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  1. Cards have some interest in lefty specialist J.C. Romero

    Jun 17, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies designated left-hander J.C. Romero for assignment on Thursday afternoon to clear a spot on their roster for Friday night’s starter, Vance Worley. Romero has battled control issues and a variety of injuries over the past several seasons in Philadelphia, but he has a great ability to retire left-handed batters and that’s something that…

  2. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 17, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Diamondbacks 3, Giants 2: Justin Upton with the walkoff homer, served up by Santiago Casilla in the 10th. It was Upton’s first game-ending homer ever. He also had a single and a double on the day, but remember, don’t you dare say that he was a triple short of the cycle, because that’s just dumb,…

  3. Rays prospect Matt Moore throws no-hitter for Double-A Montgomery

    Jun 17, 2011, 2:38 AM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Montgomery Biscuits left-hander Matt Moore, one of the game’s best pitching prospects, threw a no-hitter Thursday in an 8-0 win over the Mobile BayBears. It was the first no-hitter in Biscuits history and the first nine-inning no-no for a Rays farmhand since 2002.  Moore struck out 11 and walked two in the 106-pitch outing.  He…

  4. Ozzie downgrades Twins from piranhas to sardines

    Jun 17, 2011, 2:28 AM EDT

    Follow @BHARKS Back in 2006, Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said the Minnesota Twins were “piranhas.” He meant it as a compliment, as in “man those Twins are feisty. They’re small and don’t look so threatening, but they will swarm and take you down!” Or something like that. Now, in the year 2011, Ozzie…

  5. Clay Buchholz makes early exit from start due to stiff back

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

    buchholz back hurt getty

    Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal passes along word that right-hander Clay Buchholz had to be pulled prematurely from his Thursday evening start against the Rays due to back stiffness. Buchholz surrendered just two hits and one earned run over five innings before exiting and had thrown only 81 pitches. He’s been bothered by this…

  6. Jake Peavy fans nine batters in scoreless rehab outing

    Jun 16, 2011, 9:50 PM EDT

    peavy getty

    Our eyes were glued to the Charlotte Knights’ Twitter feed this evening for updates on Jake Peavy‘s rehab start, his first since landing on the disabled list in early June with a groin strain. Peavy just finished up, and it was a beauty. The right-hander struck out nine batters over six scoreless innings, allowing just…

  7. Braves scratch Tommy Hanson, calling up Randall Delgado

    Jun 16, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

    hanson getty

    From Mark Bowman of MLB.com comes word that the Braves have scratched right-hander Tommy Hanson from his scheduled Friday start against the Rangers due to shoulder tendinitis. Hanson, 24, has enjoyed a dominant start to the 2011 season, sporting a 2.48 ERA and 89 strikeouts through his first 83 1/3 innings. The Braves are going…

  8. Adam LaRoche undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery

    Jun 16, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    laroche swing

    As expected, Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche underwent season-ending surgery Thursday on his left shoulder. This according to CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman. The procedure was performed by Dr. Wiemi Douoguih at Washington Center Hospital and was designed to repair a tear of the large labrum in LaRoche’s throwing shoulder. It was deemed a “success.” LaRoche is…

  9. Report: With $140 million payroll, Angels all capped out

    Jun 16, 2011, 7:12 PM EDT

    Arte Moreno, Vernon Wells, Tony Reagins

    Angels owner Arte Moreno is done spending for the moment, sources told Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com.  According to the report, Moreno has told GM Tony Reagins he won’t be allowed to take on any additional salary this summer. Including the $12 million they’re paying Scott Kazmir and the $11.4 million due to Gary Matthews Jr.…

  10. Padres to retire Trevor Hoffman’s No. 51

    Jun 16, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

    trevor hoffman padres

    It was always only a matter of time, but the Padres did set the date on Thursday: they’ll retire Trevor Hoffman‘s No. 51 on Aug. 21 after a game against the Marlins. After spending his final two years in the majors with the Brewers, Hoffman retired over the winter and took a job as a special…

  11. Pete Rose on steroids and the Hall of Fame

    Jun 16, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    Pete Rose jacket

    The San Francisco Chronicle posted a quick interview with Pete Rose on Thursday, in parge part to get his reaction to the Buster Posey collision and injury (click on the link if you want to read about that).  Rose, though, was also asked about steroids and had a pretty good take: I’m not the one…

  12. Saturday’s Brewers-Red Sox game is now a night game

    Jun 16, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

    If you have tickets or plan on vegging in front of the Brewers-Red Sox game on Saturday, beware: the original 1:10 PM start time has been moved to 7 PM due to the Boston Bruins victory parade. This has probably long been in the contingency plans for city planners, but they had to translate the original…

  13. Quote of the Day: Adam Dunn on interleague play

    Jun 16, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Adam Dunn — a DH – is not a fan of playing interleague games in NL parks: “It does suck, yes. But that’s another reason why I’m anti-interleague. It’s not fun … The interleague thing is just awful. It just ruins everything. Especially if you look at Boston. People like Ortiz. He’s having a great…

  14. Twins get healthier: Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins come off DL

    Jun 16, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    joe-mauer-and-ron-gardenhire

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka was back in Minnesota’s lineup today for the first time since breaking his leg on April 7 and after finishing off a two-game sweep of the White Sox the Twins activated Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins from the disabled list as well. Mauer has been out since mid-April, but because of the ongoing…

  15. Phillies designate reliever J.C. Romero for assignment

    Jun 16, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    jc-romero-phillies

    J.C. Romero has been in the Phillies’ bullpen for the past four-and-a-half seasons, but today they designated him for assignment to make room on the roster for tomorrow’s starter, Vance Worley. Romero remains very effective against left-handed hitters, but his inability to be even decent against right-handed hitters and overall struggles to throw the ball…

  16. Brandon Phillips: Twitter God

    Jun 16, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Phillips_Brandon

    On a day when a congressman resigned because he misused Twitter, Amy K. Nelson reminds us in a nice story over at ESPN.com that Twitter is just a medium. It’s the nature of the person who uses it that matters.  Specifically when that person is Brandon Phillips: Yet it seems as though @DatDudeBP just might…

  17. Baseball is being ruined by the “cult of individualism,” says some guy

    Jun 16, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    The thinker

    I get accused — not wrongly — of over thinking things from time to time. Well I got nothin’ on David Sirota, who writes in Salon today about how our society’s veneration of the individual over the collective is ruining baseball. The basis of his argument: a study which shows that teams who spend big…

  18. Video of the Day: Official, extended Moneyball movie trailer

    Jun 16, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    I linked yesterday to an Entertainment Tonight video showing a few brief scenes from the upcoming Moneyball movie and opined that it didn’t exactly make me excited about the film, but today an official trailer for the movie was released and in addition to being a whole lot longer at two-plus minutes it also looks…

  19. Jeremy Guthrie leaves game with a back strain

    Jun 16, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    Orioles starter was having a nice day against the Blue Jays. He had five shutout innings under his belt with five strikeouts, but then he had to leave the game with a strained back. Updates will come later. You never want to see a starter hurt, but given that the Orioles are probably thinking about putting…

  20. Projecting the 2011 AL All-Star team

    Jun 16, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia, Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano

    Same deal as yesterday: 21 position players, 13 pitchers. Let’s give it a go. Catcher Locks: Russell Martin Possibilities: Alex Avila, Matt Wieters, J.P. Arencibia, Miguel Olivo, Carlos Santana, Mike Napoli, Joe Mauer Martin has more than a 600,000-ballot lead on Avila in second place, so he’s sure to go. It will be interesting to…

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