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  1. Mike Trout goes hitless in debut, but Angels beat Mariners

    Jul 9, 2011, 1:01 AM EST

    Mike Trout

    On the strength of four solo homers, the last a walkoff shot from Mark Trumbo off David Pauley, the Angels beat the Mariners 4-3 on Friday night. Top prospect Mike Trout, hitting ninth in his major league debut, went 0-for-3. The Angels got homers from Erick Aybar, Vernon Wells and Hank Conger before Trumbo ended…

  2. Kevin Youkilis, Jhonny Peralta named to AL All-Star team

    Jul 9, 2011, 12:35 AM EST

    Jhonny Peralta

    The replacements for Alex Rodriguez (knee) and Derek Jeter (calf) are in, and they are the expected names.  Kevin Youkilis and Jhonny Peralta will take the open spots at third base and shortstop on the AL squad. Adrian Beltre and Asdrubal Cabrera will replace Rodriguez and Jeter in the starting lineup. Youkilis leads all major league…

  3. Fan hit by Josh Hamilton’s foul ball requires stitches

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:32 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    Because any sort of fancy lede here would only stand to trivialize last night’s tragedy… Josh Hamilton ripped a foul ball into the stands Friday night in the game against the A’s that struck a male fan sitting about five rows behind the third-base dugout, leaving the man bleeding from the face.  Stadium personnel immediately…

  4. Report: Dodgers fire hopeful owner Steve Garvey

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:21 PM EST

    Steve Garvey

    Stunning, isn’t it, that lobbying to buy your boss’s business that he has no interest in selling might undermine your job security? Steve Garvey had been affiliated with the Dodgers for about 30 of the last 40 years, but he’s out on his own now after being let go by Frank McCourt, The Associated Press…

  5. Josh Hamilton goes 1-for-5 as Rangers beat A’s

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:03 PM EST

    Jackie Moore, Johnny Narron, Josh Hamilton, Jamie Reed

    Playing with black armbands and heavy hearts, the Rangers roughed up All-Star left-hander Gio Gonzalez and beat the A’s 8-5 on Friday night. The Rangers started this one in torrid fashion, going deep three times in the first and second innings off a pitcher who had surrendered just six homers in 109 innings for the season.  Mike…

  6. David Ortiz charges mound as Red Sox-Orioles turns to brawl

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:09 PM EST

    David Ortiz, Kevin Gregg

    David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg sparked a benches-clearing brawl Friday night with the Red Sox spanking the Orioles for the second night in a row. The Orioles called on their seldom-used closer down 9-3 in the bottom of the eighth.  After giving up a walk and an RBI triple to Josh Reddick, Gregg threw three…

  7. It might be Kevin Millwood time in Boston

    Jul 8, 2011, 9:55 PM EST

    Kevin Millwood

    The early reports are encouraging on Josh Beckett’s hyperextended left knee, but what if Boston is forced to place him on the disabled list alongside Jon Lester (lat), Clay Buchholz (back) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow)? Such a move could leave the Red Sox with a rotation of John Lackey, Tim Wakefield, Andrew Miller, Kyle Weiland…

  8. Placido Polanco diagnosed with bulging disc in back

    Jul 8, 2011, 9:40 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v St. Louis Cardinals

    The Phillies were dealt another blow on the injury front before tonight’s game, as Placido Polanco confirmed that he was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his back. Polanco has begun taking an anti-inflammatory medication, but if the pills don’t help ease the discomfort in his back, he will be treated with an anti-inflammatory injection.…

  9. Josh Beckett exits with hyperextended left knee

    Jul 8, 2011, 9:12 PM EST

    Josh Beckett

    9:20 p.m. EDT: Beckett was removed with the Red Sox are calling a mildly hyperextended left knee.  The team said it was a precaution and that he’s listed as day-to-day. Common sense would dictate that he’ll be scratched from the All-Star Game, even though it looks like he’ll be ready to pitch after the break.…

  10. John Lannan diagnosed with nasal contusion after being hit with comebacker

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:27 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Washington Nationals - Game Two

    UPDATE: Encouraging news from the Nats’ clubhouse. The Nationals just announced that Lannan is day-to-day with a nasal contusion. 8:27 PM: You never like to see this. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that Nationals left-hander John Lannan exited tonight’s start against the Rockies in the top of the fourth inning after he was…

  11. Heyman: Andre Ethier has Boston on his mind

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:07 PM EST

    Andre Ethier, Chris Iannetta

    It’s something of an old rumor, but SI.com’s Jon Heyman has stirred it back up again, saying Andre Ethier is frustrated with the Dodgers and has hopes of joining the Red Sox at some point in his career. According to Heyman, “many people connected to the Dodgers say that Ethier is more dismayed by the…

  12. Report: Cubs not willing to deal Sean Marshall

    Jul 8, 2011, 7:45 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Buster Olney of ESPN.com is hearing that the Cubs are telling teams that they have no interest in including reliever Sean Marshall in a trade. While he has been a starter in the past, the 28-year-old Marshall has quietly emerged as one of the top left-handed set-up men in the game, posting an outstanding 2.52…

  13. Red Sox prospect Kyle Weiland to debut Sunday

    Jul 8, 2011, 7:16 PM EST

    Kyle Weiland

    Rather than turn to reliever Alfredo Aceves or add veteran Kevin Millwood from Pawtucket, the Red Sox have chosen 24-year-old Kyle Weiland to make his major league debut and start Sunday in Jon Lester‘s place. Weiland, a 2008 third-round pick out of Notre Dame, is 8-6 with a 3.00 ERA and a 99/37 K/BB ratio in…

  14. Ailing Alex Rodriguez pulls out of All-Star Game

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:53 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez

    As speculated earlier, Alex Rodriguez has joined Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera in pulling out of the All-Star Game. No replacement was announced, but we’re guessing will soon announce that Kevin Youkilis and Jhonny Peralta have been added to the squad as reserves.  Adrian Beltre and Asdrubal Cabrera figure to move into the starting lineup…

  15. Curt Schilling auctioning off memorabilia for charity

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:31 PM EST

    Curt Schilling auction: 2007 World Series ball

    Curt Schilling just announced on Twitter that he’s auctioning of most of his baseball memorabilia collection, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Asperger’s Association of New England and the Shade Foundation. Lots Nos. 1-204  of the Hunt Auction’s Live Auction at MLB All-Star FanFest are from Schilling’s private collection. Highlights include a Roberto…

  16. Josh Hamilton talks about Thursday’s accident

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:08 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton spoke at length Friday about the events of the night before, when Shannon Stone died after tumbling over the Rangers Ballpark railing while catching a ball thrown by the left fielder. Hamilton said he had heard Stone ask for a ball earlier in the game: Yeah, when I glanced up there, like I…

  17. Dontrelle Willis to start for the Reds on Sunday

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    dontrelle-willis-reds-spring

    The D-Train is back on the tracks: Jerry Crasnick reports that the Reds are recalling Dontrelle Willis and will have him start this Sunday against the Brewers. When last we saw Willis, he was completing the finishing touches on a three-year span in which he struck out 82 batters and walked 119 in 123 1/3 innings.…

  18. Joe Torre talks about umpires, makes very little sense

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Ron Washington, Joe West, Angel Hernandez

    Joe Torre was on Colin Cowherd’s radio show yesterday. The topic of discussion: Umpires Gone Wild. Or, rather, the recent dustups between Joe West’s crew and, well, everyone. Now to be clear, Joe Torre has a tough job here. He has his job mostly because he’s a respected figure who players and coaches and stuff…

  19. Andre Ethier to take Shane Victorino’s spot on NL All-Star team

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

    Andre Ethier

    A little comparison… Corner outfielders on the NL All-Star team Carlos Beltran Lance Berkman Ryan Braun Jay Bruce Matt Holliday Hunter Pence Justin Upton Center fielders on the NL All-Star team Matt Kemp So, of course the league today named Andre Ethier the replacement for the injured Shane Victorino on the NL squad.  Because what…

  20. Josh Hamilton will start Friday against A’s

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:22 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton will play left field tonight against the A’s, manager Ron Washington said. Hamilton was given the option of taking the night off after he made the throw Thursday that caused Shannon Stone to tumble over a Rangers Ballpark railing and fall to his death.  Hamilton, though, said he wanted to be out there…

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