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  1. Bucs fire pitching coach Kerrigan, bench coach Varsho

    Aug 8, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Well, it appears the good vibes that Pedro Alvarez sent into the Pittsburgh air on Saturday night have quickly made their way out of the stratosphere.  The Bucs decided to cut ties with pitching coach Joe Kerrigan and bench coach Gary Varsho early Sunday morning, according to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Kerrigan was…

  2. Pedro Alvarez homers, Pirates win a wild one

    Aug 8, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    The Pirates and their fans are finally getting a taste of a bright future.

  3. Strasburg throws in bullpen, cleared for Tuesday return

    Aug 8, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg passed his final test Saturday and has been cleared to return from the disabled list for a start Tuesday against the Marlins.  He threw a bullpen session under the watch of pitching coach Steve McCatty, and the young phenom reported no pain or discomfort in his throwing arm. Nats manager Jim…

  4. Erik Bedard undergoes shoulder surgery. What's next?

    Aug 7, 2010, 9:52 PM EDT

    Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune passes along word that right-hander Erik Bedard has, as expected, undergone season-ending surgery on his shoulder.  The procedure was performed by Mariners surgeon Dr. Edward Khalfayan and assisted by Dr. Lewis Yocum.  It was deemed a success. “I feel good,” Bedard said.”It’s good to get it over with.…

  5. Reds' Drew Stubbs busts out of 1-for-37 slump

    Aug 7, 2010, 8:44 PM EDT

    Reds outfielder Drew Stubbs broke out of a massive 1-for-37 slump on Saturday to lead the Reds past the Cubs.  He finished with a single, a double and a home run, collecting two RBI and scoring two runs of his own in the 4-3 victory at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. Stubbs, 25, got off to a…

  6. UPDATE: Torii Hunter handed four-game suspension

    Aug 7, 2010, 7:39 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times, Hunter originally intended to appeal the suspension, however he changed his mind after conferring with his agent, Angels manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Tony Reagins. “The more you think about it, the more you watch it, that’s not me and I really let that…

  7. Rangers fielding interest in Chris Davis

    Aug 7, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    T.R. Sullivan of reports that the Rangers are “getting much trade interest” in Chris Davis. Davis was sent back to the minors late last month and has a meager .188/.265/.267 batting line with zero homers in 101 major league at-bats this season, however the 24-year-old first baseman is batting .355/.409/.552 with 10 homers and…

  8. Jeff Niemann scratched with shoulder soreness

    Aug 7, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    Way to kick the Rays when they are down, baseball gods. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Jeff Niemann was scratched from Sunday’s start against the Blue Jays due to shoulder soreness. Andy Sonnanstine will be activated from the disabled list to start in his place. Niemann is only expected to miss…

  9. Lots of history in today's Rays-Blue Jays game

    Aug 7, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Some good, some bad. I’m gonna throw you for a loop and start with the bad. James Shields tied a modern day major league record by giving up six home runs in this afternoon’s 17-11 loss to the Blue Jays. Shields is the eighth pitcher since 1920 to do it and the first since R.A.…

  10. UPDATE: X-rays negative on A-Rod, Joe Buck takes responsibility

    Aug 7, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    UPDATE: For those not watching FOX’s telecast of the Red Sox-Yankees game, A-Rod was hit by the line drive during BP after being “distracted” by Joe Buck. Can’t make this stuff up. The good news, at least for Yankees fans, is that the X-rays came back negative and Rodriguez is listed as day-to-day. 2:41 PM:…

  11. Andrew Bailey isn't close to returning from the disabled list

    Aug 7, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey was eligible to return from the disabled list Friday, however he told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that doctors estimated that his right intercostal strain is a 4-6 week injury. In other words, we could be looking at another 10 days to two weeks before he returns. According to Jane Lee…

  12. Adam LaRoche is being himself

    Aug 7, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    He’s a few weeks later we’re used to, but Adam LaRoche is finally realizing this is the second half of the season. LaRoche went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a 2-1 win over the Padres on Friday night and is now batting .418 (13-for-27) with four home runs and eight RBI over his…

  13. Javier Vazquez has a dead arm

    Aug 7, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland told Andrew Marchand of that Javier Vazquez is dealing with a dead arm. Vazquez struggled in Friday’s loss to the Red Sox, allowing six runs — three earned — while walking four and allowing two home runs. After the game, Yankees manager Joe Girardi expressed concern in the right-hander’s…

  14. UPDATE: Jacoby Ellsbury out of the starting lineup Saturday

    Aug 7, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe, Ellsbury’s absence from the lineup today has nothing to do with last night’s catch. “The only fallout (from last night’s catch) is he might’ve had a little grass in his teeth,” Terry Francona told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald. Conspiracy theories are fun, we have…

  15. Red Sox sign Carlos Delgado to minor league contract

    Aug 7, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Red Sox have signed free agent first baseman Carlos Delgado to a minor league contract. As a condition of the agreement, the veteran slugger must be in the major leagues by September 1 or he can become a free agent. He’ll receive a pro-rated portion of a $3…

  16. Mets cut ties with Alex Cora

    Aug 7, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Mets have released Alex Cora in order to make room for Ruben Tejada. The Mets also optioned outfielder Jesus Feliciano to the minor leagues, clearing the way for Fernando Martinez to join the active roster, according to Adam Rubin of Cora, 34, is batting just .207/.265/.278 with…

  17. Cliff Lee is still ridiculous

    Aug 7, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    You know, just in case you had any doubts. Cliff Lee earned the 100th victory of his career Friday night, tossing eight innings of one-run ball in a 5-1 win over the Athletics. The left-hander is 2-2 with a 2.63 ERA over his first six starts since joining Texas. While that’s pretty impressive on its…

  18. UPDATE: Fernando Martinez and Ruben Tejada called up, not traded

    Aug 7, 2010, 11:37 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Enrique Rojas of reports that the Mets have summoned Fernando Martinez and Ruben Tejada from Triple-A Buffalo, as alluded to earlier. No word yet on what the corresponding roster moves will be. 9:19 AM: A source tells Ken Rosenthal of that neither Fernando Martinez or Ruben Tejada were placed on waivers, and…

  19. The Orioles are 4-0 under Buck Showalter

    Aug 7, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

    That easy, huh? Fresh off a three-game sweep of the Angels, the Orioles won in walkoff fashion for the second consecutive night Friday, defeating the White Sox 2-1 in 10 innings. Adam Jones played hero this time, delivering an RBI single to secure the victory. New skipper Buck Showalter is 4-0 to begin his tenure…

  20. Aroldis Chapman isn't on his way from the minors yet

    Aug 7, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    Just yesterday, Reds manager Dusty Baker raised the possibility that Aroldis Chapman would get called up to the big leagues if Russ Springer required a DL stint for a hip injury. Springer was placed on the disabled list today, however Carlos Fisher was the one who got the call from the minors, not Chapman, according…

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