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Aaron Gleeman

  1. 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…

  2. 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 WEEI.com reports that Beltre and the Red Sox “haven’t had any talks” regarding an extension. Beltre is making $9 million this…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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.…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. All-Star lineups include Ryan Howard as NL designated hitter

    Jul 12, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel overlooked a 150-point difference in OPS to pick Ryan Howard over Joey Votto for the All-Star team, so even after Votto was added to the NL squad via MLB.com’s “Final Vote” contest it’s no surprise that the Phillies’ manager went with Howard at designated hitter. Or that he’s batting cleanup. Here are the…

  10. Michael Young becomes 83rd All-Star, replacing Adrian Beltre

    Jul 12, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Or, maybe not. === Adrian Beltre is unavailable for the All-Star game after injuring his hamstring yesterday and Michael Young has been selected to replace him, becoming the 83rd player who gets to say he was an All-Star in 2010. That sure seems like an incredibly high number, since we’re talking nearly three All-Stars…

  11. David Price and Ubaldo Jimenez named All-Star starters

    Jul 12, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    As expected, David Price of the Rays and Ubaldo Jimenez of the Rockies were officially named the All-Star starters in a press conference this afternoon. Price was a relatively easy pick for the AL, as he leads the league in both ERA (2.42) and wins (12) while ranking second in Quality Starts. Jimenez’s recent struggles…

  12. Vicente Padilla plunks ex-teammate Marlon Byrd for ripping him in the press last year

    Jul 12, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Marlon Byrd and Vicente Padilla were teammates in Texas last year and when the Rangers released Padilla at midseason Byrd was very outspoken in praise of the move, saying: About time. It’s absolutely a positive for this team. We have to get rid of the negatives to make a positive and I believe this is…

  13. Blue Jays make closer Kevin Gregg 'available' in trade talks

    Jul 12, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports that the Blue Jays have made Kevin Gregg “available” for a possible trade, which is noteworthy mostly because he ranks fourth in the league with 20 saves. However, if you look beyond the closer label Gregg is basically just a run-of-the-mill middle reliever and it seems unlikely that…

  14. Mays, Mantle, Griffey, Snider, and … Andruw Jones?

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Andruw Jones inexplicably stopped being a productive everyday player at age 29, but was in the majors so young and was so good throughout his twenties that yesterday’s homer was still the 400th of his career. For most players reaching 400 homers midway through their age-33 season would start talk of whether they can get…

  15. Free-falling Twins limp into the All-Star break in third place

    Jul 12, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    When the Twins woke up in Seattle on June 1 they were 31-20 and riding a five-game winning streak that gave them a season-high 4.5-game lead over the Tigers (and 8.5-game lead over the White Sox) in the AL Central. They were clicking on nearly every cylinder, with the pitching staff allowing the second-fewest runs…

  16. Justin Morneau sitting out second straight day, 'questionable' for All-Star game

    Jul 9, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau remains out of the Twins’ lineup after taking a knee to the helmet breaking up a double play Wednesday night and Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that he’s now “questionable for this weekend’s Tigers series and the All-Star game.” Morneau was voted in as the American League’s starter at first…

  17. Hank Blalock back on the market after release from Rays

    Jul 9, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay released Hank Blalock today after designated him for assignment last week. Blalock earned a shot with the Rays by signing a minor-league deal this spring and hitting .349 in 26 games at Triple-A, but then hit just .254/.319/.349 in 69 plate appearances before they smartly ditched him in favor of Matt Joyce. Blalock…

  18. Who are the best players never to make an All-Star team?

    Jul 9, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Since the All-Star rosters were announced Sunday people have been arguing about who should and shouldn’t have made the team, with the focus often being on the biggest snubs. But who are the biggest All-Star snubs, in terms of never being picked for an entire career? Baseball-Reference.com recently added that sorting feature to its amazing…

  19. Yankees sign Chad Tracy to minor league contract

    Jul 9, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Released by the Cubs last week, Chad Tracy has signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Tracy will head to Triple-A, where he’ll “provide protection for Alex Rodriguez and his sometimes balky hip.” Which is true, kind of, except there’s little chance of the Yankees actually giving…

  20. Carlos Delgado hopes to sign with an MLB team this month

    Jul 9, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Delgado has started running again following a pair of hip surgeries and told a Puerto Rican newspaper that he plans to sign with an MLB team by the end of this month: We’ve contacted a few teams to let them know that I’m working out and I expect to return. Pretty much planting the…

  21. MLB.com gets in on the LeBron James circus for some reason

    Jul 9, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Just in case you somehow didn’t get enough of the LeBron James media circus yesterday, this morning MLB.com had not one, not two, but three different baseball-related (sort of) articles about James: * No LeBron in NY, but Yanks wish him well * Marlins excited LeBron coming to town * LeBron’s move doesn’t surprise Indians…

  22. Ubaldo Jimenez becomes first pitcher since 2000 with 15 wins before the All-Star break

    Jul 9, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez may not be the top pitcher of the first half, but by beating Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals yesterday he became the first pitcher with 15 wins before the All-Star break since 2000. Jimenez held the Cardinals to one run in eight innings, bouncing back from three straight poor starts to improve to…

  23. Study shows participating in Home Run Derby doesn't lead to poor second half

    Jul 9, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    There’s a perception that participating in the Home Run Derby makes a player more likely to have a poor second half, with the people who put forth that argument focusing on a handful of prominent cases for support. However, as Derek Carty of The Hardball Times showed in a study last year, reality doesn’t match…

  24. Giants reliever Dan Runzler dislocates knee in first MLB at-bat

    Jul 9, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Dan Runzler has emerged as one of the Giants’ most trusted setup men by working around some shaky control to post a 3.30 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 30 innings after dominating in the minors, but now the rookie left-hander is headed to the disabled list with a dislocated knee suffered yesterday in his first…

  25. Justin Morneau out of Twins' lineup after taking knee to the head last night

    Jul 8, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau left last night’s game after taking a knee to the helmet sliding into the second base to break up a double play and he’s out of the Twins’ lineup for tonight’s game. Morneau walked off the field under his own power, but according to manager Ron Gardenhire “he was a little dizzy out…

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