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  1. Which Giant is going to be the All-Star Game MVP?

    Jul 10, 2012, 9:55 PM EST

    National League All-Star Sandoval hits a three RBI triple during the Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Kansas City

    Those Giants fans treated harshly for stuffing the ballot box have to be feeling pretty good right about now: Melky Cabrera: 2-for-2, two-run HR, two runs scored Pablo Sandoval: 1-for-2, three-run triple Matt Cain: Scoreless first and second innings Buster Posey is also done, so all four Giants have exited the game. However, with the…

  2. Justin Verlander gets lit up, puts AL All-Stars in 5-0 hole

    Jul 10, 2012, 8:48 PM EST

    Justin Verlander

    Justin Verlander had made 13 career starts at Kauffman Stadium and never given up more than four runs. Of course, he was facing the Royals in those outings. The NL All-Stars roughed up Verlander in the first inning Tuesday, scoring five runs on four hits and two walks. Ryan Braun started the scoring with an…

  3. The recruitment of Cole Hamels has already started

    Jul 10, 2012, 7:56 PM EST

    Cole Hamels

    All-Star Cole Hamels has more best friends that he knows what to do with. While opposing teams can’t talk to the free-agent-to-be, players on other teams are under no such restrictions. “All I say to them is that I’ve been to every city, and I know what every city is like,” Hamels told Danny Knobler…

  4. David Ortiz doesn’t want the Robinson Cano treatment

    Jul 10, 2012, 7:14 PM EST

    David Ortiz

    Robinson Cano denied Kansas City’s Billy Butler a spot in the Home Run Derby on Monday and paid dearly, getting booed all night by the Kauffman Stadium faithful. David Ortiz isn’t having of that. Ortiz was voted in as the American League’s starting DH tonight, but he said he’ll take just one at-bat and then…

  5. Marlins going to closer-by-committee again

    Jul 10, 2012, 6:49 PM EST

    Heath Bell

    It never really took the first time, but Heath Bell‘s latest blown save on Sunday has caused the Marlins to again try a closer-by-committee. Bell, who was signed to a three-year, $27 million deal in the offseason, has blown two of his last four save chances and six of 25 for the season. Those totals…

  6. 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,…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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