Storylines: Tim Lincecum throws second career no-hitter
- Just when baseball fans thought Tim Lincecum had turned into an average major league pitcher, he proved everybody wrong once again. Lincecum threw his second no-no today against the San Diego Padres. He becomes the second pitcher in San Francisco Giants history to throw two of them since Christy Matthewson in 1901 and 1905 against the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs. Ironically, the former Cy Young no-hit the Padres last year. It is safe to say he has their number. He only threw 113 pitches to complete the feat as his fastball was unhittable. Fact: The Cleveland Indians drafted Tim Lincecum in the 43rd round in 2005. However he decided to stay at the University of Washington for his junior year.
- The Cleveland Indians have recalled lefty-reliever Nick Hagadone from AAA Columbus and have optioned Mark Lowe to the Clippers.
- Lefty-reliever Josh Outman has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to AAA Columbus. Outman was DFA last week before the Los Angeles Angels game which was later postponed.
Other News and Notes
- Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported the San Diego Padres are receiving strong interest in setup man Joaquin Benoit and closer Huston Street. Chase Headley and Ian Kennedy are also players with interest. This all comes after GM Josh Byrnes was dismissed.
- Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that infielder Greg Dobbs has been DFA. His release creates space for former Indians amateur draft pick, righty Taylor Hill.
- According to ESPNDeportes.com reporter Enrique Rojas, the Pittsburgh Pirates are discussing a long term extension with top prospect call up Gregory Polanco. In 14 games he is hitting .344 with one homeun and six RBIs.
- Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com reports that Houston Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez has underwent season ending right knee surgery. He hopes to be ready by spring training next year. He only pitched in six games.
- The Toronto Blue Jays has DFA infielder Jonathan Diaz. Outfielder Brad Glenn will take his open spot on the active roster.
- Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the St. Louis Cardinals have DFA shortstop Pete Kozma. His designation opens up a spot for pitcher Marco Gonzalez who was just called up.
- According to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, the Royals are looking for bench help and a replacement for Nori Aoki. Some of their possible targets are Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd and San Diego Padres outfielder Seth Smith.
- Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Brandon McCarthy is drawing strong trade interest. Lefty relievers Oliver Perez and Joe Thatcher are also said to draw interest as well.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers utility man Jamie Romak has been DFA, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. His designation has led to the Dodgers purchasing the contract of first basemen Clint Robinson.
- Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that lefty veteran Chris Capuano has been DFA. His designation comes due to the return of starter Clay Buchholz. Buchholz has been on the DL with a hyperextended left knee since May 28th.
- Jayson Stark of ESPN.com writes that Cliff Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies will be available after the All-Star break.
- According to several sources, David Price is available from the Tampa Bay Rays for the “right price.”