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  1. Teixeira fans five times in loss to Blue Jays

    Jun 5, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

    Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira finished 0-for-6 with five strikeouts in Saturday’s extra-innings loss to the Blue Jays.  It was his second career five-strikeout game and he’s now batting a lousy .215 with an even lousier .370 slugging percentage through 219 at-bats.  But, in case anyone was wondering, Yanks manager Joe Girardi is not considering…

  2. David Freese exits Saturday with sprained ankle

    Jun 5, 2010, 7:28 PM EDT

    Cardinals rookie third baseman David Freese is off to an incredible start this season and is on a short list of early favorites for the National League’s Rookie of the Year award.  I’m under the belief that either Braves outfielder Jason Heyward or St. Louis lefty Jaime Garica would take the cake if the prize…

  3. UPDATE: MLB will review Oliver Perez's medical records

    Jun 5, 2010, 5:53 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, major league baseball plans to independently review Oliver Perez’s medical records, including the MRI that he underwent on Friday. “This could be 100 percent legitimate,” the official said. “When there are questions, we look into it.” According to the report, the official said the…

  4. Bruce Bochy is just making sure we are still paying attention

    Jun 5, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    I’ve been trying to come up with an explanation for this and I’ve come to the conclusion that Giants manager Bruce Bochy really thinks tonight’s game against the Pirates is going to be canceled and he is simply messing with our heads. Here it is, courtesy of Andrew Baggarly on the San Jose Mercury News:…

  5. UPDATE: Garrett Wittels moves hitting streak to 56 games

    Jun 5, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Wittels will have to wait until next season for a chance at history. FIU lost to Dartmouth 15-9 on Saturday afternoon and have been eliminated from the NCAA tournament. 2:28 PM: According to Aaron Fitt of Baseball America, Florida International shortstop Garrett Wittels extended his hitting streak to 56 games with a first-inning double…

  6. UPDATE: Carlos Beltran plays in second extended spring training game

    Jun 5, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Beltran was 1-for-5 with an RBI single and two walks as the designated hitter in his second extended spring training game on Saturday afternoon. Friday, 9:01 PM: Carlos Beltran was 2-for-6 as the designated hitter in an extended spring training game on Friday afternoon, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork. It was Beltran’s first…

  7. New skipper, same results in Baltimore

    Jun 5, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

    Clay Buchholz ruined Juan Samuel’s first game as O’s interim manager, tossing a complete-game five-hit shutout as part of an 11-0 victory on Friday night. The Orioles have now lost nine consecutive games and enter play on Saturday at 15-40. They currently sit an incredible 21 games behind the first-place Rays in the American League…

  8. The Cardinals sign Randy Winn

    Jun 5, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have signed outfielder Randy Winn. He is expected to be in uniform for Saturday’s game against the Brewers. Winn, who turns 36 next week, was designated for assignment by the Yankees last month after batting .213/.300/.295 with one home run and eight RBI over…

  9. Derrek Lee hasn't heard anything about the Angels

    Jun 5, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

    On Thursday, Fred Mitchell and David Kaplan of the Chicago Tribune cited “excellent baseball sources” who told them that the Cubs may be involved in trade talks that would send Derrek Lee to the Angels. On Friday, Lee told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that he hasn’t heard anything about it. “Who are the…

  10. The Royals may have already locked up their first-round pick

    Jun 5, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, the Royals “are thought to be close” to a deal with University of Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal to be the fourth pick of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft on Monday. Other outlets, including Frankie Pilere of AOL Fanhouse, are suggesting that the Royals may already have…

  11. Brad Lidge shuts down Padres as Phils snap four-game losing streak

    Jun 5, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    So much for easing him back in. Just two days after it appeared he was in line for a save opportunity against the Braves, Lidge tossed a perfect ninth inning in a 3-2 victory over the Padres on Friday night. It was Lidge’s first save since his return from the disabled list on Monday and…

  12. Carlos Zambrano loses in his return to the starting rotation

    Jun 5, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano took the loss in his return to the starting rotation against the Astros on Friday night, allowing three runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings while striking out three and walking three. He was pulled after throwing 85 pitches. While his overall line doesn’t look all that impressive, he was much better…

  13. Jason Heyward makes history in loss to Dodgers

    Jun 5, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    But it’s not the kind of history you normally want. As the Dodgers snapped the Braves nine-game winning streak on Friday night, Jason Heyward was 0-for-5 while tying a record for a nine-inning game with five strikeouts. We’re all familiar with the “golden sombrero,” but it’s not often that we get to pull out the…

  14. Virginia town offers to rename itself after Stephen Strasburg

    Jun 4, 2010, 8:19 PM EDT

    There’s obviously a great deal of excitement surrounding Stephen Strasburg’s major league debut next Tuesday night, and one town approximately 80 miles away from the nation’s capital plans to find an interesting way to express their adoration. According to the Associated Press, some particularly excited residents of Strasburg, Virginia want their town to be renamed…

  15. UPDATE: Brett Anderson placed on DL; may not need surgery

    Jun 4, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

    UDPATE: Brett Anderson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation, according to a team press release. Earlier this afternoon, Mychael Urban of CSNBayArea.com reported that the Athletics fear Anderson could be “done” for the year due to the injury, but Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that Anderson…

  16. Grady Sizemore done for year after microfracture surgery

    Jun 4, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    It was the worst-case scenario for the Indians, who knew they were going to lose their center fielder for at least six-to-eight weeks following knee surgery on Friday. Grady Sizemore, though, required a microfracture procedure on his left knee, ending his season and possibly sidelining him to begin spring training 2011. Sizemore ends what was…

  17. Peace in our time: the Dodgers settle with Jon Lovitz

    Jun 4, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    You’ll recall that the Dodgers sued actor (brilliant!) Jon Lovitz over unpaid season ticket contracts last month. You can end your candlelight vigil now, however, because the team and the actor (brilliant!) have settled. According to the story “the Dodgers say Lovitz is a friend and welcome back at the stadium any time.” But sources…

  18. More umpires gone wild: Mike Eastabrook gets in Jason Kendall's face

    Jun 4, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

    At this point I’m thinking that there had to have been a memo sent out to all the umpires that acting all insecure and combative is the new thing to do because it happened again yesterday, this time involving home plate umpire Mike Eastabrook. Zack Grekine threw a pitch that both he and catcher Jason…

  19. The Mets designate Gary Matthews Jr. for assignment

    Jun 4, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    The Mets have finally done what seemed absolutely necessary weeks ago: they’ve designated Gary Matthews Jr. for assignment. As you know, that means they have ten days to trade, release or demote Matthews. Given that Omar Minaya is the only person on the entire planet who would ever trade for Gary Matthews, I’m guessing a…

  20. Garrett Wittels extends hitting streak to 55 games

    Jun 4, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    When last we checked in on Garrett Wittels the Florida International shortstop was riding a 50-game hitting streak, leaving him eight short of Robin Ventura’s all-time record streak of 58 games for Oklahoma State in 1987. Since then Wittels has hit safely in five more games, including swinging away on a 3-0 pitch in a…

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