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  1. Bartolo Colon “pretty certain” to go on DL with sore oblique

    Jun 20, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

    Bartolo Colon, Kurt Suzuki

    Bartolo Colon has shown little improvement since leaving Sunday’s start with a strained oblique muscle, causing manager Bob Melvin to say yesterday that the veteran right-hander is “pretty certain” to be placed on the disabled list. Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Colon was examined by a doctor yesterday and no…

  2. Jerome Williams “feeling better” after being hospitalized

    Jun 20, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Jerome Williams Getty

    Hospitalized for shortness of breath after passing out in the clubhouse during Monday night’s game, Jerome Williams posted on Twitter yesterday that he’s “feeling better” and “going to get some rest so I can be back on that mound competing again.” When that might be is unclear, but for now Williams remains on the Angels’…

  3. And That Happened: Readers’ Choice Edition

    Jun 20, 2012, 7:54 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Milwaukee Brewers

    Let’s do this again. Your recaps and box scores from a full Tuesday night of steamy baseball action: *************** Reds 2, Indians 3 (10 innings) Cardinals 3, Tigers 6 Braves 4, Yankees 3 Rays 5, Nationals 4 Rockies 2, Phillies 7 Twins 2, Pirates 7 Marlins 5, Red Sox 7 Orioles 0, Mets 5 Royals…

  4. Johan Santana strong as Mets hurl another shutout

    Jun 19, 2012, 11:07 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    For the third time in a month, the Mets have posted back-to-back shutouts in starts by R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana. Santana got the Mets two-thirds of the way there tonight in the 5-0 win over the Orioles, following up Dickey’s one-hitter on Monday with six scoreless innings. Bobby Parnell, Miguel Batista and Jon Rauch…

  5. Joel Peralta ejected for pine tar, umpires confiscate glove

    Jun 19, 2012, 10:16 PM EDT

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    Here’s something that doesn’t happen often. Rays setup man Joel Peralta was ejected in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s game in the nation’s capital after Nationals manager Davey Johnson asked the umpires to take a look at his glove. The umps found a foreign substance (likely pine tar) and gave Peralta the boot while confiscating…

  6. Carlos Gonzalez aiming to return to lineup Wednesday

    Jun 19, 2012, 9:41 PM EDT

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    Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez hasn’t played in a game since Saturday due to a strained right knee and is not in the starting lineup on Tuesday night in Philadelphia. But he’s getting really close. According to beat writer Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Gonzalez has begun to experience significant improvement in his knee and…

  7. Phillies’ David Herndon undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:39 PM EDT

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    From Todd Zolecki of MLB.com comes word that Phillies reliever David Herndon underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Tuesday. The 26-year-old right-hander claimed a spot in the Philadelphia bullpen this spring by fanning 14 batters in 16 1/3 Grapefruit League innings but strained his flexor pronator muscle at the end of April and hasn’t…

  8. Bud Norris to make rehab start Saturday in Triple-A

    Jun 19, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT

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    A bit of good news here for the struggling ‘Stros. According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, recovering right-hander Bud Norris is scheduled to make a minor league rehab start Saturday night at Triple-A Oklahoma City and could return to the big leagues late next week if the outing goes smoothly. Norris has been out since…

  9. Matt Holliday serving as Cardinals’ DH on Tuesday night

    Jun 19, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

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    Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday made an early exit from Sunday’s 15-inning loss to the Royals due to what was being called a “hip flexor condition.” But it’s apparently not a major concern. According to Hall of Famer Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holliday is serving as the Cardinals’ designated hitter for Tuesday night’s…

  10. NL All-Star balloting update: Melky in, Braun out

    Jun 19, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Bochy's Angels?

    Just like in Monday’s AL balloting update, one spot in the National League projected All-Star lineup changed hands this week. Melky Cabrera moved ahead of Ryan Braun into third place in the outfield. Cabrera is deserving based on his performance this season, but one can’t help but notice that Giants fans have been awfully generous…

  11. Josh Hamilton returns after intestinal virus

    Jun 19, 2012, 6:16 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton was able to come off the bench and serve as a defensive replacement in Monday’s win over the Padres. Now he’s back in center field for Tuesday’s game after missing four starts due to anĀ intestinalĀ virus. Hamilton was hospitalized Friday because of the illness and then released Saturday after receiving IV fluids. He said…

  12. Rockies go radical: Four-man rotation, 75-pitch limit

    Jun 19, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    Jim Tracy

    If there was ever a team that should be trying something different, it’s the 2012 Rockies with their 25-40 record and their 6.28 starter’s ERA. Still, this doesn’t seem like a great idea. Manager Jim Tracy revealed this afternoon that he plans to go with a four-man rotation and limit all of his starters to…

  13. Give it a listen: Aaron Gleeman on the Bucs Dugout podcast

    Jun 19, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

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    I was a guest on the Bucs Dugout podcast, previewing the Pirates-Twins interleague series that begins tonight and also talking about what it’s like to spend 10 years blogging about the same team. Check it out, because host Charlie Wilmoth does a great job with the podcast and it was a fun chat: Bucs Dugout…

  14. Scott Kazmir is playing for the Sugarland Skeeters now

    Jun 19, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Here’s how far Scott Kazmir‘s star has fallen: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the two-time All-Star–who’s still just 29 years old–has agreed to a deal with the independent league Sugarland Skeeters. Apparently they play in Houston, which is where Kazmir is from. Kazmir was released by the Angels in June of last year and…

  15. Freddy Galvis gets 50-game PED suspension

    Jun 19, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    Freddy Galvis

    Apparently, he’s the new Manny Alexander. Injured Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis was suspended 50 games Tuesday after testing positive for Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance. In a statement, Galvis claimed that “a trace amount of a banned substances — 80 parts in a trillion — was detected in my urine sample” and that he’d never knowingly…

  16. Rangers PBP guy Dave Barnett to be evaluated after bizarre on-air incident

    Jun 19, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    Dave Barnett

    Rangers play-by-play announcer Dave Barnett completely lost it for a few seconds during last night’s game against the Padres and will be evaluated in the coming days. The Rangers have announced that Steve Busby, who does Rangers PBP on the radio, will fill in for Barnett for at least the final two games of the…

  17. Former No. 1 pick, Yankees prospect Brien Taylor indicted on cocaine charges

    Jun 19, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Brien Taylor mugshot

    As if Brien Taylor’s story wasn’t sad enough when injuries from a bar fight turned him from elite pitching prospect to bust, the former Yankees No. 1 overall pick has been indicted on three counts of distributing crack cocaine. Taylor is now 40 years old and the Associated Press reports that he was indicted in…

  18. Tyler Thornburg to make Brewers debut in place of injured Shaun Marcum

    Jun 19, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Tyler Thornburg

    Shaun Marcum was scratched from tonight’s scheduled start with elbow soreness and the Brewers are calling on Double-A right-hander Tyler Thornburg to make his MLB debut in his place against the Blue Jays. Thornburg, who was Milwaukee’s third-round pick out of Charleston Southern in 2010, has thrived at every level of the minors with a…

  19. Jeremy Hellickson lands on disabled list with right shoulder fatigue

    Jun 19, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

    Jeremy Hellickson Getty

    The Rays just announced that Jeremy Hellickson was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder fatigue. Chris Archer will be called up from Triple-A Durham to make his major league debut tomorrow night against the Nationals. Hellickson was knocked around for a career-high eight runs on nine hits (including three home runs) last Thursday…

  20. Brad Eldred takes his big bat to Japan

    Jun 19, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

    Brad Eldred

    Even though Brad Eldred was tied for the minor league lead in home runs, he was released by the Tigers on Tuesday. Of course, it wasn’t because of anything he did wrong; he’s going to Japan to play with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. The 31-year-old Eldred was hitting .305/.374/.695 in 236 at-bats for Triple-A Toledo…

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