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  1. Vladimir Guerrero is batting cleanup in his return from the DL

    Jul 26, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Vladimir Guerrero has missed the past two weeks with a small fracture in his right hand and had a measly .385 slugging percentage in 83 games before the injury, so naturally the Orioles have him batting cleanup tonight in his return from the disabled list. Obviously the Orioles aren’t overflowing with fantastic cleanup-hitting options, but…

  2. Lessons learned from trade deadlines past

    Jul 26, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    Mark Langston Expos

    Jonah Keri is writing for Grantland — eventually he’ll write everywhere; people from Quebec just get into everything if you let them — and today has a good piece looking back at some major trade deadline deals of yore. Rather than just slag on the people who got the Larry Andersen end of the stick,…

  3. Eric Chavez is off the DL and in the Yankees’ starting lineup

    Jul 26, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

    Alex Rodriguez isn’t due back from knee surgery until mid-August, but instead of relying on Eduardo Nunez and Brandon Laird as fill-ins the Yankees have another option at third base: Eric Chavez. The oft-injured veteran has been on the disabled list since May with a fractured foot, but went 7-for-21 (.333) with a homer and…

  4. “Shutdown centerfielder”? Really?

    Jul 26, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    Look, I know everyone who isn’t me has their juices flowing this week because football — the handsome yet drunken and occasionally abusive boyfriend of professional sports — is back and that you’re all gonna try hard to make it work this time. And I’m happy for all of you, I really am.  But could…

  5. Hong-Chih Kuo might be traveling down the Steve Blass/Rick Ankiel path again

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    4029R-228832

    Hong-Chih Kuo missed time in 2009 with the dreaded “yips” and was on the disabled list earlier this season with “anxiety issues,” both of which make his inability to throw strikes last night doubly worrisome for the Dodgers. When healthy and on top of his game Kuo is among the elite, most dominating relievers in…

  6. The Dodgers cited for code violations at Vero Beach

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    Dodgertown

    The Dodgers abandoned Dodgertown, the venerable spring training site in Vero Beach back in 2008. But they apparently own and/or are still responsible for upkeep on at least part of the property.  Which they’re apparently not doing, because they have been cited by the city for violating property maintenance and trash violations there. Now would…

  7. Brandon Inge clears waivers, accepts assignment to minors

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    inge getty

    As expected, Brandon Inge has cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Tigers last week and accepted a demotion to Triple-A. Inge is hitting .177 this season, hasn’t been a productive offensive player since 2006, and is owed around $7.5 million through the end of next season, so it’s no surprise that he…

  8. Ballplayers and their aliases

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    Rod Stewart

    This is kind of fun. Alyson Footer tells about how back in the 90s, when she was doing Houston Astros PR work, one of her jobs was to keep track of all of the aliases that the players used when checking into hotels.  Aliases that kept them from being bugged by fans but that, as…

  9. Marlins ace Josh Johnson uncertain to pitch again this season

    Jul 26, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Marlins' Johnson delivers a pitch against the Phillies in the first inning during their MLB National League baseball game in Miami

    Josh Johnson has already missed more than two months with shoulder inflammation and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that he’s no sure thing to pitch again before 2012. According to Frisaro the Marlins are hoping that Johnson can begin a throwing program later this week and if that happens he’ll be on track to return…

  10. Cardinals are “shopping Colby Rasmus widely”

    Jul 26, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Colby Rasmus

    I guess we’ll soon see just how badly Colby Rasmus and his old man have angered the Cardinals.  Let’s put two tweets together, shall we? First, Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.com:  “Cards now appear to be shopping Rasmus widely.” Then Jon Paul Morosi of Fox: “Mariners among the teams that have inquired on Rasmus, source says.”…

  11. White Sox GM debating whether to “turn over entire roster”

    Jul 26, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    blow up movie

    Ken Williams is never shy about making big moves and the White Sox general manager said yesterday that he’s considering whether to “turn over the entire roster” if the third-place, 50-51 team doesn’t show signs of improvement between now and Sunday’s trade deadline. Williams told Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago that the White Sox have…

  12. The Sox and Royals were not exactly fundamentally sound last night

    Jul 26, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Scutaro misses sign.bmp

    I mentioned this in the recaps, but the video makes it funnier. The Royals won the game last night on one of the uglier “squeeze plays” you’ll ever see.  I quote “squeeze play” because it ended up functioning like one even though it wasn’t called. At least not as the runners-go-first suicide squeeze it ended…

  13. The Phillies “will do whatever it takes” at the trade deadline

    Jul 26, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Ruben Amaro Jr.

    The Phillies payroll is at $175 million, and it’s bumping right up against the luxury tax threshold. In light of that, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro had said back in June that “you will not see a major move this year.” That position would appear to be no longer operative.  Sure, Ruben Amaro is still mum…

  14. Astros fall down a lot in loss to Cardinals, blame U2 and Bono

    Jul 26, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    bono u2

    U2 had a concert at Busch Stadium on July 17 and in preparation for the event the Cardinals had to strip the field and then afterward bring in new grass from Colorado, with the recent high temperatures making the re-sodding effort very difficult. Before last night’s game groundskeeper Bill Findley told Derrick Goold of the…

  15. Suspected Bryan Stow attackers may have attacked other Giants fans on Opening Day

    Jul 26, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    The Associated Press reports that police suspect the two men who were arrested in connection with the Bryan Stow beating of assaulting three other Giants fans on Opening Day. They’re asking other possible victims to come forward. Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood are the suspects, and they were said to be operating on the west side…

  16. Tonight the Rays will start an under-30 pitcher for MLB-record 704th straight game

    Jul 26, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    baby baseball

    It’s no secret that Tampa Bay believes in young (and cheap) starting pitching, but Bill Chastain of MLB.com notes just how strong that belief is: Tonight the Rays will set an MLB record by starting a pitcher under 30 years old for the 704th consecutive game. That streak dates back to May 24 of 2007,…

  17. Dave Parker thinks he should be in the Hall of Fame

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Dave Parker smoking

    Via BTF comes a story from the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel in which former Pirate Dave Parker says that, in his humble opinion, he should be in the Hall of Fame. He’s said this before, of course.  He’s one of the more active retired players when it comes to that sort of thing. And whenever he…

  18. Carlos Gonzalez still experiencing wrist pain, not cleared to swing bat

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Carlos Gonzalez has resumed most baseball activities four days after being placed on the disabled list, but his injured wrist is still too sore for the Rockies outfielder to begin swinging a bat. Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that Gonzalez will rest his wrist for at least another 4-5 days before potentially taking some hacks,…

  19. Anonymous AL official blames Twitter for the slow trade deadline

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Twitter logo

    Buster Olney has an interesting column up today, talking about how the trade deadline has changed in the past several years.  The upshot, with which I agree, is that whereas teams didn’t value their prospects as highly as they should have 15 or 20 years ago, trading them for rent-a-veterans all willy-nilly, these days they’re…

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