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  1. Astros and No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa already progressing toward deal

    Jun 5, 2012, 7:27 PM EDT

    Carlos Correa

    We’ve become accustomed to teams and their No. 1 overall picks negotiating right up until the signing deadline, but the Astros and shortstop Carlos Correa could have a deal done within days. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the two sides are already progressing toward an agreement. The deal is expected to be worth around…

  2. D’Backs owner Ken Kendrick takes on Stephen Drew, Justin Upton

    Jun 5, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT

    Ken Kendrick celebrates after winning the National League West in Phoenix.

    Ken Kendrick, managing general partner of the Diamondbacks, decided to go public with his frustrations regarding Stephen Drew and Justin Upton on Tuesday. Drew, of course, has yet to play this season after breaking and tearing ligaments in his ankle last July. He has recently been participating in extended spring training games. That’s not enough…

  3. MLB draft rounds 6-9: The man, the myth, the Minnich

    Jun 5, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    Nathan Minnich (courtesy Shepherd University)

    – Bolstered by the baddest mustache in Division II, Nathan Minnich hit .487/.645/980 with 21 homers in 152 at-bats for Shepherd University this season. Now he’s a Red Sox draftee after going 271st overall on Tuesday. – Craig Hansen’s younger brother, Kyle, went to the White Sox with the 201st pick. Like Craig, Boston’s first-round pick seven…

  4. Report: Mark Appel turned down $6 million from Astros

    Jun 5, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    Mark Appel

    It shocked many when the Astros decided to go with shortstop Carlos Correa over Stanford right-hander Mark Appel with the first pick in the MLB draft. As many speculated, Appel’s bonus demands may well have made the choice for them. A source told Tom Krasovic that Appel, who is being advised by Scott Boras, turned…

  5. Javy Guerra out 4-6 weeks following knee surgery

    Jun 5, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    Javy Guerra

    Yesterday the Dodgers placed Javy Guerra on the disabled list with knee inflammation and today they announced that the reliever underwent knee surgery. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Guerra is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, which essentially knocks him out for the remainder of the first half. Guerra was stripped of…

  6. Jon Niese won’t undergo his heart procedure until the offseason

    Jun 5, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Jon Niese

    Jonathan Niese left Sunday’s start with a rapid heartbeat. Yesterday he told reporters that he’d have the ablation procedure to correct it at the All-Star break.  Today, however, the Mets announced that it will go down in the offseason. Given that the doctors were likely weighing  the danger of the heartbeat thing against the disruption the…

  7. Orioles sign Nate McLouth to minor-league contract

    Jun 5, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth

    Released by the Pirates last week after passing through waivers unclaimed, Nate McLouth has signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles. Pittsburgh is on the hook for his entire $1.75 million salary, so Baltimore is merely adding some Triple-A outfield depth and will hope McLouth can show some signs of life for the first time…

  8. A’s conversion project Sean Doolittle makes the bigs

    Jun 5, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    A's logo

    Sean Doolittle was drafted by the A’s in 2007. A first baseman, primarily, he has some flashes of good power — In 2008 he hit .286 with 22 homers and 91 RBIs across two levels — but then injuries derailed him. A pitcher in college, the A’s figured they’d see if he could pitch again.…

  9. Carlos Santana returns from concussion at designated hitter

    Jun 5, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana Getty

    Carlos Santana is back in the Indians’ lineup tonight after missing the past 10 days with a concussion and he’s batting cleanup, but manager Manny Acta has him in the designated hitter spot instead of catching. Santana started at DH and homered yesterday in a minor-league rehab game to convince the Indians that he’s ready…

  10. Dustin Pedroia avoids the DL, returns from thumb injury

    Jun 5, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox  v Toronto Blue Jays

    UPDATE: As expected, Pedroia is back in the Red Sox’s lineup tonight, batting second and playing second base. ========= So much for Dustin Pedroia missing 3-4 weeks with a torn thumb muscle. Pedroia has remained on the active roster without playing since May 28 and now Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox…

  11. Tommy Lasorda hospitalized after a mild heart attack

    Jun 5, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    Bad news: Tommy Lasorda had a heart attack yesterday. Good news: it was apparently mild, and he should be released from the hospital soon. From TMZ: Baseball legend Tommy Lasorda is currently in a New York hospital after suffering a heart attack Monday, TMZ has learned. 84-year-old Lasorda — who ended his illustrious coaching career after a…

  12. Red Sox send Daniel Bard to Triple-A

    Jun 5, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Daniel Bard Getty

    Daniel Bard‘s move from the bullpen to the rotation has been anything but smooth, as the formerly dominant reliever posted a 5.30 ERA with more walks (36) than strikeouts (34) through 10 starts while showing significantly diminished velocity. Bard failed to make it out of the second inning Sunday against the Blue Jays, walking six…

  13. Must-click link: Old Hoss 1K884 Base Ball

    Jun 5, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

    Old Hoss Radbourn

    It’s finally here! The most realistic (19th Century) baseball sim ever!  It’s Old Hoss 1K884 Base Ball! Inspired by a random tweet from the late Old Hoss Radbourn making fun of all of the 2K12-style sports games, a fellow named @drewbenn created Old Hoss 1K884 Base Ball to give you a taste of what it was…

  14. MLB draft rounds 4-5: Mariners add a hard-hitter in Kivlehan

    Jun 5, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT

    Patrick Kivlehan

    Notes from rounds four and five: – Third baseman Patrick Kivlehan got picked 131st by the Mariners despite spending just one year on the diamond at Rutgers after four years as a reserve defensive back and special teams player on the football team. He was far and away the Scarlet Knights’ best hitter, coming in…

  15. Barry Zito is selling his house for $11.5 million

    Jun 5, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Barry Zito

    Sometimes it’s easy to lose track of the money professional athletes make because their contracts are usually viewed within the context of team payrolls and free agency and everything else that also includes ridiculous amounts of money. But then one of them puts his house on the market and my brain finally realizes, “wow, this…

  16. Quote of the Day: Ron Washington might spank Derek Holland

    Jun 5, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Ron Washington

    Jeff Fletcher of ESPNDallas.com asked Ron Washington what he’d do if Derek Holland has a second straight miserable start: Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington doesn’t expect Derek Hollandto have any sort of hangover from his miserable start last time on the mound. But if he does … “I’m going to pull off my belt and throw him…

  17. Fellow stud prospect Matt Moore has taken a backseat to Bryce Harper and Mike Trout so far

    Jun 5, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Coming into the season three prospects stood out above all the rest: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, Angels outfielder Mike Trout, and Rays left-hander Matt Moore. Every major prospect analyst had them 1-2-3 on their list, with the only differences being the order. Baseball America ranked them Harper, Moore, Trout. ESPN.com ranked them Trout, Harper, Moore.…

  18. MLB draft round three: Dodgers take Cuban defector Garcia

    Jun 5, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    Los_Angeles_Dodgers_Logo

    Some notes from round three of the MLB draft. – Cuban defector Onelki Garcia, a 22-year-old left-handed pitcher, went to the Dodgers at No. 113 after his odd saga that had him ruled eligible and then ineligible for the 2011 draft. He’s reportedly requested a $7 million bonus, but it will be impossible for him…

  19. MLB to allow players to use social media during the All-Star Game

    Jun 5, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Social Media

    This just came in: Building off the social media success of the 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby – at which MLB players interacted with fans via Twitter and Facebook live from the field during an MLB event for the first time – Major League Baseball, MLB Advanced Media and the Major League Baseball Players…

  20. Jake Arrieta has been a mess since shutting down Yankees

    Jun 5, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Arrieta throwing

    Jake Arrieta shut out the Yankees for eight innings on May 2, striking nine and walking none, and it looked like the 26-year-old right-hander might finally be living up to the promise he showed as a top prospect in the Orioles’ farm system. Instead he’s been a mess since then, going 0-5 with a 7.96…

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