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  1. Report: Braves on verge of acquiring Derrek Lee from Cubs

    Aug 18, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    According to David Kaplan of the Braves are close to trading for Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee, who will reportedly agree to the move despite using his no-trade rights to turn down a proposal to join the Angels last month. Whereas the Angels were hovering around .500 and barely clinging to contention at the…

  2. Decision to let Jim Thome go may cost White Sox the division

    Aug 18, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    This offseason the White Sox chose not to re-sign Jim Thome in large part because manager Ozzie Guillen urged general manager Ken Williams to let him go, saying he preferred to cycle various players through the designated hitter spot and make the lineup less homer dependent. Thome signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the…

  3. Gregg Doyel won't let facts get in the way of a good rant

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    CBS’s Gregg Doyel has never been one for subtlety, but in his latest column — in which he rips the MLBPA for having the audacity to defend one of its members — he shows his contempt for facts, reason and perspective as well: The MLB players union has gone too far. Finally, inarguably, the…

  4. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen's coping mechanism

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    Jim Thome — the man Ozzie Guillen didn’t want back — hit a big time walkoff home run to beat the Sox last night. What did Ozzie do afterward?

  5. Mike Cameron is done for the year

    Aug 18, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron has been on the disabled list since August 2nd, and based on his comments last night, he’s not coming off for the rest of the season: “We’re in a position now where we need all of the healthy — physically and mentally — guys possible playing in the field. Me trying to play…

  6. The Mets attempt to make K-Rod's contract non-guaranteed is a dumb P.R. game

    Aug 18, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    The Mets putting K-Rod on the disqualified list yesterday was a tough but defensible move. I think the union will fight it because, in essence, the Mets are punishing K-Rod twice for the same conduct, but it’s at least possible that it will stick. The Mets declaration that K-Rod’s contract is non-guaranteed going forward, however,…

  7. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 18, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT

    Five shutouts this Tuesday night, and a big walkoff blast from Jim Thome.

  8. Tim Lincecum, a man of the people

    Aug 18, 2010, 2:17 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum has had a rough season. At least for him. His fastball velocity is down, his mechanics are out of sorts, and he’s thinking a little bit too much, which is only hurting the ballclub. But on Tuesday in Philadelphia he didn’t let his on-field issues affect his attitude, going to great lengths to…

  9. Dodgers are paying rent on property they own

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:46 AM EDT

    We know everyone is crabby over in Dodgerland. Reading this story from the Los Angeles Times isn’t going to make anyone happier. The Dodgers have talked about creative ways their Chavez Ravine property could generate revenue for ownership. One such deal, a head-scratcher, is already in place: The team has been charging itself rent —…

  10. Report: Jacoby Ellsbury "probably" done for the year with fractured rib

    Aug 17, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

    An industry source tells Gordon Edes of that Jacoby Ellsbury suffered another fractured rib and is “probably” done for the rest of the season. The speedy center fielder was examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Ellsbury, who just returned from the disabled list on August 4, suffered the fracture stumbling…

  11. UPDATE: Mets place Francisco Rodriguez on disqualified list

    Aug 17, 2010, 8:59 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Adam Rubin of, Players Association executive director Michael Weiner confirms that the player’s union will contest the Mets’ decision. 7:34 PM: The Mets placed Francisco Rodriguez on the disqualified list, according to Adam Rubin of, making his contract non-guaranteed. Rodriguez won’t be paid while on the list, which at least…

  12. With injuries taking toll, Rangers add Alex Cora

    Aug 17, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

    Having lost both Ian Kinsler and Cristian Guzman to the disabled list, the Rangers added some infield depth Tuesday by signing Alex Cora to a minor league contract. Cora was released by the Mets earlier this month after hitting .207/.265/.278 in 169 at-bats. Had he played in 18 more games for the Mets, he would…

  13. Andy Pettitte slated for MRI on strained groin

    Aug 17, 2010, 7:58 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte felt discomfort during a bullpen session Tuesday and will undergo an MRI on the strained left groin that’s had him on the DL for almost a month. Pettitte finished his 40-pitch session at Yankee Stadium, but he admitted afterwards that he still wasn’t quite right. “I’m feeling good. I’m feeling better,” he said.…

  14. Milton Bradley undergoes knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks

    Aug 17, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Milton Bradley’s season and maybe his terribly disappointing Mariners career could be over after he underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee Tuesday. Bradley hadn’t played for the Mariners since July 26. If he had undergone surgery right away, perhaps he would have been ready to return right around Sept. 1. However,…

  15. Nationals outfielder Josh Willingham likely done for year

    Aug 17, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    According to his agent, Josh Willingham will undergo surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee next week and miss the rest of the season. Manager Jim Riggleman said before Tuesday’s game that Willingham could be available to pinch-hit tonight, suggesting that he might yet see a little action prior to undergoing surgery, but it…

  16. Source: Mets won't try to void K-Rod's deal, will attempt to avoid payment for 2010

    Aug 17, 2010, 6:21 PM EDT

    I just heard that the Mets have decided that they (a) will not attempt to void Francisco Rodriguez’s deal as a result of his little fracas with his girlfriend’s father, but they will (b) attempt to avoid paying him the balance of his 2010 salary as a result of him suffering a non-baseball-related injury. The…

  17. Firing up the Hot Stove: Relievers

    Aug 17, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    This is the second article in an eight-part series examining this winter’s free agents and looking at potential trade candidates and non-tenders. I’m also predicting contracts and destinations for the major free agents, but given that it’s August, those are to be taken with a grain of salt. Relief Pitchers Mariano Rivera (Yankees) – Even…

  18. Carlos Guillen out of tonight's lineup after MRI exam on knee

    Aug 17, 2010, 5:47 PM EDT

    Carlos Guillen injured his left knee turning the game-ending double play against the Yankees last night and initially thought it wasn’t particularly serious, but now he’s out of tonight’s lineup and after undergoing an MRI exam today. I was fine. Everything was normal. But this morning, when I woke up, I felt a little bit…

  19. Quote of the Day: the Dodgers and their fans are crabby

    Aug 17, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    It’s been a pretty bad year for the Dodgers, both on the field and off. Sometimes, though, that’s just how baseball goes, ya know?

  20. Kevin Youkilis still hopes to play in the playoffs

    Aug 17, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    That’s what he was telling people in the Sox’ clubhouse a few minutes ago. Only two things wrong with that of course: (1) the doctors haven’t said that he could (and have previously said it’s extremely likely that he couldn’t); and (2) the Red Sox right now have a hell of a lot of work…

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