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  1. Derek Jeter doubles again, just two hits away from 3,000

    Jul 7, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    The Yankees lost for a second straight day, falling 5-1 to the Rays, but shortstop and team captain Derek Jeter moved one step closer to history. Jeter entered the game sitting on 2,997 career hits after a 1-for-3 performance Wednesday in Cleveland. He got to work right away Thursday, rapping a double into the left-center…

  2. Chien-Ming Wang continues to impress in minor leagues

    Jul 7, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

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    From Geoff Morrow of the Harrisburg Patriot-News comes word that Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang tossed five scoreless innings Thursday against the Tigers’ Double-A affiliate. Wang surrendered only two hits and issued no walks while reaching 92 mph at one point with his fastball. Since beginning a minor league rehab assignment in late June, Wang has…

  3. Cardinals, Jaime Garcia closing in on contract extension?

    Jul 7, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

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    Michael Golde, an employee of KTRS 550 AM in St. Louis, tweeted Thursday afternoon that the Cardinals and left-handed starter Jaime Garcia had reached agreement on a four-year, $27.5 million contract extension with club options for 2016 and 2017. The Cardinals have not confirmed the rumor, but they’re not completely shooting it down either. Cards…

  4. Scott Baker scratched from start due to elbow strain

    Jul 7, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Minnesota Twins

    Gleeman penned a piece at the end of June explaining how right-hander Scott Baker had quietly become the ace of the Twins’ current starting rotation. Now we get to call Gleeman a jinx. According to beat writer Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, an MRI taken Thursday on Baker’s throwing elbow showed a mild flexor muscle strain.…

  5. Let the bidding begin: Mets taking calls on Carlos Beltran

    Jul 7, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    According to Kevin Kernan of the New York Post, the Mets “are beginning to accept calls” on outfielder Carlos Beltran and have already received interest. Beltran has been able to avoid injuries this season and is again producing at a high level offensively, sporting a .285/.373/.506 batting line with 13 home runs and 57 RBI…

  6. Shin-Soo Choo aiming to return in early August

    Jul 7, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo underwent surgery on his fractured left thumb during the last week of June. We’re only about 10 days in, but his recovery so far has been free of any hiccups. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Choo had the cast removed from his surgically-repaired thumb on Wednesday and…

  7. Reds promoting shortstop prospect Zack Cozart

    Jul 7, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

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    From John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer: A Zack Cozart is registered at Reds team hotel. Could be [an] odd coincidence, I suppose. Ruling out the one-in-a-million chance that it actually is an odd coincidence and there’s another “Zack Cozart” staying at the Reds’ team hotel this weekend in Milwaukee, it sounds as though the…

  8. The Most Interesting White Sox In The World…

    Jul 7, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    CSN Chicago

    Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com put together a pretty entertaining “investigative report” on Wednesday afternoon concerning the recent, and suddenly more frequent, appearance of a certain cardboard cutout in the White Sox clubhouse. The Most Interesting Man In The World, a popular character created by the beer company Dos Equis, has begun showing his face around…

  9. Derek Jeter returns to New York sitting on 2,997 career hits

    Jul 6, 2011, 10:53 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Cleveland Indians

    Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter talked his way into the starting lineup Wednesday evening in Cleveland and pushed a step closer to reaching one of baseball’s elite milestones: 3,000 career hits. Jeter struck out on a tricky fastball from Indians right-hander Justin Masterson to open the game and then flied out to center field in the…

  10. Pedro Feliciano shut down again, could be done for ’11

    Jul 6, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

    Yankees Spring Training

    Pedro Feliciano‘s first season in pinstripes hasn’t gone so hot. And that’s not likely to change. According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, the veteran-left hander has been shut down again from his ongoing rehabilitation from a torn shoulder capsule. He won’t resume throwing for at least a week and seems unlikely to overcome…

  11. Placido Polanco will get ailing back examined Thursday

    Jul 6, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

    polanco at-bat getty

    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.…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

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

    Jul 6, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    webb wide getty

    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…

  15. 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.…

  16. Evan Longoria admits to having nerve problem in foot

    Jul 6, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    longo batting wide getty

    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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Michael Bourn frustrated by Red Sox support in Houston

    Jul 3, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    getty astros fans

    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…

  20. Cole Hamels cleared to start Tuesday vs. Marlins

    Jul 3, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    hamels hand getty

    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…

  21. “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.…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

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

    Jul 3, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    ellis rockies getty

    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…

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