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  1. Desmond Jennings begins rehab assignment for knee injury

    Jun 1, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Desmond Jennings Reuters

    Out since May 11 with a sprained left knee, Desmond Jennings began a minor-league rehab assignment yesterday at Single-A by going 1-for-3 with a double. He also tested his knee by playing left field and is expected to move his rehab stint to Triple-A, with Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reporting that Jennings…

  2. Great Moments in Self-Awareness: Reggie Jackson hates arrogant ballplayers

    Jun 1, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Reggie Jackson

    At some point, we all get old. And when we get old, we apparently forget about what it was like to be young.  Case in point: Reggie Jackson, who tells Bob Nightengale of USA Today that he doesn’t like to see showboating among today’s players: “What I’m seeing these days, and some of the arrogance,…

  3. Byron Buxton, possible No. 1 pick as a hitter, struck out 18 as a pitcher to win state title

    Jun 1, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    byron buxton

    Georgia high school center fielder Byron Buxton will be one of the top five picks in Monday’s draft and might go No. 1 overall because of his five-tool skill set that includes spectacular speed and a high-upside bat. Oh, and a great arm too. Buxton’s team made the Georgia state championship series and they turned…

  4. Hawk Harrelson was called on the carpet by Bud Selig and Jerry Reinsdorf

    Jun 1, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    hawk harrelson

    In what will likely be the final chapter of the Hawk Harrelson rant, we learn that he was given a talking-to by Bud Selig yesterday and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf today: “I talked to Bud Selig yesterday,” Harrelson told ESPNChicago.com’s Bruce Levine on Friday morning. “We had a talk. Actually, Bud talked and I…

  5. Cardinals activate Allen Craig, put Skip Schumaker on DL

    Jun 1, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Another day, another Cardinals player on the disabled list, as Skip Schumaker was placed on the shelf with a right hamstring strain. This time around at least the Cardinals are getting a key player back off the DL, as they activated Allen Craig following the minimum 15-day stay for a hamstring injury of his own.…

  6. Brooks Conrad is 0-for-23 after being Babe Ruth at Triple-A

    Jun 1, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Brooks Conrad

    I don’t want to pick on Brooks Conrad too much, since he’s already destined to be best known for a bunch of ugly defensive miscues for the Braves in 2010, but while watching him fly out as a pinch-hitter last night I noticed that he’s now 0-for-23 for the Brewers. That’s somewhat noteworthy in itself,…

  7. Report: The Red Sox “definitely intend” to trade Kevin Youkilis

    Jun 1, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    UPDATE: Now Reds GM Ben Cherington denies the report. Color me skeptical. 11:34 AM: We heard some rumblings a week or two ago that the Red Sox could conceivably trade Kevin Youkilis. But this sounds like more than mere consideration: Red Sox are telling teams they definitely intend to trade Youkilis. — DKnobler (@DKnobler) June 1,…

  8. Ernesto Frieri has been unhittable since joining the Angels

    Jun 1, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ernesto Frieri

    Ernesto Frieri was plenty dominant with the Padres, throwing 108 innings with a 2.33 ERA and 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings, but what the reliever has done since being traded to the Angels is just silly. Frieri, who was acquired from San Diego for prospects Alexi Amarista and Donn Roach on May 3, has thrown…

  9. J.R. Richard to be honored by the Astros tonight — but how about retiring his number too?

    Jun 1, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    J.R. Richard

    When I was seven years-old, I was of the opinion that J.R. Richard was the greatest pitcher in baseball. This was based less on watching him — I might have seen him pitch once on a Game of the Week or something and knew nothing about pitching then — as it was on what older…

  10. Banged-up Red Sox give Will Middlebrooks shortstop reps

    Jun 1, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Will Middlebrooks

    Injuries have already forced the Red Sox to do some weird things defensively and now the possibility of Dustin Pedroia missing significant time with a thumb injury has led to rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks getting work at shortstop. Middlebrooks hasn’t played the position since high school and in fact has never played a position…

  11. Apparently, instant replay is really expensive

    Jun 1, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Video camera

    Jeff Passan has a column up today chronicling the recent run-ins between players and umpires and talking about how replay would solve so much of it.  In the course of his argument, he drops this as a means of explaining one of the reasons Bud Selig is against replay: There’s the financial factor, too. A…

  12. Indians could get Fausto Carmona/Roberto Hernandez back by All-Star break

    Jun 1, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    Marlins reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo is currently serving an eight-week suspension for falsifying his identity, but apparently the pitcher formerly known as Leo Nunez got a much stiffer penalty than the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona is likely to receive. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Carmona, who’s now known as…

  13. Carlos Beltran returns to Citi Field

    Jun 1, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    The Cardinals head to Queens for a weekend series with the Mets, and we know what that means: lots of people focusing on the guy for something that happened nearly six years ago: The Mets are planning a video tribute for Beltran whether he plays or not, similar to the one they staged for Jose Reyes‘…

  14. Don’t tell Ozzie Guillen that Mark Buehrle is not an ace

    Jun 1, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Ozzie Guillen had a good rant yesterday when someone suggested to him that Mark Buehrle is not an “ace.”  Joe Capozzi has it all, but here are a couple of highlights: “Whoever said he is not the ace, I hope he doesn’t mind me taking his job because he doesn’t know what he’s talking about…

  15. The Padres are calling up Yasmani Grandal

    Jun 1, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Yasmani Grandal

    The Padres did a couple of things in the offseason that didn’t necessarily go together: (1) traded for Yasmani Grandal from the Reds (among others); and (2) signed Nick Hundley to a contract extension. Given Grandal’s obvious promise, this seemed to create a bit of a problem. Grandal himself certainly saw that he may be blocked…

  16. The Marlins are probably gonna get sued after girl falls from a rock climbing wall at the ballpark

    Jun 1, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Marlins Miami new logo

    Last Saturday the Marlins had a carnival of some kind at the ballpark, and one of the features at the carnival was a rock climbing wall. You’ve seen these before: kids climb them with harnesses and stuff.  Well, when the harness doesn’t work, it’s bad news: Emily Davis was testing her climbing skills during Saturday’s…

  17. Carlos Gonzalez is on fire

    Jun 1, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    On Wednesday, Carlos Gonzalez pulled a Reggie and hit homers in three straight at bats. OK, I guess they needed to be on three pitches to be a true Reggie, but he was pretty awesome all the same. He kept it up last night. Gonzalez hit a homer in his first at bat of the…

  18. And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

    Jun 1, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Dylan

    There were only three freakin’ games last night. Three!  How is this fair? Bah! Bah, I say.  So, to make up for the lack of games to talk about, I go into some random Bob Dylan stuff below the scores. My feature. Do what I wanna do. Tigers 7, Red Sox 3: Max Scherzer continues…

  19. Stephen Drew ready to go nine innings

    Jun 1, 2012, 1:03 AM EDT

    Stephen Drew

    Stephen Drew is getting closer to returning to the Arizona lineup. He’ll play nine innings in extended spring games both Friday and Saturday as he further steps up his rehab. Drew has been on the DL all season after suffering a broken ankle sliding into home plate last July 20. The Diamondbacks, though, have gotten…

  20. Ryan Braun out of tonight’s lineup with Achilles tightness

    May 31, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun AP

    Matt Kemp and Troy Tulowitzki aren’t the only National League stars who are hurting. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Ryan Braun is out of tonight’s lineup against the Dodgers in order to rest nagging tightness in his right Achilles tendon. The injury has flared up at various times this season and he…

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