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  1. Report: Brewers offer rising star Jean Segura a long-term deal

    May 14, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

    Jean Segura

    With their shortstop’s price tag likely increasing by the day, the Brewers have pitched Jean Segura and agent Joe Klein a long-term deal that could take the 23-year-old through his arbitration years and into free agency. Segura, named the NL’s Player of the Week on Monday, is batting .368/.412/.588 with six homers and 13 steals…

  2. Yankees School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

    May 14, 2013, 9:28 AM EDT

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    Every now and again — well, let’s face it, pretty much every day now — I get another email telling me that Vernon Wells — Vernon Bleepin’ Wells — just got another two hits with another homer with another three RBIs and so on. The emails are from Michael Schur, Parks and Recreation executive producer,…

  3. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 14, 2013, 6:49 AM EDT

    Braves Diamondbacks Baseball

    Braves 10, Diamondbacks 1: Justin Upton went 4 for 5 with a homer and 2 RBI. Chris Johnson went 3 for 4 with a homer and 3 RBI. Martin Prado had a couple of hits and I suppose he was gritty. Gonna say that the first visit to Arizona for the Braves post-trade falls to…

  4. Breathe easy, everyone: Melky Cabrera is going to get his World Series ring

    May 13, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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    The Giants’ 2012 World Series win didn’t feature any contributions from Melky Cabrera, but their 2012 regular season sure did. And it’s not going unrecognized: Cabrera will receive his championship ring when the Giants visit the Blue Jays, Cabrera’s new team, on Tuesday. Manager Bruce Bochy performed a similar act last month with Chicago Cubs’…

  5. HBT Weekend Wrap

    May 13, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    Wrap

    What you missed while you were beating on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past, while watching 23 straight showings of a most silly and inappropriate film adaptation: They imposed a No Mo Zone in Kansas City Roy Halladay apologized The Marlins should apologize Just when you thought you were rid of Chris Carpenter Just…

  6. Cubs sign Anthony Rizzo to seven-year extension

    May 12, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Miami Marlins

    The Cubs have agreed to a seven-year, $41 million contract extension with first baseman Anthony Rizzo. The deal runs from 2013-19, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Rizzo, 23 years old, has been his club’s most reliable hitter, entering this afternoon’s game against the Nationals with a .288/.361/.554 line, including nine home runs. Rizzo was…

  7. Astros designate Philip Humber for assignment

    May 12, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

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    Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have designated Philip Humber for assignment. He’ll either be released or outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City if he clears waivers. Humber opened the 2013 regular season in the Astros’ rotation but got demoted to the bullpen after seven disastrous starts. He wound up posting an…

  8. Yankees put Eduardo Nunez on 15-day disabled list, transfer Mark Teixeira to 60-day disabled list

    May 12, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Yankees have placed utilityman Eduardo Nunez on the 15-day disabled list with a rib cage injury. Alberto Gonzalez has been called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to fill the vacant roster spot and Mark Teixeira was shifted to the 60-day disabled list as a procedural…

  9. Matt Garza throws 66 pitches in third rehab start

    May 12, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT

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    Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Cubs right-hander Matt Garza tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings Saturday in his second minor league rehab start with the Double-A Tennessee Smokies. It was his third rehab start overall. Garza was scheduled to throw between four and five innings on Saturday, but two walks ballooned his pitch count…

  10. Cubs activate Kyuji Fujikawa from the disabled list

    May 10, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Kyuji Fujikawa is back from the disabled list after missing the past four weeks with a strained forearm. The injury cost him a chance to take over for Carlos Marmol as the Cubs’ closer, so he’ll slide back into a setup role in front of new closer Kevin Gregg. Chicago’s ninth-inning situation figures to remain…

  11. The Blue Jays option Ricky Romero

    May 9, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Ricky Romero: human yo-yo: #BlueJays option Ricky Romero to AAA Buffalo and designate Edgar Gonzalez for assignment.Select contracts of Ramon Ortiz and Mickey Storey — Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) May 9, 2013   He was clearly lost last year, yet the Jays didn’t send him down. He was lost this spring, so they sent him. Down.…

  12. Ian Stewart goes unclaimed on waivers, stays with Cubs at Triple-A

    May 8, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

    Ian Stewart AP

    I wrote yesterday about how Ian Stewart wasn’t making any friends with the Cubs by basically taking a 72-hour vacation from the Triple-A team and today they outrighted the third baseman off the 40-man roster. That means Stewart went unclaimed on waivers by the other 29 teams and will remain Cubs property at Triple-A, minus…

  13. Kevin Gregg is officially the Cubs’ closer

    May 8, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Chicago Cubs

    Three weeks ago Kevin Gregg was unemployed. Then he signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs and made his way back to the majors at age 34. And now he’s their closer. That’s been fairly obvious for a while now, as Gregg has saved five games in two weeks, but whether it’s with Gregg or…

  14. Carlos Zambrano signs with the Long Island Ducks

    May 8, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v St Louis Cardinals

    Beware, Gatorade coolers of the Atlantic League: In case you missed it, Carlos Zambrano has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. #Cubs — Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) May 8, 2013   Zambrano joins quite a famous assemblage of toasted talent on the Ducks roster, as Dontrelle Willis and Vlad Guerrero are already…

  15. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 8, 2013, 6:50 AM EDT

    New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning of their MLB Inter League baseball game at CitiField in New York

    Mets 1, White Sox 0: For as good a pitcher as Matt Harvey is, something is clearly wrong with him given that he did not get the win in this game. The object of the game is to win it, Matt. You clearly lack The Will to Win, as I’m sure Hawk Harrelson mentioned during…

  16. Ian Stewart isn’t making any friends with the Cubs

    May 7, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    Ian Stewart AP

    While on the disabled list with a quadriceps injury Ian Stewart had been playing at Triple-A as part of a minor-league rehab assignment. He hit just .091 in 13 games, so when Stewart was deemed healthy the Cubs activated him from the DL and optioned him to Triple-A. And then he decided to leave the…

  17. Matt Garza “was really pumped up” for second rehab start

    May 7, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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    After throwing 42 pitches in his first minor-league rehab start last week Matt Garza took the mound at Triple-A yesterday and threw 54 pitches. He recorded 10 outs, giving up one run on four hits and zero walks in 3.1 innings. He threw 37 of 54 pitches for strikes, struck out three, and according to…

  18. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 7, 2013, 6:44 AM EDT

    Andrelton Simmons

    Braves 7, Reds 4: The Braves weren’t going to be able to maintain any sort of momentum if the offense was all Justin Upton — who can’t do it alone — and Evan Gattis — who is, after all, a rookie. Last night they had help from Andrelton Simmons who hit two bombs and drove…

  19. Cubs calling up Ryan Sweeney from Triple-A

    May 6, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ryan Sweeney

    Ryan Sweeney, who’s been playing at Triple-A since signing a minor-league deal with the Cubs this offseason, is on his way back to the majors. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that the Cubs are expected to call up Sweeney and demote Dave Sappelt to Triple-A. Sweeney hit .337 with six homers and a 1.022 OPS…

  20. Cubs standing pat with Carlos Marmol

    May 5, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol imploded yesterday, walking two batters and hitting another to load the bases with no outs in the eighth inning attempting to hold on to a 4-2 lead. Manager Dale Sveum replaced Marmol with Hector Rondon, who allowed all three of Marmol’s runners to score and the Reds eventually went on to…

  21. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 3, 2013, 6:42 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers

    Cardinals 6, Brewers 5: Jake Westbrook with career win 100. And get this: dude allowed only one run in six innings and his ERA increased. Which, yes, will happen when you come in at 0.98. It’s now an unsightly 1.10. He talked after the game how 100 was a goal for him. And while, no,…

  22. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 2, 2013, 6:57 AM EDT

    Mets Marlins Baseball

    Mets 7, Marlins 6:  Jordany Valdespin hit a pinch-hit three run homer in the sixth to put the Mets up to stay, breaking their six game losing streak. But Terry Collins is on the hot seat! No he isn’t! Yes he is! She’s my daughter! [slap] My sister! [slap!] My daughter … Nationals 2, Braves 0: The Nats finally…

  23. Matt Garza throws 42 pitches in first rehab start

    May 1, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Matt Garza‘s “dead arm” last week pushed back his minor-league rehab assignment, but the Cubs right-hander felt good enough to throw 2.2 innings at Double-A today. Garza allowed one run on one hit and two walks, failing to record a strikeout while throwing 42 pitches. Garza hasn’t pitched for the Cubs since July 21 of…

  24. Mark Trumbo hit the longest homer of the season last night

    Apr 30, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    Before last night’s Angels-A’s game got all wacky Mark Trumbo crushed a 475-foot homer in the second inning that ties Anthony Rizzo for the longest of the 2013 season: “I’ve never seen a baseball go that far in this ballpark.”

  25. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 30, 2013, 6:27 AM EDT

    Brandon Moss

    Athletics 10, Angels 8: Nineteen innings. Six and a half hours. Sixteen pitchers, including A’s Opening Day starter Brett Anderson who pitched five and a third innings out of the pen. The Angels, for their part, had two pitchers — Tommy Hanson who started it and Jerome Williams who came in later — each of…

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