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  1. Ohio attic yields millions of dollars in baseball cards

    Jul 10, 2012, 6:10 PM EST

    Honus Wagner E98

    20 members of a family in Ohio are thrilled Aunt Jean was a packrat. Among the many boxes uncovered in an attic in an old Defiance home was 700 century-old baseball cards worth about $3 million, at least in the opinion of one expert. The manufacturer and the exact date of the cards is unclear,…

  2. Brett Gardner won’t rejoin Yankees before July 27

    Jul 10, 2012, 5:27 PM EST

    gardner getty

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman gave an update on Brett Gardner‘s health status, telling Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York that “the earliest you will see him is the 27th of July.” Gardner has been out since mid-April with a sprained elbow, suffering multiple setbacks along the way after initially being given a two-week recovery…

  3. Braves to call up Ben Sheets for Sunday’s start

    Jul 10, 2012, 4:51 PM EST

    ben sheets getty

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of reports that the Braves will call up Sheets to start Sunday against the Mets, in Atlanta. ========== Ben Sheets made his second Double-A start yesterday, tossing 5.2 innings of three-run ball as the oft-injured former All-Star tries to make it back to the majors with the Braves. Sheets was hurt…

  4. What to watch for in tonight’s All-Star Game

    Jul 10, 2012, 4:22 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    Tonight’s 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will officially open with Detroit’s Justin Verlander throwing to Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez. Still, my favorite part will take place before that. The Midsummer Classic isn’t the must-see event it was before Baseball Tonight, MLB Extra Innings and made seeing the league’s stars in action so much easier.…

  5. Twins reliever Glen Perkins is a stat-head

    Jul 10, 2012, 3:45 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins

    Twins left-hander Glen Perkins is one of the American League’s best relievers and anyone who follows him on Twitter knows that he’s also a funny, interesting guy who likes to interact with fans. And now thanks to this interview with David Laurila of Fan Graphs we also know that Perkins is into sabermetrics: I like…

  6. Mariano Rivera probably won’t pitch this season … but he could

    Jul 10, 2012, 3:02 PM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    Brian Cashman and everyone with the Yankees has said that Mariano Rivera is out for 2012. Cashman said it as recently as yesterday. But as Joel Sherman reports in the New York Post, at least one person thinks Mo could come back this season: the doctor overseeing his rehab. Dr. Keith Pyne says that Rivera’s timetable…

  7. American League favored over National League tonight

    Jul 10, 2012, 2:50 PM EST

    gambling poster

    Betting on the All-Star game seems like the kind of thing that might finally convince someone they have a serious gambling problem, so I’ll pass this along purely from a “this is sort of interesting” standpoint: Tonight the American League are -140 favorites over the National League. For the non-degenerates in the crowd, that means…

  8. Buffalo’s MLB team that wasn’t

    Jul 10, 2012, 2:31 PM EST

    Buffalo NY

    Great article about Coca-Cola Field — formerly known as Pilot Field — in Buffalo.  The ballpark that, back in the late 80s and early 90s, was constantly outdrawing a couple of major league teams every years. Forgotten now was that the park was built to be expanded, with the specific intent of luring a major league…

  9. Joba Chamberlain strikes out two in first rehab appearance

    Jul 10, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    chamberlain getty

    Joba Chamberlain saw his first game action today since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery last season, throwing one inning in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. Chamberlain, who’s also coming back from a gruesome ankle injury suffered while jumping on a trampoline in March, struck out two batters and allowed an unearned run on 23 total…

  10. Ron Washington picks Fernando Rodney as All-Star closer

    Jul 10, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    Fernando Rodney

    Fernando Rodney simply making the All-Star team at age 35 and after five consecutive seasons with an ERA higher than 4.00 is amazing enough, but apparently he’ll also be asked to close out the game if the American League has a ninth-inning lead. Rodney told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that AL manager…

  11. Selig wants to use the DH in NL park, pitcher batting in AL parks in interleague

    Jul 10, 2012, 1:02 PM EST

    Bud Selig

    “Because I can, that’s why. I’m Bud Selig!” — what I am imagining Selig saying in this picture every single time I use it. Anyway: wanna know why I have whiplash right now? Because after listening to Bud Selig and Joe Torre talk about how one must not tinker with baseball tradition and how it’s…

  12. Roy Halladay to begin rehab assignment Thursday in minors

    Jul 10, 2012, 12:46 PM EST

    Roy Halladay Getty

    Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are already back in the Phillies’ lineup and now there’s some more good injury news in Philadelphia, as Todd Zolecki of reports that Roy Halladay has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday at Single-A. Halladay has been out since late May with a shoulder injury, but…

  13. Quote of the Day: Bud Selig continues to live in utter denial regarding instant replay

    Jul 10, 2012, 12:29 PM EST

    Bud Selig

    Bud Selig is doing his annual All-Star press conference as we speak. And he continues to believe this noise: “The appetite for more instant replay in the sport is very low.” I hate it when people tell me I’m not hungry when I really am. I mean, how could they possibly know that? I dunno.…

  14. Mets pitcher Dillon Gee hospitalized, diagnosed with clot in artery of right shoulder

    Jul 10, 2012, 12:02 PM EST

    Dillon Gee

    UPDATE: Brad Como of SNY reports that tests on Gee revealed a clot in the artery of his right shoulder. UPDATE #2: Gee will be placed on the disabled list and is expected to remain in the hospital for another day or two while doctors monitor the clot after they used a catheter to break…

  15. Orioles activate Nick Markakis from DL after broken wrist

    Jul 10, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Nick Markakis grand slam

    Baltimore decided not to wait until the second half officially began, activating Nick Markakis from the disabled list after the outfielder missed the past six weeks with a broken hamate bone in his right wrist. Markakis showed he was ready to return by homering twice during a brief three-game rehab assignment in the minors. He…

  16. Jack Zduriencik REALLY doesn’t want to trade Felix Hernandez

    Jul 10, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Felix Hernandez

    I wouldn’t think the Mariners would want to trade Felix Hernandez for anything, but I thought the same thing about Kevin Youkilis and Cole Hamels once, so what do I know? In the event that teams are interested in the guy, however, know this: Jack Zduriencik thinks you should probably not bother. Here’s what he told…

  17. Won’t somebody think of the poor superstars being booed?

    Jul 10, 2012, 9:40 AM EST

    State Farm Home Run Derby

    I thought Robinson Cano getting mercilessly booed and jeered by the Kansas City fans at last night’s Home Run Derby was a bit … childish. I mean, really, we get it. You wanted Billy Butler in the Derby. I kind of did too, if for no other reason than it would allow me to say…

  18. Tweet of the Day: The All-Star Game really does matter, unfortunately

    Jul 10, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

    All Star Game Logo

    Factoids I was not aware of: Team with home-field advantage has won 21 of the last 26 World Series and the last 9 World Series Game 7s. — John Buccigross (@Buccigross) July 10, 2012   In light of this, baseball is absolutely right that the All-Star Game truly does decide something important. Too bad, then,…

  19. Overthinking La Russa’s snub of R.A. Dickey

    Jul 10, 2012, 8:55 AM EST

    Gatorade All-Star Workout Day

    I remain firmly in the camp that Tony La Russa made a bad decision in deciding not to go with R.A. Dickey as the All-Star Game starter. The arguments for Dickey over Matt Cain are pretty clear both statistically (Dickey has been the better pitcher) and thematically (Dickey has been the better story), so I…

  20. Papelbon: the Philly clubhouse won’t like it if Hamels is traded

    Jul 10, 2012, 8:23 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Cole Hamels has sat for a zillion interviews and has been asked a zillion questions about the possibility of being traded mid-season, and he has totally avoided any hint of controversy in his answers. Not an easy trick given how delicate the politics of trades and free agency and all of that is.  One “Oh,…

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