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  1. Call-up on hold: Blue Jays prospect Brett Lawrie placed on minor league DL

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brett Lawrie

    General manager Alex Anthopoulos hinted last week that the Blue Jays were close to calling up top prospect Brett Lawrie, with speculation swirling that he could debut over the weekend, but those plans are now on hold thanks to a wrist injury. Lawrie avoided a serious injury after being hit on the wrist by a…

  2. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    Ozzie Smith

    Not a lot separates most teams due to this season’s frustrating parity. So this week I do something a bit different.

  3. Mike Scioscia: “We can’t have baseball in November … I don’t think the Pilgrims set it up that way”

    Jun 6, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    mike-scioscia-angels

    Angels manager and MLB special committee for on-field matters member Mike Scioscia said yesterday that he’s against the playoffs lasting into November, saying baseball can avoid that without having to shorten the regular season schedule from 162 games. Scioscia told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that MLB could remove days rather than games…

  4. Report: Pirates taking UCLA righty Gerrit Cole with No. 1 pick

    Jun 6, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    gerrit-cole-ucla

    UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole will be the Pirates’ choice with the No. 1 pick when the draft starts tonight, according to MLB.com prospect and draft analyst Jonathan Mayo. Cole’s performance this season is considered somewhat disapppointing, with rotation-mate Trevor Bauer posting superior numbers, but Cole has long been projected as the potential No. 1 pick…

  5. Jake Peavy is heading to the disabled list

    Jun 6, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    Jake Peavy missed the second half of last season and the first several weeks of this one following shoulder surgery. Since rejoining the White Sox’s rotation, however, he had been pitching pretty darn well, and helping the Sox slowly dig out of the big hole they found themselves in.  Now, however, that’s on hold, as…

  6. The Mets would prefer that you not tell them what to do with Jose Reyes

    Jun 6, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    Mets fans are starting to work up a pretty healthy “Keep Jose Reyes” lather lately. And why not? He’s playing well. He’s not easily replaced. Letting him go will be downright depressing. The security at Citi Field isn’t too crazy about it when you advertise the idea very much, however. That according to The7Line blog, who…

  7. Carlos Zambrano calls the Cubs “embarrassing”

    Jun 6, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    zambrano1

    Yesterday I flipped from the Reds-Dodgers game to the Cubs-Cardinals game. The kids were watching with me, and as they do every time a game is on, they constantly asked me questions about who so-and-so is, and is this guy good and all of that. Carlos Zambrano was on the mound and they asked me…

  8. Major League Baseball still wondering about A-Rod and Dr. Galea

    Jun 6, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    In the New York Times today is a story about Dr. Anthony Galea, the Canadian doctor who has been under indictment and who is suspected of giving professional athletes PEDs.  You’ll recall that, among several others such as Tiger Woods, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran, Alex Rodriguez received treatment by Dr. Galea and has been…

  9. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jun 6, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Hendricks Firefly

    I had a capital weekend. I passed the ten-pounds-lost mark since I got that treadmill, I got some new shirts, we grilled tasty meats twice and I saw the episode of “Firefly” with Christina Hendricks for the first time which, had I been, like, 14 when I saw it, probably would have made a profound…

  10. And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights

    Jun 6, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Chad Billingsley, Aaron Miles

    Dodgers 9, Reds 6: Chad Billingsley — altogether now — helped his own cause by hitting  a homer, a double and driving in three.  I was watching the game when he hit the homer. I couldn’t see the beginning of his sentence, but Reds’ starter Travis Wood quite clearly mouthed the words “… homer to…

  11. Pujols strikes again, second straight walkoff sweeps Cubs

    Jun 5, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Albert Pujols is most certainly back. Not to be outdone by his own performance in Saturday afternoon’s 12th-inning victory over the rival Cubs, the Cardinals first baseman slugged a second straight walkoff home run on Sunday in a thrilling 3-2 extra-innings win for St. Louis. The Cards swept the three-game series. Albert’s 10th-inning blast sailed…

  12. Jonathan Papelbon could be facing suspension for ump bump

    Jun 5, 2011, 5:08 PM EDT

    pap argues getty

    It’s reasonable to wonder whether Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon is going to face a fine or suspension (or both) for getting in the face of home plate umpire Tony Randazzo during Saturday’s 9-8 extra-innings victory over the Athletics. Papelbon charged at Randazzo and appeared to make slight contact with his chest protector after getting…

  13. Edinson Volquez will return to major league rotation Tuesday

    Jun 5, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    volquez getty

    Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Reds starter Edinson Volquez has returned to the major league clubhouse and will take the mound on Tuesday night against the Cubs. Volquez was demoted to Triple-A Louisville in late May after posting a 6.35 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in 51 big league innings and then blaming…

  14. Evan Longoria out of Rays’ lineup with discomfort in left side

    Jun 5, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Florida Marlins

    Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that third baseman Evan Longoria is missing from the Rays’ starting lineup Sunday against the Mariners due to tightness in his left side. Longoria actually made an early exit from Saturday’s game because of the discomfort, which may be related to the left oblique strain that caused him…

  15. With wrist improving, Paul Konerko returns to Chicago lineup

    Jun 5, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

    konerko fenway

    White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko sat out on both Friday and Saturday after undergoing a minor surgical procedure late last week to remove a loose bone fragment from his left wrist. He’s back in the lineup Sunday, according to MLB.com’s Scott Merkin, batting cleanup and playing first base vs. the Tigers’ Brad Penny. Konerko,…

  16. Shin-Soo Choo says DUI arrest has led to struggles at plate

    Jun 5, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

    choo blue wide

    Here’s an interesting note from the Associated Press concerning the recent offensive struggles of Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo: Choo believes he is thinking too much and trying too hard to make a good impression since he was charged with drunken driving. The note is not accompanied by any kind of quote from Choo, so…

  17. Red Sox activate John Lackey for Sunday start vs. A’s

    Jun 5, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

    lackey face

    As expected, the Red Sox have activated right-hander John Lackey from the 15-day disabled list and will ask him to take the mound in Sunday’s series finale against the A’s. Temporary backup outfielder Josh Reddick was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to clear a roster spot. Lackey spent about three weeks on the disabled list with…

  18. Cardinals top prospect Shelby Miller now pitching at Double-A

    Jun 5, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    shelby miller pose

    The Cardinals selected Texas high school pitcher Shelby Miller with the 19th overall pick in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, confident that his sharp high-90s fastball could one day make him a major league ace. That day may be coming soon. Miller was promoted to Double-A Springfield last week after opening the 2011 season with…

  19. Phil Hughes targeting early-July return to the major leagues

    Jun 5, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    hughes throws

    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News passes along notice that Yankees starter Phil Hughes has been cleared to report to the team’s spring training complex in Tampa to continue his rehabilitation from right arm fatigue. He’ll arrive there Monday. Hughes has been traveling with his Yankees teammates for the past couple of weeks…

  20. Marlins likely to place Hanley Ramirez on disabled list Monday

    Jun 5, 2011, 9:46 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v San Francisco Giants

    Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez hasn’t improved since revealing to reporters last Monday that he couldn’t put his shoes on due to lingering discomfort in his lower back and upper left leg. According to Manny Navarro, beat writer for the Miami Herald, Ramirez is likely to be placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday morning.…

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