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  1. Will Middlebrooks has been historically productive

    Jun 24, 2012, 10:43 AM EST

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    Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks was batting .333/.380/.677 with nine home runs and 27 RBI in 100 plate appearances for Triple-A Pawtucket at the time of his promotion to the major leagues. And he’s barely slowed down at the next level. Middlebrooks went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI in…

  2. Phillies expected to activate Chase Utley on Wednesday

    Jun 24, 2012, 9:50 AM EST

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    Jim Salisbury of has the good news on Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, who made it through eight innings Saturday evening in his final rehab game with the Single-A Clearwater Threshers: Utley is now expected to travel to Philadelphia for the final stage of his rehab assignment. That is likely to include his playing…

  3. Cubs might promote Anthony Rizzo Tuesday from AAA Iowa

    Jun 24, 2012, 9:04 AM EST

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    Get excited, Cubs fans. For once this year. According to beat writer Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, “speculation is” that the Northsiders are preparing to promote 22-year-old first base prospect Anthony Rizzo from Triple-A Iowa in time for Tuesday night’s game against the Mets. Rizzo has registered a sparkling .355/.416/.722 batting line with 23…

  4. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jun 24, 2012, 8:27 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer got word just a few days ago that his younger brother Alex had committed suicide. But he decided to carry on and make his scheduled start Saturday vs. the Pirates. And he put together a truly inspiring performance. The Tigers didn’t win and Scherzer was handed his fifth loss of the 2012…

  5. Jose Valverde (wrist) could be ready to pitch Sunday

    Jun 23, 2012, 10:16 PM EST

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    Tigers closer Jose Valverde hasn’t appeared in a game since last Friday due to a sprained right wrist. But he’s just about back to 100 percent health. According to Chris Iott of Detroit’s, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Saturday that Valverde is a “possibility” but “not a sure thing” for Sunday’s series-finale against the…

  6. Brett Anderson throws off mound for first time post surgery

    Jun 23, 2012, 9:02 PM EST

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    Brett Anderson is starting to make real progress. According to Jane Lee of, the Oakland left-hander threw off a mound on Saturday afternoon for the first time since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last July. He threw a total of 20 pitches — all fastballs — without feeling any sort of abnormal pain…

  7. Dallas Keuchel throws complete game in second career start

    Jun 23, 2012, 7:43 PM EST

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    Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel did a spectacular job in his major league debut last Sunday, limiting a dangerous Rangers lineup to one run in five innings. In his second major league appearance, the 24-year-old lefty from Tulsa, Oklahoma was even better. Keuchel, a seventh-round pick of the ‘Stros in 2009, recorded a complete game on…

  8. Clay Buchholz scratched from start Sunday and placed on DL with intestinal bleeding

    Jun 23, 2012, 6:48 PM EST

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    From Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe comes word that right-hander Clay Buchholz has been scratched from his scheduled Sunday start against the Braves because of an illness. Aaron Cook will be called up from Triple-A Pawtucket and officially activated from MLB’s 15-day disabled list to pitch in his place. Buchholz has an ugly 5.53…

  9. And That Happened: Readers’ Choice Edition

    Jun 22, 2012, 8:14 AM EST

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    Links to recaps and box scores from Thursday: ************** Cardinals 1, Tigers 2 Dodgers 1, Athletics 4 Rays 2, Nationals 5 Rockies 4, Phillies 1 Twins 1, Pirates 9 Marlins 5, Red Sox 6

  10. Mike Matheny will manage Thursday against a pitcher he coached at a St. Louis high school

    Jun 21, 2012, 12:12 PM EST

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    Before Mike Matheny was named manager of the Cardinals, he spent a few years as a part-time assistant baseball coach at a high school in St. Louis called Westminster Christian Academy. In 2009, Matheny offered tips and advice to an 18-year-old right-hander on the Westminster varsity team named Jacob Turner. And now the two will…

  11. Jon Jay homers, triples in second rehab game

    Jun 21, 2012, 8:47 AM EST

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    The Cards are finally starting to get good news. Jon Jay hit a triple, a home run and crossed the plate three times Wednesday evening in his second rehab game with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. He went 1-for-3 in his first rehab game, and is now 3-for-7 since being cleared for minor league action. Jay…

  12. And That Happened: Readers’ Choice Edition

    Jun 21, 2012, 7:50 AM EST

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    We’re leaving the commentary up to you this week. Links to Wednesday’s recaps and box scores: ****************** Braves 10, Yankees 5 Royals 2, Astros 1 Blue Jays 3, Brewers 8 Mariners 10, Diamondbacks 14 Rangers 4, Padres 2 Reds 1, Indians 8 Cardinals 3, Tigers 1 Rays 2, Nationals 3 Rockies 6, Phillies 7 Twins…

  13. Chris Carpenter is ready to resume facing live hitters

    Jun 20, 2012, 10:34 PM EST

    carpenter getty’s Jenifer Langosch provides the update: Chris Carpenter threw his fourth bullpen session on Wednesday and is expected to add the challenge of facing hitters the next time he gets on the mound. Assuming Carpenter doesn’t feel any day-after pain from his latest work, the right-hander will throw batting practice during the team’s weekend series…

  14. Angels place righty Jerome Williams on disabled list after Monday night’s dugout collapse

    Jun 20, 2012, 9:23 PM EST

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    Angels starter Jerome Williams spent a night in the hospital after collapsing in the Angels’ clubhouse Monday following a rough three-inning outing against the Giants. He was released Tuesday evening and was doing fine on Wednesday, but the Halos have placed him on the 15-day disabled list to be safe. Doctors told Williams that the…

  15. Dustin Pedroia expected to return to action Thursday

    Jun 20, 2012, 8:29 PM EST

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    Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was lifted from Tuesday night’s game against the Marlins after appearing to aggravate the torn abductor muscle in his right thumb. But he’s fine. Or at least willing to play through the pain brought on by a re-injury. According to Tony Lee of ESPN Boston, Pedroia told reporters that…

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

    Jun 20, 2012, 7:31 PM EST

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    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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. Phillies’ David Herndon undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:39 PM EST

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    From Todd Zolecki of 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…

  21. 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, 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…

  22. 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…

  23. And That Happened: Readers’ Choice Edition

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:04 AM EST

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    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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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