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  1. Gone nerding: 2011 SABR convention recap (with pictures!)

    Jul 12, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    sabr41logo

    For anyone wondering where I’ve been during the past week or so–and just to be clear, that “anyone” is purely hypothetical–I wrote a very lengthy, picture-filled recap of my trip to Long Beach, California for the 41st annual SABR convention. If you’re into pictures of pale fat guys drinking, playing poker, and wearing cargo shorts…

  2. An all-star game before there was The All-Star Game

    Jul 12, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Addie Joss

    Despite the world getting smaller, print media dying and location not mattering all that much, I do make a point to read my local paper most mornings. Old habits die hard for old men. Glad I read my Columbus Dispatch this morning, because there was a great story in there by AJ Mazzolini about a…

  3. Brad Lidge needs “about six more appearances” in the minors

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Brad Lidge

    Brad Lidge threw a scoreless inning last night at Double-A in his fourth minor-league rehab appearance, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be cleared to return from the disabled list this week. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Lidge “still could require about six more appearances” in the minors before the Phillies consider…

  4. Roger Clemens’ family is tweeting in his defense

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    I’d like to think that if I was ever thrust into the public spotlight that my family wouldn’t embarrass me. My brother might need a talking to, but I think I’d probably be OK. As we saw a bit ago, Colby Rasmus can’t say the same thing.  Roger Clemens can’t either, apparently, as his sister…

  5. “Nothing” to report of Red Sox’s interest in Matt Garza

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Yesterday when Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Red Sox were interested in Cubs right-hander Matt Garza, Calcaterra noted that it’s been a while since any rumors in Rogers’ weekly column “actually happened.” And now 24 hours later Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com talked to “a baseball source familiar with the Cubs’ thinking”…

  6. The Cardinals might consider trading Colby Rasmus

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Colorado Rockies

    For the past couple of years we’ve heard of Colby Rasmus‘ trade demands and various bits of discontent.  In response, the Cardinals and their partisans have — wisely — noted how silly it would be for the Cards to consider trading a young, cheap, talented and potentially elite centerfielder like Rasmus. Is that sentiment starting…

  7. The tax man is probably going to come to the fan who caught Jeter’s 3,000th hit

    Jul 12, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    You’ll recall that Christian Lopez, in exchange for giving Jeter back his 3,000th hit ball, got signed baseballs, bats, jerseys and, most significantly, Legends Suite tickets to the Yankees’ remaining home games and any playoff games this year. And that he did that instead of, you know, keeping the baseball, giving it to an auction…

  8. Jury selection in Clemens case drags along, has its moments of entertainment

    Jul 12, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    We’re three days into jury selection in the Roger Clemens perjury case and they still don’t have 12 people in the box. Like I said last week: it happens. It can be slow if everyone is being super thorough, and that appears to be the case here. But hey, it’s not our meter running on…

  9. Jeter sitting out All-Star Game due to “emotional exhaustion.” And there’s nothing wrong with that.

    Jul 12, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Since the sporting press descended on Phoenix yesterday morning there has been a lot of talk about Derek Jeter‘s absence from this year’s All-Star Game. Jeter was elected by fans, you see, so many — including some players and some reporters — think that he should be there regardless of whether he will play, rest…

  10. Idiot nearly falls from the stands chasing a ball at the Home Run Derby

    Jul 12, 2011, 5:53 AM EDT

    All Star Dangling Fan Baseball

    Just days after Shannon Stone died from a fall while reaching for a baseball at a Texas Rangers game, a fan at last night’s Home Run Derby nearly fell out of the outfield stands while lunging for a home run ball hit by Prince Fielder.  He was spared serious injury or death only because his…

  11. Robinson Cano tops Adrian Gonzalez to win the Home Run Derby

    Jul 11, 2011, 11:17 PM EDT

    2011 State Farm Home Run Derby

    Something that lasts entirely too long and the Yankees and Red Sox are involved? This sounds familiar. Robinson Cano was just crowned the winner of the Home Run Derby, topping Adrian Gonzalez 12-11 in the finals. Of course, Cano owes a big-time assist to his father and former Astros pitcher Jose Cano, who served up…

  12. Is the All-Star Game a joke? Not to those who are here

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:08 PM EDT

    Ricky Romero

    PHOENIX – Where’s Derek Jeter? That seemed to be the question on the mind of many during Monday’s media day leading up to Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Jeter, the Yankees shortstop, decided not to play in the game, as he has recently returned from the disabled list with a calf injury. Jeter is one of 16…

  13. Jon Garland undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:05 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v New York Mets

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Jon Garland underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder earlier today. The procedure consisted of clean up of the labrum and bursa and clean up and reinforcement of the rotator cuff. Garland will begin physical therapy later this week, but is expected to be sidelined for the…

  14. Tackling the trade deadline: Boston Red Sox

    Jul 11, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz

    Over the next few days, I’m going to look at the needs of some contenders as we approach the July 31 trade deadline. Boston Red Sox First-half record: 55-35 Standings: Leading Yankees by 1 game, Rays by 6 games in AL East Needs Starting pitcher: The Red Sox thought they were set with a rotation of Jon…

  15. Report: Yankees aren’t on K-Rod’s no-trade list

    Jul 11, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    We’re slowly learning more details about Francisco Rodriguez‘s 10-team no-trade list. While Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the no-trade list was written into his original three-year contract and doesn’t change on an annual basis, Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal reveals that the Yankees are not one of the teams on…

  16. White Sox fielding calls on Edwin Jackson

    Jul 11, 2011, 7:34 PM EDT

    Edwin Jackson

    At least, that’s what SI.com’s Jon Heyman said in his column Monday. The White Sox are planning to go forward with a six-man rotation for now, but they do have a starter to spare and Edwin Jackson, a free agent at season’s end, would be the one to go in the event of a trade.…

  17. Jon Lester hopes to begin throwing Thursday

    Jul 11, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    During a media session today for the American League All-Stars, Jon Lester told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that he hopes to begin throwing when he rejoins the Red Sox on Thursday in St. Petersburg, Florida. Lester was placed on the disabled list after leaving a start last Tuesday with a strained left lat muscle, but…

  18. Sheriff Joe Arpaio calls off the chain gangs

    Jul 11, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    Joe Arpaio

    He’s a pretender. Maricoa County sheriff Joe Arpaio, who made headlines last week by announcing that he was going to use chain gangs of DUI offenders to pick up trash outside Chase Field during All-Star week, apparently bowed to criticism and changed his mind Monday. The sheriff had planned to have three chain gangs decked out in striped…

  19. AL All-Star closer Jose Valverde prepares a new dance for the masses

    Jul 11, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    American League manager Ron Washington said Monday that Detroit’s Jose Valverde will be his choice to close out a lead Tuesday night, and Valverde spent all day in front of a mirror rehearsing a new celebration upon hearing the move. Personally, I’m hoping for a new take on the Ickey Shuffle, though for what it’s…

  20. Tackling the trade deadline: Detroit Tigers

    Jul 11, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Over the next few days, I’m going to look at the needs of some contenders as we approach the July 31 trade deadline. Detroit Tigers First-half record: 49-43 Standings: Leading Indians by 1/2 game, White Sox by 5 games in AL Central Needs Starting pitcher: Cy Young contender Justin Verlander is the only Tigers starter with an ERA…

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