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  1. Dan Haren finally admits to back injury after latest clunker

    Jul 4, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Dan Haren

    Dan Haren looked like his usual self through the first two months of the season, throwing 72 innings with a 3.52 ERA and 66/14 K/BB ratio. Then the calendar flipped to June and he fell apart, allowing 29 runs in 32 innings–including nine homers–spread over six starts. The latest ugly outing came last night, as…

  2. Indians activate Travis Hafner from the disabled list

    Jul 4, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT

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    Out since May 23 with a knee injury, Travis Hafner is off the disabled list and back in the Indians’ lineup for today’s game against the Angels. Hafner was plenty productive before the injury, hitting .242 with six homers and an .819 OPS in 39 games, but the 35-year-old designated hitter hasn’t been able to…

  3. Yu Darvish, David Freese lead “Final Vote” balloting

    Jul 4, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

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    With one day remaining in the “Final Vote” contest for All-Star spots Rangers starter Yu Darvish leads the AL balloting and Cardinals third baseman David Freese leads the NL balloting. Braves third baseman Chipper Jones had been leading in the NL, but yesterday he was removed from the “Final Vote” ballot after being named the…

  4. Ryan Howard homers in rehab game, nears Phillies return

    Jul 4, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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    It’s unclear if Ryan Howard‘s surgically repaired Achilles’ tendon is ready to handle playing in the majors again, but his bat sure looks fine. Howard went 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs in a minor-league rehab game yesterday at Triple-A and is now 8-for-17 (.471) with a homer, two doubles, and nine RBIs in…

  5. Field of Dreams, Louis C.K., Gaby Hoffmann, and stretching the limits of baseball-related

    Jul 4, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

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    OK, so saying this is related to baseball is admittedly a stretch, but it’s a holiday and I’m working and … well, whatever. Humor me. I was watching the season premier of Louie last night–I would have watched it earlier, but I was on vacation–and the actress playing his girlfriend looked really familiar, except I…

  6. Brian Roberts is back on the disabled list

    Jul 4, 2012, 11:07 AM EDT

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    Poor Brian Roberts. After missing more than a year recovering from multiple concussions and also dealing with back problems in recent years the former All-Star second baseman has returned to the disabled list with a new injury. Roberts strained his groin Sunday, sat out Monday’s game, and was put on the shelf yesterday after playing…

  7. Dodgers reliever Todd Coffey to have Tommy John surgery

    Jul 4, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

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    Dodgers reliever Todd Coffey will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament that requires Tommy John elbow surgery. Coffey was visited on the mound by the team trainer after complaining of elbow soreness during Monday’s appearance, but stayed in the game and actually struck out the final two batters he…

  8. White Sox release left-handed reliever Will Ohman

    Jul 3, 2012, 6:39 PM EDT

    Will Ohman

    Last week the White Sox designated Will Ohman for assignment just hours after he finished a blowout win and today they released the veteran reliever. Ohman and his $2.5 million salary predictably passed through waivers unclaimed, but now that he’s available for a prorated share of the minimum salary the left-hander should be able to…

  9. A’s designate former closer Brian Fuentes for assignment

    Jul 3, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Three weeks ago Brian Fuentes was Oakland’s closer, but that went terribly before he quickly gave way to rookie Ryan Cook in the role and today the A’s designated Fuentes for assignment. He’s likely to clear waivers because no team wants to take on the remainder of his $5 million salary for this season or…

  10. Chris Carpenter to undergo season-ending surgery

    Jul 3, 2012, 4:38 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that Carpenter will undergo season-ending surgery. ========== Chris Carpenter suffered another setback in his recovery from year-long shoulder problems and now Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the former Cy Young winner and the Cardinals have “discussed a second shutdown and possible season-ending surgery.” That’s…

  11. Blue Jays sign first-rounder Marcus Stroman for $1.8 million

    Jul 3, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Duke right-hander Marcus Stroman and the Blue Jays have agreed to a $1.8 million deal that’s the exact slot amount for the No. 22 overall pick, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America. Baseball America ranked Stroman as the 10th-best player in the draft and ESPN.com rated him 17th, and he’s a very intriguing prospect…

  12. Nobody (and everybody!) wants poor David Pauley

    Jul 3, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Yesterday the Blue Jays designated David Pauley for assignment, meaning the 29-year-old left-hander is back to his familiar home on the waiver wire. It seems like Pauley has been designated for assignment, claimed, signed, and released about once a week for the past year, so I checked the Rotoworld transaction database to see the reliever’s…

  13. Twins demote Liam Hendriks back to Triple-A again

    Jul 3, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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    For the second time this season the Twins have turned to their reigning minor league pitcher of the year Liam Hendriks in the starting rotation, been disappointing by the results, and sent the 23-year-old right-hander back to Triple-A. Hendriks, who lasted just four innings yesterday against the Tigers, is 0-7 with a 6.71 ERA in…

  14. Carlos Lee or not, Don Mattingly sounds ready to upgrade over James Loney

    Jul 3, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    James Loney, Don Mattingly

    By pursuing an ultimately unsuccessful trade for Carlos Lee the Dodgers made is obvious that they’re not happy with James Loney‘s production at first base, so when Loney told Don Mattingly that he feels ready to break out offensively the manager was understandably skeptical: He came into my office and he felt like he’s got…

  15. Pirates demote Jose Tabata and his $15 million contract to Triple-A

    Jul 3, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Less than a year ago the Pirates and Jose Tabata agreed to a long-term contract extension that guarantees him $15 million, could reach as high as $37 million, and keeps him under team control through 2019. Today the Pirates optioned Tabata to Triple-A after he hit just .230 with three homers and a .636 OPS…

  16. What will the Cardinals do with Allen Craig when Lance Berkman returns?

    Jul 3, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Allen Craig

    It seems crazy to think about considering how wrecked by injuries the Cardinals have been all season, but they could be on the verge of having too many quality hitters to fit into the lineup. Lance Berkman is nearing a return from knee surgery and looks likely to come off the disabled list shortly after…

  17. What exactly goes on at a SABR convention anyway?

    Jul 3, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    I’ve been on vacation for a week while attending the annual Society for American Baseball Research convention for the ninth consecutive summer. If you’ve ever wondered what exactly goes on at a SABR convention–and be honest, you probably have several semi-insulting questions–I wrote up a star-studded (Terry Ryan! Jose Mijares! Salvador Perez! Sean Forman!), picture-filled,…

  18. Jose Lobaton got married at the ballpark before catching Monday’s game

    Jul 3, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jose Lobaton

    Jose Lobaton had a busy Monday, as the Rays backup catcher got married in a morning ceremony at Tropicana Field and then was starting behind the plate against the Yankees. Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times describes the scene: Jose and Nina walked up a red carpet to the plate, as teammate Carlos Peña…

  19. Chipper Jones texts Bryce Harper, calls him “very classy”

    Jul 3, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Bryce Harper and Chipper Jones are pitted against each other in the “Final Vote” contest for an All-Star spot, with most people assuming that the Nationals phenom will win. Harper said Sunday that he’d vote for Jones because “I think a Hall of Famer should be able to go to the All-Star game his last…

  20. Max Scherzer to miss start with hamstring injury

    Jul 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Last week Max Scherzer pitched with a heavy heart, starting a game three days after his brother’s death, but now the Tigers right-hander will miss at least one turn in the rotation with a hamstring injury. Scherzer was scheduled to start today versus Minnesota, but Duane Below will make the start instead. General manager Dave…

  21. Kosuke Fukudome released by White Sox

    Jun 26, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

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    No other teams claimed him off waivers and the White Sox couldn’t find a taker via trade, so they released Kosuke Fukudome today after designating him for assignment last week. Fukudome played sparingly and poorly after signing a one-year, $1 million deal as a free agent and was on the disabled list with a back…

  22. Rangers’ rotation takes another hit with Colby Lewis on DL

    Jun 26, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

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    Colby Lewis has joined Neftali Feliz, Derek Holland, and Alexi Ogando as Rangers starters (or fill-in starters) on the disabled list, as the team put him on the shelf with a strained forearm. That move makes room on the roster for top prospect Martin Perez’s promotion from Triple-A, but instead of putting the 21-year-old Perez…

  23. Anthony Rizzo batting third in Cubs debut tonight

    Jun 26, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Chicago made it official, calling up first base prospect Anthony Rizzo from Triple-A before tonight’s game. And while the Cubs took their sweet time promoting him from Triple-A they wasted no time throwing him into the middle of the lineup. Rizzo is playing first base and batting third in his Cubs debut, pushing Bryan LaHair…

  24. Fired as Angels hitting coach, Mickey Hatcher joins Dodgers as special assistant

    Jun 26, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Mickey Hatcher, the longtime Angels hitting coach who was fired six weeks ago amid the team’s disappointing start, has joined the Dodgers as a special assistant to the general manager, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. At the time of Hatcher’s firing the Angels were 16-21 and averaging 3.6 runs per game. Since replacing Hatcher…

  25. Brewers “preparing to move” Zack Greinke if they can’t sign him to extension

    Jun 26, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

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    Zack Greinke is three months from cashing in as a free agent and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that other teams believe the Brewers are preparing to trade him if they can’t agree to a long-term extension by July 31. Milwaukee is 7.5 games out of the NL Central lead at 33-40, but the addition…

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