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  1. Jon Garland’s season is probably over

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    We heard a week or two ago that Jon Garland is worried about his career in light of his shoulder problems.  That may have just been some understandable fretting. It’s hard to say.  But people are now saying that, at the very least, Garland’s 2011 season could be history. Specifically, Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com, who was…

  2. Major League Baseball is very optimistic about Derek Jeter’s 3000th hit

    Jul 5, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Oakland Athletics

    As we witnessed home run records being demolished starting in the late 90s, we also witnessed ugly scrums in the outfield seats as fans fought — literally fought — one another to snag a baseball that could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars at an auction. Realizing the lengths to which people would go to…

  3. Mariano Rivera has a sore triceps

    Jul 5, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Who will bridge the gap to Mo?

    A sore triceps muscle is normally not all that newsworthy because, really, simply opening a stubborn pickle jar and give a guy a sore triceps muscle. But when that guy is someone as bulletproof and essential as Mariano Rivera, it is at least worthy of mention. A sore triceps kept Rivera out of yesterday’s game…

  4. Dontrelle Willis is in the best shape of his life

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    dontrelle-willis-reds-spring

    Boy, it’s a rare treat to get a BSOHL story in July, but we have one! It’s Dontrelle Willis, who was scratched from his start down at AAA Louisville yesterday. The speculation was that he was going to get called up to Cincinnati to fill in for Bronson Arroyo, who was complaining of dizziness, but…

  5. Roger Clemens goes on trial this week

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    The opening statements and all of the pomp and circumstance will begin Wednesday, but the Roger Clemens perjury trial started Tuesday with evidentiary motions and the like.  Clemens is supposed to be at the courthouse in Washington, D.C. as well, so we’ll get our de riguer look at him wearing some bad suit, flanked by…

  6. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 5, 2011, 5:38 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Nats 5, Cubs 4: Jayson Werth was getting booed like crazy — especially when he struck out with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh – but then he unexpectedly steals third base in the 10th inning and subsequently scores on a wild pitch, winning the ballgame, and the cheers rained down. His postgame…

  7. Bryce Harper plays left field, goes 2-for-3 in Double-A debut

    Jul 5, 2011, 12:17 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Batting sixth and playing an unfamiliar left field, Bryce Harper went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored Monday in his debut for Double-A Harrisburg. The Senators ended up beating Erie 8-1 in front of a record crowd of 8,092.  The previous high crowd at Metro Bank Park was 8,078 for last year’s All-Star…

  8. Derek Jeter hitless in return from disabled list

    Jul 4, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    New York Yankees' Jeter reacts after hitting a foul ball during their MLB baseball game against Cleveland Indians in Cleveland

    Derek Jeter went 0-for-4 in his return from the disabled list tonight in a 6-3 loss to the Indians. It was his first game in exactly three weeks due to a Grade 1 strain of his right calf. Jeter actually tested his calf in his first at-bat in the top of the first inning, tapping…

  9. Clay Buchholz to get second opinion for lingering back condition

    Jul 4, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    The Red Sox aren’t any closer to getting Clay Buchholz back from the disabled list. In fact, according to Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com, the 26-year-old right-hander is scheduled to receive a second opinion from Dr. Craig Brigham in North Carolina this week because his lower back strain isn’t progressing as quickly as originally hoped. Buchholz hasn’t pitched…

  10. Josh Tomlin breaks Daisuke Matsuzaka’s major league record

    Jul 4, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT

    Josh Tomlin

    Now, I know what you’re thinking… what record could Daisuke Matsuzaka possibly hold that Josh Tomlin could possibly break? Tomlin, though, is now the all-time leader in outings of five innings or more to begin a career.  Having thrown five hitless against the Yankees tonight, he’s up to 29 in a row since debuting for the…

  11. Shaun Marcum hits grand slam, but Brewers lose to Diamondbacks

    Jul 4, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum

    Shaun Marcum became the first pitcher in over a year to hit a grand slam, but the Diamondbacks overcame a 6-1 deficit by scoring in each of the final six innings of the game to beat the Brewers 8-6 on Monday. Marcum, in his first year in the National League, was 4-for-40 lifetime before taking Daniel…

  12. Humberto Quintero locked out of hotel after murder in Memphis

    Jul 4, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT

    Humberto Quintero

    Humberto Quintero, who is on a rehab stint with Triple-A Oklahoma City as he makes his way back from a sprained ankle, was forced to change hotels Sunday after an incident in Memphis in which a police officer and other person was killed. Quintero was the only member of the RedHawks still staying at the…

  13. Dodgers option Dee Gordon to Triple-A Albuquerque

    Jul 4, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Dee Gordon was given a brief reprieve yesterday when Casey Blake was placed on the disabled list with an arthritic condition in his neck, but Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers sent the speedy shortstop back to Triple-A Albuquerque today. Rafael Furcal started at shortstop in his return from an oblique injury yesterday and…

  14. Report: Mets shop Francisco Rodriguez to Yankees

    Jul 4, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Francisco Rodriguez, who threw two scoreless innings to pick up the win in relief when the Mets beat the Yankees in 10 innings Sunday, is being pitched to the Bombers, reports Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record. Klapisch tweets that the Yankees are only “marginally interested” in Rodriguez and that they’d prefer to wait until Rafael…

  15. Phillies pitching coach doesn’t want Roy Halladay starting All-Star Game

    Jul 4, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    The way it works in All-Star Games these days is that the starting pitcher throws two innings, while everyone else throws one at the max.  For that reason, Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee doesn’t want to see Roy Halladay start for the NL squad. As Dubee told the Philadelphia Inquirer: You’re looking at a guy…

  16. Grant Balfour expected to rejoin A’s bullpen Thursday

    Jul 4, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Balfour_Grant

    Assuming his rehab outing at Triple-A goes well tomorrow night Grant Balfour is expected to come off the disabled list Thursday, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com Balfour has been out for the past two weeks with a strained oblique muscle, but reported no problems following a bullpen session yesterday and told Lee: “I want…

  17. The Mets sign Miguel Batista

    Jul 4, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Miguel Batista

    He’s close to free, and given that he’s a big fancy author, he may add some color to the clubhouse, but given that Miguel Batista was averaging 5.83 walks and 15.43 base runners per nine innings when the Cardinals let him go, I’m not going to get too excited about the Mets signing the veteran to a minor…

  18. Derek Jeter back from DL and leading off for Yankees

    Jul 4, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Oakland Athletics

    As expected, the Yankees have activated Derek Jeter from the disabled list for tonight’s game against the Indians and he’s back in the lineup as the leadoff hitter. Not only is his .324 on-base percentage the worst of Jeter’s career, it’s the lowest OBP among the nine Yankees hitters with at least 150 plate appearances…

  19. Get this: Albert Pujols could come back as early as tomorrow night

    Jul 4, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Because he’s apparently some kind of super hero, the injury that was supposed to keep him out of action for a minimum of six weeks doesn’t seem to be bothering Albert Pujols all that much anymore, to the point where he may come back early.  We knew that already. But if he had his druthers,…

  20. Tweet(s) of the Day: Ozzie Guillen really likes “Cake Boss”

    Jul 4, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    cake boss

    Ozzie Guillen just posted three consecutive tweets expressing his love for the TLC reality show Cake Boss: Cake boss u are the man omg I have to meet this guy. Buddy you are out this world so awesome This a real reality show Cake boss bad ass If you’re not familiar, Cake Boss is a…

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