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  1. Brett Lawrie needs to play a little smarter

    Jun 3, 2012, 2:43 AM EDT

    Brett Lawrie

    The hustle is great, but Brett Lawrie‘s tendency to play baseball like a bull in a china shop has hurt the Jays from time to time. Of course, the incident that led to last month’s four-game suspension was the most notable occasion. Saturday’s showing was none too impressive, though. With two outs in the eighth…

  2. Astros exploit MLB’s newest loophole

    Jun 2, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

    Jordan Lyles

    If you hadn’t heard, MLB made a new rule in the offseason, allowing teams to promote a player and go with 26-man rosters on doubleheader days. A lot of teams were making moves in between games of doubleheaders anyway, so it seemed like a pretty good idea to help alleviate any bullpen issues that might…

  3. So, the Padres won the Mat Latos deal?

    Jun 2, 2012, 9:46 PM EDT

    Edinson Volquez

    The way it’s worked out, the Reds’ Mat Latos and the Padres’ Edinson Volquez have made their starts on the same day five straight times now, making it hard not to compare the two. It’s a comparison Volquez is winning hands down. Volquez limited the Diamondbacks to two runs and four hits in six innings…

  4. Roy Oswalt goes two scoreless in Triple-A start

    Jun 2, 2012, 8:19 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt

    Making his 2012 debut after signing with the Rangers earlier this week, Roy Oswalt threw 34 pitches in two scoreless innings for Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday. Oswalt gave up a single, a walk and an infield single to start the game, but he got out of that jam with a strikeout and a double-play…

  5. Carl Pavano getting MRI on sore shoulder

    Jun 2, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    After allowing seven runs against the Indians on Friday and seeing his season ERA rise to 6.00, Carl Pavano will undergo an MRI on his shoulder Sunday. He said the shoulder has bothered him off-and-on since spring training and that he already had an MRI earlier this season. “I think it’s just irritated, but we’ve…

  6. Day after no-hitter, R.A. Dickey settles for shutout

    Jun 2, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    R.A. Dickey couldn’t match Johan Santana‘s feat on Saturday, but he did give the Mets back-to-back shutouts for the second time in eight days. Dickey pitched a seven-hitter for his third career shutout as the Mets topped the Cardinals 5-0 on Saturday. He’s won six straight and is now tied for the major league lead…

  7. Brett Lawrie sprints from Toronto mall after shooting

    Jun 2, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT

    Eaton Centre Mall

    A shooting at Toronto’s Eaton Centre Mall early Saturday evening left one dead and seven injured, according to MSNBC.com. Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie was at the scene, tweeting: Pretty sure someone just let off a round bullets in eatoncenter mall .. Wow just sprinted out of the mall … Through traffic … People…

  8. Astros call up former top prospect Fernando Martinez

    Jun 2, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

    Fernando Martinez Getty

    Fernando Martinez was once considered one of the game’s top hitting prospects, but the Astros were able to pluck him off waivers in January after the Mets essentially gave up on him. Now he’s in line to get regular playing time in the major leagues. Prior to tonight’s game, the Astros placed outfielder Travis Buck…

  9. Pablo Sandoval questioned by police in sexual assault case

    Jun 2, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval Getty

    Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that Giants’ third baseman Pablo Sandoval is being investigated by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department and faces possible sexual assault charges as result of an incident which allegedly took place Friday morning. The incident allegedly took place at the Seascape Beach Resort in Santa Cruz County. Police were not…

  10. Johan Santana expected to get some extra rest before his next start

    Jun 2, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Johan Santana Reuters

    Johan Santana is feeling fine one day removed from throwing a career-high 134 pitches in last night’s historic no-hitter against the Cardinals, but he’s expected to get some extra rest before his next start. No official announcement from the team yet, but Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record reports that the Mets will add rehabbing…

  11. Dustin Pedroia tests injured thumb by taking batting practice

    Jun 2, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia Getty

    There’s still a chance that Dustin Pedroia will end up on the disabled list, but he’s doing his best to get back in the lineup as soon as possible. According to the Associated Press, Pedroia took batting practice before today’s game against the Blue Jays. It was his first time swinging a bat since he…

  12. Ramon Ramirez apparently hurt himself while celebrating Johan Santana’s no-hitter

    Jun 2, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Mets celebration Getty

    UPDATE: Adam Rubin of ESPN New York was told by two people that it was Ramon Ramirez, not Elvin Ramirez, who got hurt in the no-hitter celebration. Sounds like Joel Sherman’s source mixed up his Ramirezes. 3:02 PM: Mike Baxter wasn’t the only casualty in Johan Santana‘s no-hitter last night. Apparently the newest member of…

  13. Jason Bay set to begin rehab assignment this weekend

    Jun 2, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Jason Bay Getty

    Jason Bay has missed well over a month with a non-displaced fractured rib, but he’s finally close to making his way back to the Mets’ lineup. According to Matt Ehalt of ESPN New York, Bay is set to serve as the designated hitter this weekend in rehab games with High-A St. Lucie. The hope is…

  14. Jose Contreras diagnosed with UCL and flexor tendon tears

    Jun 2, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Jose Contreras Getty

    UPDATE: The diagnosis is in on Jose Contreras and it’s not good. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Contreras was diagnosed with tears in his ulnar collateral ligament and his flexor pronator tendon. His season is obviously over and given Contreras’ advanced age, there’s a chance this could be a career-ender. 11:15 AM: Scary moment…

  15. Ryan Braun is hurting right now

    Jun 2, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun AP

    Ryan Braun returned to the Brewers’ lineup last night against the Pirates after sitting out Thursday’s game with tightness in his right Achilles tendon, but he’s still hurting. Braun aggravated his Achilles and strained his right hip after after legging out a hit and stealing second base in the sixth inning. He stayed in the…

  16. Athletics activate Brandon McCarthy, demote Daric Barton to Triple-A

    Jun 2, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

    brandon mccarthy

    The Athletics made a pair of roster moves this morning, activating right-hander Brandon McCarthy from the 15-day disabled list while demoting first baseman Daric Barton to Triple-A Sacramento. McCarthy hasn’t pitched since May 17 due to a strained right shoulder. The 28-year-old has battled shoulder problems at various points during his career, but he managed…

  17. Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler is officially a free agent

    Jun 2, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

    cuba flag

    Let the bidding begin. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler is now officially a free agent and can sign with any team. We haven’t heard much on Soler over the past couple of months, as he has been waiting to be cleared by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets…

  18. NBC SportsTalk: One-on-one with Giancarlo Stanton

    Jun 2, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton Getty

    There are few things in this game more majestic than a Giancarlo Stanton home run, but he’s also a pretty good interview. Here’s Stanton’s appearance on NBC SportsTalk last night, where he talks about his incredible 12-homer month of May and what it’s like to play for Ozzie Guillen.

  19. Pablo Sandoval could begin a minor league rehab assignment this weekend

    Jun 2, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    The Giants had to get by for most of May without Pablo Sandoval in their lineup, but there’s increased optimism that he could return from the disabled list within the next week. According to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, Sandoval could be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment this weekend with High-A San Jose.…

  20. Fan crashes Johan Santana’s no-hitter celebration

    Jun 2, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

    jeanshortguy

    There were so many things to talk about in the aftermath of Johan Santana‘s no-hitter that this one flew under the radar a bit. Still, it’s pretty entertaining. After Santana struck out Cardinals’ third baseman David Freese to complete the no-hitter, he was mobbed on the mound by teammates and coaches. But there was also…

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