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  1. David Ortiz ejected for arguing balls and strikes, throws temper tantrum

    Jul 27, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    David Ortiz Reuters

    Red Sox DH David Ortiz was ejected during tonight’s game against the Orioles after arguing balls and strikes with umpire Tim Timmons. Manager John Farrell had to restrain Ortiz as he shouted at Timmons. After returning to the dugout, Ortiz promptly took out his anger with a baseball bat on the dugout phone. Shards of…

  2. Brandon Beachy will make 2013 debut on Monday

    Jul 27, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    brandon beachy ap

    Braves starter Brandon Beachy, fully recovered from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, will make his first start of the 2013 season on Monday against the Rockies, reports David O’Brien. He is effectively taking Tim Hudson‘s spot in the rotation. Hudson was lost for the season on Wednesday after suffering a gruesome injury to…

  3. Rangers won’t deal for Michael Young

    Jul 27, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Michael Young AP

    Yesterday, we heard reports that the Rangers were considering re-acquiring third baseman Michael Young from the Phillies. Today, we learn that the Rangers have gone back on that, and will not deal for the veteran. Via MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan: The Rangers are not planning to bring back Michael Young. Major League sources said a trade…

  4. Twins prospect Miguel Sano benched for a fourth consecutive game

    Jul 27, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Miguel Sano

    On Tuesday night, Twins prospect Miguel Sano showboated after hitting a home run. As Patrick Reusse describes it, Sano “stood at the plate for a few seconds, walked out of the box, flipping the bat, and then slow-strutted around the bases.” Jeff Smith, manager of the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats, benched Sano for the…

  5. The Mets are giving Matt Harvey ten more starts

    Jul 27, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Matt Harvey

    With the addition of Jenrry Mejia to the rotation, Mets starter Matt Harvey has about ten starts left according to manager Terry Collins (via Jorge Castillo). We heard rumors about the shutdown throughout the season and now we have a countdown. Harvey has logged 145 innings over 21 starts thus far, posting a 2.11 ERA.…

  6. Tim Hudson can resume baseball activities in four months

    Jul 27, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    tim hudson getty

    Braves starter Tim Hudson had surgery last night to fix a fractured fibula and the deltoid ligament in his right ankle, per the Braves official Twitter. Hudson suffered the injuries on Wednesday covering first base on a ground ball hit by Eric Young, Jr. Young awkwardly stepped on Hudson’s foot, causing the injury. The procedure…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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,…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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.…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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