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  1. Jon Niese’s rapid heartbeat will not cause him to miss a start

    Jun 4, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Jon Niese

    As we mentioned this morning, Mets starter Jon Niese left Sunday’s game after six shutout innings due to dizziness and a rapid heartbeat. This is the second time that has happened in two seasons.  But, as Adam Rubin reports, the doctors say Niese can make his next start: Jon Niese said doctors satisfied no immediate…

  2. Joe Mauer out of Twins lineup with sprained right thumb

    Jun 4, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    After an injury wrecked 2011 season Joe Mauer started 51 of the Twins’ first 53 games, but he exited yesterday’s game with a thumb injury and is out of the lineup tonight versus the Royals. Mauer has been diagnosed with a sprained right thumb and so far there’s no indication that the Twins expect him…

  3. The Jackie Robinson movie “42” to open next April 15

    Jun 4, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Boseman as Robinson

    Just got a press release announcing that the Brian Helgeland film, “42,” the Jackie Robinson story, will open next year on April 15, the anniversary of Robinson’s entry into the big leagues.  They accompanied the announcement with this pic of actor Chadwick Boseman, who will play Robinson. Harrison Ford plays Branch Rickey. I’m pretty stoked for this,…

  4. Dodgers place Javy Guerra on DL, call up Shawn Tolleson

    Jun 4, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Javy Guerra

    Javy Guerra has allowed just one run in 12 innings since losing the Dodgers’ closer role to Kenley Jansen, but that includes more walks (5) than strikeouts (4) and now he’s been placed on the disabled list with right knee inflammation. To replace Guerra on the roster and in the bullpen the Dodgers called up…

  5. As if there was any doubt that the Astros were going to trade Brett Myers

    Jun 4, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    Brett Myers

    It was pretty clever of Jeff Luhnow to turn Brett Myers into a closer this year, so as to up his trade value at the deadline (everyone wants bullpen help).  But to do that, he had to rework Myers’ vesting option language in his contract from one appropriate for a starter to one appropriate for…

  6. Juan Rivera returns ahead of schedule from torn hamstring

    Jun 4, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Juan Rivera is off the disabled list and back on the Dodgers’ active roster just four weeks after tearing his hamstring, which was initially expected to be a two-month recovery timetable. To make room for Rivera’s return the Dodgers optioned Scott Van Slyke back to Triple-A after he went 6-for-31 (.194) with one homer in…

  7. The fan who rushed the field after Santana’s no-hitter missed his son’s first birthday party

    Jun 4, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT


    D.J. wrote on Saturday morning about the jersey-wearing Mets fan who rushed the field after Johan Santana‘s no-hitter and joined in the on-field celebration until security figured out that it was not, in fact, the ghost of Cary Carter, wearing jorts, coming back to revel in the historic accomplishment. As that went to press, we…

  8. Cubs sign Hong-Chih Kuo to minor-league contract

    Jun 4, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Hong-Chih Kuo

    Hong-Chih Kuo has been looking for a new home since being released by the Mariners during spring training and the once-dominant and oft-injured left-hander has signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs. Kuo has struggled to come back from elbow problems and anxiety issues, but when healthy was one of the best relievers in baseball…

  9. Bill Hall outrighted to Triple-A

    Jun 4, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Bill Hall

    Last week when the Orioles designated Bill Hall for assignment, I suggested that it may be the end of the road for him. Didn’t really occur to me that he’d both clear waivers and accept an assignment to the minors, but … Well I cleared AGAIN lol. Will be joining the Tides tomorrow in Rochester.…

  10. Johan Santana’s no-hitter encore: Friday vs. the Yankees

    Jun 4, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Mets celebration Getty

    Johan Santana threw a career-high 134 pitches in his no-hitter Friday night and the Mets decided to push back his next turn in the rotation to allow for extra rest, so his follow-up performance will come Friday against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Santana has given no indication that his surgically repaired shoulder feels worn…

  11. The Giants are unhappy with Pablo Sandoval’s conditioning, dedication

    Jun 4, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    And now the latest development in what has been a more than three-year back and forth between Pablo Sandoval and the Giants over his conditioning: Bochy met with Pablo on Saturday. Left clear impression club is very unhappy with his general condition, dedication. — Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) June 4, 2012 Baggarly later tweeted that Bochy…

  12. Jamie Moyer clears waivers, released by Rockies

    Jun 4, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Miami Marlins

    As expected, Jamie Moyer cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and the Rockies released the 49-year-old left-hander. Moyer got off to a nice start for Colorado after missing all of last season following Tommy John surgery, but struggled overall with a 5.70 ERA, .328 opponents’ batting average, and 11 homers allowed in…

  13. The Yankees weren’t happy with the Comerica Park security yesterday

    Jun 4, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    CORRECTION Yankees Tigers Baseball

    Late in yesterday’s Yankees-Tigers game at Comerica Park, a fan got on the field and began to run around. And run around. And run around some more. Indeed, he was on the field for a long time as far as these things go — giving Nick Swisher a fist bump and then going up to…

  14. The Reds release Jeff Francis

    Jun 4, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Jeff Francis

    Jeff Francis was a spring NRI for the Reds, and has been toiling in Louisville all year.  Toiling fairly successfully, however, at least if you avoid the W-L record:  3-6 with a 3.72 ERA and 65 strikeouts to 18 walks in 77 innings.  He threw a shutout yesterday.  But now he’s just out, as the Reds…

  15. Shoulder soreness keeping Brad Penny from Giants bullpen

    Jun 4, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles

    When Brad Penny got out of his contract in Japan and signed a minor-league deal with the Giants last month there was talk of him making a quick path back to the majors and joining San Francisco’s bullpen almost immediately. Three weeks later that hasn’t happened, and in fact Penny’s first scheduled Triple-A appearance has…

  16. Daniel Bard’s days as a starter may soon be over

    Jun 4, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Daniel Bard

    The bad performance yesterday — and most of the season — may be enough to doom Daniel Bard‘s future as a starting pitcher, but if there was any doubt about it, read this from WEEI: According to a major league source, as we sit here right now, the Sox’ priority when it comes to bolstering…

  17. Orioles get good news on Adam Jones’ wrist injuries

    Jun 4, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    adam jones getty orange

    Sending a star player for an MRI exam just days after signing him to an $85 million contract extension is rough timing, but fortunately for the Orioles the news on Adam Jones‘ wrist injuries is pretty good. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that MRI exams on Jones’ right and left wrists both showed…

  18. Video of the Day. Make that the Year: Color footage of the 1939 World Series

    Jun 4, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

    1939 World Series

    Found via Buzzfeed, the intro explains the context. But wowzers, the video speaks for itself. It’s simply … beautiful:

  19. “Gleeman and The Geek”: Draft Talk and Scouting Sano

    Jun 4, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT


    I do a weekly podcast called “Gleeman and The Geek” but never actually link to it here because … well, the show is mostly about the Minnesota Twins. This week’s episode has the usual Twins talk, but also includes a whole bunch of discussion about tonight’s MLB draft and a special guest with a first-hand…

  20. Change of plans: Jason Bay is sick, won’t return Tuesday

    Jun 4, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jason Bay

    UPDATE: Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Bay’s return to the Mets will be delayed by at least one day because he’s “sick.” ========== Jason Bay is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a fractured rib and manager Terry Collins said this morning that the outfielder is expected to come off the…

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