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Baseball Insider: August 2, 2009 - August 8, 2009

Red Sox Designate Smoltz

Despite one of the greatest pedigrees among pitchers in the past 25 years, John Smoltz was designated for assignment by the Red Sox this afternoon. There were no known lingering injury issues for Smoltz, so this was a move made purely based on his performance.

By Cameron Smith  |  August 7, 2009; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Braves , Red Sox  | Tags: Braves, Hall of Fame, John Smoltz, Red Sox, free agency, john smoltz  
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

You know, Pedro Martinez might want to actually get through a start before celebrating all of his once and future accomplishments. Or at least the future ones. The one thing he had going for him when this shot was captured was a pretty sweet montage dedicated to his past glory, which, in fairness, is pretty voluminous.

By Cameron Smith  |  August 7, 2009; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Phillies  | Tags: Moment of Levity: The Big Picture, Pedro Martinez, Phillies  
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The Curious Case of the Missing Pitcher

He did it again. Bartolo Colon just disappeared. It's a pretty impressive trick to pull off once, let alone twice, because of Colon's, ummm, girth. The man is not a svelte pitcher, and yet for two consecutive seasons, he's managed to vanish into thin air during a stint on the disabled list. This time, Colon disappeared while on the DL with a sore right elbow. When White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen was asked where he might be yesterday, he played off the burly right hander's absence with a light touch of comedy.

By Cameron Smith  |  August 7, 2009; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  White Sox  | Tags: Bartolo Colon, Ozzie Guillen, White Sox, injuries  
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Orioles Review and Preview: Tigers, Blue Jays

After dropping three of four in Detroit, the Orioles now travel to Toronto to face a division foe that is in the midst of its own second-half swoon.

By CJ Holley  |  August 7, 2009; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Blue Jays , Orioles , Tigers  | Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Roy Halladay, Talking Behind Their Back, brian matusz, chris tillman, david hernandez, detroit tigers, jason berken, toronto blue jays  
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "I feel like a gorilla with a bunch of kids, maybe a family of five, is off my back." -- Royals starting pitcher Bruce Chen on getting his first win since October 2005 New York Yankees 13, Boston Red Sox 6 The Yankees finally got...

By CJ Holley  |  August 7, 2009; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "Nobody's giving up. We're playing hard, and we're having a good road trip so far." -- Arizona first baseman Mark Reynolds on the team's sudden winning surge while far out of NL West and wild card contention. Nationals 12, Marlins 8 A sweep? Now this...

By Cameron Smith  |  August 7, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

How athletic is Orlando Hudson? Seriously, it's ridiculous. The Dodgers' second baseman seems to make more acrobatic plays than just about anyone in baseball, and this play on Thursday night at Chavez Ravine was no different. Yet, with a vertical leap like the one Hudson is showing off here, is anyone else wondering why he isn't playing basketball? Seriously, he looks like he's flying here!

By Cameron Smith  |  August 6, 2009; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Brewers , Dodgers  | Tags: Brewers, Dodgers, Moment of Levity: The Big Picture, Orlando Hudson, Prince Fielder  
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Indians Trades Made Bottom Line Sense

The reasons for Cleveland's two major deals before the non-waiver trading deadline last week were obvious, and they had a lot more to do with finances than the players the Indians received in the trades.

By Cameron Smith  |  August 6, 2009; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Indians  | Tags: Cliff Lee, Indians, Phillies, Red Sox, victor martinez  
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The Cubs' Achilles Heel? Lack of a Guy Named Wood

A far cry from the team's 2008 shutdown bullpen, the Cubs suddenly find themselves without any great options among closers, with Kevin Gregg and Carlos Marmol a far cry from Kerry Wood in 2008.

By Cameron Smith  |  August 6, 2009; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cubs  | Tags: Carlos Marmol, Cubs, Indians, Kerry Wood, Kevin Gregg, closers  
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "We have to beat them at some point." -- Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez looking ahead to the weekend series against the Red Sox who have not lost to New York this season New York Yankees 8, Toronto Blue Jays 4 Johnny Damon and Nick...

By CJ Holley  |  August 6, 2009; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "That's one I know he'll always remember - tie ballgame, bases loaded. It won the game for us." -- San Francisco Manager Bruce Bochy on a huge hit by his team's backup catcher, Eli Whiteside, whose grand slam set the stage for the Giants' victory...

By Cameron Smith  |  August 6, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

It's hardly Melky Cabrera's fault that he happened to make a pretty gratuitous error right in front of a wall mural dedicated to "The Catch" at U.S. Cellular Field. It's more than worth a laugh, though, isn't it? Luckily for Yankees fans, Cabrera had the last laugh in this game: He hit for the cycle to lead New York past the White Sox.

By Cameron Smith  |  August 5, 2009; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  White Sox , Yankees  | Tags: Melky Cabrera, Moment of Levity: The Big Picture, White Sox, Yankees  
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Orioles Glimpse Into the Future

Brian Matusz's debut coupled with rapidly declining age of the Orioles mean that Baltimore fans actually have a tangible hope for the future.

By CJ Holley  |  August 5, 2009; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Orioles  | Tags: Baltimore Orioles, adam jones, brad bergesen, brian matusz, chris tillman, matt wieters, nick markakis, nolan reimold  
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Raging Mad at HBPs

Evidently that changed dramatically after the game. According to reports from the L.A. Times and other sources, Brewers slugger Prince Fielder charged the tunnel to the Dodgers' locker room after being plunked during Los Angeles' 17-4 rout of Milwaukee. He never made it to the actual locker room (or, thankfully, to Mota), but he had to be held back by multiple teammates and security guards to keep him from it.

By Cameron Smith  |  August 5, 2009; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Brewers , Dodgers  | Tags: Brewers, Dodgers, Manny Ramirez, Prince Fielder  
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "We seem to bring out a lot in him." -- Red Sox Manager Terry Francona on the Rays' Evan Longoria who has seven homers and 24 RBI in 11 games against Boston this year Tampa Bay Rays 4, Boston Red Sox 2 (13) Evan Longoria...

By CJ Holley  |  August 5, 2009; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "There's no disappointment at all. I felt good because it's a good game. Unfortunately, I give up the single but I still feel good about the start." -- Arizona starter Yusmiero Petit on losing a no-hitter during his shutout victory over the Pirates. Nationals 6,...

By Cameron Smith  |  August 5, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

Look, we could use photos of Jimmy Rollins in some form of ridiculous attire just about every day. We really could, but we're not going to, because that wreaks of general lack of journalistic discretion. Still, even we couldn't hold back on this photo, which proves just how Rollins is so cool that the world needs to wear shades ... shades like his. Lordy. Here's hoping he doesn't ever get dealt to Oakland, green shades like that would make him blend in with a forest.

By Cameron Smith  |  August 4, 2009; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Phillies  | Tags: Jimmy Rollins, Moment of Levity: The Big Picture, Phillies  
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Daniel Cabrera Back in a Uniform

According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Daniel Cabrera signed a minor league deal with an eye on a major league roster spot before the end of the season. The deal was consummated after Arizona scouted Cabrera, who reportedly threw 94-95 in front of an Arizona scout this weekend.

By Cameron Smith  |  August 4, 2009; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Diamondbacks  | Tags: Daniel Cabrera, Diamondbacks, Nationals, Orioles  
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Doug Glanville Does Not Want to Know the Other 100 Names

Former Phillies outfielder Doug Glanville doesn't want the full list of 2003's positive testers leaked to the public, but his reasons have little to do with his own innocence. He wants the results to remain confidential because he feels its important to maintain the integrity of confidential testing for future precedent.

By Cameron Smith  |  August 4, 2009; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Phillies  | Tags: David Ortiz, Doug Glanville, Manny Ramirez, Phillies, steroids  
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "This is one of my favorite starts of my career." -- Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander who righted the ship after getting rocked for five runs in the first inning Detroit Tigers 6, Baltimore Orioles 5 Clete Thomas earned his first walk-off home run in his...

By CJ Holley  |  August 4, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "There's not a park in the big leagues that can hold him when he gets a hold of one" -- Arizona Manager A.J. Hinch on slugger Mark Reynolds, who blasted another ridiculously deep home run during the Diamondbacks' win over the Mets at Citi Field....

By Cameron Smith  |  August 4, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

Jack Wilson has been a Mariner for less than a week, but he's already busy getting into the whole, "That wasn't a strike! Are you kidding me! How can you call that a strike! You wouldn't have called that a strike against them!" game. Of course, he probably doesn't have a whole lot of practice with this kind of thing, since it wasn't exactly of paramount importance most of the time when he was in Pittsburgh.

By Cameron Smith  |  August 3, 2009; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mariners  | Tags: Jack Wilson, Mariners, Moment of Levity: The Big Picture, umpire  
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Webb's Season Is Done

Brandon Webb is scheduled to have surgery on his right, throwing shoulder today in Texas, an operation that will be performed by Keith Meister, the Rangers' team physician. The procedure will end his season after just one start: An Opening Day outing in which he felt shoulder stiffness and was placed on the Disabled List immediately thereafter.

By Cameron Smith  |  August 3, 2009; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Diamondbacks  | Tags: Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks, cy young, injuries  
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Orioles Review and Preview: Red Sox, Tigers

The Orioles suffered a demoralizing end to their seven-game homestand by being swept by the Red Sox, but unlike past late-summer swoons, there appears to be hope for the future even as the injuries and losses mount in Baltimore.

By CJ Holley  |  August 3, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Orioles , Red Sox , Tigers  | Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Talking Behind Their Back, boston red sox, brian matusz, chris tillman, detroit tigers  
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July Wrap-Up: The Best And Worst So Far

At the end of every month here at Baseball Insider, we recalculate and recalibrate the races for the major individual awards, and rank the top five and bottom five teams in the sport, as things stand now. (We're getting a late start wrapping up July because of the trade deadline...

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 3, 2009; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "You go out there and get 45 straight guys out, and then today, I can't get two guys out in a row." -- White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle who got pounded by Melky Cabrera and the Yankees New York Yankees 8, Chicago White Sox 5...

By CJ Holley  |  August 3, 2009; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Wrap: NL

All the key results from yesterday's NL action.

By Cameron Smith  |  August 3, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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