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Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays win first of season at Fenway  —  BOSTON — Jose Molina provided the entertainment by racing home with the go-ahead run.  Wil Myers produced some history with his first extra-base hit and RBIs.  —  But the most important development in Wednesday's 6-2 victory over the Red Sox …
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Associated Press:
Jennings, Hellickson Help Rays Top Red Sox, 6-2  —  BOSTON — Desmond Jennings homered, Jeremy Hellickson pitched six strong innings and the Tampa Bay Rays ended their drought at Fenway Park, beating the Red Sox 6-2 Wednesday night.  —  The Rays had scored a total of five runs in losing …
Discussion: DRaysBay and Boston Globe
Troy Renck / On the Rox:
Jeff Francis accepts minor-league assignment for Rockies, heads to Colorado Springs  —  Jeff Francis pitches in spring training a few years back.  He accepted a minor-league assignment to remain with the Rockies organization.  (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)
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Troy E. Renck / Denver Post:
Jeff Francis leaves Colorado Rockies to make room for Roy Oswalt
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Lester Munson / ESPN:
San Jose suit appears to be strong  —  Major League Baseball should be taking the city's antitrust lawsuit very seriously  —  San Jose's lawsuit against Major League Baseball could easily become commissioner Bud Selig's worst nightmare.  —  Unless the Lords of Baseball voluntarily pave …
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Jon Heyman / CBSSports.com:
(USATSI)  —  NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez's recent progress is said by people around the Yankees to have been dramatic, with one person calling it “fantastic” and another even speculating A-Rod could possibly begin to play rehab games just after the All-Star break.
Master Tesfatsion / MLB.com:
Soria begins rehab assignment in Double-A  —  ARLINGTON — Joakim Soria will begin his rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Thursday.  Soria is scheduled to pitch an inning in the first of multiple appearances with the team.  —  Soria threw two live batting-practice sessions during …
Discussion: HardballTalk
John Harper / NY Daily News:
Mets manager Terry Collins, now armed with pitchers Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, should stay with Mets  —  Harvey and Wheeler on Tuesday provided a reminder that talent has been the issue, and if that is finally going to change now, Collins surely deserves the chance to make something of it.
Discussion: Metsblog
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Sox's Ventura in Manto's corner  —  White Sox manager Robin Ventura on the team's mood during its slump.  —  MINNESOTA — Manager Robin Ventura endorsed hitting coach Jeff Manto in the wake of the Chicago White Sox's offensive struggles.  —  “Even when it goes like this, you look at me …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com:
Pujols finally feels like the Albert of old  —  ANAHEIM — It was Saturday, June 8 at Fenway Park, a little after 1:05 p.m. ET, when Albert Pujols believes he reverted back to the prolific hitter of his St. Louis days.  It seemed so uneventful, a plate appearance against lefty Felix Doubront that resulted in a lineout to first base.
Discussion: HardballTalk
David Pinto / baseballmusings.com:
Living Up to Expectations  —  Oswaldo Arcia homered for the Twins this afternoon, scoring the first run of the game in the second inning as the White Sox trail 3-1 in the fourth.  The 22-year-old rookie is off to a nice start, with 33 hits, fifteen of them going for extra bases.
Discussion: Twinkie Town
csnphilly.com:
Papelbon blows save, debates Phils' fundamentals  —  Every time you think the Phillies are about to turn the corner and put something together they trip over their own feet.  —  They were one out away from completing a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night …
Discussion: NESN.com and HardballTalk
Fox Sports:
Manny ‘invigorated’ for return to US  —  Manny Ramirez wants to make another comeback to major league baseball.  —  Ramirez, 41, batted .352 this season with eight home runs and 43 RBI for the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League.  The Rhinos — based in Kaohsiung City …
Reuters:
Yankees Impressed With First Look at LA's Puig  —  NEW YORK — The New York Yankees had a first-hand look at Cuban rookie sensation Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday and came away mightily impressed.  —  “He hits the ball hard, I can tell you that.
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Associated Press:
Mattingly, Dodgers Salvage Split at Yankee Stadium
Discussion: CBSSports.com and True Blue LA
 
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