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  1. Nationals draft Bryce Harper’s older brother, Bryan Harper

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    bryan harper college

    Lost in Bryce Harper’s latest foray into villainy is that the Nationals drafted his older brother yesterday, using their 30th-round pick on South Carolina left-hander Bryan Harper (not to be confused with the Brian Harper who spelled his name without a Y and was a really good player). This is actually the second time the…

  2. Would you like to watch the Derek Lowe arrest video? Of course you would.

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    derek lowe mugshot

    I’m mostly shocked that Lowe wasn’t charged for having that shirt tucked into khaki shorts.

  3. Rockies release Jose Lopez, eat $3.6 million salary

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    jose-lopez-rockies

    Colorado gave up a mid-level prospect to get Jose Lopez from Seattle this offseason, avoided arbitration by signing him to a one-year, $3.6 million contract, and released him yesterday after the veteran infielder hit .208 with a .521 OPS in 129 plate appearances. Lopez was designated for assignment last week and it’s no surprise that…

  4. Chipper Jones says Jason Heyward needs to get back on the field

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v San Francisco Giants

    I’m hesitant to say that this is an instance of Chipper Jones “calling out” Jason Heyward, but that’s only because the Braves have such little history of anyone calling anyone out for anything, I’m not certain that I can recognize a true Braves “calling out” when I see it. But yeah, Chipper is pretty much calling Jason…

  5. Rafael Furcal at least 25-30 days from returning to Dodgers

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Rafael Furcal got a platelet-rich plasma injection after being placed on the disabled list over the weekend with a strained oblique muscle suffered during a rundown and manager Don Mattingly told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that the shortstop is not expected back for 25-30 days. Dee Gordon was called up from Triple-A…

  6. Pablo Sandoval’s rehab is going well

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    sandoval cap

    Pablo Sandoval began a minor league rehab stint last week following his surgery at the beginning of May.  It’s going well: last night he homered and drove in four runs for Fresno. Assuming no other physical setbacks, Sandoval could be activated by the weekend. And the Giants could use him. When he went down he was…

  7. More rumblings that Jorge Posada will be released by the All-Star break

    Jun 8, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Posada

    We heard this last month, but we’re hearing it again: If Jorge Posada isn’t hitting by the All-Star break, he’s gone.  Here’s how Ian O’Connor put it in his column at ESPN New York this morning: Posada doesn’t have two more seasons beyond this one on his contract, with a player option for a third.…

  8. Carlos Gomez made a great catch

    Jun 8, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Carlos Gomez catch.bmp

    The Mets won, but it wouldn’t have been as close if it weren’t for Carlos Gomez. Check out his catch for the third out in the top of the seventh inning, robbing Carlos Beltran of a homer. No, I got nothin’ to add to it.  Sometimes you just gotta watch a great catch.

  9. The Guillen family is not pleased with the draft thus far

    Jun 8, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    I missed this the other night, but Oney Guillen — son of Ozzie, enemy of Kenny Williams and former White Sox employee — wasn’t a big fan of the White Sox’ first pick the draft, Keenyn Walker.  Here he is on Twitter: Shocker white sox pick another good athlete black kid. How about picking a good…

  10. Ortiz’s bat flip inflames tabloids more than the Yankees

    Jun 8, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    David Ortiz

    As Matthew mentioned last night, David Ortiz flipped his bat in a somewhat flamboyant style after hitting his two-run homer off Hector Noesi in the top of the fifth (video here).  After the game, Joe Girardi said “I didn’t really care for it,” inasmuch as it was kind of showing up Noesi. After that, however,…

  11. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:28 AM EDT

    Rubby De La Rosa

    Dodgers 6, Phillies 2: It was the first career start for Rubby De La Rosa. I saw him in spring training and man does he have great stuff. His control wasn’t anything to write home about here but he was effective enough over five innings to pick up the win. Also making his first start…

  12. Red Sox strike early, improve to 6-1 versus Yankees

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:33 PM EDT

    David Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez

    The Red Sox jumped all over Freddy Garcia on Tuesday, knocking him out in the second inning before holding on to win 6-4 over the Yankees.  They’ve taken six of seven games from the Bombers this season. Jacoby Ellsbury started the contest with a leadoff homer to right.  After that, a Dustin Pedroia walk, an Adrian Gonzalez…

  13. Brett Anderson to receive second opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:28 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics

    After being shutout 4-0 by the Orioles earlier tonight, the Athletics have now lost eight consecutive games. Could things get even uglier soon? Well, maybe. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Brett Anderson will soon get a second opinion on his left elbow from Dr. James Andrews. Anderson underwent an MRI with…

  14. Delmon Young’s error proves difference as Indians edge Twins 1-0

    Jun 7, 2011, 9:36 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana sliding into third

    One of baseball’s worst fielders broke the stalemate in this one. Delmon Young allowed Carlos Santana‘s basehit to left field to start the fourth inning get past him in left field, and Santana went on to score from third on a groundout as the Indians topped the Twins 1-0 on Tuesday night. The play was…

  15. Angels activate Vernon Wells from disabled list

    Jun 7, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    As expected, the Angels activated Vernon Wells from the disabled list earlier today. He has been sidelined for nearly a month with a right groin strain. Wells was cleared to return after playing in back-to-back rehab games with High-A Inland Empire on Sunday and Monday. The Angels aren’t exactly easing him back into action, as he’ll…

  16. Paul Konerko’s odd streak: home runs in nine straight vs. Mariners at the Cell

    Jun 7, 2011, 9:01 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    Shannon Drayer points out on Twitter that Paul Konerko made it nine in a row tonight.  He’s taken Mariners pitching deep that last nine times he’s faced the team in home games at U.S. Cellular. The streak dates back to April of last year.  The Mariners and White Sox played seven times in Chicago last…

  17. UPDATE: Top prospect Anthony Rizzo gets MRI on thumb, scratched from lineup

    Jun 7, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo spring training

    8: 45 p.m. EDT: Well, this isn’t so encouraging.  Rizzo was scratched from Tucson’s lineup tonight.  He’s expected to have his thumb evaluated in San Diego on Wednesday. /// The Padres are holding off on that Anthony Rizzo callup for now after the Triple-A Tucson first baseman underwent an MRI on his left thumb Tuesday.…

  18. UPDATE: Mark Teixeira diagnosed with right knee contusion

    Jun 7, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Oakland Athletics

    UPDATE: Mark Teixeira was diagnosed with a right knee contusion after X-rays came back negative, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post. He’ll be reevaluated tomorrow. 7:38 PM: The Yankees are crossing their fingers are the moment. Mark Teixeira was pulled from tonight’s game against the Red Sox in the bottom of the first…

  19. Jake Peavy is indeed headed to the disabled list

    Jun 7, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox

    All that stuff we were hearing last night? Forget it. According to Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com, Jake Peavy conceded this afternoon that he will need to be placed on the disabled list. “I just saw the doctor, and I think we’re going to have to go the conservative route,” Peavy said. “Obviously, I wanted to…

  20. Who does Joe Girardi think he’s kidding?

    Jun 7, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter, Joe Girardi

    Hours after listing Derek Jeter as his designated hitter for Tuesday’s game against the Red Sox, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he won’t deviate from the plan in order to help his superstar reach 3,000 hits as home. But… that’s like… right after he listed Jeter as a DH… The Yankees play their next 10 games at home…

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