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Jaime Garcia scratched from start with groin issue

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Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia was unable to perform scheduled throwing workouts on Saturday and Monday due to cramping in his left groin — the same issue that drove him from his last start Wednesday night against the Marlins.

Now he’s going to miss a rotation turn.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Garcia will not make his scheduled start Thursday evening against the Padres. Nothing has been announced yet, but it sounds like 24-year-old southpaw Tim Cooney is going to fill in. Cooney made his MLB debut earlier this summer, lasting just 2 1/3 innings against the Phillies.

Garcia, 28, boasts a 1.69 ERA and 0.88 in seven starts this year for the Cardinals, who have the best record in the majors by far despite losing Adam Wainwright to a season-ending Achilles injury in April.

Bill Stoneman taking over as Angels’ interim GM

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MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez has been all over this story for years, and he is first here too …

Stoneman was the Angels’ general manager in 2002, when the the franchise won its last World Series championship. He had been working in an advisory role for the past couple of seasons.

Klentak was a Jerry Dipoto hire, and it would have been pretty awkward if he was promoted into Dipoto’s job given the reports that Dipoto lost a power struggle to manager Mike Scioscia.

Gonzalez believes the Angels may open a wide general manager search over the offseason.

Orioles DFA Delmon Young, exploring trade

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From beat writer Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com

Young was batting just .270/.289/.339 with two home runs in 180 plate appearances this season for the Orioles. The 29-year-old hit .302/.337/.442 with seven home runs in 255 plate appearances last season.

MASN’s Roch Kubatko says Orioles general manager Dan Duquette is looking to trade Young and has spoken with executives from both leagues. Duquette will have the next 10 days to pull off a move.

Manny Banuelos expected to make MLB debut Thursday

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From beat writer David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution comes word that left-handed pitching prospect Manny Banuelos is lined up to make his major league debut this Thursday night against the Nationals and ace right-hander Max Scherzer.

Banuelos sat 13th on MLB.com’s ranking of the top 100 prospects back in 2012 when he was with the Yankees, but elbow problems — Tommy John surgery, specifically — sidetracked his rise.

The 24-year-old was traded to Atlanta this past winter for relievers David Carpenter and Chase Shreve.

Banuelos has rebuilt some of his early-career hype this summer with the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett, Georgia, posting 2.29 ERA and 1.22 WHIP across 82 2/3 innings (15 starts).

Video: Dee Gordon hit a three-run inside-the-parker

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Watch as Dee Gordon belts a ball into the right-center field gap and turns on the jets …

That was the first inside-the-park home run in the four-year history of Miami’s Marlins Park.