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  1. 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…

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

    Jun 15, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

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    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…

  3. 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…

  4. Franklin Gutierrez makes season debut for Mariners

    Jun 15, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Jun 15, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

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

    Jun 14, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

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    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.…

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

    Jun 14, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Jun 14, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

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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…

  13. 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…

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

    Jun 14, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

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    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…

  15. 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…

  16. Mark Ellis working out three weeks after emergency surgery

    Jun 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

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    Three weeks ago Mark Ellis underwent emergency leg surgery, narrowly avoiding the potential need for amputation and spending six days in the hospital. And now he’s already back on the field. Alex Angert of MLB.com reports that Ellis has begun hitting in a cage and taking ground balls, and the veteran second baseman called his…

  17. Marlins demote former Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan to Triple-A again

    Jun 14, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Chris Coghlan

    Chris Coghlan was demoted to Triple-A in late April after hitting .121 as a part-time player for the Marlins, got recalled three weeks later when they sent down Gaby Sanchez, and is now headed back to the minors after going 9-for-59 (.153) in 20 games since returning. This is the fourth time the Marlins have…

  18. Ben Sheets is making a comeback

    Jun 14, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    Arm injuries wrecked Ben Sheets‘ career and the four-time All-Star hasn’t pitched in the majors since July of 2010, but he’s still just 33 years old and is apparently making a comeback. Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reports that Sheets threw for scouts yesterday in Louisiana and the Yankees, Phillies, Braves, and Angels were…

  19. Flawless: Matt Cain throws a perfect game versus Astros

    Jun 14, 2012, 1:08 AM EST

    Matt Cain

    Matt Cain turned in one of the most dominant performances in recent memory Wednesday night, going 27 up and 27 down against the Astros for the 22nd perfect game in MLB history. Cain was overpowering with 14 strikeouts, which ties Sandy Koufax for the most ever in a perfect game. And the Giants right-hander also…

  20. Troy Tulowitzki aggravates groin injury, leaves rehab game

    Jun 13, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

    Troy Tulowitzki

    Troy Tulowitzki began his minor-league rehab assignment with a bang today at Triple-A, homering in his first at-bat and singling in his second trip to the plate, but unfortunately he then left the game. Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that Tulowitzki aggravated his groin injury and will travel back to Denver to be examined by…

  21. White Sox sign 13th pick Courtney Hawkins for $2.5 million

    Jun 13, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

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    No. 13 overall pick Courtney Hawkins and the White Sox have agreed to a deal worth the exact slot amount of $2.475 million, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. Hawkins was committed to play college ball at Texas, but the high school outfielder from Corpus Christi will instead begin his pro career at age…

  22. Stephen Strasburg is first pitcher to 100 strikeouts this year

    Jun 13, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg tossed six innings of two-run ball in a series-sweeping victory over the Blue Jays this afternoon and in the process became the first pitcher this season to crack 100 strikeouts. Justin Verlander is next up with 95 strikeouts, so he’ll likely join Strasburg in the triple-digit club when he starts tomorrow against the…

  23. Giants sign No. 20 pick Chris Stratton for $1.85 million

    Jun 13, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

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    San Francisco and No. 20 overall pick Chris Stratton have agreed to a deal for the exact slot amount of $1.85 million. Stratton told Jay Lee of MLB.com that he wanted to sign as quickly as possible to get started on his pro career right away and as an experienced college pitcher who faced strong…

  24. Miguel Tejada is struggling at Triple-A for the Orioles

    Jun 13, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

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    Baltimore’s Triple-A roster is littered with big names and former big leaguers, including Miguel Tejada, Jamie Moyer, Lew Ford, Pat Neshek, J.C. Romero, Joel Pineiro, Bill Hall, and Nate McLouth. Some of them, like Ford, are thriving as they try to make it back to the majors one last time, but the 38-year-old Tejada is…

  25. Brett Gardner downplays talk of missing season, seeks second opinion on elbow

    Jun 13, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

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    After his latest setback wiped out another planned minor-league rehab assignment Brett Gardner is getting a pair of opinions on his injured elbow from Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Tim Kremchek. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that the Yankees “refused to fully divulge what doctors have learned” and “declined to share details…

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