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

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    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…

  2. Cubs willing to eat millions to move Alfonso Soriano

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    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…

  5. Marlins interested in Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Jul 21, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Jul 21, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Jul 21, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 21, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Jul 21, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    bad day book

    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…

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

    Jul 21, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 21, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    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…

  13. Adrian Beltre owns Dan Haren

    Jul 21, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    pwned

    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…

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

    Jul 21, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 21, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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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…

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

    Jul 20, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    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…

  20. Braves “could be close to making deal for right-handed bat”

    Jul 20, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    MysteryMan

    David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution tweets that the Braves “could be close to making a deal for a right-handed bat.” He doesn’t offer any further details, but guys like Josh Willingham, Ryan Ludwick, and even Hunter Pence could be potential fits. Carlos Beltran is a switch-hitter, so presumably the “right-handed” part rules him…

  21. Reds prospect Jonathan Correa suspended one year for lying about age

    Jul 20, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

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    MLB has suspended Reds prospect Jonathan Correa one year for lying about his age, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America. Correa, a right-hander who ranked 26th on BA‘s list of the Reds’ top prospects coming into the season, was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2008 and is currently said to have a September…

  22. Cubs deny talks with Hall of Fame general manager Pat Gillick

    Jul 20, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Gillick

    Well, so much for that. Earlier this afternoon there were rumors about the Cubs talking to Pat Gillick, the longtime general manager set to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend, but team president Tom Ricketts wasted little time denying those reports. Ricketts issued a statement that reads: “While Tom respects Pat Gillick’s…

  23. Justin Masterson threw 104 pitches last night and 103 of them were fastballs

    Jul 20, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Justin Masterson

    Justin Masterson shut out the Twins for 7.2 innings last night, allowing just four hits and no walks while striking out six, and remarkably did so while throwing fastballs on 103 of his 104 pitches. Seriously. His timing was especially amusing because just a few hours earlier Sam Miller wrote a Baseball Prospectus column about…

  24. Brad Lidge eyes Friday return to Phillies’ bullpen

    Jul 20, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    lidge getty

    Brad Lidge made his eighth minor-league rehab appearance today, throwing a scoreless inning at Single-A, and David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that he may be cleared to come off the disabled list as soon as Friday. Lidge has been mostly impressive in the minors, allowing three runs in 7.2 innings while striking…

  25. Twins sold $391,000 worth of bobblehead dolls in one day

    Jul 20, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    twins bobblehead set

    Monday morning the Twins’ official website began offering a “limited edition set” of 25 bobblehead dolls representing every player from the 1991 World Series team. Even Terry Leach, thankfully. There were 1,000 sets available for $391 each … and they sold out almost immediately, which means (math!) the Twins generated $391,000, the “net proceeds” of…

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