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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Chicago beer sales down 30 percent with Cubs and White Sox both below .500

    Jul 1, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

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    With the White Sox in third place at 40-42 and the Cubs in fifth place at 34-48 the baseball in Chicago hasn’t been pretty this season, but as Jim O’Donnell of the Chicago Tribune writes the beer sales at Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field have also suffered. O’Donnell reports that beer sales are down…

  2. Brief Digression Theater: Do you lie while getting a haircut?

    Jul 1, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

    pinocchio

    In the great HardballTalk tradition of “do you put your ketchup in the refrigerator?” comes another random question that has absolutely nothing to do with baseball … Earlier this week I got a haircut and shortly after sitting down the woman asked me what I did for a living. Without hesitation I replied “accountant” and…

  3. Dustin McGowan’s latest comeback is going well

    Jul 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Dustin McGowan

    Dustin McGowan hasn’t pitched in a big-league game since 2008, experiencing multiple setbacks since then, but Arden Zwelling of MLB.com reports that he’s stayed injury free long enough to schedule a minor-league rehab assignment that begins tomorrow. According to Zwelling the 29-year-old right-hander “has made tremendous strides in his recovery from multiple arm surgeries” during…

  4. Life after Boston: Mike Cameron says “I’ll be back playing”

    Jul 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Designated for assignment by the Red Sox yesterday, Mike Cameron told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that he has no plans to retire and hopes to find another big-league job once he’s released: I need to sort some things out, but if all goes as planned, I’ll be back playing. I haven’t played much…

  5. Jerry Hairston blames broken wrist on late-afternoon start time

    Jun 30, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth, Jerry Hairston

    UPDATE: So much for avoiding the DL. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Hairston will indeed be put on the shelf and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. ========== Jerry Hairston Jr. suffered what the Nationals are calling a “small break” in his left wrist when he was hit by a Dan Haren pitch during…

  6. Don’t let the SI poll fool you: LeBron James stinks at baseball

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

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    This week’s Sports Illustrated has a poll asking MLB players “which athlete in another sport would make the best baseball player?” and LeBron James finished second with 13 percent of the vote, behind Michael Vick at 16 percent. James is obviously an amazing athlete, but as Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer explains he isn’t…

  7. Willie Harris takes bereavement leave as Mets call up Fernando Martinez

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v New York Mets

    Sad news from the Mets, as Willie Harris has left the team and been placed on the bereavement list after his wife lost their baby five months into her pregnancy. Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that Harris’ wife unexpectedly went into early labor last night and the baby passed away this morning. The couple has…

  8. Brad Lidge aiming to begin rehab assignment Monday

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge

    Brad Lidge, who has been on the disabled list all season with elbow and shoulder problems, threw a 35-pitch bullpen session yesterday and is scheduled to do so again tomorrow, at which point the Phillies may clear him to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the rehab stint could start…

  9. Ryan Zimmerman struggling with new throwing mechanics

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman

    Last night Ryan Zimmerman made his fourth throwing error in 15 games since returning from an abdominal injury and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes that the third baseman made a decision to “overhaul his throwing mechanics in the middle of a season” to avoid future injuries. Despite his struggles, Zimmerman told Kilgore that…

  10. Scott Baker quietly emerges as current ace of Twins’ rotation

    Jun 30, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Scott Baker

    Scott Baker was excellent for the Twins again yesterday afternoon, allowing zero or one run for the third time in four starts by shutting out the Dodgers for 7.1 innings. Baker racked up nine strikeouts without a walk until issuing a free pass to the final batter he faced, finishing June with a 1.46 ERA…

  11. Tigers send Phil Coke back to bullpen, add Charlie Furbush to rotation

    Jun 30, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Phil Coke‘s transition from reliever to starter went well early on, as he posted a 3.69 ERA through 11 starts, but that came with an ugly 1-6 record and Coke has since fallen to 1-8 by giving up 18 runs in his last three starts. Today the Tigers ended the experiment, dropping Coke from the…

  12. Nolan Ryan in favor of realignment moving Astros to AL West

    Jun 30, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Count Nolan Ryan among those in favor of MLB’s rumored realignment to matching 15-team leagues, as the Rangers team president said yesterday that he’d love to see the Astros join the Rangers in the American League West. Ryan noted that having another Central Time Zone team in the division would be nice from a travel…

  13. Derek Jeter scheduled to rejoin the Yankees on Monday

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Oakland Athletics

    General manager Brian Cashman said last night that Derek Jeter was on track to come off the disabled list early next week and now the Associated Press reports that the injured shortstop is scheduled to be back in the Yankees’ lineup Monday. Before that happens Jeter will have to avoid a setback with his calf…

  14. John Lackey throws Quality Start, denies need for surgery

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    John Lackey

    During a radio interview yesterday Peter Gammons speculated about whether John Lackey‘s struggles and elbow problems could lead to his needing Tommy John surgery, but then last night Lackey tossed 7.2 innings of two-run ball against the Phillies and denied the need for surgery. Lackey told reporters that Gammons “straight made that up” and then…

  15. David Eckstein isn’t even playing, but he still leads the league in “grit and desire”

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    David Eckstein visited his brother, Washington pitching coach Rick Eckstein, before yesterday’s Nationals-Angels game and told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that he’s not officially retired despite turning down multiple offers from teams this offseason. In fact, Eckstein revealed that he turned down an offer from an undisclosed team last month, although presumably…

  16. Doug Davis released by Cubs after going 1-7 with 6.50 ERA

    Jun 29, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Doug Davis

    Second baseman Darwin Barney is back from the disabled list and to make room for his return the Cubs released Doug Davis, who went 1-7 with a 6.50 ERA in nine starts. Davis also went 1-4 with a 7.51 ERA in eight starts for the Brewers last season, making the 35-year-old left-hander 2-11 with a…

  17. Cardinals release former closer Ryan Franklin

    Jun 29, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

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    Tony La Russa and the Cardinals did whatever they could to keep Ryan Franklin around despite the former closer’s struggles this season, using him in the lowest of low-leverage situations and often avoiding bringing him into home games so the St. Louis crowd couldn’t shower him with boos. Last night’s ugly outing was apparently the…

  18. Phil Hughes shows improved velocity in impressive Double-A rehab start

    Jun 29, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    hughes wide reuters

    Phil Hughes had a very encouraging rehab start today at Double-A, throwing 6.1 innings of one-run ball before leaving to what Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York described as “a standing ovation.” Mazzeo reports that Hughes’ fastball was clocked as high as 94 miles per hour and topped 91 miles per hour 48 times, which…

  19. Nationals sign Phillies castoff J.C. Romero to minors deal

    Jun 29, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    J.C. Romero, who passed through waivers unclaimed and was released by the Phillies last week, has signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals and will report to Triple-A, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com. Philadelphia is on the hook for Romero’s entire $1.35 million salary, so the signing is basically a no-risk move for Washington…

  20. Rangers may give struggling Alexi Ogando some time off

    Jun 29, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Alexi Ogando

    Alexi Ogando‘s move from the bullpen to the rotation couldn’t have gone any better early on, as he went 7-0 with a 2.10 ERA and .188 opponents’ batting average through 12 starts for the Rangers. However, he’s lost each of his last three starts while giving up 15 runs in 10 innings, and manager Ron…

  21. Chris Davis is hitting .374 with 19 homers and 52 RBIs in 33 games at Triple-A

    Jun 29, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Chris Davis high five

    Chris Davis hit well in limited action with Texas earlier this season, but the Rangers don’t seem particularly interested in giving him another extended opportunity. So instead he’s destroying Triple-A pitching. Davis has hit .374 with 19 homers and 52 RBIs in 33 games at Triple-A. Admittedly the Pacific Coast League is very hitter-friendly and…

  22. John Danks hoping to return immediately after All-Star break

    Jun 29, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    John Danks

    Placed on the disabled list Sunday with an oblique muscle injury, John Danks is hoping to rejoin the White Sox’s rotation immediately following the All-Star break after an MRI exam revealed only a mild strain. Oblique injuries have a tendency to linger, but Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago notes that Danks has never been on…

  23. Carlos Gonzalez hitting .360 since move to leadoff spot

    Jun 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez rockies

    Carlos Gonzalez followed up his monster 2010 season by getting off to a slow start this year, hitting just .254 with a .728 OPS through 57 games. However, since Dexter Fowler’s injury/demotion and manager Jim Tracy’s decision to move Gonzalez into the leadoff spot (and center field) he’s thrived, hitting .360 with four homers, nine…

  24. Struggling Adam Dunn talks to (and golfs with) a psychologist

    Jun 29, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    In an effort to shake a season-long slump that includes a .173 batting average and 100 strikeouts in 67 games Adam Dunn recently spent some time with a psychologist named Jeffrey Fishbein. Here’s what Dunn told Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago about the experience: I talked to him a little bit. It works for different…

  25. Former top prospect Josh Fields leaves Rockies for Japan

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Once upon a time Josh Fields was a first-round pick who twice cracked Baseball America‘s annual list of the top 100 prospects, but three teams and 796 plate appearances in the big leagues later he’s headed to Japan. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker reports that Fields has been released from the Rockies’ affiliate at Triple-A…

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