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  1. Casey Blake out of Dodgers’ lineup Saturday with neck pain

    Jun 11, 2011, 7:25 PM EST

    Casey Blake

    Get one player back, lose another. It’s part of the drill with the Dodgers this season. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Casey Blake is out of tonight’s lineup against the Rockies due to neck pain. While Dodgers manager Don Mattingly called him day-to-day and no tests are scheduled for now, Blake…

  2. Matt Kemp is back in the Dodgers’ starting lineup tonight

    Jun 11, 2011, 6:45 PM EST

    Matt Kemp

    The Dodgers will attempt to snap a three-game losing streak later tonight against the Rockies. And fortunately for them, they have one of the hottest hitters in baseball back in their lineup. Matt Kemp, who was held out of the lineup yesterday due to tightness in his left hamstring, is back in center field for…

  3. Red Sox score 16 in Toronto to win eighth straight

    Jun 11, 2011, 6:26 PM EST

    Jason Varitek, David Ortiz

    The Red Sox steamroller looked nearly unstoppable Saturday.  In their 16-4 drubbing of the Blue Jays, they… – Tied the Phillies for the best record in baseball at 38-26. – Torched Brandon Morrow for a career-high nine runs allowed in 4 1/3 innings.  He had never allowed more than seven runs in an outing.  Morrow…

  4. Tsuyoshi Nishioka on track to return to Twins next week

    Jun 11, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    nishioka getty throws

    From LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune comes word that Tsuyoshi Nishioka has been promoted to Triple-A Rochester to continue his minor league rehab assignment. Nishioka went 4-for-12 with a stolen base in four games this past week at High-A Fort Myers. He’s expected to play three games for Rochester before returning to…

  5. Daisuke Matsuzaka underwent Tommy John surgery Friday

    Jun 11, 2011, 4:17 PM EST

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    The deed is done. According to Allan Ryan of ESPN Boston, Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery Friday in L.A. The procedure was performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum and was deemed a success, though just about every surgery is deemed successful one day after. Red Sox manager Terry Francona provided…

  6. Bartolo Colon exits shutout bid with strained hamstring

    Jun 11, 2011, 3:09 PM EST

    Bartolo Colon, Gene Monahan

    5:10 p.m. EDT: GM Brian Cashman admitted that it looks like a DL situation for Colon.  Newsday’s Ken Davidoff indicated that Chris Dickerson would likely be called up to take Colon’s roster spot on Sunday. The Yankees can decide on his rotation replacement later. 3:30 p.m. EDT: The Yankees confirmed that Colon suffered a strained…

  7. Indians-Yankees round two: Mitch Talbot ejected after plunking A-Rod

    Jun 11, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez plunked

    After Friday’s benches-clearing incident in the game between the Indians and Yankees, umpire Dan Iassogna wasn’t going to tolerate any hijinks Saturday.  Iassogna tossed Cleveland’s Mitch Talbot in the bottom of the sixth for hitting Alex Rodriguez in the thigh, even though it was the first HBP for either team on the day. In Iassogna’s…

  8. MLB, MLBPA discussing realignment, two 15-team leagues

    Jun 11, 2011, 2:58 PM EST

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    ESPN’s Buster Olney has heard from three different sources that Major League Baseball and the players’ union are discussing a plan to move one team from the National League to the American League in order to even up the amount of clubs in each circuit. The National League currently has 16 teams and a six-club…

  9. Dodgers say closer Jonathan Broxton will be back in July

    Jun 11, 2011, 2:04 PM EST

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    The Dodgers have finally put a general timetable on Jonathan Broxton‘s anticipated recovery from a painful bone spur in his right elbow. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti told reporters Friday that he expects the right-hander to return to the big league bullpen in July. Whether Colletti…

  10. Rangers activate Ian Kinsler from paternity leave list

    Jun 11, 2011, 1:21 PM EST

    kinsler bats getty

    Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram passes along notice that the Rangers have activated second baseman Ian Kinsler from paternity leave and optioned Chris Davis back to Triple-A Round Rock in time for Saturday’s game against the Twins. Kinsler spent just three days away from the Rangers, missing only two games, to be with…

  11. Colby Rasmus’ father is at it again, says it’s “fairly obvious” his son needs to be traded…

    Jun 11, 2011, 12:15 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Colorado Rockies

    Just six months ago, we discovered the father of Cardinals center fielder Colby Rasmus taking public jabs at the organization that his son plays for on a fan blog called The Cardinal Nation. Winter has passed and the dog days of the 2011 regular season have nearly set in. St. Louis stands alone atop the National…

  12. Aroldis Chapman still struggling despite move to Double-A

    Jun 11, 2011, 11:42 AM EST

    aroldis chapman

    It’s time to check in again on Aroldis Chapman, who has been working to refine his command in the minor leagues for the past three weeks. From Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer comes word that the 23-year-old left-hander allowed two earned runs in less than two innings Thursday in his first relief appearance since…

  13. Shelby Miller fans nine in six-inning home debut at Double-A

    Jun 11, 2011, 10:38 AM EST

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    It’s time to start getting really excited about Cardinals pitching prospect Shelby Miller. The 2009 first-round draft pick made his home debut for Double-A Springfield on Friday night, striking out nine batters in six strong innings of work. Miller had eight punch-outs through his first three innings and looked to be cruising, but shoddy defense…

  14. Jason Heyward hits off tee, will take batting practice soon

    Jun 11, 2011, 10:06 AM EST

    heyward getty wide

    Braves outfielder Jason Heyward has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 22 with soreness in his right shoulder and was called out recently by teammate Chipper Jones for not playing through minor injuries. Perhaps motivated by Chipper’s harsh words, Heyward took a big step toward returning Friday at extending spring training. According to…

  15. Giants sign infielder Bill Hall in the wake of yet another injury

    Jun 11, 2011, 9:23 AM EST

    bill hall fields

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Giants have signed veteran infielder Bill Hall. Hall was released by the Astros earlier this week after batting just .224/.272/.340 across his first 158 plate appearances. He drew free agent interest from the Nationals and Orioles, but the Giants pounced quickly after watching second baseman Freddy Sanchez…

  16. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jun 11, 2011, 8:49 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    This date in baseball history: On June 11, 2003, six Astros pitchers combined for a no-hitter against the Yankees, the first no-no thrown against the Bronx Bombers since 1958. Roy Oswalt started the game and the now-retired Billy Wagner finished it. Your Friday box scores: Rays 0, Orioles 7 Cubs 5, Phillies 7 Mariners 3,…

  17. Another Giant down: Freddy Sanchez dislocates shoulder against Reds

    Jun 11, 2011, 2:58 AM EST

    Freddy Sanchez injured

    Already down Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval and Mike Fontenot, the Giants lost another member of their lineup Friday when Freddy Sanchez suffered a dislocated right shoulder making a diving stab against the Reds. He’ll undergo an MRI on Saturday to check for ligament damage. Sanchez, who is hitting .289/.332/.397 this season, will probably end up on…

  18. Sergio Santos loses his slider and A’s end their 10-game losing streak

    Jun 10, 2011, 11:27 PM EST

    Sergio Santos

    It looked like it was going to be 11 in a row for the A’s, but in new manager Bob Melvin’s second game at the helm, the team’s newest acquisition came up big. Scott Sizemore hit a three-run double in the top of the ninth to give the A’s a 7-5 lead and halt the…

  19. The night Nick Markakis showed up

    Jun 10, 2011, 11:01 PM EST

    Nick Markakis grand slam

    It probably just seems like it’s been years. Nick Markakis hit a grand slam in the second inning and drove in two more runs with a double in the eighth inning as the Orioles beat the Rays 7-0 on Friday. The outburst gave him as many RBI (six) as he had in his previous 27…

  20. Dillon Gee moves to 7-0 as Mets beat Pirates 8-1

    Jun 10, 2011, 10:04 PM EST

    Dillon Gee

    Maybe it’s not quite the same as starting a career 7-0, but Dillon Gee‘s win tonight made him the first rookie to open a season 7-0 since Jered Weaver won nine in a row for the Angels after debuting in 2006. Gee limited the Pirates to one run in a career-high eight innings as part…

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