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  1. Yankees draft Dante Bichette’s son, Dante Bichette Jr.

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Dante Bichette Jr.

    They didn’t have a first-round pick last night, but the Yankees did have a supplemental first rounder at No. 51 thanks to losing Javier Vazquez as a free agent (seriously) and they used it on high school slugger Dante Bichette Jr. In addition to being the son of four-time All-Star outfielder Dante Bichette he’s also…

  2. Jason Kendall takes “a huge step” in post-surgery comeback

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Kansas City Royals

    Jason Kendall took what he called “a huge step” in his recovery from shoulder surgery, participating in live batting practice yesterday for the first time since going under the knife in September. Kendall’s throwing program has progressed to 100 feet and Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that he could be cleared for…

  3. Andy Pettitte: “I don’t think I will ever pitch again”

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    New York Yankee Andy Pettitte Announces Retirement

    While appearing on Michael Kay’s radio show yesterday Andy Pettitte made it very clear that he has no plans to come out of retirement, saying: “I don’t think I will ever pitch again.” Pettitte added that he’s “not dying to be playing baseball right now” and is “absolutely loving being home.” He left the door…

  4. Joakim Soria reclaims closer duties after one-week demotion

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    Demoted from closer to middle reliever last week after blowing three saves in four appearances, Joakim Soria threw five hitless innings in three outings and now the Royals are ready to hand him ninth-inning duties back. Aaron Crow was tabbed as the fill-in closer, but never actually got a save opportunity. Ned Yost told Dick…

  5. A’s send Kevin Kouzmanoff to Triple-A, call up Scott Sizemore

    Jun 6, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

    Kevin Kouzmanoff Getty

    Last week, when the A’s acquired Scott Sizemore from the Tigers and optioned him to the minors, Matthew Pouliot speculated in this space that they’d turn to him at third base if Kevin Kouzmanoff continued to struggle. Matthew guessed it would take another couple weeks for Kouzmanoff to lose the job, but the A’s just…

  6. Rockies to put Dexter Fowler on DL, call up Charlie Blackmon

    Jun 6, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    No official move yet, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies will place center fielder Dexter Fowler on the disabled list with a sore abdomen and call up Charlie Blackmon from Triple-A. Blackmon may get a chance to replace Fowler in center field, but he’s played primarily right field this season…

  7. Lower back pain forces Hanley Ramirez to the disabled list

    Jun 6, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    As expected, the Marlins have placed Hanley Ramirez on the disabled list with ongoing lower back problems. Ramirez hasn’t played since May 29 and revealed that the back soreness is so bad that it kept him from being able to put on his shoes, calling it “the worst pain I’ve ever had in my life.”…

  8. Uh oh: Brett Anderson leaves A’s to have elbow examined

    Jun 6, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

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    Brett Anderson was on his way to a breakout sophomore campaign last year when elbow problems ended his season on June 5 and the 23-year-old southpaw’s elbow is barking again. Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Anderson has left the A’s on their East Coast road trip and is heading back…

  9. Wandy Rodriguez to return next Monday, with Jordan Lyles likely going back to minors

    Jun 6, 2011, 1:24 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    Wandy Rodriguez threw 60 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday and Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros now expect him to come off the disabled list when eligible next Monday. He’ll first have to avoid a setback with his elbow injury while making a rehab start Wednesday at Double-A, but Levine…

  10. Struggling to play through shoulder injury, Luke Scott gets cortisone injection

    Jun 6, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

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    Luke Scott has remained in the Orioles’ lineup despite being diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder early last month, but he’s hitting just .151 in his last 17 games and Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Scott got a cortisone injection yesterday. According to Ghiroli he could be back in the lineup…

  11. Nationals interested in Rays center fielder B.J. Upton

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    BJ Upton ap

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com speculated back in April that the Nationals’ search for a center fielder could lead them to make the Rays an offer for B.J. Upton and now Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Upton is indeed “one of their targets.” Ladson notes that Upton and Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman have been…

  12. Call-up on hold: Blue Jays prospect Brett Lawrie placed on minor league DL

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brett Lawrie

    General manager Alex Anthopoulos hinted last week that the Blue Jays were close to calling up top prospect Brett Lawrie, with speculation swirling that he could debut over the weekend, but those plans are now on hold thanks to a wrist injury. Lawrie avoided a serious injury after being hit on the wrist by a…

  13. Mike Scioscia: “We can’t have baseball in November … I don’t think the Pilgrims set it up that way”

    Jun 6, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Angels manager and MLB special committee for on-field matters member Mike Scioscia said yesterday that he’s against the playoffs lasting into November, saying baseball can avoid that without having to shorten the regular season schedule from 162 games. Scioscia told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that MLB could remove days rather than games…

  14. Report: Pirates taking UCLA righty Gerrit Cole with No. 1 pick

    Jun 6, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole will be the Pirates’ choice with the No. 1 pick when the draft starts tonight, according to MLB.com prospect and draft analyst Jonathan Mayo. Cole’s performance this season is considered somewhat disapppointing, with rotation-mate Trevor Bauer posting superior numbers, but Cole has long been projected as the potential No. 1 pick…

  15. Dodgers starter Jon Garland bound for DL with arm injury

    Jun 3, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jon Garland went more than a decade without needing a stint on the disabled list, but now Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that he’s headed to the DL for the second time this season because of a shoulder injury. According to Jackson shutting down Garland will make room on the roster for Vicente…

  16. Rangers activate Julio Borbon from disabled list … and send him to Triple-A

    Jun 3, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    Julio Borbon‘s lack of production at the plate and inconsistent defense in center field had him falling out of favor in Texas even before injuring his hamstring in mid-May, but now the fall is complete and he’s landed back in the minors. This afternoon the Rangers activated Borbon from the disabled list and optioned him…

  17. Nationals hitting coach breaks GM-imposed silence

    Jun 3, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

    rick-eckstein-nationals

    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo gave hitting coach Rick Eckstein orders to avoid talking to reporters for the past several weeks, apparently fearing that Eckstein would be too hard on himself about the team’s offensive struggles. Eckstein finally chatted with the media yesterday and sure enough he was very tough on himself: I’m going to…

  18. Cameron Diaz “hurt and betrayed” after breaking up with Alex Rodriguez

    Jun 3, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    A-Rod Cameron Diaz

    Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz have broken up, reports the New York Daily News. And to think, they seemed so happy together as she hand-fed him popcorn in a luxury box at the Super Bowl on national television. According to “a source” quoted in the article Diaz is “hurt and betrayed, because she tried so…

  19. How much value did the Red Sox get for their $103 million investment in Daisuke Matsuzaka?

    Jun 3, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    No official announcement has been made yet quite yet, but various reports confirm that Daisuke Matsuzaka will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery next week. That means he’s finished for this season and will likely miss most or perhaps even all of 2012, which is the final year of his six-year contract with the Red Sox…

  20. Tommy Hunter to resume rehab assignment Saturday

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Brandon Webb‘s latest setback means he won’t be joining the Rangers’ rotation any time soon, but Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that Tommy Hunter is set to resume his minor-league rehab assignment Saturday. Hunter’s last rehab outing was on May 9, when he aggravated a groin injury originally suffered in spring training and was…

  21. Brian Roberts “is still several weeks away from returning”

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brian Roberts, Buck Showalter

    Brian Roberts has been out since May 16 with a concussion and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun writes that the Orioles second baseman “is still several weeks away from returning.” Initially when the Orioles placed Roberts on the new seven-day disabled list on May 19 they were hopeful he could return in a week…

  22. Hideki Okajima would rather be traded than rejoin Red Sox

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Rich Hill‘s injury leaves the Red Sox short of a left-handed reliever and opens the door for Hideki Okajima to potentially be called back up from Triple-A, but Okajima told Michael Vega of the Boston Globe that he “would rather not be called up in this situation.” Demoted to Triple-A for the second time this…

  23. Willy Aybar: Mediocre baseball player, world-class scumbag

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Rays' Aybar drives in the game-winning run against the Angels during their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    Willy Aybar‘s lack of free agent offers was explained a few weeks ago by a report that he spent three months in a Dominican Republic prison for allegedly beating his wife so badly that she was in intensive care. And now according to the St. Petersburg Times the former Rays, Dodgers, and Braves player–and brother…

  24. More injuries for Twins, as Jim Thome and Jason Kubel hit the disabled list

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

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    Just when it looked like the Twins might be getting some positive news on the health front with Joe Mauer finally catching in extended spring training the team announced that Jim Thome and Jason Kubel are the latest members of the injury wrecked lineup to be placed on the disabled list. Thome and Kubel join…

  25. Joe Mauer catches three innings in extended spring training

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    Joe Mauer caught three innings in an extended spring training game this afternoon, getting back behind the plate for the first time since being shut down in mid-April due to leg problems stemming from his offseason knee surgery. Mauer went 0-for-5 at the plate, but afterward told David Dorsey of the Fort Myers News-Press that…

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