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  1. Mets sign left-hander C.J. Nitkowski

    Jul 13, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

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    Here’s a blast from the past. The Mets announced this afternoon that they have signed left-hander C.J. Nitkowski to a minor league contract, pending a physical. He’s expected to report to Double-A Binghamton. Nitkowski, who had a tryout with the Mets back in March, broke the news via his Twitter account: Nitkowski, now 39, hasn’t…

  2. Report: Phillies preparing “substantial” offer for Cole Hamels

    Jul 12, 2012, 11:19 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels

    According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Phillies are preparing a “substantial” offer for impending free agent Cole Hamels. Exact details of the offer aren’t yet known, but Stark hears that the Phillies have had multiple internal discussions about whether to offer more than five guaranteed years. Previous reports have indicated that the club doesn’t have…

  3. Mets haven’t ruled out calling up Matt Harvey next week

    Jul 12, 2012, 9:49 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Washington Nationals

    When it was first reported that Dillon Gee was headed to the disabled list with a blood clot in his right shoulder, Mets manager Terry Collins indicated that Miguel Batista would likely take his place in the starting rotation next Wednesday against the Nationals. However, Collins hedged a bit when asked about prospect right-hander Matt…

  4. Roy Halladay tosses three innings in rehab start

    Jul 12, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

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    Many things will have to go right for the Phillies to make a playoff run during the the second half of the season, but there’s some reason for optimism tonight. Roy Halladay made a rehab start for High-A Clearwater this evening and allowed one unearned run over three innings. It was his first game action…

  5. Lance Berkman nearing return from knee surgery

    Jul 12, 2012, 7:52 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman AP

    Lance Berkman will not be activated from the disabled list for the start of the second half tomorrow, but his return from knee surgery isn’t far off. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Berkman will travel with the Cardinals to Cincinnati after successfully lobbying that a minor league rehab assignment will not…

  6. Prince Fielder wins his second Home Run Derby crown

    Jul 9, 2012, 11:15 PM EDT

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    We made it, you guys. Another Home Run Derby is in the rear view mirror, as Prince Fielder defeated Jose Bautista in the finals tonight to take home this year’s crown. It was Fielder’s second Home Run Derby win, the other coming back in 2009 in St. Louis. Ken Griffey, Jr., who won in 1994, 1998 and…

  7. Orioles continue to negotiate with No. 4 overall pick Kevin Gausman

    Jul 9, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The Times-Picayune has backtracked from their original story. It now says that Gausman is “seriously considering” a return to LSU. Meanwhile, Aaron Fitt of Baseball America passes along this statement from LSU coach Paul Mainieri: “Kevin is still in negotiations…any reports portraying his return to LSU as definite are premature.” Dan Connolly of the…

  8. Reds, Pirates and Indians among teams interested in Carlos Quentin

    Jul 9, 2012, 8:09 PM EDT

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    The next 24 hours will be dominated by All-Star Game coverage, but it won’t be long before this space is filled with rumors leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. And we’re already hearing some chatter regarding one of the most popular names on the market. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com is reporting that…

  9. Luis Perez done for season with torn UCL in elbow

    Jul 9, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Luis Perez AP

    Another day, another injury for the Blue Jays’ pitching staff. According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, Luis Perez is done for the season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. The Blue Jays have yet to make an announcement on a course of action, but Tommy John surgery is almost certainly on…

  10. Giancarlo Stanton leaves Saturday’s game with right knee discomfort

    Jul 7, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Miami Marlins

    UPDATE: Uh-oh. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Stanton left the game with right knee discomfort. 5:28 PM: This doesn’t sound promising. After appearing as a pinch-hitter last night, Giancarlo Stanton was back in the Marlins’ starting lineup this afternoon for the first time since Monday. But his return didn’t last long. He had a…

  11. Josh Hamilton returns to lineup after leaving Friday’s game with back spasms

    Jul 7, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton AP

    UPDATE: Good news for the Rangers, as Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports that Hamilton is in the lineup as the designated hitter for tonight’s game. 9:45 AM ET: Josh Hamilton left last night’s game against the Twins with lower back spasms. He tweaked his back in the top of the fifth inning after…

  12. Zack Greinke ejected in first inning for spiking baseball

    Jul 7, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke AP

    Zack Greinke was ejected in the bottom of the first inning against the Astros this afternoon for spiking a ball in the dirt following a close call at first base. Greinke gave up a leadoff triple to Jordan Schafer before Jose Altuve hit a chipper to Corey Hart at first base. Greinke ran over to…

  13. Franklin Morales knocked around as Yankees take first game of doubleheader

    Jul 7, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Franklin Morales Reuters

    The Yankees defeated the Red Sox 10-8 last night without hitting a home run, just their second win this season without a homer, but they put on another power display this afternoon. Franklin Morales was knocked around for six runs over just 3 1/3 innings as a Bombers cruised to a 6-1 win in the…

  14. Reds among teams interested in Juan Pierre

    Jul 7, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Juan Pierre Reuters

    We’ve heard all sorts of chatter about the Phillies possibly moving impending free agents Cole Hamels or Shane Victorino if GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. decides to become a seller before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but they aren’t the only players drawing interest from opposing general managers. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported last night that…

  15. Evan Longoria will not resume baseball activities until after the All-Star break

    Jul 7, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    We heard last weekend that Evan Longoria was close to ramping up his rehab from a hamstring injury, but it turns out that he’s not quite ready. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the team said after last night’s game that Longoria will not resume baseball activities until after the All-Star break.…

  16. Joba Chamberlain is closing in on a rehab assignment

    Jul 7, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Joba Chamberlain Reuters

    When Joba Chamberlain first dislocated his right ankle back in March, he was considered a long shot to pitch this season. However, it’s now a realistic possibility that he could rejoin the Yankees’ bullpen within the next few weeks. Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger yesterday that Chamberlain could…

  17. The Orioles have called the Astros about Wandy Rodriguez

    Jul 7, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez AP

    We learned earlier this week that the Orioles are “going hard” after Brewers’ right-hander Zack Greinke, but it appears Dan Duquette has some other targets in mind as he attempts to upgrade the starting rotation. According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, the Orioles have called the Astros to inquire about the availability of Wandy Rodriguez.…

  18. Kerry Wood says he felt something in elbow during 20-strikeout game

    Jul 7, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    AP Kerry Wood

    Kerry Wood revealed something pretty interesting during a recent interview with David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com, saying that his 20-strikeout game against the Astros on May 6, 1998 on was the first time he felt something in his right elbow. It all started with that famous final pitch, a wicked swinging strikeout of Derek Bell. Still,…

  19. Brian Roberts may need hip surgery

    Jul 7, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT

    Brian Roberts Reuters

    The hits just keep on coming for Brian Roberts. Roberts made his long-awaited return from concussion symptoms last month, but he landed on the disabled list earlier this week with what was initially described as a right groin strain. However, Orioles manager Buck Showalter told Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun last night that…

  20. Carl Crawford pulled off rehab assignment with mild groin strain

    Jul 7, 2012, 10:56 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    Oh boy. Carl Crawford‘s return to the Red Sox will be delayed yet again, as Evan Drellich of MLB.com reports that the high-priced outfielder was pulled from his minor league rehab assignment due to a mild left groin strain. Crawford must be shut down for five days before the 20-day window on his minor league…

  21. Mark Teixeira says Vicente Padilla “doesn’t have too many friends in the game”

    Jul 7, 2012, 10:34 AM EDT

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    Mark Teixeira had the key hit in a wild 10-8 win over the Red Sox last night, delivering a go-ahead two-run triple off Vicente Padilla in a four-run seventh inning. After the game, Teixeira told reporters that the triple was especially satisfying because he managed to get the best of a long-time nemesis. “Game-winning hits…

  22. Luke Scott snaps 0-for-41 hitless streak with home run

    Jul 7, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Luke Scott finally got a hit last night. After striking out in his first two at-bats against the Indians, Scott connected for a two-run home run off Justin Masterson in the top of the fifth inning. The homer broke an 0-for-41 hitless streak which dated back to June 2. Scott, who recently said that he…

  23. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jul 7, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard Reuters

    Ryan Howard played in a major league game last night for the first time since rupturing his left Achilles tendon on the final out of the NLDS against the Cardinals last October. However, his return wasn’t enough to save the Phillies, as they fell 5-0 to the Braves. Howard was greeted with a rousing standing…

  24. Juan Nicasio to undergo knee surgery

    Jul 6, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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    Juan Nicasio defied the odds this season by returning from a broken neck to make the Rockies’ starting rotation out of spring training. However, things haven’t exactly gone his way until this point. Nicasio struggled to the tune of a disappointing 5.28 ERA through 11 starts before hitting the disabled list early last month with…

  25. O’Malley group selected to purchase Padres

    Jul 6, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

    UPDATE: This could just be a formality, but the San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that negotiations between the two sides are ongoing and that an agreement is not expected until after the All-Star break. 9:22 PM: The O’Malley family is getting back in the baseball ownership business. This time with the Padres. Ken Rosenthal of…

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