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  1. Report: The Red Sox “definitely intend” to trade Kevin Youkilis

    Jun 1, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    UPDATE: Now Reds GM Ben Cherington denies the report. Color me skeptical. 11:34 AM: We heard some rumblings a week or two ago that the Red Sox could conceivably trade Kevin Youkilis. But this sounds like more than mere consideration: Red Sox are telling teams they definitely intend to trade Youkilis. — DKnobler (@DKnobler) June 1,…

  2. Ernesto Frieri has been unhittable since joining the Angels

    Jun 1, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ernesto Frieri

    Ernesto Frieri was plenty dominant with the Padres, throwing 108 innings with a 2.33 ERA and 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings, but what the reliever has done since being traded to the Angels is just silly. Frieri, who was acquired from San Diego for prospects Alexi Amarista and Donn Roach on May 3, has thrown…

  3. J.R. Richard to be honored by the Astros tonight — but how about retiring his number too?

    Jun 1, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    J.R. Richard

    When I was seven years-old, I was of the opinion that J.R. Richard was the greatest pitcher in baseball. This was based less on watching him — I might have seen him pitch once on a Game of the Week or something and knew nothing about pitching then — as it was on what older…

  4. Banged-up Red Sox give Will Middlebrooks shortstop reps

    Jun 1, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Will Middlebrooks

    Injuries have already forced the Red Sox to do some weird things defensively and now the possibility of Dustin Pedroia missing significant time with a thumb injury has led to rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks getting work at shortstop. Middlebrooks hasn’t played the position since high school and in fact has never played a position…

  5. Apparently, instant replay is really expensive

    Jun 1, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Video camera

    Jeff Passan has a column up today chronicling the recent run-ins between players and umpires and talking about how replay would solve so much of it.  In the course of his argument, he drops this as a means of explaining one of the reasons Bud Selig is against replay: There’s the financial factor, too. A…

  6. Indians could get Fausto Carmona/Roberto Hernandez back by All-Star break

    Jun 1, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    Marlins reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo is currently serving an eight-week suspension for falsifying his identity, but apparently the pitcher formerly known as Leo Nunez got a much stiffer penalty than the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona is likely to receive. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Carmona, who’s now known as…

  7. Carlos Beltran returns to Citi Field

    Jun 1, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    The Cardinals head to Queens for a weekend series with the Mets, and we know what that means: lots of people focusing on the guy for something that happened nearly six years ago: The Mets are planning a video tribute for Beltran whether he plays or not, similar to the one they staged for Jose Reyes‘…

  8. Don’t tell Ozzie Guillen that Mark Buehrle is not an ace

    Jun 1, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Ozzie Guillen had a good rant yesterday when someone suggested to him that Mark Buehrle is not an “ace.”  Joe Capozzi has it all, but here are a couple of highlights: “Whoever said he is not the ace, I hope he doesn’t mind me taking his job because he doesn’t know what he’s talking about…

  9. The Padres are calling up Yasmani Grandal

    Jun 1, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Yasmani Grandal

    The Padres did a couple of things in the offseason that didn’t necessarily go together: (1) traded for Yasmani Grandal from the Reds (among others); and (2) signed Nick Hundley to a contract extension. Given Grandal’s obvious promise, this seemed to create a bit of a problem. Grandal himself certainly saw that he may be blocked…

  10. The Marlins are probably gonna get sued after girl falls from a rock climbing wall at the ballpark

    Jun 1, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Marlins Miami new logo

    Last Saturday the Marlins had a carnival of some kind at the ballpark, and one of the features at the carnival was a rock climbing wall. You’ve seen these before: kids climb them with harnesses and stuff.  Well, when the harness doesn’t work, it’s bad news: Emily Davis was testing her climbing skills during Saturday’s…

  11. Carlos Gonzalez is on fire

    Jun 1, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    On Wednesday, Carlos Gonzalez pulled a Reggie and hit homers in three straight at bats. OK, I guess they needed to be on three pitches to be a true Reggie, but he was pretty awesome all the same. He kept it up last night. Gonzalez hit a homer in his first at bat of the…

  12. And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

    Jun 1, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Dylan

    There were only three freakin’ games last night. Three!  How is this fair? Bah! Bah, I say.  So, to make up for the lack of games to talk about, I go into some random Bob Dylan stuff below the scores. My feature. Do what I wanna do. Tigers 7, Red Sox 3: Max Scherzer continues…

  13. Stephen Drew ready to go nine innings

    Jun 1, 2012, 1:03 AM EDT

    Stephen Drew

    Stephen Drew is getting closer to returning to the Arizona lineup. He’ll play nine innings in extended spring games both Friday and Saturday as he further steps up his rehab. Drew has been on the DL all season after suffering a broken ankle sliding into home plate last July 20. The Diamondbacks, though, have gotten…

  14. Ryan Braun out of tonight’s lineup with Achilles tightness

    May 31, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun AP

    Matt Kemp and Troy Tulowitzki aren’t the only National League stars who are hurting. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Ryan Braun is out of tonight’s lineup against the Dodgers in order to rest nagging tightness in his right Achilles tendon. The injury has flared up at various times this season and he…

  15. Theo Epstein says Cubs aren’t considering trading Starlin Castro

    May 31, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro Getty

    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported earlier this afternoon that the Cubs are open to moving everyone outside of right-hander Jeff Samardzija. Yes, even 22-year-old shortstop Starlin Castro. Naturally there’s been quite a bit of conversation about the report, irrational and otherwise, but Cubs president Theo Epstein went out of his way to address the…

  16. Brett Gardner could take batting practice this weekend

    May 31, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    Brett Gardner Getty

    Brett Gardner has experienced a couple of setbacks in his recovery from a strained right elbow, but there’s increased optimism that he could rejoin the Yankees in the near future. According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, Gardner could begin taking batting practice this weekend. The speedy outfielder was cleared to take dry swings…

  17. Two days later, Matt Kemp returns to disabled list

    May 31, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Matt Kemp said this one was worse than the original injury, and he was placed back on the disabled list Thursday just two days after returning from a strained left hamstring. Kemp aggravated the injury running the bases in Wednesday’s game and soon afterwards snapped a bat over his thigh in frustration. “He has a…

  18. Troy Tulowitzki lands on DL with groin strain

    May 31, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    The Rockies, currently 11 1/2 games back of the Dodgers in the NL West, will have to go it without their All-Star shortstop for the next couple of weeks, as Troy Tulowitzki was placed on the DL Thursday due to a strained left groin. Tulo had just been warming up at the plate, hitting four…

  19. Video of the Day: Chan Ho Park rocks the mic like a, um, I dunno

    May 31, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    CVhan Ho Park

    Via Deadspin, we get to see Chan Ho Park in what is apparently a commercial for insurance from South Korea: Whatever he’s selling, I’ll buy two.

  20. Adam Lind outrighted to Las Vegas

    May 31, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Adam Lind

    Adam Lind has been in triple-A Las Vegas, but he had remained on the 40-man roster, having merely been optioned. Not anymore, though: The Blue Jays announced today that they outrighted him, removing him from the 40-man.  There had been some dispute about that. Lind is currently killing the ball in Las Vegas, but he was doing…

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