Skip to content

2013 July 05

  1. Chris Carpenter encouraged after 106-pitch bullpen session

    Jul 5, 2013, 11:40 PM EDT

    chris carpenter getty

    Via MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch: #STLCards Chris Carpenter estimates he threw 106 pitches in bullpen session Friday. Really encouraged afterward. Likely to face hitters soon — Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) July 5, 2013 Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter has been sidelined all season due to thoracic outlet syndrome in his right shoulder, the same injury that kept him…

  2. Manny Ramirez will likely make Minor League debut on Sunday

    Jul 5, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    BASEBALL-TPE-US-RAMIREZ

    Manny Ramirez will likely get his 2013 season started on Sunday with Triple-A Round Rock, reports Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest. The Rangers recently signed the controversial 41-year-old slugger to a Minor League deal in what amounts to a low-risk, medium-reward flier. We last saw Ramirez in the Majors in 2011 when he had…

  3. D-Backs starter Brandon McCarthy is no fan of lengthy extra-inning games

    Jul 5, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Brandon McCarthy Getty

    Diamondbacks right-hander Brandon McCarthy is, in this writer’s humble opinion, the best baseball-related follow on Twitter. Most athletes post religious and/or motivational quotes and typical post-game cliches with a minimum of real interaction with fans, but McCarthy makes it a point to acknowledge at least a good portion of those sending him tweets. He mixes…

  4. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro will let 10-game homestand define team’s fate

    Jul 5, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    In a column posted earlier, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly wrote about Phillies GM Ruben Amaro using his team’s ten-game homestand leading into the All-Star break as the defining factor in the team’s “buyer” or “seller” status. After tonight’s opener, a victory against the Braves, they stand at 42-45, 7.5 games behind the first place…

  5. Report: Cubs wanted Jonathan Schoop, Eduardo Rodriguez from Orioles for Matt Garza

    Jul 5, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

    matt garza getty

    Per Eduardo Encino of the Baltimore Sun, the Cubs wanted middle infielder Jonathan Schoop and left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez from the Orioles for starter Matt Garza. Schoop rated as the organization’s #3 prospect and Rodriguez #5 according to Baseball America at the end of October last year. Garza missed about nine starts to begin the…

  6. The Marlins have received offers from the Dodgers and Giants on Ricky Nolasco

    Jul 5, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    ricky nolasco getty

    Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco is putting up his best numbers since 2008. Through 18 starts, the right-hander has a 3.85 ERA and is averaging 3.6 strikeouts for every one walk, his highest rate since 2010. As the 30-year-old is a free agent after the season and the Marlins are headed nowhere, Nolasco was expected to…

  7. Dodgers activate Carl Crawford, demote Scott Van Slyke

    Jul 5, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    The Dodgers have activated outfielder Carl Crawford from the 15-day disabled list, reports Scott Miller of CBS Sports. To make room for Crawford on the roster, Scott Van Slyke has been demoted to Triple-A Albuquerque. Crawford had been on the shelf since June 2 with a strained left hamstring. He appeared to be well on…

  8. The Dodgers sign Ian Stewart

    Jul 5, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has the news on Twitter. Infielder Ian Stewart had a tumultuous stint with the Chicago Cubs over the last two seasons, making a series of provocative tweets about the organization, ultimately resulting in a suspension. Previously, he had done the baseball equivalent of a no-call, no show after being activated…

  9. Padres activate All-Star candidate Everth Cabrera from DL

    Jul 5, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Everth Cabrera

    The 40-46 Padres, still surprisingly in the thick of things in the tight-knit NL West at 4.5 games behind, will get a boost in the lineup tonight as Everth Cabrera returns from the disabled list, per the team’s official Twitter. In a related move, 23-year-old right-hander Burch Smith, sitting on an 11.37 ERA in 12.2…

  10. Pouliot’s midseason award picks: NL MVP

    Jul 5, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Now it’s time for the NL midseason MVP, and this year’s picture to date is just as confusing as last year’s was, in my opinion. Of course, the BBWAA decided on Buster Posey pretty handily last year(27 of 32 first-place votes), but I ultimately picked Yadier Molina from a close group of five players. Here…

  11. Alex Gordon passes concussion tests

    Jul 5, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

    Alex Gordon

    Good news for the Royals, via Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star: #Royals say LF Alex Gordon has passed all concussion tests. Paperwork forwarded to MLB. Now awaiting clearance for him to play. — Bob Dutton (@Royals_Report) July 5, 2013 Here’s hoping Alex Gordon can avoid a setback and rejoin the lineup after missing…

  12. Chris Davis considers Roger Maris to be the single-season home run king

    Jul 5, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

    Orioles Rays Baseball

    Well, this certainly kills those “he must be juicing” narratives. From the Baltimore Sports Report, who heard Chris Davis on Mike and Mike this morning: Davis, who has openly been questioned by fans and reporters about using performance enhancing drugs, told ESPN’s Mike and Mike that he still views Maris as the single-season home run king. “I do…

  13. Ike Davis is back with the Mets after crushing Triple-A

    Jul 5, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    ike davis getty

    Less than a month after demoting Ike Davis to Triple-A the Mets have recalled the first baseman from the minors, where he hit .293 with seven homers, seven doubles, and a 1.091 OPS in 21 games. Davis also had an encouraging 18/17 K/BB ratio at Triple-A, although it’s worth noting that the Pacific Coast League…

  14. Royals release Jeff Francoeur

    Jul 5, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur AP

    As expected no teams wanted anything to do with the $3 million or so remaining on Jeff Francoeur‘s contract, so he passed through waivers unclaimed and has been released by the Royals. That means Francoeur is now a free agent and able to sign with any team for whatever money and role he can get.…

  15. Quote of the Day: Ruben Amaro says Ryan Howard needs to get better

    Jul 5, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    Rueben Amaro uses a term for Ryan Howard that I’ve used only for trolling purposes: “platoon:” “If Ryan Howard is now relegated to being a platoon player, he’s a very expensive platoon player and he needs to be better,” Amaro said. “I think he knows it. I know he’s struggling, I know he’s not happy…

  16. Derek Jeter cleared to begin minor league rehab assignment

    Jul 5, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    jeter getty

    After numerous setbacks in his recovery from a broken ankle Derek Jeter has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Jeter will play tomorrow at Triple-A and is scheduled to log at least five innings defensively at shortstop in his first game action since last October. In his…

  17. Patriotism and sports are inseparable. But have we lost something important as a result?

    Jul 5, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    American Flag

    Howard Bryant of ESPN takes a pretty gutsy tack for a Fourth of July column. He takes on patriotism at the ballpark. He starts by making an observation that, I hope anyway, everyone acknowledges to be valid: The old conventions of sports leagues and fans coming to the ballpark to escape the problems of the…

  18. A.J. Burnett to return from disabled list Sunday

    Jul 5, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    After missing the past four weeks with a strained calf A.J. Burnett is scheduled to come off the disabled list Sunday, according to Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Before the injury Burnett had a 3.12 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 89 innings, giving him a 3.39 ERA in 45 total starts for the…

  19. Cubs talking with multiple teams about Matt Garza

    Jul 5, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

    Matt Garza Getty

    Matt Garza picked a good time to start pitching well. At least from the Cubs’ perspective. Buster Olney reports that the Cubs are “making progress” on talks with multiple teams for the services of their starter, including Texas, Boston, Toronto, Cleveland, the Dodgers “and maybe Baltimore.” Olney adds that “a couple of more teams in the…

  20. Sportswriter basically accuses Chris Davis of using PEDs

    Jul 5, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Chris Davis

    I noted that fans on Twitter have come to assume Chris Davis is using steroids every time he hits a homer but now we have a well-known sportswriter — Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times — doing it too. Oh, he couches it in the “hey, maybe he’s clean, we just don’t know!” language all…

  21. Albert Pujols on possibly needing foot surgery: “I’m definitely going to try to do something”

    Jul 5, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

    pujols ap

    Albert Pujols is so hobbled by plantar fasciitis in his left foot that simply watching him run is painful, so not surprisingly people are starting to ask the Angels first baseman (and now mostly designated hitter) if he plans to have offseason surgery. Pujols more or less avoided answering, but did tell Bill Shaikin of…

  22. J.P. Arencibia calls out Blue Jays analysts Gregg Zaun, Dirk Hayhurst

    Jul 5, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

    arencibia reuters

    I’m struggling to think of an instance where a ballplayer called out his own team’s analysts for a good reason. Most of the time it’s whining about the fact that people in a role filled with so many in-the-bag homers are shockingly telling it like it is.  We saw that when Cubs players got mad…

  23. Edward Mujica on first blown save: “I didn’t follow Yadi and that’s a mistake”

    Jul 5, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Edward Mujica has been brilliant since stepping into the Cardinals’ closer role, converting 21 consecutive saves with a 2.20 ERA and 25/1 K/BB ratio in 28.2 innings heading into last night. And then last night against the Angels he blew his first save of the season by serving up a game-tying two-run homer to Josh…

  24. Great Moments in A-Rod Derangement Syndrome

    Jul 5, 2013, 10:32 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez watches from the dugout as the Yankees take batting practice in Minneapolis

    Are you or someone you know irrationally fixated on the moral, ethical and public relations transgressions of Alex Rodriguez? Do you believe that actions most people would consider to be mere silly nonsense constitute capital crimes? Do you consider one of those bad acts to be him not being Lou Gehrig? Do you believe Alex…

  25. Tyler Flowers’ struggles lead White Sox to call up Josh Phegley

    Jul 5, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Josh Phegley

    Tyler Flowers was handed the starting catcher job following A.J. Pierzynski‘s departure as a free agent, but he’s hit just .206 with 70 strikeouts in 64 games and now the White Sox are bringing in another option behind the plate. Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that the White Sox are calling up Triple-A catcher Josh…

Featured video

Red Sox shopping Lester and Lackey
Top 10 MLB Player Searches