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  1. Roy Oswalt throws six innings, 100 pitches in fourth minor league start

    Jun 18, 2012, 9:45 AM EST

    Roy Oswalt

    Roy Oswalt has been shaky at times while building up his arm strength in the minors, but yesterday the 34-year-old right-hander threw six innings and stretched out to 100 pitches at Triple-A. Making his fourth tune-up start since signing with the Rangers late last month, Oswalt allowed two runs on six hits–including just one extra-base…

  2. Josh Beckett will miss Sunday start with shoulder injury

    Jun 15, 2012, 5:37 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox Beckett pitches against Seattle Mariners during their MLB baseball game in Boston

    Shortly after the final out of today’s loss to the Cubs the Red Sox announced that Josh Beckett has been scratched from his scheduled Sunday start due to shoulder inflammation. Franklin Morales will make the start in his place, which is interesting because Morales has been strictly a reliever since the Red Sox acquired him…

  3. Padres sign No. 7 pick Max Fried for $3 million

    Jun 15, 2012, 5:20 PM EST

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    San Diego and No. 7 overall pick Max Fried have agreed to a $3 million deal that’s the exact slot amount for the pick. Fried, a high school left-hander from California, ranked seventh on Baseball America‘s list of the top players in the class and ESPN.com rated him fifth, behind only Byron Buxon, Carlos Correa,…

  4. Pirates promote 2011 top pick Gerrit Cole to Double-A

    Jun 15, 2012, 4:46 PM EST

    Bob Nutting, Gerrit Cole

    Gerrit Cole tossed five shutout innings at high Single-A last night, lowering his ERA to 2.55 in 13 starts, and today the Pirates promoted last year’s No. 1 overall pick to Double-A at age 21. Cole signed too late to debut last season after getting an $8 million bonus out of UCLA, so the Pirates…

  5. MLB denies Mets’ appeal for R.A. Dickey no-hitter

    Jun 15, 2012, 3:45 PM EST

    New York Mets v Washington Nationals

    As expected, MLB has denied the Mets’ appeal that R.A. Dickey‘s one-hitter Wednesday be changed to a no-hitter after the fact. They asked the league to consider changing B.J. Upton‘s first-inning infield hit, which proved to be the Rays’ only one off Dickey, into an error on third baseman David Wright. Dickey himself said the…

  6. Livan Hernandez designated for assignment by Braves

    Jun 15, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Livan Hernandez

    Two weeks ago Livan Hernandez had a 2.45 ERA. Today the Braves designated him for assignment. In between Hernandez had a pair of horrendous outings, coughing up a total of nine runs in 4.2 innings while managing just one strikeout. In letting him go the Braves clear a spot on the roster for Kris Medlen,…

  7. What to watch tonight: Clayton Kershaw vs. Chris Sale, with Vin Scully on the mic

    Jun 15, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    What-to-Watch

    Sure, some people think going out on a Friday night sounds like fun, but I’m here to offer a far more exciting alternative (assuming you have the MLB Extra Innings package or MLB.tv): Clayton Kershaw versus Chris Sale. Not only are two of the best young pitchers in baseball facing off in some late-night, interleague,…

  8. Indians sign No. 15 pick Tyler Naquin for $1.75 million

    Jun 15, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    mlb draft

    Cleveland and first-round pick Tyler Naquin have agreed to a $1.75 million deal that’s substantially below the slot figure of $2.25 million for the 15th overall pick, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America. Naquin was the second college hitter off the board after Florida catcher Mike Zunino at No. 3 overall and by signing…

  9. Daniel Bard had a good relief outing at Triple-A

    Jun 15, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

    Daniel Bard Getty

    It doesn’t say much for his overall status that this is actually semi-newsworthy, but here goes: Daniel Bard threw two scoreless innings at Triple-A yesterday. Working as a reliever Bard struck out four batters, walked one, and allowed zero hits in two frames for Pawtucket, lowering his ERA there to 9.00 ERA in four outings.…

  10. Carlos Lee homers in first minor league rehab game

    Jun 15, 2012, 1:16 PM EST

    Carlos Lee

    Carlos Lee didn’t show much power for the Astros, homering just four times in 47 games before being placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, but last night he went deep in the first game of his minor-league rehab assignment. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that Lee is rehabbing at Double-A…

  11. Breaking news: Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy is human

    Jun 15, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    Dylan Bundy

    Orioles stud prospect Dylan Bundy was almost literally unhittable at low Single-A to begin the season, throwing 30 innings with a 0.00 ERA and 40/2 K/BB ratio while holding opponents to a .053 batting average. That earned him a promotion to high Single-A and Bundy has continued to pitch well there with a 23/6 K/BB…

  12. Rangers turn to Double-A starter Justin Grimm to patch banged-up rotation

    Jun 15, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    justin grimm rangers

    Neftali Feliz, Derek Holland, and Alexi Ogando are on the disabled list, Roy Oswalt is scuffling in the minors, and Scott Feldman is 0-6 with a 6.50 ERA, so the Rangers have decided to dip down to Double-A for their latest rotation reinforcement. Justin Grimm will be called up from Double-A to make his big-league…

  13. Baseball’s hottest hitter? Would you believe Trevor Plouffe?

    Jun 15, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Trevor Plouffe

    Trevor Plouffe was hitting .133 on May 14 and the 26-year-old former first-round pick had a .212 batting average for his career, which along with the Twins not trusting him to play shortstop had him in danger of potentially being designated for assignment. Instead he’s been the hottest hitter in baseball since then. Seriously. Plouffe…

  14. Franklin Gutierrez makes season debut for Mariners

    Jun 15, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    gutierrez wide getty

    Franklin Gutierrez hadn’t played since September of last season because of multiple health problems, the latest of which were a torn pectoral muscle and heel injury, but the former Gold Glove center fielder was finally back in the Mariners’ lineup last night. At this point it’s impossible to say what to expect from Gutierrez, as…

  15. Cardinals sign No. 19 pick Michael Wacha for $1.9 million

    Jun 15, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    mlb draft

    Add another name to the list of first-rounders signing early, as the Cardinals and No. 19 pick Michael Wacha have agreed to a deal. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the starting pitcher from Texas A&M will get $1.9 million, which is the exact slot bonus for the pick. Baseball America…

  16. Charlie Morton undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Jun 14, 2012, 6:23 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 14, 2012, 5:22 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 14, 2012, 3:49 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 14, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 14, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    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 ESPN.com rated him 19th.…

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

    Jun 14, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 14, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

    doug fister getty

    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…

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

    Jun 14, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 14, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 14, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    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…

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