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  1. Pirates’ starting catcher Chris Snyder to have back surgery

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Snyder needs surgery and may be lost for the season. ========== Coming into the season the Pirates had so much catching depth that they were desperately trying to trade Ryan Doumit rather than use him as a part-time outfielder, but now Doumit is on the…

  2. Dodgers option rookie Jerry Sands back to Triple-A

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Los Angeles showed patience with Jerry Sands by sticking with the rookie despite a very slow start and he rebounded with a solid May, but after beginning this month in a 1-for-17 slump the Dodgers have demoted him back to Triple-A. Sands’ overall numbers aren’t pretty, as he hit just .200 with two homers and…

  3. Jimmy Rollins avoids disabled list, rejoins Phillies’ lineup

    Jun 9, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    Jimmy Rollins was apparently right about not needing a stint on the disabled list for his knee injury, because the Phillies’ shortstop is back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Cubs. Rollins was out of the starting lineup for the previous four games after an MRI revealed what the Phillies called a “deep…

  4. Magglio Ordonez asks for more rehab time in minors before rejoining Tigers

    Jun 9, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    Magglio Ordonez was scheduled to come off the disabled list today, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that he asked the Tigers for some additional time in the minors to get “his timing at the plate.” Ordonez is 7-for-26 (.269) with a double through six games at Triple-A, striking out six times versus zero walks…

  5. GM on Phillies’ trade deadline plans: “You will not see a major move this year”

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Ruben Amaro Jr.

    General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday that he has no plans to pick up a big bat before the July 31 trade deadline, telling Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia: “You will not see a major move this year.” Philadelphia has MLB’s best record at 37-25, putting the Phillies on pace for 97 wins, but…

  6. Mike Stanton has 35 homers after 365 days in the big leagues

    Jun 9, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Florida Marlins

    Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of the Marlins calling up Mike Stanton and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com notes that his power numbers after 365 days as a big leaguer are every bit as impressive as the hype suggested. Stanton has struggled to make consistent contact, striking out 184 times compared to 51 non-intentional walks, and…

  7. Giants need catching help, but “don’t consider Ivan Rodriguez the answer”

    Jun 9, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    General manager Brian Sabean loves veterans and the Giants are in need of catching help with Buster Posey out for the season, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that they “don’t consider Ivan Rodriguez the answer.” Rodriguez is old enough that his son was drafted by the Twins earlier this week and he’s hitting…

  8. Josh Hamilton on why Texas fired hitting coach Thad Bosley: “It was communication … not a lot there”

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    When the Rangers fired hitting coach Thad Bosley yesterday after just two months on the job I wrote that it couldn’t have been based on the lineup’s performance, because they rank fourth among AL teams in runs scored with a similar output to last season. And sure enough, comments from the front office and various…

  9. Mike Scioscia’s frustration boils over after Angels’ fall in extra innings for fifth straight loss

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Mike Scioscia was so frustrated following the Angels’ extra-inning loss to the Rays last night that Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times describes how “his voice filled with ire … the longer the postgame interview went on.” In losing for the fifth straight game and falling to 30-34 overall the Angels struck out 11…

  10. Brandon Lyon returns from DL, but won’t resume closing for Astros right away

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Brandon Lyon is back with the Astros after spending a month on the disabled list with a partially torn rotator cuff, but manager Brad Mills told Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle that he won’t immediately resume closing. We’ll kind of ease him into it before we put him absolutely all the way in to…

  11. Brian Roberts still experiencing concussion symptoms three weeks later

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Brian Roberts, Buck Showalter

    Brian Roberts was in Baltimore yesterday to meet with manager Buck Showalter and talk to reporters, and the Orioles second baseman revealed that he’s still experiencing concussion symptoms three weeks after suffering a concussion sliding head-first into first base on May 16. Roberts was told during a recent doctor visit that he’s showing some improvement,…

  12. Rangers fire new hitting coach Thad Bosley despite scoring fourth-most runs in AL

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

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    Hired in November to replace Clint Hurdle as Texas’ hitting coach, Thad Bosley was fired today two months into the season despite the Rangers ranking fourth among AL teams in runs per game. Scott Coolbaugh will replace him, becoming the Rangers’ fourth hitting coach in less than three full seasons. After scoring 787 runs on…

  13. Top prospect Anthony Rizzo to be in Padres’ lineup Thursday

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT

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    Dan Hayes of the North County Times has confirmed the speculation about Anthony Rizzo’s impending arrival, citing a team source who says the stud first base prospect will be in the Padres’ lineup for tomorrow’s game against the Nationals. Rizzo was already in San Diego to have his injured thumb examined, but the Padres have…

  14. Padres activate catcher Nick Hundley from disabled list

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    Nick Hundley

    Out for the past month with a strained oblique muscle, Nick Hundley has been activated from the disabled list and will resume starting behind the plate for the Padres. Hundley hit .263 with three homers and a .758 OPS in 27 games prior to the injury, which is downright Ruthian compared to how Rob Johnson…

  15. Cleveland’s big early lead in the AL Central is slipping away

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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    Cleveland shocked everyone by going 18-8 in April and kept rolling through the first three weeks of May, giving the Indians an MLB-best 30-15 record as of May 23. That put them seven games ahead of the Tigers in the AL Central and double-digit games ahead of every other team in the division, but the…

  16. Jerry Hairston Jr. drops suspension appeal because he’s injured anyway

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Jerry Hairston Jr. was set to appeal his one-game suspension at a hearing today, but that’s no longer necessary because he’s injured anyway. Instead he’ll serve the suspension this afternoon while sidelined by back spasms, but Hairston told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he still disagrees with MLB’s ruling that he made contact…

  17. Brewers draft Trent Boras, son of super agent Scott Boras

    Jun 8, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Among the interesting picks on Day 2 of the draft was the Brewers selecting the son of agent Scott Boras, high school third baseman Trent Boras, in the 30th round. In addition to having the sport’s most famous agent as his father Boras is also said to be leaning toward bypassing pro ball to attend…

  18. Mike Carp called up to Mariners after hitting .358 at Triple-A

    Jun 8, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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    In an effort to boost their terrible offense the Mariners have called up first baseman/left fielder Mike Carp from Triple-A, where he hit .348 with 19 homers and a 1.069 OPS in 57 games. That type of production obviously screams out for an opportunity, but it’s worth noting that Carp is also 25 years old…

  19. Giants ready to admit mistake by releasing Miguel Tejada?

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    San Francisco signing Miguel Tejada to a one-year, $6.5 million deal and handing him the starting shortstop job at age 37 was a bad idea at the time, as they focused on his veteran-ness rather than his declining offense and lack of range. By the middle of spring training the beat reporters covering the team…

  20. Nationals draft Bryce Harper’s older brother, Bryan Harper

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    bryan harper college

    Lost in Bryce Harper’s latest foray into villainy is that the Nationals drafted his older brother yesterday, using their 30th-round pick on South Carolina left-hander Bryan Harper (not to be confused with the Brian Harper who spelled his name without a Y and was a really good player). This is actually the second time the…

  21. Rockies release Jose Lopez, eat $3.6 million salary

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Colorado gave up a mid-level prospect to get Jose Lopez from Seattle this offseason, avoided arbitration by signing him to a one-year, $3.6 million contract, and released him yesterday after the veteran infielder hit .208 with a .521 OPS in 129 plate appearances. Lopez was designated for assignment last week and it’s no surprise that…

  22. Rafael Furcal at least 25-30 days from returning to Dodgers

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Rafael Furcal got a platelet-rich plasma injection after being placed on the disabled list over the weekend with a strained oblique muscle suffered during a rundown and manager Don Mattingly told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that the shortstop is not expected back for 25-30 days. Dee Gordon was called up from Triple-A…

  23. Jimmy Rollins diagnosed with deep bone bruise, may be headed for DL

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    As recently as yesterday Jimmy Rollins indicated that his injured right knee was feeling better, but an MRI exam revealed a deep bone bruise and Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Phillies shortstop may be bound for the disabled list if things don’t improve within the next 48 hours. According to Gelb “the…

  24. Collision with catcher leaves Denard Span dizzy, out of the lineup, and “definitely scared”

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Denard Span

    Denard Span‘s collision at the plate with Royals catcher Brayan Pena didn’t look like much Friday night and he was able to play yesterday, but the Twins’ center fielder is now out of the lineup and will head back to Minnesota to have his dizziness examined. Span chose to slide hard into Pena rather than…

  25. A’s place Mark Ellis on DL, call up Jemile Weeks from Triple-A

    Jun 7, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics Photo Day

    Mark Ellis is headed to disabled list with a hamstring injury suffered last night, so the A’s have called up Jemile Weeks from Triple-A to take over as the starting second baseman. Weeks will be in the lineup tonight as Oakland’s leadoff hitter, which has primarily been Coco Crisp‘s spot in the batting order. Weeks…

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