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  1. Desmond Jennings triples, doubles in 2011 MLB debut

    Jul 24, 2011, 10:41 AM EST

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    Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings technically made his major league debut during the 2010 season, but Saturday evening felt like his true arrival. The 24-year-old was promoted from Triple-A Durham late Friday night and got to work immediately in Saturday’s game against the Royals. Jennings led off the contest with a first-inning triple to deep left-center…

  2. Terry Francona reaches 1,000 career managerial wins

    Jul 24, 2011, 9:24 AM EST

    Terry Francona

    Red Sox skipper Terry Francona became one of just 57 managers to reach 1,000 career wins with Saturday’s 3-1 defeat of the Mariners. The 52-year-old began his managerial career in 1997 with the Philadelphia Phillies, going 285-363 over a four-year stretch that saw not a single postseason appearance. But he was hired by the Boston…

  3. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 24, 2011, 8:39 AM EST

    Brendan Ryan

    The Mariners scored only one run Saturday against the Red Sox despite tallying nine hits, and took a loss for the 14th consecutive game. The M’s have scored only 32 runs in that 14-game span and will set a franchise record for futility if they lose again in Sunday’s series finale at Fenway Park. Seattle…

  4. Nationals don’t plan on trading shortstop Ian Desmond

    Jul 23, 2011, 10:03 PM EST

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    According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, the Nationals have been receiving calls on young shortstop Ian Desmond but have no plans to trade him at this year’s July 31 deadline. Desmond has batted just .228/.276/.314 with three home runs in 374 plate appearances this season, but the Nationals feel his numbers will get…

  5. Indians, Nationals lead hunt for Rays outfielder B.J. Upton

    Jul 23, 2011, 8:52 PM EST

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    The Rays promoted outfield prospect Desmond Jennings from Triple-A Durham late Friday night and are expected to give him regular starts in the outfield through the end of the 2011 season. There was speculation when news of Jennings’ callup first surfaced that a trade was already in the works involving B.J. Upton. Upton remained in…

  6. Red Sox have interest in A’s right-hander Rich Harden

    Jul 23, 2011, 7:38 PM EST

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    The Red Sox entered Sunday’s action with the best record in the American League (60-37), good enough for first place in the always-tough AL East. They boast baseball’s most dangerous batting order, and have been getting strong pitching in spurts. But starting pitching depth has been a weakness for most of the season. And the…

  7. Luke Scott homers twice, drives in six in AA rehab game

    Jul 21, 2011, 10:28 PM EST

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    Roch Kubatko of MASN passes along notice that Orioles outfielder Luke Scott slugged two home runs and tallied six total RBI on Thursday evening in a rehab game with Double-A Bowie. Scott drove in a run with a groundout in the first inning, smashed a two-run homer to center field in the third, hit a…

  8. MRI on Carlos Gonzalez’s wrist shows only inflammation

    Jul 21, 2011, 9:09 PM EST

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    Via the official Twitter account of Carlos Gonzalez: CarGo has inflamed ligaments in his right wrist / CarGo presentó inflamación en los ligamentos de su muñeca derecha. Gonzalez was removed from Thursday’s game against the Braves after complaining of soreness in his troublesome right wrist following a fifth-inning swing. He was sent to a local…

  9. Alex Rodriguez gets stitches removed from right knee

    Jul 21, 2011, 8:51 PM EST

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    It’s too early to claim that Alex Rodriguez is making “progress” from last week’s knee surgery, but everything to this point has gone according to plan. According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, the third baseman had the stitches removed from his right knee on Thursday in Miami and has been working out this…

  10. Joe Blanton heading to Philadelphia to get elbow examined

    Jul 21, 2011, 7:32 PM EST

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    Phillies starter Joe Blanton landed on the disabled list in mid-May with inflammation in his right elbow. He’s had numerous setbacks since, and now word comes from Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that the right-hander is headed back to Philadelphia to have the elbow examined by team physicians. Blanton has already paid a visit…

  11. Stephen Drew fractures right ankle, surgery likely

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:42 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Awful news tonight out of the desert. According to the Diamondbacks’ official Twitter feed, shortstop Stephen Drew has been diagnosed with a fractured right ankle and is likely to undergo surgery. He could miss the rest of the 2011 season. Drew suffered the injury while sliding into home plate during Wednesday night’s game against the…

  12. Tigers DFA longtime third baseman Brandon Inge

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:55 PM EST

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    Jason Beck of MLB.com passes along word that the Tigers designated veteran third baseman Brandon Inge for assignment following Wednesday’s loss to the A’s. The writing was on the wall for Inge when Wilson Betemit was acquired from the Royals on Wednesday afternoon for two minor league prospects. Betemit is expected to take over starting…

  13. Doug Glanville sails first pitch at Wrigley Field

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:08 PM EST

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    ESPN’s Doug Glanville played nine major league seasons, posting a .277/.315/.380 career batting line and registering over 8,100 innings in the outfield during his time with the Cubs, Phillies and Rangers. He’s thrown a lot of baseballs. A ton of baseballs. But the “first pitch” has made fools out of many former athletes and celebrities,…

  14. Erik Bedard’s return delayed, trade value damaged

    Jul 20, 2011, 9:31 PM EST

    Erik Bedard

    When the Mariners placed left-hander Erik Bedard on the 15-day disabled list near the end of June with a knee injury, they were optimistic that he would be able to return immediately following the All-Star break — in time to make two or three showcase starts before being shopped at the trade deadline. As with…

  15. Jason Bay pulled from game with tight right hamstring

    Jul 20, 2011, 8:49 PM EST

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    According to New York’s WFAN, Mets left fielder Jason Bay had to be pulled from Wednesday evening’s game against the Cardinals after experiencing tightness in his right hamstring. Bay was 0-for-1 before being replaced in the lineup and in the outfield by Willie Harris. It’s probably not a serious injury, but the 32-year-old could be…

  16. Astros now showing “willingness” to trade Hunter Pence

    Jul 20, 2011, 7:44 PM EST

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    On June 28, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com heard from sources that the Astros were “unlikely” to trade outfielder Hunter Pence at this summer’s deadline. That remained the line of thinking (and the line of reporting) among most rumor-producing baseball writers through the first three weeks of July. Until this evening. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney,…

  17. Twins aren’t planning to trade Michael Cuddyer this season

    Jul 17, 2011, 5:06 PM EST

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    Via Joe Christensen and Amelia Rayno, beat writers with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: The Twins have no plans to trade Michael Cuddyer this season even if they fall from contention, a team official said Friday, adding that an effort will be made to re-sign Cuddyer this fall. Cuddyer is an impending free agent and has around…

  18. Back still sore, Placido Polanco won’t return Wednesday

    Jul 17, 2011, 3:57 PM EST

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    From Jay Greenberg of MLB.com comes word that Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco has experienced renewed back soreness after trying to take batting practice the past two days. Polanco has been sidelined since July 4 with a bulging disk. He tried to play down the severity of the injury at first, not landing on the…

  19. Pirates interested in A’s outfielder Josh Willingham

    Jul 17, 2011, 2:33 PM EST

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    If the Pirates are going to maintain their position near the top of the National League Central standings down the stretch, most would agree that they’ll probably need to make a couple of notable additions before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Well, good news. That hunt for an injection of talent has already begun…

  20. Rockies have spoken with Yankees about Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jul 17, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    The Rockies still feel like they’re in contention in the weak National League West despite an ugly first half and haven’t fully committed to selling off pieces. But that could change as the July 31 non-waiver deadline approaches, and one player drawing league-wide interest is right-handed ace Ubaldo Jimenez. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com,…

  21. Mets could get shortstop Jose Reyes back Tuesday

    Jul 17, 2011, 12:24 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Mets shortstop Jose Reyes has been sidelined since the beginning of July with a badly strained left hamstring. He’s made steady progress in the past week, though, and could return to New York’s starting lineup within the next couple of days. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, Reyes ran the bases…

  22. Albert Pujols spotted taunting fans in Cincy after home run

    Jul 17, 2011, 11:05 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    Few would disagree that the Cardinals and Reds have the most active rivalry in Major League Baseball. Yanks-Sawx is classic, Giants-Dodgers is still plenty heated, and Cards-Cubs tends to draw to great interest, but the Redlegs and Redbirds genuinely seem to dislike each other. And that same sentiment is shared by the competing fanbases. Two…

  23. Carl Crawford cleared to return to Red Sox on Monday

    Jul 17, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

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    Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford played in rehab games Friday and Saturday at Triple-A Pawtucket without feeling any discomfort in his left hamstring, according to Mike Scandura of the Boston Globe, and has been cleared to return to the major leagues. Crawford will be activated from the disabled list before Monday’s series-opener against the Orioles…

  24. Ryan Braun still battling left calf and hamstring issues

    Jul 17, 2011, 9:19 AM EST

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    Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun pulled himself out of the All-Star Game this year after sitting out for eight consecutive days to close out the first half due to tightness in his left calf and hamstring. Those leg problems have not gone away. According to Nick Kosmider of MLB.com, the Milwaukee slugger made an early exit…

  25. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 17, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Oakland Athletics Game Two

    It is July 17. On this date in baseball history, Pittsburgh Pirates ace Babe Adams pitched an entire 21-inning game without issuing a walk (1914), Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak ended in front of 67,000 fans at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland (1941), Bob Gibson became the second pitcher in major league history to reach 3,000 career strikeouts…

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