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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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 –…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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,…

  14. Nationals sign Phillies castoff J.C. Romero to minors deal

    Jun 29, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    J.C. Romero, who passed through waivers unclaimed and was released by the Phillies last week, has signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals and will report to Triple-A, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com. Philadelphia is on the hook for Romero’s entire $1.35 million salary, so the signing is basically a no-risk move for Washington…

  15. Confirmed: Adrian Gonzalez to play right field tonight

    Jun 29, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz

    Matthew noted that this was a strong possibility yesterday, but the lineups have been announced and it’s gonna happen tonight: Adrian Gonzalez will start in right field, David Ortiz at first base. I think the most apt comment on all of this came from Dustin Pedroia after last night’s game when asked about the possibility: “It…

  16. Rangers may give struggling Alexi Ogando some time off

    Jun 29, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Alexi Ogando

    Alexi Ogando‘s move from the bullpen to the rotation couldn’t have gone any better early on, as he went 7-0 with a 2.10 ERA and .188 opponents’ batting average through 12 starts for the Rangers. However, he’s lost each of his last three starts while giving up 15 runs in 10 innings, and manager Ron…

  17. Bob Davidson, Joe West, Angel Hernandez snubbed from All-Star Game duties!

    Jun 29, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    Jerry Layne

    I’ll admit it: when I got the MLB press release announcing the umpires for the All-Star Game, I secretly hoped that some bad ones would be named so I could write some outraged prose. It’s really good for the soul. Quite cathartic. Sadly, it appears that baseball has only chosen decent umpires. Or at least…

  18. Chris Davis is hitting .374 with 19 homers and 52 RBIs in 33 games at Triple-A

    Jun 29, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Chris Davis hit well in limited action with Texas earlier this season, but the Rangers don’t seem particularly interested in giving him another extended opportunity. So instead he’s destroying Triple-A pitching. Davis has hit .374 with 19 homers and 52 RBIs in 33 games at Triple-A. Admittedly the Pacific Coast League is very hitter-friendly and…

  19. The Mariners apparently have no emergency catcher

    Jun 29, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Chris Gimenez

    I missed this because, really, I had no idea that baseball took place after 11PM Eastern time.  But in last night’s Braves-Mariners game, the M’s had a catcher fiasco.  Miguel Olivo left early due to cramps in his hamstring and the backup catcher, Chris Gimenez, strained his oblique in the fifth inning. Gimenez could apparently…

  20. John Danks hoping to return immediately after All-Star break

    Jun 29, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    John Danks

    Placed on the disabled list Sunday with an oblique muscle injury, John Danks is hoping to rejoin the White Sox’s rotation immediately following the All-Star break after an MRI exam revealed only a mild strain. Oblique injuries have a tendency to linger, but Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago notes that Danks has never been on…

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