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  1. Ichiro Suzuki returns to leadoff spot in Mariners order

    Jun 1, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Eric Wedge’s offseason lineup switches just didn’t work out. A month after pulling Chone Figgins out of the leadoff spot and the lineup altogether, Wedge has decided to go back to Ichiro Suzuki at the top of the order. Suzuki hit third and started in right field in each of the Mariners’ first 52 games…

  2. The Yankees may be interested in Matt Garza

    Jun 1, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Matt Garza

    The Yankees are probably going to seek some pitching help this trade season. And Jon Heyman reports that they’re most likely target is Matt Garza: Yankees people like the fact Garza is battle-tested in the American League East after acquiring too many pitchers from the National League who haven’t been able to make a seamless…

  3. Yuniesky Betancourt is off the DL, batting second for Royals

    Jun 1, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    Kansas City activated Yuniesky Betancourt from the disabled list and he’s starting at second base tonight against the A’s. Not only that, he’s batting second in the lineup. Because why wouldn’t you want a swing-at-everything hitter with a .293 career on-base percentage setting the table, right? Or something. Betancourt has been out since May 1…

  4. Mets get catcher Josh Thole back after concussion

    Jun 1, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Josh Thole is back from the disabled list, returning to the Mets after missing the past 22 games with a concussion from a home plate collision on May 7. To make room for Thole on the roster the Mets demoted Rob Johnson to Triple-A, choosing to stick with Mike Nickeas as their backup despite his…

  5. The Pirates place Charlie Morton on the DL

    Jun 1, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Charlie Morton

    The Pirates have placed Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 30. It’s elbow inflammation, which has likely contributed greatly to his 2-6, 4.65 ERA start. Of course, it’s also possible that this trip to the DL has nothing to do with Morton’s health and has everything to do with Morton’s desire…

  6. Mike Morse making season debut as Nationals cleanup man after missing 50 games

    Jun 1, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Washington Nationals

    After missing the first 50 games with a strained lat muscle Mike Morse is off the disabled list and hitting cleanup for the Nationals tonight in his season debut. During the past two-and-a-half seasons Morse quietly emerged as one of the NL’s best bats, hitting .295 with 49 homers and an .889 OPS in 276…

  7. The woman tied up in Aroldis Chapman’s room can’t keep her story straight

    Jun 1, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT

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    I think everyone called this one as soon as we heard it: the woman who was found tied up in Aroldis Chapman‘s hotel room is as crooked as a dog’s hind leg. The Pittsburgh Gazette has details from her police interrogation: Pittsburgh detectives questioned a woman for nearly 12 hours about a bizarre robbery in…

  8. Carlos Beltran in center field tonight for first time since 2010

    Jun 1, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Jon Jay and Skip Schumaker are on the disabled list, along with a half-dozen of the Cardinals’ other key players, so manager Mike Matheny is getting creative with tonight’s lineup: Carlos Beltran is playing center field for the first time since 2010. That last center field start in 2010 came for the Mets, but tonight…

  9. Rafael Soriano will keep the Yankees closer job when David Robertson returns

    Jun 1, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Given that David Robertson‘s time as Yankees closer consisted of a blown save and an injury, it’s not that shocking that Rafael Soriano is going to remain the Yankees closer when David Robertson returns from the DL. But in case there was any doubt, Jon Heyman is reporting that the Yankees have, indeed, made that…

  10. Mariners call up hard-throwing reliever Stephen Pryor

    Jun 1, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    stephen pryor mariners

    Seattle is adding a power arm to the bullpen, calling up right-hander Stephen Pryor after the 2010 fifth-round pick posted a 0.64 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 28 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. Pryor was similarly dominant in his first two pro seasons as well and arrives in the majors with a 2.87 ERA and…

  11. The Carl Pavano extortion case has been dropped

    Jun 1, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    Remember when that guy threatened to tell the world about how he and Carl Pavano had “an emotional and physical relationship” in high school unless Pavano gave him a navy Range Rover with tan leather?  Well, the investigation into it has been dropped: Police in Connecticut have closed an investigation into allegations of a blackmail…

  12. Vladimir Guerrero headed to Triple-A for first time at age 37

    Jun 1, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    After signing Vladimir Guerrero to a minor-league contract on May 10 the Blue Jays sent the 37-year-old to extended spring training for some workouts and then assigned him to Single-A. Guerrero predictably destroyed Single-A pitching, going 9-for-20 (.450) with four homers in four games against pitchers 15 years his junior, prompting the Blue Jays to…

  13. Ben Cherington denies the Youkilis trade reports

    Jun 1, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.com reported today that the Red Sox are saying they’re definitely looking to trade Kevin Youkilis. GM Ben Cherington, however, is denying that: General manager Ben Cherington denied a report that the Red Sox were telling teams they “definitely intend to trade” Kevin Youkilis. “That’s inaccurate,” Cherington e-mailed WEEI.com Friday afternoon. “Some…

  14. A’s activate Yoenis Cespedes from disabled list

    Jun 1, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    As expected, the A’s have activated outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the disabled list after he spent four weeks on the sidelines with a hand injury. Cespedes went 3-for-9 on a brief minor-league rehab assignment and Oakland cleared a spot for his return yesterday by demoting struggling starter Tyson Ross to Triple-A. Prior to the injury…

  15. Bartolo Colon: huge Adele fan

    Jun 1, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Susan Slusser has a column up about Bartolo Colon. About what makes him tick, how he’s still going despite seemingly being done a couple of years ago and … about his personality quirks. Was NOT expecting this one: He can be so surprising, in fact, that teammate Brandon McCarthy is keeping a book of unexpected…

  16. 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…

  17. 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,…

  18. 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

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    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…

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

    Jun 1, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    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…

  20. 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.…

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