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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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:…

  6. 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…

  7. 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,…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Michael Cuddyer cares so much about the Twins that he’ll accept a trade

    Jun 17, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer

    Talking to CBSSports.com’s Scott Miller, Michael Cuddyer said he’d be OK with waiving his limited no-trade clause and accepting a deal out of Minnesota if it’d help the franchise. As Cuddyer himself admitted, his no-trade clause really isn’t an obstacle in the first place.  It blocks trades to just three teams, and Cuddyer wasn’t even…

  13. Rangers sign their top two draft picks

    Jun 17, 2011, 5:57 PM EDT

    Zach Cone, Kyle Farmer, Colby Holmes

    The Rangers officially inked their top two draft picks on Friday, signing Kevin Matthews and Zach Cone to contracts with bonuses just under $1 million. Texas sacrificed its first-round pick, the 19th overall selection, to sign Adrian Beltre, but gained the 33rd and 37th overall selections as compensation for losing Cliff Lee. Unfortunately, after splurging to…

  14. Doug Davis pitches Cubs past Yankees in interleague opener

    Jun 17, 2011, 5:22 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Chicago Cubs

    Friday’s lone day game had an unexpected result, as Doug Davis finally earned his first win as a Cub by shutting down the Yankees in a 3-1 victory. The series represents the Yankees’ second trip to Wrigley Field during interleague play and the first since 2003.  A season-high 42,219 attended the game. Davis entered the…

  15. Alex Avila playing third base tonight for first time since college

    Jun 17, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

    Avila_Alex

    Without the designated hitter spot at his disposal Tigers manager Jim Leyland is getting creative for interleague play tonight by starting catcher Alex Avila at third base, where he hasn’t played a single inning since college. Detroit’s regular third baseman, Brandon Inge, is on the disabled list, and playing Avila out of position allows Victor…

  16. Braves place Tommy Hanson on DL with shoulder injury

    Jun 17, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson pitches

    Tommy Hanson was already scratched from his scheduled start today because of a shoulder injury and now the Braves have placed him on the disabled list. The good news, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, is that an MRI exam revealed no structural damage and Hanson’s diagnosis is merely inflammation. The bad news is that…

  17. A starting pitching leaderboard that doesn’t feature Roy Halladay

    Jun 17, 2011, 4:15 PM EDT

    Ian Kennedy

    Because of a J.J. Putz blown save, Arizona’s Ian Kennedy was denied a win last night despite holding the Giants to just an unearned run over eight innings. I noticed afterwards that it was the fifth time already this season that Kennedy has pitched at least eight innings and allowed one or no runs. As…

  18. Marlins demote former Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan to Triple-A

    Jun 17, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    chris-coghlan-marlins

    They haven’t fired their manager (yet), but the Marlins made a surprising move today by demoting Opening Day center fielder and former Rookie of the Year winner Chris Coghlan to Triple-A. Coghlan was asked to switch to center field this season after previously never playing the position as a pro and has fared relatively well…

  19. UPDATE: Red Sox place Jed Lowrie on disabled list with shoulder injury

    Jun 17, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    UPDATE: Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox have placed Lowrie on the disabled list. Drew Sutton has been called up from Triple-A Pawtucket. 9:08 AM: Jed Lowrie, who has been bothered by a left shoulder injury since colliding with teammate Carl Crawford on May 29, could be headed for the disabled list…

  20. Gammons: Yankees “tampered” with Andrew Miller

    Jun 17, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    AP Andrew Miller Red Sox

    The Red Sox are expected to put lefty Andrew Miller in their starting rotation against the Padres on Monday. And it’s a good thing, too, because during an appearance on WEEI in Boston earlier today, Peter Gammons said that they nearly lost him to the divisional-rival Yankees. “I know this: There were a lot of…

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