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  1. Cubs give Carlos Marmol his walking papers

    Jun 25, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    As expected the Cubs just released Ian Stewart from Triple-A, but they also made an even bigger move by designating Carlos Marmol for assignment. Marmol has been awful this season, making it easy to forget that not so long ago he was one of the most dominant relievers in baseball and his career ERA in…

  2. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 24, 2013, 5:30 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Mets 8, Phillies 0: Matt Harvey blanks the Phillies on two hits for six innings and David Wright went 4 for 5 with two doubles, a triple and a homer. I know the Mets have problems, but man, when it goes right for them it’s really pretty. Something about the purity of an ace and…

  3. Twins sign No. 4 pick Kohl Stewart for $4.5 million

    Jun 19, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Kohl Stewart

    No. 4 pick Kohl Stewart and the Twins have agreed to a deal and Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that the high school right-hander from Texas will get the exact slot bonus amount of $4,544,400. Minnesota was linked to Stewart throughout the draft process and several reports suggested that the Twins would have taken…

  4. Alfonso Soriano on Carlos Marmol: “He used to be good”

    Jun 17, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano Getty

    Carlos Marmol blew another save yesterday, turning a 3-0 ninth-inning lead into a 4-3 loss to wipe away seven shutout innings from Matt Garza. He was only in the game because Kevin Gregg had pitched four games in a row, but the former closer served up a walk-off three-run homer and afterward teammate Alfonso Soriano…

  5. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 17, 2013, 6:49 AM EDT

    Anna Scorecard

    Athletics 10, Mariners 2: This game was a Father’s Day treat for me. Why? Because I used it to teach my daughter how to keep score. I printed out scoresheets. I did a little sketch on the top of hers to illustrate the numbers which correspond with each defensive position. I paused the TV after…

  6. Play of the Day: the Mets go back to Little League

    Jun 16, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v. New York Mets

    Though they came back in grand fashion against Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol, the Mets had staked the Cubs to a 3-0 lead in the fifth after a litany of errors reminiscent of a Little League game. With runners on first and second and two outs in the top of the fifth against Mets starter Jeremy…

  7. The Carlos Marmol show rages on

    Jun 16, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Chicago Cubs

    In today’s series finale against the Mets, Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol allowed four runs and recorded just one out in the ninth inning as the Mets stormed from a 3-0 deficit to walk off as 4-3 winners. Cubs starter Matt Garza pitched brilliantly over seven innings and James Russell tossed a perfect eighth to bring…

  8. David DeJesus sprains shoulder after crashing into fence, headed to disabled list

    Jun 15, 2013, 9:51 AM EDT

    David DeJesus Getty

    There was a scary moment in last night’s Cubs-Mets game, as outfielder David DeJesus crashed into the center field fence in the third inning while chasing a ball off the bat of Juan Lagares. Here’s a link to the video. DeJesus writhed in pain on the ground for a few minutes before getting to his…

  9. Dusty Baker will not use Aroldis Chapman for multi-inning work

    Jun 14, 2013, 10:50 PM EDT

    Reds' manager Dusty Baker watches from the dugout as his team plays the Giants in Game 5 of their MLB NLDS playoff baseball series in Cincinnati

    In the latest instance of a Major League manager refusing to consider anything but by-the-book bullpen use, Reds manager Dusty Baker reiterated to the media that he will not use closer Aroldis Chapman for more than one inning: Dusty Baker just said he will not use Aroldis Chapman in the 8th inning. Said the days…

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

    Jun 13, 2013, 7:19 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals

    Royals 3, Tigers 2: Jose Valverde was handed a 2-0 lead in the ninth with a runner on and promptly coughed it up by surrendering a homer to Lorenzo Cain. Phil Coke added his own brand of kerosene to the fire on the 10th as Eric Hosmer singled in the winning run. After the game…

  11. Kyuji Fujikawa undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Jun 11, 2013, 9:14 PM EDT

    fujikawa getty

    From MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat comes word that Cubs righty Kyuji Fujikawa underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, as expected, Tuesday afternoon in Alabama. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews, who deemed it a success. Fujikawa made only 12 relief appearances this season for the Cubs before straining the ulnar collateral ligament in his…

  12. Sexual assault civil suit against Carlos Marmol was dropped

    Jun 11, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    This winter Carlos Marmol was accused of sexual assault by a 24-year-old woman in the Dominican Republic and the Cubs reliever in turn accused the woman of blackmail and extortion, filing a counter lawsuit. Marmol said back in February that he was “very pissed off” about the charges, claiming: “I didn’t do anything. The stuff…

  13. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 10, 2013, 6:49 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    Cardinals 11, Reds 4: I’ll take “Improbable scores for an extra-inning game for $200, Alex.” It was already 7-4 in the top of the 10th when Matt Holliday came to the plate but he hit a grand slam off Curtis Partch to truly ice the game. J.J. Hoover was charged with six of the seven…

  14. Daniel Hudson re-tore elbow ligament, likely needs second Tommy John surgery

    Jun 7, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

    daniel hudson getty

    Sad news for Daniel Hudson, as the Diamondbacks announced that the right-hander re-tore his ulnar collateral ligament while rehabbing from Tommy John elbow surgery. For now the team is “exploring all medical options,” but going under the knife for a second surgery seems all but certain. Acquired from the White Sox in mid-2010 as part…

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

    Jun 6, 2013, 6:57 AM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Rockies 12, Reds 4: The Colorado Wrecking Crew: Carlos Gonzalez hit three home runs and drove in six. Troy Tulowitzki hit two of his own. Pedro Villarreal had no idea what hit him. White Sox 7, Mariners 5: You figure if you score five runs in the top of an extra inning that you’re gonna…

  16. Kirk Gibson says Jeff Samardzija “should just shut the (bleep) up and pitch”

    Jun 3, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kirk Gibson

    Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija and Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams got into a weird little shouting match during Saturday’s game and no one involved seems quite sure why it happened (or at least willing to say publicly). Asked yesterday about the incident, Arizona manager Kirk Gibson praised Samardzija’s performance and called it all “part…

  17. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jun 3, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    At the pool

    My kids started their summer vacation on Friday. Two hours into their first day without school my son told me he was bored. After that, and my extended “you have no reason to be bored, there are kids all over the world who would love to have all of the things and advantages you’ve had”…

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

    Jun 3, 2013, 5:30 AM EDT

    Domonic Brown

    Phillies 7, Brewers 5: Dom Brown homered and tripled and drove in four while Cliff Lee struck out 11 in seven and two-thirds. Philly is only one game behind the Nats right now, you guys. Why? Because … Braves 6, Nationals 3: … the Nats dropped two of three to Atlanta, with B.J. Upton of…

  19. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jun 1, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

    Chris Dickerson Getty

    There’s no stopping the Orioles’ offense. After Max Scherzer appeared poised to improve to 8-0 last night, the Orioles came roaring back for four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning against Jose Valverde to secure a dramatic 7-5 walk-off victory. Nick Markakis led off the inning with a solo homer and was followed…

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

    May 31, 2013, 6:52 AM EDT

    Groundhog Day

    Pirates 1, Tigers 0: Jim Leyland was in the Virgin Islands once. He met a girl. they ate lobster, drank piña coladas. At sunset, they made love like sea otters. That was a pretty good day. Why couldn’t he get that day over, and over, and over? Or, well, at least two out of three days. It’d…

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

    May 30, 2013, 7:11 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Chicago Cubs

    Players who hit multiple home runs in a game are the new inefficiency. Teams should definitely stock up on those guys while they’re undervalued. Cubs 9, White Sox 3: Backup catcher Dioner Navarro smacked three homers — a solo, a two-run and a three-run jack — to pace the Cubbies. A Cubbies team who happen…

  22. Dioner Navarro has hit three home runs today

    May 29, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Chicago Cubs

    OK, so the White Sox-Cubs game isn’t even over yet, but I had to write something about this. Cubs backup catcher Dioner Navarro, who’s making a rare start in place of Welington Castillo, has homered three times in three at-bats. Navarro walked in his other plate appearance and has driven in a total of six…

  23. Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa needs Tommy John surgery

    May 29, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Kyuji Fujikawa Getty

    Kyuji Fujikawa was placed on the disabled list earlier this week with a strained forearm and the Cubs just announced that the 32-year-old reliever will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery. That means Fujikawa will miss the remainder of this season and likely be sidelined well into 2014 as well. After eight seasons as a dominant…

  24. Arodys Vizcaino gets more surgery, done for season

    May 28, 2013, 10:49 PM EDT

    vizcaino getty

    Cubs prospect Arodys Vizcaino won’t pitch in 2013. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that the 22-year-old underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow this week to clear out a calcium buildup and has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2013 campaign. Vizcaino had Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last March and…

  25. Dusty Baker wants players to start fighting and stop cursing

    May 28, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    dusty baker toothpick

    Dusty Baker is a tough guy to get a handle on. Yesterday the Reds manager dove head-first into the Johnny Cueto–Matt Garza feud by saying that he thinks players should settle disputes by locking themselves in a room and fighting until “somebody hits the ground.” Then later in the same afternoon he publicly criticized his…

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