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  1. The Reds have a decision to make on Aroldis Chapman

    Jun 20, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    As John Fay reports, Arolids Chapman’s rehab time is up on Tuesday, and at that point the Reds have to decide if they’re going to call him back to Cincy or option him to the minors. It had been shaping up to be an easy decision until Saturday — keep the man down — but…

  2. Albert Pujols out 4-6 weeks with fractured forearm/wrist

    Jun 20, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

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    At the time it looked much worse than the initial diagnosis of a sprain and sure enough the Cardinals have announced that Albert Pujols will be out for 4-6 weeks after further examination revealed a “non-displaced fracture” in his left forearm, near his wrist. Losing him for at least a month is obviously a huge…

  3. Report: Major League Baseball rejects the Dodgers-Fox deal

    Jun 20, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    UPDATE: Now it’s official, with Shaikin and everyone else reporting that Major League Baseball has, in fact, rejected the Dodgers-Fox deal and that Frank McCourt has, in fact, been notified of it. So now it’s go-time. 1:06 PM: Um, OK, Bill Shaikin reports that MLB has not notified McCourt of any decision on Fox deal. Shaikin…

  4. American League dominating interleague play … again

    Jun 20, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    After the first set of interleague series it looked like the American League’s dominance over the National League might finally be coming to an end, but the AL went 29-13 over the weekend and is now 47-34 overall against the NL the season. That works out to a .580 winning percentage, which is a 94-68…

  5. Here’s an idea: Barry Zito for Alfonso Soriano

    Jun 20, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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    No, this isnt’ a rumor or even a rumbling. It’s the wholesale invention — and a creative one — by Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News: the Giants and the Cubs trade Barry Zito for Alfonso Soriano. The rationale: the Cubs pitching stinks and the Giants offense needs help, and since both guys are…

  6. Michael Bourn on ejection: “I just didn’t understand and then he threw me out of the game”

    Jun 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Michael Bourn was ejected from yesterday’s game after being called out on strikes by umpire Jeff Nelson, but afterward the Astros center fielder told Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle that he didn’t understand why he got the boot: I don’t argue too many calls. I was just asking, “Where was it?” I didn’t cuss…

  7. Jack McKeon accepts the Marlins’ job. So: how old is Jack McKeon?

    Jun 20, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

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    It’s official: Jack McKeon has accepted the job as Marlins’ interim manager. As I said this morning, the McKeon-is-old jokes will grow tired soon. I think the “let’s put Jack McKeon’s age in perspective thing” has some legs, however. Not mocking his age, mind you, just noting his experience in the game and how having…

  8. Blue Jays GM is “livid” about reports of pre-draft deal with first-round pick Tyler Beede

    Jun 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Alex Anthopoulos

    Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is furious about reports and speculation claiming the Blue Jays made a pre-draft deal with first-round pick Tyler Beede, calling them “ridiculous” and “a joke.” Last week Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus noted “lots of industry rumors that the Blue Jays had a pre-draft deal done with first-round pick…

  9. MLB is taking a second look at Jim Crane

    Jun 20, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    This probably won’t complicate the sale of the Astros, but Phil Rogers reports that, in the wake of Maury Brown’s Forbes report about the skeletons in Jim Crane’s closet, the league is taking a closer look at his background. Rogers says that Crane had already been vetted — which makes sense, given how long he’s…

  10. David Wright “felt good” after taking grounders on his knees

    Jun 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    David Wright hasn’t been cleared for full baseball activities as he recovers from a lower back stress fracture, but he fielded ground balls from his knees yesterday and made about 20 throws, telling Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York afterward that he “felt good.” Mazzeo reports that Wright will spend today riding an exercise bike…

  11. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jun 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez watches his triple against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fourth inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    I sort of don’t feel like doing little state-of-the-team factoids this week. They are who we thought they were for the most part. There’s an argument for making the Marlins last, but I almost feel sorry for them. There’s an argument to make the Twins even higher, but I’m not sure who to drop below…

  12. Jason Kendall to begin rehab assignment in rookie ball

    Jun 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Jason Kendall‘s comeback from September shoulder surgery will progress to a rehab assignment in rookie-ball today, according to Dick Kaegel of MLB.com. Kendall, who has been sidelined for 10 months and turns 37 years old next week, will see his first game action since August 30 of last season against teenagers in the Arizona League.…

  13. Suspect in Bryan Stow beating faces a hearing today

    Jun 20, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    Giovanni Ramirez, a suspect in the Bryan Stow beating at Dodger Stadium, still has not been charged in that case. And today he faces a hearing in which he could go free if it’s not found that he has violated his parole. If that happens he could be re-arrested again with specific connection to the…

  14. Alex Rodriguez has a messed up shoulder

    Jun 20, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Wallace Mathews of ESPN New York reports that Alex Rodriguez has a shoulder strain that has been hampering his power for a couple of weeks. Joe Girardi and Rodriguez are downplaying it, but his shoulder has been wrapped heavily before and after games, Matthews reports. It hasn’t hampered his timing or anything — he had…

  15. Paralyzed outfielder Johnathan Taylor won’t sign with Rangers

    Jun 20, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

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    No deal will come of the Rangers’ move to draft paralyzed University of Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor in the 33rd-round in the MLB draft earlier this month.  Instead, Taylor, who was injured in an outfield collision with teammate and now fellow Rangers draftee Zach Cone on March 6, will remain part of the baseball program at…

  16. Olney: Jack McKeon to manage the Marlins

    Jun 20, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Jack McKeon

    It was only rumored yesterday, but last night Buster Olney reported that, yep, 80-year-old Jack McKeon is going to take over the Marlins as interim manager. It’s fun to put McKeon’s age and experience into perspective with little factoids such as “McKeon’s first game as a Major League manager happened over three months before I…

  17. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jun 20, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Edwin Rodriguez, Jeffrey Loria

    I think I need the weekend wrap more than you guys do at this point.

  18. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 20, 2011, 5:38 AM EDT

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    I’m not going to lie to you: there’s a lot more information about bourbon in today’s recap than there is about baseball. So, you know, be warned.

  19. Albert Pujols to undergo more tests on sprained left wrist

    Jun 19, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Greg Hauck, Albert Pujols

    8:00 p.m. EDT: The Cardinals don’t intend to immediately place Pujols on the disabled list with the sprained left wrist and shoulder injury he suffered Sunday.  Pujols said he isn’t yet certain how serious the problems are. “To be honest, I can’t give you guys too much until the X-rays and an MRI  tomorrow,” he…

  20. Phil Hughes strikes out seven in first rehab start

    Jun 19, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Phil Hughes, who has been on the disabled list for two months with shoulder inflammation, allowed one run in 4 1/3innings and fanned seven Sunday for short-season Single-A Staten Island in his first rehab start. According to ESPNNewYork.com, Hughes was consistently at 92-93 mph with his fastball and touched 95 mph in the outing, which is great…

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