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  1. Dbacks broadcaster Daron Sutton is still suspended

    Jul 3, 2012, 4:01 PM EST

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    There are guys who started bench-clearing brawls who didn’t get this much time off: Diamondbacks television play-by-play voice Daron Sutton will remain on suspension for this current home stand, which runs through Sunday. Senior Vice President of Communications Josh Rawitch said Sutton will not broadcast any of the club’s remaining games heading into the All-Star break. Rawitch declined to…

  2. Nobody (and everybody!) wants poor David Pauley

    Jul 3, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

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    Yesterday the Blue Jays designated David Pauley for assignment, meaning the 29-year-old left-hander is back to his familiar home on the waiver wire. It seems like Pauley has been designated for assignment, claimed, signed, and released about once a week for the past year, so I checked the Rotoworld transaction database to see the reliever’s…

  3. Oh, no! Baseball has wrecked Rick Reilly’s dinner reservations!

    Jul 3, 2012, 3:03 PM EST

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    Hey guys! Baseball games can be long sometimes and Rick Reilly is ON IT! Reilly talks about the pace of the game and makes the current, cutting-edge observation that players step out of the batter’s box a lot, commercials are long and so forth.  The game that raised his ire: Cincinnati at San Francisco was…

  4. Twins demote Liam Hendriks back to Triple-A again

    Jul 3, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

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    For the second time this season the Twins have turned to their reigning minor league pitcher of the year Liam Hendriks in the starting rotation, been disappointing by the results, and sent the 23-year-old right-hander back to Triple-A. Hendriks, who lasted just four innings yesterday against the Tigers, is 0-7 with a 6.71 ERA in…

  5. Baseball is gonna make a lot of money on its next TV deal

    Jul 3, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

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    Richard Sandomir of The New York Times lays out the landscape facing Major League Baseball for when its TV rights come up for bid next year. Short version: MLB is gonna make boatloads of money as ESPN, Fox, TBS, maybe CBS and, especially, NBC all look to stay in or get in the live televised…

  6. Carlos Lee or not, Don Mattingly sounds ready to upgrade over James Loney

    Jul 3, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

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    By pursuing an ultimately unsuccessful trade for Carlos Lee the Dodgers made is obvious that they’re not happy with James Loney‘s production at first base, so when Loney told Don Mattingly that he feels ready to break out offensively the manager was understandably skeptical: He came into my office and he felt like he’s got…

  7. Anthony Rizzo was the best friend Starlin Castro had last night

    Jul 3, 2012, 1:32 PM EST

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    Interesting story from the Cubs’ clubhouse via Patrick Mooney at CSNChicago.com. Last night, with Dan Uggla at the plate, Starlin Castro fielded a grounder and appeared to lollygag the throw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Uggla, not the fastest man around — and maybe not even the fastest man named Uggla in Georgia — was…

  8. Pirates demote Jose Tabata and his $15 million contract to Triple-A

    Jul 3, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

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    Less than a year ago the Pirates and Jose Tabata agreed to a long-term contract extension that guarantees him $15 million, could reach as high as $37 million, and keeps him under team control through 2019. Today the Pirates optioned Tabata to Triple-A after he hit just .230 with three homers and a .636 OPS…

  9. Some rumblings about Zack Greinke going to the Braves

    Jul 3, 2012, 12:31 PM EST

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    I call the noise surrounding Zack Greinke possibly being traded to the Braves “rumblings” because they’re something less than rumors. But they’re not nothing. Starting from the notion that (a) the Brewers probably want to trade Greinke; and (b) the Braves could use starting pitching, we go to: I still doubt #Braves would offer Greinke…

  10. What will the Cardinals do with Allen Craig when Lance Berkman returns?

    Jul 3, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

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    It seems crazy to think about considering how wrecked by injuries the Cardinals have been all season, but they could be on the verge of having too many quality hitters to fit into the lineup. Lance Berkman is nearing a return from knee surgery and looks likely to come off the disabled list shortly after…

  11. What exactly goes on at a SABR convention anyway?

    Jul 3, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

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    I’ve been on vacation for a week while attending the annual Society for American Baseball Research convention for the ninth consecutive summer. If you’ve ever wondered what exactly goes on at a SABR convention–and be honest, you probably have several semi-insulting questions–I wrote up a star-studded (Terry Ryan! Jose Mijares! Salvador Perez! Sean Forman!), picture-filled,…

  12. Chipper Jones is leading the NL Final Vote thing; Bryce Harper third

    Jul 3, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

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    Major League Baseball announced the in-progress Final Vote totals a little while ago and the fans are going with history over the future: Chipper Jones leads the thing with David Freese second and Bryce Harper third. Can’t really blame this on homer ballot box-stuffing given that, as so many of you remind me when I…

  13. Jose Lobaton got married at the ballpark before catching Monday’s game

    Jul 3, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

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    Jose Lobaton had a busy Monday, as the Rays backup catcher got married in a morning ceremony at Tropicana Field and then was starting behind the plate against the Yankees. Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times describes the scene: Jose and Nina walked up a red carpet to the plate, as teammate Carlos Peña…

  14. The All-Star Game umpires have been announced

    Jul 3, 2012, 11:02 AM EST

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    Major League Baseball just announced the All-Star Game umpires. They are: Home plate: Gerry Davis; First Base: Jim Joyce; Second Base: Brian Runge; Third Base: Tony Randazzo; Left Field: Lance Barksdale; and Right Field: Brian Knight Joyce obviously sticks out given the reason most of you know who he is was because of that botched…

  15. Chipper Jones texts Bryce Harper, calls him “very classy”

    Jul 3, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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    Bryce Harper and Chipper Jones are pitted against each other in the “Final Vote” contest for an All-Star spot, with most people assuming that the Nationals phenom will win. Harper said Sunday that he’d vote for Jones because “I think a Hall of Famer should be able to go to the All-Star game his last…

  16. Oakland A’s minor league coach banned after ordering intentional balks to end game

    Jul 3, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

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    This is kind of nuts. A coach in the A’s system, who was acting as manager for the Stockton Ports in the class-A California League, has been banned from being in the Ports’ dugout for a year after ordering his pitchers to intentionally commit balks in an effort to end a game that had reached…

  17. Max Scherzer to miss start with hamstring injury

    Jul 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    Last week Max Scherzer pitched with a heavy heart, starting a game three days after his brother’s death, but now the Tigers right-hander will miss at least one turn in the rotation with a hamstring injury. Scherzer was scheduled to start today versus Minnesota, but Duane Below will make the start instead. General manager Dave…

  18. Billy Hamilton has 100 steals in 78 games

    Jul 3, 2012, 9:40 AM EST

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    This is getting ridiculous. Reds farmhand Billy Hamilton stole his 100th base last night. He’s played in 78 games.  That puts him on a pace for 179 steals. When we last took notice of his pace in early June he was projected to steal a mere 160. The affiliated professional record is held by Vince…

  19. Oh, fun! The Mets may be interested in bringing K-Rod back

    Jul 3, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

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    The Mets could use some bullpen help. The Brewers have two guys who, at various times, have been considered Professional Closers. So why not get the band back together? Ken Davidoff of the Post: The Mets want to upgrade their bullpen, and the Brewers’ Francisco Rodriguez is on their list of targets, a person familiar…

  20. Yasmani Grandal continued his home run streak last night

    Jul 3, 2012, 8:51 AM EST

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    Yasmani Grandal’s debut on Saturday was historic, hitting home runs from both sides of the plate for his first two major league hits. His Monday was pretty good too. Grandal came up in the seventh after going 0 for 3 in his first three at bats. But then he hit a homer to left off Mike…

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