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  1. Orioles agree to three-year contract extension with J.J. Hardy

    Jul 16, 2011, 12:45 PM EST

    J.J. Hardy

    UPDATE: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun adds that the deal is worth between $22-22.5 million over three years. The no-trade clause involves eight teams and Hardy has been assured that he will not be traded this season. 12:38 PM: Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles and shortstop J.J. Hardy have…

  2. Carlos Marmol removed from closer’s role indefinitely

    Jul 16, 2011, 11:56 AM EST

    Carlos Marmol

    Cubs manager Mike Quade acknowledged the obvious following yesterday’s close call win over the Marlins, telling Carrie Muskat of MLB.com that Carlos Marmol will be removed from the closer role indefinitely to work on his mechanics. “Relievers just don’t have the side time and the time to work on stuff that starters do,” Quade said.…

  3. Carl Crawford kicks off brief rehab stint at Pawtucket

    Jul 16, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Carl Crawford played his first of two minor league rehab games with Triple-A Pawtucket last night. He played five innings in left field and went 1-for-2 a broken bat RBI single, a walk and a run scored. Most importantly, he told Mike Scandura of the Boston Globe after the game that his hamstring felt fine.…

  4. Want Jeff Baker? Don’t even think about it.

    Jul 16, 2011, 10:25 AM EST

    Jeff Baker

    What does a .279 career batting average and .769 OPS make you? Untouchable. At least according to Cubs general manager Jim Hendry. Sources tell Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com that the Cubs have no plans to deal utility man Jeff Baker to a contender. The Red Sox and Indians are among the…

  5. David Wright doubles in first minor league rehab game

    Jul 16, 2011, 9:55 AM EST

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    The Mets are beginning to look a lot like sellers, but they are finally close to getting their third baseman back. David Wright went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and a run scored last night in his first minor league rehab game with High-A St. Lucie. According to Greg Auman of ESPN New York, he…

  6. Pirates grab share of first place in National League Central

    Jul 16, 2011, 9:25 AM EST

    Karstens Pirates AP

    Did you wake up feeling a little off today? Maybe your cup of coffee doesn’t taste quite the same as it usually does and you have the sudden and unprecedented impulse to go for an early morning jog? No worries, it’s perfectly explainable. You see, the Pirates are tied with the Cardinals for first place…

  7. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jul 16, 2011, 8:43 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    This rivalry between the Cardinals and Reds continues to live up to the hype. The Reds kicked off the second half in style last night, defeating the Cardinals 6-5 thanks to a two-out, walk off two-run homer by Brandon Phillips off Cards’ closer Fernando Salas in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Reds were…

  8. David Aardsma to undergo Tommy John surgery next week

    Jul 15, 2011, 11:07 PM EST

    aardsma fist pump

    David Aardsma hasn’t thrown a pitch in the big leagues this season. And now it’s very likely we won’t see him again until latter part of the 2012 season at the earliest. Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that Aardsma will undergo Tommy John surgery late next week in California. The 29-year-old right-hander has been rehabbing…

  9. MLB splits up agitator umps Joe West and Angel Hernandez

    Jul 15, 2011, 10:39 PM EST

    Terry Francona, Joe West, Angel Hernandez

    Gerry Fraley points out something I can’t believe I missed: Major League Baseball has split up crew chief Joe West and over-zealous cohort Angel Hernandez to start the second half. Hernandez has been moved on to Gerry Davis’ crew and switched spots with Sam Holbrook. West’s crew had become notorious for hot-headedness this season.  In…

  10. Russell Martin blames himself for Jays’ relaying signs

    Jul 15, 2011, 9:46 PM EST

    Russell Martin, Bartolo Colon

    Russell Martin says the Jays’ were stealing signs from second base in Thursday’s loss and that he’s the one to blame. Toronto scored eight runs in the first off Bartolo Colon on the way to a 16-7 win last night. “I’m not bothered by it,” he said. “I was more angry at myself for figuring…

  11. Peter Bourjos placed on disabled list after setback with hamstring injury

    Jul 15, 2011, 9:10 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, the Angels have placed Peter Bourjos on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Alexi Amarista from Triple-A Salt Lake. Bourjos has been sidelined since straining his right hamstring while running the bases last Thursday. While Craig wrote earlier this morning that the speedy center fielder was…

  12. The Nationals won’t try to get cute with Jordan Zimmermann’s innings limit

    Jul 15, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

    Jordan Zimmermann

    Nationals fans better enjoy Jordan Zimmermann while they still can. No worries, he’s perfectly healthy, but after the Nationals made a tentative schedule to work around Zimmermann’s 160-innings limit for this season, manager Davey Johnson told Amanda Comak of the Washington Times earlier today that plans have changed. While Zimmermann won’t make his next start…

  13. Carlos Gonzalez still out, Dexter Fowler up for Rockies

    Jul 15, 2011, 8:03 PM EST

    Dexter Fowler

    The All-Star break didn’t give Carlos Gonzalez enough time to recover from his sore wrist, so the Rockies brought Dexter Fowler back from the minors a bit earlier than expected Friday. After a slow start for Triple-A Colorado Springs, Fowler had hit .385/.489/.615 in his last 10 games.  He homered in two of his last…

  14. Report: Pirates and Rockies among teams interested in Kevin Slowey

    Jul 15, 2011, 7:42 PM EST

    Kevin Slowey

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Pirates and Rockies are among the teams “showing continued interest” in Kevin Slowey. Slowey, who has been on the disabled list since late May with an abdominal strain, is scheduled to make his third minor league rehab start tonight with Triple-A Rochester. His future with the Twins…

  15. Jose Bautista aims for Sunday or Tuesday return

    Jul 15, 2011, 6:56 PM EST

    Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista tweeted Friday that the ankle he injured in Thursday night’s game against the Yankees is “feeling much better,” and the hope is that he’ll return in a couple of days. “Optimistically, we’re thinking Sunday. If not, it could possibly be Tuesday,” manager John Farrell told the National Post. The Jays don’t play Monday,…

  16. Nationals GM: Stephen Strasburg could pitch in September

    Jul 15, 2011, 6:43 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg continues to progress in his return from Tommy John surgery, and Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said Friday that the former No. 1 overall draft pick could make a start in September for the club. Strasburg was pretty much written off for 2011 after undergoing surgery last Sept. 3, but his rehab is going…

  17. Denard Span, Jason Kubel to begin rehab assignments Sunday

    Jul 15, 2011, 6:24 PM EST

    Denard Span

    After nearly six weeks off, Denard Span has finally recovered from his concussion and has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Sunday. He’ll be joined there on the same day by teammate Jason Kubel, who suffered a sprained right foot on May 30.  Kubel originally began a rehab assignment two…

  18. David Ortiz appeals his four-game suspension

    Jul 15, 2011, 6:15 PM EST

    David Ortiz

    As expected, David Ortiz appealed the four-game ban handed down by MLB on Thursday and is in Boston’s lineup for Friday’s game against the Rays. Orioles pitchers Kevin Gregg (four games) and Mike Gonzalez (three games) appealed their suspension before Baltimore played last night. Ortiz was pretty lucky to just get four games after charging the…

  19. A’s try Futures Game MVP Grant Green in center field

    Jul 15, 2011, 6:04 PM EST

    Grant Green

    Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus reports that A’s prospect Grant Green has been shifted from shortstop to center field at Double-A Midland tonight and that it’s more than a one-day experiment. The move makes plenty of sense.  Green, a 2009 first-round pick, has long appeared ticketed for second base, but the A’s seem to have…

  20. K-Rod waives his giant option; will be a free agent after the season

    Jul 15, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Francisco Rodriguez and the Milwaukee Brewers have made a deal:  K-Rod is waving his $17.5 million option in exchange for additional compensation now. He’ll become a free agent when the season is over. This makes sense for everyone.  For the Brewers, they can now use Rodriguez in any capacity they wish,…

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