Papelbon Beans Arencibia | Thursday MLB Gossip

Sports water cooler headlines and MLB gossip for Thursday July 7th 2011. Shea Matthews weighs in with his analysis and opinions on today’s MLB baseball action…

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MLB news: J.P. Arencibia exits after beaning

Toronto Blue Jays rookie backstop J.P. Arencibia left last night’s game against the Boston Red Sox when he took a Jonathan Papelbon pitch off his left wrist.

Jays manager John Farrell said after the game that he didn’t believe the injury was serious.

J.P. Arencibia Exits After Papelbon Beaning

Arencibia, the 21st overall pick in the 2007 draft, had performed as advertised so far this season, struggling to make contact (.215) but providing the kind of prolific power the Jays had never seen from a rookie catcher before (12 homers, 36 RBI).

Jeter gets 2,997th hit

Derek Jeter is inching closer to that elusive 3,000th hit. The New York Yankees shortstop returned to the lineup Tuesday night after a DL stint and had two hits. Last night, he doubled off Cleveland’s Justin Masterson to pull within three hits of the huge milestone.

Jon Lester to DL

Turns out Jon Lester’s back injury is bad enough to land him on the DL. The Red Sox placed their ace on the 15-day DL yesterday with a strained lat muscle. [dfads params=’groups=10&limit=1&return_javascript=0′]

He was enjoying his usual dominant season, going 10-4 with a 3.31 ERA.

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