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  1. Matt Kemp is halfway to the 40-40 club after just 75 games

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Matt Kemp stole his 20th base of the season last night, which along with 20 homers puts him halfway to joining the 40-homer, 40-steal club after just 75 games. Jose Canseco was the first 40-40 player in 1988 and since then Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and Alfonso Soriano have joined him in the club. Kemp…

  2. Josh Beckett “is really sick” and unlikely to pitch Saturday

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett vs. Rays

    Josh Beckett was scratched from last night’s scheduled start because of the flu–or as manager Terry Francona put it, “intestinal turmoil”–and Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston reports that he’s now unlikely to make his pushed-back start Saturday. Francona told McDonald that Beckett “is really sick” and “doctors are trying to figure it out.” Andrew Miller…

  3. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle benches Ronny Cedeno … again

    Jun 22, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Ronny Cedeno has been benched by manager Clint Hurdle for the second time this season after the Pirates shortstop attempted to bunt with the bases loaded last night before eventually grounding into a double play. Hurdle declined to specifically attach the benching to that plate appearance, but Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review notes…

  4. Monday was the 20th anniversary of Ivan Rodriguez’s debut

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    ivan rodriguez rangers

    Ivan Rodriguez celebrated the 20th anniversary of his big-league debut Monday, but the Nationals had the day off and then last night he sat on the bench as the man who’s replaced him as the starting catcher, 23-year-old Wilson Ramos, delivered a game-winning homer. Despite that lack of drama, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post…

  5. Jonathan Broxton’s first rehab inning: 1 run, 2 strikeouts

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    jonathan-broxton-dodgers

    Jonathan Broxton started his rehab assignment last night by allowing one run in one inning at Triple-A. He gave up one hit and one walk while striking out two batters, throwing 12 of 23 pitches for strikes. Broxton hasn’t pitched since May 3 and was terrible before being shut down, so presumably the Dodgers will…

  6. Cardinals GM says Albert Pujols’ return timetable is “fluid”

    Jun 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Albert Pujols was initially given a 4-6 week recovery timetable for his fractured wrist, but as you’d expect from someone who’s never played fewer than 143 games in a season he’s already talking about getting back in the lineup. News that Pujols would likely be in a soft cast for four weeks seemingly ruled out…

  7. Jon Garland worried shoulder injury may end career

    Jun 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jon Garland was cleared to play catch yesterday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, but there’s no timetable for his return and the 31-year-old right-hander told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that he’s worried about his career: That’s the natural tendency. It’s my livelihood. I’ve depended on my…

  8. Royals manager Ned Yost is friends with Jeff Foxworthy

    Jun 21, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    jeff foxworthy

    There are worse people to be friends with, of course, but for some reason this tweet from Royals beat reporter Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star made me chuckle: Comedian Jeff Foxworthy and other friends of manager Royals manager Ned Yost are in uniform and taking part in early workouts. You know you’re a…

  9. Padres place Brad Hawpe on disabled list with finger injury

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    brad-hawpe-padres

    Brad Hawpe moved from first base to right field to make room for Anthony Rizzo‘s arrival two weeks ago and now he’s out of the lineup altogether, as the Padres placed him on the disabled list with a stained left middle finger. Hawpe got off to a brutal start, turned things around for a while,…

  10. Hanley Ramirez hits cleanup in return from benching, reporter thinks Marlins should trade him

    Jun 21, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Day 1 of the (latest) Jack McKeon era in Florida involved benching Hanley Ramirez, but the Marlins’ shortstop is back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Angels. And not only that: Ramirez is hitting cleanup for the first time in his career. Also of note is that Marlins beat reporter Joe Capozzi of…

  11. Brian Roberts won’t return from his concussion before the All-Star break

    Jun 21, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Brian Roberts, Buck Showalter

    Brian Roberts was examined today by a concussion specialist who told him he needed more rest, so Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that the Orioles have ruled him out through the All-Star break. Roberts initially suffered the concussion while sliding head-first into first base on May 16 and the All-Star break is hardly an established…

  12. Cardinals call up Mark Hamilton to help replace Albert Pujols

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals

    It remains to be seen how manager Tony La Russa will actually choose to replace Albert Pujols in the lineup, but he’ll at least have the option of using Mark Hamilton after the Cardinals called the 26-year-old first baseman up from Triple-A today. Hamilton has struggled previously in a couple brief stints with the Cardinals,…

  13. Ricky Romero tweets: “I did NOT call out my teammates”

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Ricky Romero

    I wrote this morning about Ricky Romero pointing to a lack of run support after last night’s loss dropped him to 6-7 despite a 2.98 ERA and this afternoon Romero tweeted that he wasn’t calling out the Blue Jays’ lineup: Wanna clear up that I did NOT call out any of my teammates. Never been…

  14. Rafael Furcal nearing rehab assignment for oblique injury

    Jun 21, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    Jonathan Broxton is slated to begin his rehab assignment tonight at Triple-A and Rafael Furcal may not be far behind, as Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that the injured shortstop could start a rehab stint of his own as soon as Monday. Furcal has been out since June 4 with a strained left…

  15. Brandon Webb’s latest rehab start: 0.2 innings, 4 runs

    Jun 21, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    brandon-webb-spring-training

    Brandon Webb finally provided some reason for optimism last week by tossing three shutout innings in a rehab start at Double-A, but that all vanished in his follow-up start Sunday when he failed to make it out of the first inning while allowing four runs. Afterward the rehabbing former Cy Young winner told Louie Horvath…

  16. Braves writer wants to make it very, very clear that everyone really, really hated Yunel Escobar

    Jun 21, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Jason Bay, Yunel Escobar

    When the Braves traded Yunel Escobar to the Blue Jays last year there was plenty of talk about how few people in Atlanta were sad to see him go, so this isn’t exactly shocking news. However, with Escobar back in town for an interleague series and playing very well for the Blue Jays while the…

  17. Padres sticking with rookie Anthony Rizzo amid slow start

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies

    Anthony Rizzo has struggled in his first taste of the big leagues, going just 5-for-31 (.161) with one homer and 12 strikeouts since being called up two weeks ago, but the Padres have made it very clear that they won’t be benching or demoting the top prospect. Here’s what manager Bud Black told Rob Terranova…

  18. Ricky Romero calls out Blue Jays’ offense for lack of support

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero blows a gum balloon during practice at their spring training facility in Dunedin

    Ricky Romero tossed seven innings of two-run ball against the Braves last night, but got stuck with a loss because the Blue Jays were shut out by Tim Hudson and Craig Kimbrel, managing just two singles and one walk while striking out 11 times. Pitching well and getting zero run support has been the story…

  19. Jonathan Broxton to begin rehab assignment at Triple-A

    Jun 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    broxton ap

    After sitting out the past six weeks with a bone bruise in his elbow Jonathan Broxton has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment tonight at Triple-A. A.J. Cassavell of MLB.com indicates that Broxton is scheduled to make just two rehab appearances, but given how awful he pitched for the Dodgers prior to being shut…

  20. Former saves leader Chad Cordero announces retirement

    Jun 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Chad Cordero, who saved a league-leading 47 games as a 23-year-old in 2005 and has recently been pitching for the independent league St. Paul Saints, announced his retirement at age 29. He followed up that 47-save season with 29 saves in 2006 and 37 saves in 2007, but Cordero has pitched a grand total of…

  21. In first day on the job Jack McKeon benches Hanley Ramirez

    Jun 20, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    jack mckeon marlins

    Jack McKeon wasted no time making his presence felt as Edwin Rodriguez’s replacement, as the 80-year-old’s first lineup since returning as Marlins manager doesn’t include Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez has dealt with back problems for much of the season, but told reporters that he’s healthy and confused by not starting tonight. McKeon explained to Clark Spencer…

  22. Rockies activate Dexter Fowler from DL, send him to Triple-A

    Jun 20, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Dexter Fowler

    As expected, the Rockies have activated Dexter Fowler from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A instead of bringing the center fielder back to the big-league roster. Fowler’s abdominal injury actually kept him from being demoted to Triple-A last month and since then the Rockies have repeatedly talked about the switch-hitter needing to improve…

  23. Marlon Byrd hoping to return from facial fractures on July 4

    Jun 20, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

    Marlon Byrd after beaning

    Out since a May 21 beaning left him with facial fractures, Marlon Byrd said yesterday that he could be cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment as soon as next week. Byrd, who did some running yesterday, told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that he hopes to join the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate in Des…

  24. Knee injury voids Chris Coghlan’s demotion to Triple-A, sends him to DL instead

    Jun 20, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    chris-coghlan-marlins

    Before hiring an 80-year-old as their new manager the Marlins made a different surprising move last week by demoting former Rookie of the Year and Opening Day center fielder Chris Coghlan to Triple-A, but the transaction has been voided because Coghlan informed the team of a knee injury and has instead been placed on the…

  25. Twins follow MLB-worst 17-36 start with 14-3 run this month

    Jun 20, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Minnesota Twins

    I’ll save most of the dorky details and nerdy numbers for my Twins-focused blog, but Minnesota has started to dig out of its huge early hole by recovering from an MLB-worst 17-36 start through May 31 to go 14-3 so far in June. Run prevention has been the biggest key, as none of the six…

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