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  1. Hall of Fame weekend “kind of sad”, “not as much excitement”

    Jul 27, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    No, Hideki Matsui is not a Hall of Famer

    The Baseball Writers Association of America opted not to elect any new living members to the Hall of Fame for the first time since 1965. Scott Miller of CBS Sports asked some living legends about the atmosphere in Cooperstown, New York, and the sentiment wasn’t very positive. “This year, it’s kind of sad,” former Cardinals…

  2. Adam Jones: Camden Yards “isn’t Fenway South anymore”

    Jul 27, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Adam Jones

    Orioles outfielder Adam Jones went 2-for-4 with two home runs in last night’s 6-0 victory over the division rival Red Sox. The O’s are now 6-2 against the Sox on the season, including 4-1 at home. The lack of Red Sox fans at Camden Yards as of late prompted Adam Jones to tell MASN’s Steve…

  3. Ike Davis plans to bunt more often

    Jul 24, 2013, 1:39 AM EDT

    Ike Davis, Marvin Hudson

    Mets first baseman Ike Davis attempted to bunt for a base hit in the bottom of the second inning with one out and the bases empty and his team down 1-0. He was facing an infield shift, so his thought was to drop a bunt down the third base line for an easy infield single,…

  4. Grant Balfour blows first save since April 29, 2012

    Jul 23, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Before surrendering a game-tying, two-run home run to Matt Dominguez in the ninth inning of tonight’s loss, Athletics closer Grant Balfour had converted 44 consecutive saves dating back to early 2012, the sixth-longest such streak in baseball history, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Balfour’s last blown save occurred on April 29 against the Orioles,…

  5. Joe Blanton in danger of losing spot in Angels’ rotation

    Jul 23, 2013, 11:37 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    Angels starter Joe Blanton has the third-worst ERA in baseball at 5.66. That, and a recent confrontation with pitching coach Mike Butcher, are reasons the Angels are looking to remove him from the rotation. Via MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez and William Boor: “We’re working on a couple things now,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’re going…

  6. Marlins prospect Christian Yelich goes 3-for-4 with 2 RBI in MLB debut

    Jul 23, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

    Christian Yelich

    Looking to shake things up after a dreadful offensive dry spell, the Marlins promoted top prospect and outfielder Christian Yelich and immediately tossed him in the #2 spot in the lineup, along with fellow top prospect and outfielder Jake Marisnick, for tonight’s game against the Rockies. Yelich responded, getting three hits in his first three…

  7. The Giants will visit the White House on Monday

    Jul 23, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Barack Obama, Brian Wilson

    After they wrap up a three-game set at home against the Cubs on Sunday, the Giants will head east to face the Phillies on Tuesday, July 30.  On their day off on Monday, the defending World Series champions will visit the White House and meet with President Barack Obama for the second time in three…

  8. Phillies one of several teams interested in Brian Wilson

    Jul 23, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson Getty

    Given the age of the Phillies’ roster, if you asked many of them, “What do you think about Brian Wilson?” you might get a few “I love the Beach Boys!” replies. Brian Wilson the baseball player, however, will be showing off his surgically-repaired right arm in front of several teams, including the Phillies, on Thursday,…

  9. Matt Kemp doesn’t want the 2011 NL MVP award

    Jul 23, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    kemp getty

    Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp narrowly lost the 2011 NL Most Valuable Player award to Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. That the two were separated by about 60 points in voting illustrates just how close the race was. Now that we’ve learned that Braun did, in fact, use performance-enhancing drugs, that race isn’t nearly as close for…

  10. Brewers send Francisco Rodriguez to the Orioles

    Jul 23, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT

    francisco rodriguez getty

    The Brewers have sent 31-year-old veteran reliever Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez to the Orioles for Minor League infielder Nick Delmonico, reports MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli. Rodriguez has rebounded nicely from a tough 2012 season. This year, he has a 1.09 ERA in 24.2 innings, logging ten saves in as many opportunities. Delmonico, 20, has spent the season…

  11. Chris Carpenter experiences setback in his rehab

    Jul 23, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter has chosen to stop his rehab at least for a little while. Per Derrick Goold on Twitter, Carpenter called it, “[taking] a step back” after experiencing creeping numbness in his hand.  He will be examined by doctors tonight while the Cardinals open up a three-game series at home against the Phillies.…

  12. Marlins shaking things up with promotion of Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick

    Jul 23, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Christian Yelich

    Most teams would feel embarrassed after getting shut out in an entire series the way the Marlins were by the Brewers. The Marlins, though, seem more impervious to public sentiment than most, so it wouldn’t have been shocking if they just stood pat and hoped to bounce back they way they seemed to throughout June…

  13. Mets place Shaun Marcum on release waivers

    Jul 23, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum

    Per the Mets official Twitter: #Mets announced today that RHP Shaun Marcum has been placed on waivers for purposes of his unconditional release… (continued) — New York Mets (@Mets) July 23, 2013   …The #Mets initiated this release when it was confirmed that Marcum was unlikely to pitch competitively again this season. — New York…

  14. Jose Reyes was hit in the jewels on a pickoff attempt

    Jul 21, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    jose reyes getty

    It’s been a rough year for Jose Reyes. After starting the season blazing hot with a .991 OPS and five stolen bases in his first ten games, Reyes had to go on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle. It cost him 67 games. He returned on June 26, and in the month of…

  15. Jayson Werth on Nationals after getting swept: “We’re a good team.”

    Jul 21, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    With a 9-2 loss to the Dodgers today, victims of a series sweep and losers of six out of their last seven, the Nationals fell to 48-50 in third place in the NL East. Jayson Werth provided all of the offense this afternoon with two solo home runs; the rest of the lineup had just…

  16. Alex Rodriguez diagnosed with Grade 1 quad strain, out 7 to 10 more games

    Jul 21, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    alex rodriguez yankees getty

    Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will spend some more time in Tampa now that he has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his quadriceps. Rodriguez was moved from third base to designated hitter prior to last night’s rehab game, then was subsequently scratched from today’s lineup. There was hope that he was nearing the…

  17. Derek Jeter no longer feeling quad pain, wants to return Saturday

    Jul 21, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v New York Yankees

    Per ESPN’s Andrew Marchand, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is no longer feeling pain in his injured quadriceps. He thinks he may be able to return by next Saturday, when the Yankees play the Rays. Manager Joe Girardi isn’t as hopeful. “I guess anything is possible,” Girardi said. “I guess the biggest hurdle that he would…

  18. Jon Lester insists extra rest afforded him was precautionary

    Jul 21, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Oakland Athletics

    Red Sox starter Jon Lester reiterated to reporters earlier that the team’s decision to have him make his second-half debut on Tuesday was simply precautionary rather than due to an injury. After a strong start to the season, Lester has hit the skids, posting a 6.27 ERA in his last 11 starts. Lester threw a…

  19. Astros designate Carlos Pena and Ronny Cedeno for assignment

    Jul 21, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Tampa Bay Rays

    The Astros have designated first baseman Carlos Pena and shortstop Ronny Cedeno for assignment, reports Brian McTaggart. Shortstop prospect Jonathan Villar is being promoted from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Cedeno’s spot on the roster. CSN Houston reports that Villar will be the team’s starting shortstop tomorrow. Villar was acquired along with Anthony Gose and…

  20. Marlins fail to score in three-game set against the Brewers

    Jul 21, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Milwaukee Brewers

    The Brewers defeated the Marlins 1-0 in 13 innings this afternoon, shutting the Marlins out in all three games of the series in Milwaukee. Caleb Gindl hit a walk-off home run, the first of his career. The Brew Crew defeated the Fish 2-0 on Friday and 6-0 last night as the Marlins have now failed…

  21. Ruben Amaro wants you and your prospect lists to pound sand

    Jul 21, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Ruben Amaro, Charlie Manuel

    Phillies GM Ruben Amaro spoke to the media about the Phillies’ position in the market with ten days to go until the trade deadline. Prior to this afternoon’s 5-0 loss to the Mets, the Phillies were again at .500, 6.5 games behind the Braves in the NL East. He talked about the scarcity of capable…

  22. Matt Kemp exits in ninth with ankle injury

    Jul 21, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    kemp getty

    On the same day he returned from the disabled list, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp appeared to twist his ankle sliding into Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki at home plate in the ninth inning today with his team up 9-2. Kemp was at third base when Carl Crawford hit a ground ball to first baseman Chad Tracy.…

  23. Matt Kemp on track to be activated tomorrow

    Jul 20, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp played in a simulated game against injured starter Ted Lilly today, hitting two home runs. Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times says Kemp, recovering from irritation of the AC joint in his left shoulder, is on track to be activated tomorrow. After returning from the disabled list on June 25, Kemp…

  24. Have you seen the Marlins’ offense? The Brewers haven’t

    Jul 20, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton

    The Marlins arrived in Milwaukee to open up the second half after showing some signs of competence in June and early July. They were 15-41 after a June 1 victory, won 20 of their next 37 games, and went into the All-Star break 35-58. However, they dropped last night’s game against the Brewers 2-0, and…

  25. Erik Bedard allows no hits in 6.1 innings, loses anyway

    Jul 20, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Houston Astros

    Astros lefty Erik Bedard brought a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but ran into a bit of trouble and a high pitch count. After Bedard walked Justin Smoak with one out (Bedard’s fifth walk of the evening), manager Bo Porter wasn’t willing to let him go beyond 111 pitches, replacing him with Jose Cisnero. Cisnero…

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