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  1. 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 MLB.com 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…

  2. 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.…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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,…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,…

  10. And That Happened: Classic!

    Jul 10, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    Reggie Billy

    Note: due to the All-Star break, we now bring you a special “Classic” version of “And That Happened.” The following originally ran on July 10, 1977 Orioles 6, Yankees 5:  Reggie Jackson went 1 for 3 with an RBI double, but that wasn’t good enough for manager Billy Martin, who tried to physically attack Jackson…

  11. Prince Fielder wins his second Home Run Derby crown

    Jul 9, 2012, 11:15 PM EST

    Prince Fielder Getty

    We made it, you guys. Another Home Run Derby is in the rear view mirror, as Prince Fielder defeated Jose Bautista in the finals tonight to take home this year’s crown. It was Fielder’s second Home Run Derby win, the other coming back in 2009 in St. Louis. Ken Griffey, Jr., who won in 1994, 1998 and…

  12. Orioles continue to negotiate with No. 4 overall pick Kevin Gausman

    Jul 9, 2012, 10:11 PM EST

    orioles logo

    UPDATE: The Times-Picayune has backtracked from their original story. It now says that Gausman is “seriously considering” a return to LSU. Meanwhile, Aaron Fitt of Baseball America passes along this statement from LSU coach Paul Mainieri: “Kevin is still in negotiations…any reports portraying his return to LSU as definite are premature.” Dan Connolly of the…

  13. Dispatches from Kansas City: “Have you seen George Brett around?”

    Jul 9, 2012, 8:55 PM EST

    downtown fountain

    HardballTalk’s Drew Silva is filing regular stories from this year’s MLB All-Star festivities in Kansas City. Part One. Part Two. Part Three. Part Four. The Royals haven’t won a division title since 1985 and have finished with a winning record just three times since since 1992, which has translated into over 20 years of bad attendance totals at…

  14. Reds, Pirates and Indians among teams interested in Carlos Quentin

    Jul 9, 2012, 8:09 PM EST

    Carlos Quentin Getty

    The next 24 hours will be dominated by All-Star Game coverage, but it won’t be long before this space is filled with rumors leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. And we’re already hearing some chatter regarding one of the most popular names on the market. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com is reporting that…

  15. Luis Perez done for season with torn UCL in elbow

    Jul 9, 2012, 7:29 PM EST

    Luis Perez AP

    Another day, another injury for the Blue Jays’ pitching staff. According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, Luis Perez is done for the season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. The Blue Jays have yet to make an announcement on a course of action, but Tommy John surgery is almost certainly on…

  16. No common ground to be found for Pirates and Mark Appel

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:57 PM EST

    Mark Appel

    The Pirates knew they were taking a risk when they made Stanford right-hander Mark Appel the eighth overall pick in the 2012 draft. Expected to go first overall, Appel reportedly turned down a $6 million bonus from the Astros before the draft, causing Houston to choose Carlos Correa instead. The fall to No. 8 guaranteed…

  17. The worst of the worst at the All-Star break

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:26 PM EST

    Tim Lincecum

    Because the non-All-Stars deserve recognition too — even when they’d prefer to hide their faces — here’s a look at some midpoint leaderboards in reverse order. OPS 1. Dee Gordon (SS LAD): .562 2. Cliff Pennington (SS Oak): .563 3. Cameron Maybin (CF SD): .596 4. Jamey Carroll (INF Min): .597 5. Justin Smoak (1B…

  18. Jose Canseco thinks he’d win the Home Run Derby

    Jul 9, 2012, 5:51 PM EST

    Jose Canseco

    Well, of course he does. He’s Jose Canseco, after all. Unfortunately, Canseco, who turned 48 a week ago, wasn’t invited to the festivities by either Matt Kemp or Robinson Cano. Surely only because he wasn’t eligible to be invited, by virtue of his being out of the league for 11 years now. Still, I’d be…

  19. All-Star Game starting pitcher (Loaiza, Mulholland, Penny, Nagy) isn’t always big name

    Jul 9, 2012, 5:27 PM EST

    terry mulholland

    This year’s All-Star Game starting pitchers, Justin Verlander and Matt Cain, are certainly both big names with excellent track records, but it’s interesting to note that the honor of starting an All-Star Game doesn’t always go to elite pitchers. Obviously any pitcher who starts an All-Star Game is by definition having an excellent season at…

  20. Mark Trumbo is your Home Run Derby favorite

    Jul 9, 2012, 5:03 PM EST

    Mark Trumbo

    With Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium serving as the battleground, Monday’s Home Run Derby figured to yield fewer souveniers than usual. Kauffman is one of the game’s tough home run parks. Using Stats Inc. park factors, only Minnesota’s Target Field played tougher on home runs for AL parks  from 2009-11 and that only slightly. It’s played…

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