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  1. Valverde, Montero trade heated words through the media

    Jun 20, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero took a few shots at Tigers reliever and former teammate Jose Valverde on Friday night for the closer’s wild antics on the mound.  It’s not the first time that an opponent has questioned Valverde’s animated jumps and fist pumps, and we usually don’t get a response from the intimidating ninth-inning man. …

  2. Rockies will wait until Tuesday to activate Huston Street

    Jun 20, 2010, 1:53 PM EDT

    Rockies closer Huston Street was scheduled to make one final rehab appearance Saturday at Triple-A Colorado Springs before rejoining the Rockies on Sunday.  Well, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, that plan just took a detour. Street was pelted for three earned runs in 1.1 innings Saturday against the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate from Las…

  3. Tigers demote starter Rick Porcello to AAA Toledo

    Jun 20, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    The Tigers on Sunday made the decision to option struggling right-handed starter Rick Porcello to Triple-A Toledo, according to the club’s official Twitter feed. Fellow Detroit starter Max Scherzer met the same fate in mid-May and that has certainly worked out well.  The 25-year-old former Mizzou Tiger and Diamondback regained his confidence against the lesser…

  4. Hanley Ramirez held out of Sunday's lineup

    Jun 20, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro just got word that shortstop Hanley Ramirez will not be in the Marlins’ lineup Sunday. It should come as no surprise.  The Feesh are finishing up a series with the Rays at Sun Life Stadium — a National League park — and don’t have the option of sticking Ramirez at DH.  Brian…

  5. Scratched Saturday, Jeter is back in the lineup on Sunday

    Jun 20, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Veteran shortstop Derek Jeter was scratched from the Yankees’ lineup Saturday due to a bruised right heel that he suffered while lunging for a base on Friday night.  The Yanks insisted that the injury was minor at the time, and now we have proof. Jeter is back in the Bombers’ starting lineup on Sunday, according…

  6. Cards' Franklin likely to retire after the 2011 season

    Jun 20, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Joe Strauss on Saturday that he’s likely to hang up his cleats after the 2011 season. It makes sense, really.  Franklin signed a two-year, $6.5 million extension this offseason, so he won’t be skipping out on a contract.  He will also be 38 at that point…

  7. Hanley Ramirez lifted with tight hammy, '50-50' for Sunday

    Jun 20, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

    As MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports, Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez was lifted from Saturday’s game against the Rays with tightness in his right hamstring and is “50-50″ to play on Sunday. Brian Barden replaced him in the ninth inning and failed to register a hit in a game that carried into the 11th inning and saw…

  8. Marlins distribute vuvuzelas to fans. Chaos ensues. Sorta.

    Jun 19, 2010, 10:08 PM EDT

    If you’ve kept up with the World Cup at all, you’re well aware of what a vuvuzela is by now.  The plastic air horns blown by South African natives have now infiltrated the United States, and in the least likeliest of places.  The Marlins gave away 15,000 mini vuvuzelas on Saturday night at Sun Life…

  9. Jake Peavy fires first shutout since August of 2005

    Jun 19, 2010, 8:42 PM EDT

    White Sox starter Jake Peavy was scratched from a start on Thursday after complaining of discomfort in his throwing arm.  He was later revealed to have inflammation and fluid in his shoulder, but the White Sox decided to let him pitch on Saturday anyway.  Recipe for disaster, right? Wrong. Peavy held the Nationals to three…

  10. Jimmy Rollins could return on Tuesday

    Jun 19, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins was 1-for-3 with two runs scored while playing all nine innings in a minor league rehab game with Class A Clearwater on Friday night. Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock told Zach Schonbrun of MLB.com that Rollins will play nine innings again on Saturday before being re-evaluated. “Everything went well last night, and…

  11. Nats wouldn't object to Strasburg playing in the All-Star game

    Jun 19, 2010, 6:37 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg has only made three major league starts, but there’s already a groundswell of people who would like to see him pitch in the All-Star Game next month. And according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that the organization wouldn’t object to him pitching in the game. “The most…

  12. Dice-K to start against Rockies next Thursday

    Jun 19, 2010, 5:32 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka has been cleared to return from the disabled list after pitching in a simulated game at Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon, according to Mike Petraglia of WEEI.com. “We wanted to wait for Daisuke to throw and get looked at after he was done,” Francona said. “Dice threw 49 pitches and felt really good,…

  13. FYI: Jered Weaver leads the majors in strikeouts

    Jun 19, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    That’s right. Jered Weaver struck out 11 over seven shutout frames against the Cubs on Saturday afternoon, vaulting over Tim Lincecum for the major-league lead in strikeouts. Here’s the leaderboard as of 4 p.m. ET: Jered Weaver – 107Tim Lincecum – 106Dan Haren – 101Adam Wainwright – 97Clayton Kershaw – 97Jon Lester – 96Ricky Romero…

  14. UPDATE: Phillies designate Scott Mathieson for assignment

    Jun 19, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer kept his promise to explain the Mathieson situation and it appears he isn’t going anywhere. Here are the specifics. Problem is, Mathieson cannot be optioned without going on waivers. Here is my understanding of Mathieson’s situation: There are four types of waivers, the rarest being optional waivers. They…

  15. Kyle Blanks suffers setback during rehab assignment

    Jun 19, 2010, 3:08 PM EDT

    Kyle Blanks was pulled from a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Portland this week in order to have his ailing right elbow re-examined, reports Dan Hayes of the North County Times. Blanks was originally placed on the disabled list on May 18. He was allowed to rehab the injury after an initial MRI showed…

  16. J.D. Drew tweaks his hamstring

    Jun 19, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    J.D. Drew left Friday’s game against the Dodgers after he pulled up lame while making a running catch to end the third inning. He was diagnosed with a strained right hamstring, but according to what Red Sox manager Terry Francona told Scott Lauber of the Boston Globe, it doesn’t look promising. “He said he thought…

  17. Derek Jeter scratched with bruised heel

    Jun 19, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter was scratched from Saturday’s interleague contest against the Mets due to a bruised right heel, according to Ben Shpigel of the New York Times. Jeter suffered the injury while lunging for a base during Friday’s game, reports Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News. According to the team, Jeter is receiving treatment…

  18. The Mets are likely done with John Maine

    Jun 19, 2010, 11:52 AM EDT

    John Maine allowed one (unearned) run over 4 1/3 innings in his second minor league rehab start with Triple-A Buffalo on Friday night, but according to what Mets manager Jerry Manuel told Kevin Burkhardt of SNY, he is not close to coming back to Queens. Far from it. Jerry is saying is the Maine has…

  19. Cliff Lee is ridiculous

    Jun 19, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee tossed a complete-game shutout in a 1-0 win over the Reds on Friday night. He scattered six hits while striking out seven and of course, walking none. Incredibly, the left-hander has walked only four batters over 77 2/3 innings this season. Just to put things in perspective, Daisuke Matsuzaka exceeded Lee’s walk total…

  20. Ozzie Guillen says Strasburg may be the best pitcher in the NL

    Jun 19, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen heaped some heavy praise on Stephen Strasburg after the rookie sensation struck out 10 over seven innings of one-run ball on Friday night (via Elliott Smith of the Daily Herald). “When you’ve got that kind of arm and you throw pitches for strikes, obviously you’re going to be a top…

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