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  1. Manny Ramirez and Russell Martin sidelined with injuries

    Jul 17, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez and Russell Martin were forced to leave Friday’s game against the Cardinals due to injury, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Just one day after being activated from the disabled list with a hamstring injury, Ramirez left after the first half-inning due to a tight right calf muscle, the very same injury that…

  2. Yogi Berra to miss Old-Timer's Day after minor fall at home

    Jul 17, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Unfortunate news to pass along, as Hall of Famer and franchise icon Yogi Berra will miss this afternoon’s Old-Timer’s day at Yankee Stadium as the result of injuries sustained during a minor fall at his home in Montclair, N.J. on Friday evening, reports Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com. According to Dave Kaplan, director of the Yogi…

  3. Phillies activate Placido Polanco from the disabled list

    Jul 17, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    The Phillies have activated Placido Polanco from the 15-day disabled list, according to Martin Frank of the Wilmington News Journal. He is batting second against Randy Wells and the Cubs on Saturday afternoon. Polanco was cleared to return after playing in minor league rehab games on Thursday and Friday. He was 3-for-3 with a double…

  4. Troy Tulowitzki could go out on rehab assignment next week

    Jul 17, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    It looks like the Rockies will be getting their star shortstop back very soon. Troy Tulowitzki, who has been on the disabled list since June 18 with a fractured right wrist, fielded ground balls and took some light batting practice before yesterday’s game against the Reds. Rockies manager Jim Tracy told Jim Armstrong of the…

  5. Strasburg overcomes rough first inning to blank Marlins over six

    Jul 17, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    I’m starting to wonder when a Stephen Strasburg start will no longer be a must-see event. We’re not quite there yet. Strasburg improved to 4-2 by tossing six shutout innings in a 4-0 win over the Marlins on Friday night. We’ve seen the young phenom struggle in the first inning a few times already and…

  6. Blister sends Kerry Wood to the disabled list

    Jul 17, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports that the Indians have placed Kerry Wood on the disabled list with a blister on his right index finger. Wood was placed on the DL retroactive to July 12, so he’ll be eligible to return before the end of the month. Still, this won’t help his already minimal trade value.…

  7. The Mets tried to dump Oliver Perez off on the Royals

    Jul 17, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    An American League source tells Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com that the Mets are trying to trade Oliver Perez. In fact, they even approached the Royals about swapping Perez for Gil Meche. Meche hasn’t pitched since May 25 due to right shoulder bursitis while Perez hasn’t appeared in a game since May 31 due to patella…

  8. Nick Swisher's walkoff single wins it for the Boss

    Jul 17, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    You couldn’t have scripted it any better. There was our hero, Derek Jeter, with a chance to give the Yankees a walkoff win on the very same night that the team honored George Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard. It would only be fitting, right? Apparently Dan Wheeler is more of an improv man, because he proceeded…

  9. Bengie Molina hits for cycle, creates rip in time-space continuum

    Jul 17, 2010, 8:56 AM EDT

    We have witnessed many unlikely events already this season — Stephen Strasburg striking out 14 in his major league debut, four no-hitters, two perfect games, one almost perfect game, the first-place San Diego Padres and the National League actually winning an All-Star Game — but I can say without hesitation that Bengie Molina’s cycle against…

  10. Yunel Escobar thinks he was misunderstood in Atlanta

    Jul 16, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

    Upon joining the Blue Jays in Baltimore on Friday, Yunel Escobar told reporters — well, through an translator, Blue Jays bench coach Nick Leyva, anyway — that he felt he was unfairly criticized during his time in Atlanta, according to the Associated Press. “There was a problem [in Atlanta],” Escobar said. “I feel bad that…

  11. Shin-Soo Choo could return from DL next week

    Jul 16, 2010, 8:16 PM EDT

    It wasn’t too long ago that we were thinking Shin-Soo Choo could need surgery on his thumb. Now, according to Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com, it appears that he could be back in the lineup by the end of next week. Choo took some soft-toss Thursday and is scheduled to participate in full batting practice Saturday.…

  12. Phillies, Rangers, Yankees after Orioles' Ty Wigginton

    Jul 16, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Although he’s been in an awful slump since hitting 13 homers during April and May, Orioles utilityman Ty Wigginton is drawing interest from the Phillies, Rangers and Yankees, according to the Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec. Zrebiec says the Orioles and Phillies have discussed Wigginton for several weeks. The Philllies could install Wigginton at third base,…

  13. The Yankees would love to have Adam Dunn and Joakim Soria

    Jul 16, 2010, 6:14 PM EDT

    At the risk of Derrek Lee coming out and saying that no one on the Yankees knows Ken Rosenthal, the FOX scoopsmith (eh? OK, I won’t say that again) reports that the Yankees would love to have Adam Dunn and Joakim Soria. Hard to say what level of interest this really is, but boy howdy…

  14. Cardinals no longer have a timetable for Brad Penny's return

    Jul 16, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    Brad Penny was shut down last week after suffering a setback in his return from a shoulder injury and general manager John Mozeliak said yesterday that there’s no longer a timetable for the right-hander coming off the disabled list: I would say that he will pitch again this season, but eight weeks wrong today, it…

  15. Joey Votto: "it's kind of fun to play the heel"

    Jul 16, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Joey Votto is rude. No, he was just joking. But he really doesn’t like the Cubs or their fans. Wait, that’s just him being competitive. Confused? Yeah, me too.

  16. Cubs win again, Phillies lose again, and man Marmol is throwing bullets

    Jul 16, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    It was a slow day today, but a Friday afternoon tilt helped fend off the snoozes. Phillies-Cubs at Wrigley Field. Whenever they play I like to imagine them competing for a statue that looks like Manny Trillo. Weird, huh? Anyway, it was yet another frustrating day for Phillies’ fans, as the Cubs win 4-3. Twice…

  17. Cancel the return party: Erik Bedard suffered another setback

    Jul 16, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Just when it looked like Erik Bedard was ready to rejoin the Mariners’ rotation the oft-injured left-hander has suffered yet another setback. Initially expected to come off the disabled list last week, those plans were canceled and Bedard was then scheduled for a bullpen session over the weekend. Once those were ruled out too he…

  18. TBS to honor George Steinbrenner via "Seinfeld"

    Jul 16, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    Not everyone is hating on The Boss today: TBS will celebrate the life of George Steinbrenner with a full week of classic Seinfeld  episodes featuring Larry David as the legendary New York Yankees owner.  The 10-episode collection will air Monday, July 19 – Friday, July 23, at 7 and 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Which, of course,…

  19. Ringolsby: no, the Rockies aren't interested in Dan Uggla

    Jul 16, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    There has been a fair amount of chatter recently about the Rockies maybe trying to pry Dan Uggla away from the Marlins. Tracy Ringolsby is calling baloney on that, though: Rockies are NOT involved in talks for 2B Dan Uggla. Haven’t talked about Uggla since winter. If Tulo is healthy don’t need middle infielder. Nothin’…

  20. Mets and Twins reportedly front-runners for Ted Lilly

    Jul 16, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Now that Cliff Lee is off the market contending teams in need of rotation help are turning their attention to pitchers like Ted Lilly. He’s an impending free agent earning $12 million in the final season of a four-year, $40 million deal and Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that Lilly “met with general…

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