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  1. Aroldis Chapman finally gave up an earned run

    Jun 7, 2012, 11:10 PM EDT

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    After thoroughly dominating major league hitters over the first two months of the season, Aroldis Chapman finally gave up his first earned run tonight against the Pirates. And it was courtesy of some unlikely contributors. Chapman entered the game with the score tied in the 10th inning. He quickly gave up a leadoff ground-rule double…

  2. Chipper Jones will go out on a rehab stint after all

    Jun 7, 2012, 9:34 PM EDT

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    Chipper Jones was quite vocal earlier this week that he didn’t want to go on a minor league rehab assignment, but it appears that he’ll respect the wishes of his manager Fredi Gonzalez. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jones will play rehab games with Class A Rome on Saturday and Sunday. Assuming…

  3. Mets agree to terms with No. 12 overall pick Gavin Cecchini

    Jun 7, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

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    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets have agreed to terms with first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, pending a physical. Cecchini, a high school shortstop out of Louisiana, was selected No. 12 overall in Monday’s First-Year Player Draft. The exact terms aren’t yet known, but the slot value for the pick was $2.55…

  4. Brett Gardner to begin rehab assignment Friday

    Jun 7, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT

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    The Yankees originally hoped to have Brett Gardner available this weekend for an interleague series against the Mets. That seems unlikely to happen now, but he is moving closer to returning from a strained right elbow. According to Chad Jennings of the Journal News, Gardner will begin a minor league rehab assignment tomorrow with Low-A…

  5. Clint Robinson finally gets the call to Kansas City

    Jun 7, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

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    After 105 minor league homers, 27-year-old Clint Robinson was promoted to the majors by the Royals for the first time Thursday. Robinson, a 25th-round pick out of Troy University in 2007, has been tearing up the minors for 2 1/2 years now. In 2010, he hit .335/.410/.625 with 29 homers and 98 RBI in 477…

  6. Norichika Aoki proves to be a big find for the Brewers

    Jun 7, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

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    Norichika Aoki‘s third big-league homer — coming six innings after his second — was a walkoff blast in the bottom of the 10th inning Thursday, giving the Brewers a 4-3 victory over the Cubs. Aoki ended up with his second straight three-hit game today, making this something of a coming out party against the Cubs.…

  7. Royals sign No. 5 overall pick Kyle Zimmer for $3 million

    Jun 7, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa has already agreed to a contract with the Astros and the Royals announced that No. 5 overall pick Kyle Zimmer is also under contract just three days after being drafted. Zimmer is a right-handed starter from the University of San Francisco who many draft experts felt was neck and…

  8. Mets 3, Nationals 1: Dickey beats Wang

    Jun 7, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    The highly anticipated (by 12 year-olds and me) matchup of R.A. Dickey and Chien-Ming Wang went down today. For those who like to keep track of such things, Dickey beat Wang, with the Mets prevailing over the Nats 3-1. Dickey is the first pitcher in the majors to make it to nine wins. He was…

  9. Cardinals pick an injury, place Jaime Garcia on disabled list

    Jun 7, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Last week when the Cardinals skipped Jaime Garcia‘s turn in the rotation they said it was for an elbow injury, but after he got knocked around in his return start they revealed that he was also dealing with shoulder and hip problems. Today they placed Garcia on the disabled list and the official reason is…

  10. Yoenis Cespedes leaves game with strained left hamstring

    Jun 7, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

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    Oakland and Texas are playing a day game today. It just got underway a few minutes ago but it’s already been a bad one for Oakland: Yoenis Cespedes had to leave the game early and the word has come back that it’s a strained left hamstring. It happened in the bottom of the first when…

  11. Billy Beane has no idea when Manny Ramirez might join A’s

    Jun 7, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Manny Ramirez has been equal parts injured and ineffective at Triple-A, going 9-for-37 (.243) with zero extra-base hits while missing multiple games with leg soreness. He was eligible to return from a 50-game suspension last week, but the A’s quickly ruled that out and today general manager Billy Beane told Joe Stiglich of the San…

  12. You can buy a reprint of the Johan Santana no-hitter ticket from the Mets for $50

    Jun 7, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    This morning we noted that there was a brisk market for unused tickets for last week’s Johan Santana no-hitter, and that they were getting pretty expensive. Over $100 in some cases.  Today the Mets announced that they’re selling reprints for $50: Your ticket there. And if you don’t like the ticket you can buy all…

  13. Picture of the Day: Charlie Manuel meets Paula Abdul

    Jun 7, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

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    I’d normally make some sort of “Opposites Attract” joke here, but obviously this picture needs no further commentary:

  14. Aramis Ramirez sits out fifth straight game with quad strain

    Jun 7, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Aramis Ramirez went through pregame drills today in the hopes of returning to the Brewers’ lineup, but instead he’ll sit out a fifth consecutive game with a strained quadriceps muscle. Cody Ransom is starting at third base in Ramirez’s absence and manager Ron Roenicke has juggled the batting order to get Corey Hart into the…

  15. Kerry Wood gave his hands the Moises Alou treatment

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

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    The recently retired Kerry Wood was on the Waddle & Silvy show today and got to talking about his teammates who provided leadership and stuff. One he mentioned: Moises Alou.  One of the hosts asks him about, well, Alou’s particular hand-preparation technique. …And Wood said he did it too. To deal with blister problems. “Peeing…

  16. White Sox place Kosuke Fukudome on DL, call up John Danks’ brother Jordan Danks

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Kosuke Fukudome needs a disabled list stint for his injured rib cage and the White Sox have called up Jordan Danks to replace him. In addition to being a 25-year-old outfield prospect Jordan Danks is also the little brother of White Sox left-hander John Danks. Jordan has mostly been a disappointment since the White Sox…

  17. The Ryan Braun Rules are in effect! MLB, MLBPA Announce modifications to joint drug agreement

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

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    In the recently-completed Collective Bargaining Agreement, the league and the union agreed to make several modifications to the Joint Drug Agreement which governs drug testing, suspensions and whatnot in baseball.  They just announced that they have reached agreement on the modifications. They’re all listed below. The ones that seem notable or major to me in…

  18. Setup man Andrew Cashner will start for Padres on Saturday

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    San Diego’s rotation depth is so lacking that they replaced Jeff Suppan with Jason Marquis and now with Eric Stults headed to the disabled list with a strained lat muscle the Padres are turning to flame-throwing setup man Andrew Cashner to make Saturday’s start. Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that Cashner will likely be limited…

  19. Curt Schilling’s company files for bankruptcy

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

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    This was pretty inevitable: Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s troubled video gaming company has filed for bankruptcy. The filing was made in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware on Thursday. Providence-based 38 Studios last month laid off its entire workforce. It also was more than two weeks late on a $1.1 million payment to the state.…

  20. Don’t let the low batting average fool you: Jose Bautista is still a monster

    Jun 7, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Jose Bautista‘s batting average has hovered around .200 all season, but don’t let that trick you into thinking he’s turned back into a pumpkin after a pair of MVP-caliber years. Bautista smacked his 15th homer last night, which puts him on pace for 43 on the season after going deep 43 times last year and…

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