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  1. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jun 19, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cleveland Indians

    It’s June 19. On this date in baseball history, Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith announced his retirement (1998), Darryl Strawberry signed a one-year contract with the Yankees despite being given a sixty-day drug-related suspension (1996), and Pete Rose collected his 2000th career hit (1973). Your Saturday box scores: Astros 7, Dodgers 0 Orioles 2, Nationals…

  2. Ubaldo Jimenez pulled from start with right calf cramping

    Jun 18, 2011, 10:43 PM EDT

    ubaldo ap

    From Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post comes word that Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez had to be removed from Saturday evening’s game against the Tigers with a right calf cramp. Jimenez had surrendered eight hits and three earned runs over five shaky innings to Detroit, watching his ERA jump slightly from 4.62 to 4.68. With…

  3. Henke, Wood, Simpson inducted into Canadian Hall of Fame

    Jun 18, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    canadian baseball HOF

    Two former players and one great editor were inducted Saturday into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame: Tom Henke, a longtime closer for the Blue Jays, posted a sparkling 2.67 ERA and struck out 861 batters in 789 2/3 career innings. He went out on top, registering a 1.82 ERA across 52 relief appearances in…

  4. Hunter Pence has hyperextended elbow, undergoing MRI

    Jun 18, 2011, 8:46 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Houston Astros

    According to Alyson Footer, social media director for the Astros, right fielder Hunter Pence has been scratched from Saturday night’s lineup against the Dodgers due to a hyperextended elbow. Pence reported feeling soreness in his arm after taking batting practice and was removed from the batting order an hour or so before first pitch. Jason…

  5. Brandon Phillips wants an extension this year, but it’s probably not going to happen

    Jun 18, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    phillips wide

    Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has hit just .234/.279/.297 in 68 plate appearances this month and has an underwhelming .725 OPS on the season. But he’s a pretty talented defender and does have some power, albeit inconsistent. The Reds seem to like him and are probably going to exercise his $12 million club option for…

  6. Mike Stanton scratched Saturday with right eye infection

    Jun 18, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

    stanton swing

    Joe Frisaro of MLB.com passes along word that the Marlins have scratched Mike Stanton from Saturday’s lineup due to a right eye infection. Stanton was scheduled to serve as Florida’s designated hitter on Saturday night against the Rays but was lifted a few hours before first pitch. Jose Lopez, who inked a minor league contract…

  7. Matt LaPorta lands on disabled list with sprained right ankle

    Jun 18, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cleveland Indians

    One day after getting Travis Hafner back from the disabled list, the Indians will now have to get by without another one of their regulars. The Indians announced this afternoon that Matt LaPorta was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle. LaPorta injured the ankle in a rundown between second and…

  8. Carl Crawford placed on disabled list with strained left hamstring

    Jun 18, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    Red Sox Crawford runs to first on single against Milwaukee Brewers during first inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game in Boston

    The Red Sox have been firing on all cylinders of late, but they’ll have to live without their $142 million left fielder for at least the next 15 days. Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that Carl Crawford was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Crawford suffered the injury…

  9. UPDATE: Jose Reyes says “no chance” he’s leaving agent for Boras

    Jun 18, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    UPDATE: While Reyes admits that he spoke with Boras twice on the phone, he told Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal that there’s “no chance” he’s leaving his agent. That settles that. 3:47 PM: Maybe there isn’t much to this Reyes-Boras doomsday scenario, after all. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Jose Reyes plans…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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