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  1. Travis swap: Indians activate Hafner from DL, option Buck to Triple-A

    Jun 17, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Travis Hafner

    Travis Hafner is back from the disabled list after sitting out the past four weeks with an oblique injury and the Indians created a roster spot for his return by optioning Travis Buck to Triple-A. Hafner is in the lineup tonight as the designated hitter and cleanup man, but starting next Friday his playing time…

  2. Time for Diamondbacks to make a switch at first base?

    Jun 17, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Brandon Allen

    Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson named Juan Miranda his primary first baseman at the end of the spring, but he’s obviously never really warmed up to the former Yankee.  As of Friday, Miranda had started just 33 of the team’s 70 games. The decision to release Russell Branyan seemed like just the break Miranda needed to solidify…

  3. Read the McCourt’s divorce settlement agreement

    Jun 17, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

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    Based on various reports from this morning it sounds like the McCourt’s divorce settlement agreement being contingent on MLB approving the Dodgers’ new television contract with FOX makes it somewhere between “unlikely” and “moot point.” With that said, the Los Angeles Times has an official copy of the agreement–all six pages of it, for those…

  4. White Sox GM turns down Jake Peavy’s offer to work in relief

    Jun 17, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    Earlier this week Jake Peavy offered to move to the bullpen once he comes off the disabled list, but today White Sox general manager Ken Williams shot down that idea. Williams told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that Peavy will return as a starter, saying taking him up on the bullpen offer “never crossed…

  5. HBT Daily: Previewing the weekend’s interleague matchups

    Jun 17, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Craig is gone, but he lives on in video form (he’s actually just taking a long weekend) …

  6. Joe Morgan is getting his own radio show

    Jun 17, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Fired by ESPN in November, longtime Sunday Night Baseball announcer and Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan will soon launch his own syndicated weekday afternoon radio show, according to Media Bistro. The Joe Morgan Show will begin August 22 with a pre-promoted guest list that includes Johnny Bench, Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Bob Gibson,…

  7. Paul Konerko doesn’t regret turning down Diamondbacks to re-sign with White Sox

    Jun 17, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    This offseason Paul Konerko seriously considered signing with the Diamondbacks, in large part to be closer to his family, but ultimately decided to re-sign with the White Sox for $37.5 million over three years. With the White Sox heading to Arizona for an interleague series that begins tonight Konerko told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago…

  8. Dodgers divorce: McCourts reach settlement after 20 months

    Jun 17, 2011, 11:11 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Frank and Jamie McCourt have finally reached a divorce settlement and an official announcement will come this afternoon. They filed for divorce 20 months ago, turning ownership of the Dodgers into a huge question mark amid various ugliness and cash flow problems. Of late reaching payroll…

  9. Shoulder injury sends Cardinals rookie Eduardo Sanchez and his 1.88 ERA to DL

    Jun 17, 2011, 10:49 AM EDT

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    Eduardo Sanchez has been fantastic for the Cardinals, quickly ascending to a prominent bullpen role by throwing 29 innings with a 1.88 ERA and 33 strikeouts, but now the 22-year-old’s rookie campaign is on hold thanks to a shoulder injury. Sanchez left the team and traveled back to St. Louis for an MRI exam yesterday…

  10. “If the Yankees are stealing signs, they suck at it”

    Jun 17, 2011, 10:17 AM EDT

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    Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba made headlines by yelling at Andruw Jones during Wednesday’s game for what he believed was stealing signs and relaying them to other Yankees hitters while at second base. Mark Teixeira revealed that Torrealba also complained to him about the same thing during Tuesday’s game, Rangers manager Ron Washington told reporters that…

  11. Hideki Matsui might play in the outfield next week

    Jun 17, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Oakland Athletics

    Avert your eyes, people. It sounds like Hideki Matsui may play in the outfield next week. And as new A’s skipper Bob Melvin told Jane Lee and Tom Green of MLB.com, the main objective here isn’t just to make everyone feel really uncomfortable, but to keep Matsui in the lineup during interleague play. “I want…

  12. Marlins president says firing manager Edwin Rodriguez “is not something I’ve pondered”

    Jun 17, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

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    Yesterday the Marlins lost for the 14th time in 15 games to slide into sole possession of last place in the NL East and judging from Hanley Ramirez‘s comments about having Edwin Rodriguez’s “back till death” the players clearly think their manager is on the hot seat. Team president David Samson told Joe Capozzi of…

  13. Barry Zito struggles in first rehab start at Triple-A Fresno

    Jun 17, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Barry Zito allowed just two hits and one run in his first rehab start two weeks ago at Single-A San Jose. It was a six-plus inning effort, and he looked great. In his next rehab start, again for Single-A San Jose, Zito struck out six batters and surrendered only two earned runs over seven quality…

  14. Cards have some interest in lefty specialist J.C. Romero

    Jun 17, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies designated left-hander J.C. Romero for assignment on Thursday afternoon to clear a spot on their roster for Friday night’s starter, Vance Worley. Romero has battled control issues and a variety of injuries over the past several seasons in Philadelphia, but he has a great ability to retire left-handed batters and that’s something that…

  15. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 17, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Diamondbacks 3, Giants 2: Justin Upton with the walkoff homer, served up by Santiago Casilla in the 10th. It was Upton’s first game-ending homer ever. He also had a single and a double on the day, but remember, don’t you dare say that he was a triple short of the cycle, because that’s just dumb,…

  16. Rays prospect Matt Moore throws no-hitter for Double-A Montgomery

    Jun 17, 2011, 2:38 AM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Montgomery Biscuits left-hander Matt Moore, one of the game’s best pitching prospects, threw a no-hitter Thursday in an 8-0 win over the Mobile BayBears. It was the first no-hitter in Biscuits history and the first nine-inning no-no for a Rays farmhand since 2002.  Moore struck out 11 and walked two in the 106-pitch outing.  He…

  17. Ozzie downgrades Twins from piranhas to sardines

    Jun 17, 2011, 2:28 AM EDT

    Follow @BHARKS Back in 2006, Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said the Minnesota Twins were “piranhas.” He meant it as a compliment, as in “man those Twins are feisty. They’re small and don’t look so threatening, but they will swarm and take you down!” Or something like that. Now, in the year 2011, Ozzie…

  18. Clay Buchholz makes early exit from start due to stiff back

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

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    Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal passes along word that right-hander Clay Buchholz had to be pulled prematurely from his Thursday evening start against the Rays due to back stiffness. Buchholz surrendered just two hits and one earned run over five innings before exiting and had thrown only 81 pitches. He’s been bothered by this…

  19. Jake Peavy fans nine batters in scoreless rehab outing

    Jun 16, 2011, 9:50 PM EDT

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    Our eyes were glued to the Charlotte Knights’ Twitter feed this evening for updates on Jake Peavy‘s rehab start, his first since landing on the disabled list in early June with a groin strain. Peavy just finished up, and it was a beauty. The right-hander struck out nine batters over six scoreless innings, allowing just…

  20. Braves scratch Tommy Hanson, calling up Randall Delgado

    Jun 16, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

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    From Mark Bowman of MLB.com comes word that the Braves have scratched right-hander Tommy Hanson from his scheduled Friday start against the Rangers due to shoulder tendinitis. Hanson, 24, has enjoyed a dominant start to the 2011 season, sporting a 2.48 ERA and 89 strikeouts through his first 83 1/3 innings. The Braves are going…

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