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Cardinals Send Struggling Starter Shelby Miller to the Bullpen

Cardinals Send Struggling Starter Shelby Miller to the Bullpen

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) — St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller is having a hard time duplicating the success he had in his rookie season, so the team has decided to move him to the bullpen so he can also get more rest during the season.
“How long that lasts, I’m not going to say [it will be through the end of] the month,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told MLB.com’s Jennifer Langosch. “We’ll see how guys look and feel. He’s ready to go [in the bullpen]. As far as how we use him, it’s how we need him.”
Miller was third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting last season when he went 15-9 with a 3.06 ERA.
The results this season have been mixed at best for the 23-year-old Miller. In 19 starts this season, he’s gone 7-8 with a 4.29 ERA.
The Cardinals plan on using a four-man rotation for the time being and could potentially do so until August depending upon how the schedule plays out.
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Astros Can’t Strike Deal With Top Pick

Astros Can’t Strike Deal With Top Pick

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For just the third time in history, the top pick in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft goes unsigned. The Houston Astros failed to reach a deal with left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken before Friday’s deadline.
The high school southpaw was originally offered a $6.5 million signing bonus, but sources say that offer was lowered when concerns about Aiken’s elbow ligament rose. Aiken was the third high school pitcher ever to be taken number one overall and was the first high school lefty to go in the top five since 2002.
The MLB players association has said the union is working with Aiken to explore all possible options, as well as looking into the way Houston handled negotiations with fifth-round pick Jacob Nix.
“Today, two young men should be one step closer to realizing their dreams of becoming Major League ballplayers,” Tony Clark, head of the MLBPA said in a statement. “Because of the actions of the Houston Astros, they are not. The MLBPA, the players and their advisers are exploring all legal options.”
The Astros have maintained that no wrongdoing occurred in the negotiations and that Aiken’s deal was “extremely fair considering all the factors involved in this case.”
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Sabathia to Have Season-Ending Surgery

Sabathia to Have Season-Ending Surgery

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The injury news continues to get worse for the New York Yankees. General Manager Brian Cashman announced on Friday that the pitcher is set to have season-ending surgery on his right knee.
The southpaw will have arthroscopic debridement surgery in hopes of returning for the 2015 season. The procedure is an alternative to microfracture surgery, but could still be in play if the first surgery does not go as planned. 
“He tried the rehab side of it, and obviously that didn’t work,” Cashman said of the decision for Sabathia to go under the knife. “If he had three different options, that was the least. Now, we are on the middle side of this thing, the cleanup of the knee, and hopefully that is good enough.”
Sabathia is one of four starting pitchers the Yankees have lost to injury in 2014 since Opening Day. Ivan Nova is already out for the year with Tohmmy John surgery, while Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda are hopeful to return. Sabathia 304 with a 5.28 earned run average at the time of his injury.
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Houston Street Dealt to Angels

Houston Street Dealt to Angels

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Los Angeles Angels executed a deal on Friday that will help them attempt to keep pace in the increasingly competitive AL West, acquiring closer Houston Street from San Diego as part of a six player deal. 
The Padres will receive four prospects in return while also sending minor league pitcher Trevor Gott. Second baseman Taylor Lindsey, pitchers R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris, along with shortstop Jose Rondon were packaged together by the Angels. The deal is still pending a physical.
Currently holding a 1.09 earned run average with 24 saves, Street is fifth on the career saves list among active pitchers. 
Street will join and Angels team that sits two games behind the Oakland Athletics, who hold the best record in baseball. In his tenth year, the closer has converted 258 saves and holds a career 2.87 ERA. The righty began his career in Oakland, pitching four years for the Athletics.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/18/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Golf – British Open Championship – Second Round:
1.  Rory McIlroy -12  (6-under for the day)
2.  Dustin Johnson -8  (7-under for the day)
3.  Ryan Moore -6  (4-under for the day)
Francesco Molinari -6  (2-under for the day)
Rickie Fowler  -6  (3-under for the day)
Sergio Garcia -6  (2-under for the day)
Charl Schwartzel -6 (5-under for the day)
Louis Oosthuizen -4 (4-under for the day)
MLB: New York Yankees 4 (48-47) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (51-45)
Texas Rangers 5 (39-57) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (49-48)
Milwaukee Brewers 4 (54-43) – Washington Nationals 2 (51-43)
San Francisco Giants 9 (53-43) – Miami Marlins 1 (44-51)
Atlanta Braves 6 (53-43) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (42-54)
Cleveland Indians 9 (48-47) – Detroit Tigers 3 (53-39)
Boston Red Sox 5 (44-52) – Kansas City Royals 4 (48-47)
Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (50-46) – Colorado Rockies 2 (40-56)
Tampa Bay Rays 6 (45-53) – Minnesota Twins 2 (44-51)
Chicago White Sox 3 (46-51) – Houston Astros 2 (40-57)
St. Louis Cardinals 3 (53-44) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (54-44)
Oakland Athletics 5 (60-36) – Baltimore Orioles 4 (52-43)
Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (41-56) – Chicago Cubs 4 (40-55)
New York Mets 5 (46-50) – San Diego Padres 4 (41-55)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 (58-37) – Seattle Mariners 2 (51-45)
 
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Report: Dodgers’ Matt Kemp Open to Being Traded

Report: Dodgers’ Matt Kemp Open to Being Traded

Christian Peterson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With the Los Angeles Dodgers outfield as crowded as ever, Matt Kemp is open to a trade so he can get regular playing time.
Kemp’s agent, Dave Stewart, has expressed his client’s desire to be an everyday play…

Phillies’ Chase Utley Has No Desire to Be Traded

Phillies’ Chase Utley Has No Desire to Be Traded

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Even though the Philadelphia Phillies have seen better days, long-time second baseman Chase Utley will not seek a trade from the only team he’s ever suited up for.
“The grass isn’t always greener on the other side,” he said Monday. “I’ve picked some brains over the course of the last few years. I really enjoy Philadelphia. I love playing baseball in Citizens Bank Park. I love playing in front of Philly fans.”
“There’s no better place to play in my opinion. Obviously winning is important and you want to do that, and I would like to do that in Philadelphia,” he continued.
Entering the All-Star break, the Phillies are 42-53, which is last in the NL East.
Meanwhile, Utley is in his twelfth season with the Phillies, and is owed $15 million next season as part of a deal that contains options for $15 million in each of three additional years that could become guaranteed if he has 500 plate appearances in the previous season and doesn’t finish the season hurt.
During his career, Utley has hit 225 home runs, driven in 854 runs, has batted .288, and won a World Series with the team in 2008.
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AL Wins in Jeter’s Last All-Star Game Hurrah

AL Wins in Jeter’s Last All-Star Game Hurrah

Elsa/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Derek Jeter went 2-for-2 in his final All-Star game, and Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run to help the American League down the National League 5-3 Tuesday.
Jeter was the highlight of the game. The 14-time All-Star doubled to leadoff the bottom half of the first inning and proceeded to score on Mike Trout’s triple. Jeter then led off the bottom of the third with a single.

Jeter took the field in the top of the fourth but Alexei Ramirez ran out onto the field to replace him. That sparked almost everyone at Target Field to give No. 2 a standing ovation while the song “New York, New York” played in the background. Jeter then went into the AL dugout where he received hugs from his teammates before coming back on the field for a curtain call.

After the celebration ended the NL tied the game 3-3 when Jonathan Lucroy doubled in pinch-runner Dee Gordon. But Mike Trout, who was named the game’s MVP, gave the AL the lead for good in the fifth when he laced an RBI double down the left field line.
The game ended with some excitement for the home crowd as Twins pitcher Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth to earn the save for the AL.
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MLB Announces First Ambassador of Inclusion

MLB Announces First Ambassador of Inclusion

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that former outfielder Billy Bean will serve as the first ambassador of inclusion.
“We are proud to announce our hiring of former major leaguer Billy Bean as a consultant that will serve as Major League Baseball’s first ambassador of inclusion,” commissioner Bud Selig said at a news conference.
In that role, Bean will provide training and guidance related to efforts to support those in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community throughout baseball. He’ll work with teams throughout the majors and minor leagues.
Bean played in the majors from 1987-1989 and 1993-1995 with the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. After his playing career was over, Bean revealed that he is gay.
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Cespedes Wins Second-Straight HR Derby

Cespedes Wins Second-Straight HR Derby

Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — For the second-straight year, Yoenis Cespedes is the All-Star Home Run Derby champion.
The Oakland Athletics outfielder defeated the Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier 9-1 in the final round Monday night to become the first repeat champion since Ken Griffey Jr. did it in 1999.
For the second-straight year, Cespedes had Oakland’s third-base coach Mike Gallego throw to him.
Cespedes topped Toronto’s Jose Bautista to advance to the final against Frazier, who beat Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton in the NL semifinals.
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was the only player to not hit a home run in the derby. He’s the first player to be shutout since Robinson Cano was in 2012.
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Starting Pitchers Announced for MLB All-Star Game

Starting Pitchers Announced for MLB All-Star Game

iStockphoto(MINNEAPOLIS) — The American League will send Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez to the mound for Tuesday night’s All-Star Game at Target Field, where he will be opposed by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright for the National League.
On the season, Hernandez is 11-2 with a 2.12 ERA and 0.90 WHIP. He has struck out 154 batters in 144 1-3 innings of work.
Wainwright is 12-4 on the year with a 1.83 ERA and 0.91 WHIP. The righthander has struck out 115 batters in 138 innings.
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will bat leadoff for the AL, followed by Los Angeles Angels left fielder Mike Trout, Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista, Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz, Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson and Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez.
On the NL side, Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen will leadoff, followed by Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Miami Marlins designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton, Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez, Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy and Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Carlos Gomez.
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Arizona Diamondbacks Recall RHP Trevor Cahill

Arizona Diamondbacks Recall RHP Trevor Cahill

iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have recalled righthanded pitcher Trevor Cahill from Triple-A Reno and reassigned righthander Mike Bolsinger.
In 19 games with the D-Backs this season, Cahill is 1-6 with a 5.66 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP. He has struck out 44 batters in 41 1-3 innings of work.
On the season with Arizona, Bolsinger is 1-6 with a 5.50 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 10 appearances. He has struck out 48 batters in 52 1-3 innings.
At the All-Star break, the Diamondbacks are 40-56, 13 1-2 games behind the National League West division leaders, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Grand Slams From Posey, Bumgarner Give Giants Win

Grand Slams From Posey, Bumgarner Give Giants Win

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey launched the second grand slam of his career in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving the Giants a 4-1 lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks. One inning later, pitcher Madison Bumgarner did the same in an 8-4 win.
It was the first time in Major League Baseball history that batterymates each hit grand slams in the same game. For Bumgarner, it was his second slam of 2014 as he became the first pitcher in 48 seasons to complete that feat. Tony Cloninger hit two in one game for Atlanta, against the Giants, at Candlestick Park in 1966.
“That’s pretty cool,” Bumgarner said after the win. “This game is full of strange statistics. It seems like there is a first every day. It’s crazy to get that many opportunities as a pitcher.”
The righty went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits, while striking out five. Bumgarner (10-7) ended a three-game personal losing streak as the Giants (52-43) won five of their final nine games before the All-Star break.
Vidal Nuno (0-1) took the loss in his second start for Arizona, giving up four runs on six hits in just five innings. The Diamondbacks (40-56) have lost five of their last 13 games.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/13/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/13/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup Final: Germany 1 – Argentina 0 – F/OT
MLB: Cleveland Indians 3 (47-47) – Chicago White Sox 2 (45-51)
Tampa Bay Rays 3 (44-53) – Toronto Blue Jays 0 (49-47)
New York Mets 9 (45-50) – Miami Marlins 1 (44-50)
Washington Nationals 10 (51-42) – Philadelphia Phillies 3 (42-53)
Kansas City Royals 5 (48-46) – Detroit Tigers 2 (53-38)
Boston Red Sox 11 (43-52) – Houston Astros 0 (40-56)
Atlanta Braves 10 (52-43) – Chicago Cubs 7 (40-54) 
Milwaukee Brewers 11 (53-43) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (52-44) 
Cincinnati Reds 6 (51-44) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (49-46)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 10 (57-37) – Texas Rangers 7 (38-57)
Oakland Athletics 4 (59-36) – Seattle Mariners 1 (51-44)
San Francisco Giants 8 (52-43) – Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (40-56)
Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (54-43) – San Diego Padres 0 (41-54)
Minnesota Twins 13 (44-50) – Colorado Rockies 5 (40-55)
Baltimore Orioles 3 (52-42) – New York Yankees 1 (47-47) F/5 Innings
NASCAR: Brad Keselowski won the Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire.
Golf: Brian Harman won the John Deere Classic.
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Ruth’s 1918 Red Sox Contract Sells For One Million Dollars

Ruth’s 1918 Red Sox Contract Sells For One Million Dollars

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — At an auction in Baltimore, Md., Babe Ruth’s 1918 contract with the Boston Red Sox was sold for $1.02 million on Saturday night. When it was originally sold almost 100 years ago, the deal was worth just $5,000.
The contract was signed by American League president Ban Johnson, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee, and Ruth himself. The price tag eclipsed the record for a bidding price of a sports contract, surpassing the 1919 document that sent Ruth to the New York Yankees, which sold for $996,000 back in 2005.
The item was part of a collection of Ruth memorabilia, designed to honor the 100th anniversary of his professional debut. Other items included a bat from early in his career and a signed ball, both of which fetched more than $95,000. One of the more intriguing items, the very first home run ball Ruth ever hit at Yankee Stadium, did not sell. The ball was collected by a construction worker when Ruth was called over to test out the dimensions of the new ballpark in February of 1923.
Other items that were up for auction on Saturday included ticket stubs from the clinching game of each of New York’s 27 championship years ($58,000) and a Super Bowl VIII ring from the 1972 Miami Dolphins perfect season ($19,000).
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Abreu Launches MLB-Best 29th Homer in Win

Abreu Launches MLB-Best 29th Homer in Win

(Major League BaseballCLEVELAND) — Chicago White Sox rookie Jose Abreu continues to dazzle. On Saturday, the first baseman launched his 29th home run of the season, the most in the MLB so far this year.
“He’s good,” said White Sox manager Robin Ventur…

Orioles Place Ubaldo Jimenez on 15-day DL

Orioles Place Ubaldo Jimenez on 15-day DL

Photos.com​/Thinkstoc​k(BALTIMORE) — The Baltimore Orioles placed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle on Friday.
Jimenez twisted his ankle in a parking lot at his apartment complex on Wednesday.
“We were looking at it today and it’s pretty puffy, taped up,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday. “We were hoping it would resolve somewhat today. Did not.”
“He had it in 2012.  The only reason I asked him that is I wanted to know how quickly it healed. Anybody who’s rolled their ankle, they know once you do it once, it kind of falls on a similar pattern. And he did it pitching. They shut him down the last two or three starts in 2012,” Showalter continued.
Jimenez has a 3-8 with a 4.52 ERA this season and will catch a break with the All-Star break coming up on Monday.
“If it wasn’t for the All-Star break, we might wait a couple days,” Showalter said. “But it’s also the same ankle as 2012, and with ankles, I’ve learned that you kind of take a look at the history with them. It’s a lot weaker every time you put it in peril.”
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Angels Win Seventh Straight, Beat Rangers

Angels Win Seventh Straight, Beat Rangers

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Mike Trout’s 22nd home run of the year proved to be more than enough on Friday as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim beat Texas 3-0. It was the seventh straight win for the Angles (55-37) who have also won eight of their last nine.
Garrett Richards was masterful on the hill, scattering five hits in his seven innings of work for Los Angeles. The righty is now unbeaten in his last eight starts, winning seven in a row, with a 1.27 earned run average. Richards (11-2) has not lost since a May 30 defeat at Oakland.
Trout’s homer was the first hit of the night for the Angels as Nick Tepesch had retired the first 10 batters he faced for the Rangers (38-55). Tepesch (3-5) then gave up two more runs in the top of the seventh inning before ultimately being pulled in favor of Neftali Feliz. Texas has lost 12 of its last 13 and currently sits with the worst record in the bigs.
Adrian Beltre did extend his hitting streak to 15 games for Texas but the team was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
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Tanaka Apologies to Fans for Injury

Tanaka Apologies to Fans for Injury

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A day after being diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his pitching arm, Masahiro Tanaka issued an apology to both the New York Yankees and their fans on Friday. Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday before the official determination was made.
“I give everything I have every time I take the ball. With that, I also know that there will always be a risk of injury when playing this game that I love,” said Tanaka. “Right now I feel that the most important thing for me is to keep my head up, remain focused on the task at hand and devote all my energy into healing the injury in order to come back strong.”
Yankees owner Brian Cashman said the righty could return in as little as six weeks but also acknowledged the possibility of Tommy John surgery. Tanaka saw three separate doctors on Thursday, including head team physician, Dr. Christopher S. Ahmad, and each agreed on a timetable of six weeks.
Tanaka is currently 12-4 on the year with a 2.51 earned run average and was recently voted to the Major League All-Star Game. He now joins a list of ever growing Yankees on the DL, including three other starting pitchers.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/11/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Chicago Cubs 5 (40-52) – Atlanta Braves 4 (50-43)
Philadelphia Phillies 6 (42-51) – Washington Nationals 2 (49-42)
New York Mets 7 (43-50) – Miami Marlins 1 (44-48)
Baltimore Orioles 3 (51-41) – New York Yankees 2 (46-46) – 10 Innings
Cincinnati Reds 6 (50-43) – Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (48-45)
Cleveland Indians 7 (46-46) – Chicago White Sox 4 (44-50)
Toronto Blue Jays 8 (49-45) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (42-53)
Los Angeles Angels 3 (55-37) – Texas Rangers 0 (38-55)
Detroit Tigers 2 (52-37) – Kansas City Royals 1 (47-45)
Boston Red Sox 8 (42-51) – Astros 3 (39-55)
Colorado Rockies 6 (40-53) – Minnesota Twins 2 (42-50)
St. Louis Cardinals 7 (51-43) – Milwaukee Brewers 6 (52-42)
Seattle Mariners 3 (50-43) – Oakland Athletics 2 (58-35)
San Francisco Giants 5 (51-42) – Arizona Wildcats 0 (39-55)
San Diego Padres 6 (41-52) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (52-43)
NBA: LeBron James chooses to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers
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