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  1. Diamondbacks announcer Mark Grace arrested for DUI

    Jun 8, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

    Mark Grace mugshot

    Longtime Chicago Cubs first baseman and current Diamondbacks color guy Mark Grace was arrested in Scottsdale on Memorial Day, the Arizona Republic reports. The report says the 46-year-old Grace was stopped after 1 a.m. on May 30 while weaving within his lane.  Grace didn’t have his wallet or license with him at the time of…

  2. Evan Longoria out again Wednesday night with stomach bug

    Jun 8, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times passes along notice that third baseman Evan Longoria is out of the Rays’ starting lineup again on Wednesday night due to a flu-like illness. It’s the third straight game that he has been absent. The Rays went with Felipe Lopez at the hot corner Sunday and will go…

  3. Brett Lawrie out 3-4 weeks with fractured hand

    Jun 8, 2011, 7:04 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie spring training

    A bone scan turned up a non-displaced fracture in Brett Lawrie’s hand, and the Jays’ No. 1 prospect is expected to need the next 2-3 weeks off, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports. X-rays originally found no break in the area in which Lawrie was hit by a pitch last week while playing for Triple-A Las Vegas, but…

  4. Hey Jetes: Paul McCartney to play Yankee Stadium

    Jun 8, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

    Paul McCartney

    The Yankees announced Wednesday that Paul McCartney would play his first show at Yankee Stadium on July 15, with tickets going on sale Monday. McCartney previously played three shows at Citi Field in its inaugural year of 2009 and at Fenway Park the same year.  With The Beatles, he played at Shea Stadium to open a…

  5. The Astros drafted a paralyzed player, too: Buddy Lamothe

    Jun 8, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

    Buddy Lamothe

    Seven rounds after the Rangers picked Johnathan Taylor, the Astros made a symbolic choice of their own Wednesday, selecting Buddy Lamothe in the 40th round. Lamothe was a top reliever for San Jacinto Junior College, posting a 0.86 ERA and striking out 27 in 21 innings, before being paralyzed in an accident last month. His father…

  6. Matt Cain fans 11, goes distance to beat Nationals 3-1

    Jun 8, 2011, 6:27 PM EDT

    Matt Cain

    Making the most of the little support he’s receiving, Matt Cain moved to 5-0 when the Giants score at least three runs in beating the Nationals on Wednesday.  It was his first complete game of 2011 and the 13th of his career. Today marked the fifth time the Giants have scored exactly three runs through his…

  7. No Jorge Posada, Jarrod Saltalamacchia for Wednesday’s Red Sox-Yankees tilt

    Jun 8, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada and son

    Mark Teixeira will start Wednesday after leaving Tuesday’s game with a right knee contusion, but the Yankees and Red Sox will be missing key players tonight. Jorge Posada left the Yankees to be with his 11-year-old son as he undergoes surgery.  The Posada family is hoping that this ninth operation is the final surgery for Jorge III,…

  8. Rangers fire new hitting coach Thad Bosley despite scoring fourth-most runs in AL

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

    thad-bosley-and-josh-hamilton-rangers

    Hired in November to replace Clint Hurdle as Texas’ hitting coach, Thad Bosley was fired today two months into the season despite the Rangers ranking fourth among AL teams in runs per game. Scott Coolbaugh will replace him, becoming the Rangers’ fourth hitting coach in less than three full seasons. After scoring 787 runs on…

  9. Top prospect Anthony Rizzo to be in Padres’ lineup Thursday

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT

    anthony rizzo

    Dan Hayes of the North County Times has confirmed the speculation about Anthony Rizzo’s impending arrival, citing a team source who says the stud first base prospect will be in the Padres’ lineup for tomorrow’s game against the Nationals. Rizzo was already in San Diego to have his injured thumb examined, but the Padres have…

  10. Report: Frank McCourt will meet the June 15th payroll

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    It’s been morbid fun watching Frank McCourt press to meet the Dodgers payroll, thereby holding off a takeover from Major League Baseball.  Last month we saw him mortgage his future a little bit.  The expectation this month was that he’d be sunk, given that Manny Ramirez is owed a big chunk of money in deferred…

  11. Padres activate catcher Nick Hundley from disabled list

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    Nick Hundley

    Out for the past month with a strained oblique muscle, Nick Hundley has been activated from the disabled list and will resume starting behind the plate for the Padres. Hundley hit .263 with three homers and a .758 OPS in 27 games prior to the injury, which is downright Ruthian compared to how Rob Johnson…

  12. Joba Chamberlain to the disabled list

    Jun 8, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    New York Yankees pitcher Chamberlain poses during media photo day at the team's spring training camp

    Before the season started, the Yankees were touted as having the best bullpen in the bigs. Then they lost Pedro Feliciano before he could even get going and then Rafael Soriano (a) pitched poorly; and (b) would up hurt.  And things keep getting worse in that department:  Joba Chamberlain has been sent to the disabled list…

  13. Former Giants, Pirates shortstop Jose Pagan dies at 76

    Jun 8, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Jose Pagan 1960 Topps

    Jose Pagan, a native of Puerto Rico who played 15 seasons with three major league clubs, passed away Wednesday at age 76.  No cause of death was initially announced. Pagan debuted with the San Francisco Giants in 1959 and finished 11th in the NL MVP balloting after hitting .259/.312/.359 with seven homers and 57 RBI…

  14. Cleveland’s big early lead in the AL Central is slipping away

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    choo getty

    Cleveland shocked everyone by going 18-8 in April and kept rolling through the first three weeks of May, giving the Indians an MLB-best 30-15 record as of May 23. That put them seven games ahead of the Tigers in the AL Central and double-digit games ahead of every other team in the division, but the…

  15. Was Bryce Harper just … kissing back?

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Here to Eternity

    The plot — which was already kind of thin to begin with, even if it was fun — has thickened. CSN Washington reports that it’s possible that when Bryce Harper blew that kiss at the pitcher the other day, he was merely returning the favor from an earlier incident. As reported first by the Hagerstown…

  16. Jerry Hairston Jr. drops suspension appeal because he’s injured anyway

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Hairston-Jr._Jerry

    Jerry Hairston Jr. was set to appeal his one-game suspension at a hearing today, but that’s no longer necessary because he’s injured anyway. Instead he’ll serve the suspension this afternoon while sidelined by back spasms, but Hairston told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he still disagrees with MLB’s ruling that he made contact…

  17. Happy Strasburg-a-versary

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Strasburg walks off

    Lots of promising young guys make their major league debut every year, but there aren’t many like Stephen Strasburg‘s, both in anticipation and in actual payoff.  It was a year ago tonight that Strasburg made his, and I’m still in awe over it. He struck out 14 Pirates batters without issuing a walk.  His last…

  18. Rangers draft paralyzed outfielder Johnathan Taylor

    Jun 8, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Johnathan Taylor

    The Rangers used their 33rd-round pick Wednesday to draft University of Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor, who was paralyzed after an outfield collision in March and is considered unlikely to walk again. Taylor fractured two vertebrae in his spine in a collision with teammate Zach Cone three months ago.  Cone was the Rangers’ second-round pick, and…

  19. Jayson Werth to miss his second straight game

    Jun 8, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v  Washington Nationals

    Jayson Werth hurt his ankle Monday night and missed yesterday’s game because of it.  He was set to play in this afternoon’s game, but was a late scratch because the ankle is still bugging him. The more interesting part of this to me is how he hurt his ankle: tripping over the bullpen mounds down…

  20. Brewers draft Trent Boras, son of super agent Scott Boras

    Jun 8, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Boras thinking

    Among the interesting picks on Day 2 of the draft was the Brewers selecting the son of agent Scott Boras, high school third baseman Trent Boras, in the 30th round. In addition to having the sport’s most famous agent as his father Boras is also said to be leaning toward bypassing pro ball to attend…

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