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  1. Joe Nathan replaces Matt Capps as Twins’ closer

    Jul 16, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT

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    Ahh, the great circle of life. According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins have reinstated veteran right-hander Joe Nathan into his old familiar ninth inning role and moved Matt Capps back to setup. Nathan opened the 2011 regular season as Minnesota’s primary closer, but he was still in recovery mode…

  2. The Cardinals should trade Colby Rasmus this summer

    Jul 15, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    Colby Rasmus

    … If they can get a No. 3 starter or better. Cardinals center fielder Colby Rasmus was drafted in 2005 as a five-tool high school outfielder, the first marquee selection by highly regarded and so-far-successful farm director Jeff Luhnow, a high-IQ guy hired out of the business world in 2003. Rasmus’ arm hasn’t developed as…

  3. Giants hire Jim Riggleman as special assignment scout

    Jul 14, 2011, 10:16 PM EDT

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    He must have nailed the interview. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News passes along notice that the Giants hired former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman on Thursday evening to serve as a “special assignment scout,” primarily covering the National League East. Riggleman abandoned his post as Nationals skipper on June 23 due to a…

  4. Julio Borbon may need surgery on sprained left ankle

    Jul 14, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

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    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Thursday that outfielder Julio Borbon might need surgery to stabilize his badly sprained left ankle. The 25-year-old landed on the minor league disabled list a few days before the All-Star break after having to be removed from a Triple-A game on…

  5. Jose Bautista called “day-to-day” with twisted right ankle

    Jul 14, 2011, 9:02 PM EDT

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    Down goes “Joey Bats.” According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista had to be pulled from Thursday’s second-half opener against the Yankees after injuring his right ankle while running the bases. Bautista initially tweaked the ankle while trucking down the first base line and made it worse when he performed a…

  6. Carl Crawford to begin rehab games Friday, return Monday

    Jul 14, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

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    Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford is right on track in his recovery from a badly strained left hamstring. According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Crawford is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday evening with Triple-A Pawtucket. If all goes well, he will only be required to play in two…

  7. J.C. Romero may bolt Nationals to sign with Yankees

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

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    Veteran left-hander J.C. Romero signed a minor league contract with the Nationals at the end of June. Since then, he’s registered cool a 1.29 ERA in five relief appearances at Triple-A Syracuse, allowing only one earned run in seven innings. He wants that impressive two-week stretch rewarded by the Nats’ front office. And soon. According…

  8. Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies on Joakim Soria’s no-trade list

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:57 PM EDT

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    Royals closer Joakim Soria is under contract through 2014 at a rather affordable rate and the Royals haven’t so much as hinted at a desire to move him, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be hearing his name involved in trade rumors over the next few weeks. Crazy season is officially upon us. With so…

  9. Carlos Gonzalez to sit out first game after All-Star break

    Jul 13, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

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    Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez suffered a deep bone bruise in his right wrist nearly two weeks ago when he crashed into the center field wall at Coors Field while making a highlight reel catch. Gonzalez was able to avoid the disabled list and remains active here in mid-July, but the 25-year-old has already been ruled…

  10. Colby Rasmus seeking answers from home, won’t find them

    Jul 11, 2011, 5:23 PM EDT

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    If you’ve played, or coached, or simply been around little league baseball, you’ve probably encountered the creature known in American society as the “baseball dad.” An overbearing parent, living vicariously through his child’s accomplishments, strutting around amateur baseball complexes with a bag of balls, a taped-and-ready fungo bat, oversized Oakleys, and a misguided sense of…

  11. Kevin Correia replaces Cole Hamels on NL All-Star roster

    Jul 10, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels is on the mound this afternoon against the Braves and won’t be eligible to pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game. His replacement: Kevin Correia, of the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates. Correia, 30, has gone 11-7 with a 4.01 ERA and 1.28 WHIP through 19 starts with the Bucs this season. Those are hardly…

  12. Alex Rodriguez getting knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks

    Jul 10, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v New York Mets

    Welp, the New York Post was right. According to Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will undergo surgery on his right knee Monday and will need 4-6 weeks of recovery time. The Yankees’ medical staff diagnosed A-Rod with a torn meniscus on Saturday and recommended that he undergo…

  13. Evan Meek not close to beginning a throwing program

    Jul 10, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Pirates setup man Evan Meek posted a 2.14 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 80 innings last season, vaulting himself into the rung of baseball’s elite relievers. This year, he’s fallen back to earth in a big way. Meek has made only 17 relief appearances and is on the 15-day disabled list currently for the second…

  14. Jered Weaver to start All-Star Game for American League

    Jul 10, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times passes along notice that Angels right-hander Jered Weaver has been named the starting pitcher for the American League in Tuesday’s All-Star Game. It couldn’t have been too difficult of a decision for American League skipper Ron Washington. Weaver leads all of Major League Baseball with a 1.86 ERA,…

  15. David Robertson replaces David Price on AL All-Star roster

    Jul 10, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v New York Yankees

    Rays left-hander David Price bowed out of the All-Star game on Sunday afternoon due to a mild case of turf toe, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. Price still plans to attend all of the All-Star festivities, but he will not take the mound. The 25-year-old southpaw turned in a 3.70 ERA…

  16. Carlos Gonzalez to undergo MRI on right wrist Monday

    Jul 10, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez injured his right wrist one week ago when he crashed into the center field wall at Coors Field while making a fantastic catch on a line drive from Royals catcher Brayan Pena. Seven days later, Gonzalez is still hurting. According to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post, CarGo is expected to…

  17. What they’re saying about Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit…

    Jul 10, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

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    Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 5-for-5 on Saturday at Yankee Stadium in an afternoon that won’t soon be forgotten by fans of baseball. He reached then quickly surpassed the 3,000-hit milestone, doing it in storybook fashion as the Yankees captured a 5-4 victory over the Rays. Let’s swing it around the web for reaction to…

  18. Josh Beckett cleared to pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game

    Jul 10, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

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    Red Sox starter Josh Beckett made it through a bullpen session on Sunday morning without having any problems with his hyperextended left knee, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. As a result, the Boston ace has been medically cleared to participate in Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Beckett has registered a dominant 2.27 ERA and…

  19. Alex Rodriguez likely to opt for surgery on right knee

    Jul 10, 2011, 10:46 AM EDT

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    Sources informed Mark Hale and Joel Sherman of the New York Post late Saturday night that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is “strongly leaning” toward undergoing surgery to repair the partially torn meniscus in his right knee. Rodriguez will arrive in Miami on Sunday to get a second opinion from Dr. Lee Kaplan, who performed…

  20. Hundreds of Dodgers fans arrived six hours late Saturday

    Jul 10, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Here’s an odd story with odder timing. According to Sam Strong of the Long Beach Press-Telegram, hundreds of Dodgers fans arrived in Chavez Ravine around 7 PM on Saturday, hours after the team had completed a 1-0 defeat of the visiting Padres. Those fans were unaware that FOX had selected the game for its national…

  21. Francisco Rodriguez hires super agent Scott Boras

    Jul 10, 2011, 9:08 AM EDT

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    According to Anthony DiComo and Adam Berry of MLB.com, Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez has left agent Paul Kinzer of the Wasserman Media Group and signed on with Scott Boras. K-Rod is playing out the final chapter of a three-year, $37 million free agent contract that he signed with the Mets in December 2008. The deal…

  22. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 10, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Alex Gonzalez, Brian McCann, Freddie Freeman

    It is July 10. On this date in baseball history, Phillies outfielder Sherry Magee knocked out home plate umpire Bill Finneran with one punch after being ejected for disputing a called third strike (1911), John F. Kennedy became the first president to throw the ceremonial first pitch at an All-Star Game (1962), and Giants left-hander…

  23. David Wright could begin rehab assignment Wednesday

    Jul 9, 2011, 10:50 PM EDT

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    Mets third baseman David Wright ran at nearly full speed Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Florida for the first time since landing on the disabled list in mid-May with a stress fracture in his lower back. He reported no abnormal pain or discomfort during or after the workout, according to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin,…

  24. Andrew McCutchen replaces Ryan Braun on All-Star roster

    Jul 9, 2011, 9:14 PM EDT

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    The Pirates announced to a packed PNC Park on Saturday that outfielder Andrew McCutchen has been named to the National League All-Star roster. McCutchen was not anointed as an All-Star after the initial voting and wasn’t given a crack in this week’s “Final Vote” balloting, but he’s plenty deserving with a .292/.393/.500 batting line, 13…

  25. Ramon Castro exits game with fractured right hand

    Jul 9, 2011, 7:53 PM EDT

    Ramon Castro

    Toni Ginnetti of the Chicago Sun-Times passes along word that White Sox backup catcher Ramon Castro had to be removed from Saturday’s game against the Twins after breaking a bone in his right hand while receiving a pitch from starter Mark Buehrle. The White Sox have not commented on the severity of the fracture, but…

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