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  1. Josh Hamilton goes 1-for-5 as Rangers beat A’s

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:03 PM EDT

    Jackie Moore, Johnny Narron, Josh Hamilton, Jamie Reed

    Playing with black armbands and heavy hearts, the Rangers roughed up All-Star left-hander Gio Gonzalez and beat the A’s 8-5 on Friday night. The Rangers started this one in torrid fashion, going deep three times in the first and second innings off a pitcher who had surrendered just six homers in 109 innings for the season.  Mike…

  2. David Ortiz charges mound as Red Sox-Orioles turns to brawl

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:09 PM EDT

    David Ortiz, Kevin Gregg

    David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg sparked a benches-clearing brawl Friday night with the Red Sox spanking the Orioles for the second night in a row. The Orioles called on their seldom-used closer down 9-3 in the bottom of the eighth.  After giving up a walk and an RBI triple to Josh Reddick, Gregg threw three…

  3. It might be Kevin Millwood time in Boston

    Jul 8, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT

    Kevin Millwood

    The early reports are encouraging on Josh Beckett’s hyperextended left knee, but what if Boston is forced to place him on the disabled list alongside Jon Lester (lat), Clay Buchholz (back) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow)? Such a move could leave the Red Sox with a rotation of John Lackey, Tim Wakefield, Andrew Miller, Kyle Weiland…

  4. Placido Polanco diagnosed with bulging disc in back

    Jul 8, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v St. Louis Cardinals

    The Phillies were dealt another blow on the injury front before tonight’s game, as Placido Polanco confirmed that he was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his back. Polanco has begun taking an anti-inflammatory medication, but if the pills don’t help ease the discomfort in his back, he will be treated with an anti-inflammatory injection.…

  5. Josh Beckett exits with hyperextended left knee

    Jul 8, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    9:20 p.m. EDT: Beckett was removed with the Red Sox are calling a mildly hyperextended left knee.  The team said it was a precaution and that he’s listed as day-to-day. Common sense would dictate that he’ll be scratched from the All-Star Game, even though it looks like he’ll be ready to pitch after the break.…

  6. John Lannan diagnosed with nasal contusion after being hit with comebacker

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:27 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Washington Nationals - Game Two

    UPDATE: Encouraging news from the Nats’ clubhouse. The Nationals just announced that Lannan is day-to-day with a nasal contusion. 8:27 PM: You never like to see this. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that Nationals left-hander John Lannan exited tonight’s start against the Rockies in the top of the fourth inning after he was…

  7. Heyman: Andre Ethier has Boston on his mind

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:07 PM EDT

    Andre Ethier, Chris Iannetta

    It’s something of an old rumor, but SI.com’s Jon Heyman has stirred it back up again, saying Andre Ethier is frustrated with the Dodgers and has hopes of joining the Red Sox at some point in his career. According to Heyman, “many people connected to the Dodgers say that Ethier is more dismayed by the…

  8. Report: Cubs not willing to deal Sean Marshall

    Jul 8, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Buster Olney of ESPN.com is hearing that the Cubs are telling teams that they have no interest in including reliever Sean Marshall in a trade. While he has been a starter in the past, the 28-year-old Marshall has quietly emerged as one of the top left-handed set-up men in the game, posting an outstanding 2.52…

  9. Red Sox prospect Kyle Weiland to debut Sunday

    Jul 8, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT

    Kyle Weiland

    Rather than turn to reliever Alfredo Aceves or add veteran Kevin Millwood from Pawtucket, the Red Sox have chosen 24-year-old Kyle Weiland to make his major league debut and start Sunday in Jon Lester‘s place. Weiland, a 2008 third-round pick out of Notre Dame, is 8-6 with a 3.00 ERA and a 99/37 K/BB ratio in…

  10. Ailing Alex Rodriguez pulls out of All-Star Game

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    As speculated earlier, Alex Rodriguez has joined Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera in pulling out of the All-Star Game. No replacement was announced, but we’re guessing will soon announce that Kevin Youkilis and Jhonny Peralta have been added to the squad as reserves.  Adrian Beltre and Asdrubal Cabrera figure to move into the starting lineup…

  11. Curt Schilling auctioning off memorabilia for charity

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:31 PM EDT

    Curt Schilling auction: 2007 World Series ball

    Curt Schilling just announced on Twitter that he’s auctioning of most of his baseball memorabilia collection, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Asperger’s Association of New England and the Shade Foundation. Lots Nos. 1-204  of the Hunt Auction’s Live Auction at MLB All-Star FanFest are from Schilling’s private collection. Highlights include a Roberto…

  12. Josh Hamilton talks about Thursday’s accident

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton spoke at length Friday about the events of the night before, when Shannon Stone died after tumbling over the Rangers Ballpark railing while catching a ball thrown by the left fielder. Hamilton said he had heard Stone ask for a ball earlier in the game: Yeah, when I glanced up there, like I…

  13. Dontrelle Willis to start for the Reds on Sunday

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    dontrelle-willis-reds-spring

    The D-Train is back on the tracks: Jerry Crasnick reports that the Reds are recalling Dontrelle Willis and will have him start this Sunday against the Brewers. When last we saw Willis, he was completing the finishing touches on a three-year span in which he struck out 82 batters and walked 119 in 123 1/3 innings.…

  14. Joe Torre talks about umpires, makes very little sense

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Ron Washington, Joe West, Angel Hernandez

    Joe Torre was on Colin Cowherd’s radio show yesterday. The topic of discussion: Umpires Gone Wild. Or, rather, the recent dustups between Joe West’s crew and, well, everyone. Now to be clear, Joe Torre has a tough job here. He has his job mostly because he’s a respected figure who players and coaches and stuff…

  15. Andre Ethier to take Shane Victorino’s spot on NL All-Star team

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Andre Ethier

    A little comparison… Corner outfielders on the NL All-Star team Carlos Beltran Lance Berkman Ryan Braun Jay Bruce Matt Holliday Hunter Pence Justin Upton Center fielders on the NL All-Star team Matt Kemp So, of course the league today named Andre Ethier the replacement for the injured Shane Victorino on the NL squad.  Because what…

  16. Josh Hamilton will start Friday against A’s

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:22 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton will play left field tonight against the A’s, manager Ron Washington said. Hamilton was given the option of taking the night off after he made the throw Thursday that caused Shannon Stone to tumble over a Rangers Ballpark railing and fall to his death.  Hamilton, though, said he wanted to be out there…

  17. Alex Rodriguez sent for MRI on sore right knee

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:16 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez was sent for an MRI on his right knee Friday and is being held out of tonight’s lineup against the Rays. Rodriguez, who originally injured the knee June 19 in a game against the Cubs, will be joined on the bench by Nick Swisher, who is nursing a tender left quad. Manager Joe Girardi…

  18. Buster Posey cleared to begin light workouts

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v San Francisco Giants

    The Giants basically ruled catcher Buster Posey out for the rest of the 2011 season following his late-May surgery to repair a broken bone in his left leg and torn ligaments in his left ankle. But life goes on, and Posey was cleared by team physicians this week to begin doing light workouts. According to…

  19. Derek Jeter bows out of the All-Star Game

    Jul 8, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    For as much was made about so many Yankees making the All-Star team, in effect, it doesn’t really matter. Why? Because none of ‘em seem to be playing. Alex Rodriguez and Mariano Rivera already decided to give it a miss, and now, too, will Derek Jeter. This is not a total shock.  While he’s been…

  20. Rangers set up memorial fund for Shannon Stone’s family

    Jul 8, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    Rangers Ballpark

    At a news conference Friday afternoon, Rangers president Nolan Ryan announced that the team would create and make a “substantial” donation to a memorial fund for Shannon Stone’s family. Stone, a 39-year-old firefighter, was killed Thursday night after tumbling over the railing at Rangers Ballpark. “It’s one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen at…

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