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  1. F-Bomb 2.0: How close is Francisco Liriano to the 2006 version?

    Jun 14, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano has reemerged as an elite pitcher this year and his latest masterpiece came Friday night against the Braves, with 11 strikeouts and zero walks in eight innings of one-run ball. His gem versus Atlanta marked the second straight start in which Liriano has allowed just one run while racking up double-digit strikeouts, and…

  2. Alex Gordon is apparently too good for the Royals

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Alex Gordon has been destroying Triple-A pitching since his demotion last month, hitting .359 with 10 homers and a 1.128 OPS in 38 games. He ranks second among Pacific Coast League hitters in batting average (.359), on-base percentage (.486), slugging percentage (.641), and OPS (1.128). Meanwhile, the Royals are 27-37 and rank 12th in the…

  3. Jered Weaver and Jeff Weaver bat against each other for first time

    Jun 14, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Jeff Weaver and Jered Weaver have faced each other before on the mound, but yesterday one brother stepped into the batter’s box against the other brother for the first time. Jeff entered the game in the top of the third inning in relief of Dodgers starter Carlos Monasterios and then led off the bottom of…

  4. Lou Piniella now following Steve Stone's advice

    Jun 14, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Lou Piniella going off on Steve Stone last week was obviously a long time in the making, but it was pushed to the surfaced because of comments Stone made recently criticizing Piniella for not playing rookie Tyler Colvin enough. Piniella blasted Stone for having the gall to criticize him, basically said he has no idea…

  5. Zack Greinke finally secures second victory

    Jun 14, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Early this season the Royals’ lineup and bullpen robbed Zack Greinke of wins and then he began to earn the losses with some shaky starts recently, but the reigning Cy Young winner got back on track yesterday with a complete-game victory. He allowed three runs, including a pair of Joey Votto homers, but struck out…

  6. What does Carlos Santana's arrival mean for Lou Marson?

    Jun 11, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Cleveland isn’t wasting any time with Carlos Santana, making the 24-year-old catcher their No. 3 hitter for his big-league debut tonight against the Nationals. Obviously the Indians’ lineup isn’t exactly stacked with dangerous bats and as a switch-hitter with power and patience Santana projects as an ideal No. 3 guy, but many teams prefer to…

  7. Slumping Dustin Pedroia wears brace on knee

    Jun 11, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia wore a brace on his right knee for the first time last night and admitted after the game that his performance has been hurt by the injury: My knee hurts, but it’ll be fine. I don’t weigh that much, so I don’t carry around a lot of weight. We’ll find a way to…

  8. Lou Piniella doesn't think much of Steve Stone

    Jun 11, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Lou Piniella has apparently decided it’s a good idea to publicly address his critics. Last week he voiced displeasure about Ken Rosenthal suggesting the Cubs should fire him, calling the writer “my little buddy.” Today he sharpened the knives a bit, lashing out at White Sox announcer Steve Stone for criticizing moves the Cubs’…

  9. Carlos Pena sets Rays' franchise homer record

    Jun 11, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    Last night Carlos Pena hit his 13th homer of the year, setting the Tampa Bay franchise record with 129 homers as a member of the Rays. Here’s the rest of the top 10: CARLOS PENA 129 Aubrey Huff 128 Fred McGriff 99 Carl Crawford 90 Evan Longoria 71 Jonny Gomes 66 Greg Vaughn 60 B.J.…

  10. Angels in the market for a first baseman following Kendry Morales' surgery

    Jun 11, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Earlier this week the Angels were said to be holding out at least some hope of Kendry Morales playing again this season, but he underwent surgery yesterday to repair the broken ankle suffering while celebrating a walk-off homer and afterward indications were that he’s all but certain to miss the rest of the year. Now…

  11. David Hernandez saves Jake Arrieta's first win

    Jun 11, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Jake Arrieta won his his MLB debut yesterday despite a tough first matchup against the Yankees, striking out six and pitching around some shaky control to allow three runs in six innings. David Hernandez closed out Arrieta’s first victory by picking up his first save just hours after new manager Juan Samuel officially handed him…

  12. Report: Indians calling up stud catching prospect Carlos Santana

    Jun 11, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Nothing is official yet but Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports the Indians will call up 24-year-old catcher Carlos Santana before tonight’s game against the Nationals, which is somewhat surprising given that the team indicated just last week they weren’t close to promoting him. Acquired from the Dodgers in the mid-2008 trade for Casey Blake,…

  13. Randy Wolf allows five homers in loss to Cubs

    Jun 10, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Randy Wolf served up five homers to the Cubs yesterday, joining Justin Lehr as the only NL pitchers to allow five homers in a game during the past five seasons. Marlon Byrd and Geovany Soto both took him deep twice and Derrek Lee blasted his 300th career homer off Wolf, who has now allowed 15…

  14. Jeff Suppan is heading back to St. Louis

    Jun 10, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Well, that didn’t take long. Jeff Suppan got himself a four-year, $42 million contract from the Brewers based on the solid work he did for the Cardinals from 2004-2006, so after flopping in Milwaukee and getting released earlier this week the 35-year-old veteran is now back in St. Louis. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis…

  15. Brandon Wood's struggles carry over to Triple-A

    Jun 10, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Brandon Wood was placed on the disabled list last month in a move due partly to a hip injury and partly to the Angels wanting to send a player without a minor-league option to Triple-A. Wood is officially now “rehabbing” his injury at Triple-A and for the first time his big-league struggles are carrying over…

  16. Brewers lose catchers Gregg Zaun to surgery and Angel Salome to the outfield

    Jun 10, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Milwaukee essentially lost a pair of catchers yesterday, with 39-year-old veteran Gregg Zaun deciding to undergo season-ending (and perhaps career-threatening) shoulder surgery and 24-year-old prospect Angel Salome requesting a move to the outfield. Zaun has remained productive well past the point most catchers flame out, hitting .265 with a .743 OPS in 28 games this…

  17. White Sox general manager says 'some changes need to take place'

    Jun 10, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Earlier this week Buster Olney of ESPN reported that the White Sox told other teams that they’re “open for business” and willing to trade veteran players, and yesterday general manager Ken Williams basically admitted as much: Some changes need to take place. I don’t know what and I don’t when but some changes need to…

  18. Derek Holland cuts bullpen session short due to more shoulder pain

    Jun 10, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    After struggling as a rookie last season Rangers left-hander Derek Holland began this year back at Triple-A and looked great following his call-up in mid-May, going 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA and 15/3 K/BB ratio in three starts. He was used as a reliever on May 26 and then rejoined the rotation for a Sunday…

  19. Orioles prospect Jake Arrieta to debut against Yankees tomorrow

    Jun 9, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    Now that all service time considerations are moot top prospects are being called up in waves. Stephen Strasburg and Mike Stanton debuted last night, Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata are being called up today, and Jake Arrieta is set to join the Orioles’ rotation tomorrow night against the Yankees. Arrieta signed for $1.1 million as…

  20. Managers' sons are popular in this year's draft

    Jun 9, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen isn’t happy about his son being picked in the 22nd round, but he’s not the only manager whose offspring was drafted this year. Detroit took Jim Leyland’s son in the eighth round and unlike Ozney Guillen it sounds like Patrick Leyland is a legitimate prospect. He’s a catcher with good defensive skills who…

  21. Kendry Morales set for surgery, still hoping to play again this season

    Jun 9, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Kendry Morales will undergo surgery tomorrow, two weeks after fracturing his ankle while celebrating a walk-off homer. Mark Saxon of reports that Morales was initially slated to go under the knife the day after the injury, but surgery was delayed until the swelling subsided. He’ll have a metal rod and/or screws inserted “to hold…

  22. Ozzie Guillen disappointed by son Ozney being picked in 22nd round

    Jun 9, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Yesterday the White Sox chose Ozzie Guillen’s son, 18-year-old Ozney Guillen, in the 22nd round of the draft and the manager isn’t happy about the high school outfielder dropping that far: Obviously, it’s a disappointment. Twenty-second round? Anybody can go 22nd round. There are a few players out there that weren’t [high] picks and made…

  23. Pirates calling up Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln

    Jun 9, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    After seeing first hand what a top prospect can do last night, the Pirates reportedly will call up both Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata from Triple-A in time for tonight’s game against the Nationals. Lincoln went one spot after Evan Longoria as the fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft, but missed all of 2007…

  24. LSU football coach says Dodgers' first-round pick Zach Lee has no intention of signing

    Jun 9, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    When the Dodgers selected Texas high school pitcher and LSU-bound quarterback recruit Zach Lee with the 28th overall pick Monday night there was immediate speculation that they did so because he’s considered unsignable. With owner Frank McCourt going through an ugly divorce the idea is that the Dodgers could take a compensation pick for failing…

  25. Quote of the Day: Cubs' first rounder 'shocked'

    Jun 8, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Southern Arkansas pitcher Hayden Simpson, on the Cubs taking him last night with the 16th overall pick: It came as a complete shock. We were hearing second to fifth round. I don’t see any problem with me signing. No, when you’re a Division II player expecting to go in, say, the fourth round and the…

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