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  1. Kevin Youkilis starts off hitting second for White Sox

    Jun 25, 2012, 6:05 PM EST

    Kevin Youkilis

    White Sox No. 2 hitters have batted a pathetic .215/.265/.323 this season. He won’t have to be the old Kevin Youkilis to improve on that. White Sox manager Robin Ventura will ask Youkilis to help set the table for Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko following his acquisition from the Red Sox on Sunday. Here’s the…

  2. Orioles release Miguel Tejada from Triple-A at his request

    Jun 25, 2012, 5:41 PM EST

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    According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun the Orioles have released Miguel Tejada from their Triple-A team at the former MVP’s request. Tejada had been playing third base for Norfolk since mid-May, but hit just .259 with zero homers and a .296 slugging percentage in 36 games. Over the weekend Norfolk also released Jamie…

  3. Apparently some people take issue with Rafael Soriano untucking his shirt after a save

    Jun 25, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Atlanta Braves

    Last night, mere seconds after locking down the save in the Yankees-Mets game, Rafael Soriano untucked his shirt. It’s the first time I’ve noticed him doing it, but apparently he does it all the time. OK, whatever. But apparently enough people take issue with this that someone felt the need to ask Joe Girardi about…

  4. Drew Stubbs returns to Reds following oblique injury

    Jun 25, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

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    As expected the Reds activated Drew Stubbs from the disabled list after the center fielder missed the past three weeks with a strained oblique muscle. Stubbs went 1-for-10 on a brief minor-league rehab assignment and figures to resume starting in center field, pushing Chris Heisey back into a corner spot after serving as the primary…

  5. Frank Deford laments the passing of journalism that Frank Deford likes (and which hasn’t passed)

    Jun 25, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Frank Deford

    The legendary Frank Deford spoke at an awards ceremony on Friday, and during  his acceptance speech he lamented what he believes to be the death of sports journalism. He was somewhat vague on what he thinks is causing the death, but he goes after sports writing that is primarily about statistics and “texting,” suggesting that…

  6. Nationals activate Mark DeRosa, put Xavier Nady on DL

    Jun 25, 2012, 4:46 PM EST

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    Washington has activated Mark DeRosa from the disabled list after the oft-injured veteran missed the past two months with a strained oblique muscle. DeRosa went 1-for-11 with four walks during a brief minor-league rehab assignment at Single-A and really struggled before the DL stint, so he’s unlikely to see much action unless Ryan Zimmerman‘s shoulder…

  7. Marlon Byrd suspended for PEDs

    Jun 25, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    Marlon Byrd AP

    This is bigger than your normal PED suspension: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that outfielder Marlon Byrd has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for Tamoxifen, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Byrd, a free agent, will be on the restricted…

  8. Jeanmar Gomez bumped from Indians’ rotation, demoted to minors

    Jun 25, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    Jeanmar Gomez, Tim Belcher

    Jeanmar Gomez beat out Kevin Slowey for the final spot in the Indians’ rotation this spring, but after posting a 5.18 ERA and terrible 35/26 K/BB ratio in 73 innings he’s headed back to Triple-A. Gomez never showed a whole lot of promise in the minors and his 4.81 ERA through 34 career starts for…

  9. Phillies put backup catcher Brian Schneider on disabled list

    Jun 25, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

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    Philadelphia placed Brian Schneider on the disabled list after the backup catcher sprained his ankle on a home plate collision yesterday. Triple-A catcher Erik Kratz replaces him on the roster and will serve as Carlos Ruiz‘s new caddy. Schneider has played sparingly for the Phillies behind the durable Ruiz, starting 20 of the first 74…

  10. The final AL All-Star balloting update before the teams are set

    Jun 25, 2012, 2:49 PM EST

    All Star Game Logo

    There’s still time to vote, but if it ended now, the AL All-Star team would look like so. The only change to a starter over last week’s results: Robinson Cano taking over first place at second base from Ian Kinsler. Downballot, we see A-Rod passing Evan Longoria for third place at third base, a flip-flop…

  11. Cubs (finally) call up first base prospect Anthony Rizzo

    Jun 25, 2012, 2:12 PM EST

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    Cubs fans are finally getting their wish, as the team announced that first base prospect Anthony Rizzo is on his way to Chicago after destroying Triple-A pitching for the second straight season. Rizzo struggled in his first taste of the big leagues last year for the Padres and was then traded to the Cubs for…

  12. MLB Attendance is way up over last year

    Jun 25, 2012, 2:03 PM EST

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    Major League Baseball issued a press release a few minutes ago touting attendance numbers, and there was much to tout. Overall attendance is up 8.1% over last year, and last year was among the biggest years for attendance all time. The last eight years have been the highest eight-year stretch for attendance in baseball history. Interleague…

  13. Jonathan Lucroy still several weeks from hitting or throwing

    Jun 25, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Milwaukee Brewers

    Jonathan Lucroy has been on the disabled list since late May, when his wife dropped a suitcase on his hand–and sadly got a bunch of hate mail from “fans”–but the fracture has healed enough for the Brewers catcher to catch a bullpen session over the weekend. Rowan Kavner of MLB.com reports that Lucroy had the…

  14. The Yankees announce the Old Timers Day rosters. Tanyon Sturtze finally gets the call

    Jun 25, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    Tanyon Sturtze

    The Yankees will hold their 66th annual Old Timers Day on July 1, and they announced the invitees a little earlier today. Many of the usual suspects, obviously: Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, Ron Guidry, Whitey Ford and Goose Gossage. Among the new faces: Sterling Hitchcock, Stump Merrill, Gene Monahan, Matt Nokes and Tanyon Sturtze. Yep. THE Tanyon Sturtze. I…

  15. Adam Lind returns to Blue Jays after crushing Triple-A

    Jun 25, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    Adam Lind

    Banished to the minors last month in part because he wasn’t hitting and in part because he wasn’t in shape physically, Adam Lind is back with the Blue Jays after batting .392 with eight homers and a 1.112 OPS in 32 games at Triple-A. Those numbers are inflated by Las Vegas and the Pacific Coast…

  16. Kip Wells gets called up by the Padres

    Jun 25, 2012, 12:32 PM EST

    Kip Wells

    I’m not gonna say I haven’t been on top of Kip Wells’ 2012 season, but I didn’t even realize that he had caught on with the Padres following a glorious ten-day stretch with the White Sox back in April. Wells has been at Tucson since May and has pitched in seven games. He has an…

  17. Sore shoulder sends Padres’ Anthony Bass to disabled list

    Jun 25, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    San Diego Padres v Chicago Cubs

    Despite mediocre secondary numbers Anthony Bass had a 1.68 ERA in 48 innings as a rookie last season and a 2.89 ERA through his first 53 innings this year, but the Padres right-hander has struggled recently and is now on the disabled list with a bum shoulder. Bass allowed 29 runs in 31 innings over…

  18. The Red Sox marketing team is on top of things

    Jun 25, 2012, 12:03 PM EST

    Kevin Youkilis

    Less than 24 hours after the Red Sox traded Kevin Youkilis, and an advertisement went out to Sox fans promoting the White-Sox vs. Red Sox series of July 16-19 as the first time Youkilis is back in Fenway Park following his trade to Chicago. Quick thinking, that.

  19. Frank Viola’s daughter made the Olympic diving team

    Jun 25, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

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    Brittany Viola, the daughter of former Cy Young winner Frank Viola, secured a spot on the Olympic diving team yesterday by winning the 10-meter platform trials. Viola narrowly missed making the United States team in 2008, but this time the Associated Press describes her as having “dominated the competition” to secure a trip to London.…

  20. Are the Cubs doing too much non-baseball stuff at Wrigley Field?

    Jun 25, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

    Wrigley Field

    Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun Times makes the case that, after a homestand which saw spray-painted outfield grass thanks to multiple rock concerts at Wrigley Field, the Cubs’ management’s priorities are out of whack: Players were diplomatic about the grotesque look of the field during that homestand and the perception that the use of the…

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