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  1. Lucas Giolito is buddies with Samuel L. Jackson, has Mace Windu lightsaber hanging in his room

    Jul 18, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Samuel L. Jackson tweeted out an amusingly quasi-obscene congratulations to Lucas Giolito after the Nationals’ first-round pick agreed to a $2.925 million deal just moments before last Friday’s signing deadline and it turns out the actor is a family friend. Giolito’s mom and dad are both actors and they live in California, so here’s what…

  2. Rangers activate Colby Lewis from DL, send Martin Perez back to minors

    Jul 18, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Another day, another Rangers pitcher back from the disabled list. This time it’s Colby Lewis, who returns after missing nearly a month with forearm tightness, and the Rangers sent rookie Martin Perez back to Triple-A to make room on the roster. Lewis got rocked for eight runs in his final outing before being shut down,…

  3. Juan Carlos Oviedo unlikely to pitch for Marlins this season

    Jul 18, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    While pitching in the minors Juan Carlos Oviedo suffered a sprained elbow just before the conclusion of his eight-week suspension and now it sounds like the injury, and not false identity charges, will end his season before it even started. Oviedo was slated to rejoin the Marlins next week and may have even gotten some…

  4. Pete Rose is getting his own reality television show

    Jul 18, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    TLC is giving Pete Rose his own reality show and Entertainment Weekly has the details: With a working title of Pete Rose and Kiana Kim Family Project, the show will follow the 71-year-old Rose and his thirtysomething model fiancée Kiana Kim (who has posed for Playboy) through their daily lives as they try to blend…

  5. Well, at least Micah Owings can focus on hitting now

    Jul 18, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Earlier this month Micah Owings sounded just about ready to give up pitching and focus on trying to make it back to the majors as a hitter, and now the decision has been made for him. Owings will undergo elbow surgery after spending the past three months on the disabled list with a forearm injury…

  6. Ryan Braun out of Brewers’ lineup today after aggravating season-long groin injury

    Jul 18, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Ryan Braun left last night’s game after aggravating a lingering groin injury and as expected he’s not in the Brewers’ lineup for today’s game. Milwaukee has Thursday off, so this gives Braun some extra rest before potentially rejoining the lineup Friday in Cincinnati for what’s the start of 12 games in 12 days. Of course,…

  7. Padres rookie Joe Wieland to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Jul 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Joe Wieland had a promising debut for the Padres, posting a 4.55 ERA and 24/9 K/BB ratio through five starts after coming over from the Rangers in last year’s Mike Adams trade, but the 22-year-old rookie hasn’t pitched since being shut down with elbow problems in early May. And now he won’t pitch until at…

  8. Kevin Youkilis is hitting .319 with 18 RBIs in 18 games for the White Sox

    Jul 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Kevin Youkilis‘ return to Boston has so far consisted of four hits in two games, including a homer and two doubles, and the Red Sox castoff is now batting .319 with four homers, a .965 OPS, and 18 RBIs in 18 games since being traded to the White Sox. It’s early, of course, but he’s…

  9. Dillon Gee hasn’t ruled out pitching again this season

    Jul 18, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    After being hospitalized for numbness in his hand last week Dillon Gee underwent surgery Friday to repair an artery in his shoulder that was 96 percent blocked, using a vein from his groin to replace it. Gee, who admitted afterward that he’s experienced numbness in his fingers since 2010, has been told that he can…

  10. Scott Kazmir’s story keeps getting sadder

    Jul 17, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

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    In the span of four season Scott Kazmir went from 24-year-old All-Star to being out of the big leagues and now pitching for the independent league Sugarland Skeeters. And as Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus notes, Kazmir can’t even get those hitters out. Yesterday he lasted just one inning, coughing up six runs on six…

  11. Royals (finally) designate Jonathan Sanchez for assignment

    Jul 17, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Mercifully, the Royals have designated Sanchez for assignment. ========== As if watching Melky Cabrera win All-Star game MVP while hitting .350 for the Giants wasn’t bad enough for Royals fans, now they’re being forced to watch Jonathan Sanchez implode every fifth game. Sanchez, who was acquired from the Giants for Cabrera this offseason, has…

  12. Mets welcome back Jason Bay from concussion

    Jul 17, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Jason Bay is back from the disabled list, returning to the Mets’ active roster after missing the past month with a concussion. Bay went 3-for-10 with three walks while rehabbing at Triple-A and, more importantly considering his history, hasn’t experienced any post-concussion symptoms. Bay got off to a decent start this season, but then missed…

  13. Robert Andino joins Brian Roberts on the disabled list

    Jul 17, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Baltimore is already without Brian Roberts and the man who’s filled in for him at second base for most of the past two seasons, Robert Andino, has now joined him on the disabled list. Andino strained his left shoulder diving for a ball Sunday. Or as manager Buck Showalter put it: “He’s got some fibers…

  14. Matt Joyce rejoins Rays after month-long oblique injury

    Jul 17, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Tampa Bay’s struggling offense gets a boost tonight, as Matt Joyce returns from the disabled list after missing the past month with an oblique injury. Joyce went 2-for-8 with a double in two games at Single-A and his return as the Rays’ primary right fielder means that Ben Zobrist will shift from the outfield to…

  15. White Sox place Gavin Floyd on DL, activate Philip Humber

    Jul 17, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Gavin Floyd was scratched from his scheduled Monday start with an elbow injury that the White Sox hoped would prove minor, but today they placed him on the disabled list. The move was made to create a roster opening for Philip Humber, who returns from the DL after missing the past month with an elbow…

  16. Phillies activate Roy Halladay from DL for tonight’s start

    Jul 17, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

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    As expected the Phillies have activated Roy Halladay from the disabled list after the two-time Cy Young winner missed the past seven weeks with a shoulder injury. Halladay, who had a 3.98 ERA and 56/14 K/BB ratio in 72 innings before the injury, will start tonight against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. He tuned up…

  17. Vernon Wells nearing return, but do Angels want him back?

    Jul 17, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

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    Vernon Wells is close to returning from a torn thumb ligament that has sidelined him since mid-May, but with Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo, and Torii Hunter entrenched as the Angels’ starting outfield and Kendry Morales playing every day at designated hitter … well, do they even want him back? Wells had a miserable 2011 and…

  18. Blue Jays put Jose Bautista on DL with wrist injury, call up speedster Anthony Gose

    Jul 17, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Initial tests on Jose Bautista‘s wrist injury showed nothing broken, but the Blue Jays have placed the slugger on the disabled list with what they’re officially calling wrist inflammation. No word yet on his potential return timetable, as he’s expected to undergo further testing to rule out anything more serious. In the meantime the Blue…

  19. Neftali Feliz starts rehab stint after missing two months

    Jul 17, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Out since mid-May with a sprained elbow, Neftali Feliz began a minor-league rehab assignment yesterday with two innings at Double-A. Feliz showed some rust, walking two batters and needing 40 pitches to get through two frames, but also got four of his six outs via strikeouts and Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that his…

  20. Brett Gardner had another setback, may miss rest of season

    Jul 17, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Brett Gardner has suffered yet another setback in his recovery from an elbow injury that was initially deemed minor and the Yankees left fielder is now in danger of missing the remainder of the season. Brendan Prunty of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Gardner had to be shut down due to soreness in his…

  21. Juan Carlos Oviedo out indefinitely with sprained elbow

    Jul 16, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

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    Juan Carlos Oviedo is eligible to return from his eight-week suspension for identity fraud on July 23, but the reliever formerly known as Leo Nunez won’t be ready to rejoin the Marlins’ bullpen by then because he’s been diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Oviedo suffered the injury while working…

  22. Agent fights back against “gutless people” ripping Justin Upton anonymously

    Jul 16, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Trade rumors are swirling around Justin Upton and his agent, Larry Reynolds, is upset about what he feels are anonymous attacks being made against the Diamondbacks outfielder through the media. Reynolds told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that trade rumors “are part of the business” and something Upton understands, but “what I don’t like are…

  23. MLB teams spent $208 million signing draft picks this year

    Jul 16, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Jim Callis of Baseball America crunched the (preliminary) numbers and reports that MLB teams combined to spend approximately $208 million signing draft picks this year. That’s obviously an incredible amount of money, but Callis notes that teams spent around $236 million on draft picks last year. Part of the decrease comes from this year’s draft…

  24. Gavin Floyd scratched from tonight’s start with elbow injury

    Jul 16, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Gavin Floyd won’t make his scheduled start tonight against the Red Sox because of forearm and elbow soreness, but Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago reports that an MRI exam showed no structural damage and for now at least he’ll remain on the active roster. Dylan Axelrod will make the spot start in place of Floyd…

  25. Brandon Inge has turned back into a pumpkin

    Jul 16, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Brandon Inge got released by the Tigers in late April, signed with the A’s, and suddenly starting smacking homers in bunches, leading to all sorts of fawning words being written as if the past five years hadn’t happened and he was simply back to being a productive regular at age 35. Inge’s power surge lasted…

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