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  1. Placido Polanco will get ailing back examined Thursday

    Jul 6, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

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    Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday for a second straight game with a pinched nerve in his back. On Thursday, according to John R. Finger of CSNPhilly.com, the veteran infielder will visit a spinal cord specialist in the Philadelphia area to determine the exact severity of the injury.…

  2. Eduardo Sanchez to be activated right after All-Star break

    Jul 6, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

    Eduardo Sanchez, Gerald Laird

    The Cardinals continue to get healthier. According to MLB.com beat writer and columnist Matthew Leach, rehabbing setup man Eduardo Sanchez is on track to return from the disabled list “for the first game” after the All-Star break. Sanchez started a throwing program at the beginning of July and will head out on a minor league…

  3. Carl Crawford expected to return around July 18

    Jul 6, 2011, 7:53 PM EDT

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    According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that left fielder Carl Crawford is expected to return to the major leagues around July 18 for the opening of a three-game series in Baltimore. Crawford ran the bases on Tuesday and is probably going to be…

  4. Brandon Webb likely done for year, could need surgery

    Jul 6, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

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    Chalk up another lost season for Brandon Webb. The veteran right-hander hasn’t pitched in a major league game since Opening Day in 2009 due to chronic issues with his throwing shoulder and he’s no longer expected to break that streak here in 2011. According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, an MRI taken Wednesday on…

  5. Joe Mauer expected to debut at first base on Thursday

    Jul 6, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

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    Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters on Wednesday, including Phil Mackey of ESPN 1500, that catcher Joe Mauer will make his major league debut at first base Thursday evening in the club’s series-opener against the White Sox. Drew Butera will take his regular turn catching Carl Pavano and Jim Thome will serve as the DH.…

  6. Evan Longoria admits to having nerve problem in foot

    Jul 6, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

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    Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, an accomplished .278/.357/.513 career hitter, has registered a lowly .221 batting average and .281 on-base percentage since the beginning of June. After another 0-for-4 performance in Tuesday’s loss to the Twins, Longoria may have revealed to reporters the primary cause for that extended slump. According to Marc Topkin of the…

  7. Shane Victorino diagnosed with Grade 1 thumb sprain

    Jul 6, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino left the Phillies in Florida on Tuesday to have his sore right thumb examined by a hand specialist back in Philadelphia. The results are in. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Victorino was diagnosed Tuesday evening with a Grade 1 sprain of his right thumb. The Phillies are considering…

  8. We’re doing it wrong: 2011 All-Star Game preview

    Jul 3, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game is supposed to be a grand spectacle, a chance for baseball fans to see all of the sport’s current greats in one stadium on the same night. And it is that. But a rule made official in 2003 now dictates that the winner of the Midsummer Classic is awarded home…

  9. Michael Bourn frustrated by Red Sox support in Houston

    Jul 3, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

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    Here’s Astros outfielder Michael Bourn, venting on the large contingent of Red Sox fans that has overtaken Houston’s Minute Maid Park this weekend: “Their fan base is huge. When we are playing the Red Sox, you hear ‘Let’s go Red Sox!’ loud. I’m like, ‘We’re in our home stands.’ I want to hear, ‘Let’s go…

  10. Cole Hamels cleared to start Tuesday vs. Marlins

    Jul 3, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

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    Phillies lefty Cole Hamels was lifted from his Thursday afternoon start against Boston after taking an Adrian Gonzalez line drive off his right fingers. The Phillies called that early exit “precautionary” and insisted that Hamels wouldn’t miss any time. They were right. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Hamels was deemed fit to…

  11. “Final Vote” balloting now open for 2011 All-Star Game

    Jul 3, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

    Justin Upton, Derrick Hall

    Major League Baseball named 66 All-Stars during Sunday’s selection show on TBS, but a total of 68 players will be on hand when the Midsummer Classic kicks off July 12 in Phoenix, Arizona. Through a week-long online “final vote,” one additional All-Star will be named to each roster. Ballots can be cast now on MLB.com.…

  12. Hanley Ramirez batting .385 since move to cleanup spot

    Jul 3, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Texas Rangers

    Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez showed up late to the clubhouse on interim manager Jack McKeon’s first day on the job. Thankfully, things have gone far better between coach and player since. One of McKeon’s first acts as acting manager was giving Ramirez a consistent spot in the batting order. Under former skipper Edwin Rodriguez, Hanley…

  13. Selection Sunday: Your 2011 All-Stars are revealed…

    Jul 3, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks - All Star Game 2011 - Logo

    Major League Baseball is unveiling the Midsummer Classic rosters for both leagues this afternoon in an hour-long special televised on TBS. This post will be updated as each All-Star is named: American League Starters C Alex Avila 1B Adrian Gonzalez 2B Robinson Cano 3B Alex Rodriguez SS Derek Jeter OF Jose Bautista OF Curtis Granderson…

  14. Indians place Fausto Carmona on 15-day disabled list

    Jul 3, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

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    According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians placed right-handed starter Fausto Carmona on the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning with a strained right quad. Carmona suffered the injury in the third inning of Saturday’s game against the cross-state Reds while legging out a bunt single. He was pulled immediately and the…

  15. Mark Ellis has 4 doubles, 5 RBI in two games with Rockies

    Jul 3, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

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    Here’s a great opening line from Jim Armstrong in this morning’s Denver Post: Mark Ellis is living out of a suitcase and, apparently, dressing in a phone booth. The Rockies acquired Superman Ellis from the A’s in a fairly minor trade on Thursday afternoon, but the 34-year-old’s performance thus far in Colorado has been anything…

  16. Derek Jeter goes 1-for-2 in first Double-A rehab game

    Jul 3, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

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    Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored Saturday evening in his first minor league rehab game at Double-A Trenton. He also played five innings of flawless defense at shortstop, reporting no abnormal pain or discomfort in his once-strained right calf. Jeter is scheduled to play just one more rehab…

  17. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 3, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Minnesota Twins

    It is July 3. On this date in baseball history, the first Sunday game was played at Fenway Park (1932), Larry Doby broke the American League color barrier in the American League (1947), Indians ace Luis Tiant struck out a career-high 19 batters in a 10-inning complete game victory (1968), and Twins DH Jim Thome…

  18. Ryan Braun pulled from comeback win with calf strain

    Jul 2, 2011, 10:46 PM EDT

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    The Brewers roared back from a 7-0 deficit Saturday to beat the Twins 8-7, but not everyone is smiling this evening in the Milwaukee clubhouse. According to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, Brewers left fielder (and early MVP candidate) Ryan Braun had to be lifted from the game in the top of the ninth inning after suffering…

  19. Brandon Webb getting troublesome shoulder examined

    Jul 2, 2011, 9:58 PM EDT

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    It might be time to write off Brandon Webb for the rest of the 2011 season. And probably much longer: Asked if he thought he would pitch for the Rangers this season, Webb said, “Who knows? I have no idea.” That quote comes courtesy of Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, who chatted with the…

  20. Fernando Rodney shut down after suffering setback

    Jul 2, 2011, 8:39 PM EDT

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    Angels setup man Fernando Rodney isn’t getting any closer to returning to the major leagues. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the rehabbing reliever has been shut down indefinitely due to ongoing discomfort in his back. Rodney was placed on the 15-day disabled list in early June with an upper-back strain. He…

  21. Dustin Ackley out second straight game with bruised ribs

    Jul 2, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

    Dustin Ackley

    Greg Johns of MLB.com passes along notice that Mariners rookie Dustin Ackley is out of the starting lineup for a second consecutive game Saturday night against the Padres due to bruised ribs. Ackley suffered the minor bruising earlier this week and is being called “day-to-day” by the Seattle training staff. It’s not yet known if…

  22. Fausto Carmona pulled Saturday with right quad strain

    Jul 2, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

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    According to beat writer Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Indians starter Fausto Carmona was pulled in the third inning of Saturday’s game against the cross-state Reds after suffering a right quadriceps strain while legging out a bunt single. Carmona began stumbling as he neared the first base bag and eventually lost all control of his legs,…

  23. Orioles option struggling lefty Brian Matusz to Triple-A

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:15 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Washington Nationals

    As first reported by Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles have demoted Brian Matusz to Triple-A Norfolk following another disastrous outing. Matusz was shelled for eight earned runs in just 3 1/3 innings on Thursday night against the Cardinals. The 24-year-old surrendered six earned runs in only 4 2/3 innings last week against…

  24. Justin Morneau gets neck surgery, out another six weeks

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

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    From Phil Mackey of ESPN 1500 AM comes word that Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau underwent surgery Wednesday to remove a fragment of a herniated disk from his neck. Morneau had been bothered by the bone fragment for most of the regular season and decided to get it taken care of this week while he…

  25. Stephen Strasburg adds curveballs to his throwing sessions

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:08 PM EDT

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    Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg threw fastballs at full effort earlier this week for the first time since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last September. On Thursday, according to beat writer Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, the 22-year-old phenom began working in curveballs. Strasburg has experienced no setbacks in his surgically-repaired right elbow since…

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