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  1. And That Happened: Readers’ Choice Edition

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 18, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

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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…

  3. Matt Holliday dealing with “hip flexor condition”

    Jun 18, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    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…

  4. Jon Jay set to begin rehab assignment this week

    Jun 18, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

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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…

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

    Jun 17, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Jun 17, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

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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’s Brian McTaggart. Norris suffered the knee injury Tuesday during his start against the Giants. He’s hoping that the extended period…

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

    Jun 17, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT

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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.

  8. Carlos Gonzalez scratched from lineup due to sore hamstring

    Jun 17, 2012, 1:38 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Jun 17, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

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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…

  10. Nationals designate reliever Brad Lidge for assignment

    Jun 17, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Jun 17, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

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    As noted by’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…

  12. Josh Hamilton released from hospital, should return Monday

    Jun 17, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

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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…

  13. Astros activate Carlos Lee, demote Brett Wallace

    Jun 17, 2012, 9:47 AM EDT

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    From beat writer Brian McTaggart of 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,…

  14. Alfonso Soriano booed heavily in The Friendly Confines

    Jun 17, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

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    Here’s something a little uncommon for Wrigley Field. Or anywhere, really. Patrick Mooney of’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…

  15. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jun 17, 2012, 8:35 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 16, 2012, 10:08 PM EDT

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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…

  17. Brandon Beachy leaves outing with right elbow discomfort

    Jun 16, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

    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…

  18. Carl Crawford nearing a minor league rehab assignment

    Jun 16, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

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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…

  19. Yoenis Cespedes aggravates strained hamstring on groundout

    Jun 13, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT

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    A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was in the Oakland starting lineup on Wednesday for the first time in five days. But now he’s likely headed to the disabled list. According to’s Jane Lee, Cespedes re-aggravated the left hamstring strain that he suffered last Thursday on a groundout to first base in the second inning of Wednesday night’s…

  20. Tigers said to have “lukewarm” interest in Vladimir Guerrero

    Jun 13, 2012, 9:41 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Detroit Tigers

    This is hardly a report or even a rumor, but we’ll pass it along anyway. From FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi: #Tigers interest in free agent Vladimir Guerrero is lukewarm, source says. Not clear if they will pursue him at this point. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 13, 2012 The Tigers have stuck with their…

  21. MRI on Brandon McCarthy’s shoulder rules out major damage

    Jun 13, 2012, 8:54 PM EDT

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    The A’s sent Brandon McCarthy back to the Bay Area on Tuesday to get an MRI on his right shoulder. The results are in, and the news is positive. According to Jane Lee of, structural damage has been ruled out and Oakland skipper Bob Melvin is optimistic that the 28-year-old right-hander won’t need another…

  22. Adam Dunn scratched Wednesday due to slight ankle sprain

    Jun 13, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

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    From Mark D. Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune comes word that slugger Adam Dunn has been scratched from Wednesday night’s game against the Cardinals due to a “slightly” sprained left ankle. It’s obviously not a serious injury, but Dunn seems likely to remain sidelined for Thursday’s series finale in St. Louis given that the DH…

  23. Freddy Galvis diagnosed with back fracture, out indefinitely

    Jun 13, 2012, 7:17 PM EDT

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    More rough health news for the 2012 Phillies. According to’s Todd Zolecki, infielder Freddy Galvis was diagnosed Wednesday evening with a pars fracture in his lower back. He will be in a back brace for at least the next three weeks and the Phillies’ medical team can’t say for certain when he might be…

  24. Giants won’t skip Tim Lincecum’s next turn in the rotation

    Jun 12, 2012, 10:27 PM EDT

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    Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has registered an ugly 6.94 ERA in two starts this month and owns a 6.00 overall ERA this season, but San Francisco management is not going to tweak his schedule, or make up a phantom injury or anything like that. Via the San Jose Mercury News‘ Alex Pavlovic: Bochy met with Sabean today and…

  25. Troy Tulowitzki to begin playing in rehab games Wednesday

    Jun 12, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT

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    Troy Renck of the Denver Post has the good news: Rockies’ two-time all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday in Triple-A Colorado Springs. He’s likely to play two-to-three games with Sky Sox, leaving him in position to join the Rockies over the weekend in Detroit or Tuesday for the opening of the…

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