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  1. Zoilo Almonte suffers sprained ankle, will go on DL

    Jul 19, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v New York Yankees

    Zoilo Almonte left tonight’s game against the Red Sox before the bottom of the fifth inning due to a sprained left ankle. While Luis Cruz took his spot in the lineup and Alberto Gonzalez took his spot in left field, Almonte had x-rays taken on his ankle, which came back negative. According to Bryan Hoch,…

  2. Yankees place Derek Jeter on disabled list with quad injury

    Jul 19, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    jeter getty

    After missing the first 90 games of the season Derek Jeter returned from a broken ankle last Thursday, only to injure his quadriceps midway through his first game back. Jeter used the All-Star break to rest up, hoping to avoid a return to the disabled list, but the Yankees have placed the shortstop back on…

  3. Play of the Day: Manny Machado shows off his strong arm

    Jul 7, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Manny Machado

    You often hear of the times when scouts and stats are in disagreement, such as last year’s AL MVP debate between Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout. One area in which the two happily agree is the defense of Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR), found at FanGraphs, rates him as the best…

  4. Derek Jeter cleared to begin minor league rehab assignment

    Jul 5, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    jeter getty

    After numerous setbacks in his recovery from a broken ankle Derek Jeter has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Jeter will play tomorrow at Triple-A and is scheduled to log at least five innings defensively at shortstop in his first game action since last October. In his…

  5. Yankees put Jayson Nix on the disabled list, sign Dodgers castoff Luis Cruz

    Jul 3, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Yankees

    Derek Jeter has yet to play this season, his shortstop fill-in Eduardo Nunez is on the disabled list with an oblique injury, and now the fill-in’s fill-in, Jayson Nix, is on the DL with a hamstring strain. Nix has been the Yankees’ primary shortstop since mid-May, but has hit just .236 with two homers and…

  6. Dodgers activate Scott Van Slyke, DFA Luis Cruz

    Jun 28, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    Luis Cruz

    The Dodgers have called it quits with the Luis Cruz experiment, designating the infielder for assignment to create a spot on the roster for outfielder Scott Van Slyke. Cruz, who showed hints of potential in 296 trips to the plate last year, brought a sub-.350 OPS through his most recent appearance on June 19. By…

  7. Dodgers demote Dee Gordon to Triple-A

    May 27, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

    Lil Jon, Dee Gordon

    Dee Gordon was given a chance to fill in at shortstop this month after Hanley Ramirez went down with a hamstring injury, but the Dodgers demoted him to Triple-A Albuquerque this evening after he hit just .175 in 19 games. Gordon hit .265 (9-for-34) with one home run, four RBI, five walks, and six stolen…

  8. The best and worst from MLB lineups in 2013

    May 24, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    This is a quick look at the very best and worst each major league lineup spot has to offer this year. Posted along with each line is the player most responsible. We’ll start out with the good before moving on to the bad. 1. Reds: .292/.442/.517, 9 HR, 37 R, 20 RBI, 5 SB (Shin-Soo…

  9. Hanley Ramirez aiming to begin rehab assignment next week

    Apr 24, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

    hanley ramirez dodgers getty

    Hanley Ramirez told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles last Tuesday that he was going to return from the disabled list “way sooner” than expected. And it appears he wasn’t being overly optimistic. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Ramirez is on track to embark on a minor league rehab assignment next…

  10. Justin Sellers to fill in at shortstop for Dodgers

    Mar 31, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    justin sellers getty

    After playing around with a few different looks, the Dodgers have finally settled on a fill-in shortstop. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, infielder Justin Sellers was told late Saturday night that he has cracked the Opening Day roster and will function as the Dodgers’ primary shortstop while Hanley Ramirez recovers from…

  11. Dodgers option outfielder Yasiel Puig to Double-A and shortstop Dee Gordon to Triple-A

    Mar 26, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    puig getty

    As first reported by MLB.com beat writer Ken Gurnick, the Dodgers have optioned outfield prospect Yasiel Puig to Double-A Chattanooga and young infielder Dee Gordon to Triple-A Albuquerque. Puig nearly hit his way onto the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster this spring, batting .526 with a 1.351 OPS in 59 Cactus League plate appearances. But he has…

  12. Hanley Ramirez needs surgery for WBC injury, out two months with torn thumb ligament

    Mar 21, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    World Baseball Classic - Second Round - Miami - Puerto Rico v Dominican Republic

    The thumb injury that caused Hanley Ramirez to leave the World Baseball Classic championship game turned out to be a significant one, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Dodgers shortstop has a torn ligament that will require surgery. He’s scheduled to go under the knife tomorrow, will be totally shut down for at…

  13. Hanley Ramirez unlikely to be ready for Opening Day after WBC injury

    Mar 20, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

    World Baseball Classic - Semifinals - Netherlands v Dominican Republic

    Hanley Ramirez is headed for an MRI exam on the thumb injury he suffered in the World Baseball Classic title game, so the Dodgers will have a clearer picture of his status tomorrow. In the meantime manager Don Mattingly indicated the early word on Ramirez is that he’ll miss at least two weeks and could…

  14. 2013 Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers

    Mar 16, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

    Don Mattingly Reuters

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Los Angeles Dodgers. The Big Question: Will the big spending lead the Dodgers back to the postseason? It’s a…

  15. Luis Cruz on the WBC brawl: “I lost it”

    Mar 11, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

    Luis Cruz

    If you somehow missed it over the weekend there was a big brawl between the Mexican and Canadian World Baseball Classic squads. The cause: the Mexican team forgetting that run differential matters and getting honked off at the Canadians dropping down a bunt with a big lead in the ninth.  The primary instigator: Mexican third…

  16. No suspensions coming for Canada-Mexico WBC brawl

    Mar 10, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

    mexico canada wbc getty

    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, World Baseball Classic officials have decided that no players will be further disciplined for the benches-clearing brawl that broke out Saturday between Team Canada and Team Mexico. The fight brought seven ejections, but that’s as far as the punishment will go. “We are extremely disappointed in the bench-clearing…

  17. Larry Walker “saw Satan” in the eyes of Alfredo Aceves

    Mar 9, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Canada v Mexico - World Baseball Classic - First Round Group D

    Canada defeated Mexico 10-3 in today’s World Baseball Classic Pool D match-up, but that wasn’t the most talked-about result from the game — it was the fracas that started in the ninth inning. With his team up six runs, Canada’s Chris Robinson led off the top-half of the inning with a bunt, which infuriated Mexico,…

  18. Ugly brawl highlights yet another flaw in the World Baseball Classic

    Mar 9, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

    Canada-Mexico brawl

    One of the ugliest scenes to take place on a baseball field in recent years just took place in Canada’s defeat of Mexico on Saturday. And while none of the participants should be let off the hook — I’d have been in favor of stopping the game and throwing both countries out of the tournament…

  19. Canada and Mexico brawl figuratively and literally; Canada wins

    Mar 9, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

    Canada v Mexico - World Baseball Classic - First Round Group D

    Canada kept its second round World Baseball Classic hopes alive with an emphatic 10-3 victory over Mexico today. Coming off an eight-inning 14-4 defeat at the hands of Italy, a game that was called early due to the mercy rule, Canada bounced back with impressive hitting performances by designated hitter Justin Morneau and right fielder…

  20. Behind Adrian Gonzalez, Mexico defeats USA

    Mar 9, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    Mexico v United States - World Baseball Classic - First Round

    Mexico first baseman and clean-up hitter Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run, two walks, and three runs batted in, helping his team to a 5-2 victory over the United States. Gonzalez’s homer came in the third inning with two outs, pushing Mexico’s lead to 4-0 at the time. Lead-off hitter Eduardo Arredondo…

  21. Mexico scores early and often with Dickey

    Mar 8, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

    Mexico v United States - World Baseball Classic - First Round

    Team USA, playing in Pool D, is off to a disappointing start in the World Baseball Classic. Starter R.A. Dickey led off the game allowing a single to Eduardo Arrendondo and a double to Ramiro Pena. Both would quickly score on a Luis Cruz sacrifice fly and Adrian Gonzalez ground out. In the third, Arrendondo…

  22. Italy rallies in ninth, defeats Mexico 6-5

    Mar 7, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT

    Drew Butera

    Thanks to some shoddy outfield defense from Edgar Gonzalez, Italy pulled off a shocker Thursday, defeating Mexico 6-5 to start Pool D play in the World Baseball Classic. Gonzalez, normally an infielder, misplayed two balls in left in the top of the ninth, opening the door for Italy’s two-run inning against Sergio Romo. Anthony Rizzo…

  23. Dodgers confirm interest in free agent Scott Rolen

    Jan 27, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

    rolen getty

    ESPN’s Buster Olney reported two weeks ago that the Dodgers were viewing free agent Scott Rolen as a “possible target” in their quest for third base depth. And now the club has confirmed that interest. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register on Saturday that he has spoken directly to…

  24. Scott Rolen could be a target for the Dodgers

    Jan 15, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

    scott rolen getty

    The Dodgers have poured money into various parts of their roster over the past several months, but they’re set to open the 2013 season with Luis Cruz as their starting third baseman and do not have much depth behind him. So more moves are being considered. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Los Angeles front…

  25. Dodgers “have talked about” moving Dee Gordon to outfield

    Jan 11, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT

    Dee Gordon Getty

    Trade rumors swirling around Dee Gordon seem to have died down, but Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times has an interesting note about the Dodgers shortstop: The Dodgers have talked about moving the fleet-footed Gordon to the outfield but appear inclined to keep him at shortstop for now. Gordon figures to start the season…

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