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  1. How to stop the Mets’ bats? Put an outfielder on the mound

    Jun 30, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Don Kelly

    As mentioned in the recaps, the Mets have been on an absolute offensive tear lately, scoring 16, 14, 8 and 14 runs in their last four games, respectively. Last night’s outburst was accompanied by 20 hits, and after Tigers’ middle reliever David Purcey was smacked around for four runs, Jim Leyland waved the white flag and…

  2. Major League Baseball did not expect McCourt to file for bankruptcy

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:49 AM EST

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    I can’t say that I knew what Frank McCourt would do. Hindsight suggests to me that bankruptcy was his only option if he wanted to cling to power for a while longer, but it’s not like it was inevitable or anything.  I’m a bit surprised, however, that Major League Baseball didn’t predict this, which is…

  3. Will there be sordidness in the Roger Clemens trial? Oh yeah, there will be

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Brian McNamee

    I’ve been pretty clear about not being a big Roger Clemens fan. I’ve also been pretty clear in thinking that the case against him is going to be stronger than the case against Barry Bonds for the simple reason that, unlike in the Bonds case, the jury will hear from someone who claims to have…

  4. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 30, 2011, 5:20 AM EST

    Scott Hairston

    Mets 16, Tigers 9: The Mets blast the Tigers’ pitching for the second night in a row (though the Tigers blasted back a bit themselves). Everyone in the Mets’ starting lineup hit, including Scott Hairston, whose bases loaded triple in the first broke it open, after which he did some lame antlers thing or whatever…

  5. Josh Johnson gets good news from Dr. Andrews

    Jun 29, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Josh Johnson

    See, a visit to Dr. James Andrews is not always a harbinger of doom. Josh Johnson saw him today, and the news is good: no structural damage to his shoulder. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that “a person close to Johnson” called it “the best-case scenario.” Johnson got a cortisone shot and…

  6. Luis Vizcaino suspended for 50 games for PEDs

    Jun 29, 2011, 4:31 PM EST

    Luis Vizcaino

    This is something of a theoretical suspension seeing as though Luis Vizcaino hasn’t pitched in affiliated baseball since the middle of 2009. But they test free agents, and Vizcaino is still registered as a technically active pitcher with someone somewhere, so he got tested too.  The drug: Stanozolol.  No, I don’t know either, but it’s a…

  7. Erik Bedard goes on the DL

    Jun 29, 2011, 3:47 PM EST

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    Often-injured pitcher Erik Bedard is injured, although in this case it appears to be minor and shouldn’t affect his pitching too much: sprained left knee. For a few years we’ve heard “if Bedard can be healthy, he should contribute a lot.”  That has held up so far this year, with him sporting a 4-6 record,…

  8. Confirmed: Adrian Gonzalez to play right field tonight

    Jun 29, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz

    Matthew noted that this was a strong possibility yesterday, but the lineups have been announced and it’s gonna happen tonight: Adrian Gonzalez will start in right field, David Ortiz at first base. I think the most apt comment on all of this came from Dustin Pedroia after last night’s game when asked about the possibility: “It…

  9. Bob Davidson, Joe West, Angel Hernandez snubbed from All-Star Game duties!

    Jun 29, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

    Jerry Layne

    I’ll admit it: when I got the MLB press release announcing the umpires for the All-Star Game, I secretly hoped that some bad ones would be named so I could write some outraged prose. It’s really good for the soul. Quite cathartic. Sadly, it appears that baseball has only chosen decent umpires. Or at least…

  10. The Mariners apparently have no emergency catcher

    Jun 29, 2011, 1:02 PM EST

    Chris Gimenez

    I missed this because, really, I had no idea that baseball took place after 11PM Eastern time.  But in last night’s Braves-Mariners game, the M’s had a catcher fiasco.  Miguel Olivo left early due to cramps in his hamstring and the backup catcher, Chris Gimenez, strained his oblique in the fifth inning. Gimenez could apparently…

  11. Must-Click Link: the oral history of “Major League”

    Jun 29, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Beringer Sheen

    Great stuff over at Sports Illustrated today: interviews with the director and most of the cast of “Major League.”  It’s long, but anyone who has seen and loved that movie will agree that it’s worth it. If you simply don’t have the time, however, go to Big League Stew, where Rob Iracane lists what he…

  12. The Dbacks are willing to add payroll at the deadline

    Jun 29, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    This is not terribly surprising inasmuch as the Dbacks are doing well in a winnable division and have some holes that could be filled. But it seems so rare these days for the non-usual suspects to say that, yeah, they’re willing to raise payroll. But that’s what Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall told Fox’s Jon Paul…

  13. “It sucks having to rotate the tires on my Lamborghini”

    Jun 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Phillies starting pitcher Lee delivers a pitch to the Dodgers during the second inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    That was the very self-aware quote from Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley when he was called out on Twitter a few minutes ago for picking some serious nits in the otherworldly performance of Cliff lately. Not that he’s at all wrong with anything in his post.  It’s easy to go rah-rah-Cliffy right now, especially if…

  14. Ozzie Guillen: “we deserved to lose”

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Ozzie Guillen had a pretty matter-of-fact assessment of the White Sox game last night: “I don’t think we should feel bad because we earned it to lose this game. We deserved to lose. I think the way we played from the first inning , I don’t think we should have won this game at all…

  15. Josh Johnson to pay a visit to Dr. Andrews

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Marlins' Johnson delivers a pitch against the Phillies in the first inning during their MLB National League baseball game in Miami

    Ruh-roh.  Josh Johnson will be examined by Dr. James Andrews today after experiencing more discomfort in his shoulder following a lackluster bullpen session on Friday. Team president Larry Beinfest said “it’s not great,” but everyone is still making “it’s precautionary” noises for now. Shoulders are way scarier than elbows. Just thought I should throw that out…

  16. The Mets break a grand slam drought

    Jun 29, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    Jason Bay

    I didn’t realize this when I wrote the recaps this morning, but before yesterday’s game, the Mets had gone 299 straight games without a grand slam.  And then they had two of them, one from Jason Bay and one from Carlos Beltran. Neat. While the Mets are getting monkeys off their back, it would also…

  17. Carlos Beltran would waive his no-trade clause for a contender

    Jun 29, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    beltran square

    Last night Carlos Beltran that he would waive his no-trade clause if it meant playing for a contender. This isn’t terribly surprising — he knows he’s off to somewhere new after this year and he’s been a rent-a-player before. And given that he’s healthy and productive this year — and that there isn’t much offense…

  18. Someone think of the poor Dodgers season ticket holders

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    I have, like, 50 industrial-sized barrels full of Frank McCourt ire sitting in my basement, so don’t you worry at all about me running out any time soon.  But I just real Bill Plaschke’s latest column about how McCourt has had little or no contact with the season ticket holders over the years, and I’ve…

  19. Yankees fans: this is why we all hate your team

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    The Yankees fan base — at least insofar as their views are reflected by John Harper of the Daily News — are baseball’s version of Veruca Salt.

  20. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 29, 2011, 5:52 AM EST

    Cliff Lee

    Phillies 5, Red Sox 0: Cliff Lee.  Cliff Phifer Lee.  Cliff effin’ Phifer Lee throws his third straight shutout and completes his 32nd straight scoreless inning. Some may downplay this by claiming that this was against a weak Red Sox lineup, but a weak Red Sox lineup is still better than a great many other…

  21. Padres prospect Donavan Tate suspended for drugs

    Jun 28, 2011, 5:13 PM EST

    Donavan Tate - Bowman

    Major League Baseball just announced that Donavan Tate, who was the third overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft, has been suspended for a drug of abuse (meaning not traditional PEDs).  To get a 50-game suspension as Tate just received, you had to have tested positive twice. Tate has already sat out for 25 games, however,…

  22. Frank McCourt will be around for at least another month

    Jun 28, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    The initial hearing in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy took place this afternoon. Just adjourned in fact. The biggest takeaway: Major League Baseball has, for the time being at least, agreed to let Frank McCourt run the team with this interim financing deal. That agreement seems like the only option at the moment, inasmuch as the judge…

  23. The AL All-Star ballots: Ellsbury and Hamilton fighting for the start

    Jun 28, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Ellsbury_Jacoby

    The final update in AL All-Star balloting before the starters are announced on Sunday is in, and it breaks down as follows, which is how it has broken down, more or less, for the past few weeks: C: Russell Martin 1B: Adrian Gonzalez 2B: Robinson Cano 3B: Alex Rodriguez SS: Derek Jeter OF: Jose Bautista…

  24. Ryan Vogelsong is mortal. At least today

    Jun 28, 2011, 3:10 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v San Francisco Giants

    Ryan Vogelsong has been on a real roll. He hadn’t allowed more than two runs in a start since May 3rd, which was ten starts ago.  And even then, it was the only time this year he’s given up more than two runs in 11 starts. Well, today was his 12th start. Just got underway…

  25. Comparing and contrasting sports bankruptcies

    Jun 28, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    lawsuit gavel

    The Dodgers aren’t the first sports team to go bankrupt, and won’t be the last.  But do the others who came before provide us with any insight into what’s gonna happen with Big Blue? To answer that question, Maury Brown has a nice overview of some various sports bankruptcies in recent years, including the Rangers,…

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