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  1. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 10, 2011, 6:29 AM EST

    Geovany Sot

    Sorry it’s coming a bit late this morning. Your author was under the weather last night and decided that rather than stay up watching baseball and reading box scores that an early bedtime was in order. Anyway: Cubs 4, Phillies 3: Ryan Madson had been gold in save situations, but came up pyrite last night: Geovany…

  2. More than just a sweep for surging BoSox

    Jun 10, 2011, 3:52 AM EST

    CC Sabathia

    The Yankees finally retaliated. Following two more plunkings tonight, CC Sabathia had decided enough was enough.  Josh Beckett hit Derek Jeter in the elbow in the top of the first and Alex Rodriguez in the hip in the in the fourth. After A-Rod limped to first, Sabathia, working with the Yankees up 2-0, picked his target, hitting…

  3. A-Rod invests in coconut water brand, but endorses another

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:32 PM EST

    a-rod coconut water

    Darren Rovell does great work at CNBC covering a range of sports business topics and also runs one of the most interesting Twitter feeds around. He’s been talking for several weeks about a rising product called “coconut water,” which is quickly gaining big-time investors and big-time pitch men from the sports world. Yankees third baseman…

  4. Cameron Maybin could return from the disabled list Monday

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:04 PM EST

    maybin smile

    The Padres promoted first base prospect Anthony Rizzo from Triple-A Tucson on Thursday. On Monday, they could be adding a more familiar face. From MLB.com’s Corey Brock comes word that center fielder Cameron Maybin has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment and may be cleared to return to the major leagues as…

  5. Phil Hughes cleared to begin rehab assignment Tuesday

    Jun 9, 2011, 9:29 PM EST

    hughes wide reuters

    Matt Fortuna of MLB.com passes along notice that Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment and will make his first appearance Tuesday with the Yankees’ affiliate in the Gulf Coast League. Hughes threw 30 pitches Thursday in a simulated game down in Tampa, Florida and was able to…

  6. Marlins ink former All-Star Jose Lopez to minor league deal

    Jun 9, 2011, 8:38 PM EST

    jose lopez

    According to the New Orleans Zephyrs’ official Twitter feed, the Marlins reached agreement on a minor league contract Thursday morning with infielder Jose Lopez and assigned him to Triple-A. Lopez was cut loose by the Rockies earlier this week after batting just .208/.233/.288 with two home runs and six total extra-base hits in 129 plate…

  7. Royals call up former No. 2 overall pick Mike Moustakas

    Jun 9, 2011, 7:23 PM EST

    Mike Moustakas

    Figuring they’ve had so much luck with Eric Hosmer, the Royals have decided to try another top prospect, calling up Mike Moustakas after Thursday’s game. There are a couple of differences here, though. With a .287/.347/.498 line, 10 homers and 44 RBI, Moustakas wasn’t tearing up PCL competition quite like Hosmer did before his promotion.…

  8. Padres officially promote Anthony Rizzo to the major leagues

    Jun 9, 2011, 7:11 PM EST

    rizzo ap

    As expected, the Padres have promoted top prospect Anthony Rizzo from Triple-A Tucson and written his name into the starting lineup for Thursday night’s game against the Nationals. Rizzo is batting seventh in his major league debut. The 21-year-old first baseman forced his way to the majors at a far quicker pace than expected by…

  9. No Soriano, Joba means bullpen help a must for Yanks

    Jun 9, 2011, 6:40 PM EST

    Who will bridge the gap to Mo?

    Now without both Joe Girardi’s designated seventh- and eighth-inning guys, the Yankees are going to be scrambling for setup help over the next two months. The news today that Joba Chamberlain would likely need Tommy John surgery, coming on the heels of Rafael Soriano getting shut down for at least a month, leaves the Yankees…

  10. Dustin Pedroia diagnosed with bruise, likely to play Friday

    Jun 9, 2011, 6:15 PM EST

    Dustin Pedroia

    Comcast SportsNet New England’s Sean McAdam reports that Dustin Pedroia has only a bruised kneecap and is likely to play in Friday’s game for the Red Sox. Pedroia was sent back to Boston after Wednesday’s game for an examination, and it was reported that he might need surgery that could sideline him for a month.…

  11. In 0-for-23 slump, Jason Bay takes a seat

    Jun 9, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Jason Bay

    Just when it seemed like things couldn’t get any worse for Jason Bay in New York, he’s gone 0-for-20 without an RBI in six games this month. Hitless in 23 at-bats overall, he’s now down to .207/.307/.279 in 140 at-bats for the season. Because Bay missed the first three weeks of the season with a strained oblique, he’s…

  12. Pirates’ starting catcher Chris Snyder to have back surgery

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    chris-snyder-pirates-spring

    UPDATE: Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Snyder needs surgery and may be lost for the season. ========== Coming into the season the Pirates had so much catching depth that they were desperately trying to trade Ryan Doumit rather than use him as a part-time outfielder, but now Doumit is on the…

  13. Logan Morrison is not happy with the Marlins’ firing of hitting coach John Mallee

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    mallee pose

    Yesterday the Marlins fired hitting coach John Mallee.  Today Logan Morrison made it clear that he — and possibly others on the team — were not at all happy with the move. “They felt Mallee had to go. I don’t feel that way. He’s there from day one. He got me to the big leagues.…

  14. Dodgers option rookie Jerry Sands back to Triple-A

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    jerry-sands-dodgers-grand-slam

    Los Angeles showed patience with Jerry Sands by sticking with the rookie despite a very slow start and he rebounded with a solid May, but after beginning this month in a 1-for-17 slump the Dodgers have demoted him back to Triple-A. Sands’ overall numbers aren’t pretty, as he hit just .200 with two homers and…

  15. Albert Pujols is playing third base again

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:03 PM EST

    pujols grimace

    There will come a time when Albert Pujols getting the start at third base will no longer be newsworthy. To be honest, it probably came the last time he started at third base. But hey, it’s almost 5, I’ve been up since 4AM, I’m getting punchy and posting about this seems better than trying to…

  16. Jimmy Rollins avoids disabled list, rejoins Phillies’ lineup

    Jun 9, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Jimmy Rollins

    Jimmy Rollins was apparently right about not needing a stint on the disabled list for his knee injury, because the Phillies’ shortstop is back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Cubs. Rollins was out of the starting lineup for the previous four games after an MRI revealed what the Phillies called a “deep…

  17. Nyjer Morgan was quite pleased following last night’s game

    Jun 9, 2011, 4:03 PM EST

    Nyjer Morgan got the game-winning hit last night. Methinks he was somewhat happy about it.

  18. Doug Glanville’s survival guide for first round picks

    Jun 9, 2011, 3:32 PM EST

    Crash and Nuke

    ESPN’s Doug Glanville was a first round pick with the Cubs in 1991, so he knows all about how fresh bonus baby meat learns the ropes.  Today he has a great column up about all of the little things the first round picks are going to have to get to know about their new lives…

  19. Magglio Ordonez asks for more rehab time in minors before rejoining Tigers

    Jun 9, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    Magglio Ordonez was scheduled to come off the disabled list today, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that he asked the Tigers for some additional time in the minors to get “his timing at the plate.” Ordonez is 7-for-26 (.269) with a double through six games at Triple-A, striking out six times versus zero walks…

  20. Communication issues meant Bob Geren had to get the boot

    Jun 9, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Anyone need a bench coach?

    It’s a given that Oakland GM Billy Beane didn’t want to let his close friend go: Bob Geren was the best man at his wedding.  Still, the change needed to come with Geren having lost the A’s clubhouse. In replacing Geren, the A’s chose a lesser baseball man but a better manager of people in Bob Melvin. …

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