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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Edinson Volquez could return before the All-Star break

    Jun 19, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Edinson Volquez is ahead of schedule. In fact, Reds manager Dusty Baker told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he is tentatively penciled in to face the Mets on July 7. “That’s what I’ve got on my (schedule), barring setbacks,” Dusty Baker said. “We want to make sure he’s ready when he gets here.”…

  8. Knee? What knee? Chase Utley is just fine

    Jun 19, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    Before Friday’s game against the Twins, Chase Utley addressed comments by first base coach Davey Lopes that he is currently dealing with a knee injury (via Todd Zolecki of “I think there’s a little confusion and maybe a little bit of a difference of opinion with what Davey said,” Utley said before the game.…

  9. Mike Stanton's first major league home run is a grand slam

    Jun 19, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    It took 32 at-bats, but Mike Stanton collected his first major league home run in grand style against the Rays on Friday night, hitting a first-inning grand slam off Matt Garza. According to the Associated Press, Stanton actually hit the home run with Dan Uggla’s bat, and as you see with the picture to the…

  10. Nolan Ryan says the Rangers are interested in Roy Oswalt

    Jun 19, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

    Oh, how the worm has turned. Rangers president Nolan Ryan told T.R. Sullivan of on Friday that the team does in fact have interest in acquiring Roy Oswalt from the Astros. “You know, we definitely are looking to improve our ballclub, and when you have an opportunity, or might have an opportunity, to acquire…

  11. Stephen Strasburg strikes out 10 in no-decision

    Jun 18, 2010, 10:58 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg completed his third major league start earlier tonight, allowing just one run over seven innings while striking out 10 as part of a no-decision against the White Sox. With President Obama — a White Sox fan — in attendance, the Nationals eventually lost the game 2-1 in 11 innings. With the 10 strikeouts,…

  12. Manny Ramirez's return gets upstaged by Roger Clemens

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:24 PM EDT

    Dodgers manager Joe Torre already took a little bit of the fun out of Manny Ramirez’s return to Boston by announcing on Thursday that he would be the designated hitter during the series. And after all the hype and anticipation, Ramirez received what could best be described as a mixed reaction from the Boston crowd…

  13. Jordan Zimmermann is on the comeback trail

    Jun 18, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    Jordan Zimmermann, who underwent Tommy John surgery last August, threw 35 pitches in a two-inning simulated game at Nationals Park on Friday, according to Byron Kerr of “I have been throwing 100 percent for a while now. I haven’t had a setback, knock on wood. Everything is going perfectly.” Willie Harris was one of…

  14. An overlooked young stud: San Diego's Mat Latos

    Jun 18, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    It didn’t and shouldn’t have made headlines, but when Ubaldo Jimenez gave up eight hits and two walks over eight innings in his win over the Twins on Thursday, it took his formerly major league-best 0.98 WHIP up to 1.00. The new leader is none other than 22-year-old Mat Latos. While Jimenez, Stephen Strasburg and…

  15. Troy Tulowitzki out 6-8 weeks with broken wrist

    Jun 18, 2010, 6:52 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki, originally considered day-to-day after being hit on the wrist by a pitch Thursday, was found to have a break upon being reexamined Friday and will miss 6-8 weeks. It’s a harsh blow for the Rockies’ hopes. Already a disappointing 34-32 and behind three other teams in the NL West, they’ll have to go…

  16. Comment of the Day: Don't hate on "Field of Dreams!"

    Jun 18, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Earlier today I slammed Field of Dreams as a “New Age mess.”  Reader DG1965 — who is either an Astromech Droid or a 45 year-old person with the initials “DG” — took issue with that characterization: Your take down of Field of Dreams is ridiculous. Or else you were the only male in the theater…

  17. Chase Utley doesn't think he's injured

    Jun 18, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Yesterday we had scouts and execs saying that Chase Utley is injured, and earlier today one of his own coaches said he had a knee injury.  Chase Utley isn’t having any of that, though.  Utley just told Todd Zolecki “In my opinion there’s no injury whatsoever.” So I guess that means that either Utley isn’t…

  18. The Braves are winning. And it's not because of "grit"

    Jun 18, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    Some folks would have you believe that the Braves are winning because they get their pants dirty. Please ignore this.

  19. The Red Sox designate Boof Bonser for assignment

    Jun 18, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    The Red Sox designated pitcher Boof Bonser for assignment. Shocker, there. Bonser has spent most of the season on the DL, and the two occasions he has pitched he has been shelled, allowing four runs in two innings. Bonser was a failed starter who had some promise when he was moved to the pen in…

  20. News Flash: team performs worse against good teams than bad ones

    Jun 18, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    I noticed this kicking around the Twitterverse last night and this morning, but the meme developed fully this afternoon: Oh noes! The Yankees don’t play well against good teams! That’s the refrain from the New York Times today, which notes: The Yankees’ struggles against better teams have received little attention, and it is no wonder…

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