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  1. Chris Sale throws eight shutout innings, lowers ERA to 2.05

    Jun 9, 2012, 8:15 PM EST

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    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: White Sox starter Chris Sale needs his own video game. The lanky left-hander threw eight innings of shutout ball on Saturday afternoon against the Astros, striking out seven and walking none as the Pale Hose rolled to a 10-1 victory. He now has a 0.92 WHIP,…

  2. Evan Longoria nearing minor league rehab assignment

    Jun 9, 2012, 7:01 PM EST

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    Good news for the (currently) first-place Rays. According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, third baseman Evan Longoria “was encouraged after running the bases” on Saturday afternoon at Tropicana Field and is aiming to begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of next week. “I felt good,” Longoria told the Times…

  3. Jaime Garcia shut down four weeks with tearing in shoulder

    Jun 8, 2012, 11:00 PM EST

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    The verdict is in on Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia. According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, the young left-hander was diagnosed with a shoulder impingement Friday after paying a visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum in California. Surgery is not being discussed as an option, but Garcia will be shut down for at least the next four…

  4. Pirates’ top pick Mark Appel rocked in College World Series

    Jun 8, 2012, 9:11 PM EST

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    It’s been a rough week for Stanford’s Mark Appel. On Monday night he fell to the eighth spot in the MLB Amateur Draft after being mocked by most experts to go in the top three. And he was selected by an organization (the Pirates) that he clearly isn’t thrilled about joining. Now his dream of…

  5. Blue Jays expected to try for Carlos Quentin

    Jun 8, 2012, 7:29 PM EST

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    From Jon Heyman of CBS Sports comes word that the Blue Jays “are expected to be among the teams targeting” Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin around this year’s July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Quentin is batting .481 with a 1.734 OPS, five home runs and nine RBI in eight games since returning from the disabled list…

  6. Josh Hamilton won’t participate in this year’s Home Run Derby, which pleases Ron Washington greatly

    Jun 6, 2012, 10:29 PM EST

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    Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton paces all major leaguers in home runs and even slugged four in one game earlier this season. But he wants merely to be an observer July 9 in Kansas City, when American League captain Robinson Cano leads a group of three mashers against National League captain Matt Kemp and his own…

  7. Rockies close to free agent agreement with Jeff Francis

    Jun 6, 2012, 9:34 PM EST

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    From Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post comes word that the Rockies are “close to signing” lefty Jeff Francis “and he will likely start Saturday’s game when the Rockies host the Angels.” Francis hasn’t appeared in a major league game this season and wasn’t very good in 2011 for Kansas City, but the Rox are desperate…

  8. Jered Weaver expected to return after 15-day minimum

    Jun 6, 2012, 8:57 PM EST

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    Good news for the suddenly-surging Angels. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, right-handed starter Jered Weaver threw extended long toss from a distance of 300 feet on Wednesday afternoon and is on pace to be activated from the 15-day disabled list as soon as he’s eligible. Weaver was disabled on May 29 after straining his…

  9. There are now concerns about Jaime Garcia’s hip, shoulder

    Jun 6, 2012, 8:02 PM EST

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    Jaime Garcia was skipped in the Cardinals’ starting rotation last week and sent back to St. Louis for tests after reporting discomfort in his left elbow. In his return Tuesday night, he surrendered six earned runs in just two innings to the Astros. So back Garcia goes for additional testing. According to Derrick Goold of…

  10. Matt Kemp leaves game after aggravating hamstring strain

    May 30, 2012, 11:10 PM EST

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    Matt Kemp may be headed back to the 15-day DL. According to David Vessagh, Dodgers reporter for sports radio station 570 AM in Los Angeles, the 27-year-old center fielder was lifted from Wednesday night’s game against the Brewers after appearing to aggravate his left hamstring strain while scoring from first base on a first-inning Andre…

  11. Braves demote shortstop Tyler Pastornicky to Triple-A

    May 30, 2012, 10:44 PM EST

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    From MLB.com beat reporter Mark Bowman comes word that the Braves have optioned struggling shortstop Tyler Pastornicky to Triple-A Gwinnett. Pastornicky did not start in Wednesday night’s 10-7 victory over the Cardinals and has posted a brutal .248/.281/.324 batting line with one home run and 12 RBI in 157 total plate appearances this season. The…

  12. Jaime Garcia to be skipped in rotation due to elbow soreness

    May 30, 2012, 10:17 PM EST

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    The injury bug is still biting away in St. Louis. It was reported earlier that Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay is experiencing ongoing discomfort in his right shoulder and is scheduled to pay a visit to a specialist in Florida on Thursday. And now the bad luck has settled over the starting rotation. According to FOX…

  13. Brandon Morrow removed from game after getting struck in his right shin by a line drive

    May 30, 2012, 9:32 PM EST

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    Potential danger was avoided tonight in Toronto. Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow left the field in the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game against the Orioles after taking a line drive off his right leg. He hobbled around before getting carried to the dugout while putting no weight on his right foot. The good news is X-rays have…

  14. Jon Jay experiencing ongoing discomfort in right shoulder

    May 30, 2012, 8:54 PM EST

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    The Cardinals have been battered by injuries. And the troublesome news continues to flow. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, center fielder Jon Jay is still feeling discomfort in his right shoulder and will pay a visit to a doctor Thursday in Florida in a search for answers. Jay has been on…

  15. Freddie Freeman homers in first at-bat with “sports glasses”

    May 30, 2012, 8:03 PM EST

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    I worry about Craig’s health after this one. Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman launched a home run in his first plate appearance of Wednesday evening’s game against the Cardinals. He hadn’t played since last Friday because of comfort issues with his contacts — brought on by eye dryness. Freeman recieved custom-made glasses Wednesday morning and…

  16. Diamondbacks place Jason Kubel on paternity leave list

    May 30, 2012, 7:25 PM EST

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    From Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic comes word that the Diamondbacks have placed Jason Kubel on the paternity leave list and called up 24-year-old outfielder A.J. Pollock to take his place. Kubel should be back within three days. The 30-year-old is off to a nice start this season, batting .297/.385/.461 with four home runs…

  17. Brandon McCarthy on track to return to A’s Saturday

    May 29, 2012, 10:01 PM EST

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    Good news here for the 22-27 Athletics. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, right-hander Brandon McCarthy will be cleared to return to the A’s rotation on Saturday against the Royals if he makes it through a bullpen session Wednesday without feeling any abnormal pain or discomfort. McCarthy has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 18…

  18. Freddie Freeman getting prescription goggles Wednesday morning, should return to lineup

    May 29, 2012, 8:34 PM EST

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    Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is not in Atlanta’s starting lineup on Tuesday against the Cardinals and hasn’t played in a game since last Friday. But he should be back in action Wednesday. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Freeman’s prescription goggles — which he ordered Monday after giving up on wearing contacts — are…

  19. Padres sign Jason Marquis, send him to Double-A

    May 29, 2012, 7:42 PM EST

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Padres have signed right-hander Jason Marquis, who was released by the Twins earlier this week after posting an 8.47 ERA and 1.94 WHIP in seven starts. Marquis will report to the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate in Tucson and attempt to prove he’s got something left. The 33-year-old right-hander currently…

  20. David Freese out Monday with mild hand sprain

    May 28, 2012, 12:24 PM EST

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    Another day, another Cardinals injury. As first reported by Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, third baseman David Freese is not in the starting lineup Monday afternoon against the Braves due to discomfort in his right hand and wrist. Freese suffered bruising and a mild sprain Saturday while diving for balls along the third base line.…

  21. Franklin Gutierrez nearing minor league rehab games

    May 28, 2012, 11:31 AM EST

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    Franklin Gutierrez is finally making progress. According to beat writer Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune, the 29-year-old center fielder will head to the Mariners’ spring training complex in Peoria, Arizona early this week to being taking at-bats and playing the field in extended spring training games. Gutierrez will eventually progress to a minor…

  22. Matt Kemp homers in first minor league rehab game

    May 28, 2012, 9:03 AM EST

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    From J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News comes word that Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp finished 2-for-3 with a home run and an RBI single Sunday in his first rehab game at Triple-A Albuquerque. He struck out in his other at-bat. Kemp is expected to play one final minor league rehab game Monday…

  23. Freddy Sanchez given second epidural, still out indefinitely

    May 27, 2012, 10:32 PM EST

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    The setbacks continue for Freddy Sanchez. According to CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggarly, Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Sunday that the 34-year-old second baseman was given a second epidural in his ailing lower back a few days ago and remains shut down indefinitely. “We’re not giving up on it,” Bochy told reporters on Sunday morning. “But it’s…

  24. Roy Oswalt is now “looking for the biggest payday”

    May 27, 2012, 6:40 PM EST

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal received an update Sunday from an executive of a team with ongoing interest in free agent right-hander Roy Oswalt: “I’m not sure it’s the same price for everyone, but I think he is looking for the biggest payday,” said the exec. “In the winter, proximity to home (in Weir, Mississippi) was most…

  25. Aramis Ramirez out again Sunday with bruised elbow

    May 27, 2012, 2:17 PM EST

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    From Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel comes word that Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is out of the lineup Sunday for a second straight game due to a left elbow contusion. Ramirez suffered the injury on Friday evening when he was struck in the arm by a pitch. It was the 29th time…

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