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  1. Strasburg overcomes rough first inning to blank Marlins over six

    Jul 17, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    I’m starting to wonder when a Stephen Strasburg start will no longer be a must-see event. We’re not quite there yet. Strasburg improved to 4-2 by tossing six shutout innings in a 4-0 win over the Marlins on Friday night. We’ve seen the young phenom struggle in the first inning a few times already and…

  2. Blister sends Kerry Wood to the disabled list

    Jul 17, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Anthony Castrovince of reports that the Indians have placed Kerry Wood on the disabled list with a blister on his right index finger. Wood was placed on the DL retroactive to July 12, so he’ll be eligible to return before the end of the month. Still, this won’t help his already minimal trade value.…

  3. The Mets tried to dump Oliver Perez off on the Royals

    Jul 17, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    An American League source tells Adam Rubin of that the Mets are trying to trade Oliver Perez. In fact, they even approached the Royals about swapping Perez for Gil Meche. Meche hasn’t pitched since May 25 due to right shoulder bursitis while Perez hasn’t appeared in a game since May 31 due to patella…

  4. Nick Swisher's walkoff single wins it for the Boss

    Jul 17, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    You couldn’t have scripted it any better. There was our hero, Derek Jeter, with a chance to give the Yankees a walkoff win on the very same night that the team honored George Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard. It would only be fitting, right? Apparently Dan Wheeler is more of an improv man, because he proceeded…

  5. Bengie Molina hits for cycle, creates rip in time-space continuum

    Jul 17, 2010, 8:56 AM EDT

    We have witnessed many unlikely events already this season — Stephen Strasburg striking out 14 in his major league debut, four no-hitters, two perfect games, one almost perfect game, the first-place San Diego Padres and the National League actually winning an All-Star Game — but I can say without hesitation that Bengie Molina’s cycle against…

  6. Yunel Escobar thinks he was misunderstood in Atlanta

    Jul 16, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

    Upon joining the Blue Jays in Baltimore on Friday, Yunel Escobar told reporters — well, through an translator, Blue Jays bench coach Nick Leyva, anyway — that he felt he was unfairly criticized during his time in Atlanta, according to the Associated Press. “There was a problem [in Atlanta],” Escobar said. “I feel bad that…

  7. Shin-Soo Choo could return from DL next week

    Jul 16, 2010, 8:16 PM EDT

    It wasn’t too long ago that we were thinking Shin-Soo Choo could need surgery on his thumb. Now, according to Anthony Castrovince of, it appears that he could be back in the lineup by the end of next week. Choo took some soft-toss Thursday and is scheduled to participate in full batting practice Saturday.…

  8. Live Chat: MLB All-Star Game

    Jul 13, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

    “This one counts,” or something.

  9. UPDATE: Buck Showalter will not be named O's manager this weekend

    Jul 13, 2010, 5:22 PM EDT

    5:30 P.M.:  It seems that the reports of Buck Showalter’s ascendancy are a bit premature.  There’s nothing to suggest that deal between the Orioles and Showalter has had the kibosh placed upon it, but the Baltimore Sun is reporting that Showalter will not be named Orioles’ manager this weekend. The link goes to a detailed…

  10. HBT LiveBlog: David Ortiz wins the Home Run Derby

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:41 PM EDT

    It took a while, but David Ortiz is your Home Run Derby winner.

  11. Five surprising first-half performers

    Jul 12, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    I grew up listening to Operation Ivy. No, I’m not going to bore you with my one-time affinity for late 80′s ska-core, but there’s a line from “Knowledge” that always rings true in my head, especially as it relates to my experience as a baseball fan: “All I know is that I don’t know nothing.”…

  12. Edinson Volquez dominates in final rehab start

    Jul 10, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

    The Reds may have missed the boat on Cliff Lee, but they are just about to get Edinson Volquez back from the disabled list. Volquez dominated in his final rehab start with Triple-A Louisville on Friday night, allowing just one-hit over seven innings of shutout ball. He tossed 61 out of 102 pitches for strikes…

  13. UPDATE: Justin Morneau to miss All-Star Game

    Jul 10, 2010, 6:22 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Joe Christensen confirms that Justin Morneau will miss the All-Star Game. He was recommended to rest after meeting with head and concussion specialist Dr. Kenneth Podell on Saturday. Morneau will be re-evaluated in Minnesota during the break. 3:05 PM: Justin Morneau is out of the starting lineup for a third straight day Saturday due…

  14. Carlos Beltran to bat cleanup in return from DL Thursday

    Jul 10, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    When Mets manager Jerry Manuel isn’t busy thinking of new situations to sacrifice bunt, he’s been writing “I <3 Carlos Beltran” in his notebook. Well, after months of longing, he’ll finally be reunited with his center fielder immediately after the All-Star break in San Francisco. According to Adam Rubin of, Manuel intends to bat…

  15. O's send Josh Bell back to minors; call up Chris Tillman

    Jul 10, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    As expected, the Orioles have sent third baseman Josh Bell back to Triple-A Norfolk in order to make room for Saturday’s starter Chris Tillman. As if facing the Rangers offense isn’t intimidating enough, Tillman will oppose the newly-acquired Cliff Lee, who is making debut with the club. Tillman is 0-3 with an 8.40 ERA over…

  16. Video: Cliff Lee press conference

    Jul 10, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee has been traded three times in less than 12 months. He must smell really bad or something.  

  17. Jacoby Ellsbury tells his side of the story

    Jul 10, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury just met with reporters a short while ago at Rogers Centre in Toronto, according to Brian McPherson of the Providence Journal. And let’s just say that he didn’t do anything to put an end to the controversy. Reportedly referring to several pages of notes throughout the brief Q & A –  thanks Scott…

  18. Who watched Ricky Nolasco and Dan Haren last night?

    Jul 10, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Sources tell Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of that the Phillies, Dodgers, Reds, White Sox, Angels and Yankees all had scouts in attendance for last night’s game between the Marlins and Diamondbacks. This is notable because Dan Haren and Ricky Nolasco, two potential trade targets with Cliff Lee off the market, were matched…

  19. Dodgers' Ronald Belisario undergoing substance abuse treatment

    Jul 10, 2010, 11:52 AM EDT

    As you may recall, Dodgers right-hander Ronald Belisario was mysteriously placed on the restricted list earlier this week for the second time this season. Belisario’s agent Paul Kinzer originally used the word “anxiety” to describe the reason for the pitcher’s absence, but a source tells Dylan Hernandez and Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times…

  20. Kevin Youkilis spills the beans on Jacoby Ellsbury

    Jul 10, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury re-joined the team in Toronto last night after spending the past five weeks in Arizona rehabbing his broken ribs. And according to what Kevin Youkilis told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, he and his teammates wonder why he hasn’t been with the team all along. “I don’t know what’s going on with…

  21. Stephen Strasburg finally notches win No. 3

    Jul 10, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    By looking at Friday’s 8-1 win over the Giants, it would appear that the Nationals finally gave Stephen Strasburg some runs to work with. That wasn’t really the case. Strasburg gave up a leadoff home run to Andres Torres to begin the game, putting himself in an early hole. The Nats answered with runs in…

  22. Rick Porcello isn't getting traded, he's being promoted

    Jul 10, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Remember how Jon Paul Morosi of wondered out loud why the Tigers would push back Rick Porcello’s start with Triple-A Toledo, suggesting it could be trade-related? Yeah, according to Jason Beck of, Tigers manager Jim Leyland didn’t take too kindly to that. “There’s a rumor going around, I don’t know if anybody’s read…

  23. Jake Peavy to undergo season-ending surgery next week

    Jul 9, 2010, 9:57 PM EDT

    It’s official. Jake Peavy will undergo season-ending surgery next Wednesday in Chicago to repair the detached latissimus dorsi in his right shoulder, according to Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune. While Peavy hopes to be ready for the start of spring training next season, he cautioned about the unique nature of his particular injury.…

  24. Jayson Werth feels bad for yelling at fan

    Jul 9, 2010, 8:55 PM EDT

    As Craig detailed this morning, Jayson Werth took out some frustration on a fan for interfering on a catchable ball along the right field line during the 12th inning of Thursday’s game against the Reds. See the video here. After taking some time to think about it, Werth is feeling some remorse for his actions.…

  25. Aubrey Huff lashes out against All-Star game, fans

    Jul 9, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    Aubrey Huff is having a pretty great first half for the Giants. He entered play Friday batting .298/.384/.556 with 17 homers and 54 RBI over 295 at-bats. Some might even say he’s “All-Star worthy.” In turn, Mychael Urban of asked him if he would consider going to the game as an injury replacement. Apparently…

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