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  1. Dee Gordon likely minors-bound when Rafael Furcal returns from disabled list Sunday

    Jul 2, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Rafael Furcal wrapped up his minor league rehab assignment last night with High-A Rancho Cucamonga and is slated to rejoin the Dodgers as soon as tomorrow. There’s nothing official yet, but Matt Stevens of the Los Angeles Times writes that all signs point to rookie shortstop Dee Gordon being sent back to Triple-A Albuquerque. “We’ll…

  2. Rangers give Dominican outfielder Nomar Mazara record-breaking signing bonus

    Jul 2, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

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    July 2 doesn’t get as much attention as July 31’s non-waiver trade deadline, but it’s still a pretty significant date in the baseball world. Today marks the first day of the international signing period. If you take a look at the signings today and over the next couple of weeks and months, you’ll notice that…

  3. Ever wonder how the Yankees would fare if they called Citi Field home?

    Jul 2, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Citi Field AP

    The answer? Not nearly as well, at least from a power perspective. This isn’t shocking information, given that Yankee Stadium obviously caters to power, particularly to right field, while Citi Field is more pitcher-friendly, but the Wall Street Journal crunched the actual numbers. With the help of HitTrackerOnline’s Greg Rybarczyk and the ESPN Stats and…

  4. Adrian Gonzalez expected to play right field again tonight

    Jul 2, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Philadelphia Phillies

    Following last night’s win over the Astros, Red Sox manager Terry Francona told the Boston Herald that he is leaning towards playing David Ortiz at first base tonight, which means Adrian Gonzalez will make another start in right field. “If he plays (tonight), we’re looking at 13, 14, 15 (plate appearances), and we’re in good…

  5. Brian Wilson destroyed a water cooler last night

    Jul 2, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    Brian Wilson water cooler AP

    The headline pretty much says it all. After blowing his second save in as many days last night against the Tigers, Brian Wilson took his frustrations to a water cooler in the dugout. The bearded closer was pulled with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. Jeremy Affeldt was able…

  6. MLB to look into A-Rod’s involvement in illegal celebrity poker game

    Jul 2, 2011, 9:08 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    According to the Associated Press, MLB plans to look into allegations that Alex Rodriguez participated in an illegal, high-stakes poker game that included such celebrities as Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. If you recall, Rodriguez was previously “warned” by the Yankees for playing in some underground poker games in Manhattan back in 2005, but these…

  7. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jul 2, 2011, 8:33 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Seattle Mariners

    How about a little appreciation for Jason Vargas? Granted, pitching against the Padres at Safeco Field isn’t exactly the toughest matchup in the world, but after his six-hit, complete-game shutout last night, he is now tied with James Shields for the American League lead with three shutouts. OK, so I’m mostly mentioning this so I…

  8. Rich Harden strikes out six and wins in season debut

    Jul 2, 2011, 1:24 AM EDT

    Wily Mo Pena, Rich Harden

    Baseball truly is a wonderful game. – Rich Harden, making his first start for the A’s since July 6, 2008, went six innings without walking a batter to defeat the Diamondbacks in his season debut.  It’s just the 10th time in 146 career starts that he’s pitched at least six innings and not walked a…

  9. Record Citi Field crowd watches Yankees beat Mets 5-1

    Jul 1, 2011, 10:33 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes, Jerry Layne

    The Yankees jumped out on top 3-0 in the first and held on from there to beat the Mets 5-1 in front of a record Citi Field crowd of 42,020 on Friday night. The Bombers got their first two runs off lefty Jon Niese before an out was recorded, as Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson…

  10. Jair Jurrjens hurls one-hitter for first career shutout

    Jul 1, 2011, 10:09 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    Atlanta’s Jair Jurrjens emphatically reclaimed the major league lead in ERA on Friday by throwing a one-hit shutout against the Orioles.  It was his first career shutout and second complete game. The performance lowered his ERA from 2.07 to 1.89.  Jered Weaver had held the major league lead with a 1.97 ERA. Jurrjens took a no-hitter…

  11. Brandon Webb scratched from rehab start due to shoulder discomfort

    Jul 1, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb rangers

    And now for the least surprising news you’ll hear all day. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Brandon Webb was scratched from his scheduled minor league rehab start this evening due to shoulder discomfort. Webb, who hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since Opening Day of the 2009 season, was scheduled to…

  12. Johan Santana resumes throwing off mound

    Jul 1, 2011, 8:26 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    Johan Santana‘s stopped throwing about one month ago after he experienced some soreness in his surgically-repaired shoulder, but his rehab took a step in the right direction earlier this week. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Johan Santana threw a bullpen session Wednesday at the team’s complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida. If…

  13. Jhoulys Chacin pushed back to Tuesday due to forearm stiffness

    Jul 1, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Chicago Cubs

    The Rockies enter Friday’s action at 39-42 in the National League West. They’re going to need a lot of things to go their way to make a second half run, which is exactly why they’re taking every precaution with their most promising young arm. Jhoulys Chacin was originally slated to start tomorrow night against the…

  14. Alex Rodriguez says Jose Reyes is “world’s greatest player”

    Jul 1, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez and Jose Reyes embracing before last year's All-Star Game

    ESPNNewYork.com got the juicy quote from Alex Rodriguez today, asking him how he feels about Jose Reyes and the Mets. “They have the world’s greatest player playing shortstop over there, and the most exciting,” Rodriguez said. “I turn on the TV every time I get a chance to watch him.” And Reyes’ response: “I appreciate…

  15. Mike Piazza, Luis Gonzalez to manage Futures Game teams

    Jul 1, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT

    Mike Piazza

    Mike Piazza will take the helm for the U.S. club and Luis Gonzalez will manage the World team in the 13th annual Futures Game to be played Sunday, July 10. As usual, MLB has gone with ambassadors, rather than minor league managers, to serve as the managers for the Futures Game.  The staffs for each team…

  16. Leaderboard of the day: team OPS in road games

    Jul 1, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    MLB.com has rolled out some new stats pages, and it looks like those tantalizing splits they’ve always sort of featured but that only end up working half of the time at best are actually fully operational. So, using those splits, here’s a leaderboard for today.  I’m looking at each team’s OPS in road games only,…

  17. Cubs manager Mike Quade is in over his head

    Jul 1, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

    Mike Quade

    At least he sort of admitted after the Cubs’ latest loss Friday. “This one is on me,” Mike Quade said after trying to get Randy Wells through the seventh inning in the game against the White Sox. In Quade’s defense, Wells was cruising up until that point.  After a two-run first, he retired 11 in…

  18. Elbow problems send Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz to DL

    Jul 1, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

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    Despite an outstanding track record that includes a dominant season for the White Sox last year J.J. Putz was available to the Diamondbacks at a relative discount this offseason because of his injury history. Putz provided a great early return on Arizona’s two-year, $10 million investment, converting all 16 save chances with a 1.45 ERA…

  19. Josh Johnson now hoping to return “at some point in August”

    Jul 1, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    Josh Johnson has been out since mid-May with a shoulder injury that was supposed to take just a couple weeks, but he received some good news from Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday and is now hoping to return “at some point in August,” according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Andrews found no structural damage in…

  20. The New York Times sells a chunk of the Boston Red Sox

    Jul 1, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    New York Times building

    The New York Times has held a minority share in the Boston Red Sox — well, technically its parent company, Fenway Sports Group — for several years.  When I first learned this I tried hard to see if their coverage of the Red Sox was at all biased, but I could never find any evidence…

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