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  1. Yoenis Cespedes back in A’s lineup Wednesday night

    Jun 20, 2012, 7:31 PM EST

    Yoenis Cespedes

    According to the Oakland Athletics’ official Twitter feed, Yoenis Cespedes is back in the starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Dodgers. Cespedes has played in just one game since June 7 due to a strained hamstring and wasn’t able to make it past the second inning in that affair. He’s serving as the A’s designated…

  2. And That Happened: Readers’ Choice Edition

    Jun 20, 2012, 7:54 AM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v Milwaukee Brewers

    Let’s do this again. Your recaps and box scores from a full Tuesday night of steamy baseball action: *************** Reds 2, Indians 3 (10 innings) Cardinals 3, Tigers 6 Braves 4, Yankees 3 Rays 5, Nationals 4 Rockies 2, Phillies 7 Twins 2, Pirates 7 Marlins 5, Red Sox 7 Orioles 0, Mets 5 Royals…

  3. Joel Peralta ejected for pine tar, umpires confiscate glove

    Jun 19, 2012, 10:16 PM EST

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    Here’s something that doesn’t happen often. Rays setup man Joel Peralta was ejected in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s game in the nation’s capital after Nationals manager Davey Johnson asked the umpires to take a look at his glove. The umps found a foreign substance (likely pine tar) and gave Peralta the boot while confiscating…

  4. Carlos Gonzalez aiming to return to lineup Wednesday

    Jun 19, 2012, 9:41 PM EST

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    Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez hasn’t played in a game since Saturday due to a strained right knee and is not in the starting lineup on Tuesday night in Philadelphia. But he’s getting really close. According to beat writer Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Gonzalez has begun to experience significant improvement in his knee and…

  5. Phillies’ David Herndon undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:39 PM EST

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    From Todd Zolecki of MLB.com comes word that Phillies reliever David Herndon underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Tuesday. The 26-year-old right-hander claimed a spot in the Philadelphia bullpen this spring by fanning 14 batters in 16 1/3 Grapefruit League innings but strained his flexor pronator muscle at the end of April and hasn’t…

  6. Bud Norris to make rehab start Saturday in Triple-A

    Jun 19, 2012, 7:45 PM EST

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    A bit of good news here for the struggling ‘Stros. According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, recovering right-hander Bud Norris is scheduled to make a minor league rehab start Saturday night at Triple-A Oklahoma City and could return to the big leagues late next week if the outing goes smoothly. Norris has been out since…

  7. Matt Holliday serving as Cardinals’ DH on Tuesday night

    Jun 19, 2012, 7:08 PM EST

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    Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday made an early exit from Sunday’s 15-inning loss to the Royals due to what was being called a “hip flexor condition.” But it’s apparently not a major concern. According to Hall of Famer Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holliday is serving as the Cardinals’ designated hitter for Tuesday night’s…

  8. And That Happened: Readers’ Choice Edition

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:04 AM EST

    Matt Cain

    Craig is taking surfing lessons and sampling fish tacos all this week out in sunny San Diego, leaving HardballTalk without a fearless leader to guide it through the previous night’s highlights and lowlights. But we do have a readership — a handsome, intelligent, hilarious readership (you see me cultivating?) — worthy of being heard in…

  9. Tony Rasmus goes to Toronto, talks St. Louis

    Jun 18, 2012, 1:03 PM EST

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    Tony Rasmus, the father of Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus, was an endless source of intrigue and entertainment for the St. Louis media during the two-plus years that his son spent with the Cardinals. And now the Toronto press is getting a taste. The elder Rasmus made his first-ever appearance at Rogers Centre on Sunday…

  10. Matt Holliday dealing with “hip flexor condition”

    Jun 18, 2012, 11:01 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals v St. Louis Cardinals

    Matt Holliday‘s injury is no longer a big mystery. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the outfielder is dealing with a “hip flexor condition” that has roots dating back to last month. It’s not the type of ailment that will require an immediate disabled list stint, but it seems likely that Holliday…

  11. Jon Jay set to begin rehab assignment this week

    Jun 18, 2012, 8:58 AM EST

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    Refreshing news here for the scuffling Cardinals. According to beat reporter Brian Stull of 101 ESPN in St. Louis, center fielder Jon Jay has been cleared to embark on a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday afternoon with Triple-A Memphis. Jay was placed on the disabled list in mid-May with a right shoulder sprain, suffered on…

  12. Red Sox wanted Gerardo Parra from D’Backs for Youkilis

    Jun 17, 2012, 5:05 PM EST

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    This is an interesting bit of inside information. As reported Saturday by Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona, the Red Sox asked for outfielder Gerardo Parra from the D’Backs when shopping third baseman Kevin Youkilis earlier this month. Parra is only 25 years old, making close to the league minimum, an elite defensive outfielder and an important…

  13. Bud Norris lands on disabled list with sprained left knee

    Jun 17, 2012, 3:56 PM EST

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    The Astros placed right-hander Bud Norris on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a sprained left knee and called up left-hander Dallas Keuchel from Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding roster move. This according to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. Norris suffered the knee injury Tuesday during his start against the Giants. He’s hoping that the extended period…

  14. Picture of the Day: Cardinals celebrate Father’s Day

    Jun 17, 2012, 2:43 PM EST

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    From B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest comes the shot below of Cardinals starters Kyle Lohse and Jake Westbrook preparing for a father-son game Sunday morning at Busch Stadium. Happy Dad’s Day from HBT.

  15. Carlos Gonzalez scratched from lineup due to sore hamstring

    Jun 17, 2012, 1:38 PM EST

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    From Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post comes word that the Rockies have scratched outfielder Carlos Gonzalez from Sunday’s series finale against the Tigers due to right hamstring soreness. Dexter Fowler is playing center field and Eric Young Jr. is in left vs. Detroit’s Max Scherzer. CarGo should be ready to rock on Tuesday evening…

  16. Braves put Brandon Beachy on 15-day DL with elbow injury

    Jun 17, 2012, 12:50 PM EST

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    The Braves aren’t exactly sure about the level of severity of Brandon Beachy‘s right elbow injury, but they’re resigned to the fact that the right-hander is going to be out for at least the next couple of weeks. According to beat writer David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Beachy was placed on the 15-day disabled…

  17. Nationals designate reliever Brad Lidge for assignment

    Jun 17, 2012, 12:11 PM EST

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    2012 has been a nightmare thus far for Brad Lidge. First he surrendered seven hits, seven walks and four earned runs in seven innings during the season’s opening month. Then he needed surgery near the end of April to correct a sports hernia and missed six weeks. And now, according to beat writer Amanda Comak…

  18. Evan Longoria goes 1-for-4 in minor league rehab debut

    Jun 17, 2012, 11:29 AM EST

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    As noted by MLB.com’s Jake Kaplan, Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria finished 1-for-4 with a strikeout in his first minor league rehab game on Saturday evening with the Triple-A Durham Bulls. Longoria is getting the day off Sunday but will resume his rehab assignment on Monday night and should be back in the bigs…

  19. Josh Hamilton released from hospital, should return Monday

    Jun 17, 2012, 10:32 AM EST

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    Things are looking up for Josh Hamilton, who was hospitalized Friday evening with an intestinal virus. According to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Hamilton was released from a local hospital Saturday after receiving intravenous fluids overnight. He’ll work out Sunday at Rangers Ballpark before heading out to San Diego with the team for a three-game series that…

  20. Astros activate Carlos Lee, demote Brett Wallace

    Jun 17, 2012, 9:47 AM EST

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    From beat writer Brian McTaggart of MLB.com comes word that the Astros have activated veteran slugger Carlos Lee from the 15-day disabled list and optioned Brett Wallace back to Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding 25-man roster move. Lee missed exactly 15 days with a strained left hamstring. He returns to a decent .297/.348/.411 slash line,…

  21. Alfonso Soriano booed heavily in The Friendly Confines

    Jun 17, 2012, 9:04 AM EST

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    Here’s something a little uncommon for Wrigley Field. Or anywhere, really. Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com’s CubsTalk describes the scene: There were two runners on and two outs in the sixth inning when [Alfonso] Soriano hit a rocket line drive at Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who appeared to have secured it in his glove. Soriano…

  22. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jun 17, 2012, 8:35 AM EST

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    Doug Fister‘s first start back went swimmingly. The 28-year-old right-hander — who missed around two weeks with a strained side muscle — delivered six scoreless innings Saturday in the Tigers’ 4-1 defeat of the Rockies at Detroit’s Comerica Park. Fister allowed only three hits and walked just one batter while racking up six strikeouts. He…

  23. John Danks checks out fine after visit with Dr. Lewis Yocum

    Jun 16, 2012, 10:08 PM EST

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    White Sox left-hander John Danks felt renewed discomfort in his throwing shoulder after making a start last week at Triple-A Charlotte, but a visit with Dr. Lewis Yocum this weekend turned up “no bad news” and the starter should be cleared to resume his rehab work at some point in the near future. This via…

  24. Brandon Beachy leaves outing with right elbow discomfort

    Jun 16, 2012, 8:41 PM EST

    Brandon Beachy

    Brandon Beachy reported feeling soreness in his right elbow after allowing two earned runs in five innings last Friday night against the Blue Jays, so the Braves gave him an extra three days of rest leading into tonight’s matchup with the Orioles. But that strategy wasn’t very successful. Beachy was lifted in the fourth inning…

  25. Carl Crawford nearing a minor league rehab assignment

    Jun 16, 2012, 7:23 PM EST

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    Carl Crawford is finally beginning to make progress. According to beat writer Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, the rehabbing outfielder felt no discomfort in his left elbow or wrist while playing long-toss from a distance of 110 feet on Saturday and Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he is “pretty close to playing in…

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