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  1. Reds promoting shortstop prospect Zack Cozart

    Jul 7, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    cozart pose getty

    From John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer: A Zack Cozart is registered at Reds team hotel. Could be [an] odd coincidence, I suppose. Ruling out the one-in-a-million chance that it actually is an odd coincidence and there’s another “Zack Cozart” staying at the Reds’ team hotel this weekend in Milwaukee, it sounds as though the…

  2. A-Rod may sit out the All-Star Game

    Jul 7, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez was voted in as the starting third baseman for the All-Star Game, but he may sit it out in order to rest his ailing knee. I expect to hear a number of injury-themed bag-jobs on the All-Star Game in the coming days. It always happens and people rarely raise an eyebrow about it.…

  3. Your Roger Clemens chuckle of the morning

    Jul 7, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens departs with his wife Debbie Clemens after the first day of his perjury trial, at the federal courthouse in Washington

    I find this funny for some reason. Under the headline “Clemens not getting a lot of love from jury pool” comes a report that, really, it has not been all that hard to find people who don’t know the first thing about The Rocket: So far the pitcher hasn’t gotten a lot of love from…

  4. Redoing the 2001 draft: picks 11-20

    Jul 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Chris Young

    I’m redoing round one of the 2001 draft, pick by pick.  If you missed part one Wednesday, click here. 11. Detroit Tigers Actual: Kenny Baugh Redo: Gavin Floyd (4th pick, Phillies) After an impressive debut in 2001, Baugh suffered a torn labrum and missed the 2002 season. His stuff failed to come all of the…

  5. The new Madoff-Wilpon judge makes the Mets’ prospects look a whole lot brighter

    Jul 7, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    I missed this in all of the McCourt crap last week — I really do only have so much brain space for legal/financial baseball news — but the case against the Wilpons and Saul Katz was moved from bankruptcy court into regular old court court, which was what Wilpon and Katz had wanted. And better…

  6. The Most Interesting White Sox In The World…

    Jul 7, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    CSN Chicago

    Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com put together a pretty entertaining “investigative report” on Wednesday afternoon concerning the recent, and suddenly more frequent, appearance of a certain cardboard cutout in the White Sox clubhouse. The Most Interesting Man In The World, a popular character created by the beer company Dos Equis, has begun showing his face around…

  7. Jose Reyes heading to the disabled list

    Jul 7, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes

     Adam Rubin of ESPN NewYork reports that the Mets have “put the wheels in motion” toward placing Jose Reyes on the disabled list.  Which, given that I figured all of that involves nothing more than an email or a fax or something, can’t be a terribly complicated procedure requiring wheels to actually be put in…

  8. Chad Qualls is not enamored with San Francisco Giants fans. And the feeling is mutual.

    Jul 7, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Chad Qualls

    On Tuesday night, Padres pitcher Chad Qualls irked some Giants players and some fans when he spiked the baseball and yelled after tagging Andres Torres out at the plate.  We can argue whether the Giants — who have a number of players who are demonstrative, flashy and just plain silly — have any standing to…

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

    Jul 7, 2011, 5:51 AM EDT

    Battlestar Galactica

    This is not a superfluous picture of eye candy. There really and truly is a reason why they’re here, explained in the first recap. If you don’t understand it after reading the recap, at least enjoy the picture.

  10. Derek Jeter returns to New York sitting on 2,997 career hits

    Jul 6, 2011, 10:53 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Cleveland Indians

    Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter talked his way into the starting lineup Wednesday evening in Cleveland and pushed a step closer to reaching one of baseball’s elite milestones: 3,000 career hits. Jeter struck out on a tricky fastball from Indians right-hander Justin Masterson to open the game and then flied out to center field in the…

  11. Pedro Feliciano shut down again, could be done for ’11

    Jul 6, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

    Yankees Spring Training

    Pedro Feliciano‘s first season in pinstripes hasn’t gone so hot. And that’s not likely to change. According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, the veteran-left hander has been shut down again from his ongoing rehabilitation from a torn shoulder capsule. He won’t resume throwing for at least a week and seems unlikely to overcome…

  12. Placido Polanco will get ailing back examined Thursday

    Jul 6, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

    polanco at-bat getty

    Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday for a second straight game with a pinched nerve in his back. On Thursday, according to John R. Finger of CSNPhilly.com, the veteran infielder will visit a spinal cord specialist in the Philadelphia area to determine the exact severity of the injury.…

  13. After shaky start, Phil Hughes effective in return against Tribe

    Jul 6, 2011, 9:09 PM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Phil Hughes bounced back from a two-run first to hold the Indians scoreless over the next four innings Wednesday in his first start after nearly three months on the DL with an arm problem. The Indians started the game with a walk from Michael Brantley, a single from Asdrubal Cabrera and an RBI single from…

  14. Ricky Romero still can’t solve the Red Sox

    Jul 6, 2011, 8:56 PM EDT

    Ricky Romero

    Toronto left-hander Ricky Romero has been one of the AL’s best pitchers over the last year and a half… except when he’s facing Boston. Romero just gave up six runs over 4 1/3 innings in his start against the Red Sox tonight.  He’s faced them twice this year and allowed 11 runs over 9 1/3 innings. Assuming…

  15. Eduardo Sanchez to be activated right after All-Star break

    Jul 6, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

    Eduardo Sanchez, Gerald Laird

    The Cardinals continue to get healthier. According to MLB.com beat writer and columnist Matthew Leach, rehabbing setup man Eduardo Sanchez is on track to return from the disabled list “for the first game” after the All-Star break. Sanchez started a throwing program at the beginning of July and will head out on a minor league…

  16. Carl Crawford expected to return around July 18

    Jul 6, 2011, 7:53 PM EDT

    crawford ap wide

    According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that left fielder Carl Crawford is expected to return to the major leagues around July 18 for the opening of a three-game series in Baltimore. Crawford ran the bases on Tuesday and is probably going to be…

  17. Cubs finally open the wallet to spend in Latin America

    Jul 6, 2011, 7:17 PM EDT

    Cubs logo

    Maybe Starlin Castro‘s emergence has something to do with it, but after often sitting out the early-July spending spree in Latin America in recent years, the Cubs have invested in three significant prospects these last few days. The most notable of the bunch is 16-year-old shortstop Enrique Acosta, who received $1.1 million to sign out…

  18. Mariners call up surging Kyle Seager

    Jul 6, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    Kyle Seager - Bowman

    It looks like Chone Figgins is about to start spending a lot more time on the bench. The Mariners announced after Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to the Mariners that they’re promoting 2009 third-round pick Kyle Seager to the majors.  The University of North Carolina product had been on an absolute tear in his two weeks in…

  19. Derek Jeter’s 3,000 hits: the victims

    Jul 6, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter, Lou Marson

    It shouldn’t take anyone more than a couple of guesses to figure out which pitcher Derek Jeter has the most of his 3,000 hits against.  It is, of course, the one pitcher who has has been on a rival AL East team for the entire duration of Jeter’s career. Here are the 12 pitchers Jeter has…

  20. MLB claims McCourt was still trying to loot the team as recently as April

    Jul 6, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Major League Baseball filed a response to Frank McCourt’s motion from yesterday, claiming that McCourt is engaging in “harassment” and that his claims for various documents related to how Major League Baseball treated other teams with liquidity issues as irrelevant and frivolous. Overall, the league is clearly trying to keep Frank McCourt’s financial irresponsibility as the central…

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