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  1. Giants weigh having Pablo Sandoval catch upon return

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:34 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    Pablo Sandoval opened his pro career as a catcher and caught in 14 major league games as a rookie in 2008 and sophomore in 2009. Now, with Buster Posey done for the season due to a fractured ankle, the Giants are considering reintroducing him to the position and using him there on a part-time basis.…

  2. Benches empty in Indians-Yankees game after Teixeira HBP

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira, Joe Girardi

    It never came to blows between the Red Sox and Yankees this week, but it almost did with the Tribe in town tonight.  After Fausto Carmona hit Mark Teixeira with a pitch in the second inning, the benches and the bullpens emptied, though no blows were exchanged. The Indians were down 4-0 when a wild…

  3. Hanley Ramirez could bat leadoff when he returns from the disabled list

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v San Francisco Giants

    Hanley Ramirez began a minor league rehab assignment tonight with High-A Jupiter and could be back as soon as Tuesday against the Phillies. However, the more interesting news is where he might find himself in the lineup upon his return. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez is considering using him out…

  4. The Red Sox think the Blue Jays are cheaters?

    Jun 10, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    Rogers Centre

    NESN color guy Jerry Remy just pointed out something I’m kind of embarrassed I hadn’t noticed: in Toronto tonight, Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is giving his signs to pitcher Clay Buchholz as if there were men on base. It would certainly seem to suggest that the Red Sox suspect some chicanery on the part of the…

  5. Travis Buck and wife shaken up after accident in cab

    Jun 10, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Travis Buck

    Travis Buck and his wife were involved in a car accident while riding in a taxi in Manhattan on Thurday morning, landing both in the hosptial briefly. Fortunately, they came out of it fine. Manager Manny Acta said Travis had “a little bit of whiplash” and was “a little dazed.” Buck was originally scheduled to…

  6. Padres agree to terms with 10th overall pick Cory Spangenberg

    Jun 10, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

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    In what should come as a surprise to no one, the Padres’ Cory Spangenberg has become the first 2011 first-rounder to sign.  The 10th overall pick is expected to get right around $1.8 million, which is approximately slot money for where he was selected. With two true first-rounders and three more supplemental picks, the Padres…

  7. Evan Longoria returns, Matt Joyce sits for Rays

    Jun 10, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Matt Joyce, Evan Longoria

    The good news is that the Rays have Evan Longoria back tonight after the All-Star third baseman missed three games with strep throat. The bad is that the team’s best hitter this year, Matt Joyce, is absent with what the Rays are calling “post-injection soreness” in his left shoulder. Joyce received his second cortisone shot…

  8. Dustin Pedroia back in lineup, talks about knee problem

    Jun 10, 2011, 5:57 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia

    One day after getting his knee scoped, Dustin Pedroia is back at second base for the Red Sox. Pedroia said that he had an MRI on Monday that revealed cartilage damage in his right knee, which led to the decision to have it scoped Thursday.  If the damage needed to be repaired, Pedroia probably would…

  9. Black church leaders are advocating for Frank McCourt for some reason

    Jun 10, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    This is odd.  A group of 20 ministers of predominately black Baptist and Methodist churches met with Frank McCourt last week — at McCourt’s instigation — and have written a letter to Bud Selig, lobbying for Major League Baseball to get off his case. From the letter: “We are deeply troubled by the rancor, media…

  10. Martin Prado diagnosed with staph infection, placed on DL

    Jun 10, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

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    Martin Prado has been out of the Braves’ lineup since being struck on the left knee by a throw while trying to steal second base Tuesday and today the Braves placed him on the disabled list … with a staph infection … in his other leg. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that…

  11. Joba Chamberlain to have Tommy John surgery

    Jun 10, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 4

    UPDATE: It’s official: Joba is going to have Tommy John surgery next week with Dr. James Andrews.  Tough break, kid.  Or, well, tough tear. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mr. Chamberlain’s name to The Human Fund. YESTERDAY, WHEN THERE WAS STILL HOPE LEFT IN THE WORLD: Bad news came back for Joba…

  12. After 255 straight starts Ichiro Suzuki out of Mariners’ lineup for first time since 2009

    Jun 10, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki, Drew Butera

    With his batting average down to .252 thanks to a month-long, 13-for-87 (.149) slump Ichiro Suzuki is out of the Mariners’ lineup today for the first time since 2009. That snaps a streak of 255 consecutive starts for Suzuki, which is the second-longest in baseball behind only Matt Kemp of the Dodgers with 268. Carlos…

  13. The Yankees add Kevin Whelan to the bullpen

    Jun 10, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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    Yesterday Matthew ran down the immediate possibilities for the now-depleted Yankees bullpen. One of them he mentioned was Kevin Whelan, who has a 30/6 K/BB ratio and a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s closer this season.  That possibility is now a reality as the Yankees have called him up. One would hope, if one…

  14. Jake Fox unclaimed on waivers, stays with Orioles at Triple-A

    Jun 10, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Apparently the Orioles weren’t the only team unimpressed with Jake Fox leading MLB in homers during spring training. Designated for assignment last week, Fox cleared waivers unclaimed and the Orioles have outrighted him to Triple-A. There was some speculation that the Pirates might claim Fox to help their suddenly extremely thin catching depth, but his…

  15. Must-click link: Tim Marchman on Bill Veeck

    Jun 10, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Bill Veeck

    Over at Baseball Prospectus today, Tim Marchman writes a piece about Bill Veeck that isn’t like any piece you’ve read about Bill Veeck. It’s partially about Chicago (where Marchman lives and Veeck lived) but mostly about Veeck’s forays into way ahead-of-its-time baseball television. One of the things he did was a pilot for a show…

  16. Kevin Kouzmanoff and his $4.75 million salary cleared waivers on the way to Triple-A

    Jun 10, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Kevin Kouzmanoff Getty

    Earlier this week the A’s optioned Kevin Kouzmanoff to Triple-A, demoting the struggling third baseman while calling up the recently acquired Scott Sizemore to replace him. As if that wasn’t depressing enough for a 29-year-old veteran of six seasons and 645 games, today the A’s dropped Kouzmanoff from the 40-man roster altogether and successfully passed…

  17. Tony La Russa to overmanage his 5000th game tonight

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Ah, I kid La Russa, because he’s a kidder.  Wait, no he’s not. He’s one of the more humorless managers in recent history. Hmmm, how about I kid Tony La Russa because I’m just not that big a fan. But even if I’m not a fan I do admire and respect his accomplishments, which will…

  18. Padres lose setup man Luke Gregerson to strained oblique

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:24 PM EDT

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    Lost in the hoopla surrounding Anthony Rizzo’s debut is that the Padres placed setup man Luke Gregerson on the disabled list last night with a strained oblique muscle. Gregerson isn’t a household name, but he has a 3.14 ERA and 196 strikeouts in 181 innings since debuting in 2009, including a 2.63 ERA in 30…

  19. Nats’ draftee Zach Houchins is in Twitter trouble

    Jun 10, 2011, 12:38 PM EDT

    Nationals logo

    The Nats’ 15th round pick was a shortstop named Zach Houchins, who played for  Louisburg Junior College in North Carolina.  Mr. Houchins used to have a Twitter account, but he deleted it after people noticed that he had a bunch of inflammatory stuff on there.  A lesson Mr. Houchins was apparently not taught: deleting your Twitter account doesn’t really…

  20. “Just a matter of time before the Angels release” Scott Kazmir

    Jun 10, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Scott Kazmir turned in another ugly start at Triple-A last night and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times writes that “it now appears to be just a matter of time before the Angels release the struggling left-hander and swallow his $14.5-million contract.” Kazmir coughed up six runs in 3.2 innings last night, walking five…

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