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  1. Josh Johnson throws first bullpen session since being placed on DL

    Jun 17, 2011, 7:21 PM EST

    Josh Johnson

    Josh Johnson may not be able to help the fading Marlins anytime soon, but he’s at least moving in the right direction. Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post reports that Johnson threw about 20 pitches in a bullpen session earlier today. It was his first bullpen session since being placed on the disabled list…

  2. After second opinion, Freddy Sanchez will stick with rehab over surgery

    Jun 17, 2011, 6:41 PM EST

    Freddy Sanchez injured

    CBSBayArea.com’s Mychael Urban reports that Freddy Sanchez got a second opinion on his injured right shoulder on Wednesday and will stay the course in his plan to rehab the injury. The second opinion came from Dr. Gary Waslewski, the doctor who performed surgery on Sanchez’s other shoulder last December. Surgery to repair Sanchez’s dislocated shoulder likely…

  3. Michael Cuddyer cares so much about the Twins that he’ll accept a trade

    Jun 17, 2011, 6:11 PM EST

    Michael Cuddyer

    Talking to CBSSports.com’s Scott Miller, Michael Cuddyer said he’d be OK with waiving his limited no-trade clause and accepting a deal out of Minnesota if it’d help the franchise. As Cuddyer himself admitted, his no-trade clause really isn’t an obstacle in the first place.  It blocks trades to just three teams, and Cuddyer wasn’t even…

  4. Rangers sign their top two draft picks

    Jun 17, 2011, 5:57 PM EST

    Zach Cone, Kyle Farmer, Colby Holmes

    The Rangers officially inked their top two draft picks on Friday, signing Kevin Matthews and Zach Cone to contracts with bonuses just under $1 million. Texas sacrificed its first-round pick, the 19th overall selection, to sign Adrian Beltre, but gained the 33rd and 37th overall selections as compensation for losing Cliff Lee. Unfortunately, after splurging to…

  5. Doug Davis pitches Cubs past Yankees in interleague opener

    Jun 17, 2011, 5:22 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Chicago Cubs

    Friday’s lone day game had an unexpected result, as Doug Davis finally earned his first win as a Cub by shutting down the Yankees in a 3-1 victory. The series represents the Yankees’ second trip to Wrigley Field during interleague play and the first since 2003.  A season-high 42,219 attended the game. Davis entered the…

  6. Alex Avila playing third base tonight for first time since college

    Jun 17, 2011, 5:09 PM EST

    Avila_Alex

    Without the designated hitter spot at his disposal Tigers manager Jim Leyland is getting creative for interleague play tonight by starting catcher Alex Avila at third base, where he hasn’t played a single inning since college. Detroit’s regular third baseman, Brandon Inge, is on the disabled list, and playing Avila out of position allows Victor…

  7. Braves place Tommy Hanson on DL with shoulder injury

    Jun 17, 2011, 4:24 PM EST

    Tommy Hanson pitches

    Tommy Hanson was already scratched from his scheduled start today because of a shoulder injury and now the Braves have placed him on the disabled list. The good news, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, is that an MRI exam revealed no structural damage and Hanson’s diagnosis is merely inflammation. The bad news is that…

  8. A starting pitching leaderboard that doesn’t feature Roy Halladay

    Jun 17, 2011, 4:15 PM EST

    Ian Kennedy

    Because of a J.J. Putz blown save, Arizona’s Ian Kennedy was denied a win last night despite holding the Giants to just an unearned run over eight innings. I noticed afterwards that it was the fifth time already this season that Kennedy has pitched at least eight innings and allowed one or no runs. As…

  9. Marlins demote former Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan to Triple-A

    Jun 17, 2011, 3:49 PM EST

    chris-coghlan-marlins

    They haven’t fired their manager (yet), but the Marlins made a surprising move today by demoting Opening Day center fielder and former Rookie of the Year winner Chris Coghlan to Triple-A. Coghlan was asked to switch to center field this season after previously never playing the position as a pro and has fared relatively well…

  10. UPDATE: Red Sox place Jed Lowrie on disabled list with shoulder injury

    Jun 17, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    UPDATE: Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox have placed Lowrie on the disabled list. Drew Sutton has been called up from Triple-A Pawtucket. 9:08 AM: Jed Lowrie, who has been bothered by a left shoulder injury since colliding with teammate Carl Crawford on May 29, could be headed for the disabled list…

  11. Gammons: Yankees “tampered” with Andrew Miller

    Jun 17, 2011, 3:32 PM EST

    AP Andrew Miller Red Sox

    The Red Sox are expected to put lefty Andrew Miller in their starting rotation against the Padres on Monday. And it’s a good thing, too, because during an appearance on WEEI in Boston earlier today, Peter Gammons said that they nearly lost him to the divisional-rival Yankees. “I know this: There were a lot of…

  12. Jonathan Papelbon has suspension reduced to two games

    Jun 17, 2011, 3:25 PM EST

    Jonathan Papelbon, Tony Randazzo

    Jonathan Papelbon‘s three-game suspension for bumping umpire Tony Randazzo earned earlier this month seemed excessive, and someone in the league office agreed, as the penalty was reduced to two games on appeal. He’ll begin serving it today. Papelbon was suspended June 7 for an incident that took place two days earlier against the A’s.  Randazzo…

  13. Travis swap: Indians activate Hafner from DL, option Buck to Triple-A

    Jun 17, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

    Travis Hafner

    Travis Hafner is back from the disabled list after sitting out the past four weeks with an oblique injury and the Indians created a roster spot for his return by optioning Travis Buck to Triple-A. Hafner is in the lineup tonight as the designated hitter and cleanup man, but starting next Friday his playing time…

  14. Time for Diamondbacks to make a switch at first base?

    Jun 17, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Brandon Allen

    Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson named Juan Miranda his primary first baseman at the end of the spring, but he’s obviously never really warmed up to the former Yankee.  As of Friday, Miranda had started just 33 of the team’s 70 games. The decision to release Russell Branyan seemed like just the break Miranda needed to solidify…

  15. Read the McCourt’s divorce settlement agreement

    Jun 17, 2011, 2:01 PM EST

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    Based on various reports from this morning it sounds like the McCourt’s divorce settlement agreement being contingent on MLB approving the Dodgers’ new television contract with FOX makes it somewhere between “unlikely” and “moot point.” With that said, the Los Angeles Times has an official copy of the agreement–all six pages of it, for those…

  16. White Sox GM turns down Jake Peavy’s offer to work in relief

    Jun 17, 2011, 1:14 PM EST

    Jake Peavy

    Earlier this week Jake Peavy offered to move to the bullpen once he comes off the disabled list, but today White Sox general manager Ken Williams shot down that idea. Williams told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that Peavy will return as a starter, saying taking him up on the bullpen offer “never crossed…

  17. HBT Daily: Previewing the weekend’s interleague matchups

    Jun 17, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Craig is gone, but he lives on in video form (he’s actually just taking a long weekend) …

  18. Joe Morgan is getting his own radio show

    Jun 17, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    Joe Morgan headshot

    Fired by ESPN in November, longtime Sunday Night Baseball announcer and Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan will soon launch his own syndicated weekday afternoon radio show, according to Media Bistro. The Joe Morgan Show will begin August 22 with a pre-promoted guest list that includes Johnny Bench, Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Bob Gibson,…

  19. Paul Konerko doesn’t regret turning down Diamondbacks to re-sign with White Sox

    Jun 17, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    konerko fenway

    This offseason Paul Konerko seriously considered signing with the Diamondbacks, in large part to be closer to his family, but ultimately decided to re-sign with the White Sox for $37.5 million over three years. With the White Sox heading to Arizona for an interleague series that begins tonight Konerko told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago…

  20. Dodgers divorce: McCourts reach settlement after 20 months

    Jun 17, 2011, 11:11 AM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Frank and Jamie McCourt have finally reached a divorce settlement and an official announcement will come this afternoon. They filed for divorce 20 months ago, turning ownership of the Dodgers into a huge question mark amid various ugliness and cash flow problems. Of late reaching payroll…

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