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  1. Mike Trout is first rookie with 25 HR, 40 SB

    Aug 29, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    In going deep again Tuesday night, Mike Trout became the 33rd player ever and first rookie to hit 25 homers and steal 40 bases in a season. Trout, who just turned 21 this month, is also the youngest to accomplish the feat. Trout is one of 10 players with 25 HR-40 SB seasons since 2000: Vladimir Guerrero…

  2. Cubs finalize $60 million extension with Starlin Castro

    Aug 28, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro

    Making official what was first reported two weeks ago, the Cubs have finalized a seven-year, $60 million contract extension with shortstop Starlin Castro that includes a team option for 2020. Castro is making the minimum salary this season and would have been arbitration eligible for the first time next year. And as a “Super Two”…

  3. Starlin Castro’s extension with the Cubs could be announced Tuesday

    Aug 27, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro Getty

    Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com reported last weekend that the Cubs and Starlin Castro had reached an agreement on a long-term contract extension, but we’re still waiting on an official announcement. That should change soon. According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, the deal could be announced as soon as tomorrow. Castro’s agent, Paul Kinzer, was…

  4. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 27, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    I looked at the schedule as I sat down to write this and noted that, even including the postponed game, there were only 14 games yesterday. Rays-A’s played Thursday-Saturday, leaving yesterday off to avoid conflicts with the Republican National Convention. Guess you couldn’t expect the RNC to compromise, so … Anyway, it was weird and…

  5. Chris Volstad earns first win since July 2011

    Aug 26, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

    Chris Volstad

    Chris Volstad snapped a 14-game losing streak that extended back more than a year by throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings in the Cubs’ 5-0, rain-shortened win over the Rockies on Sunday. The game was delayed and then called prior to the top of the ninth. Volstad was 0-9 in 13 starts for the Cubs this…

  6. Padres expected to call up top prospect Casey Kelly to start Monday

    Aug 25, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Casey Kelly

    Here’s an interesting note as we wait for the mega-deal between the Red Sox and Dodgers to become official. According to Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres are expected to call up prospect right-hander Casey Kelly to make his major league debut Monday against the Braves at PETCO Park. Of course, Kelly…

  7. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 22, 2012, 6:13 AM EDT

    Nationals' Strasburg pitches in the rain during the second inning of their MLB game against Braves in Washington

    Nationals 4, Braves 1: I have been arguing against a Stephen Strasburg shutdown for a while now, but allow me to say that if those dudes are really gonna do that, I wish they would have done it before last night. Strasburg struck out ten in six innings, allowing a single run and winning his…

  8. Cubs confirm that Matt Garza is done for the season

    Aug 21, 2012, 9:28 PM EDT

    matt garza getty

    Cubs skipper Dale Sveum told reporters early last week that “it’s going to be tough” for right-hander Matt Garza to return this season from a stress reaction in his pitching elbow. Sveum was right. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com heard this evening that Garza is officially “done” for the rest of the season. Not because he had…

  9. Johnny Cueto bests Cubs for NL-leading 16th win

    Aug 18, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto Getty

    Johnny Cueto continued to bolster his case for the National League Cy Young award this afternoon against the Cubs, giving up two runs over eight innings as part of a 5-3 victory in the first game of a doubleheader. Cueto is now the National League’s first 16-game winner. David Price of the Rays got there…

  10. Report: Cubs and Starlin Castro agree to seven-year, $60 million extension

    Aug 18, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

    starlin castro getty

    UPDATE: David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com hears that the deal is very close, but isn’t finalized yet. 3:22 PM: We’ve heard reports over the past couple of days that the Cubs and Starlin Castro were close to agreeing on a long-term contract extension. The deal is now in place. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com, the…

  11. Ryan Dempster to return from restricted list Monday

    Aug 18, 2012, 2:05 PM EDT

    Getty Ryan Dempster

    Ryan Dempster was placed on the restricted list yesterday after leaving the team for personal reasons, but it turns out that he will not require an extended absence. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Dempster will return to start Monday against the Orioles. Roy Oswalt, who was banished to the bullpen last…

  12. Cubs nearing long-term extension with Starlin Castro

    Aug 17, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    castro getty

    7:00 p.m. EDT update: FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal believes a Starlin Castro extension could be announced early next week or sooner. It’d be a six- or seven-year contract with a club option that would buy out an extra year of free agency. As is, Castro will be eligible for FA after 2016. /// David Kaplan of…

  13. Ryan Dempster to miss next start due to personal reasons

    Aug 17, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    The Rangers just announced that Ryan Dempster will miss his scheduled Saturday start against the Blue Jays because of undisclosed “personal reasons.” Roy Oswalt will take his place, starting for the first time since July 30. Dempster has been awful since coming to the Rangers in a trade from the Cubs, allowing 19 runs in…

  14. This isn’t the time for Cubs to commit to Starlin Castro

    Aug 17, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro

    Word came down from CSNChicago.com’s David Kaplan last night that the Cubs were working on a long-term deal with Starlin Castro said to be for six years or more. A six-year extension running from 2013-18 would buy out all of Castro’s arbitration seasons and his first two-years of free agency. One would imagine it’d come…

  15. Kris Medlen hurls shutout in fourth start for Braves

    Aug 16, 2012, 11:19 PM EDT

    Kris Medlen

    Kris Medlen was so impressive while filling in for Tommy Hanson that the Braves had already decided to go to a six-man rotation in anticipation of Hanson’s return this week. Tonight he ensured that someone else is going to the pen if they opt to return to five starters next month. Making his fourth start…

  16. Mariners fans will always have King Felix’s perfect game

    Aug 15, 2012, 7:12 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    Cherish Wednesday’s perfect game, Mariners fans, and enjoy King Felix’s Seattle tenure while it lasts. Let’s face it: there’s a good chance Felix Hernandez will end his Mariners career never having won a postseason game. The Mariners are set to finish in last place in the AL West for a third straight season and for…

  17. Alfonso Soriano isn’t interested in replacing Melky Cabrera

    Aug 15, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    Alfonso Soriano made it known before the trade deadline that he wasn’t interested in a trade to the Giants. Asked again today about the possibility of a move to San Francisco in light of Melky Cabrera‘s regular season-ending suspension, Soriano replied “I don’t think so,” CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports. Soriano has cleared waivers, just…

  18. Giants probably not a playoff team without Melky Cabrera

    Aug 15, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    With Melky Cabrera done for at least the rest of the regular season after testing positive for enhanced testosterone levels, the Giants may well fall short of the playoffs this year. Though perhaps that’s for the best, given that the cheater is a big reason they’re tied for the NL West lead at the moment. Cabrera…

  19. The Cubs don’t need no stinkin’ Baseball Information

    Aug 15, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein, Kenny Williams

    The Cubs restructured their front office a bit on Wednesday, with the departure of Vice President of Player Personnel Oneri Fleita drawing the headlines. That’s undoubtedly the biggest change, given that Fleita brought both Starlin Castro and Carlos Marmol into the organization. Still, what I found especially interesting was that they dropped both their Manager…

  20. The Cubs are watching Jeff Samardzija’s workload

    Aug 15, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    Jeff Samardzija has had his ups and downs this year, but on the whole his conversion into a starting pitcher has been a nice one for the Cubs. He’s shown he can do the job and looks to be an important part of the rotation for 2013. But his time in the rotation in 2012…

  21. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 15, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Yankees Kuroda pitches to Rangers in MLB game in New York

    It was shutout Tuesday, apparently. Let’s tally the goose eggs: Yankees 3, Rangers 0: Hiroki Kuroda with the two-hit shutout. He was masterful, but man, there were a lot of ill-advised Texas swings in the parts of this one I watched. Either Kuroda had them more fooled than someone on the foolingest day of his life…

  22. So, Jeremy Guthrie was July’s top pitching acquisition

    Aug 14, 2012, 11:27 PM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    So far among AL starters anyway. Jeremy Guthrie couldn’t solve Coors Field, but he appears to have found his comfort zone in Kansas City. The veteran right-hander backed up his eight shutout-inning performance against the White Sox last week with seven more scoreless innings Tuesday in a victory over the A’s. Guthrie allowed just three…

  23. Dale Sveum would be “surprised” if Matt Garza returns this season

    Aug 14, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT

    Matt Garza AP

    It’s beginning to look more and more likely that Matt Garza will begin next season as a member of the Cubs. Garza is still in shut-down mode due to a stress reaction in his right elbow. While he’s still hopeful of returning this year, David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com notes that Cubs manager Dale Sveum expressed…

  24. Blue Jays sign Yorvit Torrealba to minor league contract

    Aug 14, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

    Yorvit Torrealba Getty

    As first hinted by Drew Davison of the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram earlier this afternoon, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that the Blue Jays have signed veteran catcher Yorvit Torrealba to a minor league contract. Torrealba batted just .236/.302/.342 with three home runs, 12 RBI and a .643 OPS in 182 plate appearances with the Rangers this…

  25. Matt Diaz to undergo season-ending thumb surgery

    Aug 14, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Matt Diaz running

    Matt Diaz has been on the disabled list since mid-July with a right thumb injury and the Braves announced that the veteran outfielder will undergo season-ending surgery. Diaz told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that “we’ve given it pretty much every way to rest possible” before deciding on surgery, which carries a two-month…

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