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  1. Was Jose Valverde throwing spitballs last night?

    Jun 11, 2012, 7:41 AM EDT

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    I was alerted to this video via Twitter by … Dallas Latos?  Who I guess is Reds pitcher Mat Latos‘ wife.  She has a blog at MLB saying so anyway. I sorta don’t care. The point of this post is the video, not who’s sending it around. And the point of the video is that…

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

    Jun 11, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Torii Hunter, Mark Trumbo

    Angels 10, Rockies 8: Mark Trumbo hit two three-run homers to help the Angels complete what was nothing short of an annihilation of the Rockies’ pitching staff. Trumbo is at .326/.380/.632. It would have been optimistic to predict those numbers from Pujols before the season started. Nationals 4, Red Sox 3: Bryce Harper had the…

  3. Giants now homerless in 16 straight home games

    Jun 10, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants Photo Day

    Forget about the splash hits in McCovey Cove; these Giants can’t even reach the cheap seats. In getting shut out by the Rangers on Sunday, the Giants went without a homer in a 16th straight home game. CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggarly points out that the Giants have gone 506 home at-bats without a homer since Gregor…

  4. In 24th appearance, Scott Downs finally gives up a run

    Jun 10, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    Scott Downs

    Ryan Cook‘s scoreless streak ended at 23 innings on May 28. Aroldis Chapman lost his at 29 innings on Thursday. Now Scott Downs‘ streak has ended after 20 2/3 innings after he gave up his first run in earning a save against the Rockies on Sunday. Downs was the only reliever left in the league…

  5. Philip Humber, April’s Mr. Perfect, could soon be bullpen bound

    Jun 10, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Philip Humber

    Philip Humber‘s rotation spot will likely be up for grabs with one more bad outing. After the right-hander gave up six runs — five earned — and three homers in 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Astros on Sunday, manager Robin Ventura said that Humber would make one more start, but declined to…

  6. Alexi Ogando strains groin after three hitless innings

    Jun 10, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Alexi Ogando

    Apparently it’s the new in thing; get a no-hitter going and then exit with a groin strain. Of course, Alexi Ogando today was only three innings along in his outing against the Giants, not six innings like Kevin Millwood on Friday. And Ogando wasn’t going to last all that much longer anyway; the 28-year-old was…

  7. Twins close to deal with No. 2 overall pick Byron Buxton

    Jun 10, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

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    Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune was informed by the agent for No. 2 pick Byron Buxton on Sunday that a contract agreement is drawing near between the Twins and the 18-year-old outfielder. Buxton is scheduled to arrive in the Twins Cities on Monday morning and will likely take his customary pre-signing physical Tuesday. If…

  8. Brian Roberts likely to rejoin Orioles on Tuesday

    Jun 10, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

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    MASN’s Roch Kubatko shares the good news: The Orioles’ brain trust will meet tomorrow during the off-day and decide whether to activate second baseman Brian Roberts from the 60-day disabled list before Tuesday night’s game against the Pirates at Camden Yards. Roberts must first make it through one final rehab game Sunday at Triple-A Norfolk, but that shouldn’t be…

  9. Nelson Cruz day-to-day with sore right Achilles tendon

    Jun 10, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

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    Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz made an early exit from Saturday’s loss to the Giants after experiencing soreness in his right Achilles tendon. It’s not thought to be a serious issue, but the 31-year-old slugger is not in the starting lineup for Sunday’s series finale. According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, Cruz believes the discomfort was…

  10. Report: Jorge Soler to sign with an organization by Monday

    Jun 10, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

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    Mike Puma and George King III of the New York Post pass along this big-time update on the status of a particular unsigned Cuban defector: According to an industry source, free agent outfielder Jorge Soler is expected to agree on a four-year deal before tomorrow. Meaning negotiations are currently underway. The Cubs, Yankees, Dodgers and Braves…

  11. Braves activate Chipper Jones from 15-day disabled list

    Jun 10, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

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    As first reported by MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, the Braves have activated third baseman Chipper Jones from the disabled list and are batting him third in Sunday’s series finale against the Blue Jays. Outfielder Jose Constanza was optioned back to Triple-A Gwinnett in a corresponding roster move. Jones missed just under three weeks with a left…

  12. Bryce Harper out of Nats’ lineup for first time since promotion

    Jun 10, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Nationals outfielders Harper, Moore and Nady congratulate each other after beating the Red Sox in their MLB Interleague baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Even 19-year-old phenoms need rest, apparently. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com’s Nats Insider reports that outfielder Bryce Harper is out of the lineup Sunday for the first time since being promoted to the majors more than six weeks ago. Tyler Moore will play left field, Roger Bernadina will cover center field and Xavier Nady will handle…

  13. Hiroki Kuroda has ankle bruise, expects to make next start

    Jun 10, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda was forced from a brilliant outing Friday night against the Mets after getting struck in the left ankle by a Daniel Murphy line drive. But X-rays turned up negative for a fracture and he’s on track to make his next scheduled start Wednesday against the Braves in Atlanta. According to Marc…

  14. Marlins bring back first baseman Gaby Sanchez

    Jun 10, 2012, 10:34 AM EDT

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    From Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald comes word that the Marlins have recalled first baseman Gaby Sanchez from Triple-A New Orleans for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the visiting Rays. Sanchez was demoted to the minor leagues in mid-May after opening the 2012 regular season with a .197/.244/.295 batting line over his first 131…

  15. Daisuke Matsuzaka surrenders four runs in season debut

    Jun 10, 2012, 9:56 AM EDT

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    Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s first start back from Tommy John surgery Saturday against the Nationals served as a kind of microcosm for his major league career: he was sharp at times, but inconsistency did him in. Dice-K opened with a perfect first frame, fanning Steve Lombardozzi and Ryan Zimmerman, and inducing a pop-up out of phenom Bryce Harper. The…

  16. Matt Holliday out again Sunday with back spasms

    Jun 10, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

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    The adversity continues to pile up in St. Louis. According to Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch, Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday will be held out of the starting lineup for a second straight game Sunday against the Indians due to back spasms. It’s not a major injury and isn’t in danger of becoming one, but…

  17. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jun 10, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Boston Red Sox

    It’s June 10 and the National League East-leading Nationals are showing no signs of a potential fade. Gio Gonzalez allowed just three hits over 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball and first baseman Adam LaRoche hit his 10th home run of the season on Saturday afternoon as Washington rolled to its second consecutive victory over…

  18. Jamie Moyer throws five shutout innings in debut start with the Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate

    Jun 9, 2012, 10:33 PM EDT

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    The dream is still alive for 49-year-old Jamie Moyer. According to Roch Kubatko of MASN, the veteran lefty threw five shutout innings Saturday in his first start with Triple-A Norfolk. He allowed just one hit and struck out five while displaying pinpoint control. Moyer posted a 5.70 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in 53 2/3 innings…

  19. Carlos Zambrano yields seven runs, leaves with stiff back

    Jun 9, 2012, 9:29 PM EDT

    zambrano getty

    Marlins righty Carlos Zambrano entered Saturday’s start against the Rays with a superb 2.81 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. By the time his 2 1/3 innings were done, his ERA was 3.55 and his WHIP was 1.18. Big Z surrendered seven earned runs on five hits and three walks to Tampa Bay before exiting in the…

  20. Chris Sale throws eight shutout innings, lowers ERA to 2.05

    Jun 9, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

    chris sale getty

    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: White Sox starter Chris Sale needs his own video game. The lanky left-hander threw eight innings of shutout ball on Saturday afternoon against the Astros, striking out seven and walking none as the Pale Hose rolled to a 10-1 victory. He now has a 0.92 WHIP,…

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