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

    Jul 23, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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    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…

  2. Brewers send Francisco Rodriguez to the Orioles

    Jul 23, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. 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.…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

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

    Jul 21, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

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    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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Matt Kemp exits in ninth with ankle injury

    Jul 21, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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    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.…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. The Cubs wanted the Indians to part with Lonnie Chisenhall for Matt Garza

    Jul 20, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Lonnie Chisenhall

    It is well-known that the Indians are looking for starting pitching as the July 31 trade deadline draws closer, but they weren’t willing to part with third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall for Cubs starter Matt Garza, reports Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer. Chisenhall, still just 24 years old, has had an up-and-down year, spending a…

  19. Alex Rios unhappy with last night’s benching

    Jul 20, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Alex Rios

    White Sox manager Robin Ventura benched outfielder Alex Rios after failing to run out a ground ball double play in yesterday’s 6-4 loss to the Braves. Prior to this afternoon’s game, when he went 3-for-5 with five RBI including a grand slam, he had been scuffling, posting a .367 OPS since his 6-for-6 game against…

  20. Alex Rodriguez moved from 3B to DH in rehab game due to a tight quad

    Jul 20, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Getty

    Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez felt tightness in his left quad and was subsequently moved from third to DH in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders lineup for today’s game, reports ESPN’s Ian Begley. Begley says there’s a chance A-Rod aggravated the injury yesterday: It is possible that Rodriguez hurt his quad while running the bases on Friday…

  21. Today in spelling mistakes: Ron Roenicke’s jersey

    Jul 20, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Unbeknownst to Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, the name of his city was misspelled on his jersey as he stood in the dugout observing his team as they battled the Marlins. Via ESPN’s Darren Rovell on Twitter: Brewers manager Ron Roenicke’s jersey is spelled wrong tonight pic.twitter.com/npfs1I8xFd (via @sberg2988) — darren rovell (@darrenrovell) July 20, 2013…

  22. Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras continues battling ankle injury

    Jul 20, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

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    2013 was supposed to be the year of Oscar Taveras. He entered the season rated the #3 overall prospect by both Baseball America and MLB.com and was coming off of a season in which he decimated Double-A pitching at the age of 20. Some thought he would become a mainstay of the Cardinal offense by…

  23. Paul Maholm exits start with sprained left wrist

    Jul 20, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Paul Maholm had an ugly afternoon against the White Sox, surrendering a first-pitch grand slam to Alex Rios in the third inning, then exiting with an arm injury in the fourth inning after putting the first two batters he faced on base. David O’Brien points out that Maholm pointed to his lower left arm before…

  24. Mark Buehrle on Jays after loss: “Maybe we are overrated.”

    Jul 20, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Blue Jays' Buehrle pauses on the mound during MLB American League baseball game against the Rays in Toronto

    Since an 11-game winning streak that stretched from June 11-23, the Jays have lost 15 of 22 games, including their first two games coming out of the All-Star break. They lost to the Rays 4-3 this afternoon behind an adequate start by lefty Mark Buehrle, continuing to lose ground in the hyper-competitive AL East. Now…

  25. Joey Votto not upset by recent comments made by Brandon Phillips

    Jul 19, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

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    Earlier today, we learned exactly what Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips thought about Joey Votto‘s monster ten-year, $225 million extension. It turns out Phillips is still a little bitter about it, saying, “To this day, I’m still hurt. Well, I don’t wanna say hurt. I’ll say scarred. I’m still scarred. It just sucks that it…

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