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  1. Michael Young becomes Rangers' all-time hits leader

    Jun 17, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    With a two-run single in a 6-3 win over the Marlins, Michael Young became the Rangers’ all-time hits leader on Wednesday, overtaking Ivan Rodriguez. 1. Michael Young – 1,748 2. Ivan Rodriguez – 1,747 3. Rafael Palmeiro – 1,692 4. Juan Gonzalez – 1.595 5. Ruben Sierra – 1,281 Just halfway through his current seven-year…

  2. Pirates designate Akinori Iwamura for assignment

    Jun 16, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    To make room for top prospect Pedro Alvarez, the Pirates on Wednesday designated big offseason acquisition Akinori Iwamura for assignment. The Pirates picked up Iwamura from the Rays in November for reliever Jesse Chavez. But more important than the talent surrendered for him — Chavez was later dealt to Atlanta for Rafael Soriano and is…

  3. Speculating on a Roy Oswalt-to-Texas deal

    Jun 14, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    Craig thinks the pieces are in places, but he doesn’t know what those pieces may be. So let’s speculate on some of the possibilities to be shipped from Texas to Houston in return for Roy Oswalt. Too good to include: Neftali Feliz (RHP – Age 22) – Feliz is 15-of-17 in save chances since replacing…

  4. Former major leaguer Oscar Azocar dies at 45

    Jun 14, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Oscar Azocar, who played with the Yankees and Padres during a three-season career that began in 1990, passed away Monday in a Venezuelan hospital. He was 45. Originally a pitching prospect, Azocar had a 2.30 ERA over 168 1/3 innings in his first three seasons in the Yankees farm system. Arm problems played a role…

  5. Still waiting on Indians' Carlos Santana

    Jun 9, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    While Stephen Strasburg and Mike Stanton made their much hyped debuts on Tuesday, one of the game’s other top-five prospects, Carlos Santana, has been left in Triple-A to continue his harassment of International League pitchers. The 24-year-old Santana is hitting .314/.447/.580 with 12 homers and 47 RBI in 188 at-bats for Triple-A Columbus. He’s walked…

  6. Revisiting the player of the 1990s discussion

    Jun 9, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Since my Ken Griffey Jr. retirement piece received so much feedback… After the 1999 season, Ken Griffey Jr. was famously named the Player of the Decade by the players themselves, as part of the MLBPA’s Players Choice Awards. No balloting was ever announced, so we don’t know how close the vote was. The choice garnered…

  7. Pre-Strasmas buzzkill: Nats prospect Jack McGeary set for surgery

    Jun 8, 2010, 6:28 PM EDT

    The Nationals announced Tuesday that 21-year-old left-hander Jack McGeary would undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of 2010. McGeary was a sixth-round pick in 2007, but he was viewed as a first-round talent and he received a $1.85 million bonus as part of an unusual contract that allowed him to attend Stanford and…

  8. Brian Roberts, Mike Gonzalez not close to rejoining Orioles

    Jun 8, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    New Orioles manager Juan Samuel delivered some more bad news Tuesday when he made it clear that neither Brian Roberts nor Mike Gonzalez were ready to help the team with the game’s worst record. Roberts appeared on pace for a mid-June return before contracting pneumonia last month. That setback, though, may prove mild to the…

  9. Draft blog: Picks 16-50 – Cubs, Yankees pull off surprises

    Jun 8, 2010, 2:33 AM EDT

    Cubs selected RHP Hayden Simpson with the 16th pick in the draft. A big surprise. Simpson, a product of Southern Arkansas, wasn’t viewed as a first-round arm. Most didn’t see him going in the first three rounds. The Cubs must see something special about him, but as far as we know, he’s a low-90s guy…

  10. Draft blog: Picks 6-15; Matt Harvey goes seventh to Mets

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:09 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks selected RHP Barret Loux with the sixth pick in the draft. Loux has four solid pitches, including a low-90s fastball, and good command, traits that should speed his way to the majors. He lacks top-of-the-rotation upside, but he could be a factor before the end of 2011. Mets selected RHP Matt Harvey with the…

  11. Draft blog: Bryce Harper taken first overall by Nationals

    Jun 7, 2010, 7:12 PM EDT

    Nationals selected catcher Bryce Harper with the first pick in the 2010 draft. The consensus No. 1 might not remain behind the plate; his own agent, Scott Boras, sees him as a corner outfielder and the Nationals announced him as an outfielder. Such a move would likely speed Harper’s arrival in Washington, and it’d make…

  12. No All-Star starters would end long run for Red Sox

    Jun 7, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Unless Jon Lester or Clay Buchholz draws the nod in the first inning, all signs point to the Red Sox being without a starter on the AL All-Star squad for the first time since 1998. There is one qualification there. Manny Ramirez was voted into the lineup in 2003, but he skipped the game because…

  13. Grady Sizemore done for year after microfracture surgery

    Jun 4, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    It was the worst-case scenario for the Indians, who knew they were going to lose their center fielder for at least six-to-eight weeks following knee surgery on Friday. Grady Sizemore, though, required a microfracture procedure on his left knee, ending his season and possibly sidelining him to begin spring training 2011. Sizemore ends what was…

  14. Jim Joyce's bad call costs Armando Galarraga perfect game

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:58 PM EDT

    It would have been 27 up, 27 down for Armando Galarraga, the unprecedented third perfect game of the 2010 season. But Jim Joyce had something to say about that. The first-base umpire made a bad call on a bang-bang play that should have ended the game against the Indians, denying Galarraga a place in history.…

  15. Overrated, yet still great, Ken Griffey Jr. left a mark

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:33 PM EDT

    A massive talent with a big smile he wore constantly, Ken Griffey Jr. burst onto the scene in 1989, hitting 16 homers and finishing third in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting despite playing the entire season at age 19. Griffey just made it look so easy. And there were times in his mid-20s…

  16. Report: Ken Griffey Jr. opts for retirement

    Jun 2, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

    Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said Wednesday that Ken Griffey Jr. has opted to retire, effective immediately. Griffey, the 1997 AL MVP, was hitting just .184/.250/.204 and was homerless in 98 at-bats this season. He lost playing time to Mike Sweeney last month and saw his role decrease even further with Milton Bradley back from the…

  17. Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett a DL candidate

    Jun 1, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday that it’s a “50-50 proposition” whether shortstop Jason Bartlett will land on the disabled list because of right hamstring soreness. Bartlett has been slumping and was recently dropped from first to last in Tampa Bay’s lineup, so a break might not be the worst thing. He’s hitting just .231/.327/.330 this…

  18. Darin Erstad's charity auction is a must see

    Jun 1, 2010, 6:12 PM EDT

    I’ve said plenty of unkind things about Darin Erstad the ballplayer over the past several years, but there’s certainly never been an issue with Darin Ersad the person. As the Orange County Register pointed out today, Erstad currently has a charity auction up on ebay, with several items ending Wednesday night and others expiring later…

  19. Coco Crisp goes back on DL for Athletics

    May 26, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Injured in just his second game of the season, Coco Crisp was placed back on the DL Wednesday because of a strained right intercostal muscle. Crisp’s return to the outfield mix was one of the reasonings behind Eric Chavez’s DL assignment over the weekend. The A’s intended to use Crisp in center, Rajai Davis in…

  20. Can the Texas bullpen hold up?

    May 26, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Going into Wednesday’s games, 10 American League relievers had made at least 22 appearances. Five of them happen to pitch for the same team: 1. Will Ohman (Orioles) – 25 2. Daniel Bard (Red Sox) – 24 2. Neftali Feliz (Rangers) – 24 2. Chris Ray (Rangers) – 24 5. Scott Downs (Blue Jays) –…

  21. Jacoby Ellsbury scratched, Darnell McDonald saved

    May 25, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    The Red Sox were planning to designate Darnell McDonald for assignment to make room for Mike Cameron on Tuesday, but Jacoby Ellsbury experienced pain in his left side earlier in the day and was held out of the starting lineup against the Rays, giving McDonald new life. Cameron was activated from the DL as expected…

  22. Jim Leyritz lawsuit resolved with settlement

    May 25, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    The wrongful death lawsuit brought against Jim Leyritz in connection with a drunken driving manslaughter crash in December 2007 was settled Tuesday, with the vicim’s family receiving $250,000 from the former major leaguer’s insurance company. A DUI manslaughter trial is scheduled to start later this year for Leyritz. His attorney, John Richards, says the lawsuit…

  23. Pirates try former first-round pick Neil Walker

    May 25, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Poor Steve Pearce. The 27-year-old first baseman had seemingly rebounded from his very disappointing 2009 and was getting a shot at first base for the Pirates, at least on a part-time basis. However, he suffered a sprained ankle while making his ninth start Monday, requiring a DL trip. That’s opened the door for 2004 first-round…

  24. Slumping Giants can get younger, better

    May 24, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Indications are that the Giants, losers of five in a row, are thinking about having Eric Hacker replace Todd Wellemeyer at the back of the rotation. It’d be another stopgap for a team that has generally given more weight to short-term solutions over long-term considerations during GM Brian Sabean’s time at the help. Fortunately, the…

  25. First-quarter awards: AL MVP

    May 21, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Same drill as the NL award. Let’s begin with VORP. 1. Justin Morneau – 28.8 2. Kevin Youkilis – 22.4 3. Robinson Cano – 21.8 4. Doug Fister – 21.7 5. Miguel Cabrera – 21.1 6. Evan Longoria – 20.7 7. Shaun Marcum – 20.3 8. Vernon Wells – 20.2 9. David Price – 19.7…

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