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  1. 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…

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

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

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

    Jun 3, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 3, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

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    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…

  8. Nationals hitting coach breaks GM-imposed silence

    Jun 3, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 3, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 3, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

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    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…

  11. 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…

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

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Joe Mauer catches three innings in extended spring training

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

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    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…

  17. Picture of the Day: Braves reliever Peter Moylan and his fiancee model black dresses

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    Peter Moylan has plenty of time on his hands following back surgery last month, so the Braves reliever tweeted a picture of his fiancee in the dress she’s wearing to the ESPY awards … and then tweeted a picture of himself wearing a similar dress. The double tattoo sleeves sticking out of a sleeveless dress…

  18. Royals stud prospect John Lamb needs Tommy John surgery

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Heading into this season Baseball America ranked Kansas City left-hander John Lamb as the 18th-best prospect in MLB, but the Royals just announced that the 20-year-old former fifth-round pick will miss the remainder of season following Tommy John elbow surgery. Lamb was one of nine Royals prospects to crack Baseball America‘s top 100 list after…

  19. Darin Erstad is the new head baseball coach at Nebraska

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Darin Erstad, who played baseball and football at the University of Nebraska before the Angels made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 1995 draft, will soon be named the Cornhuskers’ new head baseball coach, according to Aaron Fitt of Baseball America. Erstad is just 36 years old and only two years removed from…

  20. Phil Hughes throws simulated inning, nears rehab assignment

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

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    Pitching coach Larry Rothschild was the only batter and he never actually took a swing, but technically Phil Hughes threw about 50 pitches in a simulated outing yesterday. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Hughes will face real hitters taking actual swings when he throws batting practice Saturday, at which point the…

  21. Must-click link: Rocco Baldelli, scout

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com has an excellent article about Rocco Baldelli, who’s quickly becoming one of the Rays’ top scouts after health problems ended his playing career at age 28: Crasnick: Rocco Baldelli’s new role Tampa Bay remarkably has 12 of the first 89 picks in the draft, so Baldelli’s reports on high school and…

  22. Jose Reyes returns to Mets after three-day bereavement leave

    Jun 2, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Jose Reyes is back with the Mets after spending three days on bereavement leave following his grandmother’s death. He’ll be in the lineup for this afternoon’s game against the Pirates, with the Mets placing Taylor Buchholz on the disabled list to make room on the roster. Even after missing three games Reyes leads the league…

  23. MLB bans Jim Joyce from umpiring games involving Armando Galarraga’s team

    Jun 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    It’s a moot point for now after the Diamondbacks demoted Armando Galarraga to Triple-A, but Amy K. Nelson of ESPN.com reports that MLB has banned Jim Joyce from umpiring “any series in which Galarraga’s team plays.” Joyce’s botched call ruining Galarraga’s perfect game last season forever linked them in history and they’ve since become business…

  24. Phillies to get Shane Victorino back from disabled list Friday

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Out since mid-May with a hamstring injury, Shane Victorino is expected to return from the disabled list in time for tomorrow’s game, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Victorino went just 2-for-13 (.154) in four minor-league rehab games at Single-A and Double-A, getting thrown out on his only stolen base attempt, but homered…

  25. Kevin Millwood struggles in first Triple-A start for Red Sox

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Kevin Millwood’s chances of being called up by the Red Sox improved with the news that Daisuke Matszuaka will likely undergo season-ending elbow surgery, but the veteran right-hander couldn’t make it out of the third inning last night in his first Triple-A start for Boston. Millwood, who signed a minor-league deal with the Red Sox…

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