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  1. Tweet of the Day: Chris Perez on measuring “heart and balls”

    Jun 7, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Indians’ closer Chris Perez woke up this morning and had some thoughts about sabermetrics: Saber metrics are good for some stats, but you will never be able to quantify a players’ heart and balls — Chris Perez (@ChrisPerez54) June 7, 2012 Perez doesn’t know how this works. I can guarantee you that within 48 hours…

  2. Brian McNamee’s estranged wife contradicts his testimony

    Jun 7, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Brian McNamee

    As we’ve said over and over again, the only thing that truly matters in the Roger Clemens case is whether the jury believes Brian McNamee. For all of the other weeks and weeks of testimony, if they believe what he says, Clemens’ goose is cooked. If they don’t believe him, Clemens walks. So it’s kind…

  3. Tickets for Johan Santana’s no-hitter are selling for more than future Mets game tickets

    Jun 7, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

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    Ever since the Marlins did that thing where they sold the un-sold tickets to Roy Halladay‘s no-hitter a couple of years ago, there has been a market for such beasts following historic events. Maybe there was before, actually, but that’s when we really started hearing about it. I dunno. But whatever the case, people are…

  4. Victorino says his contract status is on his mind

    Jun 7, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    I bet every single player who is approaching free agency thinks about it. They usually say it doesn’t enter their mind, but it has to, right?  Shane Victorino is one of the rare ones who admits that the pressures of impending free agency do weigh on his mind: “I can’t say they’re not. … I…

  5. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 7, 2012, 5:50 AM EDT

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    Brewers 8, Cubs 0: Zack Greinke mowed ’em down (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 12K). That young man is gonna make a lot of money when he hits free agency this fall. Blue Jays 4, White Sox 0: Brandon Morrow tosses a two-hit shutout. Dude has really put it all together this year. Braves…

  6. Brandon Morrow throws two-hitter in Jays’ victory

    Jun 6, 2012, 11:16 PM EDT

    Brandon Morrow

    Finally breaking through after 2 1/2 inconsistent seasons as a starter, Brandon Morrow picked up his seventh win in spectacular fashion Wednesday, throwing a two-hit shutout against the White Sox. It’s Morrow’s second shutout in four starts; he also tossed a three-hitter against the Mets on May 19. Morrow had the big outing tonight despite…

  7. Josh Hamilton won’t participate in this year’s Home Run Derby, which pleases Ron Washington greatly

    Jun 6, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

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    Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton paces all major leaguers in home runs and even slugged four in one game earlier this season. But he wants merely to be an observer July 9 in Kansas City, when American League captain Robinson Cano leads a group of three mashers against National League captain Matt Kemp and his own…

  8. Rockies close to free agent agreement with Jeff Francis

    Jun 6, 2012, 9:34 PM EDT

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    From Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post comes word that the Rockies are “close to signing” lefty Jeff Francis “and he will likely start Saturday’s game when the Rockies host the Angels.” Francis hasn’t appeared in a major league game this season and wasn’t very good in 2011 for Kansas City, but the Rox are desperate…

  9. Jered Weaver expected to return after 15-day minimum

    Jun 6, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT

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    Good news for the suddenly-surging Angels. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, right-handed starter Jered Weaver threw extended long toss from a distance of 300 feet on Wednesday afternoon and is on pace to be activated from the 15-day disabled list as soon as he’s eligible. Weaver was disabled on May 29 after straining his…

  10. There are now concerns about Jaime Garcia’s hip, shoulder

    Jun 6, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

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    Jaime Garcia was skipped in the Cardinals’ starting rotation last week and sent back to St. Louis for tests after reporting discomfort in his left elbow. In his return Tuesday night, he surrendered six earned runs in just two innings to the Astros. So back Garcia goes for additional testing. According to Derrick Goold of…

  11. UPDATED: Mike Matheny approved Cards’ choice to draft his son

    Jun 6, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

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    Last week Mike Matheny said he thought it would be a bad idea for the Cardinals to draft his son, high school center fielder Tate Matheny, because “it would be too tough” and he didn’t want to ruin the good relationship they have. Matheny specifically cited the example of longtime Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan…

  12. Paul Konerko’s wrist procedure wasn’t any fun

    Jun 6, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    Paul Konerko is sitting out his third straight game tonight, but hopes to be back Thursday or Friday. That’s pretty impressive, considering what he went through on Tuesday. Doctors didn’t actually remove it, though… they just flushed it into a different area in which it wouldn’t cause as many problems. An actual surgery to remove…

  13. Astros, No. 1 pick Carlos Correa have verbal agreement

    Jun 6, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

    Carlos Correa

    Astros owner Jim Crane told MLB.com’s Brian McTaggert that the team and Carlos Correa have come to a verbal agreement less than 48 hours after he was picked first overall in the MLB draft. Correa is expected to get around $5 million, which would leave the Astros with over $6 million to sign the rest…

  14. Evan Longoria hoping to begin rehab assignment this week

    Jun 6, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

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    Evan Longoria has been out since early May with a partially torn left hamstring, but the Rays third baseman said today that he’s close to beginning a minor-league rehab assignment. Longoria told Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times that he hopes to start a rehab stint by the end of this week and, barring…

  15. Mariano Rivera to have ACL surgery on June 12

    Jun 6, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    It’s been over a month since Mariano tore his ACL while shagging fly balls. Because of a blood clot in the same leg, however, his surgery had been delayed indefinitely. But now the clot has been taken care of and his surgery is on for next Tuesday. Rivera, who vowed  “I am coming back. Write it…

  16. Not done yet: 49-year-old Jamie Moyer signs with Orioles

    Jun 6, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    Apparently being released by the Rockies last week won’t be the end of the line for Jamie Moyer, as the Orioles have signed the 49-year-old left-hander to a minor-league contract. Moyer will report to Triple-A and join the rotation in Norfolk, which has amassed quite an amazing collection of former big leaguers. In addition to…

  17. Oh good: Rob Dibble is going to coach high school kids now

    Jun 6, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    This is a great idea: Rob Dibble has been named the new baseball coach at Calabasas High School in California. I can see this going well: Kid 1: Coach, my elbow! It feels tight. Dibble: Suck it up. Kid 1: But it hurts really bad!  Can I at least put some Icy Hot on it? Dibble:…

  18. Roy Halladay’s shoulder injury will keep $20 million option from vesting in 2014

    Jun 6, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    Roy Halladay‘s shoulder problems are expected to sideline him for 6-8 weeks and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com has an interesting note about the ramifications of the injury beyond this season. Halladay signed a three-year, $60 million deal with the Phillies in December of 2009 to facilitate his trade from the Blue Jays and the contract…

  19. Doesn’t sound like Ryan Dempster is gonna invoke his 10-5 rights

    Jun 6, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    Ryan Dempster is realistic and he seems to want to pitch for a contender, so it’s no surprise that he sounds cool with waiving his 10-5 rights. Here is talking about a possible trade: “You’re in a situation where if it does happen, they are going to do what’s best for the Chicago Cubs, and…

  20. Padres add Twins castoff Jason Marquis to the rotation

    Jun 6, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Jason Marquis is back in the majors just two weeks after being released by the Twins for posting an 8.47 ERA in seven starts. Marquis quickly signed a minor-league deal with the Padres, made one good start at Double-A, and will now join San Diego’s rotation tomorrow versus San Francisco. As awful as Marquis looked…

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