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  1. Johnny Cueto scratched from Reds’ finale with Cardinals

    Jul 15, 2012, 9:22 AM EST

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    The Reds will be trying for a three-game sweep of the Cardinals this evening at Great American Ball Park, but they’ll have to get it done without their ace. According to C. Trent Rosecrans of CBS Sports, right-hander Johnny Cueto has been scratched from his scheduled turn in the starting rotation due to a blister…

  2. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 15, 2012, 8:37 AM EST

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    The Astros aren’t the most lethal of opponents, but we caught a glimpse of vintage Tim Lincecum on Saturday night in San Francisco. And it was good. The Giants right-hander yielded just five hits over eight scoreless innings, racking up 11 strikeouts while issuing just one walk. He needed 114 pitches and his velocity declined…

  3. Padres use steal of home in ninth to overtake Dodgers

    Jul 15, 2012, 12:53 AM EST

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    The Padres came back to beat the Dodgers on a crazy play Saturday, tying the game on a steal of home with two outs in the top of the ninth and scoring the go-ahead run on the same sequence. The Padres had runners on the corners with no outs before Kenley Jansen got a strikeout…

  4. Jason Hammel undergoing surgery on right knee, out at least four weeks

    Jul 14, 2012, 10:38 PM EST

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    The Orioles celebrated a walkoff victory over the Tigers on Saturday, but they’re struggling to cling to an American League Wild Card spot and could be without one of their best starters for a while. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun writes that Jason Hammel has cartilage “floating” in his right knee that gives him pain…

  5. Dr. Frank Jobe: ‘It could have been Sandy Koufax surgery’

    Jul 14, 2012, 9:45 PM EST

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    The Dodgers are having Tommy John and the man who performed his famous surgery, Dr. Frank Jobe, throwing out the first pitches prior to Saturday’s game, and Jobe said something very interesting in talking with the media: “If I was smart enough to do this 10 years before, it might be called the Koufax surgery.” No…

  6. Roy Halladay will return Tuesday

    Jul 14, 2012, 9:05 PM EST

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    CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury has the scoop: Roy Halladay has received clearance to come off the disabled list and start for the Phillies on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. “I feel comfortable that he’s ready,” pitching coach Rich Dubee said after watching Halladay throw in the bullpen at Coors Field on Saturday afternoon. Halladay has been…

  7. Adrian Gonzalez hurt his back being nice to a kid

    Jul 14, 2012, 8:03 PM EST

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    Maybe the Red Sox can add fraternizing with children to the ban list. Adrian Gonzalez is sitting out a second straight game Saturday because of a sore back, the cause of which finally came to light today. According to the first baseman, Gonzalez was at the mall Friday afternoon when he “ran into a family with…

  8. Astros prospect fractures hand after punching door

    Jul 14, 2012, 7:41 PM EST

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    Kids, don’t get into fights with inanimate objects. According to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle, Astros prospect Jonathan Villar will be sidelined for the next six weeks after fracturing his right hand while punching a door between innings Friday evening at Double-A Corpus Christi. Villar is scheduled to have surgery next week. The 21-year-old…

  9. ‘Old Hoss’ Greinke sees streak end

    Jul 14, 2012, 6:30 PM EST

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    After using Zack Greinke as their starting pitcher each of the last three games, the Brewers have decided to defer to Marco Estrada for Saturday’s game against the Pirates. Greinke’s streak began last Saturday, when he was ejected after facing just his second batter of the day against the Astros. Since he threw a mere…

  10. Bill James doubles down on the Joe Paterno defense

    Jul 14, 2012, 6:02 PM EST

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    Yesterday we looked at Bill James’ initial comments defending Joe Paterno. His take: Paterno did what he was supposed to have done circa 1998 and what more could possibly have been asked of him? You know, apart from doing a single thing to prevent Jerry Sandusky from raping more children in the Penn State football…

  11. The umpires in the Mets-Braves game are having a tough inning

    Jul 14, 2012, 5:46 PM EST

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    And what a surprise…. it’s Dan Iassogna’s motley crew. In the top of the fifth today in the game between the Mets and Braves in Atlanta, C.B. Bucknor missed a very obvious play at first base, calling the Mets’ Jordany Valdespin out on his attempt for a bunt single. It wasn’t even a bang-bang play;…

  12. Braves acquire infielder Paul Janish from Reds

    Jul 14, 2012, 5:32 PM EST

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    The injury-riddled Braves have secured some insurance for the shortstop position. Mark Bowman of MLB.com confirms that the Braves have acquired infielder Paul Janish from Reds in exchange for minor league right-hander Todd Redmond. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes that he’s expected to join the Braves tomorrow. The Braves have been on the…

  13. Jason Hammel to miss at least one start with right knee injury

    Jul 14, 2012, 4:57 PM EST

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    UPDATE: The MRI results aren’t yet known, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Hammel will miss at least one start. Orioles manager Buck Showalter will have more on his status after the game. 10:06 AM ET: Jason Hammel‘s right knee has been an issue for most of the season, but he’s managed…

  14. Ryan Dempster runs scoreless streak to 33 innings in win over Diamondbacks

    Jul 14, 2012, 4:18 PM EST

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    Ryan Dempster continues to do wonders for his trade value. In his second start back after missing three weeks with a strained right lat muscle, Dempster tossed six shutout innings this afternoon as part of a 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field. He now has a career-high 33-inning scoreless streak dating back to…

  15. The Indians aren’t counting on anything from Grady Sizemore this season

    Jul 14, 2012, 3:38 PM EST

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    The Indians originally hoped to have Grady Sizemore in their lineup by now, but the 29-year-old has encountered numerous setbacks following knee and back surgeries. While he was finally able to do some running earlier this month, ESPN’s Buster Olney passes along word that his progress has stalled once again. The Indians surprised many by…

  16. The Mets might call up top prospect Zack Wheeler this year

    Jul 14, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

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    Well, this is a surprise. Most have assumed that Zack Wheeler’s major league debut will wait until 2013. Odds are it still will, but Mets manager Terry Collins hasn’t ruled out the possibility that it could happen sooner. According to Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal, Collins told reporters this afternoon that Wheeler is…

  17. Cardinals sign veteran reliever Brian Fuentes to minor league contract

    Jul 14, 2012, 2:08 PM EST

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    UPDATE: The Cardinals just announced that they have signed Fuentes to a minor league contract. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the veteran reliever will report to the team’s Gulf Coast League affiliate on Monday and is expected to be in the minors for no more than two weeks. Friday, 10:33 PM: Jon Heyman of…

  18. Drew Smyly is headed back to the disabled list

    Jul 14, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

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    Drew Smyly already served one stint on the disabled list this year due to a painful blister on his left hand. Now he’s sidelined again with a strained intercostal muscle in his right side. Smyly was placed on the disabled list today while right-hander Luis Marte was called up in a corresponding roster move. Chris…

  19. Bryce Harper caught the Marlins napping

    Jul 14, 2012, 1:07 PM EST

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    With shortstop Jose Reyes and third baseman Hanley Ramirez conferring in the infield, a heads up Bryce Harper was able to swipe third base in the first inning of the Nationals-Marlins game last night. The video still isn’t embeddable, but you can watch it here. The play went as Harper’s 11th steal of the season.…

  20. Lance Berkman activated from the disabled list

    Jul 14, 2012, 1:01 PM EST

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    After missing nearly two months following a right knee injury which required surgery, Lance Berkman has been activated from the disabled list. The Cardinals sent outfielder Shane Robinson down to Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding roster move. Berkman, who had a meniscus tear repaired on May 25, was able to convince the Cardinals that he…

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