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  1. Todd Helton lands on DL with stiff back, pulled hamstring

    Jul 7, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who is sitting on two homers and 16 RBI halfway through the season, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with back and hamstring issues prior to Wednesday’s game. The Rockies called up quad-A slugger Brad Eldred to replace him on the roster and included him in the lineup for…

  2. 16-year-old Adonis Cardona gets record bonus from Blue Jays

    Jul 7, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Baseball America reports that the Blue Jays have signed 16-year-old right-hander Adonis Cardona for $2.8 million, a record bonus for an amateur out of Venezuela. BA had Cardona rated as the No. 3 prospect available out of Latin America this summer. The 6-foot-4 Cardona tops out at 93 mph now and should add velocity as…

  3. Rockies stun Cardinals with nine in 9th, win 12-9

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:58 AM EDT

    It was an inning for the ages. Down 9-3, the Rockies came through with nine runs against Dennys Reyes and Ryan Franklin to beat the Cardinals on Tuesday night. The inning started innocently enough. Miguel Olivo singled to open it against Reyes, but Seth Smith followed with a lineout. Another single and a walk followed,…

  4. Phillies demote LHP J.A. Happ to Triple-A

    Jul 6, 2010, 7:52 PM EDT

    As indicated Monday, the Phillies have decided to option left-handed J.A. Happ to Triple-A rather than return him to the rotation with his rehab assignment complete. Happ, who had been on the DL since mid-April with forearm soreness, posted a 6.93 ERA in 24 1/3 innings during his 30-day rehab assignment. The Phillies could have…

  5. Rockies to get Jorge De La Rosa back Friday

    Jul 6, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    After missing 10 weeks with a torn tendon in the middle finger of his pitching hand, Jorge De La Rosa will rejoin the Rockies’ rotation and start Friday, according to Inside the Rockies. De La Rosa opened the season 3-1 with a 3.91 ERA in four starts before getting hurt. He’s getting the start Friday…

  6. Phillies not yet ready to return J.A. Happ to the rotation

    Jul 5, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    J.A. Happ’s rehab assignment is over after six outings in the minors, yet the Phillies aren’t ready to put him back into their rotation and may option him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Happ made just two starts in April before going down with left forearm soreness. He’s pitched 24…

  7. Report: Nationals sign Orlando Hernandez to minor league deal

    Jul 2, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    The Nationals have signed Orlando Hernandez to a minor league contract, two club sources told Nats Insider’s Mark Zuckerman. El Duque last pitched in the majors with the Mets in 2007, going 9-5 with a 3.72 ERA in 24 starts and three relief appearances. He missed the 2008 season with a foot problem that required…

  8. Ryan Dempster moves into major league lead in pitches thrown

    Jul 2, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    That final pitch Ryan Dempster threw Friday — a ball four to Bronson Arroyo with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh — moved him into the major league lead for pitches thrown this season. The top 11 is below. Everyone on the list has made exactly 17 starts: 1. Ryan Dempster –…

  9. Josh Byrnes' track record warranted dismissal from Diamondbacks

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:58 AM EDT

    According to AOL Fanhouse’s Ed Price, it was his refusal to fire manager A.J. Hinch that cost Josh Byrnes his job as Arizona’s general manager on Thursday. In truth, he deserved to lose it regardless and it probably would have happened earlier if the Diamondbacks hadn’t had him under contract through 2015. Yes, 2015. Byrnes,…

  10. Report: Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek has broken foot

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:28 PM EDT

    A source told WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche that Jason Varitek could miss 4-6 weeks with a leg injury that may or may not be a broken foot. The Red Sox have yet to confirm the injury, but it seems to go along with Boston’s move to reacquire Kevin Cash from the Astros on Thursday. Varitek has…

  11. Padres, Rangers, Rockies interested in Jermaine Dye

    Jul 1, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Sources told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal that the Padres, Rangers and Rockies recently “sent out feelers to” free agent Jermaine Dye. It’s doubtful that Dye, who hasn’t played this year after failing to find an offer to his liking over the winter, would immediately step in as a regular for any of the teams. The Padres,…

  12. Mets SS Jose Reyes scratched with stiff back

    Jun 30, 2010, 6:34 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes left the field during batting practice Wednesday and was scratched from the Mets’ lineup with what was termed lower back stiffness. A Mets official called the problem “turf related,” according to the New York Daily News. Reyes missed the spring and the first four games of the regular season with a thyroid condition,…

  13. Braves promote left-hander Mike Minor to Triple-A

    Jun 29, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Mike Minor, the seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Vanderbilt, was moved up to Triple-A Gwinnett after Monday’s game. Many questioned the Braves’ pick of Minor given the team’s usual preference for upside high in the draft and Minor’s apparent lack thereof. The 22-year-old Minor, though, struck out 109 batters in 87…

  14. Mets youngster Jenrry Mejia goes on minor league DL

    Jun 29, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    The Binghamton Mets announced Tuesday that Jenrry Mejia has been placed on the seven-day disabled list with the posterior rotator cuff strain he suffered during his start Sunday. The 20-year-old Mejia, whose name has come up in trade rumors involving Seattle’s Cliff Lee and Houston’s Roy Oswalt, was making his second Double-A start since being…

  15. How the Phillies and GM Ruben Amaro blew it over the winter

    Jun 29, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    OK, yeah, they should have kept Cliff Lee, too. But this is about the offense. The Phillies have received excellent work from Roy Halladay, yet nearly halfway through 2010, they’re a mere six games over .500 and in third place in the NL East. The postseason is still very much within reach, yet the road…

  16. Clay Buchholz leaves start with hyperextended knee

    Jun 26, 2010, 9:36 PM EDT

    Clay Buchholz, a candidate to start for the AL in next month’s All-Star Game, was forced out of his start Saturday against the Giants in the second inning after hyperextending his left knee running the bases. It looks like Boston’s second pitching casualty that’s a direct result of interleague play. Josh Beckett originally hurt his…

  17. Astros shortstop Tommy Manzella breaks finger, out six weeks

    Jun 23, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    It’s a tough blow for a 27-year-old who probably isn’t in line for many chances to establish himself in the big leagues. Tommy Manzella, who took over as the Astros’ shortstop when Miguel Tejada was allowed to leave over the winter, will miss six weeks after being diagnosed with a fractured left index finger. The…

  18. Pirates lose left-hander Zach Duke to disabled list

    Jun 23, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Still dealing with a sore elbow, Zach Duke was expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Pirates on Wednesday. Duke last pitched a week ago, when he allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the White Sox. He has lost four straight starts, leaving him 3-8 with…

  19. Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland on road back from brain surgery

    Jun 23, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Speaking publically for the first time since surgery in March to repair a cavernous malformation in his brain, Ryan Westmoreland on Wednesday said he was making steady progress and that he hoped to return to playing baseball in the Red Sox system. Westmoreland, a 20-year-old outfielder rated as Boston’s top prospect by Baseball America over…

  20. Mark DeRosa opts for wrist surgery, out for season

    Jun 22, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Mark DeRosa is slated for season-ending surgery on his troublesome left wrist, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. DeRosa, in the first year of a two-year, $12 million contract, hit just .194/.279/.258 with one homer in 93 at-bats before going on the DL on May 9. The Giants signed him to play…

  21. Blue Jays make Jarrett Hoffpauir everyday third baseman

    Jun 22, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    The Blue Jays won’t be going back to Jose Bautista at the hot corner after designating Edwin Encarnacion for assignment on Monday. Manager Cito Gaston said Tuesday that Jarrett Hoffpauir would take over as the everyday third baseman, with Bautista remaining in right field. It’s a huge break for Hoffpauir. Formerly a second baseman in…

  22. Projecting the 2010 NL All-Star team

    Jun 22, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    With voting close at several positions, there aren’t as many sure bets for the NL All-Star team as the AL squad. That’ll make things a bit more challenging today. Still, I’m going to give projecting the 21 hitters and 13 pitchers a try. Catcher Locks: none Possibilities: Yadier Molina, Brian McCann, Miguel Olivo, Rod Barajas,…

  23. Projecting the 2010 AL All-Star team

    Jun 21, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    With rosters having been expanded back in April, both All-Star teams this year will have 21 position players and 13 pitchers. Let’s try and break it down, first with the AL and then tomorrow with the NL. Catcher Lock: Joe Mauer Possibilities: Victor Martinez, Jorge Posada, John Buck, Kurt Suzuki Posada is playing as well…

  24. J.D. Drew looking to rejoin BoSox lineup Tuesday

    Jun 20, 2010, 9:55 PM EDT

    J.D. Drew is aiming to return to Boston’s lineup on Tuesday after an MRI on his strained hamstring came back negative. “From talking to the trainers, it’s actually pretty good,” manager Terry Francona told the Boston Globe. “I hope Tuesday’s realistic. If it’s not, we won’t do it. But I think it’s probably realistic to…

  25. An overlooked young stud: San Diego's Mat Latos

    Jun 18, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    It didn’t and shouldn’t have made headlines, but when Ubaldo Jimenez gave up eight hits and two walks over eight innings in his win over the Twins on Thursday, it took his formerly major league-best 0.98 WHIP up to 1.00. The new leader is none other than 22-year-old Mat Latos. While Jimenez, Stephen Strasburg and…

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