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  1. Zack Greinke gets no help in losing Angels debut

    Jul 29, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Without the injured Mike Trout at the top of the lineup, the Angels got nothing going offensively Sunday  and took a 2-0 loss to the Rays in Zack Greinke‘s debut. Greinke, who was acquired from the Brewers on Friday, was strong in striking out eight over seven innings, but Jeremy Hellickson was better, blanking the…

  2. Three arguments break out in Brewers-Nationals game

    Jul 29, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Cody Ransom

    One play in the sixth inning of Sunday’s Brewers-Nationals game spawned three arguments with the umpiring crew. The Brewers were up 3-2 and had the bases loaded with one out when Milwaukee’s Norichika Aoki put down a squeeze that was handed by Washington’s Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez conceded the run and made the throw to first,…

  3. Anthony Rizzo delivers walkoff homer in Cubs’ win

    Jul 29, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT

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    Anthony Rizzo connected on what the Cubs hope is the first of many walkoff homers Sunday, taking Trevor Rosenthal deep in the 10th inning in a 4-2 win over the Cardinals. Here’s the video. It was the third homer in four games for Rizzo, who finished the day 3-for-4. The 22-year-old Rizzo has been streaky…

  4. See Lew Ford’s first highlight in five years

    Jul 29, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Lew Ford, Nick Markakis, Adam Jones

    Called up earlier in the day, Lew Ford was added right to Baltimore’s lineup Sunday and went 0-for-3 with a walk and an outfield assist in his first major league game in five years. Ford threw out Yoenis Cespedes at second as part of the Orioles’ 6-1 win over the A’s on Sunday. Here’s the…

  5. Braves beat Halladay, finish sweep of Phillies

    Jul 29, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    So much for that big Phillies surge. Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones homered off Roy Halladay on Sunday as the Braves beat the Phillies 6-2 to complete a big three-game sweep. The Braves won their fifth straight behind Tim Hudson, who moved to 10-4 in the year. Apart from his Tommy John surgery year in…

  6. Brandon League is going, going…

    Jul 29, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    Brandon League

    To the Giants? ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners are close to dealing reliever Brandon League to an undisclosed team that isn’t the Braves or Rangers. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Hank Schulman is hearing that it might be the Giants, while Danny Knobler of CBS Sports says the Mariners and White Sox have discussed…

  7. Pirates interested in Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo

    Jul 29, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported last week that the Indians are listening to offers on outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who’ll be entering his final year of arbitration in 2013 before hitting free agency leading into 2014. And now the Tribe might have a legitimate suitor. According to beat writer Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pirates…

  8. Mike Trout out of lineup Sunday with left knee contusion

    Jul 29, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

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    As relayed by Angels communications manager Eric Kay, phenom outfielder Mike Trout has been scratched from Sunday afternoon’s series-finale against the Rays because of a left knee contusion. There is not an MRI scheduled and Trout is listed as day-to-day. He’ll aim to return Monday night for the opening of a four-game set with the…

  9. Brian Roberts getting hip surgery, done for the season

    Jul 29, 2012, 2:07 PM EDT

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    Veteran second baseman Brian Roberts was able to make it through a rehab game Saturday at Low-A Aberdeen, but he felt renewed soreness in his ailing right hip soon after and has now decided to go under the knife in order to correct the lingering issue. MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that Roberts will have hip…

  10. D’Backs acquire third baseman Chris Johnson from Astros

    Jul 29, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart comes word that the Astros have acquired offensive prospects Bobby Borchering and Marc Krauss from the Diamondbacks for third baseman Chris Johnson. At first glance, it’s another crafty deal for Astros GM Jeff Luhnow. Johnson had a nice showing in his first real chunk of major league playing time back in 2010,…

  11. Neftali Feliz scratched from minor league rehab start with renewed elbow discomfort

    Jul 29, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

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    With elbow injuries, where there’s smoke there’s usually a raging fire. Which is why there is reason to be very concerned about the Rangers’ Neftali Feliz. He was scratched from a rehab start Sunday at Double-A Frisco because of renewed elbow discomfort, writes MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, and there is “no word yet on when he will…

  12. Bryce Harper back in Nationals’ lineup after stomach virus

    Jul 29, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

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    “The past three days I’ve been throwing up,” Nats outfielder Bryce Harper told reporters after being scratched from Saturday’s starting lineup. “My head’s like spinning everyday.” He had a stomach virus, but got some good rest while a Harper-less Washington club took down Milwaukee 4-1 and arrived back at Miller Park on Sunday morning feeling refreshed.…

  13. Logan Morrison placed on disabled list, may need surgery

    Jul 29, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Let’s hope Logan Morrison picked up some nice sweatpants when he visited Nordstrom last week. Because he’s about to do a lot of laying around. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the 24-year-old outfielder has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and could need season-ending surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon…

  14. Jaime Garcia to begin rehab assignment Monday

    Jul 29, 2012, 11:18 AM EDT

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    Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia hasn’t thrown a pitch in a major league game in close to two months because of a left shoulder impingement. But the light at the end of the tunnel is suddenly growing bright. According to B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest, Garcia is scheduled to make his first rehab start on…

  15. Padres sign Huston Street to two-year, $14 million extension

    Jul 29, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

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    Carlos Quentin was handed a three-year, $30 million deal last week. And now the San Diego front office has locked up another potential trade chip. From Corey Brock of MLB.com comes word that the Padres reached agreement Sunday on a two-year, $14 million contract extension with closer Huston Street. The deal also carries a $7 million…

  16. Yoenis Cespedes continues to shine

    Jul 29, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

    cespedes reuters

    Yoenis Cespedes carried a truckload of question marks into the 2012 season. He had never played professional baseball outside of Cuba. He was considered extremely raw offensively and defensively. And the A’s committed four years and $36 million to him, which looked like an overpay at the time. But things seem to be working out…

  17. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 29, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

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    Wandy Rodriguez made his debut for the Pirates on Saturday evening in Houston, against his light-hitting former team. The results were decent enough. Rodriguez surrendered three earned runs on six hits, fanning five Astros batters but issuing five walks. Only 57 of his 103 pitches were strikes. We’ll chalk some of the control issues up to…

  18. White Sox get left-hander Francisco Liriano from the Twins

    Jul 28, 2012, 11:22 PM EDT

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    As first noted by Mike Axisa of MLB Trade Rumors, the White Sox acquired lefty starter Francisco Liriano from the Twins on Saturday night for infielder Eduardo Escobar and left-hander Pedro Hernandez. Liriano drew trade interest from the Angels, Orioles, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Mets and Braves in recent weeks, but it was the Pale Hose…

  19. Joey Votto aims to resume baseball-related workouts Monday

    Jul 28, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

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    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer has the goods: Joey Votto has not yet resumed baseball activities — other than throwing some — but he’ll likely start Monday when the team returns home. “Ideally,” said trainer Paul Lessard. Votto has played games of catch and done some light running but has yet to truly test…

  20. Chris Iannetta activated from disabled list, will catch Zack Greinke’s debut with Angels

    Jul 28, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

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    Angels catcher Chris Iannetta hasn’t appeared in a major league game since fracturing his right wrist on May 8. But that will change on Sunday afternoon. According to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, Iannetta has been activated from the disabled list and will start behind the plate in the Angels’ series-finale with the Rays. It’ll also be…

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