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  1. Alex Rodriguez hits record-tying 23rd grand slam

    Jun 13, 2012, 12:23 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez hit his 23rd career grand slam in the Yankees’ comeback win over the Braves on Tuesday, tying Lou Gehrig for the most in history. A-Rod’s homer off Jonny Venters in the eighth gave the Bombers their first four runs, tying the game. The Yankees went on to win 6-4. The grand slam crown…

  2. Giants won’t skip Tim Lincecum’s next turn in the rotation

    Jun 12, 2012, 10:27 PM EDT

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    Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has registered an ugly 6.94 ERA in two starts this month and owns a 6.00 overall ERA this season, but San Francisco management is not going to tweak his schedule, or make up a phantom injury or anything like that. Via the San Jose Mercury News‘ Alex Pavlovic: Bochy met with Sabean today and…

  3. Troy Tulowitzki to begin playing in rehab games Wednesday

    Jun 12, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT

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    Troy Renck of the Denver Post has the good news: Rockies’ two-time all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday in Triple-A Colorado Springs. He’s likely to play two-to-three games with Sky Sox, leaving him in position to join the Rockies over the weekend in Detroit or Tuesday for the opening of the…

  4. Brandon Morrow headed to disabled list with oblique strain

    Jun 12, 2012, 8:39 PM EDT

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    Tests taken Tuesday afternoon on Brandon Morrow‘s left oblique confirmed what pretty much everyone expected: he has a strain, and is going to be placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday. This according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com. Morrow suffered the injury just nine pitches into his outing Monday night against the Nationals. He seems…

  5. Matt Holliday back in Cardinals’ lineup Tuesday evening

    Jun 12, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com comes word that outfielder Matt Holliday is back in the St. Louis starting lineup on Tuesday night as the Cardinals open a three-game interleague series at Busch Stadium against the visiting White Sox. Holliday was held out of action on Saturday and Sunday due to back spasms. He rested…

  6. Brandon McCarthy scratched Wednesday with sore shoulder

    Jun 12, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

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    Bad news here for the A’s and Brandon McCarthy. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, the 28-year-old right-hander has been scratched from his scheduled Wednesday start against the Rockies due to lingering soreness in his throwing shoulder. McCarthy is headed back to the Bay Area for an MRI and seems likely to be placed on the…

  7. Red Sox close to signing Taiwanese shortstop

    Jun 12, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT

    Tzu-Wei Lin

    The Red Sox are set to ink a $2.05 million deal with shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin of Taiwan, the Boston Globe reports. Lin, a left-handed hitter, was rumored to be signing with the Yankees in 2010, but at 16 then, Taiwan declared him too young to turn pro. Now 18, he’s set to receive a bonus…

  8. Indians acquire reliever Esmil Rogers from Rockies

    Jun 12, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

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    Esmil Rogers‘ mid-90s fastball failed to produce results in Colorado, so he’ll get a fresh start in Cleveland after being picked up in return for cash considerations Tuesday. Rogers was previously designated for assignment on Satursday. A full-time reliever for the first time, the 26-year-old Rogers struck out 29 in 25 2/3 innings for the…

  9. Mariano Rivera finally had his surgery

    Jun 12, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Mariano Rivera’s much-delayed ACL surgery was finally performed today.  You’re not gonna believe this, but the doctors say the surgery was a success.  Glad to hear that, of course, but we all still await the athlete’s surgery which is characterized as “a total cluster.” Rivera expects to miss the whole season.

  10. Reds sign No. 14 pick Nick Travieso for $2 million

    Jun 12, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

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    Florida high school right-hander Nick Travieso is the latest first-rounder to sign, as Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that the Reds have agreed to a $2 million bonus with the No. 14 overall pick that’s $375,000 below the slot value. Baseball America ranked Travieso as the 40th-best player in the draft class, noting his…

  11. Jose Valverde: I was just wiping sweat off my face

    Jun 12, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

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    Jose Valverde was asked about the alleged spitball today. Reports the Detroit Free Press: Re video, Valverde said he didn’t spit on the ball. He said he was wiping sweat from his face. — Freep Tigers (@freeptigers) June 12, 2012 None of four umpires or anyone in Reds dugout objected to anything Valverde did. “Exactly,”…

  12. Red Sox release outfielder Marlon Byrd

    Jun 12, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the Red Sox have released Marlon Byrd after designating the veteran outfielder for assignment last week. Byrd made a nice first impression after the Red Sox got him from the Cubs in a mid-April trade, going 10-for-30 (.333) through eight games. However, he hit .243 with one homer and…

  13. Brian Matusz diagnosed with bruise after getting cracked in the nose while doing a bunting drill

    Jun 12, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Brian Matusz

    File under “freak injuries to pitchers who are either batting or preparing to do so”: Matusz hit in nose during bunting drill. Start tomorrow in question — Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) June 12, 2012 He was in the indoor batting cages and fouled one back into his face. There is apparently a lot of swelling at…

  14. Don’t expect many strikeouts in Twins-Phillies game tonight

    Jun 12, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    There are lots of big-name starters pitching tonight–Felix Hernandez, Adam Wainwright, Zack Greinke, Johnny Cueto, Madison Bumgarner, CC Sabathia–but to me the most interesting matchup of the day involves a pair of back-of-the-rotation starters in the Minnesota-Philadelphia game. Nick Blackburn of the Twins and Kyle Kendrick of the Phillies have two of the four lowest…

  15. “You should be rewarding Roger Clemens, not prosecuting him”

    Jun 12, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Rusty Hardin

    If you looked at that headline and guessed “things Roger Clemens’ lawyer said during closing arguments today,” well, you’re correct. Which, while a little over the top, isn’t terribly surprising. The defense attorney is always going to paint his client as virtuous and the opposition as evil. Which is why it was rather strange to hear…

  16. Ozzie Guillen doesn’t want Carlos Zambrano swinging for the fences

    Jun 12, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Last week I wrote about Carlos Zambrano tying Walter Johnson and Bob Gibson for the seventh-most homers by a pitcher in baseball history, but when Zambrano tweaked his back Saturday manager Ozzie Guillen suddenly wasn’t so interested in his power potential. Here’s what Guillen told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com: We’re going to cut down on…

  17. This week’s NL All-Star voting update

    Jun 12, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Biggest move: at catcher, where Buster Posey has passed Yadier Molina.  The results: Catcher Buster Posey: 1,713,839 Yadier Molina: 1,576,199 First Base Joey Votto: 2,108,725 Lance Berkman:851,373 Second Base Dan Uggla: 1,341,088 Brandon Phillips:885,250 Third Base David Wright: 1,358,992 Pablo Sandoval:1,103,650 Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki:1,200,256 Rafael Furcal: 1,183,096 Outfield Matt Kemp: 2,589,464 Carlos Beltran: 1,782,831 Ryan…

  18. Dodgers haven’t set a return timetable for Matt Kemp yet

    Jun 12, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Matt Kemp has been out since May 31 after aggravating his left hamstring strain in his second game back from the disabled list and manager Don Mattingly indicated yesterday that the Dodgers haven’t established a timetable for his return. Kemp clearly won’t be back when eligible later this week, but that’s expected considering he said…

  19. The Cubs fire hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo

    Jun 12, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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    The Chicago Cubs just announced that they have fired hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. They have named James Rowson, their minor league hitting coordinator, as the interim major league hitting coach. The Cubs hired Jaramillo away from the Texas Rangers following the 2009 season. He was given a three-year, $2.42 million contract which seemed kind of nuts…

  20. Tigers place Octavio Dotel on DL with elbow injury

    Jun 12, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Octavio Dotel

    Octavio Dotel has been on the active roster but unavailable to pitch because of an elbow injury for more than a week now, so today the Tigers finally decided to place him on the disabled list. Officially his injury is listed as elbow inflammation. Dotel had tons of arm problems early in his career, but…

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