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  1. How to stop the Mets’ bats? Put an outfielder on the mound

    Jun 30, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Don Kelly

    As mentioned in the recaps, the Mets have been on an absolute offensive tear lately, scoring 16, 14, 8 and 14 runs in their last four games, respectively. Last night’s outburst was accompanied by 20 hits, and after Tigers’ middle reliever David Purcey was smacked around for four runs, Jim Leyland waved the white flag and…

  2. Major League Baseball did not expect McCourt to file for bankruptcy

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    I can’t say that I knew what Frank McCourt would do. Hindsight suggests to me that bankruptcy was his only option if he wanted to cling to power for a while longer, but it’s not like it was inevitable or anything.  I’m a bit surprised, however, that Major League Baseball didn’t predict this, which is…

  3. Will there be sordidness in the Roger Clemens trial? Oh yeah, there will be

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Brian McNamee

    I’ve been pretty clear about not being a big Roger Clemens fan. I’ve also been pretty clear in thinking that the case against him is going to be stronger than the case against Barry Bonds for the simple reason that, unlike in the Bonds case, the jury will hear from someone who claims to have…

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

    Jun 30, 2011, 5:20 AM EDT

    Scott Hairston

    Mets 16, Tigers 9: The Mets blast the Tigers’ pitching for the second night in a row (though the Tigers blasted back a bit themselves). Everyone in the Mets’ starting lineup hit, including Scott Hairston, whose bases loaded triple in the first broke it open, after which he did some lame antlers thing or whatever…

  5. Bartolo Colon likely to start Saturday against Mets

    Jun 29, 2011, 11:08 PM EDT

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    According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Yankees GM Brian Cashman revealed Wednesday that there’s a “good likelihood” right-hander Bartolo Colon will be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday to start against the crosstown Mets. Colon threw 60 pitches Tuesday in a simulated game and reported no abnormal pain or discomfort in his once-strained…

  6. Brewers return righty Sergio Mitre to Yankees for cash

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:25 PM EDT

    Sergio Mitre

    Get ready for the re-experience. Or something. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Yankees reacquired right-hander Sergio Mitre from the Brewers after Wednesday night’s game for “cash considerations.” Mitre registered a 5.03 ERA in 105 2/3 innings with the Yankees in 2009-2010, operating as both a long reliever and spot starter.…

  7. Clay Buchholz not expecting to return before All-Star break

    Jun 29, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

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    Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz acknowledged to MLB.com’s Ian Browne on Wednesday that he is unlikely to return from the disabled list before the All-Star break and may even be out until late July. Buchholz has been sidelined since June 16 with a lower back strain and felt renewed soreness Tuesday while attempting to throw…

  8. Giants interested in reunion with Dodgers’ Juan Uribe?

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News heard from a “secondhand” source Wednesday evening that the Giants are attempting to reacquire infielder Juan Uribe from the Dodgers. Uribe inked a three-year, $21 million free agent contract with Los Angeles in November that the Dodgers surely already regret. The 31-year-old is batting just .206/.275/.304 with…

  9. Derek Jeter on track to return to Yankees early next week

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:26 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Oakland Athletics

    Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters on Wednesday that veteran shortstop Derek Jeter could be ready to begin playing in minor league rehab games Saturday at Double-A Trenton. Jeter fielded ground balls, took batting practice and ran the bases Wednesday morning in Tampa, reporting no issues with his once-strained right calf. He’ll continue doing similar…

  10. Diamondbacks release 39-year-old infielder Melvin Mora

    Jun 29, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

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    Not to be outdone by the Cardinals and Cubs, who both released struggling veterans on Wednesday evening, the Diamondbacks have cut ties with 39-year-old corner infielder Melvin Mora. The news comes courtesy of Craig Grialou of KTAR 620 AM in Phoenix, Arizona. Mora opened the season as the Diamondbacks’ primary third baseman, but the emergence…

  11. Orioles open extension talks with shortstop J.J. Hardy

    Jun 29, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Pittsburgh Pirates

    According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, Orioles president Andy MacPhail has reached out to the agent for shortstop J.J. Hardy to begin negotiations toward a long-term contract extension. Hardy was acquired this winter in a bargain trade with the Twins and has impressed the Orioles with both his offense and defense since returning…

  12. Prosecutors want Pettitte, Knoblauch to testify at Clemens trial

    Jun 29, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    Roger Clemens is hoping the judge at his impending criminal trial will prevent prosecutors from calling his former Yankees teammates to the stand, claiming such testimony could lead to “guilt by association.” Prosecutors, though, are planning to call Andy Pettitte, Chuck Knoblauch, Mike Stanton and possibly others to show that team traner Brian McNamee had…

  13. Phillies, A’s lead the way in rotations ERAs

    Jun 29, 2011, 6:07 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    It should come as no surprise, but the Phillies are the one team in baseball with a rotation ERA under 3.00 halfway through the season. Here’s how the starter ERAs rank, 1-30. 1. Phillies – 2.97 2. Athletics – 3.11 3. Mariners – 3.19 4. Braves – 3.30 5. Giants – 3.35 6. Angels –…

  14. Josh Johnson gets good news from Dr. Andrews

    Jun 29, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    See, a visit to Dr. James Andrews is not always a harbinger of doom. Josh Johnson saw him today, and the news is good: no structural damage to his shoulder. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that “a person close to Johnson” called it “the best-case scenario.” Johnson got a cortisone shot and…

  15. Doug Davis released by Cubs after going 1-7 with 6.50 ERA

    Jun 29, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Doug Davis

    Second baseman Darwin Barney is back from the disabled list and to make room for his return the Cubs released Doug Davis, who went 1-7 with a 6.50 ERA in nine starts. Davis also went 1-4 with a 7.51 ERA in eight starts for the Brewers last season, making the 35-year-old left-hander 2-11 with a…

  16. Cardinals release former closer Ryan Franklin

    Jun 29, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

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    Tony La Russa and the Cardinals did whatever they could to keep Ryan Franklin around despite the former closer’s struggles this season, using him in the lowest of low-leverage situations and often avoiding bringing him into home games so the St. Louis crowd couldn’t shower him with boos. Last night’s ugly outing was apparently the…

  17. M’s emergency catcher is Adam Kennedy, who has never caught

    Jun 29, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    adam-kennedy-mariners-spring

    To follow up on Craig’s earlier post on the Seattle Mariners’ catching situation – always a big water cooler topic – it turns out they do have an emergency catcher after all. His name is Adam Kennedy. And it’s possible there has never been a more reluctant emergency catcher on the history of baseball. Kennedy…

  18. Luis Vizcaino suspended for 50 games for PEDs

    Jun 29, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Luis Vizcaino

    This is something of a theoretical suspension seeing as though Luis Vizcaino hasn’t pitched in affiliated baseball since the middle of 2009. But they test free agents, and Vizcaino is still registered as a technically active pitcher with someone somewhere, so he got tested too.  The drug: Stanozolol.  No, I don’t know either, but it’s a…

  19. Phil Hughes shows improved velocity in impressive Double-A rehab start

    Jun 29, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    hughes wide reuters

    Phil Hughes had a very encouraging rehab start today at Double-A, throwing 6.1 innings of one-run ball before leaving to what Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York described as “a standing ovation.” Mazzeo reports that Hughes’ fastball was clocked as high as 94 miles per hour and topped 91 miles per hour 48 times, which…

  20. Erik Bedard goes on the DL

    Jun 29, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Often-injured pitcher Erik Bedard is injured, although in this case it appears to be minor and shouldn’t affect his pitching too much: sprained left knee. For a few years we’ve heard “if Bedard can be healthy, he should contribute a lot.”  That has held up so far this year, with him sporting a 4-6 record,…

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