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  1. Jeff Bagwell named Astros' new hitting coach

    Jul 11, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Astros director of social media Alyson Footer reports that the club has dismissed Sean Berry as hitting coach and named Jeff Bagwell as his replacement.  Bagwell, 42, played all of his 15 major league seasons for the Astros and retired in 2005 with a .297/.408/.540 batting line, 2,314 hits and 449 home runs.  He will…

  2. Greinke scratched Sunday due to shoulder discomfort

    Jul 11, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Royals right-hander Zack Greinke has been scratched from this afternoon’s start against the White Sox with discomfort in his throwing shoulder.  Anthony Lerew will start in his place. Greinke told Dutton that the scratching was precautionary.  He is hoping that the extra rest he will get…

  3. Bob Sheppard, The Voice of God: 1910-2010

    Jul 11, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that longtime Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard passed away this morning at his home in New York.  He was 99. No matter your team affiliation, it’s easy to recognize greatness.  And Sheppard was great, in every sense of the word.  A great person, a great personality, and, boy, what…

  4. Futures Game: Getting to know the U.S. squad

    Jul 11, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    Some of baseball’s most promising young stars will take the field in Anaheim on Sunday evening. Here’s a rundown of the U.S. Team’s starting lineup.

  5. Jesus Flores has another setback, done as a Nat?

    Jul 11, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    Nationals catcher Jesus Flores has not appeared in a major league game since September of last season due to ongoing trouble with his right shoulder.  And, from the looks of things, that isn’t likely to change anytime soon. According to Ben Goessling of MASN, the 25-year-old catcher is again reporting problems with his surgically-repaired shoulder…

  6. Did Girardi purposely snub Youkilis from the All-Star Game?

    Jul 10, 2010, 10:54 PM EDT

    When Twins first baseman Justin Morneau bowed out of next week’s All-Star game due to a mild concussion, many Red Sox fans were hoping that Boston first baseman Kevin Youkilis would be named as his replacement.  After all, Youk finished a close second on MLB’s “Final Vote” ballot to Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher and is…

  7. Reds' Travis Wood loses perfect game in ninth inning

    Jul 10, 2010, 9:18 PM EDT

    Travis Wood came up just short on his quest toward history tonight in Philadelphia.

  8. All-Star rosters seem to be changing by the hour

    Jul 10, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Several players have bowed out of Tuesday’s All-Star Game this weekend due to injuries.  Let’s recap: Jose Reyes aggravated a right oblique injury on a long throw in Saturday’s game and will rest up instead of heading out to Anaheim, according to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin.  Reyes is hoping the All-Star break will allow…

  9. Edinson Volquez dominates in final rehab start

    Jul 10, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

    The Reds may have missed the boat on Cliff Lee, but they are just about to get Edinson Volquez back from the disabled list. Volquez dominated in his final rehab start with Triple-A Louisville on Friday night, allowing just one-hit over seven innings of shutout ball. He tossed 61 out of 102 pitches for strikes…

  10. UPDATE: Justin Morneau to miss All-Star Game

    Jul 10, 2010, 6:22 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Joe Christensen confirms that Justin Morneau will miss the All-Star Game. He was recommended to rest after meeting with head and concussion specialist Dr. Kenneth Podell on Saturday. Morneau will be re-evaluated in Minnesota during the break. 3:05 PM: Justin Morneau is out of the starting lineup for a third straight day Saturday due…

  11. Carlos Beltran to bat cleanup in return from DL Thursday

    Jul 10, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    When Mets manager Jerry Manuel isn’t busy thinking of new situations to sacrifice bunt, he’s been writing “I <3 Carlos Beltran” in his notebook. Well, after months of longing, he’ll finally be reunited with his center fielder immediately after the All-Star break in San Francisco. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Manuel intends to bat…

  12. O's send Josh Bell back to minors; call up Chris Tillman

    Jul 10, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    As expected, the Orioles have sent third baseman Josh Bell back to Triple-A Norfolk in order to make room for Saturday’s starter Chris Tillman. As if facing the Rangers offense isn’t intimidating enough, Tillman will oppose the newly-acquired Cliff Lee, who is making debut with the club. Tillman is 0-3 with an 8.40 ERA over…

  13. Video: Cliff Lee press conference

    Jul 10, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee has been traded three times in less than 12 months. He must smell really bad or something.  

  14. Jacoby Ellsbury tells his side of the story

    Jul 10, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury just met with reporters a short while ago at Rogers Centre in Toronto, according to Brian McPherson of the Providence Journal. And let’s just say that he didn’t do anything to put an end to the controversy. Reportedly referring to several pages of notes throughout the brief Q & A —  thanks Scott…

  15. Who watched Ricky Nolasco and Dan Haren last night?

    Jul 10, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Sources tell Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that the Phillies, Dodgers, Reds, White Sox, Angels and Yankees all had scouts in attendance for last night’s game between the Marlins and Diamondbacks. This is notable because Dan Haren and Ricky Nolasco, two potential trade targets with Cliff Lee off the market, were matched…

  16. Dodgers' Ronald Belisario undergoing substance abuse treatment

    Jul 10, 2010, 11:52 AM EDT

    As you may recall, Dodgers right-hander Ronald Belisario was mysteriously placed on the restricted list earlier this week for the second time this season. Belisario’s agent Paul Kinzer originally used the word “anxiety” to describe the reason for the pitcher’s absence, but a source tells Dylan Hernandez and Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times…

  17. Kevin Youkilis spills the beans on Jacoby Ellsbury

    Jul 10, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury re-joined the team in Toronto last night after spending the past five weeks in Arizona rehabbing his broken ribs. And according to what Kevin Youkilis told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, he and his teammates wonder why he hasn’t been with the team all along. “I don’t know what’s going on with…

  18. Stephen Strasburg finally notches win No. 3

    Jul 10, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    By looking at Friday’s 8-1 win over the Giants, it would appear that the Nationals finally gave Stephen Strasburg some runs to work with. That wasn’t really the case. Strasburg gave up a leadoff home run to Andres Torres to begin the game, putting himself in an early hole. The Nats answered with runs in…

  19. Rick Porcello isn't getting traded, he's being promoted

    Jul 10, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Remember how Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com wondered out loud why the Tigers would push back Rick Porcello’s start with Triple-A Toledo, suggesting it could be trade-related? Yeah, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Tigers manager Jim Leyland didn’t take too kindly to that. “There’s a rumor going around, I don’t know if anybody’s read…

  20. Jake Peavy to undergo season-ending surgery next week

    Jul 9, 2010, 9:57 PM EDT

    It’s official. Jake Peavy will undergo season-ending surgery next Wednesday in Chicago to repair the detached latissimus dorsi in his right shoulder, according to Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune. While Peavy hopes to be ready for the start of spring training next season, he cautioned about the unique nature of his particular injury.…

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