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  1. Phillies petition MLB to broadcast tomorrow night’s game vs. White Sox

    Jul 12, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 1

    Tonight’s series opener at Citizens Bank Park between the Phillies and White Sox has been postponed due to rain. Per Matt Gelb, they will play a double-header tomorrow, one game at 3:05 and another at 8:05. Unfortunately, the night game was not going to be televised: For those asking: Phillies not allowed to televise second…

  2. Matt Harvey won’t start after the All-Star break

    Jul 12, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Mets ace Matt Harvey has been battling a blister on his right index finger. We learned on Wednesday that the Mets are skipping the right-hander’s final start before the All-Star break. Now, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin, the Mets plan to skip his first start after the break as well, a Friday night start against…

  3. Jedd Gyorko and Yonder Alonso activated from DL, in starting lineup

    Jul 12, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Jedd Gyorko

    The Padres gave their fans some good news today, activating second baseman Jedd Gyorko and first baseman Yonder Alonso from the disabled list. Both are in tonight’s starting lineup against the Giants. Gyorko had been on the disabled list since June 10 with a strained right groin. He had safely hit in 13 of 14…

  4. Adrian Gonzalez supports teammate Yasiel Puig for NL All-Star Final Vote

    Jul 7, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is one of five finalists for the National League All-Star final vote. So, too, is teammate and outfielder Yasiel Puig. Despite logging more than 200 fewer at-bats, Puig leads Gonzalez in Wins Above Replacement, 2.4 to 1.9, according to Baseball Reference. FanGraphs has Puig leading Gonzalez 1.9 to 1.5. For…

  5. Play of the Day: Manny Machado shows off his strong arm

    Jul 7, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Manny Machado

    You often hear of the times when scouts and stats are in disagreement, such as last year’s AL MVP debate between Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout. One area in which the two happily agree is the defense of Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR), found at FanGraphs, rates him as the best…

  6. Heyman: “Straight thinkers” consider Maris the single-season HR king

    Jul 7, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles

    Never shy to share a controversial opinion, Jon Heyman wrote in today’s column at CBS Sports that “most straight thinkers consider [Roger Maris] the legitimate single-season home-run record holder for his hallowed 61 home runs in 1961″. With 33 home runs through his team’s first 89 games, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is on pace…

  7. Ryan Howard to have MRI on knee, surgery “remains an option”

    Jul 7, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Phillies' Howard smiles after scoring the game-winning run against the Astros during their National League baseball game in Philadelphia

    CSN Philly’s John Finger reports that Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard will have an MRI taken on his ailing left knee on Monday. The results will direct the next step the Phillies take with their $125 million slugger, and surgery “remains an option”. Howard went on the 15-day disabled list yesterday. “We’ll see what happens…

  8. Adam Jones gives Mariano Rivera his 2nd blown save of the season

    Jul 7, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Orioles' Jones watches his two-run home run off of Yankees closing pitcher Rivera during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York

    With his club trailing 1-0 with one out and one on in the ninth inning against Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, Orioles outfielder Adam Jones hit a two-run home run into the bullpen in left field to put the Orioles ahead. O’s closer Jim Johnson, baseball’s leader in blown saves, came on in the bottom half…

  9. A manager saving his closer in a tie game on the road backfires again

    Jul 7, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Clint Hurdle

    Shocking, I know. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle decided against using closer Jason Grilli, one of the best relievers in baseball, as his team battled the Cubs in an 11-inning affair this afternoon. Trailing 3-2 in the ninth, Pirates outfielder Starling Marte tied the game with a solo home run. Hurdle went to Vin Mazzaro in…

  10. Carlos Gonzalez forced out of game with sprained middle finger

    Jul 7, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    It has been a hellish week for the Rockies, losers of seven of their last eight games. They lost starter Roy Oswalt to a hamstring injury in the second inning this afternoon, then lost outfielder Carlos Gonzalez to a right hand injury in the ninth inning just as they were ready to escape the Arizona…

  11. Mets catcher John Buck: “Then all of the sudden I felt like I had a big wiener over me.”

    Jul 7, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Mets catcher John Buck has your quote of the year, talking about his accidental interference with the sausage race at Miller Park last night while his team faced the Brewers in a weekend series. Buck exited the dugout between innings to take his position at home plate, but didn’t notice that the sausages were stampeding…

  12. Roy Oswalt pulled in 2nd inning due to strained left hamstring

    Jul 7, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt

    Rockies starter Roy Oswalt had to leave in the second inning of this afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks after straining his left hamstring covering home plate after throwing a wild pitch. Eric Chavez scored on the play, giving the Diamondbacks their first run of the game. Edgmer Escalona relieved Oswalt but gave up three runs…

  13. Aramis Ramirez lifted due to knee injury

    Jul 6, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez Getty

    Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez had to exit tonight’s game after making a diving stop to end the fifth inning. MLB.com’s Kevin Massoth reports that Ramirez went back to the clubhouse as Yuniesky Betancourt replaced him at the hot corner. Ramirez had previously missed time between April 6 and May 2 with a sprained left…

  14. Ross Detwiler placed on DL; Dan Haren to return Monday

    Jul 6, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals starter Ross Detwiler throws a first inning pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during their MLB National League baseball game in Los Angeles

    MASN’s Dan Kolko reports that lefty Ross Detwiler, dealing with an ailing back, will be placed on the 15-day disabled list. Dan Haren, recovering from inflammation in his right shoulder, will be activated from the DL and start on Monday, taking Detwiler’s spot on the 25-man roster. Detwiler had compiled a 4.04 ERA over 13…

  15. Yasmani Grandal exits with injury to ACL & MCL

    Jul 6, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Diego Padres

    Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal needed assistance leaving the field of play at Nationals Park this afternoon after Anthony Rendon aggressively slid into him at home plate in the bottom of the third inning. Rendon’s slide was clean as he was attempting to break up what could have been an inning-ending 3-2-3 double play. Grandal, unfortunately, was…

  16. It’s official: Dodgers acquire Ricky Nolasco from Marlins

    Jul 6, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Minnesota Twins - Game Two

    Per MLB’s Twitter: the Ricky Nolasco deal is official. The Marlins have traded their right-handed starter to the Dodgers for prospects Steve Ames, Josh Wall, and and Angel Sanchez. None of the three made Baseball America’s top-ten list for the Dodgers organization entering the season. The Dodgers are assuming the rest of Nolasco’s remaining salary,…

  17. Tom Verducci suggests a bracket format for the Home Run Derby

    Jul 6, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    home run derby

    SI’s Tom Verducci with the “why the heck didn’t I think of that?!” idea of the year: change the Home Run Derby to suit a bracket format, not unlike the NCAA basketball tournament. Here’s how it works. You get 16 participants. The nine leading home run hitters are guaranteed entry. The host team gets one…

  18. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly nabs Giants for batting out of order

    Jul 6, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves

    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly caught the Giants batting out of order in the bottom of the first inning this evening. Ken Rosenthal tweeted the details: #SFGiants bat out of order. Posey called out after hitting RBI double. Sandoval 3rd, Posey 4th on official card. Posey up again, flies out. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 6,…

  19. The All-Star Game rosters have been unveiled

    Jul 6, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    yadier molina getty

    Via MLB’s official Twitter, here are the starting position players for the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field: NL @AllStarGame starters 1B: Votto 2B: Phillips SS: Tulowitzki 3B: Wright C: Molina OF: Beltran OF: CarGo OF: Harper #ASG — MLB (@MLB) July 6, 2013 AL @AllStarGame starters 1B: Davis 2B: Cano SS: Hardy 3B: Cabrera…

  20. Phillies place Ryan Howard on DL, recall Darin Ruf

    Jul 6, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard Getty

    Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, dealing with an ailing knee for quite some time, has at long last been placed on the disabled list. To fill his vacant space on the 25-man roster, the Phillies have recalled Darin Ruf from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Both pieces of news come via Matt Gelb on Twitter. Ruf is…

  21. Rosenthal: Dodgers “close” on Ricky Nolasco

    Jul 6, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Ricky Nolasco

    We learned yesterday that the Dodgers and Giants had both submitted offers to the Miami Marlins on starter Ricky Nolasco. According to the report, the Dodgers were willing to part with a pitching prospect and assume all of his remaining $5.7 million due this season. Ken Rosenthal has an updated report in which his source…

  22. Play of the Day: Francisco Liriano starts 9th with nifty between-the-legs snag

    Jul 6, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Francisco Liriano held the Cubs to two runs on four hits and four walks with seven strikeouts over a nine-inning complete game. The lefty lowered his ERA to 2.20 in his 11th start of the season as he continues to top the list of baseball’s best off-season bargains. Liriano started off the bottom of the…

  23. Chris Carpenter encouraged after 106-pitch bullpen session

    Jul 5, 2013, 11:40 PM EDT

    chris carpenter getty

    Via MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch: #STLCards Chris Carpenter estimates he threw 106 pitches in bullpen session Friday. Really encouraged afterward. Likely to face hitters soon — Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) July 5, 2013 Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter has been sidelined all season due to thoracic outlet syndrome in his right shoulder, the same injury that kept him…

  24. Manny Ramirez will likely make Minor League debut on Sunday

    Jul 5, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    BASEBALL-TPE-US-RAMIREZ

    Manny Ramirez will likely get his 2013 season started on Sunday with Triple-A Round Rock, reports Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest. The Rangers recently signed the controversial 41-year-old slugger to a Minor League deal in what amounts to a low-risk, medium-reward flier. We last saw Ramirez in the Majors in 2011 when he had…

  25. D-Backs starter Brandon McCarthy is no fan of lengthy extra-inning games

    Jul 5, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Brandon McCarthy Getty

    Diamondbacks right-hander Brandon McCarthy is, in this writer’s humble opinion, the best baseball-related follow on Twitter. Most athletes post religious and/or motivational quotes and typical post-game cliches with a minimum of real interaction with fans, but McCarthy makes it a point to acknowledge at least a good portion of those sending him tweets. He mixes…

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