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  1. 2012 midseason awards: AL Rookie of the Year

    Jul 4, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Thanks to a league ruling restoring a certain Angel’s eligibility, the AL Rookie of the Year race is pretty much a batter for second place. But what a battle it might be. The candidates: Mike Trout (LAA): .340/.396/.552, 10 HR, 36 RBI, 22 SB in 241 AB Will Middlebrooks (Bos): .298/.335/.538, 10 HR, 37 RBI,…

  2. A’s designate former closer Brian Fuentes for assignment

    Jul 3, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Oakland Athletics

    Three weeks ago Brian Fuentes was Oakland’s closer, but that went terribly before he quickly gave way to rookie Ryan Cook in the role and today the A’s designated Fuentes for assignment. He’s likely to clear waivers because no team wants to take on the remainder of his $5 million salary for this season or…

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

    Jul 3, 2012, 5:47 AM EDT

    New York Yankees first baseman Teixeira misses a ground ball hit by Tampa Bay Rays' Johnson during a MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg, Florida

    Rays 4, Yankees 3: Mark Teixeira committed his first error of the season, which allowed in the go ahead run. Hey, he’s allowed one bad day, right? All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.…

  4. Brett Anderson close to facing hitters for first time since Tommy John surgery

    Jul 2, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Brett Anderson Getty

    Here’s some good news for a promising pitcher. Brett Anderson told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’s scheduled for a light bullpen session tomorrow in preparation to face hitters Friday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last July. Anderson expects to face hitters two or three times before going…

  5. It has come to this: Ben Sheets may be in the Braves rotation within two weeks

    Jul 2, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

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    We noted yesterday that the Braves have signed Ben Sheets. Hey, he used to have something, let’s see if he still has something again. No harm, no foul. Except now we learn that Sheets will get all of two rehab starts and, assuming his arm doesn’t disintegrate, will join the Braves rotation by mid-July. Atlanta’s starting…

  6. 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.…

  7. Braves sign Ben Sheets to minor league contract

    Jul 1, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

    ben sheets getty

    From FOX Sports.com’s Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Braves have agreed to a minor league contract with veteran right-hander Ben Sheets. Sheets hasn’t appeared in a major league game since July 9, 2010, when he was a member of the A’s. And he underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery a little under two years…

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

    Jul 1, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    mlb all-star patch

    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…

  9. The Mets called the Padres about Huston Street

    Jun 30, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

    Huston Street Getty

    The Mets will enter play this evening with a major-league worst 5.00 ERA out of their bullpen, but as long as they hang around in the playoff race, we should probably get used to them being connected to every relief pitcher on the market. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the…

  10. Dodgers put rest of MLB on notice with Yasiel Puig signing

    Jun 28, 2012, 11:18 AM EDT

    Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Don Mattingly

    21-year-old Yasiel Puig didn’t receive the same kind of hype as Yoenis Cespedes after defecting from Cuba. He did receive the same kind of money, though, mostly thanks to the new Dodgers ownership’s desire to flex its financial muscle. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Dodgers signed Puig to a deal worth $42 million…

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

    Jun 28, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    Giants 3, Dodgers 0: The season nadir for the Dodgers who got swept by their arch rivals in three straight shutouts and lost their lead in the division. And, to add insult to injury, Andre Ethier got hurt. Wait, that’s adding injury to insult I suppose. Ah, you know what I mean. Oh, and Timmay…

  12. Oakland’s three-Brandon infield has a weak debut

    Jun 27, 2012, 6:39 PM EDT

    Spot the Brandons

    The A’s today tried playing Brandon Moss at first, Brandon Hicks at second and Brandon Inge at third. And they got a win anyway. Of course, the Brandons didn’t really contribute, combining to go 0-for-9 with five strikeouts. Inge also committed an error. Jarrod Parker was able to overcome it all, though, stirking out nine…

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

    Jun 26, 2012, 6:10 AM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    Twins 4, White Sox 1: Kevin Youkilis made his Chisox debut and went one for four in a loss and gave us this odd picture of him in a White Sox uniform. Adam Dunn went 0 for 4 and struck out four times, but the list of things he gives less of a crap about…

  14. How much longer will the Rangers hit Michael Young fifth?

    Jun 25, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    Michael Young

    There are 178 players with at least 150 plate appearances against right-handed pitching this season. Michael Young ranks 172nd in the group in OPS: 169. Rickie Weeks (Mil): .580 170. Sean Rodriguez (TB): .576 171. Danny Espinosa (Was): .575 172. Michael Young (Tex): .566 173. Jamey Carroll (Min): .565 174. Orlando Hudson (SD/ChW): .562 175.…

  15. Derek Norris makes first career homer a walkoff blast

    Jun 24, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT

    Derek Norris

    The A’s were dealt a couple of very tough losses in the first two games against the Giants. On Friday, Ryan Cook, who entered with an 0.57 ERA, gave up four runs in the ninth to take a blown save and a loss. On Saturday, the A’s rallied for four runs in the ninth, only…

  16. Directionless Red Sox hope for addition by subtraction

    Jun 24, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    Make no mistake about it: this is a pretty nasty storm the Red Sox have had to weather. The team has already had to use 41 players. The left fielder and the closer have missed the entire season so far. The All-Star center fielder has missed most of it. At one point, the team’s top…

  17. Brandon McCarthy hits disabled list with shoulder soreness for second time this season

    Jun 24, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    brandon mccarthy getty

    As confirmed by the Athletics’ official Twitter feed, right-handed starter Brandon McCarthy was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday afternoon with ongoing discomfort in his throwing shoulder. McCarthy missed only 15 days earlier this season with a similar shoulder issue, but it seems like he’ll be out much longer than that this time around.…

  18. Brett Anderson throws off mound for first time post surgery

    Jun 23, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

    anderson getty

    Brett Anderson is starting to make real progress. According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, the Oakland left-hander threw off a mound on Saturday afternoon for the first time since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last July. He threw a total of 20 pitches — all fastballs — without feeling any sort of abnormal pain…

  19. Reason for optimism with Tim Lincecum?

    Jun 23, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum AP

    The Giants continue to exhibit patience with Tim Lincecum, despite his season-long struggles. While he still owns a 6.07 ERA and remains winless since April 28, he at least showed some signs of turning things around last night against the Athletics. Lincecum was on the ropes in the first inning, giving up three runs on…

  20. Yoenis Cespedes hits walkoff homer; A’s sweep Dodgers

    Jun 21, 2012, 6:32 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes

    An ugly series for the Dodgers had an especially ugly ending Thursday, with Yoenis Cespedes hitting a walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the A’s a sweep in Oakland. Josh Lindblom, one of the NL’s best setup men this season, had a terrible ninth today. He walked Coco Crisp to start…

  21. Any takers for Kurt Suzuki?

    Jun 21, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

    Kurt Suzuki

    A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki was a hot property two years ago. Young, productive and able to withstand an exceptionally heavy workload behind the plate, his name came up in plenty of rumors, even though there was nothing to suggest the A’s wanted to deal him. And they didn’t, a fact they now surely regret. On…

  22. A’s call up catching prospect Derek Norris for MLB debut

    Jun 21, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    derek norris a's

    Derek Norris, the catching prospect acquired from the Nationals as part of the offseason swap for Gio Gonzalez, has been called up by the A’s and is making his big-league debut behind the plate today. Norris is one of the more interesting prospects in baseball, as he’s been very productive in the minors despite low…

  23. Yoenis Cespedes back in A’s lineup Wednesday night

    Jun 20, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes

    According to the Oakland Athletics’ official Twitter feed, Yoenis Cespedes is back in the starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Dodgers. Cespedes has played in just one game since June 7 due to a strained hamstring and wasn’t able to make it past the second inning in that affair. He’s serving as the A’s designated…

  24. Bartolo Colon “pretty certain” to go on DL with sore oblique

    Jun 20, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

    Bartolo Colon, Kurt Suzuki

    Bartolo Colon has shown little improvement since leaving Sunday’s start with a strained oblique muscle, causing manager Bob Melvin to say yesterday that the veteran right-hander is “pretty certain” to be placed on the disabled list. Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Colon was examined by a doctor yesterday and no…

  25. Cuban outfielder Yasel Puig defects, goes to Mexico in search of free agency

    Jun 19, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Cuba

    Already this year Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler have landed $36 million and $30 million contracts after defecting from Cuba and another highly touted player is hoping to follow in their footsteps. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that 21-year-old outfielder Yasel Puig defected from Cuba and “is in the process of establishing residency in Mexico.”…

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