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

    Jun 11, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 11, 2011, 9:23 AM EDT

    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…

  3. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jun 11, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    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,…

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

    Jun 11, 2011, 2:58 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 10, 2011, 11:27 PM EDT

    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…

  6. The night Nick Markakis showed up

    Jun 10, 2011, 11:01 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 10, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

    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…

  8. Brett Anderson to see Dr. James Andrews on Monday

    Jun 10, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

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    The Athletics have a ton of problems, as Craig mentioned this morning, but one of the most critical on-the-field aspects is the long-term prognosis for Brett Anderson. Anderson underwent an MRI earlier this week after he was placed on the disabled list with left elbow soreness. The A’s haven’t disclosed the results of the exam,…

  9. Terry Collins thinks Johan Santana could be back before the end of July

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    Johan Santana hasn’t even thrown to live hitters yet, so we should probably be a little careful about timetables, but Mets manager Terry Collins predicts that the southpaw could be back by the end of next month. In fact, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.com, Collins won’t even rule out Santana’s return immediately following the…

  10. Giants weigh having Pablo Sandoval catch upon return

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:34 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    Pablo Sandoval opened his pro career as a catcher and caught in 14 major league games as a rookie in 2008 and sophomore in 2009. Now, with Buster Posey done for the season due to a fractured ankle, the Giants are considering reintroducing him to the position and using him there on a part-time basis.…

  11. Benches empty in Indians-Yankees game after Teixeira HBP

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira, Joe Girardi

    It never came to blows between the Red Sox and Yankees this week, but it almost did with the Tribe in town tonight.  After Fausto Carmona hit Mark Teixeira with a pitch in the second inning, the benches and the bullpens emptied, though no blows were exchanged. The Indians were down 4-0 when a wild…

  12. Hanley Ramirez could bat leadoff when he returns from the disabled list

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v San Francisco Giants

    Hanley Ramirez began a minor league rehab assignment tonight with High-A Jupiter and could be back as soon as Tuesday against the Phillies. However, the more interesting news is where he might find himself in the lineup upon his return. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez is considering using him out…

  13. The Red Sox think the Blue Jays are cheaters?

    Jun 10, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    Rogers Centre

    NESN color guy Jerry Remy just pointed out something I’m kind of embarrassed I hadn’t noticed: in Toronto tonight, Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is giving his signs to pitcher Clay Buchholz as if there were men on base. It would certainly seem to suggest that the Red Sox suspect some chicanery on the part of the…

  14. Travis Buck and wife shaken up after accident in cab

    Jun 10, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Travis Buck

    Travis Buck and his wife were involved in a car accident while riding in a taxi in Manhattan on Thurday morning, landing both in the hosptial briefly. Fortunately, they came out of it fine. Manager Manny Acta said Travis had “a little bit of whiplash” and was “a little dazed.” Buck was originally scheduled to…

  15. Padres agree to terms with 10th overall pick Cory Spangenberg

    Jun 10, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

    In what should come as a surprise to no one, the Padres’ Cory Spangenberg has become the first 2011 first-rounder to sign.  The 10th overall pick is expected to get right around $1.8 million, which is approximately slot money for where he was selected. With two true first-rounders and three more supplemental picks, the Padres…

  16. Evan Longoria returns, Matt Joyce sits for Rays

    Jun 10, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Matt Joyce, Evan Longoria

    The good news is that the Rays have Evan Longoria back tonight after the All-Star third baseman missed three games with strep throat. The bad is that the team’s best hitter this year, Matt Joyce, is absent with what the Rays are calling “post-injection soreness” in his left shoulder. Joyce received his second cortisone shot…

  17. Dustin Pedroia back in lineup, talks about knee problem

    Jun 10, 2011, 5:57 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia

    One day after getting his knee scoped, Dustin Pedroia is back at second base for the Red Sox. Pedroia said that he had an MRI on Monday that revealed cartilage damage in his right knee, which led to the decision to have it scoped Thursday.  If the damage needed to be repaired, Pedroia probably would…

  18. Black church leaders are advocating for Frank McCourt for some reason

    Jun 10, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    This is odd.  A group of 20 ministers of predominately black Baptist and Methodist churches met with Frank McCourt last week — at McCourt’s instigation — and have written a letter to Bud Selig, lobbying for Major League Baseball to get off his case. From the letter: “We are deeply troubled by the rancor, media…

  19. Martin Prado diagnosed with staph infection, placed on DL

    Jun 10, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    prado batting

    Martin Prado has been out of the Braves’ lineup since being struck on the left knee by a throw while trying to steal second base Tuesday and today the Braves placed him on the disabled list … with a staph infection … in his other leg. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that…

  20. Joba Chamberlain to have Tommy John surgery

    Jun 10, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 4

    UPDATE: It’s official: Joba is going to have Tommy John surgery next week with Dr. James Andrews.  Tough break, kid.  Or, well, tough tear. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mr. Chamberlain’s name to The Human Fund. YESTERDAY, WHEN THERE WAS STILL HOPE LEFT IN THE WORLD: Bad news came back for Joba…

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