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  1. Reminder: Showtime’s “The Franchise” returns tonight

    Jul 11, 2012, 8:44 PM EDT

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    If you have Showtime and you like baseball, you probably won’t want to miss the second season of “The Franchise,” which debuts tonight at 10 PM ET. Last year’s inside look at the Giants was endlessly interesting, and MLB’s PR director told me earlier this week at the 2012 MLB All-Star Gala that the Marlins…

  2. Cubs release veteran reliever Mike MacDougal

    Jul 11, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

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    From Matt Eddy of Baseball America comes word that the Cubs have released right-hander Mike MacDougal from the roster at Triple-A Iowa. MacDougal, who began the 2012 season with the Dodgers, posted a 7.85 ERA and 2.56 WHIP across 19 relief appearances for the Iowa Cubs, walking 16 batters and fanning only 11 in 18…

  3. Dispatches from Kansas City: “Did you have a decent time?”

    Jul 10, 2012, 11:34 PM EDT

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    HardballTalk’s Drew Silva is filing regular stories from this year’s MLB All-Star festivities in KC. Part One. Part Two. Part Three. Part Four. Part Five. When I picked up my press packet Saturday from the will call window next to Kauffman Stadium’s Gate C, it included an invitation to something called the “2012 MLB All-Star Gala” — to be held in…

  4. Dispatches from Kansas City: “Have you seen George Brett around?”

    Jul 9, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

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    HardballTalk’s Drew Silva is filing regular stories from this year’s MLB All-Star festivities in Kansas City. Part One. Part Two. Part Three. Part Four. The Royals haven’t won a division title since 1985 and have finished with a winning record just three times since since 1992, which has translated into over 20 years of bad attendance totals at…

  5. Dispatches from Kansas City: “You have to see batting practice”

    Jul 8, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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    HardballTalk’s Drew Silva is filing regular reports from this year’s MLB All-Star festivities in Kansas City, Missouri. Part One. Part Two. Part Three.  Kelly’s Westport Inn is a wooden-floored Irish-style pub occupying the oldest standing structure in KC. Completed in 1850 — when the population of the United States was less than 25 million — the building…

  6. Dispatches from Kansas City: “If this is what we’re doing, then dammit let’s do it with passion”

    Jul 7, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

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    HardballTalk’s Drew Silva is filing regular stories from this year’s MLB All-Star Game festivities in Kansas City, Missouri. Part One. Part Two. I drove out to Kauffman Stadium around 10 a.m. this morning to pick up my press credentials — a badge on a lanyard, basically, with my headshot and “NBC SPORTS” emblazoned across the bottom.…

  7. Dispatches from Kansas City: “It’s a sea of tents and smoke”

    Jul 6, 2012, 10:17 PM EDT

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    HardballTalk’s Drew Silva is filing regular stories from this year’s MLB All-Star Game festivities in Kansas City, Missouri. Check out Part One here. “What’s the best barbecue joint in KC?” I asked my Aunt Mardi, foolishly, after getting in last night. “Our front porch when your uncle is home,” she replied in a tone that was…

  8. Dispatches from Kansas City: “Anything cool I did as a teenager, I did in western Missouri…”

    Jul 6, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

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    It’s about a four-hour drive from my house in St. Louis to Missouri’s western border with Kansas, where the coolest town in the United States sits with quiet confidence. I made the trip last night, cruising freely along a trafficless stretch of Highway 70 and arriving a little after 9 p.m. with a duffel bag, a laptop and…

  9. Yu Darvish will be skipped from his final first-half start

    Jul 4, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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    T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com provides the scoop: The Rangers have decided to not pitch Yu Darvish until after the All-Star break. The Rangers have decided that Martin Perez will pitch on Friday and Derek Holland will pitch on Saturday against the Twins. Holland will be activated off the disabled list. The Rangers haven’t decided their…

  10. Marlins demote Gaby Sanchez to Triple-A New Orleans

    Jul 4, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

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    Gaby Sanchez not only lost his starting job in Wednesday afternoon’s Carlos Lee deal. He was also stripped of his major league roster spot. According to beat writer Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the Marlins optioned Sanchez down to Triple-A New Orleans less than 20 minutes after their 7-6 extra-innings victory over the…

  11. Ryan Dempster hoping to return from disabled list Sunday

    Jul 4, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat comes word that Cubs starter Ryan Dempster threw an intensive bullpen session Wednesday afternoon at Atlanta’s Turner Field and could return to the Chicago starting rotation on Sunday in New York if he experiences no lingering soreness in the aftermath of the workout. Dempster was placed on the disabled list June…

  12. Matt Joyce likely to be activated this weekend

    Jul 3, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

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    From beat man Joe Srnith of the Tampa Bay Times comes word that Rays outfielder Matt Joyce is scheduled to participate in minor league rehab games Wednesday and Thursday at Triple-A Durham, and could return to the majors on Friday if all goes smoothly in those back-to-back outings. Joyce has been on the 15-day disabled list…

  13. Tim Lincecum surrenders career-high eight runs to Nationals

    Jul 3, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT

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    Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum tossed seven scoreless innings last Wednesday against the Dodgers and limited the A’s to three runs in six innings the week before that. But the optimism built around those two outings has suddenly dissipated. Lincecum was torched for a career-high eight runs (seven earned) in 3 1/3 innings Tuesday night in the nation’s…

  14. Roy Halladay on track to return soon after the All-Star break

    Jul 3, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

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    Those Fightin’ Phils continue to get healthier. According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Roy Halladay threw his second bullpen session since landing on the disabled list Tuesday at Citi Field. He felt no abnormal discomfort during or after the workout and is on pace to return to Philadelphia’s starting rotation shortly after the All-Star break.…

  15. Colby Lewis is aiming to return right after the All-Star break

    Jul 2, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

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    More good news for the MLB-leading Rangers. According to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, starter Colby Lewis made it through a game of catch Saturday without incident and is on track to return to the Texas rotation immediately (or almost immediately) after the All-Star break. Lewis has been on the disabled list since…

  16. Reds feel they were intentionally snubbed by National League All-Star manager Tony La Russa

    Jul 1, 2012, 5:39 PM EDT

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    Tony La Russa, the honorary manager of this year’s National League All-Star team, got to hand-select only nine of the players for his roster. And he had to be sure that every organization was represented. He went with left-hander Wade Miley (as the Diamondbacks’ only rep), outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (as the Marlins’ only rep), Huston…

  17. Phillies trade reliever Chad Qualls to Yankees

    Jul 1, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

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    From Mark Hale of the New York Post comes word that the Yankees have acquired right-handed reliever Chad Qualls from the Phillies for a player to be named later or future cash considerations. Qualls was designated for assignment by Philly last week after posting a 4.60 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 31 1/3 innings. He’s doubtful…

  18. “Final Vote” balloting now open for 2012 All-Star Game

    Jul 1, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball revealed its 2012 All-Star rosters Sunday on TBS. But not everything is set for next Tuesday night’s game in Kansas City. Over the next week, online ballots can be cast to send one additional player from each league to participate in this year’s Midsummer Classic. MLB calls it the “Final Vote,” and…

  19. Andrew McCutchen out Sunday after tweaking wrist

    Jul 1, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen appeared to injure his left wrist while making a diving catch on a Carlos Beltran line drive early in Saturday’s 7-3 victory over the Cardinals. He stayed in the game for a few more innings but was eventually removed, and now he’s absent from Sunday’s series finale. Michael Sanserino of…

  20. Braves sign Ben Sheets to minor league contract

    Jul 1, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports.com’s Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Braves have agreed to a minor league contract with veteran right-hander Ben Sheets. Sheets hasn’t appeared in a major league game since July 9, 2010, when he was a member of the A’s. And he underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery a little under two years…

  21. Selection Sunday: Your 2012 All-Star rosters are revealed…

    Jul 1, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball is announcing the All-Star rosters for each league this afternoon during an hour-long special on TBS. We’ll update this post as the names come in: The 2012 MLB All-Star Game is next Tuesday, July 10, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. AMERICAN LEAGUE Starters C Mike Napoli 1B Prince Fielder 2B…

  22. Carlos Santana remains absent from Indians’ lineup

    Jul 1, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

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    Indians catcher Carlos Santana hasn’t played in a game since Wednesday due to soreness in his back and side. He was expected to serve as the Tribe’s designated hitter Sunday, but it won’t be happening. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Santana is out of the starting lineup for a fourth straight game this afternoon…

  23. Carlos Lee hasn’t made decision on trade to Dodgers

    Jul 1, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    The Dodgers and Astros have agreed to a trade that would send Carlos Lee to Los Angeles in exchange for pitching prospect Garrett Gould. But Lee has a no-trade clause and isn’t quite sure he wants to go. The 36-year-old slugger told reporters after Saturday night’s 3-2 loss that he was planning to announce a decision at…

  24. Scott Rolen is having a tough time

    Jul 1, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

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    When Scott Rolen was placed on the disabled list in mid-May after experiencing renewed discomfort in his troublesome left shoulder, many wondered whether that might be it for the veteran third baseman. Whether he might hang up his cleats for good. He didn’t, returning to Cincinnati’s active roster about two weeks ago. But things still…

  25. Matt Kemp aiming to return to the Dodgers’ starting lineup for first game after All-Star break

    Jul 1, 2012, 10:34 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has been on the shelf for close to five weeks with a left hamstring strain that dates back to the middle of May. But he is making progress and already charting his return. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Kemp is planning to embark on a minor…

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