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  1. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 23, 2011, 5:58 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Cincinnati Reds - Game Two

    Yankees 4, Reds 2; Reds 10, Yankees 2: A twin bill thanks to Tuesday night’s rain. We start with the second one because that has the coolest thing in it: Chris Heisey hitting three homers and driving in five. Like a boss. New York takes the first one with an effective outing from Freddy Garcia…

  2. Charlie Manuel makes plea for a right-handed hitter

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:22 AM EDT

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    At 47-28, the Philadelphia Phillies have the best record in baseball. They allow an MLB-best 3.2 runs per game, and trail only the Yankees and Red Sox in run differential. But this team could be better, and Charlie Manuel knows it. The Phillies manager is making a rather public plea for help for his lineup,…

  3. Torii Hunter leaves game after banging wall on catch

    Jun 22, 2011, 10:21 PM EDT

    hunter injured

    Angels outfielder Torii Hunter had to be lifted from Wednesday’s game against the Marlins after crashing into the right field wall while making a dazzling leaping catch on a Gaby Sanchez fly ball. Hunter laid on the ground for several moments before eventually walking off the field under his own power. He was spotted smiling…

  4. Rangers might move Tommy Hunter to bullpen temporarily

    Jun 22, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Tommy Hunter posted a quality 3.73 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 128 innings last year and was all set to open the 2011 season as Texas’ No. 3 starter. But he strained his groin at the end of spring training and has been on the disabled list since. Hunter has made a number of rehab…

  5. John Maine leaves Rockies’ AAA team, considering retirement

    Jun 22, 2011, 8:34 PM EDT

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    As reported by Jack Etikin of Inside the Rockies, right-hander John Maine has grown frustrated by his struggles this season at Triple-A Colorado Springs and is considering retiring from baseball. Maine left Colorado Springs on Tuesday after allowing 10 hits and eight runs in four-plus innings Monday against the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate. He threw 95…

  6. Brandon Lyon to undergo season-ending surgery next week

    Jun 22, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

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    Astros reliever Brandon Lyon got bad news about the status of his right biceps muscle last week from Dr. Lewis Yocum. Today, it was confirmed that the right-hander is going to need season-ending surgery. According to Alyson Footer, who serves as the Astros’ director of social media, the procedure will be performed next Thursday by…

  7. A lot of people were wrong about Brandon Beachy

    Jun 22, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Brandon Beachy

    I was one of them. Rookie right-hander Brandon Beachy came off the disabled list on Wednesday to strike out a career-high 11 batters in six innings against the Blue Jays.  The only run off him came courtesy of Jose Bautista‘s major league-high 22nd homer. Beachy, who missed a month with a strained left oblique, moved…

  8. Cubs owner Joe Ricketts sued for sexual harrassment

    Jun 22, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Joe Ricketts

    Patricia Davis and Patricia Duncan filed a federal lawsuit against Joe Ricketts and the Opportunity Education Foundation, claiming Ricketts fired them from his Nebraska-based charity after they complained of sexual harrassment. Ricketts, the founder of TD Ameritrade, bought the Cubs in 2009. The lawsuit isn’t team-related, though. It’s related strictly to his Opportunity Education Foundation,…

  9. Midnight Sun game called due to darkness

    Jun 22, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Midnight sun

    I don’t know why I find this so funny, but I do: the annual Midnight Sun baseball game played up in Fairbanks, Alaska was called for darkness early this morning. An approaching storm entered into the mix too, but I’m not going to let that take away from the delicious irony. Assuming it is irony.…

  10. Jose Bautista robs Jordan Schafer of a home run

    Jun 22, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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    The Braves had a relatively easy time with the Blue Jays this afternoon, but it could have been worse for Toronto: by all rights Jordan Schafer should have had a homer in the bottom of the seventh, but Jose Bautista leaped up and snagged it as it was about to fly over the fence. The…

  11. Ike Davis will need surgery if his ankle injury doesn’t improve

    Jun 22, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson gave an update on the status of Ike Davis‘ ankle injury and the news isn’t good. Davis has been out since mid-May with an injury that was initially expected to sideline him for just a couple weeks and Alderson told reporters that season-ending surgery is likely if he continues to…

  12. The Cardinals release Miguel Batista

    Jun 22, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Miguel Batista

    Given that — as Bernie Miklasz noted in his evisceration of the Cardianls’ bullpen today — Miguel Batista was averaging 5.83 walks per nine innings and 15.43 base runners per nine innings, he was likely not long for the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen.  And today his run there ended: the Cards have given Batista his…

  13. Len Kasper signs five-year extension to stay Cubs’ announcer

    Jun 22, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

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    Len Kasper will be the Cubs’ television play-by-play announcer through at least 2016 after signing a five-year contract extension, according to Barry Rozner of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. Kasper has been paired with Bob Brenly on Cubs games since 2005 and they’re among my favorite duos. They have a very friendly, natural on-air rapport…

  14. 2012 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 60-41

    Jun 22, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    Honorable mentions Nos. 111-81 Nos. 80-61 Part three of the top 111 free agents takes up through No. 41. This portion of the rankings includes several veteran bats nearing the end and some pitchers who will need to finish strong if they hope to land multiyear deals. (All ages as of April 1, 2012) *…

  15. Bryan Stow’s condition improves

    Jun 22, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    Based on everything we’ve heard, Bryan Stow likely suffered brain damage in the beating he received at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day. Yet within the overall sense of gloom about his condition, there have been occasions of good news. The latest coming today: Doctors say the medical condition of a San Francisco Giants fan who…

  16. Joe Nathan nearly ready to rejoin Twins’ bullpen

    Jun 22, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan

    Joe Nathan wanted to return from the disabled list along with Joe Mauer last week, but the Twins asked him to make a few rehab appearances at Triple-A first. He threw a scoreless inning Saturday and another scoreless inning last night, with a third outing scheduled for tonight. Barring a setback it sounds like Nathan…

  17. Greg Anderson and the College World Series star

    Jun 22, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Greg Anderson

    A good read over at The Post Game today. Steve Henson, who has been following the BALCO/steroids beat for years, reports on the relationship between University of California second baseman Tony Renda and Greg Anderson.  Yes, that Greg Anderson. Along the way Henson paints a picture of what the never ending BALCO prosecution has done to…

  18. Matt Kemp is halfway to the 40-40 club after just 75 games

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Matt Kemp stole his 20th base of the season last night, which along with 20 homers puts him halfway to joining the 40-homer, 40-steal club after just 75 games. Jose Canseco was the first 40-40 player in 1988 and since then Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and Alfonso Soriano have joined him in the club. Kemp…

  19. “Life in Frank McCourt’s ghost town”

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Empty Dodger Stadium

    In what is becoming something of a series over at the Los Angeles Times, Bill Plaschke writes a column today about what it’s like to go to a Dodgers game now that the McCourt fan boycott is in full swing.  Those who have been to Dodger Stadium before will not recognize Plaschke’s description: We put…

  20. Josh Beckett “is really sick” and unlikely to pitch Saturday

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett vs. Rays

    Josh Beckett was scratched from last night’s scheduled start because of the flu–or as manager Terry Francona put it, “intestinal turmoil”–and Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston reports that he’s now unlikely to make his pushed-back start Saturday. Francona told McDonald that Beckett “is really sick” and “doctors are trying to figure it out.” Andrew Miller…

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