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  1. Nats place Rick Ankiel on disabled list with intercostal strain

    Jun 19, 2011, 1:23 PM EST

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    As reported by CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman, the Nationals placed center fielder Rick Ankiel on the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning with a strained left intercostal muscle. Tom Gorzelanny was activated in a corresponding move and will take the mound Sunday afternoon against the Orioles. He missed almost a full month with inflammation in his…

  2. Blue Jays ink Yunel Escobar to two-year, $10M extension

    Jun 19, 2011, 12:08 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v Kansas City Royals

    Danny Knobler of CBS Sports passes along word that the Blue Jays have agreed to terms on a two-year, $10 million contract extension with shortstop Yunel Escobar. The new deal also carries $5 million club options for 2014 and 2015. Escobar was arbitration-eligible for the first time in his career this past winter and scored…

  3. Edwin Rodriguez resigns as manager of the Marlins

    Jun 19, 2011, 11:52 AM EST

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    According to the Marlins’ official Twitter feed, manager Edwin Rodriguez announced his resignation before Sunday’s game. Bench coach Brandon Hyde is taking over the post on an interim basis, but 80-year-old Jack McKeon is also in consideration to finish out the season as skipper. Rodriguez had been on the hot seat since the Marlins let…

  4. Indians fire hitting coach Jon Nunnally, promote Bruce Fields

    Jun 19, 2011, 11:41 AM EST

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    As first reported on the Cleveland Indians’ official Twitter feed, major league hitting coach Jon Nunnally was fired before Sunday’s game and Bruce Fields was named as his replacement. Nunnally had been with the Tribe in a coaching capacity since 2006 and was named hitting coach in December of 2009. The Indians entered Sunday’s action…

  5. Joe Nathan fans two in first rehab inning at Triple-A Rochester

    Jun 19, 2011, 10:37 AM EST

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    Twins right-hander Joe Nathan made his first minor league rehab appearance on Saturday at Triple-A Rochester and couldn’t have looked better. According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the All-Star closer struck out two batters in a perfect inning while touching 93 mph with his fastball. He reported no problems with his…

  6. Matt Holliday plays hero while wearing Hall of Famer’s pants

    Jun 19, 2011, 9:51 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals v St. Louis Cardinals

    Red Schoendienst played 19 major league seasons, collecting 2,449 career hits and 10 All-Star nods before hanging up his cleats in the summer of 1963. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Veteran’s Committee in 1989. Schoendienst spent 15 of his 19 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals and can still be…

  7. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jun 19, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cleveland Indians

    It’s June 19. On this date in baseball history, Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith announced his retirement (1998), Darryl Strawberry signed a one-year contract with the Yankees despite being given a sixty-day drug-related suspension (1996), and Pete Rose collected his 2000th career hit (1973). Your Saturday box scores: Astros 7, Dodgers 0 Orioles 2, Nationals…

  8. Ubaldo Jimenez pulled from start with right calf cramping

    Jun 18, 2011, 10:43 PM EST

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    From Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post comes word that Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez had to be removed from Saturday evening’s game against the Tigers with a right calf cramp. Jimenez had surrendered eight hits and three earned runs over five shaky innings to Detroit, watching his ERA jump slightly from 4.62 to 4.68. With…

  9. Henke, Wood, Simpson inducted into Canadian Hall of Fame

    Jun 18, 2011, 9:39 PM EST

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    Two former players and one great editor were inducted Saturday into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame: Tom Henke, a longtime closer for the Blue Jays, posted a sparkling 2.67 ERA and struck out 861 batters in 789 2/3 career innings. He went out on top, registering a 1.82 ERA across 52 relief appearances in…

  10. Hunter Pence has hyperextended elbow, undergoing MRI

    Jun 18, 2011, 8:46 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Houston Astros

    According to Alyson Footer, social media director for the Astros, right fielder Hunter Pence has been scratched from Saturday night’s lineup against the Dodgers due to a hyperextended elbow. Pence reported feeling soreness in his arm after taking batting practice and was removed from the batting order an hour or so before first pitch. Jason…

  11. Brandon Phillips wants an extension this year, but it’s probably not going to happen

    Jun 18, 2011, 7:50 PM EST

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    Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has hit just .234/.279/.297 in 68 plate appearances this month and has an underwhelming .725 OPS on the season. But he’s a pretty talented defender and does have some power, albeit inconsistent. The Reds seem to like him and are probably going to exercise his $12 million club option for…

  12. Mike Stanton scratched Saturday with right eye infection

    Jun 18, 2011, 6:33 PM EST

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    Joe Frisaro of MLB.com passes along word that the Marlins have scratched Mike Stanton from Saturday’s lineup due to a right eye infection. Stanton was scheduled to serve as Florida’s designated hitter on Saturday night against the Rays but was lifted a few hours before first pitch. Jose Lopez, who inked a minor league contract…

  13. Barry Zito struggles in first rehab start at Triple-A Fresno

    Jun 17, 2011, 9:32 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Barry Zito allowed just two hits and one run in his first rehab start two weeks ago at Single-A San Jose. It was a six-plus inning effort, and he looked great. In his next rehab start, again for Single-A San Jose, Zito struck out six batters and surrendered only two earned runs over seven quality…

  14. Cards have some interest in lefty specialist J.C. Romero

    Jun 17, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Florida Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies designated left-hander J.C. Romero for assignment on Thursday afternoon to clear a spot on their roster for Friday night’s starter, Vance Worley. Romero has battled control issues and a variety of injuries over the past several seasons in Philadelphia, but he has a great ability to retire left-handed batters and that’s something that…

  15. Clay Buchholz makes early exit from start due to stiff back

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:18 PM EST

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    Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal passes along word that right-hander Clay Buchholz had to be pulled prematurely from his Thursday evening start against the Rays due to back stiffness. Buchholz surrendered just two hits and one earned run over five innings before exiting and had thrown only 81 pitches. He’s been bothered by this…

  16. Jake Peavy fans nine batters in scoreless rehab outing

    Jun 16, 2011, 9:50 PM EST

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    Our eyes were glued to the Charlotte Knights’ Twitter feed this evening for updates on Jake Peavy‘s rehab start, his first since landing on the disabled list in early June with a groin strain. Peavy just finished up, and it was a beauty. The right-hander struck out nine batters over six scoreless innings, allowing just…

  17. Braves scratch Tommy Hanson, calling up Randall Delgado

    Jun 16, 2011, 8:23 PM EST

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    From Mark Bowman of MLB.com comes word that the Braves have scratched right-hander Tommy Hanson from his scheduled Friday start against the Rangers due to shoulder tendinitis. Hanson, 24, has enjoyed a dominant start to the 2011 season, sporting a 2.48 ERA and 89 strikeouts through his first 83 1/3 innings. The Braves are going…

  18. Adam LaRoche undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery

    Jun 16, 2011, 7:45 PM EST

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    As expected, Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche underwent season-ending surgery Thursday on his left shoulder. This according to CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman. The procedure was performed by┬áDr. Wiemi Douoguih at Washington Center Hospital and was designed to repair a tear of the large labrum in LaRoche’s throwing shoulder. It was deemed a “success.” LaRoche is…

  19. Joe Nathan likely headed for minor league rehab assignment

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:24 PM EST

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    According to MLB.com beat writers Rhett Bollinger and Jordan Schelling, right-hander Joe Nathan told reporters in Fort Myers, Florida on Wednesday that he is ready to return to the major leagues. Nathan has been building the strength of his arm with semi-daily throwing sessions since the beginning of June and even tossed a live batting…

  20. Mitt Romney, Red Sox fan, didn’t know the Rays have a dome

    Jun 15, 2011, 9:16 PM EST

    Former Massachusetts Governor Romney reacts during first New Hampshire debate of the 2012 campaign at St. Anselms College in Manchester

    Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is hosting a fund raiser in downtown Tampa, Florida on Thursday and decided to kill some time by taking in the Red Sox vs. Rays game Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. The former Massachusetts governor and self-proclaimed Red Sox fan told reporters that he didn’t want any political questions for the…

  21. Tom Gorzelanny cleared to return Sunday vs. Orioles

    Jun 15, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

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    According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington’s “Nats Insider,” left-hander Tom Gorzelanny has been cleared to return from the disabled list on Sunday for an interleague start against the Orioles. Gorzelanny has been sidelined since the last week of May with inflammation in his throwing shoulder. He was shelled for five hits and four earned…

  22. Ryan Zimmerman expected to return to Nationals on Tuesday

    Jun 12, 2011, 6:25 PM EST

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    Matt Holliday is on the way. Joe Mauer is just around the corner. And there’s another big star who could be arriving back in the major leagues this week. According to beat writer Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with a double and played a full nine innings…

  23. Matt Holliday aiming to return to Cardinals’ lineup Thursday

    Jun 12, 2011, 5:13 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Colorado Rockies

    According to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Matt Holliday is targeting a Thursday return from the 15-day disabled list. The left fielder has been out since June 1 with tightness in his left quadriceps muscle. He took batting practice and went through a strenuous workout before Saturday’s game at Miller Park in Milwaukee…

  24. Liriano’s attempt at another no-hitter broken up in eighth

    Jun 12, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Minnesota Twins

    Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano has thrown a no-hitter through seven innings this afternoon against the Rangers, who currently sit atop the American League West standings and boast one of the highest run totals in all of baseball. The only baserunner he has allowed came via an error by third baseman Luke Hughes in the seventh.…

  25. Twins could activate Joe Mauer from disabled list Thursday

    Jun 12, 2011, 2:52 PM EST

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    Some things are finally starting to go right for the Twins. They’ve won eight of their last 10 games and even managed a decisive 8-1 victory over the AL West-leading Rangers on Saturday at Target Field. They’re also starting to get healthier. From John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press comes word that catcher…

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