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  1. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and higlights

    Jul 2, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Ramon Santiago, Austin Jackson

    It was a really rough weekend for people in Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. Storms, trees down, power outages and intense heat made it for a really crappy weekend. We were fairly lucky here at Chez Craigy. The power was out for only about 24 hours before coming back Saturday evening.…

  2. Austin Jackson, Bryce Harper lead All-Star snubs

    Jul 1, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    You knew it was coming. In truth, I think those in charge did a better job of picking this season’s All-Stars than they have in recent years. Still, I have some disagreements, even if none of them are quite as vehement as last season’s. Austin Jackson (OF Tigers) – Jackson’s DL stint probably cost him…

  3. Selection Sunday: Your 2012 All-Star rosters are revealed…

    Jul 1, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball is announcing the All-Star rosters for each league this afternoon during an hour-long special on TBS. We’ll update this post as the names come in: The 2012 MLB All-Star Game is next Tuesday, July 10, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. AMERICAN LEAGUE Starters C Mike Napoli 1B Prince Fielder 2B…

  4. Anthony Rizzo slugged his first Cubs homer on Saturday

    Jul 1, 2012, 9:05 AM EDT

    rizzo getty

    Anthony Rizzo made his major league debut last year as a member of the Padres and belted his first career home run in a June 11 loss to the Nationals. Now he’s on the board with his new team, the Cubs. The 22-year-old first baseman smoked a two-run blast over the right field fence in…

  5. Ryan Dempster won’t be back until after the All-Star break

    Jun 29, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    At the outset, please note that as of this week, anything that will or will not happen until “after the All-Star” break is no longer really scary. Because the All-Star break is less than two weeks from now. Seems crazy early and stuff, but it’s where we are.  The upshot: “until after the All-Star break”…

  6. Pettitte, Sabathia down. Now what do the Yankees do?

    Jun 27, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

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    The Yankees placed CC Sabathia on the disabled list this morning and this afternoon the lost Andy Pettitte for six weeks with a broken ankle. What are the options here, people? Well, certainly Freddy Garcia gets starts until the big man is back. That’s a given. For now the solution for the other vacancy in…

  7. Cubs designate Randy Wells for assignment

    Jun 27, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    Randy Wells AP

    In a move which should come as no surprise, the Cubs announced this morning that they have designated Randy Wells for assignment. Wells failed to make it out of the fourth inning last night against the Mets. The 29-year-old right-hander gave up three runs and issued four walks, including one to opposing pitcher Dillon Gee,…

  8. Ike Davis ejected, likely to face a fine for bumpin’ the ump

    Jun 27, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Ike Davis, Manny Gonzalez

    Ike Davis had a legit beef last night. His swipe tag missed baserunner Steve Clevenger on a pickoff play last night, but Clevenger missed the bag and Davis got him on the second attempt. First base umpire Manny Gonzalez missed that, though, and called Clevenger safe. An argument ensued, and during the argument Davis’ glove…

  9. The final NL All-Star balloting update before the teams are set

    Jun 26, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    All Star Game Logo

    There’s still time to vote, but if it ended now, the NL All-Star team would look like so. Changes to possible starters: Ryan Braun pulled ahead of Melky Cabrera for the third outfield slot, reversing last week’s reversal. Otherwise, the same old same old, with the changes only affecting downballot stuff: CATCHER Buster Posey, Giants:…

  10. Anthony Rizzo batting third in Cubs debut tonight

    Jun 26, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    anthony rizzo getty

    Chicago made it official, calling up first base prospect Anthony Rizzo from Triple-A before tonight’s game. And while the Cubs took their sweet time promoting him from Triple-A they wasted no time throwing him into the middle of the lineup. Rizzo is playing first base and batting third in his Cubs debut, pushing Bryan LaHair…

  11. Ryan Dempster won’t be ready to return when eligible

    Jun 26, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    Ryan Dempster has been out since June 16 with a strained right shoulder and won’t be ready to return from the disabled list when eligible Sunday, according to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago. Padilla reports that Dempster “will miss at least one more start” and because he’s yet to throw off a mound it wouldn’t…

  12. Cubs (finally) call up first base prospect Anthony Rizzo

    Jun 25, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    anthony rizzo getty

    Cubs fans are finally getting their wish, as the team announced that first base prospect Anthony Rizzo is on his way to Chicago after destroying Triple-A pitching for the second straight season. Rizzo struggled in his first taste of the big leagues last year for the Padres and was then traded to the Cubs for…

  13. Matt Garza already drawing trade interest from six teams

    Jun 24, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

    matt garza getty

    Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe is always a must-read. And it only gets better as MLB’s non-waiver trade deadline approaches. Cafardo reports today that “about six teams have been on the phone” consistently over the past few weeks with Cubs president Theo Epstein concerning the availability of right-handed starter Matt Garza.…

  14. The Cubs aren’t calling up Anthony Rizzo this weekend

    Jun 23, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo

    Anthony Rizzo could be promoted any day now, as it’s believed the Cubs have waited long enough to delay his free agency until after the 2018 season, but he won’t be called up this weekend. Cubs manager Dale Sveum confirmed as much in comments to Jose M. Romero of CSNChicago.com yesterday and was non-committal when…

  15. White Sox-Cubs drama: Alejandro De Aza thinks Manny Corpas hit him on purpose

    Jun 21, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    White Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza and Cubs reliever Manny Corpas are off-field friends, but that didn’t stop them from creating some drama in the Chicago interleague series yesterday. With the White Sox up 7-0 in the eighth inning Corpas came into the game and plunked De Aza on the leg with his first pitch,…

  16. Stephen Strasburg beats Rays, wins sixth straight start

    Jun 20, 2012, 11:04 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    No one told Stephen Strasburg that NL teams were supposed to struggle in interleague games. Strasburg won his sixth straight start Wednesday by allowing two runs in seven innings and striking out 10 in the Nationals’ 3-2 defeat of the Rays. He improved to 4-0 against American League East teams this season. The 23-year-old Strasburg…

  17. George Brett and Bernie Williams to manage Futures Game

    Jun 20, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    Tomorrow the rosters for the annual Futures Game will be revealed, but we already know who’ll be managing the collection of elite prospects as part of the All-Star festivities: George Brett and Bernie Williams. MLB announced that Brett will manage the United States team for the game being played in Kansas City, while Williams will…

  18. NL All-Star balloting update: Melky in, Braun out

    Jun 19, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Bochy's Angels?

    Just like in Monday’s AL balloting update, one spot in the National League projected All-Star lineup changed hands this week. Melky Cabrera moved ahead of Ryan Braun into third place in the outfield. Cabrera is deserving based on his performance this season, but one can’t help but notice that Giants fans have been awfully generous…

  19. Jeremy Hellickson lands on disabled list with right shoulder fatigue

    Jun 19, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

    Jeremy Hellickson Getty

    The Rays just announced that Jeremy Hellickson was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder fatigue. Chris Archer will be called up from Triple-A Durham to make his major league debut tomorrow night against the Nationals. Hellickson was knocked around for a career-high eight runs on nine hits (including three home runs) last Thursday…

  20. The Cubs are making preparations for Anthony Rizzo’s arrival

    Jun 18, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo

    Anthony Rizzo probably isn’t going to get a chance to go after the Pacific Coast League Triple Crown after all. The Cubs, seemingly preparing for his arrival, have Bryan LaHair in right field and David DeJesus in center field in Monday’s game against the White Sox. It’s the first outfield start for LaHair this season.…

  21. Amid trade rumors Cubs put Ryan Dempster on disabled list

    Jun 18, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    I guess this means the Ryan Dempster trade speculation can be put on hold for a bit. Dempster has been placed on the disabled list due to a strained right lat muscle, with the Cubs telling Carrie Muskat of MLB.com that the injury is “not considered serious.” The injury comes with Dempster in the midst…

  22. Carlos Marmol is back as the Cubs’ closer

    Jun 16, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol Getty

    Carlos Marmol notched his first save since May 2 yesterday against the Red Sox, but in typical Marmol-fashion, it wasn’t easy. Marmol gave up a one-out single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia before Mike Aviles reached on a fielding error by third baseman Luis Valbuena. He then struck out Daniel Nava looking before walking Scott Podsednik to…

  23. Hanley Ramirez scratched from Friday’s lineup after being hit in nose during BP

    Jun 15, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez Getty

    The Marlins were given quite the scare this afternoon, as Hanley Ramirez was hit in the nose by a batted ball which bounced off a batting cage screen in the cage at Tropicana Field. Ramirez was scratched from tonight’s lineup against the Rays as a result of the incident, but Marlins’ manager Ozzie Guillen told…

  24. Cubs shut out Red Sox for first time in 94 years

    Jun 15, 2012, 5:58 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    The last time the Cubs shut out the Red Sox, Fenway Park was six years old. This year, it’s celebrating its centennial. Ryan Dempster blanked the Red Sox for seven innings Friday as part of a 3-0 Cubs victory. It was the first time the Cubs had shut out Boston since Game 5 of the…

  25. Yankees, Dodgers are interested in Ryan Dempster

    Jun 15, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    The Cubs seem totally focused on trading Ryan Dempster — why wouldn’t they be? — and today Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times says that two teams — the Dodgers and the Yankees — are showing interest. We knew about the Dodgers’ interest. The Yankees is new, though obviously not surprising. Starting pitching depth seems…

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