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  1. Nationals place newly acquired outfielder David DeJesus on waivers

    Aug 19, 2013, 11:48 PM EDT

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    Well, this is strange. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Nationals “almost immediately” placed outfielder David DeJesus on revocable waivers after they acquired him from the Cubs this afternoon. Some have speculated that the waiver claim was a mistake, but that seems highly unlikely since a trade was agreed upon and DeJesus wasn’t simply…

  2. Angels place Erick Aybar and Jason Vargas on waivers

    Aug 19, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

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    We saw one waiver trade earlier today, with the Cubs sending outfielder David DeJesus to the Nationals for a player to be named later, but there could be more wheeling and dealing in the days ahead. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Angels have placed shortstop Erick Aybar and left-hander Jason Vargas on revocable…

  3. Nationals acquire David DeJesus from Cubs, release Roger Bernadina

    Aug 19, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that the Nationals have acquired outfielder David DeJesus from the Cubs for a player to be named later. Washington is 60-63 and 9.5 games out of a playoff spot, so the pickup obviously isn’t for this season. DeJesus’ contract includes a $6.5 million team option (or $1.5 million buyout) for…

  4. Starlin Castro back in Cubs’ lineup Sunday after Saturday benching for botched sac fly

    Aug 18, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

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    Cubs manager Dale Sveum pulled Starlin Castro from Saturday’s 4-0 loss to the rival Cardinals after the shortstop took a lackadaisical approach to a fifth-inning infield fly, allowing a run to score. But Castro is back in action for Sunday’s series finale and Sveum is ready to put the incident behind him. “The way I…

  5. Starlin Castro pulled after his mental error allows a run to score

    Aug 17, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro

    Cubs manager Dale Sveum decided to remove shortstop Starlin Castro from the game after he forgot the number of outs in the top of the fifth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Matt Carpenter hit a lazy fly ball to shallow left field where Castro ran it down. As he casually slowed down,…

  6. Rosenthal: Dan Haren, Erik Bedard, Brendan Ryan and Matt Lindstrom have cleared waivers

    Aug 14, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

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    Loads of baseball players are passed through waivers every August and we only wind up with a handful of acutal waiver trades, but here’s the word anyway from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal: Cleared waivers, can be traded to any team: #Nationals’ Haren, #Astros’ Bedard, #WhiteSox’s Lindstrom, #Cubs’ Guerrier, #Mariners’ Ryan. 1/2 — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal)…

  7. Matt Guerrier facing 6-8 month recovery for elbow injury

    Aug 14, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Chicago Cubs

    Matt Guerrier is seeking a second opinion after being diagnosed with a torn flexor muscle in his right forearm, according to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago. Guerrier briefly pitched well for the Cubs after coming over from the Dodgers in the Carlos Marmol contract dump, but was shut down with elbow problems and placed on…

  8. A time to be young

    Aug 14, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    I didn’t realize it at the time, but the late 1970s was an amazing time for young baseball players. I’m arbitrarily choosing 23-and-younger as “young” — but with that age in mind, the late 1970s gave us Hall of Famers Eddie Murray, Andre Dawson, Paul Molitor, Gary Carter, Robin Yount, Ozzie Smith and some pretty…

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

    Aug 14, 2013, 6:52 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Diamondbacks 4, Orioles 3: Paul Goldschmidt homered to tie it in the ninth, homered to win it in the 11th. It’s perhaps too late for this, but memo to Buck Showalter: maybe don’t pitch to Paul Goldschmidt. Two walkoff wins in a row for the Dbacks. Their ninth walkoff win of the year. Yankees 14,…

  10. Milestone man Alfonso Soriano homers twice, knocks in six

    Aug 13, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    A day after homering to collect his 2,000th career hit, Alfonso Soriano homered twice and drove in six runs in the Yankees’ 14-7 win over the Angels on Tuesday, giving him 1,100 career RBI. Soriano got to 1,100 RBI just six days after reaching 1,100 runs scored. Next up on the list for him is…

  11. J.J. Hardy: the best shortstop in baseball?

    Aug 13, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

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    I didn’t see this, but reliable correspondents tell me that Billy Ripken was on MLB Network a few minutes ago and said that J.J. Hardy was the best shortstop in baseball. The general idea was that he was reliable and played every day and “started the 6-4-3 double play.” Which, man, if he didn’t do…

  12. Matt Harrison won’t return from back surgery this season

    Aug 13, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    Matt Harrison

    Matt Harrison hasn’t pitched since April 6 because of back problems that required two surgeries and the Rangers announced that he’s been shut down for the remainder of the season. Harrison was a huge part of Texas’ success during the past two seasons, throwing 400 innings with a 3.34 ERA to emerge as one of…

  13. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 13, 2013, 6:42 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Minnesota Twins

    Twins 3, Indians 0: In only his second major league start Andrew Albers spins a two-hit shutout on a mere 102 pitches. This goes with his eight shutout innings in his first start. As a person who has been writing about baseball professionally for nearly four years, I can tell you with absolute certainty and…

  14. Let us praise Alfonso Soriano on the occasion of his 2000th career hit

    Aug 12, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

    New York Yankees' Soriano follows through on solo home run off of Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Verlander during fourth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in New York

    Alfonso Soriano notched his 2000th career hit yesterday, and he did it in grand fashion: a home run.  His first career hit, by the way, was also a home run. If he got hit by a bus tomorrow that’d be a pretty spiffy set of bookends. Of course it would pale to how horrified we’d…

  15. Yankees win, A-Rod disappoints in home debut

    Aug 10, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-4 in his season debut at Yankee Stadium and closer Mariano Rivera blew his second save in a row, but the Yankees won anyway thanks to a Brett Gardner walk-off single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th. In the bottom of the first, Rodriguez strode…

  16. David DeJesus is batting cleanup for the first time

    Aug 9, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    David DeJesus has compiled 5,164 plate appearances over his 11-year career, but tonight will mark the first time he will bat clean-up as a starting player. He hit clean-up once before, on April 29, 2004 when he replaced Matt Stairs — and struck out — in the ninth inning of a 9-7 loss to the…

  17. Ruben Amaro really liked Delmon Young

    Aug 9, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Delmon Young

    Delmon Young was one of the easiest players to dislike in recent Philadelphia sports history. He had a memorable off-the-field incident involving alcohol and anti-Semitic remarks last year, he required weight clauses in his contract as incentive to stay in shape, he has been quite the unproductive player, and his arrival in Philadelphia was a…

  18. Cubs place Matt Guerrier on 60-day DL with elbow injury

    Aug 8, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Chicago Cubs

    Chicago got Matt Guerrier back in the Carlos Marmol contract dump, but for a second straight season the veteran reliever is being shut down with elbow problems. Guerrier has been placed on the 60-day disabled list, which means he won’t be eligible to pitch again this season and will hit the open market as a…

  19. Dioner Navarro only has a bruise after his collision with Chase Utley

    Aug 8, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

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    It looked scary and he had to go to the hospital for X-rays, but Dioner can consider himself lucky: Dioner Navarro‘s x-rays were negative. It is being treated as a contusion (bruise). — Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) August 8, 2013   Following up on all of that, Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com asked Cubs players and manager Dale…

  20. Chase Utley sends Dioner Navarro to the hospital

    Aug 7, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

    Utley collision

    Chase Utley celebrated his new contract tonight by barreling over Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro in a collision at home plate, resulting in an out for the Phillies and a trip to the hospital with at least a leg injury for Navarro. Here’s the GIF of the collision from our own Bill Baer: Utley made as…

  21. Colby Lewis out for the season following hip surgery

    Aug 6, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Colby Lewis was on the verge of rejoining the Rangers after a year-long recovery from elbow surgery, but now he needs hip surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. General manager Jon Daniels announced that Lewis will have surgery to remove bone spurs from his right hip and won’t be able to resume…

  22. Yankees bat Alex Rodriguez fourth in 2013 debut

    Aug 5, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Is this the Yankees’ way of telling Alex Rodriguez to put up or shut up? They have their 38-year-old former MVP batting cleanup Monday against the White Sox in his 2013 debut. It’s A-Rod’s first start for the Yankees since Game 2 of last year’s ALCS against the Tigers. Playing on a bad hip that…

  23. Dontrelle Willis joins the Angels on a Minor League deal

    Aug 4, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez with the news: D-Train coming to Anaheim? #Angels have agreed to terms on a Minor League deal with Dontrelle Willis, who will report to Triple-A Salt Lake. — Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) August 4, 2013 Willis last pitched in the Majors in 2011 with the Reds, posting a 5.00 ERA in 73.2 innings…

  24. Hanley Ramirez injures shoulder on foul ball catch attempt

    Aug 4, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez had to leave this afternoon’s match against the Cubs after falling into the Wrigley Field stands attempting to catch a David DeJesus pop-up. Ramirez ranged to his right near the bullpen and snagged the ball before his momentum took him into the front row over the brick wall. He left with…

  25. Matt Garza apologizes for Twitter rant

    Aug 4, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

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    Rangers starter Matt Garza tweeted a couple of misogynistic things to Kaycee Sogard — the wife of A’s infielder Eric Sogard — on Saturday night after she came to her husband’s defense when the two players exchanged words following a successful seventh-inning squeeze bunt. The A’s laid down four bunts in that 4-2 victory, clearly…

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