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2012 June 14

  1. Evan Longoria to begin playing in rehab games Saturday

    Jun 14, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria AP

    After missing six weeks due to a partially torn left hamstring, Evan Longoria is finally ready for game action. According to Adam Berry of, Longoria will join Triple-A Durham tomorrow to work out with the team and will serve as the designated hitter on Saturday. He was cleared for a rehab stint after running…

  2. Luke Scott placed on disabled list with back injury

    Jun 14, 2012, 8:21 PM EDT

    Luke Scott Getty

    The Rays announced late this afternoon that Luke Scott was placed on the disabled list with mid-back spasms. Scott hasn’t played since last Friday due to the injury, so his DL-stint will be backdated. He told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he expects to return when he is first eligible on June…

  3. Brett Gardner doesn’t need surgery on elbow, shut down for 3-4 weeks

    Jun 14, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Brett Gardner Getty

    Brett Gardner‘s status was very much in doubt this week as he paid visits to both Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Timothy Kremchek, but the Yankees actually got some good news on his nagging right elbow injury. According to Chad Jennings of the Journal News,  the doctors have diagnosed Gardner with an elbow muscle strain,…

  4. Brandon Moss has seven hits: five homers, two doubles

    Jun 14, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

    Brandon Moss

    Brandon Moss loves him some Coors Field. The new Athletics first baseman hit his fourth homer of the series in Colorado and doubled twice Thursday as part of an 8-2 win over the Rockies. Ross has now played in eight games, starting seven of them, since being called up by the A’s earlier this month.…

  5. Charlie Morton undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Jun 14, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    UPDATE: That was fast. According to Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Morton had Tommy John surgery today in Pensacola, Florida. He will miss the rest of the season and figures to be in rehab-mode for the early part of 2013. 11:51 PM: Charlie Morton has been on the disabled list since late May with…

  6. Johan Santana is struggling since his no-hitter

    Jun 14, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    Did the 134 pitches take a toll? After getting lit up by the Yankees last week, Johan Santana gave up four runs in five-plus innings Thursday versus the Rays in his second start since his no-hitter. The 134 pitches Santana threw in shutting down the Cardinals were a career high for the left-hander, who was…

  7. Carlos Beltran was in the ER with a stomach virus last night

    Jun 14, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran had a bad night: Beltran went to ER late last night after stomach virus/pain persisted. Received treatment and was released, per #Cardinals. #STLcards — Derrick Goold (@dgoold) June 14, 2012 Lot of that going around lately. As a result, he’s getting the night off for the Cardinals-White Sox game. He’s not expected to…

  8. Orioles put Endy Chavez on DL, recall Steve Tolleson

    Jun 14, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox

    Steve Tolleson‘s demotion to Triple-A was short-lived, as the Orioles recalled the utility man and placed Endy Chavez on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Chavez suffered the injury Tuesday and said repeatedly that he could avoid the DL, but the Orioles decided it wasn’t worth playing short-handed in the hopes a part-time…

  9. No-hitter analysis: a study in contrasts

    Jun 14, 2012, 5:09 PM EDT

    Matt Cain

    On the one hand you have Keith Olbermann. Olbermann notes that there have been a lot of no-hitters and perfect games thrown in recent years. About which he says “something is wrong with this picture,” which he characterizes as “historical anomalies”  that represent a “severe skewing of the sport,” for which he credits “bizarre statistical thunderstorms”…

  10. Three groups in the final running to buy the Padres for $800 million

    Jun 14, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

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    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that there are three parties left in the running to buy the Padres: Gary Jabara, the founder of a Newport Beach wireless communications company; Steve Kaplan, principal at Oaktree Capital in Los Angeles; and Peter O’Malley, former owner of the Dodgers. More so than the owners’ identities,…

  11. Twins place P.J. Walters on disabled list with shoulder injury

    Jun 14, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

    P.J. Walters was throwing in the low-80s and failed to retire any of the four batters he faced before exiting last night’s start with a shoulder injury, so not surprisingly the Twins placed him on the disabled list today. Walters provided a much-needed spark for the Twins’ injury wrecked rotation initially, but then came back…

  12. Aubrey Huff to have an MRI on his knee after a perfect game celebration injury

    Jun 14, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Oh, Aubrey: Aubrey Huff hurt his knee celebrating perfect game. Going for an MRI. Bochy said DL “a possibility…too early to tell.” #SFGiants — Rael Enteen (@RaelEnteenCSN) June 14, 2012 You can see Huff eat it while hopping the railing here. Now would be a good time to note, once again, how good it was…

  13. Theo Epstein and Ryan Dempster stir up trade speculation with public chat

    Jun 14, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    There was an odd scene at Wrigley Field yesterday as Cubs president Theo Epstein and right-hander Ryan Dempster had a one-on-one chat while sitting in the stands during batting practice. Dempster was in uniform and by choosing to have their conversation in public with multiple reporters looking on they had to know that it would…

  14. R.A. Dickey thinks that getting a no-hitter on appeal “would be a little bit cheap”

    Jun 14, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    David Lennon of Newsday spoke with R.A. Dickey this morning and asked him how he feels about the Mets appealing the official scorers decision to call the ball hit to David Wright in last night a hit instead of an error. He was pretty candid about it: “It would be weird. I don’t know if…

  15. A’s sign No. 11 pick Addison Russell for $2.625 million

    Jun 14, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    mlb draft

    Oakland has signed first-round pick Addison Russell, with Jim Callis of Baseball America reporting that the high school shortstop from Florida will get the exact slot figure for the No. 11 pick of $2.625 million. Prior to the draft Baseball America ranked Russell as the 28th-best player in the class and rated him 19th.…

  16. UPDATE: Michael Brantley stretches his hitting streak to 21 games

    Jun 14, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Seattle Mariners

    UPDATE: Brantley hit a double in the top of the 7th. The streak lives on. 2:30 PM: Things no one apart from Indians fans seemed to realize: Indians outfielder Michael Brantley has a 20-game hitting steak going. That’s tied for the longest in baseball this season and the longest Indian streak since Casey Blake hit…

  17. Chris Carpenter moves “in the right direction” with brief mound session

    Jun 14, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    chris carpenter ap

    Chris Carpenter tested his injured right shoulder yesterday by throwing off a mound for the first time since being shut down during spring training. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Carpenter threw 26 pitches, all of them fastballs, and was working at “slightly less than full effort.” Carpenter called it “a…

  18. Doug Fister to come off disabled list for Saturday start

    Jun 14, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Doug Fister‘s bullpen session yesterday went well enough that the Tigers are expected to activate him from the disabled list for Saturday’s start against the Rockies. Fister has spent two stints on the DL with a strained left side, the latest of which has sidelined him since May 29. In between the DL trips he…

  19. Erick Aybar and the Angels denied a double play thanks to a heads-up call by the ump

    Jun 14, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Uncommon play in Los Angeles last night. In the sixth inning, with a runner on first and one out, Andre Ethier hit a line drive to Angels shortstop Erick Aybar. Aybar dropped the ball, but had the presence of mind to pick it up, step on second base and throw it to first for the…

  20. Change of plans: Scott Rolen agrees to rehab assignment

    Jun 14, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Scott Rolen

    Earlier this week Scott Rolen indicated that he’d prefer not to go on a minor-league rehab assignment before returning from the disabled list, but apparently the Reds have talked him into playing a few games at Triple-A. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Rolen will begin his rehab stint tomorrow and spend the…

  21. Big news! The Tigers recall Ryan Raburn, put Drew Smyly on the DL

    Jun 14, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT


    Some shuffling in Detroit today as the Tigers called up Ryan Raburn from Toledo and put pitcher Drew Smyly on the disabled list due to his gross, gross gross blister. Sure, Tigers fans will say all kinds of things about the Raburn thing because he seems to have replaced Brandon Inge as The Irrational Focus…

  22. Joe Torre to manage Team USA in World Baseball Classic

    Jun 14, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Joe Torre - Dodgers

    Joe Torre has served as MLB’s executive vice president for baseball operations since retiring as Dodgers manager in late 2010–with a brief break while he pursued ownership of the team–but the 71-year-old future Hall of Famer has decided to take on another managing gig. Torre has been chosen as Team USA’s manager for the World…

  23. What if Harper and Trout are Mantle and Mays all over again?

    Jun 14, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

    Mantle Mays

    Great piece over at The Platoon Advantage by our friend Bill today, looking back at the days when Mantle and Mays dominated national coverage of the game. Bill notes that it’s so rare to have a couple of guys dominate the baseball conversation for so long because fame — and extreme peak value — is…

  24. Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart “may have nerve damage”

    Jun 14, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Ian Stewart

    As if Ian Stewart‘s Cubs career wasn’t off to a bad enough start thanks to a .201 batting average through 55 games now the third baseman acquired from the Rockies in December is on the disabled list with a sore left wrist. Stewart dealt with similar wrist problems last year and was a late scratch…

  25. The Mets are considering adding a “quiet section” to Citi Field to accommodate families with autistic children

    Jun 14, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    This is interesting. The Mets are circulating a survey to fans with the following question: “The Mets are considering adding a designated ‘quiet’ seating section with lower volume PA announcements and no music or cheerleading. How likely would you be to purchase tickets in that section?” This came in an email to fans. Not mentioned…

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