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  1. Albert Pujols goes deep for the 400th time

    Aug 26, 2010, 8:14 PM EDT

    Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols just launched an opposite-field home run off Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann.  It was his 400th career long-ball.  Pujols is the 47th player to reach that feat and the third-youngest in baseball history, behind only Eddie Matthews and Alex Rodriguez.  He is a .332/.426/.625 career hitter and has managed at least 30…

  2. AL home run leader Jose Bautista could pull off a first

    Aug 26, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    In major league baseball’s long history, no player with at least 100 plate appearances has ever managed to hit under .260 and slug at least .600. Jose Bautista, though, has a chance to do it this year. With 125 games under his belt, Bautista is batting .258/.374/.597 with 40 homers and 95 RBI. Except for…

  3. Phillies fan says Nyjer Morgan was only being playful in incident that landed him a seven-game suspension

    Aug 26, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    This is interesting. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post received an e-mail from a Phillies fan Thursday who was sitting in the Citizens Bank Park center field stands last week…

  4. Rangers tempted by Manny Ramirez, not by Brad Hawpe

    Aug 26, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Rangers officials told’s T.R. Sullivan that the team is looking at making a run at Manny Ramirez, but that the team isn’t interested in the recently released Brad Hawpe. Hawpe has been mentioned as a possible fit for Texas and San Diego since being let go by Colorado, but the Padres appear to be…

  5. Report: Cubs interview Eric Wedge for managerial spot

    Aug 26, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine reports that Cubs GM Jim Hendry went to Cleveland Thursday for a face-to-face interview with ex-Indians manager Eric Wedge. Wedge, the AL Manager of the Year in 2007, was fired by the Indians following the 2009 season. In seven seasons at the helm of the tribe, he compiled a 561-573 record.…

  6. X-rays negative on Brandon Phillips' hand

    Aug 26, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    X-rays on Brandon Phillips’ injured right hand came back negative Thursday, and he’s expected to be available to play this weekend, according to Scott Miller of CBS Sports. Phillips was injured when he was hit by a Santiago Casilla pitch during the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game. He stayed in to run the bases, but…

  7. Astros sweep four-game series from Phillies, in Philadelphia

    Aug 26, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

    This afternoon Wandy Rodriguez and the Astros completed an unlikely four-game sweep of the Phillies, in Philadelphia. Not only is it the first time the Phillies have been swept in a four-game series at home since 2002–in other words, before they’d even moved into their current ballpark–they came into the series having won 22 of…

  8. Report: Dustin Pedroia is "probably done for the year"

    Aug 26, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    Earlier this week Dustin Pedroia sought a second opinion on his injured foot and now Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that a “major league source” has told him the second baseman is “probably done for the year.” According to Cafardo he’ll spend the next week or two wearing a boot to stabilize the…

  9. Bryce Harper puts on a batting practice show in Washington

    Aug 26, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper is holding his first press conference for the Washington media today, but first he took batting practice before the Nationals-Cardinals game and … well, he hit a whole bunch of homers. Here’s how Gene Wang of the Washington Post described the scene: In front of team executives, agent Scott Boras, players from both…

  10. No, Virginia, I don't believe in jinxes

    Aug 26, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    There, I said it. Phew. This topic is pretty silly to begin with, but since it’s been a relatively slow afternoon news-wise, I thought it was worth discussing. You see, during Tuesday’s near no-hitter by the Rangers, I was accused of being a jinx. Yes, it’s true. That stung a little bit at the time,…

  11. Indians pitching prospect Hector Rondon undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Aug 26, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    Last season Hector Rondon emerged as one of Cleveland’s best pitching prospects by posting a 3.38 ERA and 137/29 K/BB ratio in 146 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, but he followed that up with an 8.53 ERA in 32 innings at Triple-A before being shut down in mid-May and yesterday he underwent Tommy John elbow…

  12. Lance Berkman "is on the phantom disabled list" and "has been healthy for a while"

    Aug 26, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    Chad Jennings of the New York Journal News reports that Lance Berkman will definitely be ready to come off the disabled list when eligible next week and in fact writes that “Berkman has been healthy for a while.” According to Jennings “he could have played this week” and “is on the phantom disabled list so…

  13. Brad Hawpe could sign as soon as today

    Aug 26, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Brad Hawpe could sign with a new club by as soon as today. Hawpe, 31, was designated for assignment last week after batting just .255/.343/.432 with seven home runs, 37 RBI and a 776 OPS in 259 at-bats with the Rockies this season. After passing through release…

  14. Manny Ramirez is out of Dodgers' lineup for day game after night game

    Aug 26, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez is not in the Dodgers’ lineup this afternoon, but it likely has more to do with manager Joe Torre resting him for a day game following a night game than it does his waiver wire status. However, if he doesn’t come off the bench as a pinch-hitter this afternoon there’s a slight chance…

  15. Oliver Perez wants to stay with the Mets. Of course he does!

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    This might be my favorite story of the day, mostly because it makes me incredibly sad. Oliver Perez told Adam Rubin of that he would like to be back with the Mets next season. “I want to be back here. I want to have a championship because I know the fans want it and…

  16. Troy Glaus making transition back to third base in minors

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    Aaron told us earlier this week that Troy Glaus was surprisingly seeing some action at third base while rehabbing a knee injury with Triple-A Gwinnett. His transition back to the hot corner hasn’t gone perfectly. Glaus committed two errors during Tuesday’s game and was nearly charged with another on Wednesday. Still, he told Carroll Rogers…

  17. Triple Crown Watch: Albert Pujols vs. Joey Votto

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Last night Albert Pujols went 0-for-4 in a loss to the Pirates while Joey Votto went 4-for-7 with two homers and four RBIs in a wild extra-inning win over the Giants, so here’s how the Triple Crown picture looks right now: BATTING AVERAGE JOEY VOTTO .326 Carlos Gonzalez .320 ALBERT PUJOLS .319 HOME RUNS ALBERT…

  18. Felix Hernandez becomes fourth-youngest pitcher to record 1,000 strikeouts

    Aug 26, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    Last night Felix Hernandez beat the Red Sox while racking up seven strikeouts in 7.2 innings of two-run ball and in doing so became the fourth-youngest pitcher in baseball history to reach 1,000 career strikeouts. Here are the leaders, according to Elias Sports Bureau: YEAR AGE Bob Feller 1941 22 years, 179 days Bert Blyleven…

  19. Roger Clemens will be arraigned on Monday

    Aug 26, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    According to Teri Thompson of the New York Daily News, Roger Clemens will be arraigned Monday before U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton. The hearing is set for 2 p.m. ET at the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse in downtown Washington, D.C., according to an order released by the court. We have a feeling a few…

  20. Former baseball union boss Donald Fehr on verge of taking over same role in NHL

    Aug 26, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    According to James Mirtle of the Toronto Globe and Mail longtime MLB players’ association executive director Donald Fehr “is on the verge of taking over the troubled NHL players’ association.” Hockey has been without a players’ association boss since Paul Kelly was fired last year and Fehr received an $11 million severance package while stepping…

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