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  1. Stephen Strasburg throws five shutout innings in final Triple-A start

    Jun 3, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    With his highly anticipated call-up to the Nationals scheduled for next week, Stephen Strasburg made his final Triple-A start this afternoon and fittingly tossed five shutout innings. Strasburg allowed three hits, struck out five, and walked one against the Mets’ affiliate and a lineup that included former big leaguers Mike Jacobs, Russ Adams, Justin Turner,…

  2. Mark Teahen out 4-6 weeks after finger surgery

    Jun 3, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Placed on the disabled list yesterday with a fractured right middle finger, Mark Teahen underwent surgery this morning and is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. Omar Vizquel has filled in for Teahen at third base for the past two games and Jayson Nix also figures to see some action there in his absence.…

  3. Where does Ken Griffey Jr. rank among the great center fielders of all time?

    Jun 3, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Ken Griffey Jr. called it quits yesterday following a 22-season career in which he batted .284 with a .370 on-base percentage, .538 slugging percentage, 630 homers, 524 doubles, 2,781 hits, 184 steals, 1,312 walks, 1,662 runs, 1,836 RBIs, 13 trips to the All-Star game, 10 Gold Gloves, and one MVP. Those numbers and accomplishments speak…

  4. Carlos Zambrano's return start pushed to Friday

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano was supposed to rejoin the Cubs’ rotation yesterday, but because the game against the Pirates was rained out his return start has now been pushed back to tomorrow against the Astros (today is an off day). He’ll presumably still be limited to around 90 pitches, but Zambrano goes from facing the second-worst offense…

  5. Ejected and suspended, Bryce Harper's college career likely over

    Jun 3, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Next week Bryce Harper will be the No. 1 pick in the draft, but last night the 17-year-old phenom may have seen his junior college career come to a premature end by getting ejected for arguing a called third strike. Unhappy with a fifth-inning strikeout during the National Junior College World Series, the soon-to-be Washington…

  6. Carlos Zambrano to be on pitch count in first start

    Jun 2, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano is set to rejoin the Cubs’ rotation tomorrow against the Pirates and Lou Piniella revealed that he’ll be limited to about 90 pitches in his first start since April 20. Zambrano stretched out a bit with a 73-pitch simulated game last week, but he hasn’t thrown more than 35 pitches in a real…

  7. Giants may be ready to call up Pat Burrell already

    Jun 2, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Pat Burrell is 5-for-12 with a homer in four games at Triple-A after signing a minor-league contract with the Giants last week and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle speculates that he could be called up as soon as this weekend. San Francisco’s offense ranks 13th in OPS and 14th in runs scored, but…

  8. Rockies get Franklin Morales back from DL and Huston Street isn't far behind

    Jun 2, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Out since May 5 with a strained shoulder, Franklin Morales was activated from the disabled list today and bullpen-mate Huston Street may not be far behind. Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post notes that Street reported no problems following a 20-pitch simulated game yesterday, so barring a setback he’ll begin a brief rehab assignment Friday…

  9. White Sox, Mariners, and Rangers reportedly interested in Mike Lowell

    Jun 2, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Now that David Ortiz is hitting again the Red Sox have found almost zero playing time for Mike Lowell, giving him a grand total of three starts and 17 plate appearances in the past three weeks. Lowell has made it clear that he’d welcome a trade, noting last month that third baseman Adrian Beltre and…

  10. Mike Stanton on the verge of call-up to Marlins

    Jun 2, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    Marlins prospect Mike Stanton kept rolling last night with two more homers, giving the 20-year-old outfielder 20 long balls in 48 games at Double-A. He’s also hitting a career-high .307 with a .436 on-base percentage, .722 slugging percentage, and nearly as many walks (40) as strikeouts (50). Joe Frisaro of notes that Stanton could…

  11. Carlos Beltran is finally making some progress

    Jun 2, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    Last week general manager Omar Minaya revealed that Carlos Beltran is unlikely to return before the All-Star break, saying he had yet to resume baseball activities and would need 6-8 more weeks of rehab time once that happens. Yesterday the injured center fielder said he’s currently running at about 80 percent and expects to begin…

  12. Kevin Gregg walks five in ugly blown save

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Gregg imploded last night, blowing a 5-3 lead against the Rays by allowing four runs on one hit and five walks. He also committed a throwing error and uncorked a wild pitch in one of the ugliest outings you’ll see this season. And then just for good measure he got ejected for yelling at…

  13. Mark Teahen put on disabled list with fractured middle finger

    Jun 1, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Mark Teahen injured the middle finger on his right hand fielding a ground ball Sunday and X-rays revealed a fracture, so the White Sox placed him on the disabled list this afternoon and called up Brent Lillibridge from Triple-A. Teahen started 41 of the White Sox’s first 50 games at third base, but hit just…

  14. Line drive to head miraculously won't keep David Huff from making next start

    Jun 1, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Not only has David Huff somehow avoided a serious injury after taking an Alex Rodriguez line drive off his head Saturday, Anthony Castrovince of reports that he’s not even expected to miss a start. Huff threw a bullpen session yesterday and reported no problems afterward, saying he hasn’t had dizziness or headaches despite the…

  15. Derek Holland diagnosed with strained shoulder

    Jun 1, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Derek Holland’s fastball is typically 92-93 miles per hour, but he was throwing just 86-88 mph in the first inning of Sunday night’s start against the Twins. His velocity eventually rose to 90-91 mph, but after several mound visits from the manager, pitching coach, and trainer the Rangers pulled the 23-year-old southpaw from the game…

  16. Cardinals hoping to have Brad Penny back in the rotation by mid-June

    Jun 1, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Kyle Lohse was back in the Cardinals’ clubhouse yesterday following forearm surgery that’s expected to sideline him for at least two months, but general manager John Mozeliak said the team is unlikely to pursue a veteran replacement for the rotation in part because they expect Brad Penny to return soon. Penny is on the disabled…

  17. Alex Rodriguez climbs to third place all time with 20th career grand slam

    Jun 1, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez delivered his 20th career grand slam yesterday after Mark Teixeira was intentionally walked in front of him, moving past Eddie Murray into third place all time behind only Manny Ramirez with 21 and Lou Gehrig with 23. Rodriguez has come to the plate with the bases loaded 243 times during his career, hitting…

  18. Ubaldo Jimenez beats struggling Tim Lincecum

    Jun 1, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez lived up to his end of the bargain and then some Monday afternoon, but instead of a dream pitcher’s duel Tim Lincecum continued to struggle. Jimenez hurled his second complete-game shutout of the season (with the first being his no-hitter against Braves), striking out nine while holding the Giants to four hits and…

  19. X-rays inconclusive, so Orlando Hudson headed for CT scan on injured wrist

    May 31, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Last night’s game-ending collision with Denard Span left Orlando Hudson with an injured wrist and X-rays taken afterward were inconclusive, so the veteran second baseman is now headed for a CT scan. Hudson didn’t travel with the team to Seattle, so at the very least he seems unlikely to play in the four-game series against…

  20. Roberto Alomar wants a front-office job with the Blue Jays

    May 31, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Roberto Alomar will probably be elected into the Hall of Fame this year after coming up eight votes short in his first time on the ballot, but as James Hall of reports the 12-time All-Star also has his eye on a front-office job: I’m almost ready. I think after this year I’m going to…

  21. Pirates bench Akinori Iwamura, move ex-catcher Neil Walker to second base

    May 31, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Back in November the Pirates traded reliever Jesse Chavez to the Rays for Akinori Iwamura and then picked up his $4.85 million option for 2010, but manager John Russell announced today that they’re already cutting bait on the struggling second baseman. Iwamura has batted just .173 in 44 games while showing decreased range defensively following…

  22. Who needs the minors? Mike Leake thriving in Cincinnati

    May 31, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    I criticized the Reds for having 2009 first-round pick Mike Leake completely skip the minors to join the Opening Day rotation, but so far the decision certainly looks like a good one. Cincinnati is in first place and Leake became the latest pitcher to shut down the Astros with six scoreless innings yesterday, cutting his…

  23. Carlos Guillen back from disabled list and moving to second base

    May 28, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Guillen is back from the disabled list after going 6-for-18 (.333) with one homer and three doubles during a five-game rehab assignment at Triple-A. Guillen hit .311 with an .834 OPS before landing on the DL with a strained hamstring on April 23, so the Tigers’ lineup will get a nice boost from his…

  24. Lou Piniella not a big fan of his 'little buddy' Ken Rosenthal

    May 28, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Last month Ken Rosenthal of wrote a column suggesting the Cubs should fire Lou Piniella if they didn’t turn things around. This afternoon Rosenthal visited the Cubs’ clubhouse before their game against the Cardinals and … well, Piniella wasn’t exactly thrilled to see him. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune notes that “Piniella told…

  25. Marlins close to calling up 20-year-old slugging phenom Mike Stanton

    May 28, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    While the baseball world tries to pin down Stephen Strasburg’s debut, another elite prospect could be on the verge of the majors. Joe Frisaro of reports that the Marlins may call up 20-year-old outfielder Mike Stanton as soon as June 5. Picked in the second round of the 2007 draft out of high school,…

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