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  1. Giancarlo Stanton almost hit a baseball out of Target Field

    Jul 15, 2014, 1:51 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton

    Last night Giancarlo Stanton hit a baseball an estimated 510 feet, damn near smacking it out of Target Field.

  2. Mariners have “talked to the Royals” about Billy Butler

    Jul 15, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    Last week the Mariners were said to be interested in Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd and now their search for a right-handed hitter apparently includes Royals designated hitter Billy Butler.

  3. What does Clayton Kershaw think about being passed over for All-Star start in favor of Adam Wainwright?

    Jul 15, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

    clayton kershaw getty dodgers

    Cardinals/National League manager Mike Matheny choosing his own guy, Adam Wainwright, to start tonight’s game over Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw got quite a few Dodgers fans (and basically non-Cardinals fans) angry.

  4. After skipping the All-Star Game, Victor Martinez aiming to be in Tigers’ lineup Friday

    Jul 15, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Victor Martinez AP

    Victor Martinez is skipping the All-Star game because of a side and back injury–allowing teammate Ian Kinsler to join the team in his place–but the Tigers designated hitter is aiming to rejoin the lineup Friday when Detroit begins the second half versus Cleveland.

  5. Where have all the superstar left-handed hitters gone?

    Jul 15, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Last night’s Home Run Derby included just one left-handed hitter (Justin Morneau) among the eight contestants and tonight’s All-Star game will feature only two left-handed hitters (Chase Utley, Robinson Cano) among the 18 starters.

  6. Yankees release Alfonso Soriano; retirement next?

    Jul 15, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    alfonso soriano getty

    Predictably none of the other 29 teams wanted anything to do with Alfonso Soriano’s contract on the waiver wire, so the 38-year-old went unclaimed after being designated for assignment by the Yankees last week and has now been released.

  7. Diamondbacks recall Trevor Cahill from Triple-A

    Jul 14, 2014, 4:36 PM EDT

    Trevor Cahill Getty

    Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers revealed two weeks ago that the team promised to call Trevor Cahill back up to the majors when they demoted the right-hander and his $30 million contract to Single-A.

  8. Mets “have made Bartolo Colon available” in trade talks

    Jul 14, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    Colon has mediocre overall numbers thanks to a poor first six weeks, but since mid-May he’s started 10 games with a 2.74 ERA and 51/12 K/BB ratio in 72 innings.

  9. Orioles in no rush to bring back Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jul 14, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees

    Ubaldo Jimenez injuring his ankle stepping in a hole provided the Orioles with an opportunity to give Kevin Gausman an extended chance in the starting rotation and now it sounds like they’re telling Jimenez to take his sweet time coming back.

  10. All-Star game lineups, with Jeter and McCutchen leading off

    Jul 14, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright and Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez have been named the starting pitchers for the All-Star game, and here are the starting lineups they’ll be facing tomorrow night.

  11. Felix Hernandez named American League starter

    Jul 14, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Toronto Blue Jays

    Mike Matheny’s decision over in the National League was a tough one, but American League manager John Farrell had an easy call for tomorrow night’s starter: Felix Hernandez.

  12. Mike Matheny chooses Adam Wainwright over Clayton Kershaw as National League starter

    Jul 14, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals - Game One

    Clayton Kershaw is the reigning Cy Young winner, threw a no-hitter last month, and leads the league in ERA, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has chosen his own ace, St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright, to start for the National League tomorrow night.

  13. Jonny Gomes is on the Royals’ list of “potential trade targets”

    Jul 14, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Jonny Gomes runs after he hit three-run home run off New York Yankees David Huff  in MLB game in New York

    Gomes is making $5 million in the second season of a two-year, $10 million deal, but at age 33 he’s struggled at the plate by hitting just .234 with five homers and a .680 OPS in 67 games.

  14. Unlike Jonathan Papelbon, A.J. Burnett wants to stay with the Phillies

    Jul 14, 2014, 12:12 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    Jonathan Papelbon was made it very clear that he wants out of Philadelphia, but A.J. Burnett said yesterday that he has no plans to request a trade from the Phillies.

  15. Jerry Sands needs season-ending wrist surgery

    Jul 11, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

    Jerry Sands Rays

    Jerry Sands was in line for expanded playing time for the Rays when he went down with a wrist injury three weeks ago and today the team announced that he’ll require season-ending surgery.

  16. Rangers sign Jerome Williams

    Jul 11, 2014, 4:52 PM EDT

    Jerome Williams Getty

    Released earlier this week by the Astros, right-hander Jerome Williams has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Rangers.

  17. Ubaldo Jimenez hurt his ankle stepping in a hole, so the Orioles are calling up Kevin Gausman

    Jul 11, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

    Kevin Gausman

    “He stepped in a hole in the parking lot” is a new one, as far as weird injuries go.

  18. Joe Kelly rejoins the Cardinals for his first start since April

    Jul 11, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    Joe Kelly Getty

    Joe Kelly is back off the disabled list and ready to rejoin the Cardinals’ rotation tonight against the Brewers after missing the past two-plus months with a hamstring injury that was supposed to involve a much speedier recovery.

  19. Grady Sizemore is playing center field and leading off in his Phillies debut

    Jul 11, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore Getty

    Philadelphia’s usual center fielder and leadoff man, Ben Revere, is out of the starting lineup for the second straight game because of an ankle injury.

  20. Yadier Molina replacement? Cardinals claim George Kottaras off waivers from Indians

    Jul 11, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

    kottaras getty

    They may still make another move to add catching help following news that Yadier Molina will be out 8-12 weeks with a torn thumb ligament, but in the meantime the Cardinals have claimed veteran catcher George Kottaras off waivers from the Indians.

  21. Yankees acquire Jeff Francis from A’s

    Jul 11, 2014, 1:48 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Chicago Cubs

    Needing some emergency pitching depth following the Masahiro Tanaka injury news, the Yankees have acquired veteran left-hander Jeff Francis from the A’s.

  22. No timetable yet for Joe Mauer’s return from oblique strain

    Jul 11, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

    joe mauer getty

    Joe Mauer is two weeks into what is usually at least a month-long recovery for a strained oblique muscle and there’s no timetable yet for the Twins first baseman’s return to the lineup.

  23. Dan Johnson is back in the big leagues with the Blue Jays

    Jul 11, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    Dan Johnson, perpetually bouncing back and forth from Triple-A to the majors, is now in the big leagues again with the Blue Jays.

  24. Alex Guerrero homered in his first game since Miguel Olivo bit off his ear

    Jul 11, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

    Alex Guerrero Dodgers

    Dodgers prospect Alex Guerrero returned to game action yesterday, nearly two months after Triple-A teammate Miguel Olivo bit his ear off during a dugout incident. And in his first game back, Guerrero homered.

  25. Mark Appel was a mess last night (and all year) at Single-A

    Jul 11, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Houston Astros

    Astros prospect Mark Appel had seemingly gotten on track after a rough, injury plagued start to his second pro season, putting together a decent stretch of games at Single-A, but the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft got knocked around in a big way last night.

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