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  1. Reviewing the rotations; Nats, Dodgers lead the way

    Jun 18, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    David Price

    A couple of months before the season, I used my Rotoworld projections to rank the rotations, based strictly on ERA, from 1-30. Let’s look at that list now and see where each team starters’ measure up about 40 percent of the way through the season. Projected rank – Team – Current rank 1. Phillies: 3.39…

  2. Scott Rolen returns to Reds after more shoulder problems

    Jun 18, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Scott Rolen

    Scott Rolen changed his mind and agreed to go on a minor-league rehab assignment to show the Reds his perpetually injured shoulder was strong enough for a return from the disabled list and apparently homering at Triple-A over the weekend convinced them he’s ready. Rolen is back from the DL after missing the past five…

  3. Report: Nationals won’t forfeit pick to sign Lucas Giolito

    Jun 18, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    California high school right-hander Lucas Giolito was in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick before an elbow injury ended his season and he fell to the Nationals with the 16th pick. Because of the new rules for signing bonuses the Nationals are somewhat limited in terms of what they can offer Giolito and…

  4. Red Sox sign first-round pick Deven Marrero for $2.1 million

    Jun 18, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that the Red Sox and No. 24 overall pick Deven Marrero have agreed to a $2.05 million deal that’s slightly above the slot value of $1.75 million. Coming into the season Marrero was widely considered a top-10 talent, but the Arizona State shortstop’s stock dropped as he struggled offensively.…

  5. Felipe Paulino on track for June 25 return from groin injury

    Jun 18, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Felipe Paulino

    Felipe Paulino‘s emergence atop the Royals’ rotation was halted by a groin injury, but Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the right-hander is slated to come off the disabled list on June 25. Paulino was fantastic before the injury, starting seven games with a 1.67 ERA, and since the Royals picked him…

  6. The Rockies should trade Carlos Gonzalez?

    Jun 18, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    That’s the thinking of New York Post columnist Joel Sherman. His belief: the Rockies might be better off having more young parts than having the duo of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez tied up at $36 million-$40 million from 2015-17. Personally, I’m not sold. For one thing, Gonzalez is likely more valuable in Colorado than…

  7. Tony Rasmus goes to Toronto, talks St. Louis

    Jun 18, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

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    Tony Rasmus, the father of Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus, was an endless source of intrigue and entertainment for the St. Louis media during the two-plus years that his son spent with the Cardinals. And now the Toronto press is getting a taste. The elder Rasmus made his first-ever appearance at Rogers Centre on Sunday…

  8. MVP again? Joey Votto leads the NL in everything, basically

    Jun 18, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Houston Astros

    Joey Votto hit .289 with a .939 OPS in April. Then he hit .355 with a 1.160 OPS in May. And now he’s hitting .491 with a 1.392 OPS in June. Overall the former MVP leads the National League in batting average (.366), on-base percentage (.489), slugging percentage (.652), OPS (1.141), doubles (28), extra-base hits…

  9. Astros sign No. 41 pick Lance McCullers for double slot value at $2.5 million

    Jun 18, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    mlb draft

    Part of the Astros’ strategy in drafting Carlos Correa with the No. 1 overall pick was their ability to sign him to a below-slot bonus and use the savings to snag a tough-to-sign player later. That player turned out to be high school right-hander Lance McCullers, who was considered a top-20 prospect based on talent…

  10. Red Sox likely to get Cody Ross back from DL on Tuesday

    Jun 18, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jose Molina, Cody Ross

    Nothing is official yet, but Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that “all indications” point to the Red Sox getting outfielder Cody Ross back from the disabled list Tuesday. Ross has been out since mid-May with a fractured left foot and has gone just 1-for-7 on a brief minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A, but…

  11. Rockies “aggressively trying to trade” Jeremy Guthrie

    Jun 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie Getty

    Jeremy Guthrie has been a mess for the Rockies with a 7.02 ERA and league-high 15 homers allowed in 13 starts after they acquired him from the Orioles in February, and Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that they’re “aggressively trying to trade” the veteran right-hander. According to Renck the Blue Jays are among…

  12. Matt Holliday dealing with “hip flexor condition”

    Jun 18, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v St. Louis Cardinals

    Matt Holliday‘s injury is no longer a big mystery. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the outfielder is dealing with a “hip flexor condition” that has roots dating back to last month. It’s not the type of ailment that will require an immediate disabled list stint, but it seems likely that Holliday…

  13. Red Sox place Ryan Sweeney on DL with foot injury

    Jun 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Ryan Sweeney

    Ryan Sweeney is the latest Red Sox outfielder to hit the disabled list, joining Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Cody Ross, and Jason Repko on the shelf after initially playing through a foot injury. Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that Sweeney has an “irritation in the sesamoid bone in his left foot” and rather than letting…

  14. Ready or not, Jair Jurrjens is rejoining the Braves’ rotation

    Jun 18, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    Jair Jurrjens is on his way back to the majors two months after being demoted to Triple-A, as Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves will call him up to make Friday’s start against the Red Sox. Brandon Beachy‘s elbow injury opened the door for Jurrjens’ return, but he hasn’t exactly…

  15. Secretariat threw five innings for the Red Sox yesterday

    Jun 18, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

    Franklin Morales

    Josh Beckett‘s shoulder injury left the Red Sox needing a fill-in starter yesterday and rather than call someone up from the minors they turned to Franklin Morales, who’d only pitched out of the bullpen since arriving in Boston last year and hadn’t started a game since April 21, 2009. Morales had thrown more than 40…

  16. Roy Oswalt throws six innings, 100 pitches in fourth minor league start

    Jun 18, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Roy Oswalt

    Roy Oswalt has been shaky at times while building up his arm strength in the minors, but yesterday the 34-year-old right-hander threw six innings and stretched out to 100 pitches at Triple-A. Making his fourth tune-up start since signing with the Rangers late last month, Oswalt allowed two runs on six hits–including just one extra-base…

  17. Jon Jay set to begin rehab assignment this week

    Jun 18, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

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    Refreshing news here for the scuffling Cardinals. According to beat reporter Brian Stull of 101 ESPN in St. Louis, center fielder Jon Jay has been cleared to embark on a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday afternoon with Triple-A Memphis. Jay was placed on the disabled list in mid-May with a right shoulder sprain, suffered on…

  18. Giants to keep Tim Lincecum in rotation after latest loss

    Jun 17, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Many thought Tim Lincecum was one more bad start away from either having his turn skipped or receiving a temporary demotion to the bullpen. Lincecum, though, has escaped that fate after giving up five runs and two homers in a loss to the Mariners on Saturday. Manager Bruce Bochy said today that Lincecum will make…

  19. Curt Schilling takes leave of absence from ESPN

    Jun 17, 2012, 8:54 PM EDT

    Curt Schilling

    By mutual agreement, Curt Schilling is taking a leave of absence from ESPN following the controversy with his video game company, 38 Studios. Schilling’s 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy June 7 after previously laying off its entire staff. Federal and state authorities launched probes into the studios, which received a $75 million loan guarantee deal…

  20. Matt Holliday has a mystery ailment

    Jun 17, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    Matt Holliday‘s exit from Sunday’s game against the Royals was curious, given that it was hard to tell when he might have been hurt. But whatever it was that took him out, it’s not a new ailment, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Holliday was 2-for-3 with a homer when he was…

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