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  1. Brian Roberts “is starting to do some more physical things”

    Jun 15, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Brian Roberts has been out since mid-May with a concussion, but manager Buck Showalter said yesterday that “he’s starting to do some more physical things” in extended spring training. Arden Zwelling of MLB.com reports that Roberts “has been progressing through an upper-body exercise plan” without any problems, but “the team isn’t taking any chances with”…

  2. Holy crap, Adam Lind killed a baseball

    Jun 15, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    lind_adam

    I mentioned Adam Lind‘s walkoff, 11th inning homer from last night’s Jays-Orioles game in the recaps. But I just now saw the highlight. Mercy me, did he destroy that ball. He and Koji Uehara just seemed to silently tell one another. “Yep.” Matt Wieters hit one a mile too, but I think Lind’s went farther.…

  3. Josh Johnson’s return pushed back again as move to 60-day DL rules him out until second half

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    At this rate the Marlins will announce next week that Josh Johnson won’t be returning until 2015. Johnson was initially expected to miss just a couple weeks with shoulder inflammation when Florida placed him on the disabled list in mid-May, but manager Edwin Rodriguez admitted Monday that they were no longer expecting Johnson back before…

  4. Must-click link: Explaining Jose Bautista

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    We’ve seen several lazy passes at explaining the phenomenon that is the late-blooming Jose Bautista. Most of them — empty “gee-whiz” musings at best, veiled PED accusations at worst — start from the proposition that Bautista came from out of nowhere and started hitting home runs like some kind of freak. But Jose Bautista is…

  5. Benched again, Jason Bay says “that’s just the reality of it” and “I just work here”

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jason Bay

    Benched last night for the third time in six games Jason Bay offered up a very reasonable response when questioned afterward by reporters, noting that it’s tough to complain much about not being in the lineup when you’re hitting .207. I’m a realist. I’m not playing that well. That’s just the reality of it. Had…

  6. The Cubs are having a street fair outside Wrigley Field. Sort of.

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    The Cubs had intended to shut down Sheffield Avenue outside the ballpark for nine days — nine days! — to have a big street fair with bands and food and all kinds of hubub, beginning this weekend to coincide with the Yankees coming to town.  Due to local displeasure at the disruption of traffic and…

  7. Scott Kazmir got rocked by minor leaguers. Again.

    Jun 15, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Kazmir_Scott

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Or the time before that. Or the time before that.  But yeah, it happened again: Scott Kazmir gave up six runs on five hits in an inning and two-thirds, while walking three and hitting a batter. The competition: a Sacramento team which can’t have much of an…

  8. Ned Colletti: players use disabled list as “a couple weeks’ vacation”

    Jun 15, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti stands on the field before the MLB national league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles

    Ned Colletti was on KABC radio in Los Angeles yesterday, and seemed to question the legitimacy of some Dodgers’ players recent trips to the disabled list: “Sometimes you wonder what the thought process is too. The disabled list used to be some place a player never wanted to go. And now it might be a…

  9. Cole Hamels left last night’s game due to back tightness

    Jun 15, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    Things you don’t really see when you just read the box score (and when you’re not following Twitter because you’re planning your weekend getaway): Cole Hamels may have pitched brilliantly last night, but he also was taken out of the game in the eighth inning due to back tightness. A big deal? Probably not. Hamels…

  10. The Braves slicked down the infield to mess with Jose Reyes

    Jun 15, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Well, we don’t know for sure that they did that, but it seemed kind of obvious that the infield dirt was overly moist and muddy last night as the Mets-Braves game got underway. The reasonable inference: that they did it to slow down Jose Reyes, who said that he had never seen infield dirt that…

  11. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 15, 2011, 5:21 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Detroit Tigers

    Look, you can get your game recaps lots of places, but if you want them with both (a) juvenile sexual innuendo; and (b) F. Scott Fitzgerald references, you got no choice but to stick with your Uncle Craigy, see?

  12. Adam LaRoche to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery Thursday

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:39 PM EDT

    Adam LaRoche

    The verdict is in. According to Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com, Adam LaRoche will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery on Thursday. The decision to go ahead with surgery was made during a meeting with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, manager Jim Riggleman, trainer Lee Kuntz and team doctor Wiemi Douoguih prior to tonight’s game against the Cardinals. He…

  13. James Shields halts Boston’s nine-game winning streak

    Jun 14, 2011, 9:37 PM EDT

    James Shields

    After three straight series sweeps and 30 runs in their last two games, the Red Sox were shut down by the Rays’ James Shields on Tuesday, getting blanked for the sixth time this year in a 4-0 loss. For Shields, it was his third shutout already this season.  The Cardinals’ Jaime Garcia entered the day as the only…

  14. UPDATE: Justin Morneau placed on disabled list with wrist injury

    Jun 14, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    UPDATE: Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis reports that Justin Morneau has been placed on the disabled list. Twins general manager Bill Smith classified it as “a short-term thing,” but Morneau’s left wrist will be immobilized for the next 10 days. The Twins will not announce a corresponding roster move until tomorrow, but early…

  15. Breaking news: Orlando Cabrera breaks up Justin Verlander’s no-hit bid in eighth

    Jun 14, 2011, 9:11 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Detroit Tigers

    UPDATE: So much for that. Orlando Cabrera just broke up the no-hit bid with a clean single to center field with one out in the eighth. I have a feeling this won’t be the last time we track a no-hitter in progress for Verlander. 9:05 PM: We have a no-hit bid in progress tonight, as…

  16. Report: Yankees sign right-hander Brian Gordon for Thursday start

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

    Brian Gordon throwing

    Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that right-hander Brian Gordon has signed with the Yankees after opting out of his contract with the Phillies. But that’s not all. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer passes along word from Brookover that Gordon is expected to start Thursday against the Rangers. Brian Gordon? Who’s Brian Gordon? Glad…

  17. Jimmy Rollins issues some words of warning for Derek Jeter

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

    Jeter Rollins

    Derek Jeter is eligible to return from the disabled list as soon as June 29 against the Brewers. He’ll certainly make it his mission to be ready by then, but Jimmy Rollins tells Jayson Stark of ESPN.com that the calf injury could linger for the rest of the season. “The best advice I can give Derek…

  18. Jake Peavy set for minor league rehab start Thursday

    Jun 14, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    Jake Peavy tossed a light bullpen session earlier today, after which he was cleared to make a minor league rehab start Thursday with Triple-A Charlotte. He is slated to throw around six innings or 90 pitches. Peavy was placed on the disabled list last week with a right groin strain. If all goes well during…

  19. Adrian Gonzalez overtakes Mark Teixeira in AL All-Star balloting

    Jun 14, 2011, 6:24 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    Adrian Gonzalez, who has driven in a run during each game of Boston’s current nine-game winning streak, has overtaken Mark Teixeira in the AL All-Star balloting in the update announced Tuesday.  He has 2,027,537 votes to 1,774,024 for Teixeira. If Gonzalez can stay ahead of Teixeira, he might be the only non-Yankee infielder starting in…

  20. Derek Jeter goes on DL with calf strain

    Jun 14, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    jeter grimace

    6:00 p.m. EDT: After failing to talk his way out of the assignment, Jeter was placed on the disabled list by the Yankees, putting the chase for 3,000 hits on hold for at least 15 days.  Eduardo Nunez will take over as the team’s shortstop.  Ramiro Pena was called up to serve as a utilityman.…

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