August 2007 Fantasy Baseball News

Fantasy Baseball Headlines and Commentary from August 2007

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August 24, 2007

Another week of baseball has passed. Let's take a look at a few of the big events of the week:

After being dumped by the Padres on August 9th, pitcher David Wells has signed with the Dodgers. This will be his 9th team in his 21-year career. He plans to make his first start for his new team on Sunday night against the Mets.

Speaking of the Mets, they got Jeff Conine from the Cincinnati Reds on Monday in exchange for two minor league players. Conine can play either first base or outfield and is also adept at pinch hitting. This season, he is batting .265 overall with six homers and 32 RBIs. This move came one day after the Mets put infielder Damion Easley on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained ankle.

In other trades, the Nationals sent right-hander Emiliano Fruto to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday in exchange for prospect Chris Carter. Carter was then shipped to the Red Sox to complete a deal which had previously sent outfielder Wily Mo Pena to the Nationals.

The Texas Rangers made history on Wednesday night by becoming the first team in 110 years to score 30 runs in a game. They destroyed the Orioles 30-3. They scored 5 runs in the 4th, 9 runs in the 6th, 10 runs in the 8th and 6 runs in the 9th. It was the ninth time in baseball history that a team has scored 30 runs, with the last time coming on June 28th, 1897, when the Chicago Colts pounded Louisville 36-7.

Albert Pujols' streak of homering in five straight games came to an end on Thursday night. Battling a hamstring injury, Pujols hit his 30th homer on Wednesday night, making him the first player in MLB history to start his career with seven straight 30-homer seasons. If you have him in your fantasy baseball league, keep an eye on that hammy.

Chase Utley and Adam Eaton of the Phillies will play for the team's Double-A affiliate in Reading on Friday against Akron. Utley is coming back from surgery to repair a broken hand, and he is scheduled to play first base in the first game of a doubleheader and then serve as a pinch hitter in the second game. Eaton, who has been out with an inflammation of the shoulder, is scheduled to throw 40 pitches.

August 17, 2007

Here's a brief look at some of the important MLB events of the last week.

The Philadelphia Phillies are still in the pennant race, largely due to the efforts of ace pitcher Cole Hamels. On Thursday night, Hamels pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings for his 14th win of the season (tying the NL lead) to help lead the Phillies to a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals. The win moved the Phillies back into second place in the NL East.

The Yankees claim that they will not try to re-sign Alex Rodriguez if he opts out of his $252 million contract at the end of the year. The Yanks owe A-Rod $24 in each of the next three seasons, with the Texas Rangers offsetting $21.3 million of that amount.

Barry Bonds continues to pad his homerun record. On Wednesday night, Bonds hit number 759 off of Atlanta's Tim Hudson.

The Rangers placed pitcher Brandon McCarthy on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday and activated Vicente Padilla. McCarthy has a stress fracture in his right shoulder blade. He is 5-8 for the season with a 4.79 ERA. Padilla is 3-8 with a 6.69 ERA.

Now that pitcher David Wells has cleared waivers, teams from the Dodgers to the Rockies are all expressing interest in the 44-year-old left-hander. Wells was cut by the Padres last week after going 5-8 with a 5.54 ERA for the season. Wells' agent has said that the pitcher would like to play for a contender.

Cardinals 2nd baseman Adam Kennedy underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Tuesday. He is expected to miss a minimum of six weeks. Kennedy had batted .219 for the season with 3 homers and 18 RBIs in 87 games.

Yankees legend Phil "The Scooter" Rizzuto died in his sleep on Monday night. At 89, he was the oldest living member of the MLB Hall of Fame. He played shortstop for the Yanks in the 40s and 50s, winning 7 World Series titles and playing in 5 All-Star games. He was also an AL MVP. He then went on to announce Yankees games for 4 decades. His No. 10 jersey was retired by the team.

August 10, 2007

On Tuesday night, Barry Bonds made history by hitting a record 756th home run. It came on a 3-2 pitch from the Nationals' Mike Bacsik. Unforunately, the Giants still lost the game 8-6. The following night, Bonds added to his record by hitting a homer off of Nationals pitcher Tim Redding.

Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens has been suspended for five games and manager Joe Torre for one after Clemens hit Blue Jays slugger Alex Rios with a pitch. This came after Jays P Josh Towers hit A-Rod in the calf with a pitch in the same game.

The Giants traded pinch hitter Mark Sweeney to the LA Dodgers in exchange for a player to be named later. This was the first trade between the rival teams in more than 20 years.

On Thursday, the Padres severed ties with pitcher David Wells, designating him for assignment so that they could activate all-star Chris Young from the 15 DL. This season, Wells is 5-8 with a 5.54 ERA.

The Reds claimed OF Jason Ellison off waivers from the Mariners.

Reds CF/OF Ryan Freel has been ruled out for the rest of the season. He underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage and clean out his right knee. He is expected to return for spring training.

Rockies pitcher Jason Hirsh suffered a broken leg when he was hit with a line drive. He stayed in the game for 5 more innings after sustaining the injury.

Mariners mascot, The Mariners Moose, will not be disciplined after running into Red Sox OF Coco Crisp with an ATV. The vehicle hit Crisp in the back of the legs and knocked him to the ground during a stunt in front of Boston's dugout.
Crisp took it all in stride, saying, "That was the most athletic thing I did all day. It was an accident. I mean, I'm not going to run over and clothesline the guy."

August 3, 2007

Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday before the largest crowd in the event's history.

Red Sox OF Manny Ramirez was named the AL Player of the Week. In his last seven games before being selected, he batted .393 with 3 homers and 10 RBIs.

In the NL, Rockies OF Matt Holliday was named the Player of the Week. Prior to the selection, he had hit .364 with 4 homers and 10 RBIs.

In one of the many trades of the week, the Rangers dealt Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay to the Braves for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Elvis Andrus and two pitching prospects.

The Mets also landed Luis Castillo in a trade with the Twins. In return, the Twins received a pair of prospects. Castillo will give the Mets three switch-hitters at the top of their lineup.

Roger Clemens got booed off the mound on Thursday after allowing eight runs and nine hits in the Yanks game against the White Sox. It was his shortest outing since June of 2000.

Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis is in the worst slump of his career. In his last 11 starts, he's 0-7 with a 4.95 ERA.

And in more bad news for the Marlins pitching staff, Josh Johnson learned that he'll require elbow surgery (Tommy John surgery, to be specific) and miss 12 to 18 months of action.

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