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  1. Cubs, Yankees, Braves and Dodgers bidding on Jorge Soler

    Jun 8, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

    Cuba

    Buster Olney reports that the first round of bidding on Cuban free agent Jorge Soler are in — his agent wanted bids by yesterday — and that the Cubs, Yankees, Braves and Dodgers have been the most aggressive. The Cubs are not surprising given that they’ve been whispered about having strong interest in Soler and, in…

  2. Scott Rolen working toward comeback, but “no timeline” for return

    Jun 8, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Scott Rolen

    Scott Rolen has had so many shoulder problems over the years that the Reds placing him on the disabled list last month led to speculation that he might be finished. Rolen even had doubts about playing again, which were echoed by manager Dusty Baker, but for now at least he’s giving it a go. Mark…

  3. Player poll: C.J. Wilson is baseball’s most overrated pitcher

    Jun 8, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    C.J, Wilson

    Every year Sports Illustrated takes a poll of as many players as it can — this year it got 227 of them — and asks them a bunch of questions they’d never answer with attribution. Most overrated this or that, worst umpire, etc. The list for the most overrated pitchers is out now (slide show;…

  4. Jaime Garcia to be examined by Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Lewis Yocum

    Jun 8, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    It’s never good news when an injured pitcher schedules a visit with Dr. James Andrews or Dr. Lewis Yocum, but what about when an injured pitcher schedules visits with both of them? Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Jaime Garcia will do just that after the Cardinals placed him on the…

  5. Terry Collins learned his lesson

    Jun 8, 2012, 2:33 PM EDT

    Terry Collins

    Good feature by Ken Rosenthal on Mets manager Terry Collins. The man who once had his clubhouse revolt against him and petition the GM to have him fired — the 1999 Angels were awesome! — is now a different kind of dude, who is well aware of his past faults: “I was not good. I…

  6. Michael Bourn already has a new career-high for homers

    Jun 8, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    It’s not quite an out of nowhere power explosion like Jose Bautista in 2010 or even Jacoby Ellsbury last season, but Braves center fielder Michael Bourn has already set a new career-high for homers in a season. Bourn went deep yesterday for the sixth time in 57 games. His previous career-high was five homers, set…

  7. Manny Ramirez: “a gray-dreadlocked ineffective minor leaguer”

    Jun 8, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Oakland Athletics

    When is Manny Ramirez going to come to Oakland and help that offense? How about the 10th of never?  Here’s Ann Killion: Ramirez was presented as a changed soul, a man who wanted a second chance and a veteran who could be an important mentor to young players like Yoenis Cespedes. Instead, he’s just been…

  8. MRI exam on Derek Holland’s shoulder shows no damage

    Jun 8, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Derek Holland Reuters

    Texas sent Derek Holland for an MRI exam after placing him on the disabled list yesterday with left shoulder fatigue and the team announced that no structural damage was found. In fact, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram the Rangers think “Holland is experiencing a lack of strength in the shoulder…

  9. Jamey Carroll’s hand is kinda gross, but he plays the game the right way

    Jun 8, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

    The biggest reason to click this link is to see a picture and video of Jamey Carroll‘s hand, which is totally gnarled, mangled and gross from a decade of playing the infield. The second biggest is to ask yourself why it is that no one ever writes stories like this about non-white, non-short, non-scrappy utility…

  10. Johan Santana is an underdog for no-hitter follow-up start

    Jun 8, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    gambling poster

    When Johan Santana takes the mound tonight for his no-hitter follow-up start he’ll be coming off back-to-back complete-game shutouts and working on two extra days of rest without a limited pitch count. And he’ll also be an underdog on the road against the Yankees and Hiroki Kuroda. Las Vegas has set the Yankees as -145…

  11. Thanks to the new draft rules, Scott Boras (and other agents) have a pretty stark conflict of interest

    Jun 8, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

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    The other day Scott Boras called the new draft setup “a mockery,” and claimed that the capping of bonus payouts and the slotting for picks — with stiff penalties for teams who violate them — does nothing to distribute talent to those who need it (i.e. the purpose of the draft). I think he’s probably…

  12. Carl Crawford cleared to begin throwing program

    Jun 8, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Photo Day

    We haven’t heard much about Carl Crawford‘s status lately, but Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox left fielder will begin a throwing program today as he works toward a comeback from wrist surgery and a partially torn elbow ligament. Crawford told Abraham that his surgically repaired wrist is “pretty much…

  13. Marlins rank 16th in attendance after 29 games at new park

    Jun 8, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    marlins park empty

    We’re one-third through the season and the Marlins are on pace for their best record since the World Series team in 2003, yet their solid play after an offseason full of big spending and moving into a new ballpark haven’t boosted the team’s attendance nearly as much as hoped. Through 29 home games the Marlins…

  14. There were some fanTASTIC names in the 2012 draft

    Jun 8, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Name Game

    I saw that guys named Skye Bolt and Storm Throne were selected in the Rule 4 draft earlier this week.  When I saw them my first thought was “Storm Throne rolls saving throw for curve balls …”  But there were more ridiculous names than that! And Dayn Perry of CBS Sports.com catalogs them for us…

  15. Jeff Francis re-signs with Rockies, expected to start this weekend at Coors Field

    Jun 8, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    jeff-francis-rockies

    Jeff Francis asked for and got his release from a minor-league contract with the Reds and the 30-year-old left-hander has quickly returned to where his career started, signing with the Rockies. And now only that, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that Francis will immediately jump into the Rockies’ rotation and start Saturday versus…

  16. Great Moments in Communication: Joba Chamberlain’s bullpen session

    Jun 8, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Joba Chamberlain Getty

    Joba Chamberlain (60-day DL — near death experience) is rehabbing. Yesterday he tweeted thusly: Update for everyone!Bullpen tomorrow, 1 step closer!!Thank u for all the support!! — Joba Chamberlain (@Joba_62) June 7, 2012 And later Joe Girardi was asked about it: “‘That, I’m not aware of” Oh well. Welcome back to the land of the…

  17. Daniel Bard on demotion to Triple-A: “I’m just an employee here … obviously, I’m not thrilled with it”

    Jun 8, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Daniel Bard Getty

    Lost in the speculation about how long Daniel Bard‘s demotion to Triple-A will last is the fact that the Red Sox right-hander wanted nothing to do with being sent to the minors. Bard is scheduled to make his Pawtucket debut tonight, so he spoke to the local media and made it clear to Mike Scandura…

  18. No pitch count for Johan Santana against the Yankees tonight

    Jun 8, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Johan Santana Reuters

    Johan Santana, a year removed from major shoulder surgery, hit his all-time high in pitches last week while no-hitting the Cardinals.  While he was given a couple of extra days of rest in the wake of that, he will not be on a lower-than-normal pitch count tonight, says Terry Collins. Biggest reason: the team was…

  19. Austin Jackson is rehabbing, may come off DL this weekend

    Jun 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Austin Jackson was scheduled to play about six innings in his first minor-league rehab game yesterday, but instead he played a full game at Triple-A that included nine innings in center field. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Jackson will play another full game there tonight, at which point he could be cleared to return…

  20. A’s players don’t like the timing of Kila Ka’aihue’s DFA

    Jun 8, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    The Oakland Athletics designated Kila Ka’aihue for assignment before yesterday’s game and called up Brandon Moss.  Oakland A’s players told Susan Slusser, however, that they weren’t happy with the timing of the move. Why? Because Ka’aihue’s wife is due to give birth to twins any day: “Everyone is in shock,” one player said. “Total horse” manure, said…

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