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  1. Carl Crawford nearing a minor league rehab assignment

    Jun 16, 2012, 7:23 PM EST

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    Carl Crawford is finally beginning to make progress. According to beat writer Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, the rehabbing outfielder felt no discomfort in his left elbow or wrist while playing long-toss from a distance of 110 feet on Saturday and Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he is “pretty close to playing in…

  2. Bryce Harper does something Derek Jeter never did

    Jun 16, 2012, 6:06 PM EST

    Bryce Harper

    But only after Derek Jeter almost did it himself. Bryce Harper went 0-for-7 with five strikeouts Saturday as the Nationals lost to the Yankees 5-3 in 14 innings. With two outs and the tying run on base in the 14th, Harper grounded out to end the game, his worst to date as a major leaguer.…

  3. Carlos Marmol is back as the Cubs’ closer

    Jun 16, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

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    Carlos Marmol notched his first save since May 2 yesterday against the Red Sox, but in typical Marmol-fashion, it wasn’t easy. Marmol gave up a one-out single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia before Mike Aviles reached on a fielding error by third baseman Luis Valbuena. He then struck out Daniel Nava looking before walking Scott Podsednik to…

  4. Josh Beckett is headed to the disabled list with right shoulder soreness

    Jun 16, 2012, 4:07 PM EST

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    We learned yesterday that Josh Beckett was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday due to right shoulder inflammation. Now he’s DL-bound. The severity of the issue isn’t yet known, but Beckett will be eligible to rejoin the Red Sox before the end of the month. It’s another tough blow for a team that is having…

  5. Jason Bay placed on 7-day concussion disabled list

    Jun 16, 2012, 2:51 PM EST

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    As expected, the Mets announced this afternoon that Jason Bay was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion. Justin Turner was activated from the disabled list to replace him on the active roster. Bay suffered the concussion last night when he slammed his head and neck into the left field fence while attempting…

  6. Jered Weaver makes it through simulated game without pain

    Jun 16, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

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    The Angels are close to getting their ace back. According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, Jered Weaver threw 60 pitches yesterday in a four-inning simulated game without pain. Weaver has been sidelined since the end of May with a lower back strain. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, after which…

  7. Antonio Bastardo lost a fight against a piece of exercise equipment

    Jun 16, 2012, 1:10 PM EST

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    After Antonio Bastardo gave up one run on two hits in an inning of work Wednesday night against the Twins, he decided to take his frustrations out on a squat machine in the weight room at Target Field. Bad idea. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Bastardo walked away with a large gash…

  8. Blue Jays place Drew Hutchison on disabled list with UCL sprain

    Jun 16, 2012, 12:09 PM EST

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    After leaving last night’s start in the first inning with what was described as right elbow soreness, Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison was placed on the disabled list this morning with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament. According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Hutchison will be shut down for the next two weeks before being re-evaluated.…

  9. Carlos Ruiz may not have an oblique strain after all

    Jun 16, 2012, 11:34 AM EST

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    UPDATE: The Phillies might have caught a break. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Ruiz believes he suffered a cramp in his side last night rather than an oblique strain. He is scheduled to take batting practice today and could be back in the Phillies’ lineup in the next couple of days. 9:22 AM: It’s…

  10. The end of last night’s Royals/Cardinals game was pretty wild

    Jun 16, 2012, 11:28 AM EST

    AP Tyler Greene Humberto Quintero

    The end of last night’s game between the Royals and Cardinals was truly bizarre. Jonathan Broxton entered the bottom of the ninth with a 3-2 lead and retired the first two batters he faced before giving up a two-out single to Tyler Greene. With Rafael Furcal at the plate as a pinch-hitter, Greene took off…

  11. Carlos Beltran becomes first switch-hitter to join 300-300 club

    Jun 16, 2012, 11:01 AM EST

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    We already know that Carlos Beltran is awesome, but now he’s historically awesome. Beltran is the first switch-hitter in major league history to amass 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases. He accomplished the feat by stealing second base in the second inning last night. Appropriately enough, it was against the Royals, the team which…

  12. NBC SportsTalk: One-on-one with Adam LaRoche

    Jun 16, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    Adam LaRoche Reuters

    The Nationals dropped the series opener against the Yankees last night in D.C., but they remain one of the most interesting stories in baseball this season. Adam LaRoche has played a big part in the Nationals’ early success, hitting .261 with 11 homers, 42 RBI and an .848 OPS through 56 games after being limited…

  13. Troy Tulowitzki to be examined for possible sports hernia

    Jun 16, 2012, 10:10 AM EST

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    This isn’t what you want to hear if you’re a Rockies fan. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that Troy Tulowitzki will fly to Philadelphia on Monday to be evaluated for a possible sports hernia. Tulowitzki’s injury was originally described as a left groin strain when he was placed on the disabled list at…

  14. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jun 16, 2012, 8:55 AM EST

    James Loney, A.J. Pierzynski, Matt Thornton AP

    Last night’s matchup between Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale had all the makings of a classic pitchers’ duel. But as it often happens in this game, things didn’t exactly turn out as expected. Adam Dunn set the tone early by slugging a two-run homer off Kershaw in the top of the first inning. It was…

  15. Rockies explode for eight runs in 10th in beating Tigers

    Jun 15, 2012, 11:54 PM EST

    Jose Valverde

    Jose Valverde has been OK in save situations. Tie games, well, they don’t stay tied for very long. Valverde was charged with six runs — one earned — in two-thirds of an inning Friday as the Rockies broke out with eight runs in the 10th inning and beat the Tigers 12-4, snapping an eight-game losing…

  16. The Athletics have released Manny Ramirez

    Jun 15, 2012, 9:37 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Oakland Athletics

    This might be the end of the road for Man-Ram. The Athletics just announced that they have released Manny Ramirez at his request. This comes as surprising news, but perhaps it shouldn’t be. Ramirez was eligible to return from his 50-game PED suspension at the end of May, but the A’s kept him with Triple-A…

  17. Roy Halladay throws for first time since lat muscle injury

    Jun 15, 2012, 9:31 PM EST

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    Roy Halladay still has a long way to go in his recovery from a strained right lat muscle, but he took a small step in the right direction today. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Halladay played catch with Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee this afternoon at Rogers Centre. It was his first time throwing…

  18. Jason Bay exits game with possible concussion

    Jun 15, 2012, 8:59 PM EST

    Jason Bay AP

    Jason Bay just can’t catch a break. Bay, who recently returned from the disabled list after fracturing his rib while attempting to make a diving catch, left tonight’s game against the Reds in the top of the second inning after trying to make a diving catch on a fly ball hit by Jay Bruce. Bay…

  19. The Blue Jays just lost another starting pitcher

    Jun 15, 2012, 8:01 PM EST

    Drew Hutchison Reuters

    This hasn’t been a good week for the Blue Jays’ starting rotation. After losing Brandon Morrow to an oblique strain and Kyle Drabek to a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, now it appears Drew Hutchison could be headed for an extended absence. According to Mike Wilner of of Sportsnet Radio The FAN 590,…

  20. Hanley Ramirez scratched from Friday’s lineup after being hit in nose during BP

    Jun 15, 2012, 7:30 PM EST

    Hanley Ramirez Getty

    The Marlins were given quite the scare this afternoon, as Hanley Ramirez was hit in the nose by a batted ball which bounced off a batting cage screen in the cage at Tropicana Field. Ramirez was scratched from tonight’s lineup against the Rays as a result of the incident, but Marlins’ manager Ozzie Guillen told…

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