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  1. Ike Davis making progress in rehab from ankle injury

    Jul 9, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Ike Davis is still facing the prospect of season-ending microfracture surgery on his ankle, but his rehab has at least taken a turn for the better over the past couple of days. Mets manager Terry Collins told Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger yesterday that Davis was able to test his ankle Thursday and Friday…

  2. Cole Hamels will probably think twice before fishing on Roy Oswalt’s property again

    Jul 9, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Philadelphia Phillies

    Cole Hamels has allowed four runs across 20 innings over his last three starts, lowering his ERA from 2.51 to 2.40 for the year. The unlikely secret to his recent success? Poison oak. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Hamels contracted poison oak on both of his legs while fishing on teammate Roy Oswalt‘s property…

  3. Derek Jeter’s 3,000 hits: breaking down the hits

    Jul 9, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter, John Jaso

    Some facts and figures on Jeter’s now 3,000 hits: – Jeter has played in 2,362 major league games.  He’s collected five hits in two of them.  Here’s the breakdown: Five hits: 2 Four hits: 35 Three hits: 217 Two hits: 628 One hit: 943 Zero hits: 537 – 2,972 of his hits have come as a shortstop.…

  4. Alex Rodriguez could need in-season surgery for slight meniscus tear in knee

    Jul 9, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    According to Chad Jennings of the Journal News, Alex Rodriguez was diagnosed with a slight meniscus tear in his ailing right knee. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said a decision will be made today whether A-Rod will continue to play through the pain or undergo in-season surgery, which much like fellow veteran third baseman Chipper Jones,…

  5. Carlos Gonzalez feels continued pain in wrist

    Jul 9, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Washington Nationals

    Uh-oh. While Carlos Gonzalez returned to the Rockies’ starting lineup last night after missing four straight games with a right wrist contusion, he told Troy Renck of the Denver Post after the game that he felt increased pain as the night wore on. “In batting practice, you don’t have to swing 100 percent,’’ said Gonzalez.…

  6. Carlos Beltran hints he would waive no-trade clause to accept deal to Giants

    Jul 9, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    New York Mets v San Francisco Giants

    Well, sort of. That’s the big headline you’ll see in the San Jose Mercury News today. And while it’s technically accurate, it’s not much different from what Carlos Beltran has said all along. Here were his comments before the last night’s game. “I made it clear to the (Mets) organization: The only way I’ll accept a…

  7. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jul 9, 2011, 8:35 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The Pirates stayed within a game of the first-place Brewers last night with a thrilling 7-4 win over the Cubs. They took the lead on a go-ahead three-run homer by catcher Michael McKenry off Carlos Marmol in the bottom of the eighth inning. And if McKenry’s name doesn’t ring a bell, don’t feel too bad.…

  8. Kevin Gregg is fired up (and maybe a bit of an idiot)

    Jul 9, 2011, 1:48 AM EDT

    Kevin Gregg, David Ortiz, Marco Scutaro, Derrek Lee

    So, Kevin Gregg, who couldn’t hit David Ortiz with a pitch Friday no matter how hard he tried, took to the offensive after the game. Gregg pretty much admitted he was trying to send the Red Sox a message with the inside fastballs to Ortiz in the eighth inning tonight.  It was obvious he was…

  9. Mike Trout goes hitless in debut, but Angels beat Mariners

    Jul 9, 2011, 1:01 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    On the strength of four solo homers, the last a walkoff shot from Mark Trumbo off David Pauley, the Angels beat the Mariners 4-3 on Friday night. Top prospect Mike Trout, hitting ninth in his major league debut, went 0-for-3. The Angels got homers from Erick Aybar, Vernon Wells and Hank Conger before Trumbo ended…

  10. Kevin Youkilis, Jhonny Peralta named to AL All-Star team

    Jul 9, 2011, 12:35 AM EDT

    Jhonny Peralta

    The replacements for Alex Rodriguez (knee) and Derek Jeter (calf) are in, and they are the expected names.  Kevin Youkilis and Jhonny Peralta will take the open spots at third base and shortstop on the AL squad. Adrian Beltre and Asdrubal Cabrera will replace Rodriguez and Jeter in the starting lineup. Youkilis leads all major league…

  11. Fan hit by Josh Hamilton’s foul ball requires stitches

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:32 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Because any sort of fancy lede here would only stand to trivialize last night’s tragedy… Josh Hamilton ripped a foul ball into the stands Friday night in the game against the A’s that struck a male fan sitting about five rows behind the third-base dugout, leaving the man bleeding from the face.  Stadium personnel immediately…

  12. Report: Dodgers fire hopeful owner Steve Garvey

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:21 PM EDT

    Steve Garvey

    Stunning, isn’t it, that lobbying to buy your boss’s business that he has no interest in selling might undermine your job security? Steve Garvey had been affiliated with the Dodgers for about 30 of the last 40 years, but he’s out on his own now after being let go by Frank McCourt, The Associated Press…

  13. Josh Hamilton goes 1-for-5 as Rangers beat A’s

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:03 PM EDT

    Jackie Moore, Johnny Narron, Josh Hamilton, Jamie Reed

    Playing with black armbands and heavy hearts, the Rangers roughed up All-Star left-hander Gio Gonzalez and beat the A’s 8-5 on Friday night. The Rangers started this one in torrid fashion, going deep three times in the first and second innings off a pitcher who had surrendered just six homers in 109 innings for the season.  Mike…

  14. David Ortiz charges mound as Red Sox-Orioles turns to brawl

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:09 PM EDT

    David Ortiz, Kevin Gregg

    David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg sparked a benches-clearing brawl Friday night with the Red Sox spanking the Orioles for the second night in a row. The Orioles called on their seldom-used closer down 9-3 in the bottom of the eighth.  After giving up a walk and an RBI triple to Josh Reddick, Gregg threw three…

  15. It might be Kevin Millwood time in Boston

    Jul 8, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT

    Kevin Millwood

    The early reports are encouraging on Josh Beckett’s hyperextended left knee, but what if Boston is forced to place him on the disabled list alongside Jon Lester (lat), Clay Buchholz (back) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow)? Such a move could leave the Red Sox with a rotation of John Lackey, Tim Wakefield, Andrew Miller, Kyle Weiland…

  16. Placido Polanco diagnosed with bulging disc in back

    Jul 8, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v St. Louis Cardinals

    The Phillies were dealt another blow on the injury front before tonight’s game, as Placido Polanco confirmed that he was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his back. Polanco has begun taking an anti-inflammatory medication, but if the pills don’t help ease the discomfort in his back, he will be treated with an anti-inflammatory injection.…

  17. Josh Beckett exits with hyperextended left knee

    Jul 8, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    9:20 p.m. EDT: Beckett was removed with the Red Sox are calling a mildly hyperextended left knee.  The team said it was a precaution and that he’s listed as day-to-day. Common sense would dictate that he’ll be scratched from the All-Star Game, even though it looks like he’ll be ready to pitch after the break.…

  18. John Lannan diagnosed with nasal contusion after being hit with comebacker

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:27 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Washington Nationals - Game Two

    UPDATE: Encouraging news from the Nats’ clubhouse. The Nationals just announced that Lannan is day-to-day with a nasal contusion. 8:27 PM: You never like to see this. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that Nationals left-hander John Lannan exited tonight’s start against the Rockies in the top of the fourth inning after he was…

  19. Heyman: Andre Ethier has Boston on his mind

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:07 PM EDT

    Andre Ethier, Chris Iannetta

    It’s something of an old rumor, but SI.com’s Jon Heyman has stirred it back up again, saying Andre Ethier is frustrated with the Dodgers and has hopes of joining the Red Sox at some point in his career. According to Heyman, “many people connected to the Dodgers say that Ethier is more dismayed by the…

  20. Report: Cubs not willing to deal Sean Marshall

    Jul 8, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Buster Olney of ESPN.com is hearing that the Cubs are telling teams that they have no interest in including reliever Sean Marshall in a trade. While he has been a starter in the past, the 28-year-old Marshall has quietly emerged as one of the top left-handed set-up men in the game, posting an outstanding 2.52…

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