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  1. Billy Hamilton has 100 steals in 78 games

    Jul 3, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    billy hamilton reds

    This is getting ridiculous. Reds farmhand Billy Hamilton stole his 100th base last night. He’s played in 78 games.  That puts him on a pace for 179 steals. When we last took notice of his pace in early June he was projected to steal a mere 160. The affiliated professional record is held by Vince…

  2. Oh, fun! The Mets may be interested in bringing K-Rod back

    Jul 3, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    NLCS Brewers Cardinals Baseball

    The Mets could use some bullpen help. The Brewers have two guys who, at various times, have been considered Professional Closers. So why not get the band back together? Ken Davidoff of the Post: The Mets want to upgrade their bullpen, and the Brewers’ Francisco Rodriguez is on their list of targets, a person familiar…

  3. Yasmani Grandal continued his home run streak last night

    Jul 3, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Yasmani Grandal’s debut on Saturday was historic, hitting home runs from both sides of the plate for his first two major league hits. His Monday was pretty good too. Grandal came up in the seventh after going 0 for 3 in his first three at bats. But then he hit a homer to left off Mike…

  4. Bud Selig takes Tony La Russa’s side on the Cueto/Greinke All-Star controversy

    Jul 3, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    This should not be terribly surprising given that La Russa and Selig have a pretty close relationship as far as these things go, but for what it’s worth, the Commissioner has La Russa’s back on the Zack Greinke and Johnny Cueto snubs: “Well let me just say this, Tony will answer all questions about his…

  5. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 3, 2012, 5:47 AM EDT

    New York Yankees first baseman Teixeira misses a ground ball hit by Tampa Bay Rays' Johnson during a MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg, Florida

    Rays 4, Yankees 3: Mark Teixeira committed his first error of the season, which allowed in the go ahead run. Hey, he’s allowed one bad day, right? All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.…

  6. Bud Selig: we don’t need replay. Just look at our attendance!

    Jul 2, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    Bud Selig spoke with the media this afternoon. John Shea reposted one of the Commissioner’s answers about expanding instant replay: People in our sport don’t want any more. Given our attendance and everything we’re doing, we’re in the right place with instant replay. We’ve heard Selig erroneously claim that no one wants instant replay a…

  7. UPDATE: Dontrelle Willis has announced his retirement

    Jul 2, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Baltimore Orioles

    UPDATE: The Orioles have just announced Dontrelle Willis’ retirement. The D-Train finally accepted what we all knew to be true: his time as an effective ballplayer had passed.  But it was a good run for a while. For his career, Willis finishes with a career 72-59 record and a 4.17 ERA in 1221 and two-thirds…

  8. Mat Latos, Robinson Cano are your players of the week

    Jul 2, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT

    Mat Latos

    Gosh, it seems like these things happen every week! Anyway: Mat Latos is your NL Player of the Week. Latos was 2-0 in back-to-back complete games, while striking out 20 and allowing but a single earned run in each start. Robinson Cano takes the honors in the AL.  He hit .414 with two doubles, four…

  9. Tony La Russa’s explanation for snubbing Johnny Cueto is suspect

    Jul 2, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Yesterday Tony La Russa left Johnny Cueto off the All-Star team despite Cueto having the kind of numbers which usually ensure All-Star status. Dusty Baker said it was because La Russa was holding a grudge over that ugly 2010 brawl in which Cueto ended Jason LaRue’s career with the kicks to the head. La Russa…

  10. Brewers groundskeeper collapses at ballpark, later dies

    Jul 2, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

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    This is awful. Brewers’ lead groundskeeper Jeff Adcock collapsed during the Brewers-Diamondbacks game at Miller Park yesterday.  He was was taken to a nearby hospital but later died.  Brewers Executive Vice President Bob Quinn issued the following statement: “We are all saddened by the news of Jeff’s passing. He was a part of our organization for…

  11. Tell me why the Braves don’t like Mondays

    Jul 2, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT


    Braves writers have been tracking this all season. I hadn’t realized it had gotten this bad: Tonight’s game vs. #Cubs is last chance for #Braves to win a Monday game before All-Star break. Braves are 0-10 on Mondays. — David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) July 2, 2012   I never read into that stuff because it’s obviously…

  12. Ruben Amaro: the goal is to sign and keep Cole Hamels

    Jul 2, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    Ken Rosenthal spoke with Ruben Amaro and asked for comment on the Cole Hamels stuff from yesterday. Here’s Ruben: “Our goal is the same as it has been from the beginning. To sign him and keep him long-term in a Phillies uniform … I do not ever discuss the information that is out there, nor…

  13. It has come to this: Ben Sheets may be in the Braves rotation within two weeks

    Jul 2, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT


    We noted yesterday that the Braves have signed Ben Sheets. Hey, he used to have something, let’s see if he still has something again. No harm, no foul. Except now we learn that Sheets will get all of two rehab starts and, assuming his arm doesn’t disintegrate, will join the Braves rotation by mid-July. Atlanta’s starting…

  14. Lance Berkman expects to be back just after the All-Star break

    Jul 2, 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

    berkman getty

    Lance Berkman has been on the disabled list since late May after having surgery to fix a meniscus tear in his knee. Joe Strauss reports, however, that he’s not far from returning. Joe Strauss: Berkman thinks he’s going to be back shortly after the All-Star Break and doesn’t think he’ll need a rehab stint. —…

  15. The Phillies are reportedly shopping Cole Hamels, but a trade seems unlikely

    Jul 2, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Jon Heyman reported yesterday that the Phillies “recently began making calls to see about trade interest in Cole Hamels.”  Heyman reports that no progress has been made. Buster Olney has a good reason for that. He’s reporting that the Phillies want “four or five prospects.”  Which is kind of crazy given that Hamels would be…

  16. Bobby V.-produced documentary has MLB a bit cranky

    Jul 2, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine Reuters

    There’s a new documentary coming out about the development, scouting and signing — and the excesses, pressures and manipulations — of free agent signings in the Dominican Republic. It contains hidden camera footage of Miguel Sano’s signing in 2009 and lots of other things Major League Baseball is not exactly happy with or proud of.…

  17. The Red Sox have but a single All-Star representative

    Jul 2, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    ortiz getty

    I don’t think anyone’s crying for the Red Sox, but this from Peter Abraham of the Globe is notable: for the first time since 2001, the Red Sox only have one All-Star representative. He’s a deserving one, obviously — it’s David Ortiz  — so this isn’t a Scott-Cooper-in-1993-and-1994 situation, but it is crazy that a…

  18. Comment of the Day: on Carlos Lee and no-trade clauses

    Jul 2, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Carlos Lee Getty

    Carlos Lee’s decision not to accept a trade to L.A. inspired reader sincitybonobo to ponder what it all means: I will preface this by saying he simply exercised an option that was available to him and broke no rules. However, at the tail end of a contract that he never came close to justifying, he…

  19. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and higlights

    Jul 2, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Ramon Santiago, Austin Jackson

    It was a really rough weekend for people in Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. Storms, trees down, power outages and intense heat made it for a really crappy weekend. We were fairly lucky here at Chez Craigy. The power was out for only about 24 hours before coming back Saturday evening.…

  20. A Rangers minor leaguer was suspended for amphetamines

    Jun 29, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT


    Friday afternoon, time for the drug suspensions: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Texas Rangers Minor League outfielder Jacob Skole has been suspended for 50 games without pay after testing positive for an amphetamine, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. He’s at single-A…

  21. The Twins agree to two-year deal with Ryan Doumit

    Jun 29, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

    Ryan Doumit

    UPDATE:’s Rhett Bollinger reports that it’s a two-year, $7 million extension through 2014. 4:05 PM: It was everything I could do to not append my usual “for some reason” to the end of that headline. But I’m trying to be nicer.  Anyway, Jerry Crasnick reports that the Twins and Doumit are nearing a multi-year deal.…

  22. It’s official: the Dodgers sign Yasiel Puig for seven years, $42 million

    Jun 29, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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    We heard about it yesterday but now it’s official. And thanks to the new rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, this will be the last big dollar international free agent signing you’ll be seeing: The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig to a seven-year contract. The Dodgers announced the deal on Friday.…

  23. Brewers just barely pretending that Livan Hernandez is still a pitcher

    Jun 29, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Livan Hernandez

    There’s a long story about all the things Livan Hernandez brings to the Brewers in today’s Journal-Sentinel. There’s an extended bit about how he’s jovial and well-liked and can help hitters figure out how pitchers pitch them and stuff. Normally such a person is called a coach, but that’s OK.  But really, Doug Melvin, tell…

  24. Buck Showalter pranks Darren O’Day

    Jun 29, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT

    Buck Showalter

    Buck Showalter may be the uncoolest guy on the planet. Witness.  But this, done under the auspices of MLB’s FanCave was pretty damn good. I almost feel sorry to see O’Day’s head hanging like that at the end.  Only wish they left him on the hook longer. Like, until just before game time, and then…

  25. Ryan Dempster won’t be back until after the All-Star break

    Jun 29, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    At the outset, please note that as of this week, anything that will or will not happen until “after the All-Star” break is no longer really scary. Because the All-Star break is less than two weeks from now. Seems crazy early and stuff, but it’s where we are.  The upshot: “until after the All-Star break”…

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