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  1. Rafael Furcal leaves Dodgers to be with sick family member

    Jun 17, 2010, 4:43 PM EDT

    Rafael Furcal left the Dodgers and has returned home to the Dominican Republic to be with a sick family member. He’s been placed on the bereavement list, which means Furcal will miss at least three games. Tony Jackson of reports that Furcal called Joe Torre at around one o’clock this morning and the manager…

  2. Ubaldo Jimenez beats Twins, improves to 13-1 with 1.15 ERA

    Jun 17, 2010, 3:43 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez wasn’t at his most overpowering this afternoon against the Twins, giving up eight hits and two walks while recording just four strikeouts, but held Minnesota to one run in eight innings to improve to 13-1 with a 1.15 ERA. Francisco Liriano giving up three runs in the first inning took much of the…

  3. Darin Erstad says 'I'm done' after 14 seasons

    Jun 17, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Following in Mark Mulder’s footsteps, Darin Erstad has made official what everyone assumed by telling a reporter in his native North Dakota that he’s “done.” I couldn’t be much happier. I got to live a dream playing baseball for 14 years, now I’m getting to live the other side and it’s a blast. I had…

  4. Chad Qualls says he's not injured, he's just bad

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    I’m a big Adam Carolla fan and he often talks about how people who’re drunk or high inevitably claim to not be drunk or high when questioned about their bad behavior. His point is that they might as well admit to being under the influence of something, because otherwise that just means they have no…

  5. Not quite a Baker's dozen for Scott

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Some notes on Twins right-hander Scott Baker racking up a career-high 12 strikeouts over seven shutout, two-hit innings against the Rockies last night … • Bert Blyleven had 12 or more strikeouts 22 times, including 15 for the Twins. Johan Santana had 14 such games for the Twins and Camilo Pascual had 10. No one…

  6. Twins reportedly considering 'a serious run' at Cliff Lee

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    I was a radio guest on ESPN Twin Cities earlier this week (you can listen to the segment here) and one of the co-hosts, Tom Pelissero, hinted that he had some information about the Twins being legitimately interested in Cliff Lee. Pelissero has now put it in writing, reporting today that “more than one person…

  7. Before the injuries hit, Mark Mulder was having a great career

    Jun 16, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Mark Mulder announced his retirement earlier this week without much fanfare, making official what has been assumed since he sat out all of last season following disastrous stints with the Cardinals in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Mulder won 16 games with a 3.64 ERA as a 27-year-old in 2005, but then injuries hit and he…

  8. Kenshin Kawakami is the unluckiest pitcher in the world

    Jun 16, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Braves right-hander Kenshin Kawakami is providing this season’s best example of why wins and losses for individual pitchers are so often misleading (or worse). He lost to the Rays yesterday, falling to 0-9 despite a decent 4.42 ERA, six Quality Starts in 13 tries, and zero outings with more than five runs allowed. To put…

  9. Dustin Pedroia puts on a knee brace and his hitting shoes

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia went into a major slump while playing through a knee injury suffered in mid-May, going 16-for-94 (.170) with zero homers over the next 23 games, but the former MVP is 10-for-20 (.500) with four doubles since deciding to wear a knee brace and seems optimistic that the problems are behind him: I thought…

  10. Aaron Heilman replaces Chad Qualls as Diamondbacks closer

    Jun 16, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    A.J. Hinch finally stripped Chad Qualls of closer duties yesterday, saying that Aaron Heilman will now get most of the save chances. However, the manager added that he may still use Heilman some in the seventh and eighth innings, so the closer-by-committee could come into play. Hinch showed amazing patience with Qualls, letting him blow…

  11. Top prospect Pedro Alvarez could join Pirates as soon as tomorrow

    Jun 15, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Sure enough, Jenifer Langosch of reports that the Pirates will up Alvarez in time for Wednesday’s game. Within the past three weeks the Pirates have called up prospects Neil Walker, Jose Tabata, and Brad Lincoln, and general manager Neil Huntington has indicated that Pedro Alvarez could join them in Pittsburgh as soon as…

  12. Dustin McGowan lasts just eight pitches before another setback

    Jun 15, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Dustin McGowan has suffered yet another setback on his long road back from shoulder surgery, with manager Cito Gaston saying that “it doesn’t look good” for the 28-year-old right-hander. McGowan took the mound Monday at extended spring training to face live hitters for the first time since being shut down in the middle of spring…

  13. Royals willing to trade David DeJesus, hoping to trade lesser veterans

    Jun 15, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    He’s not willing to recall Alex Gordon from the minors despite the former No. 2 overall pick’s great numbers at Triple-A, but Royals general manager Dayton Moore told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that he’ll be looking to trade veterans between now and the July 31 deadline. David DeJesus figures to be the…

  14. Diamondbacks trade Conor Jackson to A's

    Jun 15, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Reports yesterday had the Rangers pursuing Conor Jackson but this afternoon the Diamondbacks traded him to a different AL West team, sending Jackson to the A’s for right-handed reliever prospect Sam Demel. Jackson missed most of last season with valley fever and has struggled to bounce back this year, hitting just .238 with one homer…

  15. Erick Aybar diagnosed with hyper-extended knee after ugly looking takeout slide

    Jun 15, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Erick Aybar was in obvious pain and had to be helped off the field last night after suffering what appeared to be a significant leg injury as a result of Casey McGehee sliding into him while trying to break up a double play. has video of the play, which includes the announcers saying they…

  16. Rangers reportedly interested in Conor Jackson

    Jun 14, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Rangers are looking for a right-handed bat, but “are not simply waiting on a trade for” Mike Lowell, who they nearly acquired during the offseason before thumb surgery nixed the deal. According to Rosenthal the Rangers “are exploring deals for a number of right-handed hitting corner players, including…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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’…

  25. 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.…

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