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  1. Josh Johnson quietly moves past Ubaldo Jimenez as the first half's top pitcher

    Jul 8, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez dominated the early season headlines, and rightfully so, but three straight poor starts have bumped his ERA from 1.15 to 2.27 and now Josh Johnson is the only starter in baseball with a sub-2.00 mark. Johnson still can’t compete with Jimenez’s attention-grabbing win total, but after shutting out the Dodgers for eight innings…

  2. Don't look now, but the Royals are winning with Ned Yost

    Jul 8, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Last night the Royals staged a late-inning rally to complete a three-game sweep of the Mariners, giving them 10 wins in the past 13 games and a 27-23 mark in 50 games since Ned Yost replaced Trey Hillman as manager. Kansas City is still just 39-46 overall, which is merely the 21st-best record in baseball,…

  3. After 5 months and 325 tweets Ozzie Guillen is sick of Twitter

    Jul 8, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen joined Twitter in late February and has posted an average of two updates per day since then, quickly accumulating 67,000 followers and earning “Quote of the Day” status here at Hardball Talk several times. And now he’s sick of it. I’m tired of Twitter. It’s boring. I don’t have time for that. My…

  4. Jordan Zimmermann takes first step on long road back from Tommy John surgery

    Jul 7, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Pitching for the first time since Tommy John surgery about 11 months ago, Jordan Zimmermann tossed two scoreless innings in a rehab start at Single-A. His fastball was reportedly clocked in the mid-90s and Zimmermann was very pleased with the outing: It feels great. I mean, I’ve been waiting for 10 months now. No pain,…

  5. Jake Peavy may be out for the season with detached shoulder muscle

    Jul 7, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    After leaving last night’s start in the second inning with a shoulder/back injury Jake Peavy has been diagnosed with a “detached latissimus dorsi muscle.” There’s no word yet from the White Sox on his expected recovery timetable, but Peavy has been placed on the disabled list and Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune writes that…

  6. Heath Bell added to NL All-Stars as Yovani Gallardo's fill-in

    Jul 7, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Heath Bell had little chance of winning the MLB.com “Final Vote” contest for spot in the All-Star game, but now he’s been taken off the ballot and officially added to the NL roster as the injury replacement for Yovani Gallardo. Bell made his first All-Star game last season while doing a marvelous job stepping in…

  7. Cardinals starter Brad Penny shut down following setback

    Jul 7, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Brad Penny had been hoping to begin a rehab assignment this weekend with an eye toward returning from the disabled list shortly after the All-Star break, but those plans have been put on hold following a setback yesterday. Matthew Leach of MLB.com has the details: He threw a normal pregame warmup, took some long-toss, and…

  8. Marlins demote struggling starter Chris Volstad to Triple-A

    Jul 7, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Chris Volstad went 8-4 with a 2.83 ERA through his first 20 starts after debuting as a 21-year-old in mid-2008, but he’s just 11-21 with a 5.36 ERA in 41 starts since then and today the Marlins demoted him back to Triple-A. What’s interesting about Volstad’s fall from grace is that the underlying numbers within…

  9. Cubs closer Carlos Marmol piling up strikeouts at historic rate

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol picked up his 16th save of the season last night by striking out five of the seven batters he faced, giving him an amazing 77 strikeouts in 40.2 innings on the year. To put that in some context, consider that Nick Blackburn, John Lannan, and Brad Bergesen have combined for 78 strikeouts this…

  10. Jake Peavy likely headed to disabled list after walking off the mound in pain last night

    Jul 7, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Jake Peavy walked off the mound in obvious pain after throwing a pitch in the second inning last night, heading to the dugout before the trainer even got to him. He’s been diagnosed with a strained right latissimus dorsi muscle, which is located under the shoulder and described by my medical sources (read: Wikipedia) as…

  11. Tigers demote Armando Galarraga to Triple-A six starts after near-perfect game

    Jul 7, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Well, we can’t blame Jim Joyce for this one. Just five weeks after becoming a household name by throwing an “imperfect game” Armando Galarraga has been demoted to Triple-A by the Tigers, although general manager Dave Dombrowski made it very clear that the move is only temporary. Because of the All-Star break Galarraga wouldn’t have…

  12. No ligament damage found in Cameron Maybin's shoulder

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Cameron Maybin likely feared the worst when his surgically repaired shoulder began hurting again following his demotion to Triple-A, but an MRI exam revealed no ligament damage and he’s expected to resume playing as soon as next week. Maybin has officially been diagnosed with inflammation, so hopefully he can pick up right where he left…

  13. $5 million wasted: Orioles release Garrett Atkins

    Jul 7, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    As expected, Garrett Atkins and his $4.5 million salary went unclaimed on waivers after being designated for assignment last week and the Orioles have released him. Baltimore still owes Atkins a $500,000 buyout in place of an $8.5 million team option for next season, which means the Orioles flushed a total of $5 million down…

  14. Brandon Webb still hoping to make 6-8 starts this season

    Jul 6, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb hasn’t pitched since Opening Day of last year thanks to multiple setbacks on the road back from shoulder surgery, but is encouraged enough by recent progress that he’s hoping to rejoin the Diamondbacks’ rotation for 6-8 starts before the end of the season. “It’s still a ways off, but I can definitely say…

  15. Josh Beckett cleared to make rehab start Sunday at Triple-A

    Jul 6, 2010, 5:44 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett threw a 65-pitch simulated game this afternoon at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay against hitters from the Red Sox’s rookie-ball team, clearing the way for him to begin a rehab assignment Sunday at Triple-A. Beckett is expected to throw around 70 pitches for Pawtucket and will likely be asked to make at least…

  16. Good luck trading him now: Orioles put Kevin Millwood on DL

    Jul 6, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Whatever slim chance the Orioles had of getting anything of value for Kevin Millwood before the trade deadline likely vanished today as he was placed on the disabled list with a strained forearm. Millwood has allowed 38 runs in 33.2 innings over his last seven starts, including a one-inning, five-run clunker last week after which…

  17. Jed Lowrie begins long road back to Boston at Single-A

    Jul 6, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Jed Lowrie looked like a long-term piece of the Red Sox’s infield after a solid rookie showing in 2008, but missed nearly all of last season with a broken wrist and sat out the first three months of this season with mono. He finally returned to game action last night, albeit at Single-A, reaching base…

  18. Red Sox and Reds team up to promote Kevin Youkilis and Joey Votto for the All-Star game

    Jul 6, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis is a Cincinnati native and starred at the University of Cincinnati before being drafted by the Red Sox, so the Reds are helping to promote him for the All-Star game in the MLB.com “Final Vote” contest. In return the Red Sox are doing the same for Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who isn’t…

  19. Alex Rodriguez to participate in anti-steroids fundraiser event

    Jul 6, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, Alex Rodriguez “is scheduled to attend a fundraiser for a foundation that educates youth about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs.” Rodriguez “and some of his teammates” are expected to attend an August 19 event at Yankee Stadium honoring Taylor Hooten, a 17-year-old baseball player who committed suicide in 2003 due…

  20. Jonathan Sanchez is first pitcher since 1999 to win with 6+ walks and 3+ wild pitches

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Jonathan Sanchez’s career-long control problems continued yesterday, as he walked six and uncorked three wild pitches in six innings, but the Giants left-hander also struck out six and held the Brewers to one run on five hits for his seventh victory. Sanchez improved to 7-6 with a 3.15 ERA on the year and also became…

  21. Gordon Beckham benched for light-hitting Brent Lillibridge

    Jul 6, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Gordon Beckham was on the bench last night for the second straight game, with manager Ozzie Guillen explaining that Brent Lillibridge will remain in the lineup at second base “for as long as he hits.” Beckham has followed up his strong rookie season by hitting just .206/.271/.280 with two homers in 72 games, but the…

  22. Joey Votto celebrates All-Star snub with two-homer game

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    In his first action since being passed over for the All-Star game, Joey Votto homered twice, doubled, and walked last night as the Reds beat the Mets. I tend not to really care about the All-Star game rosters, because there are bad selections every season, I don’t agree with the focus on first-half performance over…

  23. Dmitri Young arrested for marijuana possession

    Jul 6, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Former big leaguer Dmitri Young was arrested early yesterday morning in Illinois and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Young, who last played in the majors in 2008 and is currently a bench coach for the Oakland County Cruisers of the independent Frontier League, was released on a $100 bond. It…

  24. Report: Twins offer prospects Aaron Hicks and Wilson Ramos to Mariners for Cliff Lee

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:15 AM EDT

    Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse reports that an “MLB source hears” the Twins have offered outfield prospect Aaron Hicks and catcher prospect Wilson Ramos to the Mariners for Cliff Lee. As a Twins fan the notion of adding Lee to the rotation for the second half is exciting, but Hicks and Ramos is significantly more…

  25. UPDATE: Andy Pettitte replaces injured Clay Buchholz on All-Star roster

    Jul 5, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

    As expected, the Red Sox placed Clay Buchholz on the disabled list this afternoon and announced plans to call up left-hander Felix Doubront to start tomorrow night against the Rays. That means Buchholz won’t be available to pitch in the All-Star game, but because the DL stint is retroactive to June 27 the Red Sox…

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