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

    Jun 18, 2013, 6:59 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Braves 2, Mets 1: A three-hour and fifty-two minute rain delay? Really? Despite that, Dillon Gee shut the Braves out through eight and a third and drove in the Mets’ only run. And despite that he gave up a walkoff two-run homer to Freddie Freeman just before 1:30 AM. Now they play a day-night doubleheader. Expect many…

  2. Phillies void contract with Juan Cruz

    Feb 13, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Juan Cruz

    Juan Cruz signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies last month, but failed to report to camp yesterday because of what general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. called a “miscommunication issue.” It must have been one helluva miscommunication, because Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Cruz and the Phillies have agreed to “mutually rescind” his contract–which…

  3. Juan Cruz signs minor league contract with Phillies

    Jan 16, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Juan Cruz

    Juan Cruz has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Phillies, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Last offseason Cruz signed with the Pirates on a minor-league contract and was released in August despite posting a 2.78 ERA in 36 innings at age 33. His strikeout-to-walk ratio was much less impressive at 33-to-19, but he’s…

  4. Blaine Boyer becomes the latest former Brave acquired by Dayton Moore

    Jan 3, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

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    It was OK to say “hey, he knows the guy” the first eleventeen times Dayton Moore signed or traded for a former Brave. Now it’s just a fetish: #Royals sign right-handed pitcher Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract for 2013. Boyer has made 233 relief appearances in MLB career. — Bob Dutton (@Royals_Report) January…

  5. Pirates acquire Hisanori Takahashi off waivers from Angels

    Aug 24, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT

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    One day after releasing veteran right-handed reliever Juan Cruz the Pirates claimed veteran left-handed reliever Hisanori Takahashi off waivers from the Angels, who basically said “you can have him.” That means the 37-year-old Takahashi and the remainder of his $4.2 million contract are now Pittsburgh property, and the Pirates will add him to their bullpen…

  6. Pirates release veteran reliever Juan Cruz

    Aug 23, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    Juan Cruz

    Juan Cruz was plenty useful for the Pirates on a one-year, $1.25 million deal, throwing 36 innings with a 2.78 ERA and 33/19 K/BB ratio, but today they released the 33-year-old reliever. Cruz was designated for assignment after blowing a save in Sunday’s marathon game against the Cardinals and cleared waivers, at which point he…

  7. Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan on bereavement leave

    May 10, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Joel Hanrahan

    Joel Hanrahan‘s grandmother died yesterday and the Pirates closer is expected to be away from the team until Sunday on bereavement leave. Daniel McCutchen, who threw 189 innings for the Pirates during the past three seasons, was called up from Triple-A to take Hanrahan’s place on the roster. Juan Cruz is the obvious candidate to…

  8. Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan misses save chance with hamstring injury

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Joel Hanrahan

    Joel Hanrahan was unavailable out of the Pirates’ bullpen last night because of a hamstring injury, so Juan Cruz got a rare save opportunity and closed out a 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks. Tom Singer of MLB.com reports that Hanrahan tweaked his hamstring while throwing the final pitch of his Sunday save versus the Giants…

  9. Running down the rosters: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Feb 29, 2012, 6:17 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    While it was a 19th straight sub-.500 season, the Pirates did finish with their best record since 2004 by going 72-90 last year. They’ve since added two starters to an already much-improved pitching staff. As for the offense, well, they’re just going to have to hope that the incumbents get better. Rotation A.J. Burnett –…

  10. Juan Cruz signs minor-league contract with Pirates

    Feb 1, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Juan Cruz

    Juan Cruz is the latest veteran reliever forced to settle for a minor-league contract in a buyer’s market, signing with the Pirates for a deal that includes an invitation to spring training. Cruz is 33 years old, but was plenty effective for the Rays last season with a 3.88 ERA and 46/28 K/BB ratio in…

  11. Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million 3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million 4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers):…

  12. An updated look at what’s left in free agency

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Here’s an up-to-date list of how the top 111 free agents have fared to date. Note that the list below doesn’t include Yu Darvish or Yoenis Cespedes, two of the remaining gems available to major league teams. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers) 3. Jose Reyes (Mets):…

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