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  1. One game back from DL, Chipper Jones hurt again

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Atlanta Braves

    What a drag it is getting old. On his first day coming back from knee surgery, Chipper Jones hit a home run. That’s good! But then he also strained his quadriceps while fielding a ball at third base. That’s bad! But given that he actually hurt it before the home run and stayed in the…

  2. The Rangers “pushing hardest” for Carlos Beltran

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Because they’re clearly in need of offense, the Rangers are thought to be “pushing hardest” for Carlos Beltran.  Or so says Joel Sherman. Why not. Look, at this point we’re clearly in the “no one knows anything so we’re all just waiting for something to happen” stage of the proceedings anyway.  Which is kind of…

  3. Never mind: Hall of Fame sticking with five-year waiting period

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    cooperstown

    Yesterday we passed along a report from Kevin Kernan of the New York Post that the Hall of Fame was considering cutting the waiting period for election from five years-post retirement to three years.  It was a strange report, actually, sort of mentioned in passing in Kernan’s column, alongside his general observations about the previous…

  4. Michael Cuddyer enhances his trade value

    Jul 26, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer

    Michael Cuddyer has been talked about as a potential target for a contender seeking a bat.  Maybe he can be a two-for-one kind of deal now, because last night he showed that he can be an effective reliever too. Well, effective by comparison to the rest of the Twins’ staff. Unlike the rest of those…

  5. Long-haired freaky people allowed into White House

    Jul 26, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Barack Obama, Brian Wilson

    As is custom, President Obama welcomed the reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants to the White House yesterday.  Usually those meet-and-greets are really brief and cursory, but given all of the debt crisis ugliness, I wouldn’t be at all shocked if Obama hung out with the Giants for a couple hours yesterday, trying to…

  6. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 26, 2011, 6:02 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 20, Twins 6:  A lot of people will probably make a football joke here like “heh, Texas missed the extra point and held Minnesota to two field goals!”  That’s hacky.  Try this: in the first five innings the Rangers scored like so:  3 3 3 5 4. Or, birdie, par, birdie, par, par! Lol! Hilarious,…

  7. Astros first-round pick George Springer meets with Long Island Ducks

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:45 PM EDT

    George Springer - UConn

    The Diamondbacks agreed to terms with No. 3 overall pick Trevor Bauer earlier today, but it doesn’t sound like the Astros are close to an agreement with their first-round pick. Confirming a story passed along by Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors earlier this afternoon, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that George Springer did indeed…

  8. Erik Bedard set to return from disabled list Friday

    Jul 25, 2011, 9:18 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Indians

    We probably would have heard left-hander Erik Bedard mentioned in trade rumors this month, but the Mariners have had zero opportunity to showcase him due to a month-long absence with a knee injury. It may be “too little, too late” to get something done before July 31, but Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune…

  9. Lance Berkman sidelined with slight strain of right rotator cuff

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:22 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    The Cardinals are without one of their most important bats tonight as they continue to duke it out in the ultra-competitive National League Central. B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest reports that Lance Berkman will sit out tonight’s series opener against the Astros after he suffered a slight strain of his right rotator cuff on…

  10. Diamondbacks sign third overall pick Trevor Bauer to a major league contract

    Jul 25, 2011, 7:54 PM EDT

    Trevor Bauer

    UCLA right-hander Trevor Bauer became the second top-15 pick from the 2011 draft to agree to terms when he signed a major league deal with the Diamondbacks on Monday. Bauer, with a delivery patterned after Tim Lincecum‘s, went 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA as a college junior.  He’s scheduled to report to high-A Visalia and…

  11. Luke Scott to undergo shoulder surgery Tuesday

    Jul 25, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Luke Scott Reuters

    According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Luke Scott will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair the torn labrum in his right shoulder. He is looking a recovery period of several months, but is expected to be ready in time for spring training. Scott went 0-for-3 in his return from the disabled list Friday night, but was…

  12. One day later, Dan Uggla has his hitting streak extended

    Jul 25, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    Dan Uggla‘s hitting streak, halted at 14 games when he went 0-for-3 with a walk Sunday, was restored Monday after an official scorer changed his mind about a sixth-inning grounder. The grounder, originally ruled an error by Miguel Cairo, was changed to a hit today, extending Uggla’s hitting streak to 15 games. Even though he…

  13. Phillies the top suitors for Padres’ Heath Bell, Mike Adams

    Jul 25, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    The New York Post’s Joel Sherman reports that while the Phillies have been aggressive in pursuing Heath Bell and Mike Adams, the Padres are surprised there hasn’t been more interest from contenders like the Yankees, Reds and Cardinals. Bell went on ESPN Radio on Sunday and predicted that he’d be traded to the Cardinals, Phillies…

  14. Jon Lester comes off DL, Clay Buchholz makes progress for Boston

    Jul 25, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Jon Lester

    The American League’s best team seems poised to get a little better. The Red Sox activated Jon Lester from the disabled list in advance of his start Monday against the Royals.  He’s slated to throw 80-85 pitches tonight, manager Terry Francona told CSNNE.com. Lester missed three weeks with a left lat strain. “Kind of stating…

  15. Hiroki Kuroda in demand, but still undecided

    Jul 25, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

    Hiroki Kuroda

    Hiroki Kuroda loves Los Angeles.  What’s still to be decided is how much he loves being a Dodger. A baseball official with the all-to-common “knowledge of the situation” told ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand that Kuroda will consider waiving his no-trade clause if presented with a deal to the Yankees or the Red Sox. MLB.com’s Peter Gammons,…

  16. Mets send Angel Pagan for bloodwork to evaluate dizziness

    Jul 25, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Angel Pagan initially deemed himself fine after leaving yesterday’s game in the fifth inning with dizziness, blaming things on dehydration, but he’s out of the lineup tonight and the Mets have sent him to undergo bloodwork to determine the cause. Pagan described how he was feeling to Christina De Nicola of MLB.com: I was in…

  17. Four teams are considering Wily Mo Pena

    Jul 25, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    wily mo pena head getty

    Jon Heyman reports that four teams — the Giants, Brewers, Athletics and Mariners — have some degree of interest in the recently-released Wily Mo Pena. I can see the Athletics and Mariners making more sense. They’re desperate for offense and have a DH slot for him. Or, if either of them think that they have…

  18. Picture(s) of the Day: Alex Rodriguez has his hands full

    Jul 25, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez is expected to return from knee surgery in mid-August, but in the meantime he’s staying busy on the disabled list by keeping his hands full with girlfriend Cameron Diaz and grocery shopping:

  19. And now your daily dose of nightmare fuel

    Jul 25, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals

    What has been (mentally) seen cannot be unseen.

  20. Chipper Jones back from DL and batting third for Braves

    Jul 25, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Chipper Jones is back from the disabled list after sitting out three weeks following minor knee surgery. Jones went 1-for-3 with two walks during a two-game rehab assignment at Single-A and returns to the Braves’ lineup as the No. 3 hitter against right-hander James McDonald and the Pirates tonight. Jones made the All-Star team despite…

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