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  1. Anthony Rendon’s ninth-inning homer lifts Nats over Indians

    Jun 15, 2013, 11:35 PM EST

    Anthony Rendon

    Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon had three hits in five at-bats tonight, including a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning that broke a 6-6 tie to give the Nationals the victory over the Indians. It was the first of the 23-year-old’s career. Closer Rafael Soriano came on in the bottom half…

  2. Dodgers making progress on extension with Clayton Kershaw

    Jun 15, 2013, 11:00 PM EST

    Clayton Kershaw Getty

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are making progress with starter Clayton Kershaw on a seven-year contract extension worth in excess of $180 million. The 25-year-old left-hander enters his third and final year of arbitration going into 2014 after which he would be eligible for free agency. That the Dodgers would eventually sign Kershaw to…

  3. MRI confirms no structural damage in Brandon Beachy’s elbow

    Jun 15, 2013, 10:35 PM EST

    Brandon Beachy

    Braves starter Brandon Beachy, hoping to return to the team after a year-long recuperation from Tommy John surgery, suffered a setback after his last rehab outing. Beachy was reported to have felt mild tenderness in his elbow, so the Braves scheduled him for an MRI. The results are in, and Beachy’s elbow shows on structural…

  4. Play of the Day: Nolan Arenado makes a nifty snag

    Jun 15, 2013, 10:05 PM EST

    Nolan Arenado

    Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado made a heck of a play on a Jonathan Pettibone grounder in the second inning of today’s game against the Phillies. Pettibone chopped the ball down the third base line. Arenado, who was playing in and off the line, dove to his right and snagged the ball when it was…

  5. Anibal Sanchez exits start in the fourth inning

    Jun 15, 2013, 9:35 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Detroit Tigers

    Tigers starterAnibal Sanchez was taken out of tonight’s game against the Twins after three and two-thirds innings due to a shoulder injury, reports Chris Iott. The Tigers had skipped Sanchez’s turn in the rotation last week, making manager Jim Leyland anxious to see his right-hander perform tonight. It didn’t go well, as Sanchez allowed two…

  6. Mark Teixeira exits with wrist injury

    Jun 15, 2013, 9:00 PM EST

    Mark Teixeira Getty

    Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left tonight’s game against the Angels with a wrist injury. He was replaced at first by David Adams in the bottom of the fourth. During a live interview on the FOX broadcast, manager Joe Girardi said that “he doesn’t have the snap in his swing“. Teixeira missed the first two…

  7. David Wright: “It’s not fun to come to the park and lose”

    Jun 15, 2013, 8:25 PM EST

    David Wright

    Though they can proudly say they aren’t as bad as the Marlins, not much has gone right in Queens for the Mets. First baseman Ike Davis has been a disaster. Shortstop Ruben Tejada hasn’t hit. They lack a real center fielder. The rotation after Matt Harvey has been a mess. After their latest loss to…

  8. Oliver Perez has been reborn as a reliever

    Jun 15, 2013, 7:55 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics

    When the Mets acquired left-hander Oliver Perez in a trade with the Pirates at the 2006 trade deadline, they thought they were getting a top-of-the-rotation pitcher. Five tumultuous seasons later, Perez’s tenure as a Met was meekly ended during spring training prior to the 2011 season having compiled a 4.71 ERA over 520 innings in…

  9. Yankees dropping in attendance, ratings

    Jun 15, 2013, 7:15 PM EST

    Yankees starting pitcher Pettitte puts his face into his glove as he comes off the field after giving up a run in the fourth inning against the Angels in an MLB baseball game in Anaheim

    Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal has some interesting figures in his latest column about the Yankees: Through Wednesday, the average ratings for Yankee games on the YES Network were down 38% compared to the same period last season, according to Nielsen figures. The drop is even more remarkable when you consider that last…

  10. Andre Ethier is remarkably Zen about his future

    Jun 15, 2013, 6:45 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has faced a lot of hardship this season. He hasn’t hit well, currently sitting on a .236 average with five home runs and a .681 OPS. Manager Don Mattingly was very critical of him in the media. Some upstart Cuban rookie, Yasiel Puig, is making him look small-time. And he is…

  11. UPDATE: Alex Cobb exits after taking a line drive to his head

    Jun 15, 2013, 6:00 PM EST

    Alex Cobb

    In the top of the fifth inning in this afternoon’s game against the Royals, Rays starter Alex Cobb took a line drive to the head off the bat of Eric Hosmer. It was a scary moment, summed up by Jeff Passan: Alex Cobb being stretchered off with head immobilized. Teammates around the mound. Luke Scott…

  12. Chris Sale strikes out 14, but loses anyway

    Jun 15, 2013, 12:15 AM EST

    Chris Sale Getty

    White Sox starter struck out 14 Astros over eight innings tonight, but ended up a tough-luck loser as his team fell 2-1. Sale allowed the first run without allowing a hit (bookended by Alexei Ramirez errors) and the second on an infield single. The Astros managed just five hits (all singles) and a walk off…

  13. Manny Machado’s 30th double puts him with Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio

    Jun 14, 2013, 11:50 PM EST

    Manny Machado

    Orioles third baseman Manny Machado doubled twice off of Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster tonight, giving him 30 on the season. ESPN Stats & Info tweeted this interesting piece of trivia after Machado’s second double of the night in the Orioles’ 2-0 victory: Most 2B Thru 68 Team Games Under Age 22 Since 1920 2013 Manny Machado…

  14. Brandon Beachy will not start on Tuesday, after all

    Jun 14, 2013, 11:20 PM EST

    Brandon Beachy Getty

    The Braves had been internally debating for a while what to do when Brandon Beachy is activated from the disabled list. Would they use the 26-man rule to use him for Tuesday’s double-header against the Mets, and then figure it out in a week? Would they move Kris Medlen to the bullpen? Or attempt to…

  15. Dusty Baker will not use Aroldis Chapman for multi-inning work

    Jun 14, 2013, 10:50 PM EST

    Reds' manager Dusty Baker watches from the dugout as his team plays the Giants in Game 5 of their MLB NLDS playoff baseball series in Cincinnati

    In the latest instance of a Major League manager refusing to consider anything but by-the-book bullpen use, Reds manager Dusty Baker reiterated to the media that he will not use closer Aroldis Chapman for more than one inning: Dusty Baker just said he will not use Aroldis Chapman in the 8th inning. Said the days…

  16. Alert: The Cardinals are really, really good

    Jun 14, 2013, 10:15 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    Yeah, they lost 5-4 to the lowly Marlins tonight. However, entering tonight’s game, the Cardinals had baseball’s best record at 43-23 with a run differential of +102 runs. It is the best start through 66 games, in terms of run differential, since the  2003 Mariners were +106. A team has been +100 or better through…

  17. Eric Hinske, Brandon McCarthy speak out on MLB suspension rulings

    Jun 14, 2013, 9:55 PM EST

    Clayton Kershaw, Kirk Gibson, Clint Fagan

    As you learned earlier this afternoon, Major League Baseball doled out suspensions as expected for the Dodgers’ and Diamondbacks’ participation in Tuesday night’s fracas. There weren’t too many surprises, though as Craig noted, Yasiel Puig and Zack Greinke were not suspended at all, receiving only fines. On the D-Back side of things, Eric Hinske received…

  18. Ian Stewart’s team-issued suspension amended to ten days

    Jun 14, 2013, 9:25 PM EST

    Ian Stewart AP

    The Cubs suspended Ian Stewart indefinitely after he angrily tweeted about his status within the organization. The team has amended that suspension to ten days, citing a violation of the loyalty clause in his contract, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. Stewart is appealing the suspension. Stewart and the Cubs agreed to a one-year,…

  19. Yankees place Kevin Youkilis on DL

    Jun 14, 2013, 8:55 PM EST

    kevin youkilis getty

    Yankees third baseman Kevin Youkilis played in all 18 innings of yesterday’s affair with the Oakland Athletics, then woke up this morning with numbness in his foot. As a result, the Yankees have placed him on the 15-day disabled list and will have him see a specialist over the weekend, per the YES Network. Youkilis…

  20. Ryan Braun appears headed to the disabled list

    Jun 14, 2013, 8:20 PM EST

    braun getty

    Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has been bothered by a thumb issue, forcing him out of his team’s previous four games after being removed from the series finale against the Phillies on Sunday. A cursory look at his stats reveals a player enjoying a fine season, but Braun hasn’t homered since May 22 and has posted…

  21. Santiago Casilla ahead of schedule, could return in 2-3 weeks

    Jun 14, 2013, 7:45 PM EST

    World Series - San Francisco Giants v Detroit Tigers - Game 4

    Giants reliever Santiago Casilla is doing well recovering from recent surgery on his right knee which removed a cyst. In fact, according to CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly, the right-hander is doing so well that manager Bruce Bochy estimates a return in two to three weeks. Casilla wasn’t expected to return until after the All-Star…

  22. It’s official: Zack Wheeler to make MLB debut on Tuesday

    Jun 14, 2013, 7:05 PM EST

    Zack Wheeler

    After weeks of speculation, the Mets made it official: they are calling up top prospect Zack Wheeler on Tuesday. The Mets play a day/night double-header against the Braves and will fire a double-barreled shot of young arms, going with Matt Harvey in the afternoon and Wheeler in the evening most likely. The Mets acquired Wheeler…

  23. DL is likely in Pablo Sandoval’s future

    Jun 9, 2013, 11:15 PM EST

    pablo sandoval getty giants

    Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval left last night’s game in the third inning after coming up limping running through first base on a ground ball double play. The foot has been bothering him for more than a week and he is now in a walking boot.  The Giants say he is day-to-day, but CSN Bay…

  24. Play of the Day: Alexi Casilla makes an incredible tag at second

    Jun 9, 2013, 10:30 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    With the Orioles up 5-1 in the bottom of the second this afternoon, the Rays were attempting to mount an early comeback. Evan Longoria had doubled and Desmond Jennings drove him in with a single for the Rays’ first run. Trying to put himself in scoring position, Jennings attempted to steal second base with Ryan…

  25. Chad Gaudin throws up twice, notches quality start anyway

    Jun 9, 2013, 9:45 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Giants starter Chad Gaudin held the Diamondbacks to two runs over six innings this afternoon in Arizona. He allowed just five hits and one walk while striking out seven, notching his second consecutive quality start in as many opportunities since joining the rotation last Sunday. Via CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly, there was something else…

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