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  1. 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

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    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…

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

    Jun 8, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. HBT Extra: Looking forward to the weekend action

    Jun 8, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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    The Subway Series, Boston-Washington and … Pittsburgh-Kansas City?  Gleeman and I take a peek ahead to the weekend’s action.

  6. A “well-known” retired ballplayer is the focus of an insider trading probe

    Jun 8, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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    A lot of ballplayers retire comfortably in sunny California. Some, the Securities and Exchange Commission believe, may be retiring too comfortably: An ongoing insider trading investigation by U.S. prosecutors in Los Angeles is focusing on a retired, well-known baseball player and several other former athletes whose names have not yet been disclosed, said two people…

  7. Roy Oswalt got shelled last night

    Jun 8, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

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    The Rangers could use Roy Oswalt now. Yesterday even. He just can’t pitch like he did yesterday: dude gave up five runs on six hits over four innings including a grand slam by Royals’ prospect Wil Myers in the Round Rock-Omaha game. Here’s video of the Myers grand slam. To be fair, Myers is gonna do…

  8. Charlie Manuel: “we don’t scare nobody”

    Jun 8, 2012, 8:21 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Charlie Manuel let ‘er rip after yesterday’s sweep-securing loss to the Dodgers: “I thought we lost that edge quite a while ago, if you want to know the truth. We don’t scare nobody. I’ll tell you something, we used to have a swagger. We used to be kind of cocky in a real good way.…

  9. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 8, 2012, 5:50 AM EDT

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    Brewers 4, Cubs 3: Norichika Aoki hit two homers including the walkoff. Overall, he’s kicking some major butt. Mets 3, Nationals 1: As I said yesterday: Dickey beats Wang. I’m still giggling, by the way. Pirates 5, Reds 4: Aroldis Chapman finally allowed a run. You see? You see? He’s not a machine, he’s a man, he’s a man!  Someone alert…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Clint Robinson finally gets the call to Kansas City

    Jun 7, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    Clint Robinson

    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…

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

    Jun 7, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Norichika Aoki

    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.…

  16. 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…

  17. Mets 3, Nationals 1: Dickey beats Wang

    Jun 7, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Washington Nationals

    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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

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

    Jun 7, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Oakland Athletics

    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…

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