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  1. Things are pretty friggin’ bleak in Houston

    Jul 27, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

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    The Astros’ biggest fault in the past few years was delaying a necessary rebuild. They put hopes on the Biggio/Bagwell core for too long past its sell date, and then stumbled for a few more years thinking that the likes of Carlos Lee was someone around whom you built a team. In light of that,…

  2. John Axford compares Tim Tebow to Kim Kardashian, inevitable backlash ensues

    Jul 27, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Brewers reliever John Axford, having no doubt witnessed the incredible media attention paid to Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow simply arriving at training camp, sent out this tweet: Tim Tebow has become a Kardashian of professional sports! — John Axford (@JohnAxford) July 27, 2012 Not surprisingly Axford got some flak from what must be an…

  3. Obituary of the Day

    Jul 27, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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    I love obituaries in which the deceased — or whoever wrote it for them — refuse to go gentle into that goodnight.  This one, of a Marylou Belles of Bethel, Connecticut, fits the bill completely. Right down to the baseball part: She was also a lifelong New York Mets fan though, surprisingly, that wasn’t what…

  4. So much for the Cubs trading Matt Garza: He’s out until after the deadline

    Jul 27, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Trade rumors continued to swirl around Matt Garza despite the Cubs right-hander leaving his July 21 start with a triceps injury, but now he can be crossed off the list of pitchers potentially on the move before July 31. Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago reports that an MRI exam showed fluid in Garza’s triceps, which…

  5. No pressure: Terry Collins compares Matt Harvey to Strasburg, Verlander

    Jul 27, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Matt Harvey’s debut was fantastic. It easily stands as the most excitement Mets fans have had for a while, and stands as great hope for the future. But jeez, Terry Collins: maybe you need to ease up on the pressure a bit? “I’ve talked to scouts who think he is a three or a four…

  6. Angels release former first-round pick Trevor Bell

    Jul 27, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Trevor Bell logged 95 innings for the Angels between 2010 and 2011, posting a decent 4.25 ERA and 62/31 K/BB ratio, but the 2005 first-round pick fell apart at Triple-A this season and yesterday he was released. Bell is still just 25 years old, so the fact that he cleared waivers without being claimed shows…

  7. Japan has committed to the WBC

    Jul 27, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

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    There was talk that Japan was going to boycott the 2013 World Baseball Classic due to unhappiness over how the merchandising and sponsorship revenue is split up.  That, it seems, has been averted. Maybe: Paul Archey, Major League Baseball’s senior vice president of international business operations, said in a statement “We fully expect Japan, the winners…

  8. Mets shift Jenrry Mejia back to rotation at Triple-A

    Jul 27, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Mets prospect Jenrry Mejia is a starter again. After sitting out a year following Tommy John elbow surgery Mejia returned as a starter, made seven starts before shifting to the bullpen, and is now moving back into the Triple-A rotation, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Assistant general manager Paul DePodesta admitted to…

  9. Hisashi Iwakuma leaves Mariners and travels to Japan for “personal reasons”

    Jul 27, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma has left the team and traveled back to Japan for undisclosed “personal reasons.” Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that Iwakuma is expected to rejoin the team in time to make his next scheduled start, which is Monday against the Blue Jays, and might even be back in the United…

  10. Video of the day: Robin Ventura did NOT get beaten down by Nolan Ryan

    Jul 27, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

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    This video changed my life. It will change yours too. Ignore the White Sox fan boy stuff and just watch the fight analysis.   (thanks to High Heat Stats for bringing this to my attention)

  11. Ben Cherington and the Red Sox are in a tough spot

    Jul 27, 2012, 9:27 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Announce Ben Cherington as Executive Vice President/General Manager

    If you stink, you sell. If you’re doing great, you buy. But Ben Cherington and the Red Sox are sort of screwed at the moment when it comes to trying to figure out what to do at the deadline: “When we look at where we are in the standings, I guess particularly the teams that…

  12. Jim Tracy, Rockies players visit the Aurora shooting victims

    Jul 27, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

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    The Rockies did a good thing: After playing a game in Phoenix on Wednesday night, the Rockies arrived in Denver at about 3 a.m. Thursday. On the message board inside the clubhouse, a notice was posted asking for volunteers to meet with victims at the hospital. Jim Tracy and 11 players showed up to visit…

  13. “Dempster will have to answer some tough questions if he’s still a Cub after the deadline”

    Jul 27, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

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    Ill will in Chicago?  Dave Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that (a) the Ryan Dempster to Los Angeles trade is at a stalemate; and (b) Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are not likely to take less than what they feel is fair value for the guy.  So, if the Dodgers — who, according to Kaplan, believe…

  14. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 27, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

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    Blue Jays 10, Athletics 4: Backatcha, Athletics. A night after the A’s slammed the Jays, Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer to lead the charge for Toronto, ending the A’s seven game winning streak. This came after the A’s took a 3-0 lead, so nice moxie by the Blue Jays there. Mets 3, Diamondbacks 1:…

  15. Matt Harvey strikes out 11 in major league debut

    Jul 27, 2012, 12:07 AM EDT

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    The Mets weren’t entirely sure Matt Harvey was ready, but the 2010 first-round pick sure looked the part in his debut Thursday against the Diamondbacks. While pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings, Harvey became just the 13th pitcher in major league history to strike out at least 11 batters in his debut. He allowed three hits…

  16. After 10 years in minors, former Expos pick debuts

    Jul 26, 2012, 10:52 PM EDT

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    29-year-old Jim Henderson, called up by the Brewers earlier in the day, made his major league debut Thursday night, retiring all three Nationals he faced in his inning of work. Henderson was a 10-year minor league veteran, having been picked by Expos in the 26th round of the 2003 draft. After he failed as a…

  17. Roberto Hernandez/Fausto Carmona makes first minor league tune-up start

    Jul 26, 2012, 10:06 PM EDT

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    After returning to the United States over the weekend — and receiving three birthday cakes from his teammates — Roberto Hernandez made his first minor league rehab start tonight for Class A Lake County. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer passes along word that Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, allowed three runs (one…

  18. Starling Marte homers on first pitch he sees in the big leagues

    Jul 26, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

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    The Pirates threw top prospect Starling Marte right into the fire for his major league debut tonight against the Astros by placing him in the leadoff spot. However, the 23-year-old outfielder rose to the occasion by depositing the first pitch he saw from left-hander Dallas Keuchel over the left field fence. MLB.com won’t let me…

  19. Nick Swisher not quite ready to return from strained hip flexor

    Jul 26, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

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    Nick Swisher was originally considered day-to-day when he left last Friday’s game with a strained left hip flexor. However, he sat out rest of the weekend and this week’s three-game series against the Mariners. Now the Yankees have ruled him out for tomorrow’s series opener against the Red Sox. The good news for the Bombers…

  20. Brewers to use closer-by-committee approach

    Jul 26, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

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    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was hoping for some stability when he removed John Axford from the closer role early last week, but he hasn’t had any such luck. Francisco Rodriguez blew two save chances against the Phillies this week while allowing six runs on five hits and three walks over just 1 1/3 innings, so…

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