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  1. Gregor Blanco’s ridiculous catch helped preserve Cain’s perfecto

    Jun 14, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Gregor Blanco

    Most no-hitters or perfect games have that one moment when you just know, yep, it’s happening. I’d guess that those who saw Matt Cain‘s perfecto live last night will point to Gregor Blanco’s catch of Jordan Schafer’s drive in the seventh inning as that moment: The GIF comes via Grant Brisbee at McCovey Chronicles, who…

  2. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 14, 2012, 6:22 AM EDT

    Matt Cain, Buster Posey

    Giants 10, Astros 0: A simply unbelievable night for Matt Cain.  As we noted last night, this was among the best games ever pitched in the history of baseball. Perfection is one thing. Doing it while striking out 14 is dominant perfection.  And don’t try to diminish it by saying “hey, it was the Astros.”…

  3. Matt Cain sets a new standard for perfection

    Jun 14, 2012, 1:29 AM EDT

    Matt Cain

    With his 125-pitch gem against the Astros on Wednesday night, Matt Cain entered the history books, throwing the 20th perfect game since 1900 and 22nd in major league history. Cain struck out 14 in the contest, matching Sandy Koufax’s total on Sept. 9, 1965 for the highest strikeout total in a perfect game. That gave…

  4. Flawless: Matt Cain throws a perfect game versus Astros

    Jun 14, 2012, 1:08 AM EDT

    Matt Cain

    Matt Cain turned in one of the most dominant performances in recent memory Wednesday night, going 27 up and 27 down against the Astros for the 22nd perfect game in MLB history. Cain was overpowering with 14 strikeouts, which ties Sandy Koufax for the most ever in a perfect game. And the Giants right-hander also…

  5. Yoenis Cespedes aggravates strained hamstring on groundout

    Jun 13, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT

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    A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was in the Oakland starting lineup on Wednesday for the first time in five days. But now he’s likely headed to the disabled list. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, Cespedes re-aggravated the left hamstring strain that he suffered last Thursday on a groundout to first base in the second inning of Wednesday night’s…

  6. Tigers said to have “lukewarm” interest in Vladimir Guerrero

    Jun 13, 2012, 9:41 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Detroit Tigers

    This is hardly a report or even a rumor, but we’ll pass it along anyway. From FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi: #Tigers interest in free agent Vladimir Guerrero is lukewarm, source says. Not clear if they will pursue him at this point. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 13, 2012 The Tigers have stuck with their…

  7. MRI on Brandon McCarthy’s shoulder rules out major damage

    Jun 13, 2012, 8:54 PM EDT

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    The A’s sent Brandon McCarthy back to the Bay Area on Tuesday to get an MRI on his right shoulder. The results are in, and the news is positive. According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, structural damage has been ruled out and Oakland skipper Bob Melvin is optimistic that the 28-year-old right-hander won’t need another…

  8. Adam Dunn scratched Wednesday due to slight ankle sprain

    Jun 13, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

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    From Mark D. Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune comes word that slugger Adam Dunn has been scratched from Wednesday night’s game against the Cardinals due to a “slightly” sprained left ankle. It’s obviously not a serious injury, but Dunn seems likely to remain sidelined for Thursday’s series finale in St. Louis given that the DH…

  9. Freddy Galvis diagnosed with back fracture, out indefinitely

    Jun 13, 2012, 7:17 PM EDT

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    More rough health news for the 2012 Phillies. According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, infielder Freddy Galvis was diagnosed Wednesday evening with a pars fracture in his lower back. He will be in a back brace for at least the next three weeks and the Phillies’ medical team can’t say for certain when he might be…

  10. J.J. Putz is way excited about his Justin Bieber autograph

    Jun 13, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

    J.J. Putz

    Here’s something I did not know: Panini puts out Justin Bieber trading cards. And, apparently, the Diamondbacks got a box of said cards in the clubhouse, J.J. Putz pulled an autographed card and Brad Ziegler was there to capture the excitement. Putz does have twin daughters, age 7, so he’s probably not going to keep…

  11. Aaron Miles opts for retirement

    Jun 13, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Aaron Miles

    One of the ultimate underdogs, Aaron Miles put together a nine-year career in the big leagues after debuting at age 26. Now he’s opted to calling it a day, according to his Triple-A team, retiring at age 35. After receiving 12 at-bats with the White Sox at the end of 2003, Miles was traded to…

  12. The Cincinnati Reds are sick

    Jun 13, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

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    No, that’s not some figure of speech. It’s a literal description: There was a big pot of chicken soup in the dining area of the Cincinnati Reds’ clubhouse on Wednesday. Several players were in the trainer’s room getting intravenous fluids. A day after a stomach virus went through the team, the Reds were starting to…

  13. Troy Tulowitzki aggravates groin injury, leaves rehab game

    Jun 13, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    Troy Tulowitzki began his minor-league rehab assignment with a bang today at Triple-A, homering in his first at-bat and singling in his second trip to the plate, but unfortunately he then left the game. Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that Tulowitzki aggravated his groin injury and will travel back to Denver to be examined by…

  14. The Red Sox and Bobby Jenks are working on a contract settlement

    Jun 13, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

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    In terms of its size it’s nothing close to being the worst contract ever, but it’s harder to remember a deal where the team got less back in performance than the Red Sox have on the Bobby Jenks contract. After signing a two-year, $12 million deal, Jenks has pitched a total of fifteen and two-thirds…

  15. White Sox sign 13th pick Courtney Hawkins for $2.5 million

    Jun 13, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

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    No. 13 overall pick Courtney Hawkins and the White Sox have agreed to a deal worth the exact slot amount of $2.475 million, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. Hawkins was committed to play college ball at Texas, but the high school outfielder from Corpus Christi will instead begin his pro career at age…

  16. Kyle Drabek leaves game after feeling a “popping” sensation in his elbow

    Jun 13, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Toronto Blue Jays

    This sounds positively frightening: #BlueJays Drabek felt “popping sensation” in his elbow. Tests tmrw. Farrell says he’s in no pain at the moment. — Mike Cormack (@MikeCormack) June 13, 2012 It may not be a serious injury, as the lack of pain is a good sign (ed: unless all his nerves were simultaneously frayed, right?).…

  17. Stephen Strasburg is first pitcher to 100 strikeouts this year

    Jun 13, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg tossed six innings of two-run ball in a series-sweeping victory over the Blue Jays this afternoon and in the process became the first pitcher this season to crack 100 strikeouts. Justin Verlander is next up with 95 strikeouts, so he’ll likely join Strasburg in the triple-digit club when he starts tomorrow against the…

  18. MLB reviewed the Jose Valverde tape, spoke with the Tigers

    Jun 13, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT

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    I’m going to assume this is merely some going-through-the-motions review and not something that will lead to any actual discipline, but … Major League Baseball has reviewed video of Jose Valverde apparently throwing a spitball and has discussed the incident with the Detroit Tigers, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Valverde and the Tigers have…

  19. Giants sign No. 20 pick Chris Stratton for $1.85 million

    Jun 13, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    San Francisco and No. 20 overall pick Chris Stratton have agreed to a deal for the exact slot amount of $1.85 million. Stratton told Jay Lee of MLB.com that he wanted to sign as quickly as possible to get started on his pro career right away and as an experienced college pitcher who faced strong…

  20. There was a big baseball scandal, sorta

    Jun 13, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Hush Hush

    Ben Badler of Baseball America reports on an age/identity scandal involving one of the more notable buscones in the Dominican Republic, who actually falsified his own son’s age in order to induce the Mariners into signing him: A son of Enrique Soto, one of the most powerful trainers in the Dominican Republic over the last…

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