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  1. Lorenzo Cain restarts rehab assignment following April setback

    Jun 19, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Lorenzo Cain Getty

    The Royals traded Melky Cabrera to the Giants during the offseason with the idea that Lorenzo Cain would be their starting center fielder moving forward. That trade obviously hasn’t worked out so well for the Royals, as Cabrera is hitting .364 this season and leads the majors in hits while Jonathan Sanchez has been terrible…

  2. Astros owner says he’d welcome Roger Clemens back in the organization

    Jun 19, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT

    Former baseball star Roger Clemens smiles as he walks outside Federal District Court in Washington

    On the heels of Roger Clemens being acquitted on all charges in his perjury trial, new Astros owner Jim Crane told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com last night that he would welcome the seven-time Cy Young Award winner back into the organization in some capacity. “I’m happy he got a good result, and we look forward…

  3. Evan Longoria pulled off rehab assignment following setback with hamstring

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    The Rays were hoping that Evan Longoria would be ready to return at some point this week, but his rehab is now on hold following a setback with his partially torn left hamstring. Longoria, who began a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham on Saturday, was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the third inning…

  4. Aaron Hill hits for cycle in win over Mariners

    Jun 19, 2012, 12:26 AM EDT

    Aaron Hill AP

    Aaron Hill hit for the cycle tonight in the Diamondbacks’ 7-1 win over the Mariners. Hill singled in the first inning, tripled in the third, doubled in the fifth and socked a solo home run in the seventh to complete the feat. He’s the second player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Mets’…

  5. Brandon Beachy diagnosed with partial tear of UCL in right elbow

    Jun 18, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

    Brandon Beachy Getty

    Rough news for the Braves. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Brandon Beachy was diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He’ll be examined by Dr. James Andrews tomorrow, after which we should know more about his long-term status. Obviously the big concern here is that Beachy will…

  6. R.A. Dickey throws his second straight one-hitter

    Jun 18, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey Getty

    R.A. Dickey‘s incredible stretch of success continued tonight, as he carved up the Orioles for his second straight one-hitter as part of a 5-0 victory. There was no controversy over the lone hit tonight, as Wilson Betemit ripped a clean single to right-center field with two outs in the top of the fifth inning. Still,…

  7. Video: Roger Clemens makes statement following his acquittal

    Jun 18, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens Getty

    Here’s video of a clearly-emotional Roger Clemens after he was acquitted on all six counts that he obstructed and lied to Congress in 2008 for denying he used performance-enhancing drugs.

  8. Jered Weaver set to return from disabled list Wednesday

    Jun 18, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver Getty

    After making it through another bullpen session today without any issues, Jered Weaver was cleared to make his return from the disabled list Wednesday against the Giants. Weaver has been sidelined since May 28 due to a lower back strain. While a minor league rehab start won’t be necessary, the Angels will ease him back…

  9. Trade talks involving Kevin Youkilis are picking up

    Jun 18, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis Getty

    According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, trade talks regarding Kevin Youkilis have “intensified” over the past 24 to 48 hours. While a deal isn’t considered imminent, one high-ranking official with a National League club said that the veteran third baseman is “being shopped everywhere.” The report names the Diamondbacks, White Sox,…

  10. Josh Hamilton out of the lineup again Monday following intestinal virus

    Jun 18, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Getty

    Josh Hamilton will miss his fourth straight game tonight after being hospitalized Friday with an intestinal virus. The good news, at least for the Rangers, is that he appears to be close to returning. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Hamilton participated in an early workout this afternoon, which included shagging flyballs…

  11. Carlos Marmol is back as the Cubs’ closer

    Jun 16, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol Getty

    Carlos Marmol notched his first save since May 2 yesterday against the Red Sox, but in typical Marmol-fashion, it wasn’t easy. Marmol gave up a one-out single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia before Mike Aviles reached on a fielding error by third baseman Luis Valbuena. He then struck out Daniel Nava looking before walking Scott Podsednik to…

  12. Josh Beckett is headed to the disabled list with right shoulder soreness

    Jun 16, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett Getty

    We learned yesterday that Josh Beckett was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday due to right shoulder inflammation. Now he’s DL-bound. The severity of the issue isn’t yet known, but Beckett will be eligible to rejoin the Red Sox before the end of the month. It’s another tough blow for a team that is having…

  13. Jason Bay placed on 7-day concussion disabled list

    Jun 16, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

    Jason Bay Getty

    As expected, the Mets announced this afternoon that Jason Bay was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion. Justin Turner was activated from the disabled list to replace him on the active roster. Bay suffered the concussion last night when he slammed his head and neck into the left field fence while attempting…

  14. Jered Weaver makes it through simulated game without pain

    Jun 16, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver Getty

    The Angels are close to getting their ace back. According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, Jered Weaver threw 60 pitches yesterday in a four-inning simulated game without pain. Weaver has been sidelined since the end of May with a lower back strain. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, after which…

  15. Antonio Bastardo lost a fight against a piece of exercise equipment

    Jun 16, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    Antonio Bastardo Getty

    After Antonio Bastardo gave up one run on two hits in an inning of work Wednesday night against the Twins, he decided to take his frustrations out on a squat machine in the weight room at Target Field. Bad idea. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Bastardo walked away with a large gash…

  16. Blue Jays place Drew Hutchison on disabled list with UCL sprain

    Jun 16, 2012, 12:09 PM EDT

    Drew Hutchison Getty

    After leaving last night’s start in the first inning with what was described as right elbow soreness, Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison was placed on the disabled list this morning with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament. According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Hutchison will be shut down for the next two weeks before being re-evaluated.…

  17. Carlos Ruiz may not have an oblique strain after all

    Jun 16, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    UPDATE: The Phillies might have caught a break. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Ruiz believes he suffered a cramp in his side last night rather than an oblique strain. He is scheduled to take batting practice today and could be back in the Phillies’ lineup in the next couple of days. 9:22 AM: It’s…

  18. The end of last night’s Royals/Cardinals game was pretty wild

    Jun 16, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

    AP Tyler Greene Humberto Quintero

    The end of last night’s game between the Royals and Cardinals was truly bizarre. Jonathan Broxton entered the bottom of the ninth with a 3-2 lead and retired the first two batters he faced before giving up a two-out single to Tyler Greene. With Rafael Furcal at the plate as a pinch-hitter, Greene took off…

  19. Carlos Beltran becomes first switch-hitter to join 300-300 club

    Jun 16, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran Getty

    We already know that Carlos Beltran is awesome, but now he’s historically awesome. Beltran is the first switch-hitter in major league history to amass 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases. He accomplished the feat by stealing second base in the second inning last night. Appropriately enough, it was against the Royals, the team which…

  20. NBC SportsTalk: One-on-one with Adam LaRoche

    Jun 16, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Adam LaRoche Reuters

    The Nationals dropped the series opener against the Yankees last night in D.C., but they remain one of the most interesting stories in baseball this season. Adam LaRoche has played a big part in the Nationals’ early success, hitting .261 with 11 homers, 42 RBI and an .848 OPS through 56 games after being limited…

  21. Troy Tulowitzki to be examined for possible sports hernia

    Jun 16, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki Getty

    This isn’t what you want to hear if you’re a Rockies fan. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that Troy Tulowitzki will fly to Philadelphia on Monday to be evaluated for a possible sports hernia. Tulowitzki’s injury was originally described as a left groin strain when he was placed on the disabled list at…

  22. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jun 16, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

    James Loney, A.J. Pierzynski, Matt Thornton AP

    Last night’s matchup between Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale had all the makings of a classic pitchers’ duel. But as it often happens in this game, things didn’t exactly turn out as expected. Adam Dunn set the tone early by slugging a two-run homer off Kershaw in the top of the first inning. It was…

  23. The Athletics have released Manny Ramirez

    Jun 15, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Oakland Athletics

    This might be the end of the road for Man-Ram. The Athletics just announced that they have released Manny Ramirez at his request. This comes as surprising news, but perhaps it shouldn’t be. Ramirez was eligible to return from his 50-game PED suspension at the end of May, but the A’s kept him with Triple-A…

  24. Roy Halladay throws for first time since lat muscle injury

    Jun 15, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay Getty

    Roy Halladay still has a long way to go in his recovery from a strained right lat muscle, but he took a small step in the right direction today. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Halladay played catch with Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee this afternoon at Rogers Centre. It was his first time throwing…

  25. Jason Bay exits game with possible concussion

    Jun 15, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    Jason Bay AP

    Jason Bay just can’t catch a break. Bay, who recently returned from the disabled list after fracturing his rib while attempting to make a diving catch, left tonight’s game against the Reds in the top of the second inning after trying to make a diving catch on a fly ball hit by Jay Bruce. Bay…

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