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  1. Pirates send former top prospect Pedro Alvarez to Triple-A

    Jul 9, 2011, 3:53 PM EDT

    Pedro Alvarez

    Pedro Alvarez has recovered from the quad injury that placed him on the disabled list back on May 21, but rather than bring him back as their third baseman, the Pirates chose to option him to Triple-A on Saturday. Alvarez, the second overall pick in the 2008 draft, hit just .208/.283/.304 with two homers and…

  2. Who will be next to reach 3,000 hits?

    Jul 9, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Derek Jeter just became the 28th member of the 3,000-hit club. He is the first player to reach 3,000 hits since Craig Biggio during the 2007 season. Now that history has been made, it’s time to wonder who will get there next. Removing Jeter from the equation, here’s the list of the current active leaders…

  3. Derek Jeter singles, now 4-for-4

    Jul 9, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    Needing a triple to complete his first career cycle, Derek Jeter let down several hundred hospitalized young cancer patients by mustering only a single in his fourth at-bat Saturday against the Rays. Jeter singled in his first at-bat to lead off the bottom of the first, homered in the third inning for his 3,000th career…

  4. Padres activate Aaron Harang from the disabled list for Saturday start

    Jul 9, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v San Diego Padres

    Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that the Padres have activated Aaron Harang from the 15-day disabled list. He’ll take the place of the injured Clayton Richard to start this afternoon against the Dodgers. Harang has been sidelined since June 9 due to a right foot contusion. The big right-hander allowed three runs over four innings…

  5. Derek Jeter is on fire: double makes him 3-for-3

    Jul 9, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    And in his third at-bat Saturday, Derek Jeter passed Roberto Clemente for 27th place on the all-time hit list at 3,001. Jeter, who homered off David Price on the eighth pitch of his third-inning at-bat for his 3,000th hit, lined a curveball into left field for a double on the first pitch of his next…

  6. Derek Jeter’s emphatic entry into the 3,000-hit club

    Jul 9, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit

    Derek Jeter joined Wade Boggs in making his 3,000th hit a homer.  Here’s how 27 of the 28 members joined the 3,000-hit club. Home Run Boggs (Aug. 7, 1999) Jeter (July 9, 2011) Triple Paul Molitor (Sept. 16, 1996) Double Honus Wagner (June 9, 1914) Nap Lajoie (Sept. 27, 1914) Stan Musial (May 13, 1958) Roberto Clemente…

  7. Derek Jeter homers for career hit No. 3,000

    Jul 9, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    New York Yankees batter Derek Jeter rounds first base after hitting a single against the Tampa Bay Rays in New York

    Derek Jeter has done it. And fortunately it wasn’t on a slow roller down the third base line. Jeter just hit a solo home run off David Price in the bottom of the third inning to collect hit No. 3,000. It was a no-doubter over the left field fence. He was greeted at home plate…

  8. Gordon Beckham calls Chris Getz gay

    Jul 9, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Gordon Beckham

    But it was all in the name of love. With the White Sox and Royals playing earlier this week, Gordon Beckham decided to leave a message in the infield dirt for his fellow second baseman, former teammate and good friend Chris Getz. “GETZ IS GAY! GB” It never got picked up by the tv cameras,…

  9. Derek Jeter singles in first at bat for career hit No. 2,999

    Jul 9, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    Maybe the missing home game won’t matter that much, after all. Derek Jeter just singled to lead off the bottom of the first inning for career hit No. 2,999. On a 3-2 pitch, he hit a ground ball through the left side of the infield off Rays’ left-hander David Price. Jeter now sits just one…

  10. Chipper Jones scheduled for knee surgery this afternoon

    Jul 9, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    UPDATE: It’s official. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Jones will undergo knee surgery this afternoon. 10:57 AM: When an hour for aging third basemen, huh? According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chipper Jones was just placed on the 15-day disabled list with a meniscus tear in his right knee. We…

  11. Joe Maddon tells us the real reason why he didn’t want a split-doubleheader today

    Jul 9, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon

    As you’re probably aware, a mini-controversy brewed following last night’s rainout at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees could have opted for a single-admission doubleheader today without the Rays’ permission, but Brian Cashman admitted that they didn’t want to lose the gate for an 81st home game. However, they were unable to convince the Rays to play a…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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.…

  15. 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,…

  16. 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.…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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