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  1. Michael Cuddyer a first-time All-Star at age 32

    Jul 3, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer

    I can’t summon up a lot of angst about this one.  No, Michael Cuddyer isn’t one of the AL’s top 10 outfielders.  One could argue about whether he’s in the top 20.  Still, I think every guy who sticks around as a nice regular for 12-15 years should get to experience an All-Star selection once.…

  2. Cole Hamels cleared to start Tuesday vs. Marlins

    Jul 3, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

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    Phillies lefty Cole Hamels was lifted from his Thursday afternoon start against Boston after taking an Adrian Gonzalez line drive off his right fingers. The Phillies called that early exit “precautionary” and insisted that Hamels wouldn’t miss any time. They were right. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Hamels was deemed fit to…

  3. “Final Vote” balloting now open for 2011 All-Star Game

    Jul 3, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

    Justin Upton, Derrick Hall

    Major League Baseball named 66 All-Stars during Sunday’s selection show on TBS, but a total of 68 players will be on hand when the Midsummer Classic kicks off July 12 in Phoenix, Arizona. Through a week-long online “final vote,” one additional All-Star will be named to each roster. Ballots can be cast now on MLB.com.…

  4. All-snubs All-Star team led by Paul Konerko, Andrew McCutchen

    Jul 3, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    A lineup of shoulda-been All-Stars: Catcher - Miguel Montero (Diamondbacks): The AL found room for three catchers, while the NL had just two.  It really should have been the other way around.  While it would have been just fine for the AL to leave either Russell Martin or Matt Wieters off the team, the NL had…

  5. Hanley Ramirez batting .385 since move to cleanup spot

    Jul 3, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Texas Rangers

    Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez showed up late to the clubhouse on interim manager Jack McKeon’s first day on the job. Thankfully, things have gone far better between coach and player since. One of McKeon’s first acts as acting manager was giving Ramirez a consistent spot in the batting order. Under former skipper Edwin Rodriguez, Hanley…

  6. Yankees send Ivan Nova to Triple-A to make room for Phil Hughes

    Jul 3, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    Ivan Nova

    A four-game winning streak wasn’t enough to save Ivan Nova‘s roster spot. In spite of the rookie right-hander’s recent success, he was shipped back to Triple-A on Sunday, with reliever Lance Pendleton coming up to claim his spot.  Phil Hughes is expected to come off the DL on Wednesday to take over in the rotation.…

  7. Selection Sunday: Your 2011 All-Stars are revealed…

    Jul 3, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks - All Star Game 2011 - Logo

    Major League Baseball is unveiling the Midsummer Classic rosters for both leagues this afternoon in an hour-long special televised on TBS. This post will be updated as each All-Star is named: American League Starters C Alex Avila 1B Adrian Gonzalez 2B Robinson Cano 3B Alex Rodriguez SS Derek Jeter OF Jose Bautista OF Curtis Granderson…

  8. Indians place Fausto Carmona on 15-day disabled list

    Jul 3, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

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    According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians placed right-handed starter Fausto Carmona on the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning with a strained right quad. Carmona suffered the injury in the third inning of Saturday’s game against the cross-state Reds while legging out a bunt single. He was pulled immediately and the…

  9. Mark Ellis has 4 doubles, 5 RBI in two games with Rockies

    Jul 3, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

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    Here’s a great opening line from Jim Armstrong in this morning’s Denver Post: Mark Ellis is living out of a suitcase and, apparently, dressing in a phone booth. The Rockies acquired Superman Ellis from the A’s in a fairly minor trade on Thursday afternoon, but the 34-year-old’s performance thus far in Colorado has been anything…

  10. Derek Jeter goes 1-for-2 in first Double-A rehab game

    Jul 3, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    jeter trenton

    Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored Saturday evening in his first minor league rehab game at Double-A Trenton. He also played five innings of flawless defense at shortstop, reporting no abnormal pain or discomfort in his once-strained right calf. Jeter is scheduled to play just one more rehab…

  11. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 3, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Minnesota Twins

    It is July 3. On this date in baseball history, the first Sunday game was played at Fenway Park (1932), Larry Doby broke the American League color barrier in the American League (1947), Indians ace Luis Tiant struck out a career-high 19 batters in a 10-inning complete game victory (1968), and Twins DH Jim Thome…

  12. Ryan Braun pulled from comeback win with calf strain

    Jul 2, 2011, 10:46 PM EDT

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    The Brewers roared back from a 7-0 deficit Saturday to beat the Twins 8-7, but not everyone is smiling this evening in the Milwaukee clubhouse. According to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, Brewers left fielder (and early MVP candidate) Ryan Braun had to be lifted from the game in the top of the ninth inning after suffering…

  13. Brandon Webb getting troublesome shoulder examined

    Jul 2, 2011, 9:58 PM EDT

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    It might be time to write off Brandon Webb for the rest of the 2011 season. And probably much longer: Asked if he thought he would pitch for the Rangers this season, Webb said, “Who knows? I have no idea.” That quote comes courtesy of Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, who chatted with the…

  14. Fernando Rodney shut down after suffering setback

    Jul 2, 2011, 8:39 PM EDT

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    Angels setup man Fernando Rodney isn’t getting any closer to returning to the major leagues. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the rehabbing reliever has been shut down indefinitely due to ongoing discomfort in his back. Rodney was placed on the 15-day disabled list in early June with an upper-back strain. He…

  15. Dustin Ackley out second straight game with bruised ribs

    Jul 2, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

    Dustin Ackley

    Greg Johns of MLB.com passes along notice that Mariners rookie Dustin Ackley is out of the starting lineup for a second consecutive game Saturday night against the Padres due to bruised ribs. Ackley suffered the minor bruising earlier this week and is being called “day-to-day” by the Seattle training staff. It’s not yet known if…

  16. Fausto Carmona pulled Saturday with right quad strain

    Jul 2, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

    carmona wide getty

    According to beat writer Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Indians starter Fausto Carmona was pulled in the third inning of Saturday’s game against the cross-state Reds after suffering a right quadriceps strain while legging out a bunt single. Carmona began stumbling as he neared the first base bag and eventually lost all control of his legs,…

  17. Yankees release Carlos Silva

    Jul 2, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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    According to Donnie Collins of the Scranton Times-Tribune, the Yankees have released right-hander Carlos Silva. Silva, 32, signed a minor league contract with the Yankees in early-April after being released by the Cubs during spring training. He had an impressive 2.75 ERA and 26/8 K/BB ratio over seven minor league starts between High-A Tampa, Double-A…

  18. Jose Reyes leaves game with left hamstring tightness

    Jul 2, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v New York Mets

    We can probably cool that talk about Carl Crawford money. At least for now. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Jose Reyes was pulled from today’s game against the Yankees after two innings with left hamstring tightness. Reyes apparently felt tightness while beating out an infield single in the bottom of the first inning. Oddly,…

  19. Roy Halladay wins in return to Toronto

    Jul 2, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay walks to the bullpen prior to starting against his former team the Toronto Blue Jays during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Roy Halladay was victorious in his return to Toronto this afternoon, tossing a complete game (what else?) as part of a 5-3 win over the Blue Jays. Halladay threw 110 pitches en route to his major-league leading sixth complete game of the season. He scattered eight hits while striking out eight and walking just one.…

  20. Marlins designate Jose Lopez for assignment

    Jul 2, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    Jose Lopez

    Jose Lopez was just jettisoned by a major league team for the second time in the past month. According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have designated Lopez for assignment and recalled outfielder Bryan Peterson from Triple-A New Orleans. Lopez signed a minor league contract with the Marlins after being released by…

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