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  1. Twins sign No. 2 pick Byron Buxton for draft-high $6 million

    Jun 13, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Byron Buxton

    No. 2 overall pick Byron Buxton was in Minnesota yesterday to undergo his pre-signing physical exam and also took batting practice at Target Field in the same hitting group as Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that Buxton has agreed to a $6 million signing bonus, which is slightly below…

  2. Reds sign No. 14 pick Nick Travieso for $2 million

    Jun 12, 2012, 5:47 PM EST

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    Florida high school right-hander Nick Travieso is the latest first-rounder to sign, as Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that the Reds have agreed to a $2 million bonus with the No. 14 overall pick that’s $375,000 below the slot value. Baseball America ranked Travieso as the 40th-best player in the draft class, noting his…

  3. Red Sox release outfielder Marlon Byrd

    Jun 12, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

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    Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the Red Sox have released Marlon Byrd after designating the veteran outfielder for assignment last week. Byrd made a nice first impression after the Red Sox got him from the Cubs in a mid-April trade, going 10-for-30 (.333) through eight games. However, he hit .243 with one homer and…

  4. Don’t expect many strikeouts in Twins-Phillies game tonight

    Jun 12, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

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    There are lots of big-name starters pitching tonight–Felix Hernandez, Adam Wainwright, Zack Greinke, Johnny Cueto, Madison Bumgarner, CC Sabathia–but to me the most interesting matchup of the day involves a pair of back-of-the-rotation starters in the Minnesota-Philadelphia game. Nick Blackburn of the Twins and Kyle Kendrick of the Phillies have two of the four lowest…

  5. Ozzie Guillen doesn’t want Carlos Zambrano swinging for the fences

    Jun 12, 2012, 3:45 PM EST

    Miami Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    Last week I wrote about Carlos Zambrano tying Walter Johnson and Bob Gibson for the seventh-most homers by a pitcher in baseball history, but when Zambrano tweaked his back Saturday manager Ozzie Guillen suddenly wasn’t so interested in his power potential. Here’s what Guillen told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com: We’re going to cut down on…

  6. Dodgers haven’t set a return timetable for Matt Kemp yet

    Jun 12, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

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    Matt Kemp has been out since May 31 after aggravating his left hamstring strain in his second game back from the disabled list and manager Don Mattingly indicated yesterday that the Dodgers haven’t established a timetable for his return. Kemp clearly won’t be back when eligible later this week, but that’s expected considering he said…

  7. Tigers place Octavio Dotel on DL with elbow injury

    Jun 12, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

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    Octavio Dotel has been on the active roster but unavailable to pitch because of an elbow injury for more than a week now, so today the Tigers finally decided to place him on the disabled list. Officially his injury is listed as elbow inflammation. Dotel had tons of arm problems early in his career, but…

  8. Anthony Rizzo is terrorizing Triple-A pitchers while waiting for Cubs call-up

    Jun 12, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

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    Interleague games in AL ballparks gave the Cubs a short-term opportunity to call up first base prospect Anthony Rizzo and play him without having to bench anyone, but they passed on the chance and so Rizzo continues to be a nightmare for Triple-A pitchers. He homered twice Sunday and two more times Monday, and Rizzo…

  9. Tim Hudson feels “good enough” to face Yankees tomorrow

    Jun 12, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

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    Tim Hudson missed his scheduled Sunday start because of bone chips in his ankle, but the Braves right-hander will avoid the disabled list and take his next turn in the rotation tomorrow against the Yankees. Hudson threw a bullpen session yesterday and told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that his ankle “felt all…

  10. Rangers’ rotation takes another hit as Alexi Ogando goes on the disabled list

    Jun 12, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

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    As expected Alexi Ogando‘s groin injury has led him to the disabled list, where he joins Rangers starters Neftali Feliz and Derek Holland, the latter of whom he replaced in the rotation last week. There’s no word yet on who’ll fill in for Ogando, but the Rangers called up left-hander Michael Kirkman from Triple-A and…

  11. Domestic violence case dismissed against Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera

    Jun 12, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

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    Everth Cabrera was in court yesterday to face domestic violence charges stemming from an alleged incident with his wife during spring training, but Brent Schrotenboer of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the trial “was abruptly canceled” and prosecutors dismissed the case. Cabrera’s lawyer told Schrotenboer that “we were ready to proceed to trial”…

  12. Dave Boswell: 1945-2012

    Jun 12, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

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    Dave Boswell, who won 20 games as a 24-year-old in 1969 and pitched eight seasons in the majors for the Twins, Tigers, and Orioles, has passed away at age 67. Boswell’s former teammate, Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven, tweeted the sad news last night. Boswell debuted with the Twins as a 19-year-old in 1964 and…

  13. Brian Roberts returning to Orioles after 13-month absence

    Jun 12, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

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    Brian Roberts hasn’t played a major-league game in 13 months because of multiple concussions and numerous setbacks in his long road to recovery, but the former All-Star second baseman will be in the Orioles’ lineup tonight for the first time since May 16, 2011. After such a long layoff at age 34 his ability level…

  14. Jered Weaver tests back with bullpen session, “feels good”

    Jun 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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    Jered Weaver tested his injured back by throwing a 30-pitch bullpen session yesterday and said afterward that “it feels good, so obviously I want to start pushing it a little bit.” Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Weaver will throw another bullpen session and, if that goes well, could be cleared for a…

  15. Mark Melancon rejoins Red Sox as Rich Hill goes on DL

    Jun 12, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    Rich Hill came back strong from last year’s Tommy John elbow surgery, reclaiming a spot in the Red Sox’s bullpen and throwing 14 innings with a 2.63 ERA, but now the left-hander will miss at least a month with a strained flexor muscle in that same elbow. Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston says that actually…

  16. Blue Jays sign No. 17 pick D.J. Davis for $1.75 million

    Jun 11, 2012, 4:41 PM EST

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    Toronto has signed its first-round pick, high school center fielder D.J. Davis, for a $1.75 million bonus that’s $250,000 below the recommend value for the 17th overall pick. Baseball America‘s pre-draft scouting report suggested that Davis could be the fastest player in professional baseball once he signed, although for now at least Reds prospect Billy…

  17. Mark Prior is pitching well at Triple-A for the Red Sox

    Jun 11, 2012, 3:22 PM EST

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    Mark Prior’s latest comeback has brought him to Triple-A for the Red Sox’s affiliate and, so far at least, he’s been healthy and effective. We’re only talking about three appearances, of course, but Prior has thrown 4.2 innings with a 0.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts. His velocity, while not where it was before all the…

  18. Ervin Santana on pace to allow third-most homers of all time

    Jun 11, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

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    Ervin Santana and Coors Field is a match made in homer-allowing heaven and sure enough the Angels right-hander served up two more long balls versus the Rockies yesterday. (He also got the “win” while allowing seven runs in 5.2 innings, because pitcher “wins” are hilarious.) Santana has now allowed 18 homers in 80 innings spread…

  19. Albert Pujols is back to being ALBERT PUJOLS again

    Jun 11, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

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    His season totals are still way below his usual standards, but Albert Pujols is back to being one of the best hitters in baseball and has been for more than a month now. Pujols had a .194 batting average and zero homers through 27 games. Then he homered against the Blue Jays on May 6…

  20. Geovany Soto to begin rehab assignment after knee surgery

    Jun 11, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

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    Geovany Soto is ready to start a minor-league rehab assignment three weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Soto is scheduled to see his first game action today at Triple-A and will likely play 3-5 games there, at which point he could be…

  21. Another setback for injured Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos

    Jun 11, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

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    Sergio Santos has suffered yet another setback in his recovery from a shoulder injury that was initially said to be minor, as the Blue Jays closer canceled a scheduled Saturday bullpen session due to soreness. Santos has been out since April 21 and it’s been about six weeks since he guessed he was about two…

  22. Peter Bourjos is firmly planted on the Angels’ bench

    Jun 11, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Peter Bourjos has started just two of the Angels’ last nine games as the combination of his poor first two months and Mike Trout‘s arrival pushed the Opening Day center fielder to the bench. Bourjos is an amazing defensive center fielder who last season hit well enough to be one of the best all-around outfielders…

  23. Doug Fister won’t be ready to return from DL when eligible

    Jun 11, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

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    When the Tigers placed Doug Fister on the disabled list with a costochondral strain both Fister and the team trainer said they thought he’d avoid the month-long absence that was needed when he had the same injury earlier in the season. That may prove accurate, but in the meantime Fister won’t be ready to return…

  24. Roy Oswalt moving from Triple-A to Double-A for next start

    Jun 11, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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    Roy Oswalt‘s second minor-league start involved giving up a grand slam to Royals stud prospect Wil Myers on the way to allowing five runs in four innings at Triple-A. He’ll move down a level to Double-A for his third tune-up outing tomorrow night and if things go well he could be on the verge of…

  25. Drew Smyly and the “mushier and mushier” blister from hell

    Jun 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    If you were watching last night’s Tigers-Reds game on ESPN you saw Detroit starter Drew Smyly exit after three innings and then show off a huge blood blister on his left middle finger to everyone in the dugout. It looked pretty gross and afterward manager Jim Leyland described it as “the worst one I’d ever…

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