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  1. Mariano Rivera finally had his surgery

    Jun 12, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera’s much-delayed ACL surgery was finally performed today.  You’re not gonna believe this, but the doctors say the surgery was a success.  Glad to hear that, of course, but we all still await the athlete’s surgery which is characterized as “a total cluster.” Rivera expects to miss the whole season.

  2. Reds sign No. 14 pick Nick Travieso for $2 million

    Jun 12, 2012, 5:47 PM EST

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    Florida high school right-hander Nick Travieso is the latest first-rounder to sign, as Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that the Reds have agreed to a $2 million bonus with the No. 14 overall pick that’s $375,000 below the slot value. Baseball America ranked Travieso as the 40th-best player in the draft class, noting his…

  3. Jose Valverde: I was just wiping sweat off my face

    Jun 12, 2012, 5:32 PM EST

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    Jose Valverde was asked about the alleged spitball today. Reports the Detroit Free Press: Re video, Valverde said he didn’t spit on the ball. He said he was wiping sweat from his face. — Freep Tigers (@freeptigers) June 12, 2012 None of four umpires or anyone in Reds dugout objected to anything Valverde did. “Exactly,”…

  4. Red Sox release outfielder Marlon Byrd

    Jun 12, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

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    Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the Red Sox have released Marlon Byrd after designating the veteran outfielder for assignment last week. Byrd made a nice first impression after the Red Sox got him from the Cubs in a mid-April trade, going 10-for-30 (.333) through eight games. However, he hit .243 with one homer and…

  5. Brian Matusz diagnosed with bruise after getting cracked in the nose while doing a bunting drill

    Jun 12, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    Brian Matusz

    File under “freak injuries to pitchers who are either batting or preparing to do so”: Matusz hit in nose during bunting drill. Start tomorrow in question — Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) June 12, 2012 He was in the indoor batting cages and fouled one back into his face. There is apparently a lot of swelling at…

  6. Don’t expect many strikeouts in Twins-Phillies game tonight

    Jun 12, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

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    There are lots of big-name starters pitching tonight–Felix Hernandez, Adam Wainwright, Zack Greinke, Johnny Cueto, Madison Bumgarner, CC Sabathia–but to me the most interesting matchup of the day involves a pair of back-of-the-rotation starters in the Minnesota-Philadelphia game. Nick Blackburn of the Twins and Kyle Kendrick of the Phillies have two of the four lowest…

  7. “You should be rewarding Roger Clemens, not prosecuting him”

    Jun 12, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Rusty Hardin

    If you looked at that headline and guessed “things Roger Clemens’ lawyer said during closing arguments today,” well, you’re correct. Which, while a little over the top, isn’t terribly surprising. The defense attorney is always going to paint his client as virtuous and the opposition as evil. Which is why it was rather strange to hear…

  8. Ozzie Guillen doesn’t want Carlos Zambrano swinging for the fences

    Jun 12, 2012, 3:45 PM EST

    Miami Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    Last week I wrote about Carlos Zambrano tying Walter Johnson and Bob Gibson for the seventh-most homers by a pitcher in baseball history, but when Zambrano tweaked his back Saturday manager Ozzie Guillen suddenly wasn’t so interested in his power potential. Here’s what Guillen told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com: We’re going to cut down on…

  9. This week’s NL All-Star voting update

    Jun 12, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

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    Biggest move: at catcher, where Buster Posey has passed Yadier Molina.  The results: Catcher Buster Posey: 1,713,839 Yadier Molina: 1,576,199 First Base Joey Votto: 2,108,725 Lance Berkman:851,373 Second Base Dan Uggla: 1,341,088 Brandon Phillips:885,250 Third Base David Wright: 1,358,992 Pablo Sandoval:1,103,650 Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki:1,200,256 Rafael Furcal: 1,183,096 Outfield Matt Kemp: 2,589,464 Carlos Beltran: 1,782,831 Ryan…

  10. Dodgers haven’t set a return timetable for Matt Kemp yet

    Jun 12, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    Matt Kemp

    Matt Kemp has been out since May 31 after aggravating his left hamstring strain in his second game back from the disabled list and manager Don Mattingly indicated yesterday that the Dodgers haven’t established a timetable for his return. Kemp clearly won’t be back when eligible later this week, but that’s expected considering he said…

  11. The Cubs fire hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo

    Jun 12, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

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    The Chicago Cubs just announced that they have fired hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. They have named James Rowson, their minor league hitting coordinator, as the interim major league hitting coach. The Cubs hired Jaramillo away from the Texas Rangers following the 2009 season. He was given a three-year, $2.42 million contract which seemed kind of nuts…

  12. Tigers place Octavio Dotel on DL with elbow injury

    Jun 12, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Octavio Dotel

    Octavio Dotel has been on the active roster but unavailable to pitch because of an elbow injury for more than a week now, so today the Tigers finally decided to place him on the disabled list. Officially his injury is listed as elbow inflammation. Dotel had tons of arm problems early in his career, but…

  13. A woman is suing the Phillie Phanatic

    Jun 12, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

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    A woman named Suzanne Peirce was minding her own business when, according to the complaint she recently filed, she was attacked by the Phillie Phanatic, who picked her up and threw her into a hotel pool: Peirce claims she hurt just about everything in the incident, including suffering “severe and permanent injuries to her head,…

  14. Anthony Rizzo is terrorizing Triple-A pitchers while waiting for Cubs call-up

    Jun 12, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

    Anthony Rizzo

    Interleague games in AL ballparks gave the Cubs a short-term opportunity to call up first base prospect Anthony Rizzo and play him without having to bench anyone, but they passed on the chance and so Rizzo continues to be a nightmare for Triple-A pitchers. He homered twice Sunday and two more times Monday, and Rizzo…

  15. Happy Dock Ellis Day

    Jun 12, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

    Dock Ellis

    Today is the 42nd anniversary of Dock Ellis throwing a no-hitter while on acid. We could joke about that. Believe me, I know, it’s easy to make drug jokes. But for some reason I have always viewed the Ellis no-hitter as something that — while certainly amusing — says something more about life and baseball…

  16. Tim Hudson feels “good enough” to face Yankees tomorrow

    Jun 12, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

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    Tim Hudson missed his scheduled Sunday start because of bone chips in his ankle, but the Braves right-hander will avoid the disabled list and take his next turn in the rotation tomorrow against the Yankees. Hudson threw a bullpen session yesterday and told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that his ankle “felt all…

  17. UPDATE: The Jays release Vlad Guerrero at his request

    Jun 12, 2012, 12:52 PM EST

    Vladimir Guerrero

    UPDATE:  It’s all over. The Blue Jays have released Vlad Guerrero, at his request. He is a free agent. 12:00 PM: One reporter is saying that Vlad Guerrero is done, but Vlad’s agent is saying no way, nothing is further from the truth.  Perchance there is something in between here?  Enrique Rojas says there is:…

  18. Rangers’ rotation takes another hit as Alexi Ogando goes on the disabled list

    Jun 12, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    Alexi Ogando

    As expected Alexi Ogando‘s groin injury has led him to the disabled list, where he joins Rangers starters Neftali Feliz and Derek Holland, the latter of whom he replaced in the rotation last week. There’s no word yet on who’ll fill in for Ogando, but the Rangers called up left-hander Michael Kirkman from Triple-A and…

  19. The Dodgers are “definitely interested” in Ryan Dempster

    Jun 12, 2012, 12:31 PM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.com says that the Dodgers are “definitely interested” in acquiring Ryan Dempster. Get in line. Dempster is easily the most attractive rent-an-arm on the market at the moment, and he said he is willing to waive his 10-5 rights to move on from Chicago.  If you’re the Cubs, you have to…

  20. Domestic violence case dismissed against Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera

    Jun 12, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

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    Everth Cabrera was in court yesterday to face domestic violence charges stemming from an alleged incident with his wife during spring training, but Brent Schrotenboer of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the trial “was abruptly canceled” and prosecutors dismissed the case. Cabrera’s lawyer told Schrotenboer that “we were ready to proceed to trial”…

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