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  1. Hiroki Kuroda strikes out 11 in win over White Sox

    Jun 30, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Who needs CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte, anyway? OK, well the Yankees do if they hope to go anywhere. But Hiroki Kuroda is holding things down quite nicely at the moment. Kuroda was dominant this afternoon, allowing just three hits over seven shutout innings as part of a 4-0 win over the White Sox. He…

  2. Cubs officially announce signing of Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler

    Jun 30, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

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    We learned earlier this month that the Cubs agreed to sign Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler to a nine-year, $30 million contract. The deal was made official today, just two days before the new international spending cap goes into effect. According to CSNChicago.com, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said this afternoon that Soler will occupy a…

  3. Evan Longoria ready to ramp up rehab from hamstring injury

    Jun 30, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

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    Rays manager Joe Maddon offered some cryptic comments earlier this week regarding Evan Longoria‘s recovery from a partially torn left hamstring, but he is moving in the right direction. According to Bill Chastain, Adam Berry and Greg Zeck of MLB.com, Longoria said yesterday that he’s ready to ramp up his rehab process. The 26-year-old third…

  4. Things aren’t going so well for Daniel Bard in the minors

    Jun 30, 2012, 2:05 PM EDT

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    Daniel Bard is now committed to being a relief pitcher, but we may not see him back in the majors in the near future. Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal brings word that Bard issued three walks and hit a batter while recording just one out last night with Triple-A Pawtucket. He threw just nine…

  5. Carlos Lee mulling over whether to accept deal to Dodgers

    Jun 30, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Lee told MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart that he expects to make a decision Sunday. 1:43 PM: ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that as of this early afternoon, Carlos Lee continues to tell the Astros that he will not waive his no-trade clause. Joining a contender should be a no-brainer, right? Not so easy. As Jon Paul Morosi…

  6. The Mets called the Padres about Huston Street

    Jun 30, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

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    The Mets will enter play this evening with a major-league worst 5.00 ERA out of their bullpen, but as long as they hang around in the playoff race, we should probably get used to them being connected to every relief pitcher on the market. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the…

  7. David Price leaves start with lower back tightness

    Jun 30, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

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    David Price gave the Rays a bit of a scare last night, as he made an early exit from his start against the Tigers due to lower back tightness. Price allowed two runs over his first seven innings and was throwing his warm-up pitches for the eighth before leaving the game. The good news for…

  8. Dodgers sign first-rounder Corey Seager for $2.35 million

    Jun 30, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

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    According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers have signed first-round pick Corey Seager for $2.35 million. He’ll get $400,000 over MLB’s $1.95 million estimated slot value for the 18th overall pick. Seager, 18, was considered one of the best high school bats in this year’s draft class. Many think he’ll have…

  9. Lonnie Chisenhall hit by pitch, fractures bone in forearm

    Jun 30, 2012, 10:43 AM EDT

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    Tough break for a promising young player, as Lonnie Chisenhall suffered a broken ulna bone in his right forearm when he was hit by a pitch from Orioles’ left-hander Troy Patton last night. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Chisenhall will undergo surgery next week to repair the fracture while Indians manager…

  10. Yep, Cliff Lee is still winless

    Jun 30, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

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    Cliff Lee will enter July without a win. At first, this was mostly a ridiculous quick based primarily on a lack of run support, but this isn’t just about the offense anymore. Lee dropped to 0-5 last night by allowing six runs over 4 2/3 innings as part of a 6-2 loss to the Marlins.…

  11. Padres demote struggling catcher Nick Hundley, call up Yasmani Grandal

    Jun 30, 2012, 9:36 AM EDT

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    The Padres exhibited patience with Nick Hundley in hopes that he would find his way out of his season-long funk. However, after last night’s game, they finally decided to make a change. Hundley, who signed a three-year, $9 million extension with the Padres in March, is headed to Triple-A Tucson. Top prospect catcher Yasmani Grandal…

  12. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jun 30, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT

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    Just in case there was any lingering doubt about R.A. Dickey‘s case to start for the National League in the upcoming All-Star Game, he pretty much clinched it last night. After giving up five runs over six innings against the Yankees on Sunday, Dickey bounced right back by tossing eight shutout innings as part of…

  13. Aaron Hill makes history with his second cycle of the season

    Jun 29, 2012, 10:21 PM EDT

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    Here’s something you don’t see every day. Or week. Or month. Or year. Or decade. Well, you get the point. After hitting for the cycle back on June 18, Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill did it again tonight against the Brewers in Milwaukee. That’s right, two cycles in the space of 12 days. And the…

  14. Franklin Gutierrez placed on 7-day disabled list with a concussion

    Jun 29, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT

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    The Mariners announced a short while ago that they have placed Franklin Gutierrez on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion. Steve Delabar, a right-handed reliever, was called up from Triple-A Tacoma to replace him on the active roster. Gutierrez was diagnosed with a mild concussion after he was hit in the side of the…

  15. Brad Lidge isn’t happy with the Nationals, might not pitch again this season

    Jun 29, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

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    Brad Lidge was released by the Nationals earlier this week after being designated for assignment and clearing waivers. The move came just 10 days after he returned from sports hernia surgery. While he’s now free to sign anywhere, he appears to be having a tough time letting go of the way the Nationals handled things.…

  16. Shaun Marcum ruled out through the All-Star break

    Jun 29, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT

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    The last time we checked in on Shaun Marcum, he was still experiencing some soreness in his throwing elbow while playing catch. Things haven’t improved over the past few days. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this afternoon that Marcum will be sidelined through the All-Star break. The 30-year-old…

  17. Roy Halladay throws first bullpen session since landing on disabled list

    Jun 29, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

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    Chase Ultey is back in the lineup, Ryan Howard is playing in rehab games and Roy Halladay is throwing from a mound again. Don’t rule those Phillies out yet. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Halladay threw off a bullpen mound today for the first time since being placed on the disabled list one month…

  18. Ryan Howard began his minor league rehab assignment last night

    Jun 29, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

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    Ryan Howard kicked off his minor league rehab assignment last night with Class A Lakewood. He went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, three RBI and a sacrifice fly while serving as the designated hitter. Both hits were singles to the right of second base, the second of which he beat out for an infield…

  19. Andre Ethier will avoid the disabled list for now

    Jun 29, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

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    Here’s some good news for the struggling Dodgers’ offense. After Andre Ethier left Wednesday’s game with an oblique strain, the assumption was that he would be placed on the disabled list. However, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Brian Kamenetzky of ESPN Los Angeles yesterday that Ethier is officially listed as day-to-day and will avoid a…

  20. Trevor Bauer shaky in major league debut

    Jun 28, 2012, 9:46 PM EDT

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    The Trevor Bauer experience got off to a bit of a shaky start tonight in Atlanta. In the most hyped debut for a starting pitcher since Yu Darvish in April, the 2011 No. 3 overall pick allowed two runs over four innings as part of a no-decision against the Braves. Bauer struck out Michael Bourn…

  21. Evan Longoria’s return doesn’t sound imminent

    Jun 28, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

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    We haven’t heard much about Evan Longoria since he felt some discomfort in his partially torn left hamstring last week and was pulled off his minor league rehab assignment. But that’s because there’s just not much to report. Rays manager Joe Maddon broke the silence earlier this evening in some comments to Roger Mooney of…

  22. Travis Hafner on track to return from disabled list Monday

    Jun 28, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

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    Travis Hafner was originally expected to miss four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on May 31. It sounds like he’ll be able to come pretty close to meeting the low end of that timetable. Hafner began a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus last night and went 1-for-3…

  23. The Phillies have made Jim Thome available to American League teams

    Jun 28, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

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    Jim Thome is no longer able to play first base, so now that interleague play is over, he’s limited to pinch-hitting duties. The future Hall of Famer hasn’t fared too well in that role to date, going just 1-for-16 with one homer and 11 strikeouts, so the Phillies are now open to setting him free.…

  24. UPDATE: Daniel Hudson has a torn UCL

    Jun 27, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The worst news possible. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic just spoke with Kirk Gibson, and he says that Hudson has a torn UCL.  Hudson’s agent says he’s going to get a second opinion, but that’s usually a one-way ticket to Tommy John surgery. Sorry, Dbacks fans. Sorry, Hudson. 11:11 AM: The Diamondbacks have…

  25. Cubs designate Randy Wells for assignment

    Jun 27, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

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    In a move which should come as no surprise, the Cubs announced this morning that they have designated Randy Wells for assignment. Wells failed to make it out of the fourth inning last night against the Mets. The 29-year-old right-hander gave up three runs and issued four walks, including one to opposing pitcher Dillon Gee,…

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