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  1. Aroldis Chapman still struggling despite move to Double-A

    Jun 11, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

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    It’s time to check in again on Aroldis Chapman, who has been working to refine his command in the minor leagues for the past three weeks. From Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer comes word that the 23-year-old left-hander allowed two earned runs in less than two innings Thursday in his first relief appearance since…

  2. Shelby Miller fans nine in six-inning home debut at Double-A

    Jun 11, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

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    It’s time to start getting really excited about Cardinals pitching prospect Shelby Miller. The 2009 first-round draft pick made his home debut for Double-A Springfield on Friday night, striking out nine batters in six strong innings of work. Miller had eight punch-outs through his first three innings and looked to be cruising, but shoddy defense…

  3. Jason Heyward hits off tee, will take batting practice soon

    Jun 11, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

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    Braves outfielder Jason Heyward has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 22 with soreness in his right shoulder and was called out recently by teammate Chipper Jones for not playing through minor injuries. Perhaps motivated by Chipper’s harsh words, Heyward took a big step toward returning Friday at extending spring training. According to…

  4. Giants sign infielder Bill Hall in the wake of yet another injury

    Jun 11, 2011, 9:23 AM EDT

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    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Giants have signed veteran infielder Bill Hall. Hall was released by the Astros earlier this week after batting just .224/.272/.340 across his first 158 plate appearances. He drew free agent interest from the Nationals and Orioles, but the Giants pounced quickly after watching second baseman Freddy Sanchez…

  5. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jun 11, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    This date in baseball history: On June 11, 2003, six Astros pitchers combined for a no-hitter against the Yankees, the first no-no thrown against the Bronx Bombers since 1958. Roy Oswalt started the game and the now-retired Billy Wagner finished it. Your Friday box scores: Rays 0, Orioles 7 Cubs 5, Phillies 7 Mariners 3,…

  6. A-Rod invests in coconut water brand, but endorses another

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:32 PM EDT

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    Darren Rovell does great work at CNBC covering a range of sports business topics and also runs one of the most interesting Twitter feeds around. He’s been talking for several weeks about a rising product called “coconut water,” which is quickly gaining big-time investors and big-time pitch men from the sports world. Yankees third baseman…

  7. Cameron Maybin could return from the disabled list Monday

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

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    The Padres promoted first base prospect Anthony Rizzo from Triple-A Tucson on Thursday. On Monday, they could be adding a more familiar face. From’s Corey Brock comes word that center fielder Cameron Maybin has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment and may be cleared to return to the major leagues as…

  8. Phil Hughes cleared to begin rehab assignment Tuesday

    Jun 9, 2011, 9:29 PM EDT

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    Matt Fortuna of passes along notice that Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment and will make his first appearance Tuesday with the Yankees’ affiliate in the Gulf Coast League. Hughes threw 30 pitches Thursday in a simulated game down in Tampa, Florida and was able to…

  9. Marlins ink former All-Star Jose Lopez to minor league deal

    Jun 9, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

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    According to the New Orleans Zephyrs’ official Twitter feed, the Marlins reached agreement on a minor league contract Thursday morning with infielder Jose Lopez and assigned him to Triple-A. Lopez was cut loose by the Rockies earlier this week after batting just .208/.233/.288 with two home runs and six total extra-base hits in 129 plate…

  10. Padres officially promote Anthony Rizzo to the major leagues

    Jun 9, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

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    As expected, the Padres have promoted top prospect Anthony Rizzo from Triple-A Tucson and written his name into the starting lineup for Thursday night’s game against the Nationals. Rizzo is batting seventh in his major league debut. The 21-year-old first baseman forced his way to the majors at a far quicker pace than expected by…

  11. Abraham: Dustin Pedroia might need surgery on his right knee

    Jun 9, 2011, 12:09 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will fly back to Boston on Thursday to have his right knee examined by a specialist and could be facing surgery that would put him out for at least a month. Pedroia has been playing with a banged up knee since…

  12. Marlins fire John Mallee, name ESPN analyst Eduardo Perez as new hitting coach

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT

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    The Marlins must have been inspired by the quick hook that the Rangers gave to rookie hitting coach Thad Bosley on Wednesday afternoon. According to the Marlins’ official Twitter feed, hitting coach John Mallee has been “relieved” of his duties and ESPN baseball analyst Eduardo Perez will take over the gig Thursday. Mallee was promoted…

  13. Hanley Ramirez could return to majors as early as Tuesday

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:25 PM EDT

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    The Marlins placed shortstop Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list just a few days ago with pain in his lower back, but he is already nearing the start of a minor league rehab assignment. According to Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post, Marlins skipper Edwin Rodriguez told reporters on Wednesday that Ramirez could…

  14. Martin Prado day-to-day with left knee contusion

    Jun 8, 2011, 9:48 PM EDT

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    Braves outfielder Martin Prado was struck on the side of his left knee with a throw while attempting to steal second base on Tuesday night against the Marlins. He was still feeling it Wednesday. Prado plays hurt often and typically tries to talk his way into the Braves’ batting order no matter what’s ailing him.…

  15. Rangers place second baseman Ian Kinsler on paternity leave

    Jun 8, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

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    Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas has the goods. The Rangers placed Ian Kinsler on baseball’s new paternity leave list Wednesday evening after the second baseman and his wife welcomed their second child on Wednesday afternoon. The baby, given the name Jack Jamisson Kinsler, weighed in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces. Kinsler is expected to spend…

  16. A’s calling up Graham Godfrey for Friday start vs. White Sox

    Jun 8, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

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    According to the great Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A’s will promote 26-year-old right-hander Graham Godfrey from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday to make his major league debut Friday night against the White Sox. A 34th-round pick of the Blue Jays back in 2006, Godfrey is far from a top prospect. But he…

  17. Rockies activate Aaron Cook from 60-day disabled list

    Jun 8, 2011, 7:43 PM EDT

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    As expected, the Rockies activated veteran right-hander Aaron Cook from the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday evening. Cook is making his 2011 debut on Wednesday night in San Diego after sitting out for over two months with a broken finger on his pitching hand. The 32-year-old hasn’t taken a major league mound since last September…

  18. Evan Longoria out again Wednesday night with stomach bug

    Jun 8, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times passes along notice that third baseman Evan Longoria is out of the Rays’ starting lineup again on Wednesday night due to a flu-like illness. It’s the third straight game that he has been absent. The Rays went with Felipe Lopez at the hot corner Sunday and will go…

  19. 2011 MLB Draft – picks 21-25: Jays take high school righty Tyler Beede at No. 20

    Jun 6, 2011, 10:39 PM EDT

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    The Blue Jays selected Massachusetts high school pitcher Tyler Beede at No. 21 overall. Beede has mature mechanics and throws three quality pitches: a low-90s fastball with good life, a hard-breaking slurve and a changeup. The 20-year-old right-hander is committed to Vanderbilt, so the Blue Jays will have to flash some dollar signs to get…

  20. 2011 MLB Draft – picks 16-20: Dodgers reach for left-hander Chris Reed at No. 16

    Jun 6, 2011, 8:41 PM EDT

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    Dodgers selected Stanford left-hander Chris Reed with the 16th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Reed has served as Stanford’s closer this season but will get a chance to start in the Dodgers organization. He’s a solid left-hander with three good pitches, but it’s fairly clear the Dodgers opted for signability here as opposed to…

  21. Pujols strikes again, second straight walkoff sweeps Cubs

    Jun 5, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT

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    Albert Pujols is most certainly back. Not to be outdone by his own performance in Saturday afternoon’s 12th-inning victory over the rival Cubs, the Cardinals first baseman slugged a second straight walkoff home run on Sunday in a thrilling 3-2 extra-innings win for St. Louis. The Cards swept the three-game series. Albert’s 10th-inning blast sailed…

  22. Jonathan Papelbon could be facing suspension for ump bump

    Jun 5, 2011, 5:08 PM EDT

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    It’s reasonable to wonder whether Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon is going to face a fine or suspension (or both) for getting in the face of home plate umpire Tony Randazzo during Saturday’s 9-8 extra-innings victory over the Athletics. Papelbon charged at Randazzo and appeared to make slight contact with his chest protector after getting…

  23. Edinson Volquez will return to major league rotation Tuesday

    Jun 5, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

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    Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Reds starter Edinson Volquez has returned to the major league clubhouse and will take the mound on Tuesday night against the Cubs. Volquez was demoted to Triple-A Louisville in late May after posting a 6.35 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in 51 big league innings and then blaming…

  24. Evan Longoria out of Rays’ lineup with discomfort in left side

    Jun 5, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Florida Marlins

    Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that third baseman Evan Longoria is missing from the Rays’ starting lineup Sunday against the Mariners due to tightness in his left side. Longoria actually made an early exit from Saturday’s game because of the discomfort, which may be related to the left oblique strain that caused him…

  25. With wrist improving, Paul Konerko returns to Chicago lineup

    Jun 5, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

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    White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko sat out on both Friday and Saturday after undergoing a minor surgical procedure late last week to remove a loose bone fragment from his left wrist. He’s back in the lineup Sunday, according to’s Scott Merkin, batting cleanup and playing first base vs. the Tigers’ Brad Penny. Konerko,…

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