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  1. Report: Mets considering trade for Kelly Shoppach

    Jul 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Kelly Shoppach AP

    The Mets have reportedly discussed a trade for Rockies’ catcher Ramon Hernandez, but Peter Gammons of MLB Network hears that they are considering alternatives. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported last weekend that the Mets are also interested in Mariners’ catcher Miguel Olivo. If acquired, Shoppach would function as a platoon partner for…

  2. Todd Helton lands on disabled list with hip injury

    Jul 14, 2012, 10:52 AM EST

    Todd Helton AP

    Todd Helton didn’t see improvement with his sore right hip during the All-Star break, so the Rockies placed him on the disabled list prior to last night’s game. Helton was already playing sparingly in recent weeks, as the injury has contributed to his struggles at the plate. The Denver Post reports that he’s being sent…

  3. Lenny Dykstra pleads guilty in bankruptcy fraud case

    Jul 14, 2012, 9:36 AM EST

    Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California

    Lenny Dykstra’s legal problems continue to mount, as the Associated Press reports that the former All-Star outfielder pleaded guilty Friday to three counts related to a bankruptcy fraud case in Los Angeles. He could face a maximum 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced on December 3. According to Reuters, Dykstra admitted defrauding creditors by…

  4. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jul 14, 2012, 8:56 AM EST

    Mark Ellis Getty

    Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier were back in the Dodgers’ starting lineup last night, but it was Mark Ellis who played hero. Ellis, who recently returned after missing six weeks due to emergency surgery on his leg, delivered a go-ahead two-run homer off Clayton Richard in the bottom of the sixth inning as part of…

  5. Francisco Liriano becomes 30th ever to fan 15 and lose

    Jul 13, 2012, 11:35 PM EST

    Francisco Liriano

    Francisco Liriano whiffed a career-high 15 batters on Friday night, but he still took a loss in a 6-3 game after giving up four runs — three earned — in eight innings against the A’s. Jonny Gomes hit a grand slam in the fourth inning to account for all of the scoring off Liriano. It…

  6. Hensley Meulens presented with The Royal Decoration of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

    Jul 13, 2012, 11:24 PM EST

    Hensley Meulens

    The Dutch were apparently a lot more impressed by his 12 home runs than the Yankees were. Prior to Friday’s game at AT&T Park, Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens was presented with The Royal Decoration of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, making him the Dutch equivalent of a Knight. Apparently, the Giants have already been calling…

  7. Ryan Westmoreland undergoes another brain surgery

    Jul 13, 2012, 9:15 PM EST

    ryan westmoreland

    Two years removed from emergency surgery to repair a cavernous malformation in his brain, Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland was aiming to get into a minor league game before the end of the season. However, any such plans have been put on hold, as the Red Sox announced this evening that the 21-year-old required a…

  8. Dodgers welcome Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier back from the disabled list

    Jul 13, 2012, 8:30 PM EST

    Matt Kemp Andre Ethier

    The Dodgers’ offense just got a major boost, as both Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier have been activated from the disabled list and are batting third and fourth respectively tonight against the Padres. Kemp has been sidelined since aggravating his left hamstring strain on May 30. While he made it back from the initial injury…

  9. Rangers phenom Jurickson Profar gets first start at third

    Jul 13, 2012, 8:14 PM EST

    Jurickson Profar

    Jurickson Profar, who showed off his power with a home run in Sunday’s Futures Game, is sliding from shortstop to third base for the first time as a pro for Double-A Frisco tonight. It’s a bit curious; not only do the Rangers already have a top-flight third baseman in Adrian Beltre, but they also have…

  10. Mets sign left-hander C.J. Nitkowski

    Jul 13, 2012, 7:29 PM EST

    cj nitkowski getty

    Here’s a blast from the past. The Mets announced this afternoon that they have signed left-hander C.J. Nitkowski to a minor league contract, pending a physical. He’s expected to report to Double-A Binghamton. Nitkowski, who had a tryout with the Mets back in March, broke the news via his Twitter account: Nitkowski, now 39, hasn’t…

  11. Report: Brewers willing to go near $100 million to re-sign Zack Greinke

    Jul 13, 2012, 6:51 PM EST

    Zack Greinke

    The ever familiar “person familiar with their thinking” told Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com that the Brewers are willing to go “close to $100 million over five years” to re-sign Zack Greinke, but that they’re not optimistic about getting an extension done. Part of the reason the Brewers are pessimistic is simply that Greinke is only…

  12. Jered Weaver isn’t worried about the $60 million he passed up

    Jul 13, 2012, 6:27 PM EST

    Jered Weaver

    Jered Weaver could have the top pitcher in this year’s free agent class, overtaking Cole Hamels and Zack Greinke. Instead, he’ll make $70 million over the next four years under the terms of the five-year, $85 million deal he signed with the Angels last August. “I know people still talk about it, and how big…

  13. Posnanski and Paterno

    Jul 13, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Posnanski

    This has no connection to baseball, but it deals with the guy who happens to be the best baseball writer in the business, so I figure it’s fair game. Anyway, if you’re weary of this subject, please move along. A couple of years ago, Joe Posnanski set out to write the definitive Joe Paterno biography.…

  14. No deal for Mark Appel and the Pirates

    Jul 13, 2012, 5:35 PM EST

    Mark Appel

    Pirates first round draft pick Mark Appel is going back to college. Because he and Pittsburgh failed to reach a deal by today’s deadline. The eighth overall pick had seemed like a signing longshot for some time. In large part because he was originally expected to be the first overall pick before his hometown Houston…

  15. Orioles reach last-second, $4.32 million deal with No. 4 pick Kevin Gausman

    Jul 13, 2012, 5:24 PM EST

    Kevin Gausman

    No. 4 overall pick Kevin Gausman broke the news himself via Twitter right at the 5:00 p.m. signing deadline, as the LSU right-hander announced that he agreed to a last-second deal with the Orioles. Earlier this week Gausman’s hometown New Orleans Times Picayune reported that he’d be turning down the Orioles and going back to…

  16. Nationals go over slot, sign Lucas Giolito for $2.925 million

    Jul 13, 2012, 5:07 PM EST

    lucas giolito

    Just seconds before today’s 5:00 p.m. eastern time deadline the Nationals and No. 16 overall pick Lucas Giolito agreed to a $2.925 million bonus, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America. Giolito was in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick before an elbow injury ended his season and questions about the California high…

  17. Marlins place Giancarlo Stanton on DL following surgery, activate Emilio Bonifacio

    Jul 13, 2012, 4:19 PM EST

    Emilio Bonifacio AP

    It’s not quite a fair tradeoff, but the Marlins lost an outfielder to the disabled list and gained an outfielder from the DL. And it might be the best combination of never ever linked in the same transaction. Giancarlo Stanton was placed on the DL after undergoing knee surgery that will sideline him for 4-6…

  18. Yankees sign Kosuke Fukudome to minor-league contract

    Jul 13, 2012, 3:45 PM EST

    White Sox pinch hitter Fukudome hits into an out in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox during their MLB baseball game in Chicago

    Released by the White Sox last month, Kosuke Fukudome has signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that the 35-year-old outfielder will head to Triple-A and try to convince the Yankees he’s worth adding as a bench bat down the stretch. Fukudome obviously never lived up to…

  19. Jacoby Ellsbury rejoins Red Sox after missing 79 games

    Jul 13, 2012, 2:51 PM EST

    Jacoby Ellsbury shoulder Getty

    As expected the Red Sox have activated Jacoby Ellsbury from the disabled list for tonight’s game after the center fielder missed the past 79 games with a partially dislocated shoulder. To make room on the roster for Ellsbury’s return the Red Sox designated journeyman pitcher Justin Germano for assignment. Ellsbury hit just .185 on a…

  20. Why Marvin Miller should be in the Hall of Fame, exhibit 2,305

    Jul 13, 2012, 2:32 PM EST

    Marvin Miller

    Arguably the best guy at the most important position in the richest, most successful sports league in America just signed a new deal today: Drew Brees’s deal is done … The deal includes $40 million in the first year and a guaranteed $60 million in the first three years of the contract. That’s the biggest guarantee…

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