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Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. vehemently denies trade rumor involving Ben Revere

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It’s been known for a while that the Phillies are shopping outfielder Ben Revere, but there was an interesting note from Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune today that talks with the Mariners quickly stalled because Philadelphia was asking for James Paxton or Taijuan Walker in return. That’s insane, of course, but it led to the predictable mocking of Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. on Twitter and in other places.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal asked Amaro about the rumor this afternoon and he got a pretty strong response:

“Typically we would not comment on rumors. But when they reach this level of ridiculousness, I can say unequivocally that what has been written is false.”

We’ve heard similar reports regarding teams who are talking to the Phillies about Cole Hamels, which paints the picture of Amaro as asking for too much in return. Sure, we’ve had laughs at Amaro’s expense in recent years, but it’s important to stop and think about what could be motivating teams to leak this sort of information to the media. Our own Bill Baer wrote about this very topic at Crashburn Alley and you should check it out.

Video: Billy Burns robs the Rangers not once, but twice

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Athletics left-hander Scott Kazmir held the Rangers to just one hit — a single from Elvis Andrus in the third inning — over eight scoreless innings as part of a 7-0 victory this afternoon. However, he got some help along the way from center fielder Billy Burns, who made a pair of amazing catches.

Watch both of them below:

In addition to his heroics in the field, Burns had a nice day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base.

Fan hit by piece of broken bat upgraded to good condition

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 5: People gather where a woman was seriously injured by a broken base bat during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park on June 5, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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We have been keeping you updated on the condition of Tonya Carpenter, the fan who was hit in the head by a shard of a broken bat at Fenway Park last Friday and hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. After being upgraded from serious to fair condition on Monday, she continues to make strides in her recovery.

According to CBSBoston.com, a spokeswoman for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center said Thursday that Carpenter’s condition has been upgraded from fair to “good.” Great to hear.

In the wake of the incident with Carpenter, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday that the league plans to “re-evaluate” the issue of fan safety in stadiums.

Settling the Score: Monday’s results

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 8: Chris Sale #49 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning on June 8, 2015 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
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All eyes were on top prospect Carlos Correa for his major league debut on Monday night, but White Sox left-hander Chris Sale stole the show with another dominating outing.

Despite waiting out multiple rain delays, Sale struck out a season-high 14 batters over eight innings of one-run ball as part of a 3-1 victory over the Astros.

Sale allowed just five hits and one walk, with the lone run scoring after Correa beat out an infield single in the top of the fourth inning. Correa was originally ruled out on the play, but it was overturned following a replay challenge.

As for Chicago’s offense, Melky Cabrera got them on the board first with an RBI single in the bottom of the second inning before Avisail Garcia delivered a go-ahead two-run homer off Lance McCullers in the fourth which proved to be the difference in the ballgame.

Sale has been absolutely bonkers of late. He’s now the first pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 2001 to have three straight starts with at least 12 strikeouts. You are doing something pretty special when you are in that category.

Your box scores and recaps from Monday:

Astros 1, White Sox 3

Royals 3, Twins 1

Marlins 3, Blue Jays 11

Padres 5, Braves 3 (11 innings)

Phillies 4, Reds 6

Cardinals 3, Rockies 11

Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 9

Brewers 2, Pirates 0

Brandon Morrow sent for MRI after suffering setback with shoulder

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The Padres were hoping to bring right-hander Brandon Morrow back from the disabled list this Friday, but there has been a hiccup in those plans.

Morrow, who landed on the disabled list a month ago with shoulder inflammation, was forced to exit a rehab start yesterday with Double-A San Antonio due to renewed discomfort. According to the Associated Press, Padres manager Bud Black said tonight that he returned to San Diego to undergo an MRI.

The 30-year-old Morrow has dealt with all sorts of injuries in recent years, but the Padres gave him a one-year, $2.5 million deal over the winter and he had a 2.73 ERA with a 23/7 K/BB ratio in 33 innings over his first five starts prior to landing on the disabled list.