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  1. Joe Blanton heading to Philadelphia to get elbow examined

    Jul 21, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

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    Phillies starter Joe Blanton landed on the disabled list in mid-May with inflammation in his right elbow. He’s had numerous setbacks since, and now word comes from Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that the right-hander is headed back to Philadelphia to have the elbow examined by team physicians. Blanton has already paid a visit…

  2. Without Stephen Drew, Diamondbacks must make a tough call

    Jul 21, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

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    At 52-46, the Diamondbacks are still in the thick of the NL West race.  They’re 4 1/2 games back of the Giants there and five games back of the Braves in the wild card. The road to claiming a spot in the postseason just got a lot tougher, though.  Losing Stephen Drew for the season due…

  3. Seventh-round pick Trevor Gretzky signs with Cubs

    Jul 21, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Trevor Gretzky

    Trevor Gretzky, son of The Great One, has picked the Cubs over San Diego State, that according to Aztecs coach Tony Gwynn. “We heard he signed with the Cubs on Monday,” Gwynn told the Toronto Sun on Thursday. The Cubs have yet to confirm the signing, which is sure to be for considerably more than slot money.  MLB…

  4. Padres demote Anthony Rizzo, add Kyle Blanks

    Jul 21, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo

    As it turned out, Anthony Rizzo wasn’t quite ready to make the big jump from the PCL to the majors. After hitting just .143/.282/.265 with one homer and six RBI in 98 at-bats, Rizzo was sent back to Triple-A Tucson on Thursday.  He was 0-for-13 since play resumed after the All-Star break. Taking his spot…

  5. Indians call up top prospect Jason Kipnis

    Jul 21, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Jason Kipnis

    Jason Kipnis announced the move himself on Twitter: I’m Coming Cleveland!! With Grady Sizemore on the shelf and the Indians in need of a bat, Kipnis will join the team tomorrow.  What exactly he’ll be doing is still unclear.  Kipnis is a former outfielder who moved to second base last year.  The Indians could decide…

  6. Report: Hunter Pence won’t be moved this summer

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

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    It’s only been a day or two since Buster Olney reported that the Astros would listen to offers for Hunter Pence, but in that time there has been more chatter about him than almost any player on the market. But he may not be on the market at all, actually: Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald was…

  7. Marlins interested in Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

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    Brandon Inge has said he’ll accept a demotion to the minors after being designated for assignment by the Tigers following yesterday’s trade for Wilson Betemit, but now Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins are “looking at” Inge. According to Frisaro “the Marlins have made it clear that they are seeking veteran experience at…

  8. Orlando Hudson slams into wall, carted off the field on a stretcher

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Scary incident down in Miami, as Orlando Hudson had to be carried off the field on a stretcher during today’s Marlins-Padres game. Hudson hurt himself when he slammed against the wall down the right field line while making a diving catch. He was on the ground for about five minutes, apparently unconscious during part of that…

  9. Carlos Gonzalez re-injures wrist, taken for X-rays

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Update: Gonzalez has been taken to the hospital for X-rays on his wrist. /// Carlos Gonzalez came out of Thursday’s game in the fifth inning after re-injuring his right wrist on a swing in the game against the Braves. Gonzalez injured the wrist crashing into the wall on July 3 and missed the next four days. …

  10. Cutter Dykstra: My dad did not steal my signing bonus

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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    It has been reported several times over the past year or so — most recently in that story I linked from yesterday’s New York Times — that Lenny Dykstra took his son Cutter Dykstra’s $700,000 signing bonus, “invested it” and subsequently lost it. We’ve passed along that allegation a few times ourselves, as it had…

  11. Twins expected to get Jason Kubel back from DL tomorrow

    Jul 21, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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    It sounds like the Twins are ready to welcome Jason Kubel back from the disabled list after he went 3-for-5 with a homer at Triple-A yesterday and 1-for-3 with a walk there today. Kubel has been out since May 30 with a sprained foot and his rehab timetable got delayed by setbacks several times, but…

  12. The Mariners have lost 12 in a row

    Jul 21, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Blue Jays batter Rajai Davis watches his two run double during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    On June 19th, the Mariners were a half game out of first place. As late as June 27th they were only two games out.  Now: they’ve lost twelve games in a row — this one 7-5 to the Blue Jays — and stand 13 games out of first place. Their season is in ruins and,…

  13. Mike Rizzo and the Nationals are feuding with their own Single-A team and things are getting ugly

    Jul 21, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

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    Last week Washington general manager Mike Rizzo went public with his complaints about the field conditions in Potomac, which is home to the Nationals’ high Single-A affiliate, calling them “dangerous” and “a safety threat.” That apparently didn’t sit very well with Potomac owner Art Silber, who fired back in the Washington Times today: He clearly…

  14. Westbrook, Pujols lead the Cards past the Mets

    Jul 21, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Jake Westbrook

    I don’t write too many straight game recaps outside of And That Happened, but this one — a 6-2 win by the Cards over the Mets — struck me for a couple of reasons. First, because it may very well have been Carlos Beltran‘s last game as a Met in Citi Field. The Mets go…

  15. Daniel Bard sets Red Sox record with 21 straight scoreless appearances

    Jul 21, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Daniel Bard pitches against Tampa Bay Rays during American League MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Daniel Bard allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning on Opening Day. Since then he’s allowed a grand total of seven runs in 47 innings, including a Red Sox-record 21 straight scoreless appearances dating all the way back to May 23. Or as Kirk Minihane of WEEI.com put it: “The last time Daniel Bard…

  16. Autographed baseballs bringing out the worst in people, Part II

    Jul 21, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Ray Durham

    Following up on that post about the autographed Derek Jeter baseballs is a link to another story about how memorabilia is pretty much awful. The story involves a deceased father’s extensive autographed baseball collection and the fight to inherit it by his two adult-yet-totally-childish sons, each of whom claims ownership. The dead father, by the way,…

  17. Stat of the Day: ERA leaders since the beginning of 2009

    Jul 21, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Clayton Kershaw’s latest masterpiece got me thinking about where he ranks among the best pitchers in baseball. And not just this season, but during the past 2-3 years. In three seasons as a full-time member of the Dodgers’ rotation Kershaw has posted ERAs of 2.79, 2.91, and now 2.72, with 564 strikeouts compared to just…

  18. The Cardinals finally stole a base

    Jul 21, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Daniel Descalso

    Just yesterday, Matthew noted that the Cardinals had the longest streak of stolen-base-free games since 1977. A total of 32 at the time, which stretched to 33 in last night’s game against the Mets. I guess he jinxed it, because the Cardinals just stole a base in the top of the ninth in today’s game.…

  19. Jose Canseco is having a rough day, you guys

    Jul 21, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

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    Of all the potential things to become known for after retiring from professional baseball, doing weird, vaguely controversial stuff and complaining about various incidents on Twitter seems like an ideal fit for Jose Canseco. Along those lines his latest project involves what appears to be a messy breakup and … well, I’ll let Canseco’s tweets…

  20. Happy Pumpsie Green Day!

    Jul 21, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Pumpsie Green

    We all know to celebrate the anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s major league debut, but there were 15 other teams that existed during baseball’s segregated days which later came to see the light. Eventually anyway.  The Red Sox were the last, fielding their first black player on this day in 1959. His name was Pumpsie Green.…

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