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  1. Martin Prado day-to-day with left knee contusion

    Jun 8, 2011, 9:48 PM EDT

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    Braves outfielder Martin Prado was struck on the side of his left knee with a throw while attempting to steal second base on Tuesday night against the Marlins. He was still feeling it Wednesday. Prado plays hurt often and typically tries to talk his way into the Braves’ batting order no matter what’s ailing him.…

  2. Rangers place second baseman Ian Kinsler on paternity leave

    Jun 8, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

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    Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas has the goods. The Rangers placed Ian Kinsler on baseball’s new paternity leave list Wednesday evening after the second baseman and his wife welcomed their second child on Wednesday afternoon. The baby, given the name Jack Jamisson Kinsler, weighed in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces. Kinsler is expected to spend…

  3. Derek Lowe loses no-hitter in seventh against Marlins

    Jun 8, 2011, 8:50 PM EDT

    Derek Lowe

    8:50 p.m. EDT update: no no-no for Lowe.  Greg Dobbs singled off the glove of a diving Alex Gonzalez with one out in the seventh.  Even if Gonzalez had managed to grab it, he would have had a tough time throwing Dobbs out at on the play. With the no-hitter gone, it will be interesting…

  4. 50 years ago today: Braves become first team to hit four straight homers

    Jun 8, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    1961 Topps Hank Aaron

    June 8, 1961 Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock and Frank Thomas hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers for the Milwaukee Braves in the sixth inning of a game against the Reds.  It’s the first time in major league history that the feat has been pulled off, but the Braves go on to lose the game 10-8 anyway. The Reds were up…

  5. A’s calling up Graham Godfrey for Friday start vs. White Sox

    Jun 8, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

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    According to the great Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A’s will promote 26-year-old right-hander Graham Godfrey from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday to make his major league debut Friday night against the White Sox. A 34th-round pick of the Blue Jays back in 2006, Godfrey is far from a top prospect. But he…

  6. Rockies activate Aaron Cook from 60-day disabled list

    Jun 8, 2011, 7:43 PM EDT

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    As expected, the Rockies activated veteran right-hander Aaron Cook from the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday evening. Cook is making his 2011 debut on Wednesday night in San Diego after sitting out for over two months with a broken finger on his pitching hand. The 32-year-old hasn’t taken a major league mound since last September…

  7. Diamondbacks announcer Mark Grace arrested for DUI

    Jun 8, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

    Mark Grace mugshot

    Longtime Chicago Cubs first baseman and current Diamondbacks color guy Mark Grace was arrested in Scottsdale on Memorial Day, the Arizona Republic reports. The report says the 46-year-old Grace was stopped after 1 a.m. on May 30 while weaving within his lane.  Grace didn’t have his wallet or license with him at the time of…

  8. Evan Longoria out again Wednesday night with stomach bug

    Jun 8, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times passes along notice that third baseman Evan Longoria is out of the Rays’ starting lineup again on Wednesday night due to a flu-like illness. It’s the third straight game that he has been absent. The Rays went with Felipe Lopez at the hot corner Sunday and will go…

  9. Brett Lawrie out 3-4 weeks with fractured hand

    Jun 8, 2011, 7:04 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie spring training

    A bone scan turned up a non-displaced fracture in Brett Lawrie’s hand, and the Jays’ No. 1 prospect is expected to need the next 2-3 weeks off, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports. X-rays originally found no break in the area in which Lawrie was hit by a pitch last week while playing for Triple-A Las Vegas, but…

  10. Hey Jetes: Paul McCartney to play Yankee Stadium

    Jun 8, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

    Paul McCartney

    The Yankees announced Wednesday that Paul McCartney would play his first show at Yankee Stadium on July 15, with tickets going on sale Monday. McCartney previously played three shows at Citi Field in its inaugural year of 2009 and at Fenway Park the same year.  With The Beatles, he played at Shea Stadium to open a…

  11. The Astros drafted a paralyzed player, too: Buddy Lamothe

    Jun 8, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

    Buddy Lamothe

    Seven rounds after the Rangers picked Johnathan Taylor, the Astros made a symbolic choice of their own Wednesday, selecting Buddy Lamothe in the 40th round. Lamothe was a top reliever for San Jacinto Junior College, posting a 0.86 ERA and striking out 27 in 21 innings, before being paralyzed in an accident last month. His father…

  12. Matt Cain fans 11, goes distance to beat Nationals 3-1

    Jun 8, 2011, 6:27 PM EDT

    Matt Cain

    Making the most of the little support he’s receiving, Matt Cain moved to 5-0 when the Giants score at least three runs in beating the Nationals on Wednesday.  It was his first complete game of 2011 and the 13th of his career. Today marked the fifth time the Giants have scored exactly three runs through his…

  13. No Jorge Posada, Jarrod Saltalamacchia for Wednesday’s Red Sox-Yankees tilt

    Jun 8, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada and son

    Mark Teixeira will start Wednesday after leaving Tuesday’s game with a right knee contusion, but the Yankees and Red Sox will be missing key players tonight. Jorge Posada left the Yankees to be with his 11-year-old son as he undergoes surgery.  The Posada family is hoping that this ninth operation is the final surgery for Jorge III,…

  14. Rangers fire new hitting coach Thad Bosley despite scoring fourth-most runs in AL

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

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    Hired in November to replace Clint Hurdle as Texas’ hitting coach, Thad Bosley was fired today two months into the season despite the Rangers ranking fourth among AL teams in runs per game. Scott Coolbaugh will replace him, becoming the Rangers’ fourth hitting coach in less than three full seasons. After scoring 787 runs on…

  15. Top prospect Anthony Rizzo to be in Padres’ lineup Thursday

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT

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    Dan Hayes of the North County Times has confirmed the speculation about Anthony Rizzo’s impending arrival, citing a team source who says the stud first base prospect will be in the Padres’ lineup for tomorrow’s game against the Nationals. Rizzo was already in San Diego to have his injured thumb examined, but the Padres have…

  16. Report: Frank McCourt will meet the June 15th payroll

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    It’s been morbid fun watching Frank McCourt press to meet the Dodgers payroll, thereby holding off a takeover from Major League Baseball.  Last month we saw him mortgage his future a little bit.  The expectation this month was that he’d be sunk, given that Manny Ramirez is owed a big chunk of money in deferred…

  17. Padres activate catcher Nick Hundley from disabled list

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    Nick Hundley

    Out for the past month with a strained oblique muscle, Nick Hundley has been activated from the disabled list and will resume starting behind the plate for the Padres. Hundley hit .263 with three homers and a .758 OPS in 27 games prior to the injury, which is downright Ruthian compared to how Rob Johnson…

  18. Joba Chamberlain to the disabled list

    Jun 8, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    New York Yankees pitcher Chamberlain poses during media photo day at the team's spring training camp

    Before the season started, the Yankees were touted as having the best bullpen in the bigs. Then they lost Pedro Feliciano before he could even get going and then Rafael Soriano (a) pitched poorly; and (b) would up hurt.  And things keep getting worse in that department:  Joba Chamberlain has been sent to the disabled list…

  19. Former Giants, Pirates shortstop Jose Pagan dies at 76

    Jun 8, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Jose Pagan 1960 Topps

    Jose Pagan, a native of Puerto Rico who played 15 seasons with three major league clubs, passed away Wednesday at age 76.  No cause of death was initially announced. Pagan debuted with the San Francisco Giants in 1959 and finished 11th in the NL MVP balloting after hitting .259/.312/.359 with seven homers and 57 RBI…

  20. Cleveland’s big early lead in the AL Central is slipping away

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    choo getty

    Cleveland shocked everyone by going 18-8 in April and kept rolling through the first three weeks of May, giving the Indians an MLB-best 30-15 record as of May 23. That put them seven games ahead of the Tigers in the AL Central and double-digit games ahead of every other team in the division, but the…

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