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  1. Brian Matusz leaves Saturday’s start with hamstring cramps

    Jun 18, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Washington Nationals

    Brian Matusz left his start against the Nationals this afternoon in the sixth inning with left hamstring cramps, reports Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. Fortunately for the Orioles, the young left-hander is considered day-to-day. Matusz allowed four runs on six hits (including two long homers to Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse) over 5 1/3…

  2. Hanley Ramirez dropped to sixth in the order for tonight’s game

    Jun 18, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    The great Hanley Ramirez leadoff experiment didn’t last long. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Ramirez has been dropped to sixth in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Rays. Ramirez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout out of the leadoff spot last night and is 1-for-13 with a double, one walk and five strikeouts since…

  3. David Freese to begin minor league rehab assignment Tuesday

    Jun 18, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v St. Louis Cardinals

    The Cardinals are getting some important pieces back in the fold. Matt Holliday and Kyle McClellan both returned from the disabled list this week and it sounds like third baseman David Freese isn’t too far behind them. Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Freese will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday…

  4. Colby Lewis made a ridiculous play last night

    Jun 18, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    Colby Lewis

    Colby Lewis struck out 10 while allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings in a 6-2 win over the Braves last night. He also made one of the best plays you’ll see this year. MLB.com usually makes you wait a day or two to embed video (you know, because people don’t have short attention spans…

  5. Shaun Marcum could miss next start with left hip flexor strain

    Jun 18, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Marcum reacts between pitches against the Boston Red Sox during their MLB game in Boston

    As Matthew mentioned last night, Shaun Marcum left Friday’s start against the Red Sox after laboring through 45 pitches in the first inning. While Marcum appeared to be favoring his leg during the abbreviated outing, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that he was diagnosed with a strained left hip flexor. “I didn’t want…

  6. Brandon Lyon will almost certainly need season-ending surgery

    Jun 18, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

    Brandon Lyon

    Brandon Lyon visited with renowned orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum yesterday and the news wasn’t very promising. If anything, his future is more uncertain than ever before. According to Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle, Lyon will likely need season-ending surgery because his biceps tendon “is out of its groove.” If that sounds unfamiliar, you’re not alone.…

  7. Yankees sign supplemental first-round pick Dante Bichette Jr.

    Jun 18, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

    Dante Bichette Jr.

    The Yankees have signed supplemental first-round pick Dante Bichette Jr., according to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger. He receives a signing bonus of $750,000 and will join the GCL Yankees when their season begins Monday. Bichette, 18, was selected 51st overall in this month’s First-Year Player Draft. The Yankees received the pick as compensation…

  8. Gary Carter diagnosed with bronchitis after being rushed to hospital

    Jun 18, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    Gary Carter AP

    Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter was rushed to the hospital Thursday night after experiencing a “serious coughing attack” and “having shooting pains in his back,” his daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote on a private family website yesterday. The 57-year-old Carter is currently battling Stage 4 brain cancer. Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.com reports that Carter underwent X-rays…

  9. Jake Peavy could return Wednesday against Cubs

    Jun 18, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    As Drew mentioned the other day, Jake Peavy was dominant in his most recent rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday night, striking out nine over six scoreless innings. While there’s nothing official yet, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper told Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times yesterday that Peavy could return from the…

  10. John Wall will probably stick to basketball from now on

    Jun 18, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    John Wall AP 2

    Wizards point guard John Wall had the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at Nats Park before last night’s interleague matchup between the Orioles and Nationals. And…it didn’t go very well. In fact, you could even say that Wall had a temporary, yet acute case of Mariah Carey-itis. Here’s the unfortunate video evidence, courtesy of…

  11. Settling the score: Friday’s results

    Jun 18, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer high five

    Joe Mauer went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in his return from the disabled list last night as the Twins won their fifth consecutive game. They have very quietly won 12 out of their last 14 games to move within 10 games of the .500 mark. Ron Gardenhire’s squad obviously has plenty of work to…

  12. Scott Boras is talking with pending free agent Jose Reyes

    Jun 18, 2011, 12:22 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Mets

    Jose Reyes is likely going to create a bidding war this winter, but there’s apparently one going on behind the scenes right now. Major league sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that super agent Scott Boras is speaking with pending free agent Jose Reyes about becoming his agent. In fact, one source tells Rosenthal that…

  13. Jonathan Broxton nearing rehab assignment

    Jun 17, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Los Angeles Dodgers

    What’s this? Good news for the Dodgers’ bullpen? I don’t believe it. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Jonathan Broxton is tentatively scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque “in a couple of days.” Joe Block of 790 KABC in Los Angeles reports that Broxton threw about 22…

  14. Even with DH available, Giants sit Pat Burrell

    Jun 17, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Pat Burrell

    The Giants have Aubrey Huff in the DH spot tonight, with Pablo Sandoval at first and Miguel Tejada at third base.  Cody Ross, as usual, is playing left field, so Pat Burrell finds himself on the bench yet again. Burrell is only getting occasional starts against left-handers at the moment.  And that does make some sense:…

  15. Shaun Marcum done after one inning with leg injury

    Jun 17, 2011, 8:13 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum

    Carl Crawford wasn’t the only player to suffer a leg injury in the bottom of the first tonight in the game between the Red Sox and the Brewers.  Milwaukee starter Shaun Marcum got hurt facing the very next batter of the frame and didn’t come back out the second. Marcum hurt something while delivering a…

  16. Dustin Ackley to bat seventh in major league debut tonight

    Jun 17, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Dustin Ackley

    The future is nigh. 2009 No. 2 overall pick Dustin Ackley will make his major league debut against the Phillies a little over two hours from now. And according to Greg Johns of MLB.com, the 23-year-old second baseman will bat seventh. I know, I know. While it’s tempting to lose it over Ackley batting seventh,…

  17. Carl Crawford exits with strained left hamstring

    Jun 17, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    8:15 p.m. EDT: The Red Sox confirmed that it was a strained left hamstring for Crawford. /// Carl Crawford left Friday’s game against the Brewers in the first inning with an apparent left hamstring injury sustained while beating out an infield single. Crawford managed to reach first base ahead of Casey McGehee‘s throw after hitting…

  18. In change of heart, Carlos Zambrano says he’ll waive no-trade clause

    Jun 17, 2011, 7:37 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    Although he would prefer to remain a Cub, Carlos Zambrano told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal that he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause if presented with a deal this summer. “I’ve heard rumors,” he told FOXSports.com. “I’ve already talked to my family. They said, ‘It’s OK. If you think it’s good for you, if you feel you…

  19. Josh Johnson throws first bullpen session since being placed on DL

    Jun 17, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    Josh Johnson may not be able to help the fading Marlins anytime soon, but he’s at least moving in the right direction. Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post reports that Johnson threw about 20 pitches in a bullpen session earlier today. It was his first bullpen session since being placed on the disabled list…

  20. After second opinion, Freddy Sanchez will stick with rehab over surgery

    Jun 17, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez injured

    CBSBayArea.com’s Mychael Urban reports that Freddy Sanchez got a second opinion on his injured right shoulder on Wednesday and will stay the course in his plan to rehab the injury. The second opinion came from Dr. Gary Waslewski, the doctor who performed surgery on Sanchez’s other shoulder last December. Surgery to repair Sanchez’s dislocated shoulder likely…

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