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  1. Jose Valverde released by the Nationals

    Jul 22, 2015, 1:47 PM EDT

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    He pitched well at Triple-A.

  2. The Padres option Will Middlebrooks to Triple-A

    Jul 22, 2015, 1:20 PM EDT

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    He was not the infield answer the Padres had been looking for.

  3. Howie Kendrick has some strong opinions about haters and guns and stuff

    Jul 22, 2015, 11:45 AM EDT

    Howie Kendrick

    He believes that if you don’t play professional baseball you shouldn’t have any opinions about baseball. OK, Howie.

  4. Brewers turned down catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s long-term contract proposal

    Jul 22, 2015, 10:47 AM EDT

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    “They informed us they weren’t interested in doing anything at this point in time.”

  5. The Blue Jays are interested in Mat Latos

    Jul 22, 2015, 10:30 AM EDT

    Mat Latos

    He’s allowed just one earned run in his past 14 innings.

  6. Shin-Soo Choo hit for the cycle with a ninth-inning triple

    Jul 22, 2015, 10:15 AM EDT

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    He was “a triple short of the cycle” … and hit a triple.

  7. Tigers in Transition: Justin Verlander and the definition of insanity

    Jul 22, 2015, 9:56 AM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Justin Verlander can’t pitch the same way he did when he was in his early 20s and expect to be successful. Justin Verlander, however, does not yet believe that.

  8. Extremely Aggravating and Inexplicable Quote of the Day: Brad Ausmus

    Jul 22, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT

    Brad Ausmus

    Last year Ned Yost was roasted for his slavish adherence to pitchers pitching in certain, specific innings. Brad Ausmus must think that’s what won the Royals’ the pennant.

  9. Benches clear in San Diego thanks to a Padres pitcher throwing his gum at Hector Sanchez

    Jul 22, 2015, 8:30 AM EDT

    Hector Sanchez

    This is the second gum-throwing incident between these two teams this year.

  10. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 22, 2015, 7:35 AM EDT

    Kyle Schwarber

    It was a big night for slugging catchers, Kyle Schwarber chief among them.

  11. Francisco Liriano to return to Pirates’ rotation on Thursday following minor neck injury

    Jul 21, 2015, 11:53 PM EDT

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    Pirates southpaw Francisco Liriano was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against the Brewers just minutes before first pitch due to tightness in his neck. But it’s only a minor thing.

  12. Chris Johnson hopes the Braves trade him soon

    Jul 21, 2015, 11:08 PM EDT

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    Atlanta’s Chris Johnson has drawn only 16 starts this season at third base and 10 at third base, and he’s batting .241/.282/.319 in 124 plate appearances when he does play. He wants a change of scenery …

  13. Blue Jays sign Joba Chamberlain to minor league contract

    Jul 21, 2015, 10:25 PM EDT

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    Joba was cut loose by the Tigers before the All-Star break after posting a 4.09 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, and 15/5 K/BB ratio across 22 innings.

  14. Jed Lowrie, out since April with a torn thumb ligament, finally cleared to play rehab games

    Jul 21, 2015, 9:59 PM EDT

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    Lowrie has been on the disabled list since suffering a ligament tear in his right (throwing-side) thumb back in late April. That thumb injury required surgery and Lowrie was given a three-month recovery timetable …

  15. Video: J.D. Martinez destroyed a baseball at Comerica Park

    Jul 21, 2015, 9:02 PM EDT

    J.D. Martinez

    You don’t see many balls make it over the dead-center field fence at Comerica Park, and Martinez cleared the dang camera well.

  16. Mets, A’s “discussing pieces” for Ben Zobrist trade

    Jul 21, 2015, 8:35 PM EDT

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    Zobrist is also reportedly drawing interest from the Yankees, Giants, and Nationals, but the Mets are said to be willing to overpay to get him from the A’s because how desperate they are for an upgrade on offense.

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