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  1. The Week Ahead: Nats at 'center of the universe'

    Jun 6, 2010, 11:40 PM EDT

    This is a pretty good time to be a Washington Nationals fan. Yes, they are currently sitting in their customary position at the bottom of the NL East, but if you’re a follower of the artists formerly known as Les Expos, you’ve got to be brimming with optimism this week. On Monday, the Nats will…

  2. UPDATE: Mike Stanton is on his way to the bigs

    Jun 6, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Rodriguez has confirmed that Stanton is indeed on his way to join the Marlins and will be officially promoted before Tuesday’s game.  Mike Lamb has been designated for assignment to clear roster space.3:41pm:  Marlins outfield prospect Mike Stanton is not in the starting lineup for Double-A Jacksonville on Sunday, according to Juan C. Rodriguez…

  3. The five men that went before Derek Jeter in '92

    Jun 6, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

    In a recent piece for the New York Times, Tyler Kepner traveled back in history for a look at the 1992 MLB Draft, when Derek Jeter was selected sixth overall by the Yankees.  Kepner spoke to the scouts that drafted Jeter and others who were present and conscious of the Yanks’ thinking when the future…

  4. Cameron brings 'sexiness, color' back to lineup

    Jun 6, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    Mike Cameron returned to the Red Sox’s lineup on Sunday after missing five straight games with abdominal soreness.  When asked what he hoped to bring to the batting order after such a long absence, here’s what he shared with the Providence Journal’s Dan Barbarisi: “Sexiness and color,” Cameron laughed, before getting serious. “No, It’s going…

  5. Josh Hamilton given cortisone shot in right knee

    Jun 6, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was given a cortisone injection Saturday in his right knee, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, but expects to be fine to return to the starting lineup on Monday. Hamilton has been bothered by an achy knee for about a month.  He’s played through it for the most part, and is…

  6. Hanley back in a familiar spot atop Marlins' lineup

    Jun 6, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

    Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez released his lineup for Sunday’s game against the Mets a few minutes ago, and something looks a little fishy: SS Hanley RamirezLF Chris Coghlan2B Dan Uggla3B Jorge CantuC Ronny PaulinoRF Cody Ross1B Gaby SanchezCF Cameron MaybinP Ricky Nolasco That’s right, 2009 National League batting champ Hanley Ramirez is batting leadoff against…

  7. Cardinals' Brad Penny out at least another month

    Jun 6, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

    The Cardinals have finally established a timetable for Brad Penny’s return from a lat strain, and it’s not exactly great news.  According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the veteran starter is expected to miss at least the next four-to-six weeks. Penny was placed on the 15-day disabled list back in late May…

  8. Beltran now playing in extended spring games

    Jun 6, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran has been sidelined all season while rehabilitating from knee surgery and hasn’t exactly been making swift progress.  Hopefully that will all begin changing, as he played in a second straight extended spring training game on Saturday, according to the New York Daily News. Beltran is still running at less than 75…

  9. Dontrelle throws six scoreless in D'Backs debut

    Jun 6, 2010, 8:39 AM EDT

    Dontrelle Willis joined up with the Diamondbacks just a few days ago in a trade from the Tigers and made his Arizona debut on Saturday night against the Rockies.  He did fantastic by his own recent standards, hurling six scoreless innings and earning his first National League victory since going 10-15 back in 2007 for…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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:…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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