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  1. 2011 MLB Draft – picks 16-20: Dodgers reach for left-hander Chris Reed at No. 16

    Jun 6, 2011, 8:41 PM EDT

    Chris Reed - Stanford

    Dodgers selected Stanford left-hander Chris Reed with the 16th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Reed has served as Stanford’s closer this season but will get a chance to start in the Dodgers organization. He’s a solid left-hander with three good pitches, but it’s fairly clear the Dodgers opted for signability here as opposed to…

  2. 2011 MLB Draft – picks 11-15: Astros grab George Springer at No. 11

    Jun 6, 2011, 8:13 PM EDT

    George Springer - UConn

    Astros picked Connecticut outfielder George Springer with the 11th selection. Springer was expected to go right around here after hitting .350/.458/.628 with 12 homers for the Huskies this season, but it’s something of a surprise to see him land with Houston. While he’ll play center initially, he may need to move to an outfield corner…

  3. 2011 MLB Draft – picks 6-10: Anthony Rendon slips to Nationals at No. 6

    Jun 6, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT

    Anthony Rendon - Rice

    Nationals picked Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon sixth in the draft. Rendon didn’t slip too far after all. There are concerns that he might need shoulder surgery and he’s battled ankle injuries, but he had the most polished bat in the draft. He’s an interesting fit with the Nationals, who already have Ryan Zimmerman at…

  4. Jake Peavy diagnosed with mild groin strain

    Jun 6, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    Craig told us earlier today that Jake Peavy was likely headed for the disabled list with strained right groin. That still might happen, but the White Sox are in a bit of a holding pattern following an MRI earlier today. According to Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com, the White Sox will evaluate Peavy on a day-to-day…

  5. 2011 MLB Draft – picks 2-5: Mariners take Danny Hultzen second

    Jun 6, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT

    Dylan Bundy - Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year

    The Mariners picked Virginia left-hander Danny Hultzen with the second choice in the draft. A surprise already. The Mariners had long been thought to be the destination for the top college hitter, Anthony Rendon. However, concerns about Rendon’s shoulder may have soured the team on him. Hultzen has a low-90s fastball, a plus changeup and…

  6. Pirates make UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole first pick in the draft

    Jun 6, 2011, 7:13 PM EDT

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    As expected, the Pirates made UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole the first overall selection in the 2011 draft. Cole was selected 28th overall by the Yankees out of high school three years ago, but he opted to go to UCLA rather than sign. Armed with a high-90s fastball, he was widely regarded as the top upside…

  7. Brad Hawpe is starting in right field tonight

    Jun 6, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

    Eric Patterson, Brad Hawpe

    Marty Caswell of XX1090 in San Diego tells us that Brad Hawpe will make his first start of the season in right field tonight against the Rockies while Jorge Cantu plays first base. Why does this matter? Well, it could mean that prospect first baseman Anthony Rizzo is a lot closer to the big leagues…

  8. There’s hope for the rest of us: Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz still together

    Jun 6, 2011, 6:43 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz

    Our long national nightmare is over: Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz attended the MTV Movie Awards afterparty at L.A. SoHo House together last night. The New York Daily News reported last week that the pair had split, but if that was the case, it was apparently a very temporary arrangement. According to Us Weekly, A-Rod and…

  9. Dusty Baker isn’t looking to add youngsters to the mix

    Jun 6, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT

    dusty baker toothpick

    The Reds are getting a .216/.311/.371 line from their left fielders and a .231/.282/.265 line from their shortstops, but manager Dusty Baker doesn’t think it makes sense to bring up Yonder Alonso, Todd Frazier or Zack Cozart at the moment. “We chose this team for a reason,” Baker told the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay.  “That’s…

  10. A’s send Kevin Kouzmanoff to Triple-A, call up Scott Sizemore

    Jun 6, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

    Kevin Kouzmanoff Getty

    Last week, when the A’s acquired Scott Sizemore from the Tigers and optioned him to the minors, Matthew Pouliot speculated in this space that they’d turn to him at third base if Kevin Kouzmanoff continued to struggle. Matthew guessed it would take another couple weeks for Kouzmanoff to lose the job, but the A’s just…

  11. Dodgers call up Dee Gordon

    Jun 6, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    The last we heard from Dodgers’ shortstop prospect Dee Gordon, he was scoring from first base on a bunt.  That was pretty special. Also special: the Dodgers called him up this afternoon. Gordon, the son of Tom “Flash” Gordon and the Dodgers’ top prospect by most experts’ reckoning,  is as fast as they come. He…

  12. Rockies to put Dexter Fowler on DL, call up Charlie Blackmon

    Jun 6, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    No official move yet, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies will place center fielder Dexter Fowler on the disabled list with a sore abdomen and call up Charlie Blackmon from Triple-A. Blackmon may get a chance to replace Fowler in center field, but he’s played primarily right field this season…

  13. NL All-Star voting update: McCann passes Posey

    Jun 6, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Brian McCann

    Major League Baseball just released its latest results in the NL All-Star voting.  The most notable change: the injured Buster Posey is no longer leading at catcher, having been passed by Brian McCann.  Word on the street is that McCann tried to call Posey to apologize, but that Brian Sabean has taken out a contract…

  14. Lower back pain forces Hanley Ramirez to the disabled list

    Jun 6, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    As expected, the Marlins have placed Hanley Ramirez on the disabled list with ongoing lower back problems. Ramirez hasn’t played since May 29 and revealed that the back soreness is so bad that it kept him from being able to put on his shoes, calling it “the worst pain I’ve ever had in my life.”…

  15. UPDATE: New charges against Lenny Dykstra detailed

    Jun 6, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

    *Nov 24 - 00:05*

    UPDATE: The details are in: Dykstra is alleged to have fraudulently leased three high-end cars from a Southern California auto dealership. Then, when he was arrested for the car theft, police found cocaine, ecstasy and synthetic human growth hormone in his home. In other news, Lenny Dykstra had a home as recently as April. 1:03…

  16. Uh oh: Brett Anderson leaves A’s to have elbow examined

    Jun 6, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    brett-anderson-as

    Brett Anderson was on his way to a breakout sophomore campaign last year when elbow problems ended his season on June 5 and the 23-year-old southpaw’s elbow is barking again. Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Anderson has left the A’s on their East Coast road trip and is heading back…

  17. Brian Sabean called Scott Cousins and apologized

    Jun 6, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    We had statement after statement after statement about the Scott Cousins Buster Posey thing late last week and over the weekend, but maybe, just maybe, we’re reaching the end of the soap opera portion of this story: Giants manager Brian Sabean and Scott Cousins apparently made peace over the weekend. The Chronicle has learned that Sabean and…

  18. Wandy Rodriguez to return next Monday, with Jordan Lyles likely going back to minors

    Jun 6, 2011, 1:24 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    Wandy Rodriguez threw 60 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday and Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros now expect him to come off the disabled list when eligible next Monday. He’ll first have to avoid a setback with his elbow injury while making a rehab start Wednesday at Double-A, but Levine…

  19. Struggling to play through shoulder injury, Luke Scott gets cortisone injection

    Jun 6, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    Scott_Luke

    Luke Scott has remained in the Orioles’ lineup despite being diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder early last month, but he’s hitting just .151 in his last 17 games and Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Scott got a cortisone injection yesterday. According to Ghiroli he could be back in the lineup…

  20. Happy Draft Day! Here’s a depressing draft story for you!

    Jun 6, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    When I look back at old drafts, be it baseball, football, basketball, whatever, I am struck by the sheer number of names I have never heard before. Because, of course, professional sports is about attrition and so many of the guys who get selected never go on to anything big. I always wonder if any…

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