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  1. UPDATE: Branyan headed back to M's in confusing deal

    Jun 27, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Russell “The Muscle” Branyan is headed back to Seattle in a strange, strange swap.

  2. Matthews Jr. hitless in first game with Louisville

    Jun 27, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    The Reds handed outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. a contract last week and stuck him in Triple-A so that he could build some confidence and perhaps help the big league club in the long-run.  That was the plan, at least. Matthews Jr. made his debut for the Louisville Bats on Saturday and you may be able…

  3. O's Brian Roberts is finally doing … something

    Jun 27, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    You may have forgotten that the Orioles have one of the top second basemen in the league.  OK, maybe not.  But it sure does seem like Brian Roberts has been sidelined for an eternity with back and lat muscle issues. According to MLB.com’s Noah Rosentstein, Roberts has finally begun participating in light baseball activities.  What…

  4. Carlos Beltran goes 3-for-4 in Single-A rehab game

    Jun 27, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored on Saturday during a rehab game with Single-A Port St. Lucie.  He also played seven full innings of center field and had two put-outs, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. Beltran went 2-for-3 on Friday night and is beginning to show…

  5. Clay Buchholz leaves start with hyperextended knee

    Jun 26, 2010, 9:36 PM EDT

    Clay Buchholz, a candidate to start for the AL in next month’s All-Star Game, was forced out of his start Saturday against the Giants in the second inning after hyperextending his left knee running the bases. It looks like Boston’s second pitching casualty that’s a direct result of interleague play. Josh Beckett originally hurt his…

  6. Red Sox acquire versatile Eric Patterson from Oakland

    Jun 26, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    The Red Sox lost second baseman Dustin Pedroia on Friday to a fractured foot.  On Saturday they lessened the blow of that loss, aggressively acquiring utilityman Eric Patterson from the A’s in exchange for minor league left-hander Fabian Williamson.  This according to the Boston Herald. Williamson isn’t much of a catch for Oakland.  Since coming…

  7. Zambrano will pitch from bullpen when he returns

    Jun 26, 2010, 8:05 PM EDT

    The Cubs suspended Carlos Zambrano indefinitely on Friday after he blew up in the dugout, getting in the face of first baseman Derrek Lee and turning over a water cooler.  Now the punishment continues. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, Zambrano will not return to the Cubs’ starting rotation once he is activated from his…

  8. UPDATE: Pedroia to DL with non-displaced fracture in foot

    Jun 26, 2010, 6:31 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that Pedroia may miss six weeks. 4:31 PM: Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that Dustin Pedroia is headed to the disabled list with a non-displaced fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot. There’s no timetable for his return. 10:38 AM: Dustin Pedroia left Friday’s game…

  9. The Red Sox have asked about David DeJesus

    Jun 26, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    Their agenda may have changed after today’s news about Dustin Pedroia, but according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox have contacted the Royals in regards to outfielder David DeJesus. DeJesus was 3-for-4 against the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon and is now batting .324 with a .394 on-base percentage, five homers, 33…

  10. Yes, Edwin Jackson will get some extra rest

    Jun 26, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Diamondbacks will give Edwin Jackson two extra days of rest, pushing his next scheduled start back to next Friday against the Dodgers. Jackson threw 149 pitches in his no-hitter against the Rays on Friday night, the highest pitch count in one game since Livan Hernandez threw 150 pitches…

  11. Jason Heyward admits his sore thumb is a "real problem"

    Jun 26, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jason Heyward finally conceded that the injury to his left thumb is “a real problem.” He will sit out the next two days in order to see a hand specialist. The thumb has bothered Heyward since late last month and it shows in his rather steep drop…

  12. Brandon Phillips arrested for reckless driving

    Jun 26, 2010, 3:51 PM EDT

    Brandon Phillips takes the label of speedster a bit too literally. The Reds second baseman was arrested and charged with reckless driving on Friday night, according to Quan Truong of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Phillips, who turns 29 on Monday, was driving his new Audi at about 72 mph in a 35-mph zone. There was no…

  13. Prince Harry throws out first pitch at Mets game

    Jun 26, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Prince Harry threw out of the first pitch before Saturday’s game between the Mets and Twins at CitiField, according to the Associated Press. As you can see from the image to the right, Harry’s form was a bit robotic and he even looks a bit like Kris Benson here, but he actually did just fine…

  14. Asdrubal Cabrera making progress from forearm injury

    Jun 26, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    Indians manager Manny Acta told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer Friday that Asdrubal Cabrera is making significant progress in his rehab from a broken left forearm.  “He’s running and throwing,” said Acta. “There’s a very good chance he can start taking ground balls when we get home off this trip. Things are moving…

  15. Carl Crawford hurt his shoulder again

    Jun 26, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

    According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Carl Crawford re-injured his left shoulder while pinch-running for Carlos Pena against the Diamondbacks on Friday night. “I kind of strained it again (Friday), so I was a little disappointed about that,” Crawford said. “I told them before the game I could run but I didn’t think nothing…

  16. Francisco Rodriguez pitching through back pain

    Jun 26, 2010, 12:24 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez was visibly uncomfortable on the mound during the ninth inning of Friday’s 5-2 win over the Twins, even requiring a visit from Mets manager Jerry Manuel and trainer Ray Ramirez. Though he was able to finish off his 17th save, he told Adam Rubin of ESPN.com that the dramatic back pain he experienced…

  17. Billy Wagner earns save No. 400

    Jun 26, 2010, 11:56 AM EDT

    Edwin Jackson’s no-hitter overshadowed another significant accomplishment on Friday night, as Billy Wagner notched his 400th career save, striking out the side in a 3-1 win over the Tigers. Wagner is just the fifth player in baseball history to eclipse the 400-save plateau. The 38-year-old is now 24 saves behind John Franco for the most…

  18. Oh no! A-Rod snubs Joe Torre

    Jun 26, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, no more than 10 feet separated Alex Rodriguez from Dodgers manager Joe Torre before Friday’s game, however the third baseman kept his back turned as the former Yankees skipper was greeted by some of his former players around the batting cage, including Derek Jeter, Joba Chamberlain, Robinson…

  19. What they're saying about Edwin Jackson's no-hitter

    Jun 26, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    Some assorted reaction and befuddlement to Edwin Jackson’s no-hitter against the Rays on Friday night. Jon Paul Morosi: “I’ll admit that the final tally — 149 pitches, eight walks — looks a little absurd. But 2010 is the “Year of the 0.” We witnessed three perfect games (unofficially) in less than one month. A no-hitter?…

  20. Madison Bumgarner to start vs. Red Sox on Saturday

    Jun 26, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants will call up Madison Bumgarner to start against the Red Sox on Saturday. Bumgarner was scratched from his start for Triple-A Fresno on Friday night, but the Giants downplayed the whole situation at first, saying that he would only be used if Joe…

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