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  1. Josh Hamilton is hearing the boo birds

    Jul 28, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton AP

    After being criticized by Rangers president and CEO Nolan Ryan earlier this week, Josh Hamilton is now hearing it from some of his home fans. Hamilton went 0-for-4 in last night’s 9-5 loss to the White Sox. While he at least contributed with a sacrifice fly and an RBI ground out, a smattering of boos…

  2. Dustin Pedroia: “The first hundred games have been (expletive)”

    Jul 28, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia Reuters

    The Red Sox lost 10-3 in last night’s series opener against the Yankees. It was their second straight loss and their sixth in their last seven. They now sit at 49-51 through the first hundred games of the season and currently find themselves in last place in the American League East. Via Scott Lauber of…

  3. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jul 28, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

    Ben Sheets Getty

    Ben Sheets continued his surprising resurgence last night against the Phillies, allowing just one run over six innings as part of a 6-1 win. Sheets scattered six hits while striking out four and walking just one. He gave up his first earned run of the season on an RBI double by Shane Victorino in the…

  4. Marco Scutaro traded from Rockies to Giants

    Jul 28, 2012, 12:09 AM EDT

    Marco Scutaro Getty

    The Rockies just announced that they have traded Marco Scutaro and cash considerations to the Giants for infielder Charlie Culberson. Yes, Brian Sabean loves his veteran middle infielders. Troy Renck of the Denver Post notes that Scutaro is owed $2.2 million for the rest of the season before hitting free agency, but it’s not known…

  5. Shaun Marcum’s return doesn’t sound imminent

    Jul 27, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum Getty

    The Brewers just unloaded Zack Greinke for prospects, but they won’t have the chance to do the same with Shaun Marcum. Marcum is still trying to make it back from a right elbow injury which has kept him on the shelf since mid-June. He made it through a bullpen session earlier this week with no…

  6. Trevor Plouffe lands on disabled list with thumb injury

    Jul 27, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

    Trevor Plouffe Getty

    Trevor Plouffe hasn’t played since jamming his right thumb on a swing last Friday against the Royals and now the Twins will have to get by without him for a little while longer. Plouffe was originally slated to return to the lineup tonight against the Indians, but he was scratched after he felt continued discomfort…

  7. Angels acquire Zack Greinke from the Brewers

    Jul 27, 2012, 7:42 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v San Francisco Giants

    UPDATE: Morosi confirms that it’s Greinke for Segura, Hellweg and Pena. By the way, Segura, Hellweg and Pena were ranked as Angels’ second, fourth and ninth best prospects by Baseball America coming into the season. 7:38 PM Nothing official yet, but Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register writes that prospect right-handers Ariel Pena and…

  8. Roberto Hernandez/Fausto Carmona makes first minor league tune-up start

    Jul 26, 2012, 10:06 PM EDT

    AP Roberto Hernandez

    After returning to the United States over the weekend — and receiving three birthday cakes from his teammates — Roberto Hernandez made his first minor league rehab start tonight for Class A Lake County. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer passes along word that Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, allowed three runs (one…

  9. Starling Marte homers on first pitch he sees in the big leagues

    Jul 26, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

    Starling Marte Getty

    The Pirates threw top prospect Starling Marte right into the fire for his major league debut tonight against the Astros by placing him in the leadoff spot. However, the 23-year-old outfielder rose to the occasion by depositing the first pitch he saw from left-hander Dallas Keuchel over the left field fence. MLB.com won’t let me…

  10. Nick Swisher not quite ready to return from strained hip flexor

    Jul 26, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

    Nick Swisher Getty

    Nick Swisher was originally considered day-to-day when he left last Friday’s game with a strained left hip flexor. However, he sat out rest of the weekend and this week’s three-game series against the Mariners. Now the Yankees have ruled him out for tomorrow’s series opener against the Red Sox. The good news for the Bombers…

  11. Brewers to use closer-by-committee approach

    Jul 26, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez AP

    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was hoping for some stability when he removed John Axford from the closer role early last week, but he hasn’t had any such luck. Francisco Rodriguez blew two save chances against the Phillies this week while allowing six runs on five hits and three walks over just 1 1/3 innings, so…

  12. Change of plans: Lucas Duda to stay in majors for now

    Jul 23, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Lucas Duda Getty

    UPDATE: It looks like Pedro Beato‘s poor performance tonight saved Duda from a demotion. Beato gave up four runs over one-third of an inning in the 10th inning tonight against the Nationals, after which he was sent to the minors. 9:30 PM: The Mets need to clear a spot on their roster for top prospect…

  13. Joel Pineiro to undergo season-ending surgery to repair labrum tear

    Jul 23, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

    Joel Pineiro

    Joel Pineiro was pitching in the minors with the Orioles this season in hopes of working his way back to the major leagues, but he’s now set to undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. According to the Baltimore Sun, Pineiro is dealing with a SLAP tear, which stands for “superior…

  14. Dodgers activate Chad Billingsley from disabled list for tonight’s game

    Jul 23, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

    Chad Billingsley Getty

    The Dodgers have activated right-hander Chad Billingsley from the 15-day disabled list. He’ll make his return tonight against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Billingsley hasn’t started since July 7 due to right elbow inflammation. While he didn’t make a minor league rehab start, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that they felt…

  15. Tests rule out fracture in Bryce Harper’s left ankle

    Jul 21, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper Getty

    UPDATE: Feel free to exhale, Nats fans. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, tests on Harper’s ankle revealed a contusion and not a break. He’s sitting out the nightcap of today’s doubleheader against the Braves. 2:21 PM: Word from the Nationals is that Harper is dealing with left ankle soreness. His exit from today’s game…

  16. Cole Hamels and Matt Cain homer off each other in the same inning

    Jul 21, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels Getty

    Here’s something pretty cool. Matt Cain launched a solo home run off opposing pitcher Cole Hamels in the top of the third inning this afternoon in Philadelphia. Not to be outdone, Hamels connected for a solo shot of his own off Cain in the bottom of the inning. No word on whether Hamels was whistling…

  17. Ben Sheets tosses six scoreless innings in win over Nationals

    Jul 21, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

    Ben Sheets Getty

    After holding the Mets scoreless last Sunday in his first major league start since July 19, 2010, Ben Sheets kept on trucking this afternoon. Sheets tossed six scoreless innings against the Nationals as part of a 4-0 victory in the first game of a doubleheader at Nationals Park. The 34-year-old right-hander gave up just five…

  18. White Sox acquire Brett Myers from Astros

    Jul 21, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

    Brett Myers Getty

    After completing a 10-player deal with the Blue Jays yesterday, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow isn’t done wheeling and dealing. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the White Sox have acquired right-hander Brett Myers from the Astros. No word yet on who the Astros will receive in return. Myers was moved into the closer role…

  19. Roberto Hernandez/Fausto Carmona receives U.S. visa, will serve three-week suspension

    Jul 21, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    It’s now likely that Roberto Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, will pitch with the Indians in the very near future. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Hernandez has received his U.S. visa and is scheduled to arrive in Cleveland tonight. He’s scheduled to meet with reporters tomorrow at Progressive Field and…

  20. The Yankees have some interest in Rick Ankiel

    Jul 21, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Rick Ankiel Getty

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post hears that the Yankees “have shown some interest” in picking up Rick Ankiel. Ankiel was designated for assignment by the Nationals this week after batting just .228/.282/.411 with five home runs and a .694 OPS through 171 plate appearances. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com wrote at the time that the…

  21. Dodgers “very unlikely” to trade for Ryan Dempster

    Jul 21, 2012, 12:18 PM EDT

    Getty Ryan Dempster

    The Dodgers have long been considered the favorites to land Ryan Dempster, but it appears that their strategy is changing on the fly. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com is reporting that the Dodgers are now seen as “very unlikely” to trade for Dempster. The team would prefer to not deal some of their top prospects for…

  22. Cameron Maybin likely to miss weekend with wrist injury

    Jul 21, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    Cameron Maybin Getty

    Cameron Maybin missed his third straight start last night as he continues to nurse soreness in his right wrist. While Padres manager Bud Black said that a stint on the disabled list is “highly unlikely,” Corey Brock and Chelsea Janes of MLB.com report that he could sit out the rest of the weekend series against…

  23. Picture of the Day: Rockies honor victims of Aurora shooting

    Jul 21, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

    AP Rockies moment of silence

    The Rockies were in San Diego last night, but their hearts were with the victims of Friday’s movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado which killed 12 and wounded 59. The Rockies wore “7-20″ eye black stickers and black wrist bands along with their purple jerseys. They also hung a black jersey in their dugout which…

  24. Johan Santana placed on disabled list with ankle injury

    Jul 21, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

    Johan Santana Getty

    The Mets were considering skipping Johan Santana or at least pushing him back for a few days after he was knocked around for six runs over three innings last night against the Dodgers, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that they have decided to place him on the disabled list with a right…

  25. Braves activate Jonny Venters from disabled list

    Jul 21, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

    Jonny Venters Getty

    Jonny Venters tossed a scoreless inning last night in his first rehab appearance last night with Triple-A Gwinnett. He was originally expected to make two appearances before returning from the disabled list, but the Braves have decided to activate him for today’s doubleheader against the Nationals. Matt Diaz was placed on the disabled list with…

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