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  1. Updated: MLB investigating Alex Rodriguez’s link with new doctor

    Jul 24, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

    a-rod doc

    A new player suddenly emerged in the bizarre Alex Rodriguez saga on Wednesday when Dr. Michael L. Gross and told Mike Francesa on WFAN that he had reviewed A-Rod’s MRI and detected no quad injury. In so doing, he contradicted the diagnosis of a Grade 1 quad strain from Yankees doctor Christopher Ahmad. Reports have…

  2. Alfonso Soriano sits, not traded yet

    Jul 24, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    The Alfonso Soriano Hug Watch is on, but while the aging slugger isn’t in the Cubs lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Diamondbacks, it was simply a scheduled day off, according to CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney. The Cubs have newcomer Junior Lake filling in for Soriano in left field tonight. Lake had been playing center field…

  3. You can still get a Braun jersey at the MLB.com shop

    Jul 24, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun shirt

    While the Brewers’ portal to the MLB.com shop area is now Ryan Braun free, the Braun jerseys themselves are easy enough to find and are still marked at full price. An authentic Braun home jersey costs $298.99 through MLB.com, the same price one would pay for a Brewers jersey featuring the name and number of…

  4. Report: White Sox turn down Cardinals’ proposal for Alexei Ramirez

    Jul 24, 2013, 2:11 AM EDT

    Alexei Ramirez, Joey Terdoslavich

    A “scouting source” told the Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzales that the White Sox rejected a proposal from the Cardinals that would have netted them top pitching prospect Carlos Martinez in return for shortstop Alexei Ramirez. The report doesn’t seem all that far-fetched, given that the Cardinals would surely like to improve over Pete Kozma and…

  5. The Blue Jays are making it an easy call to sell

    Jul 24, 2013, 12:57 AM EDT

    J.P. Arencibia

    After holding a players only meeting earlier in the day, the Blue Jays were up on the Dodgers 8-3 after six innings Tuesday night, only to give up seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to lose 10-9. It was their sixth straight defeat. Even the All-Star setup crew is getting into the action…

  6. A reminder: Francisco Rodriguez is a worse human being than Ryan Braun

    Jul 23, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    If you’re an Orioles fan, feel free to root for the laundry. But let’s not celebrate Francisco Rodriguez. K-Rod was initially arrested in Aug. 2010 after beating up the father of his girlfriend, Daian Pena. Rodriguez assaulted Carlos Pena at Citi Field after a game, punching him in the face. The incident actually left Rodriguez…

  7. Report: Alex Rodriguez not interested in deal with MLB

    Jul 23, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale hears that Alex Rodriguez intends to go down swinging. Two people close to A-Rod told Nightengale that Rodriguez has no intention of negotiating a Biogenesis-related settlement with MLB and that he plans to appeal any suspension handed down. Rodriguez’s penalty is expected to be more severe than the 65-game ban handed…

  8. This hasn’t been one of Robinson Cano’s better days

    Jul 23, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Robinson Cano is aiming for one of the biggest contracts in baseball history as a free agent this winter, and it’s safe to say he’ll end up a very, very wealthy man. Still, two pieces of news today haven’t helped his cause at all. Most will point to Dustin Pedroia‘s seemingly under-market seven-year, $100 million…

  9. Report: Dodgers sign Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero for $32 million

    Jul 23, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Alexander Guerrero2

    Update: Guerrero’s agent has denied that there’s an agreement in place, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. He says there are still three teams in the mix. /// Cuban shortstop Alexander Guerrero, who defected and set up shop in the Dominican Republic back in January, has inked a seven-year, $32 million contract with the Dodgers, according…

  10. Report: Yankees to reunite with Alfonso Soriano

    Jul 23, 2013, 2:26 AM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    The New York Post reports that the Yankees are close to bringing Alfonso Soriano back to the Bronx, with the Cubs getting a mid-level prospect in return. Cash would facilitate the deal. Soriano is owed about $7 million for the rest of this year and then $18 million in the final year of his eight-year,…

  11. What if the Brewers had kept Prince Fielder over Ryan Braun?

    Jul 22, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder

    The truth is that the Brewers made their choice well before Prince Fielder signed with the Tigers two winters age. As a small-market team already pushing the payroll to the limit in 2010, the Brewers knew they’d have to decide whether to build around Ryan Braun or Fielder. What made it an easy choice was…

  12. Cubs make out well in trading Matt Garza to Rangers

    Jul 22, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

    Matt Garza

    The new rules that took effect last year made trading quality free-agents-to-be to be trickier than ever. That’s because the deal itself makes a supplemental first-round pick just disappear into the ether. The acquiring team is forced to offer extra compensation for something it’s not going to get back in return, while the seller knows…

  13. Ryan Braun is baseball’s biggest fraud

    Jul 22, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    Ryan Braun played the victim when he initially tested positive for steroids after the 2011 season. In one regard, he was: that news never should have leaked out before the appeals process played out. In every other regard, he was obviously guilty as charged. Just look at some of Braun’s quotes after he was “vindicated”…

  14. Locking up Dustin Pedroia is more about sentiment than sense

    Jul 20, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia

    There’s something to be said for rewarding a star player who has been underpaid most of his career. Dustin Pedroia is one of the two faces of the Red Sox, he’s a legitimate All-Star candidate every year and it’s possible he’ll go into the Hall of Fame someday. If he were a free agent this…

  15. Eric Cooper couldn’t believe Yasiel Puig’s throw, either

    Jul 19, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Watch this whale of a throw from Yasiel Puig in right field that led to a blown call at third in the second inning of Friday’s Dodgers-Nationals game: After catching the missile, Juan Uribe clearly tagged Bryce Harper on the ankle before Harper reached the bag, but third-base umpire Eric Cooper called him safe. Harper…

  16. Buster Olney doesn’t make a lot of sense

    Jul 16, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT

    Buster Olney

    From Buster Olney’s ESPN Insider column today comes this little snide remark directed at stats people: One of the oft-repeated lines about hitting with runners in scoring position is that it’s not really a repeatable skill. This is kind of silly because a lot of hitters work on situational hitting every single day in batting…

  17. Previewing the Home Run Derby: Prince Fielder aims for third crown

    Jul 15, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Prince Fielder can join Ken Griffey Jr. as the only three-time winners of the Home Run Derby on Monday night, but to do it, he’ll have to best Chris Davis, who is currently on pace to hit 60 bombs this year. This year’s Home Run Derby field is unusual in that it features just three…

  18. All-Star Futures Game wrap: U.S. beats World 4-2

    Jul 14, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

    Xander Bogaerts

    Not that the score really matters, but the U.S. team topped the World squad in the All-Star Futures Game again this year, winning 4-2 and outhitting the competition 9-3. Of course, this game is more fun to watch for the individual performances that any sort of team effort. So, let’s get right to the prospects…

  19. Bryce Harper makes first career start in leadoff spot

    Jul 14, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper has hit mostly third (51 times) and occasionally second (five times) this season, but manager Davey Johnson chose to mix things up today, moving him into the leadoff spot and dropping Denard Span down to seventh. Obviously, this has more to do with Span’s poor play and the struggles of the Nationals’ offense…

  20. Tim Lincecum could have an interesting Hall of Fame case someday

    Jul 14, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    With his fastball hovering around 90 mph these days, Tim Lincecum will probably never again be what he was when he first came up. Of course, that’s a remarkably high standard; Lincecum won Cy Young Awards in his first two full seasons and led the NL in strikeouts three years in a row. From 2007…

  21. Tim Lincecum hurls no-hitter against Padres

    Jul 14, 2013, 1:12 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    It took a whopping 148 pitches, but Tim Lincecum recorded his first career no-hitter Saturday in the Giants’ 9-0 victory over the Padres. It was the most pitches thrown in a game since Edwin Jackson got to 149 in his no-hitter for the Diamondbacks on June 25, 2010 and the second most since 2005. Lincecum’s…

  22. Josh Phegley is the new Yasiel Puig

    Jul 11, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    Josh Phegley

    Puigmania is over. It’s old news. Could there be any better illustration than the fact that Freddie Freeman beat out Yasiel in a popularity contest this week? It’s OK, though. White Sox catcher Josh Phegley is the new big thing. He hit a grand slam Thursday in the White Sox’s 6-3 win over the Tigers,…

  23. Carlos Gonzalez out, Pedro Alvarez in for Home Run Derby

    Jul 11, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

    Pedro Alvarez

    Carlos Gonzalez isn’t too banged up to play for the Rockies or to participate in next week’s All-Star Game, but due to his finger injury, he has opted out of Monday’s Home Run Derby. Replacing Gonzalez on the NL squad is Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez is tied with the Phillies’ Domonic Brown for second place…

  24. So, if MLB suspends Braun and A-Rod, what’s next?

    Jul 9, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Home plate umpire Additon calls time as Tampa Yankees' Rodriguez grimaces after he was hit by a pitch during a Single A baseball game with the Brevard County Manatees in Melbourne

    T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish reported Tuesday that MLB is prepared to suspend Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez and “as many as 20 players” in connection with the Biogenesis scandal “sometime after next week’s All-Star break.” Outside the Lines got this from several sources, some likely from within the commissioner’s office. MLB hasn’t been shy about…

  25. Report: Nationals acquire Scott Hairston from Cubs

    Jul 7, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

    Scott Hairston

    Looking for another weapon to combat left-handed pitchers, the Nationals picked up Scott Hairston from the Cubs on Sunday night, a source told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal says the Cubs will get a minor league pitcher in return. Hairston had to be expecting a bigger role than the one he found in Chicago after signing…

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