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  1. Carlos Gonzalez placed on the bereavement list following the death of his grandfather

    Aug 18, 2012, 7:53 PM EST

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    Thoughts are with Carlos Gonzalez and his family. The outfielder revealed through his personal Twitter feed this afternoon that his grandfather passed away on Friday. He’s been placed on MLB’s bereavement list to attend the funeral, with Charlie Blackmon getting the call from Triple-A Colorado Springs to fill the vacancy on the Rockies’ active 25-man…

  2. Cubs nearing long-term extension with Starlin Castro

    Aug 17, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

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    7:00 p.m. EDT update: FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal believes a Starlin Castro extension could be announced early next week or sooner. It’d be a six- or seven-year contract with a club option that would buy out an extra year of free agency. As is, Castro will be eligible for FA after 2016. /// David Kaplan of…

  3. Jose Bautista takes batting practice, nears activation

    Aug 16, 2012, 10:27 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays' Bautista looks into the stands between innings during a MLB American League baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg

    Jose Bautista is finally making steady progress in his rehabilitation from left wrist inflammation. According to Shi Davidi of Canada’s Sportsnet, the slugger was able to take live batting practice off Blue Jays manager John Farrell on Thursday at Rogers Centre in Toronto and is on track to begin a minor league rehab assignment early next week.…

  4. Brett Lawrie could return to the Blue Jays on Tuesday

    Aug 16, 2012, 8:48 PM EST

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    From beat writer Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com comes word that Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie is tentatively scheduled to spend this upcoming weekend playing in minor league rehab games and could be cleared to return to the active 25-man roster as early as Tuesday night. Lawrie has been on the 15-day disabled list since August…

  5. Rockies activate Michael Cuddyer from 15-day disabled list

    Aug 16, 2012, 7:31 PM EST

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    As first relayed by Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have activated Michael Cuddyer from the disabled list and optioned Matt McBride back to Triple-A Colorado Springs to clear a roster spot. Cuddyer missed just 15 days with a strained oblique. He’s batting fourth in the Rockies’ lineup and playing first base on…

  6. Watch as the Mariners’ Double-A affiliate celebrates Felix Hernandez’s perfect game

    Aug 15, 2012, 10:27 PM EST

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    The Double-A Jackson Generals — who play their home games in Jackson, Tennessee — were over 2,300 miles away from the mound at Seattle’s Safeco Field when Mariners ace Felix Hernandez finished off his perfect game against the Rays on Wednesday afternoon. But they celebrated like they were there: As Zach Sanders of FanGraphs correctly…

  7. Adrian Gonzalez is also denying the Yahoo! Sports report

    Aug 15, 2012, 9:35 PM EST

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    Red Sox owner John Henry sent an email to the Boston beat writers on Wednesday morning denying a claim made by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports that a number of star players, including Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez, asked for manager Bobby Valentine to be fired in a closed-door meeting last month with the organization’s higher-ups. And…

  8. Neil Walker departs game with dislocated right finger

    Aug 15, 2012, 8:24 PM EST

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    The Pirates have lost six of their last eight, falling to six games back of the Reds in the National League Central standings. And here’s even more bad news. From beat writer Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette comes word that second baseman Neil Walker was lifted in the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the…

  9. Jaime Garcia has been cleared to return, so the Cardinals are shifting Joe Kelly to the ‘pen

    Aug 15, 2012, 7:38 PM EST

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    Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly has posted a solid 3.41 ERA this season over the first 12 starts of his major league career, serving as a fantastic fill-in for injured lefty Jaime Garcia. But Garcia just wrapped up a rehab assignment Tuesday night at Triple-A Memphis, so Kelly’s run in the rotation is over. According to…

  10. Franklin Gutierrez suffers setback with concussion

    Aug 12, 2012, 7:45 PM EST

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    Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez can’t seem to catch a break. He has appeared in only 13 major-league games this year because of heel and head injuries, and it’s suddenly looking like he won’t make it back from his most recent disabled list stint before the conclusion of the 2012 regular season. According to Geoff…

  11. Indians officially release Jose Lopez

    Aug 12, 2012, 3:57 PM EST

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    As first reported by Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, the Indians released infielder Jose Lopez on Sunday after designating him for assignment early last week. Lopez batted just .249/.272/.366 with 17 extra-base hits, 28 RBI, eight walks and 35 strikeouts in 224 plate appearances this season for Cleveland. The 28-year-old Venezuelan slugged 25 homers and tallied…

  12. Kevin Youkilis out Sunday with sore knee and forearm

    Aug 12, 2012, 2:45 PM EST

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    White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis has been dealing with soreness in his right knee for close to a week and was plunked in the left forearm by A’s reliever Grant Balfour on Saturday night. So, according to MLB.com’s Scott Merkin, the veteran Youkilis is getting the day off Sunday. Ray Olmedo will start at…

  13. Will Middlebrooks doesn’t need surgery for fractured wrist

    Aug 12, 2012, 1:39 PM EST

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    Here’s a dose of positive news for the Red Sox. Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports that third baseman Will Middlebrooks “should not need to have surgery” on his broken right wrist because doctors diagnosed the fracture as non-displaced. He’s still probably done for the remainder of the 2012 season, but the wrist should…

  14. Emilio Bonifacio expects to rejoin the Marlins in a week

    Aug 12, 2012, 12:51 PM EST

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    From beat writer Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post comes word that Marlins second baseman Emilio Bonifacio is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday night with the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads and could be back in the major leagues next Sunday if all goes well. Bonifacio has been on the 15-day disabled…

  15. Braves unlikely to re-sign center fielder Michael Bourn

    Aug 12, 2012, 12:03 PM EST

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    Braves outfielder Michael Bourn has registered an impressive .291/.352/.424 slash line with 29 stolen bases and a career-high nine home runs over 524 plate appearances this season. But the impending free agent probably won’t be back in Atlanta in 2013. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Braves “aren’t holding out much hope that they can…

  16. Padres extend veteran outfielder Mark Kotsay through 2013

    Aug 12, 2012, 11:28 AM EST

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    Mark Kotsay has posted a weak .275/.333/.363 batting line in 111 plate appearances this season and isn’t much of a defender at age 36, but Corey Brock of MLB.com writes that Padres have been “impressed” with the veteran outfielder’s clubhouse presence and signed him Sunday to a contract extension that runs through the 2013 season.…

  17. Mike Trout robs third home run of the season

    Aug 12, 2012, 10:40 AM EST

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    Angels phenom Mike Trout is an American League MVP candidate primarily because of his gaudy offensive numbers, but he’s also been a standout defensively since his arrival near the end of April. The 21-year-old made another spectacular play on Saturday night in Anaheim, robbing his third home run of the season with a perfectly-timed leap…

  18. Kris Medlen shines again in third time through rotation

    Aug 12, 2012, 9:32 AM EST

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    Braves right-hander Kris Medlen spent the first four months of the 2012 regular season in a relief role. It will be a shame if he’s ever asked to go back. The 26-year-old from Santa Ana, California made his third start of the season on Saturday night against the Mets and was brilliant yet again, allowing just a…

  19. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Aug 12, 2012, 8:26 AM EST

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    The longest current winning streak in the American League belongs to the Rays — a team that might also boast the AL’s Cy Young Award winner. David Price was at it again on Saturday night, allowing just two runs over seven innings while striking out five as Tampa Bay rolled to its fifth straight win…

  20. Tommy Hanson to make rehab start Sunday at Triple-A, will rejoin the Braves afterward

    Aug 11, 2012, 10:04 PM EST

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    Braves righty Tommy Hanson is just about ready. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the 25-year-old is scheduled to make a minor league rehab start on Sunday at Triple-A Gwinnett and will be activated from the disabled list five days later if all goes according to plan. Hanson, who has been on the…

  21. Johan Santana fails to make it two innings in return from DL

    Aug 11, 2012, 8:37 PM EST

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    Mets left-hander Johan Santana had a 3.24 ERA in 17 starts before the All-Star break, looking like a candidate for Comeback Player of the Year honors. But his second half has been much less impressive. Santana was hammered for eight earned runs on eight hits Saturday night against the Braves before being forced from the game…

  22. Rangers put Mike Napoli on disabled list with strained quad

    Aug 11, 2012, 7:19 PM EST

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    Rangers catcher Mike Napoli has registered an underwhelming .223/.343/.429 batting line with 17 home runs and 40 RBI through his first 359 plate appearances this season. And now he’s hurt. Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that Napoli was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday because of a painful left quadriceps strain. He tried to…

  23. Yankees sign veteran right-hander Derek Lowe

    Aug 11, 2012, 6:33 PM EST

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    It took Derek Lowe one day to find a new home. According to beat writer Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Yankees have acquired the free agent right-hander, who was released by the Indians on Friday afternoon after posting a 5.52 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 41/45 K/BB ratio across 119 innings. Lowe has agreed…

  24. Chien-Ming Wang pulled off rehab, out indefinitely

    Aug 8, 2012, 10:01 PM EST

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    Amanda Comak of the Washington Times passes along the following update on the status of injured Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang: Wang, who gave up six earned runs off seven hits and two walks in Tuesday night in Double-A, had a recurrence of the hip soreness that landed him on the disabled list on July 3,…

  25. Francisco Cordero diagnosed with sprained ligament in toe

    Aug 8, 2012, 8:34 PM EST

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    Francisco Cordero‘s nightmare season may be coming to an end courtesy of another nightmare. According to MLB.com beat writer Brian McTaggart, the right-hander has been diagnosed with a sprained ligament in a toe on his right foot and will be in a protective walking boot for the foreseeable future. Cordero has been on the disabled list since…

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