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  1. He's alive! Carlos Beltran finally returns from knee surgery

    Jul 15, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Mets fans probably started to wonder if this day would ever come, but Carlos Beltran has finally been activated from the disabled list. For real. He missed the entire first half following January knee surgery that was initially expected to sideline him for just 8-12 weeks, but Jerry Manuel has thrown him right back into…

  2. Todd Helton 'unlikely' to come off disabled list when eligible

    Jul 15, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Todd Helton is “unlikely” to return from the disabled list when eligible next Tuesday. Colorado has gone with a platoon of Jason Giambi and Brad Eldred at first base since placing Helton on the DL last week due to back soreness and a strained hamstring. Giambi has…

  3. Edinson Volquez on the verge of return from elbow surgery

    Jul 15, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer is “hearing” that Edinson Volquez will come off the disabled list to start Saturday against the Dodgers, which would mean returning from Tommy John surgery less than 12 months after going under the knife. Volquez has been excellent while rehabbing in the minors, going 4-0 with a 1.45 ERA,…

  4. Yunel Escobar may have 'attitude problems' but he also has a track record of being a very good player

    Jul 15, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Yunel Escobar made his big-league debut in 2007. Since then a total of 27 players have accumulated at least 1,000 plate appearances while seeing at least two-thirds of their starts at shortstop. Here’s how he ranks among those 27 shortstops in OPS: Hanley Ramirez .935 Troy Tulowitzki .849 Derek Jeter .813 Jimmy Rollins .796 Jose…

  5. Manny Ramirez set to return from the disabled list tonight

    Jul 15, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Out since late last month with a strained hamstring, Manny Ramirez is expected to return from the disabled list tonight against the Cardinals despite going 0-for-9 with five strikeouts during a brief rehab assignment at Single-A. In his article about Ramirez’s impending return’s Ken Gurnick writes that “he’s become more of a singles hitter…

  6. Armando Galarraga and Jim Joyce, together again at ESPYs

    Jul 15, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Armando Galarraga and umpire Jim Joyce teamed up again last night, going on stage together at the ESPYs to present the award for “Best Moment.” Joyce did most of the talking, saying: Every umpire strives for the same thing, not to be noticed. So much for that. But it’s good to be here and good…

  7. Angels stick with Scott Kazmir despite MLB-worst 6.92 ERA

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Scott Kazmir has the highest ERA in baseball among pitchers with at least 50 innings this season, allowing 71 earned runs in 92 frames for a ghastly 6.92 mark. In his final start of the first half Saturday he allowed a franchise-record 13 runs in five innings against an Oakland lineup that ranks among the…

  8. All-Star game gets worst television ratings of all time

    Jul 14, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Last night’s All-Star game was the lowest-rated in television history, with just 7.5 percent of the country tuning in to see the National League’s first win since way back in 1996. That represents a drop of 16 percent compared to last year’s game and is worse than the previous low of 8.1 percent from 2005.…

  9. John Sickels projects Rick 'Wild Thing' Vaughn's career stats

    Jul 14, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    I find stuff like this endlessly amusing. After no doubt watching Major League for the umpteenth time, prospect guru John Sickels decided to take a stab at projecting Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn’s career numbers, including transactions and injuries and all sorts of stats. Someone really needs to do this for every character in every baseball…

  10. Mariners promote last year's No. 2 overall pick Dustin Ackley to Triple-A

    Jul 14, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    It’s apparently “promote a former No. 2 overall pick to Triple-A” day. First the Royals moved 2007 second pick Mike Moustakas to Triple-A and now the Mariners have done the same with 2009 second pick Dustin Ackley. Moustakas pretty much forced the promotion by hitting .347 with 46 extra-base hits and a 1.100 OPS in…

  11. Asdrubal Cabrera close to returning from broken forearm

    Jul 14, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    On the disabled list since mid-May with a fractured forearm that required surgery, Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-6 with a double in his first two rehab games at Single-A and is scheduled to move up to Double-A tonight. Cabrera is more or less right on schedule with the 8-10 week timetable he was given at the…

  12. Royals promote 21-year-old stud prospect Mike Moustakas to Triple-A

    Jul 14, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Kansas City selected high school shortstop Mike Moustakas with the second overall pick in the 2007 draft and he ranked among Baseball America‘s top 20 prospects for both 2008 and 2009, but dropped to No. 80 in this year’s rankings after hitting just .250/.297/.421 with a 90/32 K/BB ratio in 129 games at high Single-A.…

  13. Picture of the Day: Will Ferrell invades your work space

    Jul 14, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT Brewers beat reporter Adam McCalvy snapped a picture of Cardinals beat reporter Matthew Leach trying to get some work done while Will Ferrell invaded the press box at the Home Run Derby: I’m a big fan of Ferrell and also of Leach, so I find the photo endlessly amusing.

  14. Bryce Harper wins prestigious 'Golden Spikes Award'

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    In news agent Scott Boras will surely bring up in contract negotiations next month, No. 1 overall pick Bryce Harper has been named the “Golden Spikes Award” winner as the country’s top amateur player. Harper is an unconventional choice because he left high school early and enrolled in junior college, batting .443 with 31 homers…

  15. Pedro Martinez won't be re-signing with the Phillies and may not pitch at all this season

    Jul 14, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Tomorrow will mark exactly one year since Pedro Martinez signed with the Phillies after sitting out the first half, but don’t expect a similar scenario for the future Hall of Famer this season. In speaking yesterday to Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., agent Fernando Cuza revealed that Martinez has yet to even begin throwing…

  16. No one knows why Andre Ethier is playing center field tonight

    Jul 13, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    I wondered yesterday why manager Charlie Manuel would choose to start Andre Ethier in center field for tonight’s All-Star game despite his having zero experience there in the majors, particularly since NL right fielder Corey Hart has actually played several hundred innings as a big-league center fielder. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times wondered…

  17. After one year as Nationals manager, Jim Riggleman is 72-92

    Jul 13, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post notes that today is the one-year anniversary of Jim Riggleman taking over as the Nationals’ manager. Washington is 72-92 (.440) under Riggleman, which doesn’t look very good until you compare it to their 158-252 (.386) record under the man he replaced, Manny Acta. Acta is now the manager in…

  18. Victor Martinez not close to returning from fractured thumb

    Jul 13, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    When the Red Sox placed Victor Martinez on the disabled list last month the expectation was that he’d be ready to return shortly after the All-Star break, but according to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe “that doesn’t appear to be the case any longer.” Benjamin reports that “there continues to be no timeline for…

  19. Adrian Beltre hasn't talked contract extension with Red Sox

    Jul 13, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre signed a one-year contract with the Red Sox this winter in the hopes of putting together a big season and taking another crack at free agency, so not surprisingly Rob Bradford of reports that Beltre and the Red Sox “haven’t had any talks” regarding an extension. Beltre is making $9 million this…

  20. Shameless self-promotion: Aaron on Minnesota Public Radio

    Jul 13, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    If for some insane reason you’ve longed to hear what I sound like when discussing baseball, today is your lucky day. I appeared on Minnesota Public Radio radio this morning to discuss the Twins’ collapse heading into the All-Star break and you can listen to the segment by clicking here. If nothing else, those of…

  21. Scott Boras is right to compare Prince Fielder to Mark Teixeira

    Jul 13, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Yesterday agent Scott Boras compared impending free agent Prince Fielder to Mark Teixeira, a fellow client and slugging first baseman who got an eight-year, $180 million contract from the Yankees as a free agent two offseasons ago. Boras did his usual hyperbolic thing, talking up Fielder as a future Hall of Famer and suggesting 20…

  22. Troy Tulowitzki ahead of schedule, could return this month

    Jul 13, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki was initially given a six-week recovery timetable after an Alex Burnett fastball broke his left wrist on June 17, but the All-Star shortstop said yesterday that he’s ahead of schedule and could return as soon as two weeks from now. Tulowitzki has been throwing and fielding ground balls for two weeks already and…

  23. Cliff Lee: 'I'm going to do everything I can' to have a no-trade clause in next contract

    Jul 13, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee has been traded four times, including three moves in the past 12 months, so with free agency around the corner he naturally wants to negotiate a no-trade clause into his next contract. I’m going to do everything I can to have that in there. I want to have some control of my life.…

  24. Orioles' forgotten man Brian Roberts finally begins rehabbing

    Jul 12, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    After numerous setbacks and false starts recovering from his abdominal injury and subsequent back problems Brian Roberts finally began a rehab assignment today in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, going 3-for-3 while leading off and playing second base. Roberts said last week that he’s targeting an August 1 return, but president of baseball operations Andy…

  25. On second thought, Michael Young may not replace Adrian Beltre in the All-Star game

    Jul 12, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    During his press conference this afternoon All-Star manager Joe Girardi announced that Michael Young was picked to replace the injured Adrian Beltre on the AL roster, which was fine except … well, apparently no one told Beltre. Girardi was under the impression that Beltre was unavailable after injuring his hamstring yesterday, but the Red Sox’s…

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