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  1. Yu Darvish struck in head by batting practice ball

    Jul 8, 2014, 8:44 PM EDT

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    Rangers ace Yu Darvish took a stray batting practice off the side of his head on Tuesday evening, but he’s expected to be fine for his start on Wednesday against the Astros.

  2. Cardinals “looking for offense” … not Jake Peavy

    Jul 8, 2014, 7:58 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Jayson Stark and Gordon Edes reported Tuesday afternoon that the Cardinals were interested in acquiring veteran right-handed starter Jake Peavy from the last-place Red Sox, with Stark predicting that a trade could come together quickly. But it doesn’t sound like there’s a fit.

  3. 2014 Home Run Derby participants …

    Jul 8, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

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    Home Run Derby league captains Troy Tulowtizki and Jose Bautista just revealed four of their five choices for next week’s event live on ESPN’s Sportscenter. The final two participants for the 2014 Home Run Derby will be announced Thursday.

  4. Francisco Liriano (oblique) cleared to return to the Pirates’ starting rotation this weekend

    Jul 8, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

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    Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano was dominant in his rehab debut Monday at Triple-A Indianapolis, striking out eight batters and surrendering only three hits over six scoreless innings against the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate from Lehigh Valley. His next start will be in the majors.

  5. Ruben Amaro probably shouldn’t go on Philly talk radio anymore

    Jul 8, 2014, 4:33 PM EDT

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    When a sports talk dude can basically tell a general manager “scoreboard!” it’s not a good day for the GM.

  6. Josh Beckett placed on the 15-day disabled list

    Jul 8, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

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    With the break it’s good timing, so he may only miss one or two starts.

  7. Ricky Nolasco placed on disabled list after revealing elbow injury to Twins

    Jul 8, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Four months and 18 horrible starts into a four-year, $49 million contract Ricky Nolasco revealed to the Twins that he’s been pitching through elbow pain since spring training.

  8. Royals sign Joe Saunders

    Jul 8, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Released by the Rangers last week, left-hander Joe Saunders has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Royals and will report to Triple-A.

  9. GM Rick Hahn plays White Sox’s hand close to vest once again

    Jul 8, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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    The trade deadline is rapidly approaching and Rick Hahn already has his poker face on.

  10. Billy Beane: The age of “baseball insiders” vs. “baseball outsiders” will soon be over

    Jul 8, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

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    A man whose name is synonymous with change in baseball tells us that even more is coming.

  11. Giants sign first-round draft pick Tyler Beede

    Jul 8, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Back in 2011 the Blue Jays drafted then-high school pitcher Tyler Beede with the 21st overall pick only to see him turn down their $2.4 million signing bonus offer to attend Vanderbilt.

  12. Cardinals reportedly making a strong push to acquire Jake Peavy from Red Sox

    Jul 8, 2014, 1:53 PM EDT

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    It seems like a sensible fit, as the Cardinals need rotation help with Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia injured and the last-place Red Sox could be looking to sell off expensive veterans.

  13. Ruben Amaro: Changes to come for Phillies’ failing offense

    Jul 8, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

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    “Hey, listen, I’m looking for people who can swing the bat because we’re not doing it here.”

  14. ESPN blows off the lawsuit from the sleeping Yankees fan

    Jul 8, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Pro tip: if you claim that someone said something bad about you, try to be sure they actually said something bad about you.

  15. Justin Masterson is a mess one year after being an All-Star

    Jul 8, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Maybe the Indians knew something when they balked at Justin Masterson’s seemingly reasonable contract extension demands.

  16. Terry Pendleton says Brian McCann will “never be comfortable” on the Yankees

    Jul 8, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Normally it’s someone from the New York media who says a player can’t cut it in New York. Yesterday, Brian McCann’s former hitting coach said it.

  17. Francisco Liriano dominates in first (and last?) rehab start

    Jul 8, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Francisco Liriano’s first minor-league rehab start may end up being his last minor-league rehab start, because the Pirates left-hander was dominant last night at Triple-A.

  18. Joey Votto re-injures quadriceps, goes back on disabled list

    Jul 8, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

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    At age 31 he’s being paid just $12 million this season, but Votto is owed another $213 million from 2015-2023.

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