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  1. After one week off, Carlos Marmol is back as the Cubs’ closer

    Jul 22, 2011, 3:47 PM EST

    Carlos Marmol

    Mike Quade just announced that Carlos Marmol is back to being the Cubs’ closer, meaning his break/demotion from the role lasted all of a week and included just one non-closer appearance. Marmol walked two batters in a scoreless inning against the Phillies on Monday, but also recorded two strikeouts after failing to strike out a…

  2. Report: Pat Gillick “would definitely consider the Cubs”

    Jul 22, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Pat Gillick

    Earlier this week Chicago radio station WSCR-670 (and later the Chicago Tribune) reported that the Cubs had talked to Hall of Fame general manager Pat Gillick about taking a potential role with the team. The next day Cubs president Tom Ricketts denied having any talks with Gillick, saying: “Reports of a conversation are unfounded.” And now…

  3. Phillies activate Brad Lidge from DL, drop Danys Baez

    Jul 22, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

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    As expected, the Phillies have activated Brad Lidge from the disabled list after the former closer missed the first 97 games of the season with shoulder and elbow problems. To make room on the roster and in the bullpen for Lidge they designated Danys Baez for assignment, which is a move that’s been a long…

  4. Edward Mujica would take over as the Marlins’ closer if Leo Nunez is traded

    Jul 22, 2011, 1:52 PM EST

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    Marlins closer Leo Nunez has been the subject of numerous trade rumors as the team contemplates cashing in a good but not great reliever whose value is inflated by his save total. If they do end up moving Nunez before the July 31 trade deadline manager Jack McKeon told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald…

  5. Rafael Soriano on track to rejoin Yankees’ bullpen next week

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Rafael Soriano has been out since mid-May with an elbow injury, but yesterday manager Joe Girardi told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com that he’ll “probably” be cleared to come off the disabled list by Wednesday or Thursday of next week. Soriano had a 5.40 ERA in 16 appearances before the injury, but turned in five straight…

  6. Kyle Lohse cleared to make next start despite finger injury

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Kyle Lohse

    Kyle Lohse has been cleared to take his next turn in the rotation Sunday after leaving the Cardinals to have his injured right index finger examined by team doctors in St. Louis yesterday. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that an MRI exam revealed no structural damage, so Lohse has been placed…

  7. Justin Verlander has thrown 100+ pitches in 40 straight starts

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Justin Verlander

    Justin Verlander shut down the Twins last night, holding Minnesota to one run in eight innings while improving to 13-5 with a 2.24 ERA. He also threw 126 pitches, which would be a noteworthy workload for just about anyone but Verlander, as he’s thrown at least 125 pitches five times this season and has yet…

  8. Cubs willing to eat millions to move Alfonso Soriano

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Alfonso Soriano

    Alfonso Soriano said earlier this week that he wouldn’t use his no-trade rights to block a move from Chicago, but as I wrote yesterday that won’t lead to a deal unless the Cubs are willing to eat a significant portion of the $18 million he’s owed in each of the next three seasons. And sure…

  9. Josh Hamilton ditches custom sunglasses after going 0-for-3

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    In an effort to solve his problems hitting in day games Josh Hamilton wore a pair of specially designed sunglasses yesterday, but after going 0-for-3 he ditched the shades in his final plate appearance … and drew a walk. Hamilton has also tried eye drops and what Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas describes as “lid…

  10. Placido Polanco “had a series of injections to relieve pain”

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Anti-inflammatory medication didn’t do the trick, so Placido Polanco “had a series of injections to relieve pain and swelling caused by a bulging disc in his lower back” yesterday, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. He hasn’t been in the Phillies’ lineup since July 4 and has struggled to hit while playing through the injury…

  11. Marlins interested in Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:33 PM EST

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    Brandon Inge has said he’ll accept a demotion to the minors after being designated for assignment by the Tigers following yesterday’s trade for Wilson Betemit, but now Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins are “looking at” Inge. According to Frisaro “the Marlins have made it clear that they are seeking veteran experience at…

  12. Twins expected to get Jason Kubel back from DL tomorrow

    Jul 21, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

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    It sounds like the Twins are ready to welcome Jason Kubel back from the disabled list after he went 3-for-5 with a homer at Triple-A yesterday and 1-for-3 with a walk there today. Kubel has been out since May 30 with a sprained foot and his rehab timetable got delayed by setbacks several times, but…

  13. Mike Rizzo and the Nationals are feuding with their own Single-A team and things are getting ugly

    Jul 21, 2011, 3:49 PM EST

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    Last week Washington general manager Mike Rizzo went public with his complaints about the field conditions in Potomac, which is home to the Nationals’ high Single-A affiliate, calling them “dangerous” and “a safety threat.” That apparently didn’t sit very well with Potomac owner Art Silber, who fired back in the Washington Times today: He clearly…

  14. Daniel Bard sets Red Sox record with 21 straight scoreless appearances

    Jul 21, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox Daniel Bard pitches against Tampa Bay Rays during American League MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Daniel Bard allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning on Opening Day. Since then he’s allowed a grand total of seven runs in 47 innings, including a Red Sox-record 21 straight scoreless appearances dating all the way back to May 23. Or as Kirk Minihane of WEEI.com put it: “The last time Daniel Bard…

  15. Stat of the Day: ERA leaders since the beginning of 2009

    Jul 21, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

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    Clayton Kershaw’s latest masterpiece got me thinking about where he ranks among the best pitchers in baseball. And not just this season, but during the past 2-3 years. In three seasons as a full-time member of the Dodgers’ rotation Kershaw has posted ERAs of 2.79, 2.91, and now 2.72, with 564 strikeouts compared to just…

  16. Jose Canseco is having a rough day, you guys

    Jul 21, 2011, 2:16 PM EST

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    Of all the potential things to become known for after retiring from professional baseball, doing weird, vaguely controversial stuff and complaining about various incidents on Twitter seems like an ideal fit for Jose Canseco. Along those lines his latest project involves what appears to be a messy breakup and … well, I’ll let Canseco’s tweets…

  17. White Sox lose backup catcher Ramon Castro to broken hand

    Jul 21, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    Ramon Castro

    Lost in Ozzie Guillen’s postgame rant last night is that the White Sox learned they’ll be without backup catcher Ramon Castro for 8-12 weeks due to the broken right hand and index finger he suffered on July 9. Castro was injured when Twins second baseman Alexi Casilla pulled his bat back after looking to bunt…

  18. Kyle Lohse leaves Cardinals to have “finger issue” examined

    Jul 21, 2011, 1:14 PM EST

    Kyle Lohse

    Another day, another injury for the Cardinals. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Kyle Lohse has left the team and is returning to St. Louis to have doctors examine what manager Tony La Russa called “a finger issue.” No one was able to provide much in the way of details beyond…

  19. Adrian Beltre owns Dan Haren

    Jul 21, 2011, 12:44 PM EST

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    Adrian Beltre went 2-for-3 with a double against Dan Haren last night, continuing his career-long dominance over one of the best starters in baseball. Beltre has now faced Haren in a total of 56 plate appearances and he’s batted .460 with 10 extra-base hits and six walks for a ridiculous 1.278 OPS. What makes that…

  20. White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper angrily ends interview over Dayan Viciedo

    Jul 21, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Don Cooper, Ozzie Guillen

    Ozzie Guillen isn’t the only member of the White Sox’s coaching staff on edge these days, as pitching coach Don Cooper angrily hung up during a radio interview this morning when he was asked why the team hasn’t called up Dayan Viciedo from Triple-A. Cooper is paid to do the weekly phone interview, but the…

  21. Red Sox’s hopes for Jacoby Ellsbury extension getting more expensive with every homer

    Jul 21, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox' Ellsbury hits a home run against the Detroti Tigers during the fourth inning of their MLB spring training baseball game in Lakeland, Florida

    During a radio interview this morning general manager Theo Epstein noted that the Red Sox unsuccessfully tried to work out a long-term contract extension with Jacoby Ellsbury in the past and would still like to do so, but the center fielder’s price tag is rising rapidly. Here’s what Epstein said on the Dennis and Callahan…

  22. Mike Quade calls out Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney after blowout loss

    Jul 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Mike Quade, Starlin Castro

    Ryan Dempster lasted just three innings and allowed six runs in yesterday’s 9-1 loss to the Phillies, but afterward manager Mike Quade chose to call out the young middle infield duo of 21-year-old Starlin Castro and 25-year-old rookie Darwin Barney. Castro lost a pop up in the sun during the first inning and even though…

  23. Knee injury could be excuse for White Sox to place Adam Dunn on disabled list

    Jul 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Adam Dunn

    Adam Dunn was benched yesterday for the second straight game as his season-long slump gets deeper and deeper, and now the White Sox are saying the struggling designated hitter has a sore knee. Or at least that’s the official reason manager Ozzie Guillen gave for sitting Dunn, although “we faced lefties in both games and…

  24. Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz hoping to return next week

    Jul 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Out since late June with elbow tendinitis, J.J. Putz threw one inning in an extended spring training game yesterday and is hoping to rejoin the Diamondbacks’ bullpen early next week. Kirk Gibson indicated that Putz will resume closing right away, but the manager told Anthony Fenech of MLB.com that he wants to see the injured…

  25. Tigers get Wilson Betemit from Royals for two minor leaguers

    Jul 20, 2011, 5:42 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Colorado Rockies

    Detroit has acquired Wilson Betemit from the Royals for a pair of prospects, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com. Betemit hasn’t been able to duplicate his career-year from 2010, but he’s hitting .281 with a .750 OPS in a part-time role and will give the Tigers a switch-hitting alternative to the .177-hitting Brandon Inge…

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