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  1. Jose Reyes leaves game with left hamstring tightness

    Jul 2, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v New York Mets

    We can probably cool that talk about Carl Crawford money. At least for now. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Jose Reyes was pulled from today’s game against the Yankees after two innings with left hamstring tightness. Reyes apparently felt tightness while beating out an infield single in the bottom of the first inning. Oddly,…

  2. Roy Halladay wins in return to Toronto

    Jul 2, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay walks to the bullpen prior to starting against his former team the Toronto Blue Jays during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Roy Halladay was victorious in his return to Toronto this afternoon, tossing a complete game (what else?) as part of a 5-3 win over the Blue Jays. Halladay threw 110 pitches en route to his major-league leading sixth complete game of the season. He scattered eight hits while striking out eight and walking just one.…

  3. Marlins designate Jose Lopez for assignment

    Jul 2, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    Jose Lopez

    Jose Lopez was just jettisoned by a major league team for the second time in the past month. According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have designated Lopez for assignment and recalled outfielder Bryan Peterson from Triple-A New Orleans. Lopez signed a minor league contract with the Marlins after being released by…

  4. Cubs activate Marlon Byrd from disabled list

    Jul 2, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Marlon Byrd after beaning

    The Cubs have activated Marlon Byrd from the disabled list, exactly six weeks after he suffered facial fractures when he was hit by a pitch from Red Sox right-hander Alfredo Aceves on May 21. Byrd is batting sixth and playing center field this afternoon against the White Sox. He was cleared to return after going 4-for-15…

  5. Report: Albert Pujols could return around the All-Star break

    Jul 2, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Albert Pujols is not like you and me. In a stunning development, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Albert Pujols’ fractured left wrist has shown “significant improvement,” which could enable him to return “immediately after the All-Star break, if not before.” After receiving “aggressive treatment to promote healing of the bone,” Pujols underwent…

  6. Dee Gordon likely minors-bound when Rafael Furcal returns from disabled list Sunday

    Jul 2, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Rafael Furcal wrapped up his minor league rehab assignment last night with High-A Rancho Cucamonga and is slated to rejoin the Dodgers as soon as tomorrow. There’s nothing official yet, but Matt Stevens of the Los Angeles Times writes that all signs point to rookie shortstop Dee Gordon being sent back to Triple-A Albuquerque. “We’ll…

  7. Rangers give Dominican outfielder Nomar Mazara record-breaking signing bonus

    Jul 2, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

    200px-Texas_Rangers_Insignia.svg

    July 2 doesn’t get as much attention as July 31′s non-waiver trade deadline, but it’s still a pretty significant date in the baseball world. Today marks the first day of the international signing period. If you take a look at the signings today and over the next couple of weeks and months, you’ll notice that…

  8. Ever wonder how the Yankees would fare if they called Citi Field home?

    Jul 2, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Citi Field AP

    The answer? Not nearly as well, at least from a power perspective. This isn’t shocking information, given that Yankee Stadium obviously caters to power, particularly to right field, while Citi Field is more pitcher-friendly, but the Wall Street Journal crunched the actual numbers. With the help of HitTrackerOnline’s Greg Rybarczyk and the ESPN Stats and…

  9. Adrian Gonzalez expected to play right field again tonight

    Jul 2, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Philadelphia Phillies

    Following last night’s win over the Astros, Red Sox manager Terry Francona told the Boston Herald that he is leaning towards playing David Ortiz at first base tonight, which means Adrian Gonzalez will make another start in right field. “If he plays (tonight), we’re looking at 13, 14, 15 (plate appearances), and we’re in good…

  10. Brian Wilson destroyed a water cooler last night

    Jul 2, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    Brian Wilson water cooler AP

    The headline pretty much says it all. After blowing his second save in as many days last night against the Tigers, Brian Wilson took his frustrations to a water cooler in the dugout. The bearded closer was pulled with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. Jeremy Affeldt was able…

  11. MLB to look into A-Rod’s involvement in illegal celebrity poker game

    Jul 2, 2011, 9:08 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    According to the Associated Press, MLB plans to look into allegations that Alex Rodriguez participated in an illegal, high-stakes poker game that included such celebrities as Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. If you recall, Rodriguez was previously “warned” by the Yankees for playing in some underground poker games in Manhattan back in 2005, but these…

  12. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jul 2, 2011, 8:33 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Seattle Mariners

    How about a little appreciation for Jason Vargas? Granted, pitching against the Padres at Safeco Field isn’t exactly the toughest matchup in the world, but after his six-hit, complete-game shutout last night, he is now tied with James Shields for the American League lead with three shutouts. OK, so I’m mostly mentioning this so I…

  13. Brandon Webb scratched from rehab start due to shoulder discomfort

    Jul 1, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb rangers

    And now for the least surprising news you’ll hear all day. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Brandon Webb was scratched from his scheduled minor league rehab start this evening due to shoulder discomfort. Webb, who hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since Opening Day of the 2009 season, was scheduled to…

  14. Johan Santana resumes throwing off mound

    Jul 1, 2011, 8:26 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    Johan Santana‘s stopped throwing about one month ago after he experienced some soreness in his surgically-repaired shoulder, but his rehab took a step in the right direction earlier this week. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Johan Santana threw a bullpen session Wednesday at the team’s complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida. If…

  15. Jhoulys Chacin pushed back to Tuesday due to forearm stiffness

    Jul 1, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Chicago Cubs

    The Rockies enter Friday’s action at 39-42 in the National League West. They’re going to need a lot of things to go their way to make a second half run, which is exactly why they’re taking every precaution with their most promising young arm. Jhoulys Chacin was originally slated to start tomorrow night against the…

  16. Cliff Lee delivers third consecutive complete game shutout

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:05 PM EDT

    Phillies starting pitcher Lee delivers a pitch to the Dodgers during the second inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    Many hyped this week’s interleague series between the Red Sox and Phillies as a potential World Series matchup. And frankly, it’s tough to argue. But tonight was all about Cliff Lee. Lee just finished off his third straight complete game shutout as part of a 5-0 win. He held the Red Sox to just two…

  17. Jon Niese passes initial tests after rapid heartbeat

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Texas Rangers

    Jon Niese, who left Saturday’s start against the Rangers with a rapid heartbeat, received some encouraging news earlier today. Niese went through a battery of tests at Henry Ford Hospital — including an electrocardiogram, echocardiogram and a treadmill stress — all of which came back normal, according to David Waldstein of the New York Times. However, the…

  18. Rich Harden to return from DL to start for Athletics on Friday

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:37 PM EDT

    Rich Harden Getty

    No, this isn’t a dream. Rich Harden is about to pitch in a real live major league baseball game. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Harden will be activated from the disabled list to start Friday night against the Diamondbacks. In turn, Graham Godfrey will move to the bullpen to pitch in…

  19. Jonathan Broxton shut down for at least another three weeks

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jonathan Broxton went for an MRI yesterday after being scratched from a rehab appearance on Sunday due to renewed pain in his elbow. It’s safe to say the Dodgers didn’t like what they found. According to Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles, Broxton will be shut down for at least three weeks. Even more telling,…

  20. Chien-Ming Wang makes first professional start since July of 2009

    Jun 27, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

    wang pose

    Davey Johnson is understandably grabbing most of the headlines at the moment, but another item of significance to the Nationals went down in Hagerstown, Maryland earlier this evening. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington reports that Chien-Ming Wang allowed two runs on four hits over three innings in his first minor league rehab start with Class A…

  21. Brewers call up Mat Gamel for interleague action this week

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:27 PM EDT

    mat gamel brewers

    With the Brewers set to play against the Yankees and Twins this week under American League rules, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Mat Gamel has been called up from Triple-A Nashville. Gamel, 25, was hitting .321/.380/.577 with 18 home runs and 58 RBI through 76 games with the Sounds, including a .347…

  22. Let the bidding begin: Hiroki Kuroda drawing trade interest

    Jun 27, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Don’t get your hopes up. Unless something completely unexpected happens, your team isn’t going to acquire Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier or Clayton Kershaw. However, the Dodgers will surely be more than willing to trade away some other useful pieces before the deadline. One major-league source tells Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com that “a lot of clubs”…

  23. Mike Rizzo confirms that Davey Johnson will be Nats’ manager through end of 2011

    Jun 25, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    AP Davey Johnson USA

    During an interview on FOX earlier this afternoon, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo confirmed that Davey Johnson will be named as the team’s next manager. However, contrary to various reports about a multi-year contract, Rizzo said that Johnson will only be the manager through the end of the 2011 season before the situation is reevaluated.…

  24. John McLaren taking a front office role with the Nationals

    Jun 25, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Chicago White Sox

    Depending on what you hear right now, Nationals interim manager John McLaren may or may not be leaving the organization. Major-league sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that McLaren will likely resign when the Nationals name Davey Johnson as their new manager. McLaren, who was ejected in the eighth inning during his first game as interim…

  25. CC Sabathia becomes first pitcher in majors to reach 10 wins

    Jun 25, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    New York Yankees' CC Sabathia throws pitch to Colorado Rockies in New York

    CC Sabathia tossed eight innings of one-run ball in an 8-3 victory over the Rockies this afternoon. Sabathia scattered seven hits while striking out nine and walking just one. He didn’t allow his first run until a pinch-hit RBI single by Seth Smith in the top of the eighth inning. Sabathia improves to 10-4 on…

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