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  1. The Red Sox cut ties with Bobby Jenks

    Jul 3, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

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    They’ve been talking about parting ways, and now they have: The Red Sox announced today that have reached a contract termination settlement with Bobby Jenks and have given him his unconditional release. It was a two-year, $12 million deal that saw Jenks pitch in 19 games, suffer a horrible back injury and then experience what may very well…

  2. Chipper Jones replaces Matt Kemp on NL All-Star team

    Jul 3, 2012, 5:43 PM EST

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    It’s a case of very unusual timing, what with Chipper Jones currently leading the NL Final Vote, but the National League announced Tuesday that Jones would replace the injured Matt Kemp on the All-Star team. The most recent reports had Chipper holding a slim lead in the Final Vote balloting over Cardinals third baseman David…

  3. See the Brewers score two runs in .35 seconds

    Jul 3, 2012, 5:35 PM EST

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    With runners on first and second and one out in the third inning in the game against the Marlins on Tuesday, Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez hit a deep fly to center that got over the head of Justin Ruggiano. It led to this scene. What happened was that Norichika Aoki, who was on second,…

  4. A’s designate former closer Brian Fuentes for assignment

    Jul 3, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

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    Three weeks ago Brian Fuentes was Oakland’s closer, but that went terribly before he quickly gave way to rookie Ryan Cook in the role and today the A’s designated Fuentes for assignment. He’s likely to clear waivers because no team wants to take on the remainder of his $5 million salary for this season or…

  5. Roger Clemens’ motion to recoup court costs is denied

    Jul 3, 2012, 5:02 PM EST

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    Last year, after the prosecutors in the Roger Clemens case screwed up and created a mistrial as soon as the thing began, Clemens asked the judge to make the government pay his fees and costs spent preparing for the trial. At the time the judge seemed receptive to it. But today, nope: U.S. District Judge Reggie…

  6. Chris Carpenter to undergo season-ending surgery

    Jul 3, 2012, 4:38 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that Carpenter will undergo season-ending surgery. ========== Chris Carpenter suffered another setback in his recovery from year-long shoulder problems and now Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the former Cy Young winner and the Cardinals have “discussed a second shutdown and possible season-ending surgery.” That’s…

  7. Sandy Alderson credits Pablo Sandoval’s nickname for his All-Star vote

    Jul 3, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

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    Despite missing a ton of time to the DL, Pablo Sandoval beat out David Wright for the starting third baseman’s job in this year’s All-Star Game. Mets GM Sandy Alderson took to Twitter to try to explain that: ASG election of “Kung Fu Panda” shows the value of a cute nickname. Surprised Giants fans didn’t…

  8. Blue Jays sign first-rounder Marcus Stroman for $1.8 million

    Jul 3, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

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    Duke right-hander Marcus Stroman and the Blue Jays have agreed to a $1.8 million deal that’s the exact slot amount for the No. 22 overall pick, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America. Baseball America ranked Stroman as the 10th-best player in the draft and ESPN.com rated him 17th, and he’s a very intriguing prospect…

  9. Dbacks broadcaster Daron Sutton is still suspended

    Jul 3, 2012, 4:01 PM EST

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    There are guys who started bench-clearing brawls who didn’t get this much time off: Diamondbacks television play-by-play voice Daron Sutton will remain on suspension for this current home stand, which runs through Sunday. Senior Vice President of Communications Josh Rawitch said Sutton will not broadcast any of the club’s remaining games heading into the All-Star break. Rawitch declined to…

  10. Nobody (and everybody!) wants poor David Pauley

    Jul 3, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

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    Yesterday the Blue Jays designated David Pauley for assignment, meaning the 29-year-old left-hander is back to his familiar home on the waiver wire. It seems like Pauley has been designated for assignment, claimed, signed, and released about once a week for the past year, so I checked the Rotoworld transaction database to see the reliever’s…

  11. Oh, no! Baseball has wrecked Rick Reilly’s dinner reservations!

    Jul 3, 2012, 3:03 PM EST

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    Hey guys! Baseball games can be long sometimes and Rick Reilly is ON IT! Reilly talks about the pace of the game and makes the current, cutting-edge observation that players step out of the batter’s box a lot, commercials are long and so forth.  The game that raised his ire: Cincinnati at San Francisco was…

  12. Twins demote Liam Hendriks back to Triple-A again

    Jul 3, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

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    For the second time this season the Twins have turned to their reigning minor league pitcher of the year Liam Hendriks in the starting rotation, been disappointing by the results, and sent the 23-year-old right-hander back to Triple-A. Hendriks, who lasted just four innings yesterday against the Tigers, is 0-7 with a 6.71 ERA in…

  13. Baseball is gonna make a lot of money on its next TV deal

    Jul 3, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

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    Richard Sandomir of The New York Times lays out the landscape facing Major League Baseball for when its TV rights come up for bid next year. Short version: MLB is gonna make boatloads of money as ESPN, Fox, TBS, maybe CBS and, especially, NBC all look to stay in or get in the live televised…

  14. Carlos Lee or not, Don Mattingly sounds ready to upgrade over James Loney

    Jul 3, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

    James Loney, Don Mattingly

    By pursuing an ultimately unsuccessful trade for Carlos Lee the Dodgers made is obvious that they’re not happy with James Loney‘s production at first base, so when Loney told Don Mattingly that he feels ready to break out offensively the manager was understandably skeptical: He came into my office and he felt like he’s got…

  15. Anthony Rizzo was the best friend Starlin Castro had last night

    Jul 3, 2012, 1:32 PM EST

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    Interesting story from the Cubs’ clubhouse via Patrick Mooney at CSNChicago.com. Last night, with Dan Uggla at the plate, Starlin Castro fielded a grounder and appeared to lollygag the throw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Uggla, not the fastest man around — and maybe not even the fastest man named Uggla in Georgia — was…

  16. Pirates demote Jose Tabata and his $15 million contract to Triple-A

    Jul 3, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

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    Less than a year ago the Pirates and Jose Tabata agreed to a long-term contract extension that guarantees him $15 million, could reach as high as $37 million, and keeps him under team control through 2019. Today the Pirates optioned Tabata to Triple-A after he hit just .230 with three homers and a .636 OPS…

  17. Some rumblings about Zack Greinke going to the Braves

    Jul 3, 2012, 12:31 PM EST

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    I call the noise surrounding Zack Greinke possibly being traded to the Braves “rumblings” because they’re something less than rumors. But they’re not nothing. Starting from the notion that (a) the Brewers probably want to trade Greinke; and (b) the Braves could use starting pitching, we go to: I still doubt #Braves would offer Greinke…

  18. What will the Cardinals do with Allen Craig when Lance Berkman returns?

    Jul 3, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

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    It seems crazy to think about considering how wrecked by injuries the Cardinals have been all season, but they could be on the verge of having too many quality hitters to fit into the lineup. Lance Berkman is nearing a return from knee surgery and looks likely to come off the disabled list shortly after…

  19. What exactly goes on at a SABR convention anyway?

    Jul 3, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

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    I’ve been on vacation for a week while attending the annual Society for American Baseball Research convention for the ninth consecutive summer. If you’ve ever wondered what exactly goes on at a SABR convention–and be honest, you probably have several semi-insulting questions–I wrote up a star-studded (Terry Ryan! Jose Mijares! Salvador Perez! Sean Forman!), picture-filled,…

  20. Chipper Jones is leading the NL Final Vote thing; Bryce Harper third

    Jul 3, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

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    Major League Baseball announced the in-progress Final Vote totals a little while ago and the fans are going with history over the future: Chipper Jones leads the thing with David Freese second and Bryce Harper third. Can’t really blame this on homer ballot box-stuffing given that, as so many of you remind me when I…

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