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  1. Zack Greinke ejected in first inning for spiking baseball

    Jul 7, 2012, 4:47 PM EST

    Zack Greinke AP

    Zack Greinke was ejected in the bottom of the first inning against the Astros this afternoon for spiking a ball in the dirt following a close call at first base. Greinke gave up a leadoff triple to Jordan Schafer before Jose Altuve hit a chipper to Corey Hart at first base. Greinke ran over to…

  2. Franklin Morales knocked around as Yankees take first game of doubleheader

    Jul 7, 2012, 4:29 PM EST

    Franklin Morales Reuters

    The Yankees defeated the Red Sox 10-8 last night without hitting a home run, just their second win this season without a homer, but they put on another power display this afternoon. Franklin Morales was knocked around for six runs over just 3 1/3 innings as a Bombers cruised to a 6-1 win in the…

  3. Reds among teams interested in Juan Pierre

    Jul 7, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Juan Pierre Reuters

    We’ve heard all sorts of chatter about the Phillies possibly moving impending free agents Cole Hamels or Shane Victorino if GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. decides to become a seller before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but they aren’t the only players drawing interest from opposing general managers. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported last night that…

  4. Evan Longoria will not resume baseball activities until after the All-Star break

    Jul 7, 2012, 3:02 PM EST

    Evan Longoria

    We heard last weekend that Evan Longoria was close to ramping up his rehab from a hamstring injury, but it turns out that he’s not quite ready. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the team said after last night’s game that Longoria will not resume baseball activities until after the All-Star break.…

  5. Joba Chamberlain is closing in on a rehab assignment

    Jul 7, 2012, 2:01 PM EST

    Joba Chamberlain Reuters

    When Joba Chamberlain first dislocated his right ankle back in March, he was considered a long shot to pitch this season. However, it’s now a realistic possibility that he could rejoin the Yankees’ bullpen within the next few weeks. Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger yesterday that Chamberlain could…

  6. The Orioles have called the Astros about Wandy Rodriguez

    Jul 7, 2012, 1:09 PM EST

    Wandy Rodriguez AP

    We learned earlier this week that the Orioles are “going hard” after Brewers’ right-hander Zack Greinke, but it appears Dan Duquette has some other targets in mind as he attempts to upgrade the starting rotation. According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, the Orioles have called the Astros to inquire about the availability of Wandy Rodriguez.…

  7. Kerry Wood says he felt something in elbow during 20-strikeout game

    Jul 7, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    AP Kerry Wood

    Kerry Wood revealed something pretty interesting during a recent interview with David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com, saying that his 20-strikeout game against the Astros on May 6, 1998 on was the first time he felt something in his right elbow. It all started with that famous final pitch, a wicked swinging strikeout of Derek Bell. Still,…

  8. Brian Roberts may need hip surgery

    Jul 7, 2012, 11:31 AM EST

    Brian Roberts Reuters

    The hits just keep on coming for Brian Roberts. Roberts made his long-awaited return from concussion symptoms last month, but he landed on the disabled list earlier this week with what was initially described as a right groin strain. However, Orioles manager Buck Showalter told Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun last night that…

  9. Carl Crawford pulled off rehab assignment with mild groin strain

    Jul 7, 2012, 10:56 AM EST

    Carl Crawford

    Oh boy. Carl Crawford‘s return to the Red Sox will be delayed yet again, as Evan Drellich of MLB.com reports that the high-priced outfielder was pulled from his minor league rehab assignment due to a mild left groin strain. Crawford must be shut down for five days before the 20-day window on his minor league…

  10. Mark Teixeira says Vicente Padilla “doesn’t have too many friends in the game”

    Jul 7, 2012, 10:34 AM EST

    Vicente Padilla Getty

    Mark Teixeira had the key hit in a wild 10-8 win over the Red Sox last night, delivering a go-ahead two-run triple off Vicente Padilla in a four-run seventh inning. After the game, Teixeira told reporters that the triple was especially satisfying because he managed to get the best of a long-time nemesis. “Game-winning hits…

  11. Luke Scott snaps 0-for-41 hitless streak with home run

    Jul 7, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

    Luke Scott Getty

    Luke Scott finally got a hit last night. After striking out in his first two at-bats against the Indians, Scott connected for a two-run home run off Justin Masterson in the top of the fifth inning. The homer broke an 0-for-41 hitless streak which dated back to June 2. Scott, who recently said that he…

  12. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jul 7, 2012, 8:56 AM EST

    Ryan Howard Reuters

    Ryan Howard played in a major league game last night for the first time since rupturing his left Achilles tendon on the final out of the NLDS against the Cardinals last October. However, his return wasn’t enough to save the Phillies, as they fell 5-0 to the Braves. Howard was greeted with a rousing standing…

  13. 2012 midseason awards: NL MVP

    Jul 7, 2012, 12:50 AM EST

    Joey Votto

    There’s no doubt who has been the National League’s best hitter to date, what with Joey Votto leading the circuit in both on-base percentage and slugging. As for the best player, that’s still a difficult question. Here’s the top 10 in OPS: 1.082 – Joey Votto (1B Cin): .345/.464/.619, 14 HR, 47 RBI, 4 SB…

  14. Dispatches from Kansas City: “It’s a sea of tents and smoke”

    Jul 6, 2012, 10:17 PM EST

    silva porch

    HardballTalk’s Drew Silva is filing regular stories from this year’s MLB All-Star Game festivities in Kansas City, Missouri. Check out Part One┬áhere. “What’s the best barbecue joint in KC?” I asked my Aunt Mardi, foolishly, after getting in last night. “Our front porch when your uncle is home,” she replied in a tone that was…

  15. Juan Nicasio to undergo knee surgery

    Jul 6, 2012, 10:02 PM EST

    Juan Nicasio Getty

    Juan Nicasio defied the odds this season by returning from a broken neck to make the Rockies’ starting rotation out of spring training. However, things haven’t exactly gone his way until this point. Nicasio struggled to the tune of a disappointing 5.28 ERA through 11 starts before hitting the disabled list early last month with…

  16. O’Malley group selected to purchase Padres

    Jul 6, 2012, 9:40 PM EST

    UPDATE: This could just be a formality, but the San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that negotiations between the two sides are ongoing and that an agreement is not expected until after the All-Star break. 9:22 PM: The O’Malley family is getting back in the baseball ownership business. This time with the Padres. Ken Rosenthal of…

  17. Report: Astros likely to replace manager Brad Mills after season

    Jul 6, 2012, 9:04 PM EST

    Brad Mills

    The Astros stuck with manager Brad Mills this season, despite new ownership and a new general manager, but it appears they are already thinking about who will lead them into the American League West in 2013. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Mills will likely be replaced after the season. Mills, who was hired in…

  18. The Diamondbacks could listen to offers for Justin Upton

    Jul 6, 2012, 8:39 PM EST

    Justin Upton Getty

    Here’s an interesting one. According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Diamondbacks would consider trade offers for Justin Upton if they fall out of playoff contention. The Diamondbacks will enter play this evening at 39-43, seven games back in the National League West and 5 1/2 games back in the Wild…

  19. Ryan Dempster to be activated from disabled list Sunday

    Jul 6, 2012, 8:01 PM EST

    Ryan Dempster Getty

    Many contenders will likely have a close eye on Sunday’s game between the Cubs and Mets, as Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that Ryan Dempster will be activated from the disabled list to make the start for the North Siders. Dempster hasn’t pitched since June 15 due to a sore right lat muscle. The 35-year-old…

  20. Giancarlo Stanton set to return Saturday, participate in All-Star Game festivities

    Jul 6, 2012, 7:25 PM EST

    Giancarlo Stanton Getty

    Good news for the Marlins. And, well, for those who were hoping to see Giancarlo Stanton hit some bombs next week at Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Stanton plans to return to the Marlins’ starting lineup tomorrow night against the Cardinals. The 22-year-old slugger has been…

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