Rockies consider September call-up for Rafael Betancourt after Tommy John surgery recovery HardballTalk (Aaron Gleeman) — When the Rockies declined their $4.25 million option on Rafael Betancourt and re-signed him to a minor-league deal the assumption was that he wouldn't be a factor this season following Tommy John elbow surgery last August.
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Carlos Gonzalez may miss the start of spring training HardballTalk (Aaron Gleeman) — Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez underwent season-ending knee surgery Monday and now there's some doubt whether he'll be fully recovered for the beginning of spring training.
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The Grand Slam: Nationals win eighth straight — without having to walk off this time Big League Stew (David Brown) — Your browser does not support iframes.     Rather than waiting for their last at-bat again, the Washington Nationals won their eighth straight game because of a big third inning at the plate and another dominant outing by right-hander Stephen Strasburg. Removing the late-inning drama seemed OK with them after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-1 on Tuesday night. The Nats scored...
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Hector Sanchez suffers second concussion while rehabbing from first concussion HardballTalk (Aaron Gleeman) — Sanchez's rehab assignment was previously put on hold when he took a foul ball off the mask two weeks ago and that same thing happened Saturday at Triple-A.
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Athletics Hit Bump After Trade for Jon Lester

NY Times: Bats (By JOHN BRANCH) — The Athletics, who have played below .500 since the deal, had the playoffs in mind when they sent Yoenis Cespedes to Boston for the ace pitcher.
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Jim Henderson undergoes shoulder “clean up” surgery HardballTalk (Aaron Gleeman) — Milwaukee had already shut down Jim Henderson for the season with shoulder problems and now the Brewers announced that the 31-year-old reliever will undergo a "clean up" surgery on his labrum and rotator cuff.
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Elbow soreness puts Zack Greinke’s next start in doubt HardballTalk (Aaron Gleeman) — Zack Greinke skipped his usual between-starts bullpen session because of elbow soreness and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly declined to say whether he expected the right-hander to take his next turn in the rotation Thursday against the Padres.
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Derek Jeter, Andrew McCutchen do the ice bucket challenge HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — In addition to raising awareness of a good cause, Jeter's challenge raised awareness of CC Sabathia's actual existence.
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A.J. Burnett says he’ll probably retire after this year HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — And if he does, he'll leave $12.75 million on the table.
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Curt Schilling reveals that he was diagnosed with mouth cancer, blames smokeless tobacco HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — Another star player reminds us of the dangers of smokeless tobacco use.
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MLB Calendar

NY Times: Bats (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Sept. 1 — Active rosters expand to 40 players.
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Clown shoes in Chicago: the Cubs grounds crew couldn’t get the tarp on the field HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — And the Giants -- in a playoff race -- aren't happy that they lost a shortened game as a result.
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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — A bases-loaded walk helped the Tigers win a game. A walkoff plunking gave the Cardinals the win. And the crew in Chicago couldn't get a tarp on the field. Can anyone around here play this game anymore?
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Cubs Outlast Giants 2-0 in Rain-Shortened Game

NY Times: Bats (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Anthony Rizzo slammed a two-run homer, Tsuyoshi Wada pitched five strong innings, and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0 on Tuesday night in a game that was halted after 4 1/2 innings because of unplayable field conditions following rain at Wrigley Field.
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