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  1. Nick Johnson set for another wrist surgery

    Aug 25, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    No details yet, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday that Nick Johnson would require a second surgery on his right wrist, presumably ending his season. The Yankees weren’t expecting the slow healing Johnson back in September anyway. Signed to a one-year, $5.5 million contract over the winter, Johnson lasted barely more than a month…

  2. White Sox may or may not be nearing deal for Manny

    Aug 25, 2010, 6:26 PM EDT

    We’re confused. You’re confused? Hey, we can be confused together!

  3. Dice-K injury causes Red Sox to juggle rotation

    Aug 25, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    The Red Sox planned to go with Josh Beckett and Jon Lester in their doubleheader Wednesday against the Mariners, but after winning the first game with Beckett on the mound, they announced that Lester would be pushed back to Friday as a replacement for Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is battling a sore back. Matsuzaka, who is…

  4. Russell Branyan's 20th homer yet another solo shot

    Aug 25, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    All-or-nothing slugger Russell Branyan hit his 20th homer Wednesday off Josh Beckett, but it came in a losing cause as the Red Sox topped the Mariners 5-3. It was his 12th solo homer of the year, and he has just 45 RBI. Of course, the Mariners aren’t putting a ton of guys on base for…

  5. Aaron Cook likely to rejoin Rockies rotation in early September

    Aug 25, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    On the disabled list for the past few weeks with a sprained big toe, Aaron Cook could rejoin the Rockies’ rotation as soon as September 2 against the Phillies. Cook tossed five innings of one-run ball Monday in his first rehab start at Triple-A and Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that he’ll likely…

  6. Willie Bloomquist hits game-winning homer for Royals, feeds Aaron a big serving of crow

    Aug 25, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

    Earlier this afternoon I mocked the Royals for putting out a terrible lineup against Armando Galarraga and the Tigers, giving them a particularly tough time for using Willie Bloomquist as their No. 3 hitter. As noted at the time, Bloomquist is a career .255 hitter with a .305 on-base percentage and .310 slugging percentage against…

  7. Ryan Howard benched after going 0-for-7 with five strikeouts and an ejection yesterday

    Aug 25, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard went 0-for-7 with five strikeouts last night before being ejected by third base umpire and instigator Scott Barry, and manager Charlie Manuel has benched him for tonight’s game. Toss in Howard’s pronounced platoon splits and sitting him versus left-hander J.A. Happ was probably pretty close to a no-brainer for Manuel. The right-handed hitting…

  8. Mets manager Jerry Manuel says Bobby Parnell will have to wait to close

    Aug 25, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Matthew Cerrone of, Manuel softened on his stance during an appearance on WFAN in New York this afternoon, saying Parnell will be used in certain save situations. Good enough for me.4:16 PM: In case you hadn’t noticed, Bobby Parnell has been pretty impressive since being called up from Triple-A Buffalo at…

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

    Aug 25, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    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…

  10. Dodgers place Manny Ramirez on waivers

    Aug 25, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 25, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 25, 2010, 2:41 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 25, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    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,…

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

    Aug 25, 2010, 2:09 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 25, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    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…

  16. Ian Kinsler cleared to resume baseball activities

    Aug 25, 2010, 1:08 PM EDT

    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.…

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

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

    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…

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