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  1. Livan Hernandez set to sign with Brewers, pitch in relief

    Jun 22, 2012, 12:59 PM EST

    Livan Hernandez

    Apparently, Ken Rosenthal, Buster Olney and all of the rest just got scooped by Bill Hall.

  2. Felipe Paulino likely to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Jun 22, 2012, 12:38 PM EST

    Felipe Paulino

    Felipe Paulino is currently on the disabled list with a groin injury, but suddenly that’s the least of the hard-throwing Royals right-hander’s problems. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Paulino has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and is “likely” to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. While…

  3. Grady Sizemore still hasn’t started running yet

    Jun 22, 2012, 12:12 PM EST

    Grady Sizemore

    Grady Sizemore initially hoped to be back in the Indians’ lineup by now following knee and back surgeries, but instead the center fielder’s rehab was sidetracked several times and now he’s yet to resume running. Three weeks ago Sizemore vented some of his understandable frustration with yet another slower-than-expected recovery from a major injury, saying:…

  4. Mariners first-round pick Mike Zunino named Baseball America college player of the year

    Jun 22, 2012, 11:39 AM EST

    Mike Zunino

    Mike Zunino was selected by the Mariners with the third overall pick in the draft two weeks ago and today Baseball America named the University of Florida catcher their college player of the year. Zunino hit .322 with a 1.069 OPS for the Gators, ranking fourth in the country with 19 homers, 10th with 67…

  5. Cardinals activate Jon Jay, Matt Carpenter from disabled list

    Jun 22, 2012, 11:11 AM EST

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    Slowly but surely the Cardinals are starting to get healthy. Or at least healthier. St. Louis has activated Jon Jay and Matt Carpenter from the disabled list, sending down Matt Adams and Adron Chambers to make room on the roster. Jay has been out since injuring his shoulder on May 14, but went 3-for-8 with…

  6. Nationals get last laugh as Joel Peralta takes loss while appealing suspension

    Jun 22, 2012, 10:37 AM EST

    Joel Peralta

    Yesterday afternoon MLB handed down an eight-game suspension to Joel Peralta for having pine tar on his glove, but the Rays reliever appealed and was available to pitch last night against the Nationals and the manager who ratted him out to umpires, Davey Johnson. And sure enough manager Joe Maddon brought Peralta into the sixth…

  7. Mets closer Frank Francisco on the Yankees: “I can’t wait to face those chickens”

    Jun 22, 2012, 10:10 AM EST

    New York Mets Photo Day

    I’m not sure what could possibly compel a struggling second-rate closer with a 5.14 ERA to talk trash publicly against the Yankees, but Mets right-hander Frank Francisco took the media bait and did just that. With this weekend’s Subway Series starting at Citi Field tonight, Francisco was asked for his thoughts about facing the Yankees…

  8. Casey Affleck to direct a movie about Josh Hamilton’s life

    Jun 22, 2012, 9:46 AM EST

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    Mike Fleming of Deadline reports that a movie about Josh Hamilton‘s life story is being shopped around Hollywood, with Casey Affleck already attached as writer and director. Hamilton’s story certainly contains more than enough drama to be a compelling movie, but a biopic of a still-living 31-year-old seems kind of premature, especially considering his recent…

  9. And That Happened: Readers’ Choice Edition

    Jun 22, 2012, 8:14 AM EST

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    Links to recaps and box scores from Thursday: ************** Cardinals 1, Tigers 2 Dodgers 1, Athletics 4 Rays 2, Nationals 5 Rockies 4, Phillies 1 Twins 1, Pirates 9 Marlins 5, Red Sox 6

  10. Indians give up on Beau Mills, send him to Cincinnati

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:50 AM EST

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    First baseman Beau Mills, the 13th overall selection in the 2007 draft, was traded from the Indians to the Reds for cash considerations Thursday night, ending his disappointing stint in the Cleveland system. Mills, the son of then Red Sox coach and now Astros manager Brad Mills, was viewed as a potential 25- or 30-homer…

  11. Coming soon: Official “That’s a clown question, bro” t-shirts

    Jun 21, 2012, 11:30 PM EST

    Bryce Harper Reuters

    Already tired of your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers dropping “That’s a clown question, bro” references over the past week? Well, this might not be the story for you. According to Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com, Bryce Harper told Comcast SportsNet’s Kelli Johnson before tonight’s game against the Rays that Under Armour, with whom he has…

  12. Carl Crawford expected to begin minor league rehab assignment Saturday

    Jun 21, 2012, 9:32 PM EST

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    At long last, Carl Crawford is ready to play in a baseball game again. According to Maureen Mullen of CSNNE.com, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said today that Crawford is expected to serve as the designated hitter Saturday with the organization’s Gulf Coast League affiliate. Crawford began this season on the disabled list following January…

  13. Drew Storen ready to face hitters following elbow surgery

    Jun 21, 2012, 8:29 PM EST

    Drew Storen AP

    The last time we checked in on Drew Storen, he just resumed throwing off a mound following April surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. Now he’s ready to take the next step. According to Dan Kolko of MASNSports.com, Storen is scheduled to throw live batting practice tomorrow for the first time since…

  14. Stephen Drew expected to rejoin Diamondbacks next Wednesday

    Jun 21, 2012, 7:10 PM EST

    Stephen Drew

    Stephen Drew hasn’t played in a major league game since undergoing right ankle surgery 11 months ago, but he’s finally close to rejoining the Diamondbacks’ lineup. Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said on Arizona Sports Radio 620 earlier today that the team is hopeful that Drew will be activated from the disabled list next Wednesday.…

  15. Yoenis Cespedes hits walkoff homer; A’s sweep Dodgers

    Jun 21, 2012, 6:32 PM EST

    Yoenis Cespedes

    An ugly series for the Dodgers had an especially ugly ending Thursday, with Yoenis Cespedes hitting a walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the A’s a sweep in Oakland. Josh Lindblom, one of the NL’s best setup men this season, had a terrible ninth today. He walked Coco Crisp to start…

  16. Blue Jays acquire Royals pitcher Sean O’Sullivan

    Jun 21, 2012, 5:53 PM EST

    Sean O'Sullivan

    With injuries costing them a huge chunk of their pitching depth, the Blue Jays picked up right-hander Sean O’Sullivan from the Royals for cash considerations on Thursday. O’Sullivan, 24, was 5-4 with a 6.75 ERA and a 26/23 K/BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings for Triple-A Omaha this season. He’s gone 10-14 with a 6.13…

  17. David Ortiz: “Playing here used to be fun … it’s starting to become the s***hole it used to be”

    Jun 21, 2012, 5:03 PM EST

    David Ortiz

    There hasn’t been any huge drama in Red Sox land in, like, hours, so David Ortiz went off on a big anti-media rant in the clubhouse before today’s game. CSNNE.com has the details (and video), starting with Ortiz being asked if he was having fun this season: Not really. Too much s***, man. People need…

  18. Drew Stubbs to begin rehab assignment Friday at Single-A

    Jun 21, 2012, 4:47 PM EST

    Drew Stubbs

    Out since June 5 with a strained oblique muscle, Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tomorrow at Single-A. There’s no official timetable for his return, but Mark Sheldon of MLB.com speculates that Stubbs will likely be back after just 2-3 rehab games if all goes well. He’s eligible…

  19. Any takers for Kurt Suzuki?

    Jun 21, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

    Kurt Suzuki

    A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki was a hot property two years ago. Young, productive and able to withstand an exceptionally heavy workload behind the plate, his name came up in plenty of rumors, even though there was nothing to suggest the A’s wanted to deal him. And they didn’t, a fact they now surely regret. On…

  20. Joel Peralta suspended eight games for pine tar, will appeal

    Jun 21, 2012, 4:04 PM EST

    Chris Cuccione

    MLB announced an eight-game suspension for Rays reliever Joel Peralta, who was ejected from Tuesday night’s game after manager Davey Johnson and the Nationals alerted umpires to pine tar on his glove. The confiscated glove was then sent to the MLB offices in New York for further examination, all while Johnson and Rays manager Joe…

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