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MLB notebook: New Cardinals starters added to active roster

By The Associated Press 11:05 p.m.
The Cardinals added newly acquired pitchers John Lackey and Justin  Masterson to the active roster. Masterson (4-6, 5.51) will make his first start Saturday night, and Lackey (11-7, 3.60) is expected to face his old team Tuesday in an interleague series against the Red Sox. The Cardinals also recalled outfielder …

MLB notebook: Twins catcher Suzuki signs $12M extension

By The Associated Press
The Twins signed All-Star catcher Kurt Suzuki to a two-year, $12 million contract extension. The Twins got the deal done Thursday, keeping a respected veteran around the clubhouse on a team that continues to struggle in the standings. Fox Sports …

MLB notebook: Reeling Reds get more bad news

By Wire Reports
Reds outfielder Jay Bruce went on the bereavement list before the second game of a series against the Diamondbacks. The team did not provide details to honor Bruce’s privacy. Bruce is eligible to rejoin the team Friday in Miami. The …

MLB notebook: Rays’ Archer says he ‘never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat’

By Wire Reports
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rays pitcher Chris Archer insists he isn’t mad at David Ortiz. A day after Ortiz slung his bat and leisurely trotted around the bases after a home run off him, Archer had more thoughts about Big …

MLB notebook: Draft spending falls short of 2011 record

By Tribune-Review
Major league teams increased their spending on amateur draft picks 1.5 percent this year from a similar point last summer, yet the total dollars remained below the record set in 2011 before restraints were put in place. Fifteen teams went …

MLB notebook: Hall of Fame cuts period for eligibility

By The Associated Press
The Baseball Hall of Fame reduced the number of years a player can remain eligible to be voted in by the writers to 10 years from 15, giving Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens less time to be considered. The Hall …

MLB notebook: Giants call up Uggla after brief stint in minors

By Tribune-Review
• The Giants purchased the contract of second baseman Dan Uggla from Triple A-Fresno on Friday and put him in the starting lineup for the opener of a three-game series against the Dodgers. The Giants placed second baseman Marco Scutaro …

MLB notebook: Morales headed back to Mariners

By The Associated Press
Kendrys Morales is on his way back to Seattle to try and give the Mariners’ struggling offense a boost as they chase a playoff spot. …

Statistically speaking: Rockies’ bullpen suffering meltdowns

By David Golebiewski
The Pirates ravaged the Rockies bullpen last weekend, scoring a combined seven runs off Colorado’s relief corps while earning a series sweep. Late-game heroics once again could determine the outcome of this weekend’s matchup at Coors Field. The Rockies have …

MLB notebook: Padres’ Maybin suspended 25 games

By Tribune-Review
Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin was suspended 25 games by Major League Baseball on Wednesday for testing positive for an amphetamine. Maybin said in a statement distributed through the Major League Baseball Players Association the failed test was the result of …

MLB notebook: Yankees acquire Headley from Padres

By The Associated Press
Trying to boost one of the weakest lineups in the American League, the Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the Padres on Tuesday for rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula. Headley will become the …

Selig: Pirates’ rebirth a positive step for baseball

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates owner Bob Nutting was content to stay out of the spotlight Tuesday when the farewell tour for outgoing MLB commissioner Bud Selig rolled into …

MLB notebook: Rockies place Morneau on 15-day DL

By Wire Reports
The Rockies placed first baseman Justin Morneau on the 15-day disabled list with a strained neck. The move is retroactive to July 14. To take his place on the roster, the team selected the contract of infielder Ben Paulsen from …

MLB notebook: Puig to get X-rays in Pittsburgh

By Tribune-Review
Yasiel Puig was not in the Dodgers starting lineup against the Cardinals on Sunday, one day after getting hit on his left hand by a pitch. Manager Don Mattingly said team medical staff had advised “no baseball stuff today” and …

MLB notebook: Cubs sue fake mascot after bar fight

By Wire Reports
The Cubs filed a lawsuit against several people whom the team accuses of being behind a fake mascot that has been engaging in bad behavior near Wrigley Field, including getting into a bar fight that was captured on video and …

MLB notebook: Braves part ways with struggling Uggla

By Tribune-Review
• The Braves requested unconditional release waivers for struggling second baseman Dan Uggla, parting ways with a former starter still owed over $18 million over the remainder of this year and next. In his fourth season with the Braves, the …