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  1. James Shields is ridiculous

    Jun 25, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Houston Astros

    “Big Game James” continues to dominate. James Shields held the Astros to one run in a complete game victory last night. He allowed just three hits while striking out nine and walking just one. It was his third consecutive complete game and his MLB-leading sixth complete game of the season. It’s a pretty incredible accomplishment…

  2. Heyman: Davey Johnson’s contract with the Nationals runs through 2013

    Jun 25, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    Davey Johnson AP

    We learned last night that Davey Johnson is expected to be named the next manager of the Nationals, but here’s a minor twist on the story. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Johnson’s contract will run through the 2013 season. Many expected Johnson to serve as a bridge to a more long-term option, but if…

  3. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jun 25, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Chicago White Sox

    The Nationals won their 12th game in their last 13 last night against the White Sox, but it wasn’t easy. Interim manager John McLaren was ejected in the bottom of the eighth inning leaving Trent Jewett as the “interim interim” manager. By the way, Jewett just officially joined the staff yesterday. The Nationals blew leads…

  4. Barry Zito to return from disabled list Tuesday

    Jun 24, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Barry Zito will probably become an $18.5 million relief pitcher pretty soon, but he’s set to make a spot start for the Giants next week. Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed today that Zito will return from the disabled list to start the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday against the Cubs, according to Andrew Baggarly of…

  5. Rafael Furcal might move to second base

    Jun 24, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Los Angeles Dodgers

    The Dodgers like what they’ve seen from their rookie shortstop Dee Gordon. So much, in fact, that they are discussing some changes for their infield. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before tonight’s game that Rafael Furcal could move to second base when he returns from the disabled list. Furcal has…

  6. Jed Lowrie diagnosed with bruised nerve in shoulder

    Jun 24, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Jed Lowrie will not need surgery on his left shoulder, but he did receive a new diagnosis after getting a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum earlier this week. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, it was determined that a bruised nerve has caused the soreness in Lowrie’s left shoulder. There’s still no timetable for…

  7. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is scouting Yu Darvish in Japan

    Jun 24, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish pitch

    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels isn’t present for this weekend’s interleague series against the Mets. But for good reason. According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Daniels was busy scouting right-hander Yu Darvish in Japan. In fact, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com has the photo evidence of Daniels in attendance for his Friday start with the Hokkaido…

  8. Athletics option Daric Barton to Triple-A Sacramento

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:02 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics general manager Billy Beane said last October that he felt Daric Barton was the “best first baseman in the league” last season. My how things can change in a hurry. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Barton was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento following tonight’s victory over the Mets. He was presumably…

  9. Pirates to skip struggling Charlie Morton in starting rotation

    Jun 21, 2011, 10:11 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Turns out Charlie Morton can’t succeed on imitation alone. Morton enjoyed some early season success after overhauling his delivery to mimic Roy Halladay, but has seen his ERA jump from 2.52 to 3.77 over his last three starts by allowing 17 runs (15 earned) in just 11 innings. Some regression was probably in store for…

  10. Hunter Pence likely out until Friday with sprained left elbow

    Jun 21, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    The Astros hoped to have Hunter Pence back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Rangers, but a setback has likely put him on the shelf until Friday. Pence hasn’t played since last Friday due to a sprained left elbow. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that he showed up to the ballpark today unable…

  11. Joe Maddon apologizes for Monday’s shenanigans with Sam Fuld

    Jun 21, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Milwaukee Brewers

    You knew this was coming. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Rays manager Joe Maddon apologized to the umpiring crew earlier today for the confusion during last night’s game against the Brewers. For those unfamiliar, Sam Fuld — who pinch-hit for J.P. Howell in the top of the eighth inning — came out…

  12. Bryce Harper limited in SAL All-Star Game due to sore left thumb

    Jun 21, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper is still expected to start in tonight’s South Atlantic League All-Star Game, but the fans at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Maryland aren’t going to get the show they were hoping for. Harper is currently nursing a sore left thumb that he jammed back on June 12. He missed four games with…

  13. Chipper Jones “never wanted Yunel to leave” the Braves

    Jun 20, 2011, 9:38 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones Yunel Escobar Getty

    The Braves kicked off an interleague series against the Blue Jays tonight, so a natural topic of conversation before the game was Yunel Escobar‘s return to Atlanta. It wasn’t too long ago that Escobar was considered the Braves’ long-term solution at shortstop, but he was traded to the Blue Jays last July along with left-hander…

  14. Shaun Marcum still uncertain for Wednesday start

    Jun 20, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Boston Red Sox

    Shaun Marcum‘s status for his next scheduled start is still up in the air. Marcum, who left Friday’s start against the Red Sox after just one inning with a left hip flexor strain, threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session earlier today, according to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Marcum was cleared to throw…

  15. Frank McCourt’s attorney calls rejection of FOX deal “potentially destructive” to Dodgers and MLB

    Jun 20, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt’s attorney Steve Susman has released a statement in response to commissioner Bud Selig’s rejection of the proposed television deal between the Dodgers and FOX. And predictably, they aren’t very happy. Here’s part of the statement, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times: “We are extremely disappointed with the Commissioner’s rejection of the proposed FOX…

  16. Matt LaPorta lands on disabled list with sprained right ankle

    Jun 18, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cleveland Indians

    One day after getting Travis Hafner back from the disabled list, the Indians will now have to get by without another one of their regulars. The Indians announced this afternoon that Matt LaPorta was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle. LaPorta injured the ankle in a rundown between second and…

  17. Carl Crawford placed on disabled list with strained left hamstring

    Jun 18, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    Red Sox Crawford runs to first on single against Milwaukee Brewers during first inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game in Boston

    The Red Sox have been firing on all cylinders of late, but they’ll have to live without their $142 million left fielder for at least the next 15 days. Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that Carl Crawford was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Crawford suffered the injury…

  18. UPDATE: Jose Reyes says “no chance” he’s leaving agent for Boras

    Jun 18, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    UPDATE: While Reyes admits that he spoke with Boras twice on the phone, he told Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal that there’s “no chance” he’s leaving his agent. That settles that. 3:47 PM: Maybe there isn’t much to this Reyes-Boras doomsday scenario, after all. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Jose Reyes plans…

  19. Brian Matusz leaves Saturday’s start with hamstring cramps

    Jun 18, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Washington Nationals

    Brian Matusz left his start against the Nationals this afternoon in the sixth inning with left hamstring cramps, reports Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. Fortunately for the Orioles, the young left-hander is considered day-to-day. Matusz allowed four runs on six hits (including two long homers to Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse) over 5 1/3…

  20. Hanley Ramirez dropped to sixth in the order for tonight’s game

    Jun 18, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    The great Hanley Ramirez leadoff experiment didn’t last long. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Ramirez has been dropped to sixth in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Rays. Ramirez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout out of the leadoff spot last night and is 1-for-13 with a double, one walk and five strikeouts since…

  21. David Freese to begin minor league rehab assignment Tuesday

    Jun 18, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v St. Louis Cardinals

    The Cardinals are getting some important pieces back in the fold. Matt Holliday and Kyle McClellan both returned from the disabled list this week and it sounds like third baseman David Freese isn’t too far behind them. Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Freese will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday…

  22. Colby Lewis made a ridiculous play last night

    Jun 18, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    Colby Lewis

    Colby Lewis struck out 10 while allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings in a 6-2 win over the Braves last night. He also made one of the best plays you’ll see this year. MLB.com usually makes you wait a day or two to embed video (you know, because people don’t have short attention spans…

  23. Shaun Marcum could miss next start with left hip flexor strain

    Jun 18, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Marcum reacts between pitches against the Boston Red Sox during their MLB game in Boston

    As Matthew mentioned last night, Shaun Marcum left Friday’s start against the Red Sox after laboring through 45 pitches in the first inning. While Marcum appeared to be favoring his leg during the abbreviated outing, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that he was diagnosed with a strained left hip flexor. “I didn’t want…

  24. Brandon Lyon will almost certainly need season-ending surgery

    Jun 18, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

    Brandon Lyon

    Brandon Lyon visited with renowned orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum yesterday and the news wasn’t very promising. If anything, his future is more uncertain than ever before. According to Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle, Lyon will likely need season-ending surgery because his biceps tendon “is out of its groove.” If that sounds unfamiliar, you’re not alone.…

  25. Yankees sign supplemental first-round pick Dante Bichette Jr.

    Jun 18, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

    Dante Bichette Jr.

    The Yankees have signed supplemental first-round pick Dante Bichette Jr., according to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger. He receives a signing bonus of $750,000 and will join the GCL Yankees when their season begins Monday. Bichette, 18, was selected 51st overall in this month’s First-Year Player Draft. The Yankees received the pick as compensation…

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