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  1. Brandon Webb getting troublesome shoulder examined

    Jul 2, 2011, 9:58 PM EST

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    It might be time to write off Brandon Webb for the rest of the 2011 season. And probably much longer: Asked if he thought he would pitch for the Rangers this season, Webb said, “Who knows? I have no idea.” That quote comes courtesy of Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, who chatted with the…

  2. Fernando Rodney shut down after suffering setback

    Jul 2, 2011, 8:39 PM EST

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    Angels setup man Fernando Rodney isn’t getting any closer to returning to the major leagues. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the rehabbing reliever has been shut down indefinitely due to ongoing discomfort in his back. Rodney was placed on the 15-day disabled list in early June with an upper-back strain. He…

  3. Dustin Ackley out second straight game with bruised ribs

    Jul 2, 2011, 7:51 PM EST

    Dustin Ackley

    Greg Johns of MLB.com passes along notice that Mariners rookie Dustin Ackley is out of the starting lineup for a second consecutive game Saturday night against the Padres due to bruised ribs. Ackley suffered the minor bruising earlier this week and is being called “day-to-day” by the Seattle training staff. It’s not yet known if…

  4. Fausto Carmona pulled Saturday with right quad strain

    Jul 2, 2011, 6:44 PM EST

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    According to beat writer Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Indians starter Fausto Carmona was pulled in the third inning of Saturday’s game against the cross-state Reds after suffering a right quadriceps strain while legging out a bunt single. Carmona began stumbling as he neared the first base bag and eventually lost all control of his legs,…

  5. Yankees release Carlos Silva

    Jul 2, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

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    According to Donnie Collins of the Scranton Times-Tribune, the Yankees have released right-hander Carlos Silva. Silva, 32, signed a minor league contract with the Yankees in early-April after being released by the Cubs during spring training. He had an impressive 2.75 ERA and 26/8 K/BB ratio over seven minor league starts between High-A Tampa, Double-A…

  6. Jose Reyes leaves game with left hamstring tightness

    Jul 2, 2011, 5:06 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics v New York Mets

    We can probably cool that talk about Carl Crawford money. At least for now. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Jose Reyes was pulled from today’s game against the Yankees after two innings with left hamstring tightness. Reyes apparently felt tightness while beating out an infield single in the bottom of the first inning. Oddly,…

  7. Roy Halladay wins in return to Toronto

    Jul 2, 2011, 4:27 PM EST

    Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay walks to the bullpen prior to starting against his former team the Toronto Blue Jays during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Roy Halladay was victorious in his return to Toronto this afternoon, tossing a complete game (what else?) as part of a 5-3 win over the Blue Jays. Halladay threw 110 pitches en route to his major-league leading sixth complete game of the season. He scattered eight hits while striking out eight and walking just one.…

  8. Marlins designate Jose Lopez for assignment

    Jul 2, 2011, 3:38 PM EST

    Jose Lopez

    Jose Lopez was just jettisoned by a major league team for the second time in the past month. According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have designated Lopez for assignment and recalled outfielder Bryan Peterson from Triple-A New Orleans. Lopez signed a minor league contract with the Marlins after being released by…

  9. Cubs activate Marlon Byrd from disabled list

    Jul 2, 2011, 2:33 PM EST

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    The Cubs have activated Marlon Byrd from the disabled list, exactly six weeks after he suffered facial fractures when he was hit by a pitch from Red Sox right-hander Alfredo Aceves on May 21. Byrd is batting sixth and playing center field this afternoon against the White Sox. He was cleared to return after going 4-for-15…

  10. Report: Albert Pujols could return around the All-Star break

    Jul 2, 2011, 1:49 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Albert Pujols is not like you and me. In a stunning development, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Albert Pujols’ fractured left wrist has shown “significant improvement,” which could enable him to return “immediately after the All-Star break, if not before.” After receiving “aggressive treatment to promote healing of the bone,” Pujols underwent…

  11. Dee Gordon likely minors-bound when Rafael Furcal returns from disabled list Sunday

    Jul 2, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Rafael Furcal wrapped up his minor league rehab assignment last night with High-A Rancho Cucamonga and is slated to rejoin the Dodgers as soon as tomorrow. There’s nothing official yet, but Matt Stevens of the Los Angeles Times writes that all signs point to rookie shortstop Dee Gordon being sent back to Triple-A Albuquerque. “We’ll…

  12. Rangers give Dominican outfielder Nomar Mazara record-breaking signing bonus

    Jul 2, 2011, 12:24 PM EST

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    July 2 doesn’t get as much attention as July 31’s non-waiver trade deadline, but it’s still a pretty significant date in the baseball world. Today marks the first day of the international signing period. If you take a look at the signings today and over the next couple of weeks and months, you’ll notice that…

  13. Ever wonder how the Yankees would fare if they called Citi Field home?

    Jul 2, 2011, 11:31 AM EST

    Citi Field AP

    The answer? Not nearly as well, at least from a power perspective. This isn’t shocking information, given that Yankee Stadium obviously caters to power, particularly to right field, while Citi Field is more pitcher-friendly, but the Wall Street Journal crunched the actual numbers. With the help of HitTrackerOnline’s Greg Rybarczyk and the ESPN Stats and…

  14. Adrian Gonzalez expected to play right field again tonight

    Jul 2, 2011, 10:40 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Philadelphia Phillies

    Following last night’s win over the Astros, Red Sox manager Terry Francona told the Boston Herald that he is leaning towards playing David Ortiz at first base tonight, which means Adrian Gonzalez will make another start in right field. “If he plays (tonight), we’re looking at 13, 14, 15 (plate appearances), and we’re in good…

  15. Brian Wilson destroyed a water cooler last night

    Jul 2, 2011, 10:05 AM EST

    Brian Wilson water cooler AP

    The headline pretty much says it all. After blowing his second save in as many days last night against the Tigers, Brian Wilson took his frustrations to a water cooler in the dugout. The bearded closer was pulled with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. Jeremy Affeldt was able…

  16. MLB to look into A-Rod’s involvement in illegal celebrity poker game

    Jul 2, 2011, 9:08 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez

    According to the Associated Press, MLB plans to look into allegations that Alex Rodriguez participated in an illegal, high-stakes poker game that included such celebrities as Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. If you recall, Rodriguez was previously “warned” by the Yankees for playing in some underground poker games in Manhattan back in 2005, but these…

  17. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jul 2, 2011, 8:33 AM EST

    San Diego Padres v Seattle Mariners

    How about a little appreciation for Jason Vargas? Granted, pitching against the Padres at Safeco Field isn’t exactly the toughest matchup in the world, but after his six-hit, complete-game shutout last night, he is now tied with James Shields for the American League lead with three shutouts. OK, so I’m mostly mentioning this so I…

  18. Rich Harden strikes out six and wins in season debut

    Jul 2, 2011, 1:24 AM EST

    Wily Mo Pena, Rich Harden

    Baseball truly is a wonderful game. – Rich Harden, making his first start for the A’s since July 6, 2008, went six innings without walking a batter to defeat the Diamondbacks in his season debut.  It’s just the 10th time in 146 career starts that he’s pitched at least six innings and not walked a…

  19. Record Citi Field crowd watches Yankees beat Mets 5-1

    Jul 1, 2011, 10:33 PM EST

    Jose Reyes, Jerry Layne

    The Yankees jumped out on top 3-0 in the first and held on from there to beat the Mets 5-1 in front of a record Citi Field crowd of 42,020 on Friday night. The Bombers got their first two runs off lefty Jon Niese before an out was recorded, as Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson…

  20. Jair Jurrjens hurls one-hitter for first career shutout

    Jul 1, 2011, 10:09 PM EST

    Jair Jurrjens

    Atlanta’s Jair Jurrjens emphatically reclaimed the major league lead in ERA on Friday by throwing a one-hit shutout against the Orioles.  It was his first career shutout and second complete game. The performance lowered his ERA from 2.07 to 1.89.  Jered Weaver had held the major league lead with a 1.97 ERA. Jurrjens took a no-hitter…

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