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  1. Tommy Hanson fans career-high 14 as Braves top Astros

    Jun 12, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    The Braves have never given Tommy Hanson a whole lot of help since he debuted two years, but he’s consistently gotten just enough this year.  On Sunday, he improved to 8-4 by striking out a career-high 14 in the Braves’ 4-1 victory over the Astros. Hanson pitched seven innings and allowed one run on three hits. …

  2. Yankees win third in a row by routing Indians

    Jun 12, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana, Curtis Granderson

    There were no fireworks today. After Friday’s benches-clearing incident and Saturday’s ejection of Mitch Talbot following an Alex Rodriguez plunking, the Indians and Yankees played a calm one Sunday that again sent the Yankee faithful home happy. The Bombers broke open a 1-0 game in the fifth, scoring five times on their way to a…

  3. Red Sox trounce Blue Jays again, win ninth straight game

    Jun 12, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz

    A day after scoring 16 times, the Red Sox settled for 14 runs in this one while beating the Blue Jays for their third straight series sweep.  With nine straight victories, they’ve put together the longest winning streak for a major league team this season, overtaking the Indians’ streak from back in April. What’s really…

  4. Liriano’s attempt at another no-hitter broken up in eighth

    Jun 12, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Minnesota Twins

    Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano has thrown a no-hitter through seven innings this afternoon against the Rangers, who currently sit atop the American League West standings and boast one of the highest run totals in all of baseball. The only baserunner he has allowed came via an error by third baseman Luke Hughes in the seventh.…

  5. Twins could activate Joe Mauer from disabled list Thursday

    Jun 12, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    Twins Mariners Baseball

    Some things are finally starting to go right for the Twins. They’ve won eight of their last 10 games and even managed a decisive 8-1 victory over the AL West-leading Rangers on Saturday at Target Field. They’re also starting to get healthier. From John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press comes word that catcher…

  6. Barry Zito pitching well through two minor league rehab starts

    Jun 12, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

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    Giants left-hander Barry Zito allowed just two hits and one run over 6 2/3 innings last Monday in his first rehab start at Single-A San Jose. He struck out six batters and did not issue a walk while reporting no discomfort in his once-sprained right foot. Zito was back at it again on Saturday at…

  7. Bartolo Colon lands on 15-day DL with strained left hamstring

    Jun 12, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    colon dl getty

    As expected, the Yankees placed starter Bartolo Colon on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained left hamstring. The official news comes via Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal. Colon suffered the injury in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 6-0 defeat of the Indians. He allowed only two hits over 6 2/3 frames…

  8. Rangers place Mike Napoli on disabled list with oblique strain

    Jun 12, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

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    Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram passes along notice that the Rangers have placed catcher Mike Napoli on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique muscle and recalled Taylor Teagarden from Triple-A Round Rock. Napoli is likely to miss at least three weeks and could be out for as long as a month.…

  9. Moustakas, Rizzo hit first big league homers on same day

    Jun 12, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Saturday had a celebratory feel for two of baseball’s most prominent young prospects. Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, who was promoted from Triple-A Omaha Friday, launched his first career major league home run Saturday against the Angels. He’s 2-for-6 with two walks and two runs scored since meeting up with Kansas City. Padres first baseman…

  10. Mark Ellis to return soon, but might have lost starting job

    Jun 12, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

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    A’s second baseman Mark Ellis told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle this weekend that he expects to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on June 22, the first day he’s eligible. Ellis was shut down just five days ago with a sore right hamstring, but he ran at about 75 percent effort…

  11. LAPD finds Andre Ethier jersey carrying blood of Bryan Stow

    Jun 12, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

    Antonio Villariagosa, Charlie Beck

    From Patrick Healy of NBC Los Angeles comes a major update in the still unsolved Opening Day beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow: A blood-stained jersey dropped off at a cleaning establishment may be linked to the severe beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow, NBC LA has learned. The jersey triggered suspicion at the cleaners,…

  12. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jun 12, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    Drew Sutton, Dustin Pedroia, Jed Lowrie

    Since having his knee scoped in Boston on Thursday morning for possible structural damage, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is 6-for-9 with two doubles, two walks, four RBI and three runs scored. He helped the first-place Sawx to a 16-4 rout of the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon. Your Saturday box scores: Indians 0,…

  13. Former hitting coach Howard Johnson says benching Jason Bay is “ridiculous”

    Jun 11, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

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    Jason Bay was back in the starting lineup tonight against the Pirates following a brief two-game absence. In fact, he snapped his career-worst 0-for-24 hitless streak with a bloop single in the fourth inning. But former Mets hitting coach Howard Johnson told the New York Post that the struggling outfielder shouldn’t have been benched in…

  14. Jim Riggleman got creative (or desperate) with his lineup tonight

    Jun 11, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

    Jim Riggleman

    Actually, this isn’t a one or the other situation. Jim Riggleman’s lineup tonight is both creative and desperate. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Jason Werth was moved to the leadoff spot for tonight’s game against the Padres. Oh, but that’s not all. They also have the pitcher John Lannan batting eighth and…

  15. Casey Blake out of Dodgers’ lineup Saturday with neck pain

    Jun 11, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT

    Casey Blake

    Get one player back, lose another. It’s part of the drill with the Dodgers this season. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Casey Blake is out of tonight’s lineup against the Rockies due to neck pain. While Dodgers manager Don Mattingly called him day-to-day and no tests are scheduled for now, Blake…

  16. Matt Kemp is back in the Dodgers’ starting lineup tonight

    Jun 11, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    The Dodgers will attempt to snap a three-game losing streak later tonight against the Rockies. And fortunately for them, they have one of the hottest hitters in baseball back in their lineup. Matt Kemp, who was held out of the lineup yesterday due to tightness in his left hamstring, is back in center field for…

  17. Red Sox score 16 in Toronto to win eighth straight

    Jun 11, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    Jason Varitek, David Ortiz

    The Red Sox steamroller looked nearly unstoppable Saturday.  In their 16-4 drubbing of the Blue Jays, they… – Tied the Phillies for the best record in baseball at 38-26. – Torched Brandon Morrow for a career-high nine runs allowed in 4 1/3 innings.  He had never allowed more than seven runs in an outing.  Morrow…

  18. Tsuyoshi Nishioka on track to return to Twins next week

    Jun 11, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    nishioka getty throws

    From LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune comes word that Tsuyoshi Nishioka has been promoted to Triple-A Rochester to continue his minor league rehab assignment. Nishioka went 4-for-12 with a stolen base in four games this past week at High-A Fort Myers. He’s expected to play three games for Rochester before returning to…

  19. Daisuke Matsuzaka underwent Tommy John surgery Friday

    Jun 11, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    dice-k wider

    The deed is done. According to Allan Ryan of ESPN Boston, Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery Friday in L.A. The procedure was performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum and was deemed a success, though just about every surgery is deemed successful one day after. Red Sox manager Terry Francona provided…

  20. Bartolo Colon exits shutout bid with strained hamstring

    Jun 11, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon, Gene Monahan

    5:10 p.m. EDT: GM Brian Cashman admitted that it looks like a DL situation for Colon.  Newsday’s Ken Davidoff indicated that Chris Dickerson would likely be called up to take Colon’s roster spot on Sunday. The Yankees can decide on his rotation replacement later. 3:30 p.m. EDT: The Yankees confirmed that Colon suffered a strained…

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