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  1. What if Harper and Trout are Mantle and Mays all over again?

    Jun 14, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

    Mantle Mays

    Great piece over at The Platoon Advantage by our friend Bill today, looking back at the days when Mantle and Mays dominated national coverage of the game. Bill notes that it’s so rare to have a couple of guys dominate the baseball conversation for so long because fame — and extreme peak value — is…

  2. Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart “may have nerve damage”

    Jun 14, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Ian Stewart

    As if Ian Stewart‘s Cubs career wasn’t off to a bad enough start thanks to a .201 batting average through 55 games now the third baseman acquired from the Rockies in December is on the disabled list with a sore left wrist. Stewart dealt with similar wrist problems last year and was a late scratch…

  3. The Mets are considering adding a “quiet section” to Citi Field to accommodate families with autistic children

    Jun 14, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    This is interesting. The Mets are circulating a survey to fans with the following question: “The Mets are considering adding a designated ‘quiet’ seating section with lower volume PA announcements and no music or cheerleading. How likely would you be to purchase tickets in that section?” This came in an email to fans. Not mentioned…

  4. Mark Ellis working out three weeks after emergency surgery

    Jun 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Three weeks ago Mark Ellis underwent emergency leg surgery, narrowly avoiding the potential need for amputation and spending six days in the hospital. And now he’s already back on the field. Alex Angert of MLB.com reports that Ellis has begun hitting in a cage and taking ground balls, and the veteran second baseman called his…

  5. Dusty Baker unloads both barrels at Derek Lowe

    Jun 14, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dusty Baker

    Dusty Baker was reached for comment this morning regarding the Derek Lowe stuff. And he let fire with both barrels. John Fay of Cincinnati.com has the story, with these delicious quotes among others: “I’m not denying nothing. I didn’t order anyone to hit him. I told (Mat Latos) to buzz him and make him uncomfortable.…

  6. Marlins demote former Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan to Triple-A again

    Jun 14, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Chris Coghlan

    Chris Coghlan was demoted to Triple-A in late April after hitting .121 as a part-time player for the Marlins, got recalled three weeks later when they sent down Gaby Sanchez, and is now headed back to the minors after going 9-for-59 (.153) in 20 games since returning. This is the fourth time the Marlins have…

  7. Re-imagining the Astros uniforms

    Jun 14, 2012, 10:29 AM EDT

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    Paul Lukas of Uni Watch, as he often does, asked readers to redesign the Houston Astros uniforms. And, not surprisingly given their name and past colors and iconography readers had to work with, the submissions are fantastic. You can see the ones Lukas likes the best and some of the design flairs he highlights here.  All of…

  8. Ben Sheets is making a comeback

    Jun 14, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Arm injuries wrecked Ben Sheets‘ career and the four-time All-Star hasn’t pitched in the majors since July of 2010, but he’s still just 33 years old and is apparently making a comeback. Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reports that Sheets threw for scouts yesterday in Louisiana and the Yankees, Phillies, Braves, and Angels were…

  9. Theo Epstein talks about the “monster” that was created in Boston

    Jun 14, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    Alex Speier has a great interview up with Theo Epstein over at WEEI today. In it Epstein talks candidly about what went wrong towards the end in Boston. Specifically, how a team that was built into a success with player development and home grown talent got into the business of signing people like John Lackey…

  10. Derek Lowe on Dusty Baker: “I have zero respect for the guy”

    Jun 14, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

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    In last night’s Reds-Indians game, Cleveland starter Derek Lowe was brushed back with a mid-90s fastball from Mat Latos. Not something you see happen to a pitcher very often, especially when there were no plunkings of other shenanigans previously. Which, in this game or series, there was not. So what gives? After the game MLB.com’s Jordan…

  11. The Mets are appealing a scoring decision to try to get R.A. Dickey a no-hitter. They will lose.

    Jun 14, 2012, 9:19 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Washington Nationals

    Lost in the Matt Cain perfect game drama last night was the fact that R.A. Dickey nearly threw a no-hitter of his own. The only blemish: a first inning infield single by B.J. Upton. It was a slow-rolling grounder that Wright tried to barehand and couldn’t.  The Mets, however, are trying to get that single changed…

  12. Serious code violation: Brandon Belt sat in Matt Cain’s seat during the perfecto

    Jun 14, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    I don’t believe in almost any superstition. There may be an exception or two I’m forgetting, but most of it is hogwash and hoodoo for the feeble-minded. And spare me your Crash Davis “if you believe you’re playing well because you’re getting laid, or because you’re not getting laid, or because you wear women’s underwear,…

  13. Gregor Blanco’s ridiculous catch helped preserve Cain’s perfecto

    Jun 14, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Gregor Blanco

    Most no-hitters or perfect games have that one moment when you just know, yep, it’s happening. I’d guess that those who saw Matt Cain‘s perfecto live last night will point to Gregor Blanco’s catch of Jordan Schafer’s drive in the seventh inning as that moment: The GIF comes via Grant Brisbee at McCovey Chronicles, who…

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

    Jun 14, 2012, 6:22 AM EDT

    Matt Cain, Buster Posey

    Giants 10, Astros 0: A simply unbelievable night for Matt Cain.  As we noted last night, this was among the best games ever pitched in the history of baseball. Perfection is one thing. Doing it while striking out 14 is dominant perfection.  And don’t try to diminish it by saying “hey, it was the Astros.”…

  15. Matt Cain sets a new standard for perfection

    Jun 14, 2012, 1:29 AM EDT

    Matt Cain

    With his 125-pitch gem against the Astros on Wednesday night, Matt Cain entered the history books, throwing the 20th perfect game since 1900 and 22nd in major league history. Cain struck out 14 in the contest, matching Sandy Koufax’s total on Sept. 9, 1965 for the highest strikeout total in a perfect game. That gave…

  16. Flawless: Matt Cain throws a perfect game versus Astros

    Jun 14, 2012, 1:08 AM EDT

    Matt Cain

    Matt Cain turned in one of the most dominant performances in recent memory Wednesday night, going 27 up and 27 down against the Astros for the 22nd perfect game in MLB history. Cain was overpowering with 14 strikeouts, which ties Sandy Koufax for the most ever in a perfect game. And the Giants right-hander also…

  17. Yoenis Cespedes aggravates strained hamstring on groundout

    Jun 13, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT

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    A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was in the Oakland starting lineup on Wednesday for the first time in five days. But now he’s likely headed to the disabled list. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, Cespedes re-aggravated the left hamstring strain that he suffered last Thursday on a groundout to first base in the second inning of Wednesday night’s…

  18. Tigers said to have “lukewarm” interest in Vladimir Guerrero

    Jun 13, 2012, 9:41 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Detroit Tigers

    This is hardly a report or even a rumor, but we’ll pass it along anyway. From FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi: #Tigers interest in free agent Vladimir Guerrero is lukewarm, source says. Not clear if they will pursue him at this point. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 13, 2012 The Tigers have stuck with their…

  19. MRI on Brandon McCarthy’s shoulder rules out major damage

    Jun 13, 2012, 8:54 PM EDT

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    The A’s sent Brandon McCarthy back to the Bay Area on Tuesday to get an MRI on his right shoulder. The results are in, and the news is positive. According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, structural damage has been ruled out and Oakland skipper Bob Melvin is optimistic that the 28-year-old right-hander won’t need another…

  20. Adam Dunn scratched Wednesday due to slight ankle sprain

    Jun 13, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

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    From Mark D. Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune comes word that slugger Adam Dunn has been scratched from Wednesday night’s game against the Cardinals due to a “slightly” sprained left ankle. It’s obviously not a serious injury, but Dunn seems likely to remain sidelined for Thursday’s series finale in St. Louis given that the DH…

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