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  1. Manny Acta on Indians’ need for trade deadline help: “That’s an understatement”

    Jul 20, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Asked yesterday if he thinks the Indians need to make a move prior to the July 31 trade deadline, manager Manny Acta replied: “That’s an understatement.” And that was before they lost to the Twins on a walk-off hit after taking a 1-0 lead into the ninth inning. Here’s what Acta told Paul Hoynes of…

  2. The Mets are “100 percent certain” that they won’t trade Jose Reyes

    Jul 20, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Buster Olney tweeted the following a few minutes ago: The Mets are now 100 percent certain they will not trade Jose Reyes before the deadline, according to sources. He changed their minds. This isn’t terribly surprising given how well he has played this year, the realization that great shortstops don’t grow on trees these days…

  3. Jon Lester throws bullpen session, set for Monday start

    Jul 20, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    Jon Lester threw a problem-free bullpen session this morning and is scheduled to return from the disabled list Monday against the Royals. Lester hasn’t pitched since July 5 because of a strained left latissimus, but manager Terry Francona told Tim Britton of the Providence Journal that the left-hander is healthy now and simply needs to…

  4. Two simple changes to the Hall of Fame ballot

    Jul 20, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    We usually reserve all of our Hall of Fame arguing for late December and early January when we can devote sufficient time to the obnoxiousness that requires, but any time is a good time really. Today Jim Caple has a suggestion to improve the process:  (1) eliminate the 15-years-on-the-ballot rule; and (2) eliminate the if-you-don’t-get-five-percent-of-the-vote-you’re-dropped…

  5. Danny Valencia gets game-winning hit off Chris Perez, then lets him sleep over

    Jul 20, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Danny Valencia‘s walk-off single against Chris Perez last night was dramatic enough, coming with the bases loaded and turning a 1-0 Indians lead into a 2-1 Twins victory, but their back story added to the drama. Valencia and Perez have been friends since high school, played together at the University of Miami, and were roommates…

  6. Cal Ripken’s kid is a pretty good ballplayer too

    Jul 20, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Cal Ripken

    There’s a decent chance that the Ripkens are going to join the Bells and the Boones as a three-generation major league family one day.  Meet Ryan Ripken: Ryan Ripken has been selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, which will be held next month at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Over the first three years of the…

  7. Report: Jose Reyes “would love to sign with the Angels”

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jose Rayes

    Jose Reyes is back in the Mets’ lineup after returning from the disabled list yesterday, but that hasn’t stopped the speculation from swirling around the impending free agent. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that Reyes “has told friends he would love to sign with the Angels when he becomes a free agent after the…

  8. “Derek Jeter 3K” to air July 28th

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

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    Remember that documentary HBO is doing about Derek Jeter‘s pursuit of his 3000th hit, “Derek Jeter 3K?”  It’s a go. It’s airing on July 28th at 9PM on HBO.  Smart scheduling, in that the Yankees are off that night. Sure, there are 12 other baseball games that hardcore fans would probably be better off watching,…

  9. Twins not interested in trading Michael Cuddyer, but Giants called anyway

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins

    Earlier this week Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the Twins have no interest in trading Michael Cuddyer and in fact want to re-sign the impending free agent, but that hasn’t stopped other teams from inquiring about his availability. According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News the Giants expressed…

  10. The Dodgers and MLB are in court today

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    As I type this, a big hearing is going down in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy case. It’s the one in which — or after which — it will be decided who gets to bankroll the Dodgers’ operations during the pendency of the case.  Frank McCourt and the $150 million loan he has obtained or Major League…

  11. Bryce Harper struggling since promotion to Double-A

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper is struggling at baseball for what might be the first time in his life. Promoted from low Single-A to Double-A last week, the former No. 1 overall pick has gone just 6-for-35 (.171) with zero extra-base hits through 10 games against Eastern League pitching. He’s an 18-year-old in a league where the average…

  12. Pray for Jayson Werth to continue to slump, Washington drinkers

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. If you need something stronger, go for the beer. Preferably at Duffy’s Irish Pub in Washington, D.C. this Sunday, and preferably after Jayson Werth goes 0 for his next 16 or so: Duffy’s Irish Pub has found a way to make that first-half bust pay off now. During the…

  13. Alfonso Soriano, unlike Aramis Ramirez, won’t block trade from Cubs

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Aramis Ramirez has reportedly informed the Cubs that he’d likely use the no-trade clause in his contract to block any deal, but Alfonso Soriano indicated yesterday that he wouldn’t stand in the way of a trade. Of course, according to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com Soriano didn’t even realize he had a no-trade clause in his…

  14. The Reds are interested in James Shields

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Houston Astros

    Buster Olney tweeted this morning that the Reds are interested in James Shields.  The Rays may be receptive too, given that Tampa Bay scouts have been evaluating Reds minor leaguers this week. It would be a pretty good time for the Rays to trade Shields.  He’s been fantastic this year, logging seven complete games so far,…

  15. Cardinals on MLB’s longest steal-less streak since 1977

    Jul 20, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Daniel Descalso

    The Cardinals went a 32nd straight game without a stolen base in Tuesday’s loss to the Mets, the longest such streak for a major league team since the 1977 Indians went 35 in a row. St. Louis opened the season with 35 steals in 64 games.  However, eight of those belonged to Tyler Greene, who…

  16. So it seems that Derek Jeter was not rejuvenated by his 3000th hit

    Jul 20, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    On the day Derek Jeter hit his 3000th — and went 5 for 5 overall — there were people who rushed to play the “See! Jeter isn’t done yet!” card.  Others, myself included, were skeptical, figuring that anyone with Jeter’s latent skills was capable of having a great day, but it’s not like one great…

  17. “I do think Lenny was deceptively smart in a lot of ways”

    Jul 20, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Lenny Dykstra

    We’ve covered the tabloidy aspects of Lenny Dykstra’s plummet from grace pretty thoroughly. Now, then, it seems like a good time to link to a story that covers that fall in a more thorough fashion.  It’s by Harvey Araton in The New York Times and it’s pretty good. The quote from the headline comes from…

  18. U2 continues to wreck ballparks across the country

    Jul 20, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    U2 stage

    We’ve talked about how the current U2 tour — which was supposed to happen last summer, but got bumped to this summer because Bono had to go heal the sick someplace or something — has been disrupting the baseball schedule. See, their stage setup is gigantic and it takes several days on either side of…

  19. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 20, 2011, 5:53 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Pirates 1, Reds 0: Pittsburgh keeps rolling, as four pitchers combine to shut out the Redlegs for the second night in a row. This is all pretty trippy, but I’m curious to see what happens to the Buccos when they start a ten-game stretch against St. Louis, Atlanta and Philly beginning this Friday. Rangers 7,…

  20. Giants place Miguel Tejada on disabled list with abdominal strain

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:49 PM EDT

    Miguel Tejada

    According to Amy Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com, the Giants have placed Miguel Tejada on the 15-day disabled list with a lower abdominal strain. This is the corresponding move to make room for Brandon Belt, who was promoted from Triple-A Fresno earlier today and is starting at first base tonight against the Dodgers. Tejada left last night’s…

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