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  1. Evan Longoria nearing minor league rehab assignment

    Jun 9, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

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    Good news for the (currently) first-place Rays. According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, third baseman Evan Longoria “was encouraged after running the bases” on Saturday afternoon at Tropicana Field and is aiming to begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of next week. “I felt good,” Longoria told the Times…

  2. Tony Gwynn owes over $400,000 in unpaid taxes

    Jun 9, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

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    According to the Associated Press, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn owes more than $400,000 in unpaid federal income taxes. The information was published this morning in the San Diego Union-Tribune, who reported that the government liens involve unpaid taxes from 2003, 2007 and 2009. Gwynn was given a notice last year for $209,156 and another…

  3. Brett Gardner could be out through All-Star break after another setback with elbow

    Jun 9, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Bad news for the Bombers. According to Bryan Hoch of, Brett Gardner felt more pain in his elbow this morning after playing a rehab game with Low-A Charleston last night and will see a doctor on Monday. This is his second time he has been pulled off a rehab assignment since being placed on…

  4. Orioles move struggling Jake Arrieta to the bullpen

    Jun 9, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

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    Jake Arrieta got the nod as the Orioles’ Opening Day starter this year, but now he’s bullpen-bound. The Orioles made the decision after Arrieta gave up a career-high nine runs over four innings in a loss to the Phillies last night. There was talk about sending him down to Triple-A Norfolk, but the O’s want…

  5. Tim Hudson to miss start with bone spurs in ankle, Julio Teheran will fill in

    Jun 9, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

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    Tim Hudson‘s encore for his 13th career shutout will have to wait a little while. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Hudson has been scratched from tomorrow’s start against the Blue Jays as he deals with bone spurs in his left ankle. Prospect right-hander Julio Teheran will be called up from Triple-A Gwinnett…

  6. Astros place Fernando Martinez on 7-day concussion disabled list

    Jun 9, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT

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    Fernando Martinez just can’t catch a break. The injury-prone former top prospect has received semi-regular playing time in right field since joining the Astros last weekend, but Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that he’s now headed to the 7-day disabled list with post-concussion syndrome. It’s not clear when Martinez hurt himself, but he’ll…

  7. Daniel Bard struggles in first appearance since demotion

    Jun 9, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Daniel Bard was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket this week after posting a 5.24 ERA, a league-leading eight hit batsmen and a 34/37 K/BB ratio over 55 innings. His first appearance in the minors suggests that a return to the Red Sox is not imminent. According to Ian Browne of, Bard allowed three runs in…

  8. Tigers activate Austin Jackson from disabled list

    Jun 9, 2012, 12:49 PM EDT

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    The Tigers have activated Austin Jackson from the 15-day disabled list. He’ll start in center field and bat leadoff this afternoon against the Reds. Jackson has been sidelined since May 16 due to abdominal strain. He went 1-for-8 with two strikeout and a walk during a brief two-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo and played…

  9. Joe Mauer back in Twins’ lineup after sprained right thumb

    Jun 9, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

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    According to Phil Mackey of, Joe Mauer is back in the Twins’ starting lineup this afternoon against the Cubs. He’ll catch left-hander Scott Diamond and bat third against right-hander Jeff Samardzija. Mauer has missed the last four games with a sprained right thumb, but it was never a major concern. He made it through…

  10. Pablo Sandoval to return from disabled list today

    Jun 9, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

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    After getting shut out for the first time this season by the Rangers last night, the Giants’ lineup is set to get a major boost. According to, Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that Pablo Sandoval will be activated from the disabled list today. “We think he’s ready,” Bochy said. “With Melky out, sure, that…

  11. What they’re saying about the Mariners’ combined no-hitter

    Jun 9, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

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    Kevin Millwood, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen combined for a no-hitter in a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers last night. It was the 10th combined no-hitter in major league history and the first since six Astros combined to no-hit the Yankees on June 11, 2003. It was the third…

  12. Freddy Galvis’ back injury sounds pretty serious

    Jun 9, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

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    Freddy Galvis was placed on the disabled list two days ago with what was termed as a lower back strain, but it turns out his injury is more serious than the vague description would have you believe. Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock told Jim Salisbury of that Galvis may have a Pars fracture…

  13. Red Sox to designate Marlon Byrd for assignment

    Jun 9, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

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    Ian Browne of reports that the Red Sox will designate outfielder Marlon Byrd for assignment in order to clear a roster spot for right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who will make his first major league start since Tommy John surgery this afternoon against the Nationals. Byrd was informed of the decision following last night’s game. Byrd…

  14. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jun 9, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

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    Strasmas made its way to Fenway Park for the first time last night, as Stephen Strasburg allowed two runs over six innings in a 7-4 win over the Red Sox. Strasburg, who was pitching on the two year anniversary of his major league debut, tied a season-high with 13 strikeouts and threw a career-high 119…

  15. Lack of instant replay looms big in another no-hitter

    Jun 9, 2012, 1:28 AM EDT

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    Just like in Johan Santana‘s no-hitter exactly a week ago, a close play that could have been overturned by replay loomed large in Seattle’s combined no-hitter against the Dodgers on Friday night. Dee Gordon, maybe the National League’s fastest player, led off the bottom of the ninth with a broken-bat flare to shortstop against Tom…

  16. Kevin Millwood exits with groin strain; Mariners get no-hitter anyway

    Jun 9, 2012, 12:02 AM EDT

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    Kevin Millwood pitched six hitless innings Friday against the Dodgers before being forced from the game with a mild right groin strain after going to warm up for the seventh, but five relievers combined to shut L.A. down afterwards, giving Seattle its first no-hitter in 19 years. Millwood threw just 68 pitches before his departure,…

  17. Jaime Garcia shut down four weeks with tearing in shoulder

    Jun 8, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

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    The verdict is in on Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia. According to Jenifer Langosch of, the young left-hander was diagnosed with a shoulder impingement Friday after paying a visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum in California. Surgery is not being discussed as an option, but Garcia will be shut down for at least the next four…

  18. Johan Santana gets pounded in first start after no-no

    Jun 8, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

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    Someone did in fact flirt with a no-no in the Bronx tonight, but it wasn’t Johan Santana after he threw 134 pitches last week in the first no-hitter in Mets history. Hiroki Kuroda held the Mets hitless for 5 2/3 innings Friday in the Yankees’ 9-1 victory. Santana, who had thrown back-to-back shutouts against the…

  19. Pirates’ top pick Mark Appel rocked in College World Series

    Jun 8, 2012, 9:11 PM EDT

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    It’s been a rough week for Stanford’s Mark Appel. On Monday night he fell to the eighth spot in the MLB Amateur Draft after being mocked by most experts to go in the top three. And he was selected by an organization (the Pirates) that he clearly isn’t thrilled about joining. Now his dream of…

  20. Neil Walker is your clutch god

    Jun 8, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

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    Update: Dejan’s tweet was a joke. My apologies for taking it seriously and using it to make a point. I don’t want to take the post down and I think my point still stands, but I want to make it clear that Mr. Kovacevic does not actually feel the way described below. /// At least,…

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