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  1. Shane Victorino exits early with hamstring injury

    Jul 19, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino was taken out of the game before the top of the fourth inning during tonight’s game against the Yankees. Victorino grounded into a 4-6-3 double play for the first two outs in the bottom of the third. Sean McAdam of CSN New England tweeted that Victorino appeared to have aggravated…

  2. Phillies learn Mike Adams and Jeremy Horst are out for the year

    Jul 19, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

    mike adams phillies getty

    Losing at least two critical members of your bullpen for the final two and a half months of the season has to be disheartening to the Phillies, who consider themselves contenders in the NL East at 48-48, 6.5 games out of first place. The news on Mike Adams and Jeremy Horst comes via the Inquirer’s…

  3. Dustin Pedroia and the Red Sox are discussing a contract extension

    Jul 19, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia Getty

    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that second baseman Dustin Pedroia and the Red Sox are discussing a contract extension “somewhere in the vicinity of” six years and $100 million. Pedroia, who turns 30 on August 17, has been one of the best second basemen in baseball this season and the Red Sox want…

  4. As the second half begins, a PSA about the Home Run Derby “curse”

    Jul 19, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Chevrolet Home Run Derby

    I don’t mean to alarm you, but during the second half of the baseball season, you will come across articles citing the Home Run Derby as the sole reason for a player’s second-half struggles. It happens every year. It will happen again this year, and it will continue until the universe experiences heat death. By…

  5. Jordany Valdespin wasn’t happy about his demotion

    Jul 14, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    Jordany Valdespin

    Mets manager Terry Collins informed outfielder Jordany Valdespin, sitting on a .566 OPS this season, that he was being optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas. Valdespin, known in the past for being emotional and sometimes immature, did not take the news well. As Jorge Castillo of The Star Ledger describes it, Valdespin threw a temper tantrum:…

  6. Joe Blanton and pitching coach Mike Butcher had a heated exchange

    Jul 14, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    Joe Blanton allowed four runs in four-plus innings of work this afternoon, ending his first half with a 5.53 ERA, the second-worst mark in the American League behind Wade Davis at 5.89. After Blanton was taken out after allowing the first three batters he faced in the fifth inning to reach base on a single,…

  7. As Phillies reach .500, GM Ruben Amaro looking to address center field and bullpen

    Jul 14, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    Ruben Amaro, Charlie Manuel

    Though the Phillies, at long last, reached .500 for the first time since June 7, one would think most signs point to the team being sellers at the deadline. Yesterday, they lost center fielder Ben Revere to a broken foot and he will be sidelined for six to eight weeks. They have a few soon-to-be…

  8. Chris Davis homers in fourth consecutive game, ends first half with 37

    Jul 14, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Chris Davis

    Wrapping up the final series of the first half, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis homered in his fourth consecutive game as the Orioles defeated the Blue Jays 7-4. The homer, a two-run shot in the third inning against Josh Johnson, was his 37th of the season, tying Reggie Jackson’s American League record for first-half home…

  9. Twins refuse to discuss extension with Justin Morneau until trade deadline passes

    Jul 14, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    morneau ap

    Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting that the Twins are refusing to discuss a contract extension with first baseman Justin Morneau until after the July 31 trade deadline. The 39-53 Twins are looking to trade the 32-year-old, who is earning $14 million in the final year of a six-year, $80 million…

  10. Terry Collins wants Pirates fans to “reevaluate”

    Jul 14, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    The Home Run Derby created some unexpected drama when Mets third baseman David Wright picked childhood friend Michael Cuddyer over Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez. This caught the ire of Pirates fans, who felt that Alvarez was much more deserving of a selection. On Thursday, Cuddyer’s teammate and fellow Derby participant Carlos Gonzalez bowed out…

  11. All-Star roster fun: McCann, Melancon, Romo, Balfour, Holland, Tillman added

    Jul 14, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Brian McCann AP

    The weekend preceding the All-Star Game festivities is always fun because the list of actual All-Stars expands by about ten players as injured players step down and would-be snubs finally get their call. Today, American League Sunday starters Bartolo Colon of the Athletics, Hisashi Iwakuma of the Mariners, and Justin Verlander of the Tigers were…

  12. Matt Garza receives word he will likely be traded

    Jul 14, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Matt Garza Getty

    Cubs starter Matt Garza has been informed that he will likely be traded, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The right-hander has emerged as the most sought-after pitcher, posting a 3.17 ERA in 11 starts since making his season debut on May 21. Garza missed the first seven weeks of the season due to…

  13. Justin Verlander’s great outing marred by quad injury

    Jul 14, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    Justin Verlander brought a no-hit bid against the Rangers into the seventh inning, getting two quick outs on fly balls before Mitch Moreland doubled to center. He retired Elvis Andrus on a pop-up to end the inning, and as it would turn out, his afternoon. Verlander left with tightness in his right quadriceps, though the…

  14. Play of the Day: Alex Gordon makes a diving snag in left

    Jul 13, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Kansas City Royals

    Alex Gordon has been one of the more underrated players in baseball over the last few years, a big reason being his superb defense in left field. If you put any stock into defensive statistics, he has been the best defensive left fielder in baseball since 2011. Gordon showed off his glove again tonight, saving…

  15. Max Scherzer loses for the first time in 2013

    Jul 13, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer Getty

    Tigers starter Max Scherzer entered his final start of the first half a sterling 13-0 with a 3.06 ERA. With a victory over the Rangers tonight, he could have improved to 14-0, matching Roger Clemens’ historic start in 1986. The Rangers, however, had other ideas. Scherzer allowed three runs in the top of the third…

  16. Zack Greinke tosses a two-hit shutout against the Rockies

    Jul 13, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke Getty

    Dodgers starter Zack Greinke made his best start of the season tonight, blanking the Rockies over nine innings as the Dodgers provided the bare minimum run support in a 1-0 victory. Greinke allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out nine — and he didn’t record his first strikeout until the fifth inning.…

  17. Tigers manager Jim Leyland firmly against using Sunday’s starters in All-Star Game

    Jul 13, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Jim Leyland Getty

    Tigers manager Jim Leyland, in his own way, firmly told the media that he will not use pitchers who start on Sunday to pitch in the All-Star Game. Via MLB.com’s Jane Lee: Leyland on allowing pitchers who start Sunday to throw in ASG: “They can blast me till the cows come home, and I’m not…

  18. Ben Revere suffers broken right foot

    Jul 13, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Ben Revere, Tim Federowicz

    Phillies outfielder Ben Revere suffered a broken right foot during the first game of today’s double-header against the White Sox. In the bottom of the eleventh, Revere came to the plate with a runner on first base and one out with his team trailing 5-4. He fouled an Addison Reed pitch off of his ankle…

  19. Chris Davis hits 36th homer of season, now on pace for 61

    Jul 13, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Orioles Rays Baseball

    It seems like Orioles first baseman Chris Davis homers on every day that ends in “y”. This afternoon against Blue Jays starter Todd Redmond, Davis went deep for the 36th time this season and for the third consecutive game. The Orioles lost 7-3 despite the best efforts of Davis as starter Jason Hammel allowed six…

  20. Clay Buchholz will delay rehab to build up arm strength

    Jul 13, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Clay Buchholz Getty

    Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz will not begin his rehab as originally scheduled, according to Tim Britton. Buchholz has been dealing with bursitis in his right shoulder and hasn’t pitched since June 8. More from Britton’s column: The plan now is for Buchholz to throw a bullpen session Sunday, possibly another on Tuesday in New…

  21. Tommy Hanson could return on July 23

    Jul 13, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels starter Tommy Hanson, recovering from a strained right forearm, threw a simulated game this afternoon. Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register is reporting that, if there are no setbacks, the right-hander could return on July 23. Hanson has been on the disabled list since June 21. In nine starts on the year, he…

  22. Micah Owings will play outfield and pitch in the Minors

    Jul 13, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Micah Owings

    Per the Journal Sentinel’s Todd Rosiak, Brewers VP and assistant GM Gord Ash says that recent signee Micah Owings will both play the outfield and pitch in the Minors: “He’s going to do do both,” assistant general manager Gord Ash said. “He’s going to be Brooks Kieschnick reincarnate.” Kieschnick became a fan favorite in 2003…

  23. Alex Rodriguez was a no-show for yesterday’s rehab game

    Jul 13, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    New York Yankees' Rodriguez reacts to a reporter's question after arriving at the Yankees' minor league baseball complex in Tampa

    On this, the thirteenth day of July, we have more gas for our Alex Rodriguez drama fire. The New York Post’s Joel Sherman is reporting that the Yankee third baseman was a no-show for yesterday’s rehab game with the Single-A Tampa Yankees. Rodriguez met with Major League Baseball officials and interrogated about his involvement with…

  24. The Padres attempted the hidden-ball trick against the Giants

    Jul 13, 2013, 12:25 AM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval Getty

    Pablo Sandoval hit an RBI double with two outs in the top of the fifth inning. Before Hunter Pence could see a pitch from Padres starter Sean O’Sullivan, shortstop Everth Cabrera tried the hidden ball trick to catch Sandoval napping at second. Umpire Laz Diaz had granted Sandoval a time out, however, invalidating the play.…

  25. Yasiel Puig exits early with hip injury

    Jul 12, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v New York Yankees - Game Two

    Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was pulled from tonight’s game against the Rockies in the fifth inning due to the sore left hip that has been bothering him lately. He was taken out after seven innings yesterday and could only make it five tonight. Scott Van Slyke replaced him in right field. Puig recently lost the…

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