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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Ubaldo Jimenez becomes first pitcher since 2000 with 15 wins before the All-Star break

    Jul 9, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez may not be the top pitcher of the first half, but by beating Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals yesterday he became the first pitcher with 15 wins before the All-Star break since 2000. Jimenez held the Cardinals to one run in eight innings, bouncing back from three straight poor starts to improve to…

  2. Study shows participating in Home Run Derby doesn't lead to poor second half

    Jul 9, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    There’s a perception that participating in the Home Run Derby makes a player more likely to have a poor second half, with the people who put forth that argument focusing on a handful of prominent cases for support. However, as Derek Carty of The Hardball Times showed in a study last year, reality doesn’t match…

  3. Giants reliever Dan Runzler dislocates knee in first MLB at-bat

    Jul 9, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Dan Runzler has emerged as one of the Giants’ most trusted setup men by working around some shaky control to post a 3.30 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 30 innings after dominating in the minors, but now the rookie left-hander is headed to the disabled list with a dislocated knee suffered yesterday in his first…

  4. Justin Morneau out of Twins' lineup after taking knee to the head last night

    Jul 8, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau left last night’s game after taking a knee to the helmet sliding into the second base to break up a double play and he’s out of the Twins’ lineup for tonight’s game. Morneau walked off the field under his own power, but according to manager Ron Gardenhire “he was a little dizzy out…

  5. White Sox keep rolling with four-game sweep of Angels

    Jul 8, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    John Danks tossed a two-hit shutout this afternoon as the White Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Angels. Since beginning the season 24-33 amid stories about how manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Ken Williams were feuding the White Sox have won 22 of 27 games to pull within a half-game of first place…

  6. Broken toe healed, Ryan Madson rejoins Phillies' bullpen

    Jul 8, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Out since late April with a broken toe, Ryan Madson returned from this disabled list today and should provide a much-needed boost to Philadelphia’s struggling bullpen. Phillies relievers have gone 3-5 with a 4.56 ERA in 79 innings since June 1, and while Madson pitched poorly before landing on the DL his 3.27 ERA in…

  7. Geoff Blum out 2-4 weeks following wrist surgery

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Astros utility man Geoff Blum is expected to miss 2-4 weeks after undergoing elbow surgery yesterday. According to Steve Gartner of MLB.com Blum had “three loose bodies” removed him his elbow after experiencing soreness and swelling last week. Blum began the season filling in for the injured Lance Berkman at first base and has been…

  8. Matt Stairs ties MLB record with 20th career pinch-hit homer

    Jul 8, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Matt Stairs homered off the bench last night, delivering the 20th pinch-hit homer of his career to tie Cliff Johnson for the all-time record. In general most players tend to underperform their usual production when pinch-hitting, but Stairs has had amazing success off the bench throughout his career. He’s hit .262 with a .369 on-base…

  9. 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…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. $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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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