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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Quote of the Day II: Jim Leyland on the All-Star selections

    Jul 5, 2010, 6:47 PM EDT

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    Tigers manager Jim Leyland, on the All-Star selection process: It’s not a good system, if you want to know the truth. But you get run out of baseball when you say that. I’ll be getting booed everywhere I go. In reality, they’re making a big deal about the game meaning something now and that the…

  13. Does a three-homer game mean Drew Stubbs is destined for stardom?

    Jul 5, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    With the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field yesterday afternoon Cubs pitchers served up seven homers in a 14-3 blowout loss to the Reds, including three long balls to center fielder Drew Stubbs. “I’ve never done it at any level, little league, high school, or college,” Stubbs told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com afterward. “I think…

  14. Jim Thome is this generation's Harmon Killebrew

    Jul 5, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Jim Thome went deep twice Saturday to tie and then pass Harmon Killebrew for 10th place on the all-time home run list with 574 and as he got back into the dugout following the second blast the Twins played a pre-taped congratulatory video message from Killebrew on the Target Field jumbotron. It was a very…

  15. Torii Hunter's career-year rolls on with 2 homers and 7 RBIs

    Jul 5, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Named to his fourth All-Star game as the Angels’ only representative yesterday afternoon, Torii Hunter homered twice and drove in seven runs last night in a blowout win that will probably keep the Royals from being on national television again until approximately 2050. It was the second time Hunter has had seven RBIs in a…

  16. 39th pick Anthony Ranaudo wants top-10 cash from Red Sox

    Jul 5, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    LSU junior Anthony Ranaudo entered this year as Baseball America‘s top-ranked college prospect, but the 6-foot-7 right-hander fell to the Red Sox with the 39th overall pick because of an elbow injury and major struggles once he returned. Boston’s financial advantage allows them to take draft-day gambles on high-upside prospects like Ranaudo when other teams…

  17. Yovani Gallardo won't pitch in the All-Star game due to injury

    Jul 5, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    Brewers manager Ken Macha announced today that Yovani Gallardo will not be available to pitch in the All-Star game after leaving Sunday’s start with a strained oblique. According to Macha the “best-case scenario” for Gallardo is “doing no baseball activities for at least 10 days” and “you can’t have a guy walk off the mound…

  18. Joel Zumaya scheduled for elbow surgery next week

    Jul 5, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Joel Zumaya initially hoped to avoid surgery after gruesomely fracturing his elbow while throwing a pitch last week, but the Tigers announced today that he’ll go under the knife next Monday. Here’s the latest from trainer Kevin Rand: Joel’s going to undergo a procedure to have a screw put into his elbow to stabilize that…

  19. Will the Yankees wait for Nick Johnson to get healthy?

    Jul 5, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Nick Johnson has started to work his way back from mid-May wrist surgery, but Brian Costello of the New York Post reports that the oft-injured designated hitter “is still a few weeks away from playing in a game” at extended spring training. So far Johnson has simply begun hitting off a tee and given his…

  20. Mike Stanton is struggling for Marlins, but Cameron Maybin is injured at Triple-A

    Jul 5, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Sent back to Triple-A last month following Mike Stanton’s arrival, Cameron Maybin took the demotion in stride by going 10-for-28 (.357) with five walks and two steals in his first eight games. Unfortunately he hasn’t played since last Thursday because of a left shoulder injury that landed Maybin on the Triple-A disabled list and has…

  21. Former outfielder Brian Anderson begins pitching at age 28

    Jul 5, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    Brian Anderson was the White Sox’s first-round pick in 2003 and twice ranked among Baseball America‘s top 50 prospects, but proved to be a good-glove, no-hit outfielder during five seasons in the majors. Despite hitting just .227/.290/.370 in 883 plate appearances Anderson somehow talked the Royals into giving him a one-year, $700,000 contract this offseason,…

  22. Shaun Marcum's surgically repaired elbow is inflamed

    Jul 2, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum has exceeded expectations in his return from Tommy John surgery, going 7-4 with a 3.44 ERA and 88/27 K/BB ratio in 107 innings after missing all of last season, but unfortunately the Blue Jays placed him on the disabled list today with more elbow problems. The good news is that general manager Alex…

  23. A's sign 16-year-old Venezuelan prospect for $2.2 million

    Jul 2, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Today is the start of the international signing period, where teams throw millions of dollars at teenagers from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and various other locales. Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that the A’s have made the first big splash, signing 16-year-old Venezuelan third baseman Renato Nunez for $2.2 million. According to Badler “several…

  24. Reds prospect Travis Wood impresses in debut versus Cubs

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Travis Wood has boosted his prospect stock dramatically by posting great numbers in the minors since coming back from shoulder problems in 2008 and turned in an impressive debut yesterday against the Cubs, taking a shutout into the eighth inning. He exited with two runners on base and they both scored off reliever Nick Masset,…

  25. Elijah Dukes and Carl Everett are independent ball teammates

    Jul 2, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Elijah Dukes is a 26-year-old former top prospect with good speed, experience in all three outfield spots, and a .771 OPS in 240 career games, but he’s apparently such a horrible human being that no MLB team is willing to even sign him to a minor-league contract and stash him at Triple-A. Dukes has been…

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