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  1. Braves activate Evan Gattis, send Christian Bethancourt back to Triple-A

    Jul 21, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Evan Gattis is off the disabled list after missing the past four weeks with a bulging disk in his back and to make room for his return the Braves demoted fill-in catcher Christian Bethancourt to Triple-A.

  2. On this day in 1988: Twins teammates brawled on a lawn

    Jul 21, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Imagine a story like that happening today (and not involving Miguel Olivo).

  3. Would the Mariners trade “top target” Nick Franklin to the rival A’s?

    Jul 21, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

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    There’s no room for Nick Franklin in Seattle because the Mariners don’t trust his defense at shortstop and Robinson Cano kind of has second base locked down for a while, but he’d make plenty of sense for a lot of other teams.

  4. Michael Pineda making progress in comeback attempt

    Jul 21, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Michael Pineda hasn’t pitched since being suspended for pine tar in April and then suffering an unrelated shoulder injury, but the right-hander has been cleared to throw live batting practice following numerous setbacks.

  5. Giants finally decide to stop letting Matt Cain pitch through a “cranky” elbow

    Jul 21, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Playing through an injury: Still a really, really bad idea.

  6. Clayton Kershaw nabbed the first stolen base of his career

    Jul 21, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

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    It was the first stolen base of Kershaw’s career. Obviously.

  7. Strasburg? Gonzalez? Zimmermann? Fister? Nope, the Nationals’ leader in wins is … Tanner Roark

    Jul 21, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Roark was drafted in the 25th round by the Rangers in 2008 and came to the Nationals in the mid-2010 trade for Cristian Guzman. He never cracked anyone’s top-100 prospect list and didn’t even debut in the majors until age 26 last season after posting an underwhelming 4.04 ERA in the minors.

  8. Joel Peralta thinks he contracted the chikungunya virus

    Jul 21, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Joel Peralta

    Joel Peralta has been feeling sick since returning from a vacation to his home in the Dominican Republic during the All-Star break and the Rays reliever believes he contracted the chikungunya virus while there.

  9. Skip Schumaker not cleared to return from concussion

    Jul 18, 2014, 9:35 PM EDT

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    Skip Schumaker had hoped that the All-Star break would provide enough time to recover from a July 10 concussion, but the Reds utility man remains out of the lineup with continued symptoms.

  10. Billy Butler doesn’t want to be traded, says Royals should pick up his $12.5 million option for 2015

    Jul 18, 2014, 9:03 PM EDT

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    Billy Butler has been mentioned in multiple trade rumors recently, in part because he’s played poorly enough this season that picking up next year’s $12.5 million team option no longer seems like a no-brainer.

  11. Cliff Lee will rejoin the Phillies’ rotation Monday

    Jul 18, 2014, 8:02 PM EDT

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    Cliff Lee struggled in a minor-league rehab start Monday at Single-A, allowing eight runs and failing to make it out of the fifth inning as he comes back from elbow problems, but the Phillies have decided he’s ready to rejoin the rotation.

  12. Matt Cain has been pitching through a “cranky” elbow since spring training

    Jul 18, 2014, 7:14 PM EDT

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    Cain, who apparently never reveals much of anything to reporters about his health status, said only: “I’m feeling like I’m feeling.”

  13. Pushed back start means Adam Wainwright vs. Clayton Kershaw won’t happen Sunday

    Jul 18, 2014, 6:47 PM EDT

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    Sunday Night Baseball this weekend features the Cardinals and Dodgers, and things had been lined up for All-Star starter Adam Wainwright to face off against the man some people felt should have gotten the starting nod, reigning Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.

  14. Angels acquire All-Star closer Huston Street from Padres

    Jul 18, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

    Huston Street

    Padres closer Huston Street has been linked to the Angels for a while now and Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports that the two sides are “close to finalizing a deal” for the All-Star right-hander.

  15. Dontrelle Willis is playing for the Bridgeport Bluefish now

    Jul 17, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

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    When last we checked in with Dontrelle Willis the former Rookie of the Year had been released by the Giants in April and was talking about potentially becoming a pitching coach.

  16. Rays place Ryan Hanigan on the disabled list

    Jul 17, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

    Ryan Hanigan Rays

    Ryan Hanigan’s strained oblique muscle didn’t get any better during the All-Star break, so the Rays have placed the catcher on the disabled list retroactive to July 9.

  17. White Sox sign Chien-Ming Wang

    Jul 17, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Wang won 19 games in back-to-back seasons for the Yankees in 2006 and 2007, but since then he’s logged a total of 259 innings with a 5.67 ERA while repeatedly being sidelined by injuries.

  18. Tyler Chatwood needs Tommy John surgery

    Jul 17, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT

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    Chatwood started 20 games with a 3.15 ERA for the Rockies last season as a 23-year-old, but made it just four starts this season before being shut down and is now likely to miss most of 2015 as well.

  19. Brewers and Padres continue to pass Irving Falu around

    Jul 17, 2014, 2:04 PM EDT

    Irving Falu

    Journeyman infielder Irving Falu began this season with the Brewers, got claimed off waivers by the Padres on June 26, and has now been claimed back off waivers by the Brewers today.

  20. Blue Jays claim one-dollar man Brad Mills off waivers from A’s

    Jul 17, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT

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    Last month the A’s bought left-hander Brad Mills from the Brewers for the princely sum of one dollar. Then, after promoting him to the majors and giving him three starts the A’s designated him assignment. And now the Blue Jays have claimed Mills off waivers.

  21. Anthony Rendon: “I don’t watch baseball … it’s too long and boring”

    Jul 17, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Anthony Rendon definitely didn’t mind missing out on the All-Star game.

  22. Would the Dodgers make a run at Jonathan Papelbon as a (really expensive) setup man?

    Jul 17, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has made it very clear that he’d waive his veto rights and welcome a trade to a contender, and Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles talked to “a baseball source” who expects the Dodgers to make a run for the 33-year-old right-hander.

  23. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington: “I didn’t do a good enough job building a complete offense”

    Jul 17, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ben Cherington

    It’s been less than nine months since the Red Sox hoisted the World Series trophy and less than eight months since general manager Ben Cherington won the Executive of the Year award, but with the team sitting at 43-52 he’s already started to apologize for this year’s product.

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