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  1. Trevor Bauer to make major league debut Thursday

    Jun 24, 2012, 5:38 PM EST

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    Rather than give Josh Collmenter another spot start, the Diamondbacks will promote top prospect Trevor Bauer in time to start Thursday’s game against the Braves, Jack Magruder of reports. Bauer was removed from his start Sunday after 50 pitches, suggesting that the Diamondbacks were looking at it as a tuneup for Thursday’s outing. The…

  2. Kevin Youkilis sent to White Sox for Zach Stewart, Brent Lillibridge

    Jun 24, 2012, 5:26 PM EST

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    The White Sox announced after Sunday’s game that they’ve acquired Kevin Youkilis from Boston in exchange for right-hander Zach Stewart and utilityman Brent Lillibridge. The Red Sox are also sending $5.5 million in cash to help cover Youkilis’ salary, according to’s Ken Rosenthal. “I just got off the phone with him, he’s very excited to…

  3. Drew Storen will probably be returning to a setup role

    Jun 24, 2012, 5:22 PM EST

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    Drew Storen saved 43 games alongside a superb 2.75 ERA last season for the Nationals. But the 24-year-old right-hander might no longer bear the title of “closer” when he returns from elbow surgery. According to Amanda Comack of the Washington Times, Nats manager Davey Johnson told reporters Saturday evening that he’s likely to stick with…

  4. Pirates claim Drew Sutton off waivers from the Rays

    Jun 24, 2012, 4:08 PM EST

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    From Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors comes word that the Pirates claimed utilityman Drew Sutton off waivers from the Rays on Sunday afternoon. It’s been a season of travel thus far for Sutton, a 28-year-old former 15th-round pick. He signed a minor league contract with the Braves in November, was traded to the Pirates on…

  5. Brandon McCarthy hits disabled list with shoulder soreness for second time this season

    Jun 24, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

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    As confirmed by the Athletics’ official Twitter feed, right-handed starter Brandon McCarthy was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday afternoon with ongoing discomfort in his throwing shoulder. McCarthy missed only 15 days earlier this season with a similar shoulder issue, but it seems like he’ll be out much longer than that this time around.…

  6. Day after walkoff, Jim Thome talks about returning in 2013

    Jun 24, 2012, 2:29 PM EST

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    Jim Thome set a major league record Saturday with his 13th career walkoff homer. Now he’s thinking about coming back for more. “It showed me that I can still play,” Thome said in an interview with Scott Palmer on the Phillies pregame show, Behind the Pinstripes, Sunday afternoon. “And to be honest, it really questions…

  7. Kevin Youkilis trade not believed imminent

    Jun 24, 2012, 1:39 PM EST

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    It’s well past noon and we haven’t checked in on the Kevin Youkilis rumor mill. Time to rectify that.’s Sean McAdam has the goods: Five teams — the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves and a fifth unidentified team — are evolving. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks, a second…

  8. Ryan Zimmerman has pain in shoulder, may need a break

    Jun 24, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

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    Mark Zuckerman of’s excellent “Nats Insider” page provides the money quote: “I’ve been hitting for a while here [in the big leagues], and I don’t miss fastballs the way I’ve been missing fastballs,” Ryan Zimmerman said Saturday after watching his batting line fall to .218/.285/.305 . “So it’s frustrating, but I’ve just got to continue…

  9. Matt Garza already drawing trade interest from six teams

    Jun 24, 2012, 12:05 PM EST

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    Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe is always a must-read. And it only gets better as MLB’s non-waiver trade deadline approaches. Cafardo reports today that “about six teams have been on the phone” consistently over the past few weeks with Cubs president Theo Epstein concerning the availability of right-handed starter Matt Garza.…

  10. Andrew Bailey suffers minor setback in bullpen session

    Jun 24, 2012, 11:32 AM EST

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    Two steps forward, one step back. So it goes. Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Red Sox right-hander Andrew Bailey suffered a minor setback earlier this weekend after tossing a bit-too-intense bullpen session. But the good news is it has nothing to do with his surgically-repaired thumb. “His arm didn’t feel great throwing,’’…

  11. Will Middlebrooks has been historically productive

    Jun 24, 2012, 10:43 AM EST

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    Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks was batting .333/.380/.677 with nine home runs and 27 RBI in 100 plate appearances for Triple-A Pawtucket at the time of his promotion to the major leagues. And he’s barely slowed down at the next level. Middlebrooks went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI in…

  12. Phillies expected to activate Chase Utley on Wednesday

    Jun 24, 2012, 9:50 AM EST

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    Jim Salisbury of has the good news on Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, who made it through eight innings Saturday evening in his final rehab game with the Single-A Clearwater Threshers: Utley is now expected to travel to Philadelphia for the final stage of his rehab assignment. That is likely to include his playing…

  13. Cubs might promote Anthony Rizzo Tuesday from AAA Iowa

    Jun 24, 2012, 9:04 AM EST

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    Get excited, Cubs fans. For once this year. According to beat writer Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, “speculation is” that the Northsiders are preparing to promote 22-year-old first base prospect Anthony Rizzo from Triple-A Iowa in time for Tuesday night’s game against the Mets. Rizzo has registered a sparkling .355/.416/.722 batting line with 23…

  14. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jun 24, 2012, 8:27 AM EST

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    Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer got word just a few days ago that his younger brother Alex had committed suicide. But he decided to carry on and make his scheduled start Saturday vs. the Pirates. And he put together a truly inspiring performance. The Tigers didn’t win and Scherzer was handed his fifth loss of the 2012…

  15. Jose Valverde (wrist) could be ready to pitch Sunday

    Jun 23, 2012, 10:16 PM EST

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    Tigers closer Jose Valverde hasn’t appeared in a game since last Friday due to a sprained right wrist. But he’s just about back to 100 percent health. According to Chris Iott of Detroit’s, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Saturday that Valverde is a “possibility” but “not a sure thing” for Sunday’s series-finale against the…

  16. Brett Anderson throws off mound for first time post surgery

    Jun 23, 2012, 9:02 PM EST

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    Brett Anderson is starting to make real progress. According to Jane Lee of, the Oakland left-hander threw off a mound on Saturday afternoon for the first time since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last July. He threw a total of 20 pitches — all fastballs — without feeling any sort of abnormal pain…

  17. Dallas Keuchel throws complete game in second career start

    Jun 23, 2012, 7:43 PM EST

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    Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel did a spectacular job in his major league debut last Sunday, limiting a dangerous Rangers lineup to one run in five innings. In his second major league appearance, the 24-year-old lefty from Tulsa, Oklahoma was even better. Keuchel, a seventh-round pick of the ‘Stros in 2009, recorded a complete game on…

  18. Clay Buchholz scratched from start Sunday and placed on DL with intestinal bleeding

    Jun 23, 2012, 6:48 PM EST

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    From Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe comes word that right-hander Clay Buchholz has been scratched from his scheduled Sunday start against the Braves because of an illness. Aaron Cook will be called up from Triple-A Pawtucket and officially activated from MLB’s 15-day disabled list to pitch in his place. Buchholz has an ugly 5.53…

  19. Drew Stubbs on track to rejoin Reds on Monday

    Jun 23, 2012, 5:31 PM EST

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    Drew Stubbs began a minor league rehab assignment last night with Class A Dayton as he continues to make his way back from a strained left oblique. Stubbs, who has been sidelined since June 5, went 0-for-2 and played five innings in center field. The speedy 27-year-old later told Mark Clements of that he…

  20. Max Scherzer starting today following his brother’s death

    Jun 23, 2012, 4:25 PM EST

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    Max Scherzer is pitching against the Pirates this afternoon with a very heavy heart. Scherzer has been away from the Tigers for the past couple of days due to “personal reasons,” but now we know some of the details regarding his absence. And they are heartbreaking. Lynn Henning of the Detroit News reports that Scherzer…

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