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  1. Blue Jays GM is “livid” about reports of pre-draft deal with first-round pick Tyler Beede

    Jun 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Alex Anthopoulos

    Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is furious about reports and speculation claiming the Blue Jays made a pre-draft deal with first-round pick Tyler Beede, calling them “ridiculous” and “a joke.” Last week Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus noted “lots of industry rumors that the Blue Jays had a pre-draft deal done with first-round pick…

  2. MLB is taking a second look at Jim Crane

    Jun 20, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jim Crane

    This probably won’t complicate the sale of the Astros, but Phil Rogers reports that, in the wake of Maury Brown’s Forbes report about the skeletons in Jim Crane’s closet, the league is taking a closer look at his background. Rogers says that Crane had already been vetted — which makes sense, given how long he’s…

  3. David Wright “felt good” after taking grounders on his knees

    Jun 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    David Wright

    David Wright hasn’t been cleared for full baseball activities as he recovers from a lower back stress fracture, but he fielded ground balls from his knees yesterday and made about 20 throws, telling Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York afterward that he “felt good.” Mazzeo reports that Wright will spend today riding an exercise bike…

  4. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jun 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez watches his triple against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fourth inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    I sort of don’t feel like doing little state-of-the-team factoids this week. They are who we thought they were for the most part. There’s an argument for making the Marlins last, but I almost feel sorry for them. There’s an argument to make the Twins even higher, but I’m not sure who to drop below…

  5. Jason Kendall to begin rehab assignment in rookie ball

    Jun 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Kansas City Royals

    Jason Kendall‘s comeback from September shoulder surgery will progress to a rehab assignment in rookie-ball today, according to Dick Kaegel of MLB.com. Kendall, who has been sidelined for 10 months and turns 37 years old next week, will see his first game action since August 30 of last season against teenagers in the Arizona League.…

  6. Suspect in Bryan Stow beating faces a hearing today

    Jun 20, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    Giovanni Ramirez, a suspect in the Bryan Stow beating at Dodger Stadium, still has not been charged in that case. And today he faces a hearing in which he could go free if it’s not found that he has violated his parole. If that happens he could be re-arrested again with specific connection to the…

  7. Alex Rodriguez has a messed up shoulder

    Jun 20, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Wallace Mathews of ESPN New York reports that Alex Rodriguez has a shoulder strain that has been hampering his power for a couple of weeks. Joe Girardi and Rodriguez are downplaying it, but his shoulder has been wrapped heavily before and after games, Matthews reports. It hasn’t hampered his timing or anything — he had…

  8. Paralyzed outfielder Johnathan Taylor won’t sign with Rangers

    Jun 20, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Johnathan Taylor, Josh Hamilton

    No deal will come of the Rangers’ move to draft paralyzed University of Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor in the 33rd-round in the MLB draft earlier this month.  Instead, Taylor, who was injured in an outfield collision with teammate and now fellow Rangers draftee Zach Cone on March 6, will remain part of the baseball program at…

  9. Olney: Jack McKeon to manage the Marlins

    Jun 20, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Jack McKeon

    It was only rumored yesterday, but last night Buster Olney reported that, yep, 80-year-old Jack McKeon is going to take over the Marlins as interim manager. It’s fun to put McKeon’s age and experience into perspective with little factoids such as “McKeon’s first game as a Major League manager happened over three months before I…

  10. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jun 20, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Edwin Rodriguez, Jeffrey Loria

    I think I need the weekend wrap more than you guys do at this point.

  11. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 20, 2011, 5:38 AM EDT

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    I’m not going to lie to you: there’s a lot more information about bourbon in today’s recap than there is about baseball. So, you know, be warned.

  12. Albert Pujols to undergo more tests on sprained left wrist

    Jun 19, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Greg Hauck, Albert Pujols

    8:00 p.m. EDT: The Cardinals don’t intend to immediately place Pujols on the disabled list with the sprained left wrist and shoulder injury he suffered Sunday.  Pujols said he isn’t yet certain how serious the problems are. “To be honest, I can’t give you guys too much until the X-rays and an MRI  tomorrow,” he…

  13. Phil Hughes strikes out seven in first rehab start

    Jun 19, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Phil Hughes, who has been on the disabled list for two months with shoulder inflammation, allowed one run in 4 1/3innings and fanned seven Sunday for short-season Single-A Staten Island in his first rehab start. According to ESPNNewYork.com, Hughes was consistently at 92-93 mph with his fastball and touched 95 mph in the outing, which is great…

  14. Marlins owner wants 80-year-old Jack McKeon to serve as interim manager

    Jun 19, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

    mckeon getty

    Yeah, that Jack McKeon. According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, it is owner Jeffrey Loria’s desire that the 80-year-old former skipper returns to Major League Baseball as interim manager of the Marlins. Edwin Rodriguez announced his resignation on Sunday morning after leading the Marlins to a 32-39 start, and most recently a 1-17…

  15. MRI on Shaun Marcum’s hip shows no structural damage

    Jun 19, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Boston Red Sox

    Brewers starter Shaun Marcum recieved good news Sunday morning about the status of his sore hip. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, an MRI showed no structural damage and there’s a chance that Marcum will be cleared to make his next scheduled start. An official decision won’t be made in that regard until…

  16. The Marlins are no better off without Edwin Rodriguez

    Jun 19, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    Edwin Rodriguez

    Edwin Rodriguez’s surprising resignation Sunday brings an end to another pretty forgettable managerial tenure in Florida.  In 163 games after taking over for Fredi Gonzalez, he went 78-85, and he exits with the Marlins in last place in the NL East at 32-39 this year. If Rodriguez hadn’t resigned, he may well have been fired…

  17. Ozzie Guillen passes kidney stone, manages anyway

    Jun 19, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was rushed to a Phoenix-area hospital Sunday morning after complaining of abdominal pain and was released after passing a kidney stone, the Chicago Tribune reports. Following the ordeal, Guillen arrived at Chase Field about two hours before Sunday’s game against the Diamondbacks.  He was advised by a White Sox doctor…

  18. Dodgers activate Hong-Chih Kuo, but lose Rod Barajas

    Jun 19, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kuo pitches during their National League MLB baseball game against the San Diego Padres in San Diego

    The Dodgers made a flurry of moves before Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Astros. Setup man Hong-Chih Kuo was activated from the disabled list after missing more than a month with anxiety disorder, catcher Rod Barajas was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an ankle sprain, right-hander Ramon Troncoso was optioned to Triple-A,…

  19. 2012 Top 111 Free Agents: Best of the rest

    Jun 19, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    Tim Wakefield

    Starting Monday, I’ll be spending the week counting down next winter’s top 111 free agents. First, though, here are some notable names failing to make the cut. (All ages as of April 1, 2012) Vicente Padilla (33 – Dodgers): No. 112 on the list. Pitching out of the pen for the first time since 2001, Padilla…

  20. Clay Buchholz lands on disabled list with strained lower back

    Jun 19, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    buchholz getty wide

    With left-hander Andrew Miller arriving in the majors Monday and two scheduled off days before the end of June, the Red Sox have decided to give right-hander Clay Buchholz some needed rest. According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Buchholz was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday’s game due to the lower…

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