Catcher David Ross has accepted a minor league deal to join the defending world champs, according to FoxSports scribe Ken Rosenthal. The Phillies had been interested. Also ...
-- The New York Daily News suggests that Mets closer Billy Wagner is at least three weeks away. Rotoworld provides a summary: “The team hasn't set a timetable yet, but Wagner's arm has actually been getting worse. The plan for now is to take anti-inflammatory medicine and rest, but he'll still ‘sprinkle in’ the occasional game of catch. Once he's pain free, he'll begin a throwing program to build up strength before returning.”
-- The Sept. 7 game against the Mets at Shea Stadium has been bumped to 8 p.m. and will air on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.
-- Career minor leaguer Randy Ruiz, 30, who spent parts of two seasons in the Phillies organization, has worked his way into an everyday role with the second-place Twins. Ruiz, who’s always hit a ton but has been haunted by character issues and problems staying clean of baseball’s substance abuse policy, signed a minor league deal with the Twins this off-season and replaced veteran Craig Monroe, who was released. Hitting mostly 6th and used as a DH in Ron Gardenhire’s lineup, the Bronx native is hitting .355/.412/.419 in 31 ABs. The Twins are his eighth organization.
-- Catcher Lou Marson and shortstop Jason Donald have been named to the end-of-season Eastern League All-Star team, as voted on by EL managers and coaches, sportswriters, radio and television broadcasters and other members of the media.
Upcoming probables (via the official press notes)
Friday (7:05): Greg Maddux (6-9, 3.99) vs Kyle Kendrick (10-7, 5.01)
Saturday (3:55): Clayton Kershaw (2-3, 3.59) vs Cole Hamels (10-8, 3.22)
Sunday (8:05): Hiroki Kuroda (7-9, 3.97) vs Joe Blanton (1-0, 4.50)
Monday (7:05): Chad Billingsley (12-9, 3.10) vs Brett Myers (6-10, 4.71)
Tuesday (7:05): Pedro Martinez (4-3, 4.96) vs Jamie Moyer (11-7, 3.64)
Wednesday (7:05): Johan Santana (11-7, 2.75) vs Kyle Kendrick (10-7, 5.01)