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11:05 PM ET, June 20, 2013


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Matthew Cerrone / Metsblog:
Final Score: Mets 4 Braves 3  —  The Least You Should Know:  —  David Wright his two solo home runs, Andrew Brown hit another, and Josh Satin had a pinch-hit RBI double, as the Mets completed taking three of five games from the Braves to win their first series in Atlanta since 2011.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Canadian Press:
Johnson's three-run homer helps Braves beat Mets
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
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)
Discussion: MLB Rumors and HardballTalk
Troy E. Renck / Denver Post:
Jeff Francis leaves Colorado Rockies to make room for Roy Oswalt
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 …
Discussion: USA Today and HardballTalk
Associated Press:
Jennings, Hellickson Help Rays Top Red Sox, 6-2
Chris Abshire /
Crowe to disabled list after collision with wall  —  HOUSTON — The Astros placed right-fielder Trevor Crowe on the 15-day disabled list after he sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder during the sixth inning of Thursday's 7-4 win over the Brewers.  —  Crowe smashed the shoulder …
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
Jon Niese leaves game with ‘left shoulder discomfort’  —  Jon Niese was forced to leave Thursday night's game in the fourth inning with an apparent shoulder injury.  —  Update - 9:19: The Mets have announced that Niese is suffering from “left shoulder discomfort.”
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Jon Heyman /
(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.
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 …
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
Associated Press:
Ian Kinsler helps Rangers repel A's, close AL West gap  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — When the ball caromed away from Texas Rangers center fielder Craig Gentry, he quickly recovered to get it and throw to shortstop Elvis Andrus.  The game was over after a perfect relay to the plate.
Discussion: Athletics Nation and ESPN
Benoit Leyland's first option in closer situation  —  DETROIT — Before Jose Valverde rejoined the Tigers at the end of April, manager Jim Leyland had a bullpen by committee, but had Joaquin Benoit as his preferred option.  —  “On a lot of the days, if it's doable, I think [Joaquin] …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Master Tesfatsion /
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
David Pinto /
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
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
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: and HardballTalk
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.
Discussion: True Blue LA
Associated Press:   Mattingly, Dodgers Salvage Split at Yankee Stadium
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