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  1. Doug Harris clarifies his comments on Bryce Harper-Jackie Robinson comparison

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    You knew this was coming. After taking plenty of heat for his ill-advised comments to Sports Illustrated comparing the scrutiny Bryce Harper faces to that of Jackie Robinson, the Nationals released a statement this evening from director of player development Doug Harris. Here’s the statement in full, via Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com: “I’d like to…

  2. Jose Bautista leaves game after being hit in helmet by pitch

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    UPDATE: According to Mike Wilner of “The Fan 590″ in Toronto, the Jays announced that Bautista was taken out of the game for precautionary reasons and is listed as day-to-day. 8:36 PM: Scary moment in tonight’s Orioles-Blue Jays game. According to Arden Zwelling of MLB.com, Jose Bautista was hit in the helmet by fastball thrown…

  3. Brendan Ryan breaks up CC Sabathia’s perfect game in seventh inning

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:17 PM EDT

    New York Yankees CC Sabathia throws pitch to Texas Rangers in New York

    UPDATE: So much for that. Sabathia got Ichiro swinging for his 12th strikeout to begin the seventh inning, but then Brendan Ryan flared a single into left field for the first hit of the ballgame. 9:05 PM: After play resumed, Sabathia got Greg Halman to pop out to first base (ending his strikeout streak at seven)…

  4. Blue Jays “legitimately want” Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jul 26, 2011, 8:12 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    It will still take an overwhelming haul for a deal to actually happen, but here’s a potential dark horse in the Ubaldo Jimenez talks. An executive who spoke with the Blue Jays told Jayson Stark of ESPN.com that they “legitimately want this guy.” Jon Heyman of SI.com includes the Blue Jays among seven teams who…

  5. Reds call up top prospect Yonder Alonso from minors

    Jul 26, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

    Alonso_Yonder

    Right on the heels of the Jonny Gomes trade, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the Reds have called up top prospect Yonder Alonso from Triple-A Louisville. Alonso, 24, has a .293/.370/.466 batting line over parts of four seasons in the minor leagues, including a .296/.364/.478 batting line and an .842 OPS over 854 plate…

  6. Astros first-round pick George Springer meets with Long Island Ducks

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:45 PM EDT

    George Springer - UConn

    The Diamondbacks agreed to terms with No. 3 overall pick Trevor Bauer earlier today, but it doesn’t sound like the Astros are close to an agreement with their first-round pick. Confirming a story passed along by Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors earlier this afternoon, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that George Springer did indeed…

  7. Erik Bedard set to return from disabled list Friday

    Jul 25, 2011, 9:18 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Indians

    We probably would have heard left-hander Erik Bedard mentioned in trade rumors this month, but the Mariners have had zero opportunity to showcase him due to a month-long absence with a knee injury. It may be “too little, too late” to get something done before July 31, but Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune…

  8. Lance Berkman sidelined with slight strain of right rotator cuff

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:22 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    The Cardinals are without one of their most important bats tonight as they continue to duke it out in the ultra-competitive National League Central. B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest reports that Lance Berkman will sit out tonight’s series opener against the Astros after he suffered a slight strain of his right rotator cuff on…

  9. Luke Scott to undergo shoulder surgery Tuesday

    Jul 25, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Luke Scott Reuters

    According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Luke Scott will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair the torn labrum in his right shoulder. He is looking a recovery period of several months, but is expected to be ready in time for spring training. Scott went 0-for-3 in his return from the disabled list Friday night, but was…

  10. Zack Cozart diagnosed with hyperextended left elbow

    Jul 23, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    UPDATE: Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Cozart was diagnosed with a hyperextended left elbow and that X-rays came back negative. It’s not clear when he’ll be able to return to the lineup, but it sounds like the Reds may have dodged a bullet here. 5:45 PM: Here’s some potentially bad news for the Reds…

  11. Adrian Beltre placed on disabled list with left hamstring strain

    Jul 23, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    The Rangers have placed third baseman Adrian Beltre on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Beltre left last night’s game against the Blue Jays after pulling up lame while running the bases in the fifth inning. He was placed on the DL after an MRI today revealed a Grade 1 strain, according…

  12. Chipper Jones to begin rehab assignment tonight with Class A Rome

    Jul 23, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    UPDATE: David O’Brien now says that Jones will serve as the designated hitter for Class A Rome tonight and either DH or play third base tomorrow. 3:46 PM: Here’s a sudden and surprising change of plans. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chipper Jones will begin a minor league rehab assignment tonight with Class…

  13. Dan Uggla back in Braves’ lineup this afternoon

    Jul 23, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Cincinnati Reds

    David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Dan Uggla is back in the Braves’ lineup this afternoon against the Reds. He declared himself good to go after testing his left calf by running earlier this afternoon. Uggla was out of the lineup for the second straight game last night, but he smacked a pinch-hit,…

  14. Jay Bruce out again with inner ear problem

    Jul 23, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Jay Bruce

    We have a little more information on what is ailing Reds’ outfielder Jay Bruce. According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Bruce is out of the lineup for the second straight day with what Reds manager Dusty Baker is calling an “inner ear problem.”  “He is terrible,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Right now Jay is…

  15. Report: Rangers “very much in play” for Carlos Beltran

    Jul 23, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    New York Mets v San Francisco Giants

    It appears the Giants, Braves and Phillies have some company. Adam Rubin of ESPN.com reports that the Rangers remain “very much in play” in the pursuit of Carlos Beltran. The first-place Rangers have reportedly zeroed in on Beltran and Padres’ closer Heath Bell as their primary trade targets before the deadline. While the Rangers have…

  16. Clay Buchholz still not ready to throw from a mound

    Jul 23, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Clay Buchholz was expected to begin throwing off a mound yesterday, but Michael Vega of the Boston Globe reports that he had another long-toss session instead. “He did the long toss again,’’ said manager Terry Francona. “We just felt like – and Buch included – one more time doing the long toss and, if all goes…

  17. Report: Reds “have nibbled” on Carlos Beltran

    Jul 23, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    You have to love this time of year. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Reds “have nibbled” on Mets’ outfielder Carlos Beltran, but are hesitant to take on much salary or give up premium prospects for a rental player. I suppose there are only so many times that one can write that “team X”…

  18. Buster Posey has screws removed from surgically-repaired ankle

    Jul 23, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    Buster Posey injured

    According to the Associated Press, Buster Posey underwent a procedure yesterday to remove three screws from his surgically-repaired left ankle. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Posey is still weeks away from trying to put weight on the leg. The 24-year-old backstop is currently pushing himself around in a makeshift scooter that supports his reconstructed…

  19. Derek Jeter passes Wade Boggs on all-time hit list

    Jul 23, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Derek Jeter hits single against the Oakland Athletics in New York

    Derek Jeter passed his former teammate Wade Boggs for 25th on the all-time hit list with a two-run single to right field in the second inning last night against the Athletics. Jeter, who batted second for the second straight game, went 2-for-3 with three RBI, a walk and a run scored in the 17-7 victory.…

  20. Confirmed: Luke Scott done for season with torn labrum

    Jul 23, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Luke Scott Reuters

    UPDATE: According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, Luke Scott has confirmed that he is done for the season. He will soon decide whether to rehab the torn labrum in his shoulder or go ahead with surgery. 9:40 AM: We have probably seen the last of Luke Scott this season. Scott was back in…

  21. Nelson Cruz drives in career-high eight runs in blowout win over Blue Jays

    Jul 23, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    Nelson Cruz busted out of his recent slump in grand fashion last night, driving in a career-high eight runs in a 12-2 rout over the Blue Jays. Cruz went a perfect 4-for-4 on the night. He had an RBI double in the bottom of the second inning, slugged a three-run homer in the fourth and…

  22. Settling the score: Friday’s results

    Jul 23, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Brendan Ryan, Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak

    Let’s dwell on the negative for a second, shall we? The Mariners’ losing streak reached 13 games last night with a 7-4 loss to the Red Sox. Felix Hernandez gave up two runs over the first six innings, but the Red Sox put up a five-spot in the seventh to put the game out of…

  23. Brewers considering Coco Crisp as replacement for Carlos Gomez

    Jul 22, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Oakland Athletics

    With Carlos Gomez‘s status in doubt for the rest of the season following a broken collarbone, the Brewers are actively seeking a replacement for their outfield. Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that the Brewers already had a scout watching the Athletics and that Coco Crisp is a possibility. Nyjer Morgan, a left-handed hitter, has taken…

  24. Two men charged in Bryan Stow beating

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:54 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    Following up on last night’s revelations, the Associated Press is reporting that two men were charged today in the brutal Opening Day beating of Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium. Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, were charged with one count each of mayhem, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and battery…

  25. Dan Uggla hopes to return to lineup on Saturday

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Atlanta Braves

    UPDATE: Guess he’s just fine. Uggla just hit a pinch-hit two-run homer off Reds’ right-hander Nick Masset to put the Braves ahead 6-4 in the top of the ninth. 8:01 PM: Dan Uggla is out of the Braves’ lineup for the second straight day after straining his left calf during Wednesday’s loss to the Rockies. The…

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