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  1. 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…

  2. The Pirates could send James McDonald to the bullpen

    Aug 14, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

    James McDonald AP

    After James McDonald was knocked around for seven runs over 4 2/3 innings against the Padres last Friday, I speculated that the Pirates could move him to the bullpen while giving Kevin Correia another extended look in the starting rotation. It appears that is exactly what is being considered right now. According to Rob Biertempfel…

  3. Astros demote RBI leader J.D. Martinez to minors

    Aug 10, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    J.D. Martinez

    I’m not much for evaluating hitters based on RBI totals, but it’s still interesting that the struggling Astros have demoted their RBI leader, J.D. Martinez, to Triple-A after he was their starting left fielder for the first two-thirds of the season. Martinez has a team-high 54 RBIs in 102 games, although that a) isn’t all…

  4. Francisco Cordero diagnosed with sprained ligament in toe

    Aug 8, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

    francisco cordero getty

    Francisco Cordero‘s nightmare season may be coming to an end courtesy of another nightmare. According to MLB.com beat writer Brian McTaggart, the right-hander has been diagnosed with a sprained ligament in a toe on his right foot and will be in a protective walking boot for the foreseeable future. Cordero has been on the disabled list since…

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

    Aug 8, 2012, 6:14 AM EDT

    Rockford Files

    Tigers 6, Yankees 5: Miguel Cabrera homered for the third straight game. The dude is good. The Tigers have won six straight and, with the White Sox loss, pull to within a half game. Speaking of the Tigers, I found out last night that one of the people I hung out with at Comerica Park…

  6. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Aug 4, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman Getty

    The big series of the weekend kicked off last night in Cincinnati, as the Reds blanked the second-place Pirates by the score of 3-0 in front of a sellout crowd of 40,829 at Great American Ballpark. Mat Latos was dominant in the victory, allowing just four hits (all singles) over 7 1/3 shutout innings while…

  7. CoCo goes on DL with a bad toe-toe

    Aug 3, 2012, 7:21 PM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    It was painfully obvious that Francisco Cordero‘s toe was killing him while he was getting lit up in four of his six appearances for the Astros. Or at least, that’s what the team is going to tell anyone who asks. Cordero was placed on the disabled list Friday after taking three blown saves and three…

  8. Surging Diamondbacks sweep Dodgers in Los Angeles

    Aug 1, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

    Patrick Corbin

    The Dodgers remade their lineup Wednesday to fit in new arrival Shane Victorino, but it led to just two hits — one off the bat of starter Stephen Fife — as the Diamondbacks won 4-0 to complete a three-game sweep in Los Angeles. Manager Don Mattingly, too often limited to one or two quality hitters…

  9. Winners and losers at the trade deadline

    Jul 31, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Rangers celebrate

    One person’s thoughts on who made out best and worst at the trade deadline. Winners Texas Rangers: GM Jon Daniels wasn’t interested in parting with third baseman Mike Olt, much less shortstop Jurickson Profar, in order to counter the Angels’ Zack Greinke pickup, but he was able to keep his best prospects and land Ryan…

  10. HBT’s Trade Deadline Tracker

    Jul 31, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Lets make a deal

    The 2012 non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone. Here’s your summary of who went where and for whom: 7/31/12: The Indians Acquire 1B Lars Anderson from the Red Sox for RHP Steven Wright. Quick Take: Anderson is a once-promising slugger who has seemingly run out of gas on his third time through Triple-A. Wright…

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

    Jul 31, 2012, 6:21 AM EDT

    Kendrys Morales, Albert Pujols

    Angels 15, Rangers 8: Kendrys Morales hit homers from each side of the plate in the sixth inning — one of which was a grand slam — and drove in six runs overall as the Angels make mincemeat out of the Rangers. Roy Oswalt got tattooed. Between that, Cliff Lee trade rumors and Roy Halladay‘s…

  12. Diamondbacks designate Lyle Overbay for assignment

    Jul 30, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

    Lyle Overbay Getty

    According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks have designated veteran first baseman Lyle Overbay for assignment. The move clears a roster spot for third baseman Chris Johnson, who was acquired from the Astros yesterday. Overbay, 35, is batting .292/.367/.448 with two home runs, 10 RBI and an .815 OPS over 110 plate…

  13. Kevin Correia asks the Pirates to trade him

    Jul 30, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Demoted to the bullpen last week so that Wandy Rodriguez could take his spot in the rotation, Kevin Correia has asked the Pirates to trade him. “I want to start,” Correia told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. “For that to happen, I’ll have to go someplace else.” He then went out and allowed…

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

    Jul 30, 2012, 6:06 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Braves 6, Phillies 2: Pretty good day for me yesterday. I took Mookie and Carlo to an amusement park and the Braves swept the Phillies. All I needed as a nice steak or something to cap the day and it would have been perfection.  Only the Astros, Rockies and Cubs have a bigger division deficit than the…

  15. Pirates interested in Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo

    Jul 29, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    shin-soo choo getty

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported last week that the Indians are listening to offers on outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who’ll be entering his final year of arbitration in 2013 before hitting free agency leading into 2014. And now the Tribe might have a legitimate suitor. According to beat writer Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pirates…

  16. D’Backs acquire third baseman Chris Johnson from Astros

    Jul 29, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    chris johnson ap

    From MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart comes word that the Astros have acquired offensive prospects Bobby Borchering and Marc Krauss from the Diamondbacks for third baseman Chris Johnson. At first glance, it’s another crafty deal for Astros GM Jeff Luhnow. Johnson had a nice showing in his first real chunk of major league playing time back in 2010,…

  17. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 29, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    wandy rodriguez pirates getty

    Wandy Rodriguez made his debut for the Pirates on Saturday evening in Houston, against his light-hitting former team. The results were decent enough. Rodriguez surrendered three earned runs on six hits, fanning five Astros batters but issuing five walks. Only 57 of his 103 pitches were strikes. We’ll chalk some of the control issues up to…

  18. Armando Galarraga is back in the majors

    Jul 27, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Joyce Galarraga shaking hands

    Armando Galarraga has struggled since forever being linked with umpire Jim Joyce during his “imperfect game” on June 2, 2010, spending most of last season and all of this season at Triple-A. But now he’s headed back to the big leagues, as the Astros announced that they’ll call up Galarraga to start Saturday against the…

  19. Wandy Rodriguez bumps Kevin Correia to Pirates’ bullpen

    Jul 26, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Wandy Rodriguez will make his Pirates debut Saturday and adding to the drama is that he’ll be facing his former Astros teammates, in Houston. Rodriguez’s arrival caused the Pirates to bump someone from the rotation and Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that Kevin Correia has been demoted to the bullpen despite being…

  20. Francisco Cordero hasn’t made a very good first impression in Houston

    Jul 26, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Houston Astros

    Francisco Cordero went from Toronto to Houston as part of last week’s 10-player swap and the Astros, having traded closer Brett Myers and setup man Brandon Lyon, installed Cordero as their new closer. To absolutely no one’s surprise, it hasn’t worked out very well. Cordero was terrible for the Blue Jays, throwing 34 innings with…

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

    Jul 25, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Actor Sherman Hemsley dies at age 74 portrayed George Jefferson

    Holy moley, an awful lot of big news happened overnight. Ramirez a Dodger? Cole Hamels almost remaining with Philly? There were even some games! Athletics 7, Blue Jays 2: The A’s are streaking. That’s six in a row. Derek Norris hit a two-run homer and Yoenis Cespedes drove in three with a single. The A’s success at…

  22. Pirates acquire Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez

    Jul 24, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    wandy rodriguez ap

    It’s not quite a done deal yet, but MLB.com’s Tom Singer brings word that the Pirates are “focusing their quest for pitching help” on Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez and have “pulled the plug on other prospective deals” at the moment in order to concentrate on executing this one potential swap. Rodriguez has posted a 3.79 ERA,…

  23. The Astros’ new closer is Francisco Cordero

    Jul 21, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

    francisco cordero getty

    Veteran right-hander Francisco Cordero was unable to land a ninth-inning gig this past offseason and instead settled for a setup job and a one-year, $4.5 million free agent contract with the Blue Jays. But he was traded to the Astros as part of Friday morning’s two-team, 10-player swap and has now stumbled back into his…

  24. White Sox acquire Brett Myers from Astros

    Jul 21, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

    Brett Myers Getty

    After completing a 10-player deal with the Blue Jays yesterday, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow isn’t done wheeling and dealing. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the White Sox have acquired right-hander Brett Myers from the Astros. No word yet on who the Astros will receive in return. Myers was moved into the closer role…

  25. Cliff Pennington lands on disabled list with sprained bat

    Jul 20, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Cliff Pennington

    Well, technically it’s with a sore elbow, but no one is buying that excuse. The A’s placed Cliff Pennigton on the disabled list after his latest 0-for Thursday. He had gone hitless in four straight games, taking his average down to .197 for the season. That comes with just 17 extra-base hits, 16 RBI and…

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