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  1. Braves lose infielder Ramiro Pena for rest of season

    Jun 27, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Ramiro Pena

    The Braves were dealt at least a modest blow Wednesday with the news that Ramiro Pena, who has been on the DL since June 21 with a right shoulder impingement, will need season-ending surgery for a torn labrum. It was a big surprise this winter when the Braves signed Pena to a major league contract…

  2. Report: Dodgers, Marlins talking Ricky Nolasco trade

    Jun 26, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

    Ricky Nolasco

    Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com says the Dodgers and Marlins are engaging in trade talks involving Ricky Nolasco. While rotation depth was supposed to be a major strength for the Dodgers this year, the team has lost Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett to injury and has gotten little from Ted Lilly so far. The team’s rotation…

  3. Shaun Marcum shuts down White Sox to avoid 0-10 start

    Jun 26, 2013, 10:54 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum

    After nine straight losses to begin the season, the Mets’ Shaun Marcum blanked the White Sox for eight innings on Wednesday and picked up his first victory in a 3-0 game. Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save. Marcum was in danger of becoming the first pitcher since the Cardinals’ Anthony Reyes…

  4. Mark Teixeira’s contract another expensive miscue for Yankees

    Jun 26, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira

    When it was signed following the 2008 season, Mark Teixeira‘s eight-year, $180 million deal with the Yankees was the third biggest in MLB history and largest to go to someone not named Alex Rodriguez. Now it rivals Rodriguez’s as one of the worst in baseball. With the news Wednesday that Teixeira would undergo wrist surgery,…

  5. John Lackey ties career high with 12 strikeouts in win

    Jun 26, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    John Lackey

    Turning in yet another impressive performance, John Lackey matched his career high with 12 strikeouts while pitching seven innings of two-run ball in the Red Sox’s 5-3 win over the Rockies on Wednesday. It was the third straight start in which Lackey has pitched seven innings and given up two runs. He’s turned in quality…

  6. Raul Ibanez hits 18th homer, on pace for major league record

    Jun 26, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    Raul Ibanez

    Raul Ibanez hit his ninth homer of June and 18th of the season Wednesday against the Pirates, putting him on record pace for a 41-year-old. No player has ever hit 30 homers at age 41 or beyond. Ted Williams tops the list with 29 at age 41 in his last season prior to retirement. Barry…

  7. R.A. Dickey shuts out Rays in no time flat

    Jun 26, 2013, 5:56 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    Well, technically, it was 2 hours and 10 minutes. Still, it was a breeze. Toronto’s R.A. Dickey, finally throwing his knuckler with authority again, pitched a two-hitter Wednesday against the Rays for his first shutout and complete game of the season. Dickey entered with a 5.15 ERA in 16 starts. He had three shutouts and…

  8. Diamondbacks, Dodgers brawl after Zack Greinke gets drilled

    Jun 12, 2013, 12:42 AM EDT

    Miguel Montero, Yasiel Puig

    The fourth hit by pitch of Tuesday’s game between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers finally did the trick; Ian Kennedy nailed Zack Greinke in the shoulder in the bottom of the seventh, touching off a modest brawl. Punches were thrown after the benches and bullpens cleared, but most of the action was limited to yelling and…

  9. So, someone is going to have to be the AL Rookie of the Year, right?

    Jun 11, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT

    Jose Iglesias

    The AL fired off all its rounds with a 2012 rookie class that featured Mike Trout, Yu Darvish, Yoenis Cespedes, Jarrod Parker, Hisashi Iwakuma, Matt Moore, Tommy Milone and many others. This year, the strong rookie class is in the other league, with Shelby Miller, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Julio Teheran leading the way and Yasiel…

  10. Yasiel Puig named NL Player of the Week, then moved into cleanup spot

    Jun 10, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Yasiel Puig was much more of a cleanup hitter than a leadoff man in his first week of the majors, and now he’s one officially, as the Dodgers have inserted him behind Adrian Gonzalez in Monday’s lineup. The lineup was announced not long after Puig was named NL Player of the Week for smashing four…

  11. 2013 MLB Draft: Round 6-10 notes – Braves GM picks his son

    Jun 7, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

    Kyle Wren, Brandon Hohl

    - One big thing to remember here: the new draft rules that kicked in last year really sucked the air out of these rounds. Instead of going for upside guys, a lot of teams are drafting college seniors in rounds 5-10 and then trying to sign them well under slot, freeing up money for more…

  12. 2013 MLB Draft: Round 4-5 notes – Astros try another tiny second baseman

    Jun 7, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

    Tony Kemp

    - Now the Astros are showing some sabermetric roots, going with Vanderbilt teammates in the fourth and fifth rounds. First baseman Conrad Gregor hit .314/.443/.418 with 53 walks in 220 at-bats this year, while second baseman Tony Kemp came in at .398/.480/.496 with 35 walks in 256 at-bats. The two had three homers between them,…

  13. 2013 MLB Draft: Round 3 notes – BoSox get steal in Jon Denney

    Jun 7, 2013, 2:08 PM EDT

    Kent Emanuel

    - With all night to think about it, the Astros made North Carolina left-hander Kent Emanuel the first pick off the board Friday and 74th overall selection. That splits the difference over where MLB.com (69th) and ESPN’s Keith Law (82nd) had him ranked. Emanuel is a 6-foot-4 lefty with a decent three-pitch arsenal, but command…

  14. 2013 MLB Draft: Day one winners and losers

    Jun 7, 2013, 2:27 AM EDT

    Mark Appel

    It’s a tradition here at Hardball Talk to pick the winners and losers from the draft, even though we’re years away from having any idea who came out on top. And we’re not ones to mess with tradition, no matter how silly it may make us look in the end. Let’s rock. Winners Mark Appel:…

  15. 2013 MLB Draft: Notes from Round A and Round 2

    Jun 7, 2013, 1:10 AM EDT

    Michael Lorenzen

    - The Royals kicked off the first of the two “Competitive Balance” rounds with Indiana State left-hander Sean Manaea, suggesting that they did have a plan in place when they shocked everyone by reaching for shortstop Hunter Dozier with the eighth pick. Still, it all makes one wonder why they didn’t just take Manaea first;…

  16. 2013 MLB Draft: Picks 21-33 – Yankees make their three first-round picks

    Jun 6, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Notre Dame Cal Poly Baseball

    Rays selected catcher Nick Ciuffo with the 21st pick in the 2013 draft. The second high school catcher to go, Ciuffo has a promising left-handed bat with quite a bit of power potential. He’s still rather raw behind the plate, but he has a good arm and the tools to turn into an adept catcher…

  17. 2013 MLB Draft: Picks 11-20 – Mets look to first base, Padres go Renfroe

    Jun 6, 2013, 8:36 PM EDT

    Hunter Renfroe

    Mets picked high school first baseman Dominic Smith 11th overall. Domonic Brown has been this year’s breakthrough player, so why not Dominic Smith. It can’t be taken as a great vote of confidence for either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda that the Mets took a first baseman here, but many, many things can happen before…

  18. 2013 MLB Draft: Picks 6-10 – The Marlins jump on Colin Moran

    Jun 6, 2013, 7:53 PM EDT

    Colin Moran

    Marlins selected third baseman Colin Moran from the University of North Carolina with the sixth overall pick. One rumor last week was that the Astros might take Moran first overall in order to save some money. The Marlins should consider themselves lucky to get him here. Moran, the nephew of former No. 1 overall draft…

  19. 2013 MLB Draft: Picks 2-5 – Cubs take third baseman Kris Bryant 2nd overall

    Jun 6, 2013, 7:28 PM EDT

    Kris Bryant

    Cubs picked University of San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant with the second overall pick. Bryant, a 6-foot-5 right-handed bat, was considered the best power hitter from the college ranks, smashing 31 homers to go along with a .329/.493/.820 line for San Diego this year. The question with him is defense, as some wonder if…

  20. 2013 MLB Draft: Astros take Mark Appel first overall

    Jun 6, 2013, 7:12 PM EDT

    Mark Appel AP

    Last year, the Astros decided they weren’t interested in meeting Mark Appel’s bonus demands and selected Carlos Correa first overall. Given a do over after finishing with the worst record in baseball once again, the Astros selected Appel, a right-hander from Stanford, first overall in Thursday’s draft. Appel ended up going eighth overall to the…

  21. Watch Yasiel Puig crush his first major league homer

    Jun 5, 2013, 12:22 AM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    After going 2-for-4 with a game-ending outfield assist in his debut Monday, Yasiel Puig kept the hype machine going Tuesday. He doubled off Padres left-hander Clayton Richard in his first at-bat and then did this in his third: OK, so Richard did pretty much set it up there on a tee for him. But Puig…

  22. Red Sox thrash Rangers pitchers, then go cold against a hitter

    Jun 4, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

    Jackie Bradley

    The Red Sox racked up 17 runs while scoring in each of the first seven innings against the Rangers at Fenway on Tuesday and only to had to add one more against position player David Murphy in the eighth to become the 14th team in major league history to score in every inning of a…

  23. Looking at the potentially suspended Biogenesis players

    Jun 4, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

    Jhonny Peralta, Jim Leyland, Tony Randazzo

    Let’s run down the list of players connected to Tony Bosch’s Biogenesis clinic as MLB is reportedly preparing to issue 50- or 100-game suspensions. Listed below are players whose names are found in the Biogenesis documents. Other major leaguers may well be involved, as some of Bosch’s clients were listed in code. Since Bosch is…

  24. A mass Biogenesis suspension would be a massive fail

    Jun 4, 2013, 8:47 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    MLB will let Tony Bosch off the hook, if he just gives them A-Rod and Braun. That’s the crux of Tuesday’s Outside the Lines article. Tony Bosch, the fake doctor who ran the Biogenesis Clinic exposed by the Miami New Times earlier this year, merely has to tell MLB everything that went on at his…

  25. Report: Likely top-five draft pick Jonathan Gray tests positive for Adderall

    Jun 3, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

    Jonathan Gray

    Sources told ESPN’s Keith Law that University of Oklahoma right-hander Jonathan Gray, who was widely expected to go at the top of the first round in Thursday’s MLB draft, sampled positive for Adderall during a predraft test. One source with MLB that the positive test won’t result in a suspension, but will result in additional…

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