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  1. John Danks diagnosed with torn shoulder muscle

    Jun 19, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Last week John Danks had his shoulder injury examined by Dr. James Andrews and said the visit involved “no bad news,” but another opinion from the White Sox medical staff apparently showed otherwise. Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago reports that Danks has been diagnosed with a torn subscapularis muscle in his left shoulder. The good…

  2. Nolan Reimold sees cervical specialist for herniated disk, out through All-Star break

    Jun 19, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Two months ago Nolan Reimold was expected to miss 2-3 days with a bulging disk in his back, but the Orioles outfielder hasn’t played since and the team announced yesterday that he won’t play again until after the All-Star break. And according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com “manager Buck Showalter hinted at worse news” as…

  3. Dusty Baker declines comment on feud, lets Reds’ bats do the talking against Derek Lowe

    Jun 19, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Dusty Baker and Derek Lowe had a war of words last week that culminated in Lowe saying “I have zero respect for the guy” and Baker saying “there was a good chance he was drinking at the ballpark.” Not surprisingly last night’s rematch series between the Reds and Indians drew a ton of media coverage…

  4. Mat Latos allows three homers, thinks Indians stole signs

    Jun 19, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Mat Latos got rocked for seven runs last night against Cleveland, serving up three homers in four innings, and afterward the Reds right-hander said he thinks the Indians were stealing his signs from catcher Ryan Hanigan. Here’s what Latos told Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer: I thought I made some good pitches that they…

  5. Braves release Livan Hernandez

    Jun 19, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    As expected Livan Hernandez cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and today the Braves released the 37-year-old right-hander. No team wanted anything to do with Hernandez’s guaranteed contract, but now that the Braves are on the hook for that entire deal and he’s available for a prorated share of the minimum salary…

  6. Jerome Williams hospitalized after passing out in clubhouse

    Jun 19, 2012, 9:47 AM EDT

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    Jerome Williams struggled Monday night versus the Giants, failing to make it out of the fourth inning  against his former team, and afterward the veteran right-hander had to be hospitalized for shortness of breath. For now the Angels are saying the hospitalization was a precautionary measure, but Williams remained there overnight and is expected to…

  7. Evan Longoria pulled off rehab assignment following setback with hamstring

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

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    The Rays were hoping that Evan Longoria would be ready to return at some point this week, but his rehab is now on hold following a setback with his partially torn left hamstring. Longoria, who began a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham on Saturday, was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the third inning…

  8. And That Happened: Readers’ Choice Edition

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT

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    Craig is taking surfing lessons and sampling fish tacos all this week out in sunny San Diego, leaving HardballTalk without a fearless leader to guide it through the previous night’s highlights and lowlights. But we do have a readership — a handsome, intelligent, hilarious readership (you see me cultivating?) — worthy of being heard in…

  9. Aaron Hill hits for cycle in win over Mariners

    Jun 19, 2012, 12:26 AM EDT

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    Aaron Hill hit for the cycle tonight in the Diamondbacks’ 7-1 win over the Mariners. Hill singled in the first inning, tripled in the third, doubled in the fifth and socked a solo home run in the seventh to complete the feat. He’s the second player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Mets’…

  10. Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders… Julian Edelman?

    Jun 18, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

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    The New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman is the NFL’s lone two-way player, having filled in admirably at cornerback in addition to his wide receiver duties last season. Apparently, that only scratches the surface of his versatility, though. “He worked out for us at shortstop and took ground balls and fly balls, and he took batting…

  11. Brandon Beachy diagnosed with partial tear of UCL in right elbow

    Jun 18, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

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    Rough news for the Braves. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Brandon Beachy was diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He’ll be examined by Dr. James Andrews tomorrow, after which we should know more about his long-term status. Obviously the big concern here is that Beachy will…

  12. R.A. Dickey throws his second straight one-hitter

    Jun 18, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

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    R.A. Dickey‘s incredible stretch of success continued tonight, as he carved up the Orioles for his second straight one-hitter as part of a 5-0 victory. There was no controversy over the lone hit tonight, as Wilson Betemit ripped a clean single to right-center field with two outs in the top of the fifth inning. Still,…

  13. Video: Roger Clemens makes statement following his acquittal

    Jun 18, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Here’s video of a clearly-emotional Roger Clemens after he was acquitted on all six counts that he obstructed and lied to Congress in 2008 for denying he used performance-enhancing drugs.

  14. Jered Weaver set to return from disabled list Wednesday

    Jun 18, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

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    After making it through another bullpen session today without any issues, Jered Weaver was cleared to make his return from the disabled list Wednesday against the Giants. Weaver has been sidelined since May 28 due to a lower back strain. While a minor league rehab start won’t be necessary, the Angels will ease him back…

  15. Trade talks involving Kevin Youkilis are picking up

    Jun 18, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

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    According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, trade talks regarding Kevin Youkilis have “intensified” over the past 24 to 48 hours. While a deal isn’t considered imminent, one high-ranking official with a National League club said that the veteran third baseman is “being shopped everywhere.” The report names the Diamondbacks, White Sox,…

  16. The Cubs are making preparations for Anthony Rizzo’s arrival

    Jun 18, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

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    Anthony Rizzo probably isn’t going to get a chance to go after the Pacific Coast League Triple Crown after all. The Cubs, seemingly preparing for his arrival, have Bryan LaHair in right field and David DeJesus in center field in Monday’s game against the White Sox. It’s the first outfield start for LaHair this season.…

  17. Josh Hamilton out of the lineup again Monday following intestinal virus

    Jun 18, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Josh Hamilton will miss his fourth straight game tonight after being hospitalized Friday with an intestinal virus. The good news, at least for the Rangers, is that he appears to be close to returning. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Hamilton participated in an early workout this afternoon, which included shagging flyballs…

  18. Shaun Marcum scratched with elbow problem

    Jun 18, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

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    Brewers right-hander Shaun Marcum won’t face his former team Tuesday as planned. He’s been scratched from his start against the Blue Jays due to an elbow problem. “His elbow is tight, and we went to throw our bullpen the other day and it was still tight,” manager Ron Roenicke told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Todd…

  19. AL All-Star balloting update: Jose Bautista joins the leaders

    Jun 18, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

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    The latest American League ballot totals are in and the red-hot Jose Bautista has moved into third place in the outfielder voting, with Nelson Cruz dropping out of the lineup to fifth place. Bautista had the AL’s highest vote total last year, but his slow start guarantees he won’t duplicate that feat this year. Instead, it looks…

  20. Kyle Drabek to undergo his second Tommy John surgery

    Jun 18, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

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    Kyle Drabek‘s sprained UCL will require Tommy John surgery, Blue Jays manager John Farrell said Monday. Drabek had his first Tommy John surgery in high school before the Phillies made him the 18th overall pick in the 2006 draft. He was sent to Toronto in the Roy Halladay trade and he made his major league…

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