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  1. Bill Hall drawing interest from Nationals and Orioles

    Jun 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bill Hall

    Released by the Astros earlier this week, Bill Hall is drawing interest from the Nationals and Orioles, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Rosenthal also notes that the Yankees pursued Hall during the offseason and could be interested in the veteran utility man again now. Hall was released by the Astros two months into a…

  2. Some notable numbers from Japan: Pacific League stats

    Jun 10, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    Now a look through the Pacific League stats. It’s all about the pitching there right now: in a six-team league, there are 12 starters with sub-2.00 ERAs. Here was the Central League rundown, if you missed it. First the bats: Aarom Baldiris: .231/.329/.331, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 1 SB in 121 AB Dee Brown: .161/.188/.194,…

  3. Firing Bob Geren is not gonna solve the A’s problems

    Jun 10, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Lew Wolff

    If you believe what we’ve been hearing about the Atheltics’ clubhouse issues — and I tend to believe it — Bob Geren had to go. He had lost his team, assuming he ever had ‘em, and it was time for a change. The second pass at all of that — that it wasn’t Bob Geren…

  4. How not to solve the Astros’ problems

    Jun 10, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Biggio Bagwell

    Richard Justice has a story today in which he asks Lance Berkman about how the Astros should go about rebuilding when the new ownership group comes on board. I can’t say I disagree with most of what Berkman says. Sure, he’s a little too kind to the Astros’ current rotation, but it’s not like he’s…

  5. Is draft nepotism really a big deal?

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    I hate nepotism. I’d probably still hate nepotism even if I ever had a relative who could do me a favor, which I didn’t (damn). I’d probably still hate nepotism even if my first job in the law hadn’t been working for a guy who hired his son a couple of years later and treated him…

  6. David Ortiz and Josh Beckett blame the media for plunkings

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Here was David Ortiz after last night’s game, in which he was plunked: “I just want to thank [the media]. Not all of you, but some of you, for the stat today about be not being hit. I finally got hit. I hope you [expletive] are happy.” Then Josh Beckett: “I’m still trying to figure…

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

    Jun 10, 2011, 6:29 AM EDT

    Geovany Sot

    Sorry it’s coming a bit late this morning. Your author was under the weather last night and decided that rather than stay up watching baseball and reading box scores that an early bedtime was in order. Anyway: Cubs 4, Phillies 3: Ryan Madson had been gold in save situations, but came up pyrite last night: Geovany…

  8. More than just a sweep for surging BoSox

    Jun 10, 2011, 3:52 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    The Yankees finally retaliated. Following two more plunkings tonight, CC Sabathia had decided enough was enough.  Josh Beckett hit Derek Jeter in the elbow in the top of the first and Alex Rodriguez in the hip in the in the fourth. After A-Rod limped to first, Sabathia, working with the Yankees up 2-0, picked his target, hitting…

  9. A-Rod invests in coconut water brand, but endorses another

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:32 PM EDT

    a-rod coconut water

    Darren Rovell does great work at CNBC covering a range of sports business topics and also runs one of the most interesting Twitter feeds around. He’s been talking for several weeks about a rising product called “coconut water,” which is quickly gaining big-time investors and big-time pitch men from the sports world. Yankees third baseman…

  10. Cameron Maybin could return from the disabled list Monday

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

    maybin smile

    The Padres promoted first base prospect Anthony Rizzo from Triple-A Tucson on Thursday. On Monday, they could be adding a more familiar face. From MLB.com’s Corey Brock comes word that center fielder Cameron Maybin has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment and may be cleared to return to the major leagues as…

  11. Phil Hughes cleared to begin rehab assignment Tuesday

    Jun 9, 2011, 9:29 PM EDT

    hughes wide reuters

    Matt Fortuna of MLB.com passes along notice that Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment and will make his first appearance Tuesday with the Yankees’ affiliate in the Gulf Coast League. Hughes threw 30 pitches Thursday in a simulated game down in Tampa, Florida and was able to…

  12. Marlins ink former All-Star Jose Lopez to minor league deal

    Jun 9, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

    jose lopez

    According to the New Orleans Zephyrs’ official Twitter feed, the Marlins reached agreement on a minor league contract Thursday morning with infielder Jose Lopez and assigned him to Triple-A. Lopez was cut loose by the Rockies earlier this week after batting just .208/.233/.288 with two home runs and six total extra-base hits in 129 plate…

  13. Royals call up former No. 2 overall pick Mike Moustakas

    Jun 9, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

    Mike Moustakas

    Figuring they’ve had so much luck with Eric Hosmer, the Royals have decided to try another top prospect, calling up Mike Moustakas after Thursday’s game. There are a couple of differences here, though. With a .287/.347/.498 line, 10 homers and 44 RBI, Moustakas wasn’t tearing up PCL competition quite like Hosmer did before his promotion.…

  14. Padres officially promote Anthony Rizzo to the major leagues

    Jun 9, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

    rizzo ap

    As expected, the Padres have promoted top prospect Anthony Rizzo from Triple-A Tucson and written his name into the starting lineup for Thursday night’s game against the Nationals. Rizzo is batting seventh in his major league debut. The 21-year-old first baseman forced his way to the majors at a far quicker pace than expected by…

  15. No Soriano, Joba means bullpen help a must for Yanks

    Jun 9, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Who will bridge the gap to Mo?

    Now without both Joe Girardi’s designated seventh- and eighth-inning guys, the Yankees are going to be scrambling for setup help over the next two months. The news today that Joba Chamberlain would likely need Tommy John surgery, coming on the heels of Rafael Soriano getting shut down for at least a month, leaves the Yankees…

  16. Dustin Pedroia diagnosed with bruise, likely to play Friday

    Jun 9, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia

    Comcast SportsNet New England’s Sean McAdam reports that Dustin Pedroia has only a bruised kneecap and is likely to play in Friday’s game for the Red Sox. Pedroia was sent back to Boston after Wednesday’s game for an examination, and it was reported that he might need surgery that could sideline him for a month.…

  17. In 0-for-23 slump, Jason Bay takes a seat

    Jun 9, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Jason Bay

    Just when it seemed like things couldn’t get any worse for Jason Bay in New York, he’s gone 0-for-20 without an RBI in six games this month. Hitless in 23 at-bats overall, he’s now down to .207/.307/.279 in 140 at-bats for the season. Because Bay missed the first three weeks of the season with a strained oblique, he’s…

  18. Pirates’ starting catcher Chris Snyder to have back surgery

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    chris-snyder-pirates-spring

    UPDATE: Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Snyder needs surgery and may be lost for the season. ========== Coming into the season the Pirates had so much catching depth that they were desperately trying to trade Ryan Doumit rather than use him as a part-time outfielder, but now Doumit is on the…

  19. Logan Morrison is not happy with the Marlins’ firing of hitting coach John Mallee

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    mallee pose

    Yesterday the Marlins fired hitting coach John Mallee.  Today Logan Morrison made it clear that he — and possibly others on the team — were not at all happy with the move. “They felt Mallee had to go. I don’t feel that way. He’s there from day one. He got me to the big leagues.…

  20. Dodgers option rookie Jerry Sands back to Triple-A

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    jerry-sands-dodgers-grand-slam

    Los Angeles showed patience with Jerry Sands by sticking with the rookie despite a very slow start and he rebounded with a solid May, but after beginning this month in a 1-for-17 slump the Dodgers have demoted him back to Triple-A. Sands’ overall numbers aren’t pretty, as he hit just .200 with two homers and…

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