli has been limited to designated hitter duties and is swinging at everything, striking out seven times compared to zero walks, but Bill Chastain of…

  10. Report: O's first-round pick Manny Machado to make pro debut Friday

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:38 PM EST

    According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, No. 3 overall pick Manny Machado is expected to make his pro debut with the Gulf Coast League Orioles on Friday. Machado, an 18-year-old shortstop, was signed to a $5.25 million signing bonus by the Orioles earlier this month. It was the second-largest signing bonus in franchise…

  11. Carlos Zambrano leaves Cubs to visit sick 11-year-old nephew in Venezuela

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:19 PM EST

    After holding the Nationals to one run over 7.1 innings last night for his best start of the season Carlos Zambrano left the Cubs and flew home to Venezuela to be with his sick 11-year-old nephew. Zambrano told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that his nephew has been hospitalized with a bacterial infection and…

  12. Carlos Gomez says he's the best center fielder on the Brewers

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:08 PM EST

    Carlos Gomez threw down the gauntlet for rookie outfielder Lorenzo Cain on Tuesday, telling Anthony Witrado of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he is the best center fielder on the team. “They know and I know that I can do the job every day,” Gomez said. “I’m the best centerfielder on the team. But Lorenzo is…

  13. Willie Bloomquist batting third today in the Royals' hilariously awful lineup

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:48 AM EST

    Armando Galarraga might have a chance for another (near) perfect game this afternoon, as the Royals feature the following lineup: 1. Gregor Blanco 2. Mike Aviles 3. Willie Bloomquist 4. Billy Butler 5. Kila Ka’aihue 6. Brayan Pena 7. Mitch Maier 8. Jai Miller 9. Chris Getz There are a couple amazing things at play…

  14. Jason Isringhausen shut down for the season; career over?

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:36 AM EST

    According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty confirmed Tuesday that Jason Isringhausen has been shut down for the rest of the season with an elbow injury. Isringhausen, who turns 38 in September, was attempting to make a comeback after undergoing Tommy John surgery last June. He was signed to…

  15. Group interested in buying Dodgers wants to have Joe Torre run the team

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:16 AM EST

    T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times reports that manager Joe Torre was “approached recently” by an ownership group interested in buying the Dodgers and having him “run it a la Nolan Ryan and the Texas Rangers.” Torre told Simers that he gets “people who make all kinds of suggestions all the time” and “some…

  16. J.J. Putz and Matt Thornton headed to the disabled list

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:02 AM EST

    Bobby Jenks is essentially back as Ozzie Guillen’s closer, but he didn’t get there without a body count. J.J. Putz re-injured his right knee last night against the Orioles and Matt Thornton hasn’t appeared in a game since last Tuesday’s due to soreness in his forearm. After last night’s 7-5 win, Guillen told the Chicago…

  17. Reds may shut down struggling rookie Mike Leake

    Aug 25, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

    Last week the Reds demoted Mike Leake to the bullpen in an effort to keep the rookie’s innings count in check, but after back-to-back ugly relief outings they’re now thinking about shutting him down altogether. Leake gave up six runs while recording one out last night and afterward manager Dusty Baker said: We’re addressing that…

  18. Mets GM Omar Minaya needs "big finish" to keep his job

    Aug 25, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    Mets owner Fred Wilpon hinted otherwise earlier this month, however sources tell Jon Heyman of that the team will likely need a “big finish” in order for Omar Minaya to retain his job as general manager. But that doesn’t mean Minaya is going to be fired. Because he is respected within the organization —…

  19. Mets castoff Rod Barajas has record-setting Dodgers debut

    Aug 25, 2010, 10:14 AM EST

    Claimed off waivers by the Dodgers earlier this week, Rod Barajas went 3-for-4 with a homer and two doubles last night to become the first player to smack three extra-base hits in his debut since the team moved to Los Angeles. Prior to being put on waivers Barajas had a grand total of three extra-base…

  20. Brad Hawpe is officially a free agent

    Aug 25, 2010, 9:02 AM EST

    A source tells Troy Renck of the Denver Post that Brad Hawpe has officially cleared waivers and can now sign with any team. According to Renck, Hawpe is expected to sign with a new team by Thursday. Hawpe, 31, was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week after he batted just .255/.343/.432 with seven…

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