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  1. Quote of the Day II: Jim Leyland on the All-Star selections

    Jul 5, 2010, 6:47 PM EDT

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    Tigers manager Jim Leyland, on the All-Star selection process: It’s not a good system, if you want to know the truth. But you get run out of baseball when you say that. I’ll be getting booed everywhere I go. In reality, they’re making a big deal about the game meaning something now and that the…

  2. Does a three-homer game mean Drew Stubbs is destined for stardom?

    Jul 5, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    With the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field yesterday afternoon Cubs pitchers served up seven homers in a 14-3 blowout loss to the Reds, including three long balls to center fielder Drew Stubbs. “I’ve never done it at any level, little league, high school, or college,” Stubbs told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com afterward. “I think…

  3. Jim Thome is this generation's Harmon Killebrew

    Jul 5, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Jim Thome went deep twice Saturday to tie and then pass Harmon Killebrew for 10th place on the all-time home run list with 574 and as he got back into the dugout following the second blast the Twins played a pre-taped congratulatory video message from Killebrew on the Target Field jumbotron. It was a very…

  4. Torii Hunter's career-year rolls on with 2 homers and 7 RBIs

    Jul 5, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Named to his fourth All-Star game as the Angels’ only representative yesterday afternoon, Torii Hunter homered twice and drove in seven runs last night in a blowout win that will probably keep the Royals from being on national television again until approximately 2050. It was the second time Hunter has had seven RBIs in a…

  5. 39th pick Anthony Ranaudo wants top-10 cash from Red Sox

    Jul 5, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    LSU junior Anthony Ranaudo entered this year as Baseball America‘s top-ranked college prospect, but the 6-foot-7 right-hander fell to the Red Sox with the 39th overall pick because of an elbow injury and major struggles once he returned. Boston’s financial advantage allows them to take draft-day gambles on high-upside prospects like Ranaudo when other teams…

  6. Yovani Gallardo won't pitch in the All-Star game due to injury

    Jul 5, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    Brewers manager Ken Macha announced today that Yovani Gallardo will not be available to pitch in the All-Star game after leaving Sunday’s start with a strained oblique. According to Macha the “best-case scenario” for Gallardo is “doing no baseball activities for at least 10 days” and “you can’t have a guy walk off the mound…

  7. Joel Zumaya scheduled for elbow surgery next week

    Jul 5, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Joel Zumaya initially hoped to avoid surgery after gruesomely fracturing his elbow while throwing a pitch last week, but the Tigers announced today that he’ll go under the knife next Monday. Here’s the latest from trainer Kevin Rand: Joel’s going to undergo a procedure to have a screw put into his elbow to stabilize that…

  8. Will the Yankees wait for Nick Johnson to get healthy?

    Jul 5, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Nick Johnson has started to work his way back from mid-May wrist surgery, but Brian Costello of the New York Post reports that the oft-injured designated hitter “is still a few weeks away from playing in a game” at extended spring training. So far Johnson has simply begun hitting off a tee and given his…

  9. Mike Stanton is struggling for Marlins, but Cameron Maybin is injured at Triple-A

    Jul 5, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Sent back to Triple-A last month following Mike Stanton’s arrival, Cameron Maybin took the demotion in stride by going 10-for-28 (.357) with five walks and two steals in his first eight games. Unfortunately he hasn’t played since last Thursday because of a left shoulder injury that landed Maybin on the Triple-A disabled list and has…

  10. Former outfielder Brian Anderson begins pitching at age 28

    Jul 5, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    Brian Anderson was the White Sox’s first-round pick in 2003 and twice ranked among Baseball America‘s top 50 prospects, but proved to be a good-glove, no-hit outfielder during five seasons in the majors. Despite hitting just .227/.290/.370 in 883 plate appearances Anderson somehow talked the Royals into giving him a one-year, $700,000 contract this offseason,…

  11. Shaun Marcum's surgically repaired elbow is inflamed

    Jul 2, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum has exceeded expectations in his return from Tommy John surgery, going 7-4 with a 3.44 ERA and 88/27 K/BB ratio in 107 innings after missing all of last season, but unfortunately the Blue Jays placed him on the disabled list today with more elbow problems. The good news is that general manager Alex…

  12. A's sign 16-year-old Venezuelan prospect for $2.2 million

    Jul 2, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Today is the start of the international signing period, where teams throw millions of dollars at teenagers from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and various other locales. Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that the A’s have made the first big splash, signing 16-year-old Venezuelan third baseman Renato Nunez for $2.2 million. According to Badler “several…

  13. Reds prospect Travis Wood impresses in debut versus Cubs

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Travis Wood has boosted his prospect stock dramatically by posting great numbers in the minors since coming back from shoulder problems in 2008 and turned in an impressive debut yesterday against the Cubs, taking a shutout into the eighth inning. He exited with two runners on base and they both scored off reliever Nick Masset,…

  14. Elijah Dukes and Carl Everett are independent ball teammates

    Jul 2, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Elijah Dukes is a 26-year-old former top prospect with good speed, experience in all three outfield spots, and a .771 OPS in 240 career games, but he’s apparently such a horrible human being that no MLB team is willing to even sign him to a minor-league contract and stash him at Triple-A. Dukes has been…

  15. Orioles call up Josh Bell and move Miguel Tejada to DH

    Jul 1, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    As expected the Orioles placed Luke Scott on the disabled list today after he suffered a hamstring injury rounding the bases on a home run last night, but in a surprise move they replaced him on the roster by calling up Josh Bell rather than activating Felix Pie from the DL. Bell was acquired from…

  16. Josh Beckett throws simulated game, nears rehab assignment

    Jul 1, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Out since mid-May with a strained lower back, Josh Beckett threw a two-inning, 41-pitch simulated game today at Fenway Park and reported no problems. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Beckett could be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment as soon as Tuesday, but the Red Sox still don’t expect him…

  17. Erik Bedard slated to make final rehab start tonight at Triple-A

    Jul 1, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Erik Bedard could be making his final rehab start when he takes the mound tonight at Triple-A, with manager Don Wakamatsu saying the Mariners “are looking at starting him against Kansas City” next week. Bedard will obviously have to avoid a setback with his surgically repaired shoulder and look decent in his final tune-up, but…

  18. Braves prospect Arodys Vizcaino has torn elbow ligament

    Jul 1, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Traded from the Yankees to the Braves this offseason in the Javier Vazquez-for-Melky Cabrera swap, 19-year-old pitching prospect Arodys Vizcaino has been placed on the Single-A disabled list after being diagnosed with a partially torn elbow ligament. He’s expected to miss six weeks, which is a tough break given how well Vizcaino was pitching with…

  19. Starting next year the Mets will pay Bobby Bonilla $1.2 million per season through 2035

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal notes that starting exactly one year from today the Mets will begin paying Bobby Bonilla an annual salary of $1.2 million … for the next 25 years. Bonilla is 47 years old, has been retired since 2001, and hasn’t played for the Mets since 1999, but when they…

  20. The downside of hustle: Luke Scott injured on home run trot

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Luke Scott may be headed to the disabled list after injuring his hamstring last night during his home run trot. Scott took Cedrick Bowers deep to left-center field in the seventh inning, but ran hard out of the box before knowing it was gone and pulled up lame after rounding first base. MLB.com has the…

  21. UPDATE: Koby Clemens goes homerless vs. father

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Astros prospect Koby Clemens participated in the Texas League Home Run Derby on Wednesday night. His father, Roger, was dealing.

  22. Manny Ramirez's injury gets Matt Kemp back in the lineup

    Jun 30, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez is out of the Dodgers’ lineup today after leaving last night’s game with a hamstring injury and Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’ll undergo an MRI exam tomorrow to determine whether a stint on the disabled list is needed. Ramirez’s injury opens the door for Matt Kemp to sneak…

  23. Pat Burrell apparently left his bat back in the National League

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    In what is evidence of baseball being a funny game or the National League being way worse than the American League–or maybe both–Pat Burrell homered last night and is now 19-for-58 (.328) with four homers and three doubles for the Giants. Burrell spent the first nine seasons of his career in the NL playing for…

  24. Denard Span ties modern record with three triples

    Jun 30, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    No doubt motivated by watching teammate Jim Thome leg out what must have been one of the most leisurely triples of all time Monday night, Denard Span amazingly hit three triples last night … in the first five innings. He had a chance to set the post-1900 record with a fourth triple, but drew a…

  25. Can Ubaldo Jimenez be the first 30-game winner since 1968?

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    The answer is no, of course, but “Ubaldo Jimenez probably won’t win 30 games, but let’s talk about him anyway” really isn’t much of a headline as far as headlines go. Jimenez notched his 14th victory Monday in his team’s 76th game, which seemed to me like a pretty amazing feat but actually isn’t all…

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