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  1. After three weeks in bigs, Wily Mo Pena to get first outfield start

    Jul 10, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Wily Mo Pena

    Wily Mo Pena, he with the remarkable .190/.190/.548 line this year, is getting his first start in left field for the Diamondbacks on Sunday. Manager Kirk Gibson recently said he had no plans to play Pena in the outfield, but something changed his mind.  Pena had appeared in 16 games since his callup June 21,…

  2. What they’re saying about Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit…

    Jul 10, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

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    Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 5-for-5 on Saturday at Yankee Stadium in an afternoon that won’t soon be forgotten by fans of baseball. He reached then quickly surpassed the 3,000-hit milestone, doing it in storybook fashion as the Yankees captured a 5-4 victory over the Rays. Let’s swing it around the web for reaction to…

  3. Josh Beckett cleared to pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game

    Jul 10, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

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    Red Sox starter Josh Beckett made it through a bullpen session on Sunday morning without having any problems with his hyperextended left knee, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. As a result, the Boston ace has been medically cleared to participate in Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Beckett has registered a dominant 2.27 ERA and…

  4. Alex Rodriguez likely to opt for surgery on right knee

    Jul 10, 2011, 10:46 AM EDT

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    Sources informed Mark Hale and Joel Sherman of the New York Post late Saturday night that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is “strongly leaning” toward undergoing surgery to repair the partially torn meniscus in his right knee. Rodriguez will arrive in Miami on Sunday to get a second opinion from Dr. Lee Kaplan, who performed…

  5. Hundreds of Dodgers fans arrived six hours late Saturday

    Jul 10, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Here’s an odd story with odder timing. According to Sam Strong of the Long Beach Press-Telegram, hundreds of Dodgers fans arrived in Chavez Ravine around 7 PM on Saturday, hours after the team had completed a 1-0 defeat of the visiting Padres. Those fans were unaware that FOX had selected the game for its national…

  6. Francisco Rodriguez hires super agent Scott Boras

    Jul 10, 2011, 9:08 AM EDT

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    According to Anthony DiComo and Adam Berry of MLB.com, Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez has left agent Paul Kinzer of the Wasserman Media Group and signed on with Scott Boras. K-Rod is playing out the final chapter of a three-year, $37 million free agent contract that he signed with the Mets in December 2008. The deal…

  7. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 10, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Alex Gonzalez, Brian McCann, Freddie Freeman

    It is July 10. On this date in baseball history, Phillies outfielder Sherry Magee knocked out home plate umpire Bill Finneran with one punch after being ejected for disputing a called third strike (1911), John F. Kennedy became the first president to throw the ceremonial first pitch at an All-Star Game (1962), and Giants left-hander…

  8. Josh Hamilton hits walkoff homer as Rangers top A’s 7-6

    Jul 9, 2011, 11:37 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Playing with a heavy heart hasn’t slowed Josh Hamilton. The 2010 AL MVP delivered a two-run homer off Andrew Bailey in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rangers a 7-6 win over the A’s on Saturday. It was the first homer allowed by Bailey in 15 innings this season, and it traveled 435…

  9. David Wright could begin rehab assignment Wednesday

    Jul 9, 2011, 10:50 PM EDT

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    Mets third baseman David Wright ran at nearly full speed Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Florida for the first time since landing on the disabled list in mid-May with a stress fracture in his lower back. He reported no abnormal pain or discomfort during or after the workout, according to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin,…

  10. Warnings, but no fireworks, as Red Sox shut out Orioles

    Jul 9, 2011, 10:17 PM EDT

    John Lackey

    A night after brawling, the Red Sox and Orioles played a quiet one Saturday, even after a HBP and warnings getting issued. The HBP came with two down in the seventh and Boston up 3-0.  John Lackey drilled Derrek Lee in the leg with what seemed to be a purpose pitch.  Lee, though, is about…

  11. Ryan Dempster chews out Mike Quade after getting pulled

    Jul 9, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    Did we mention that Cubs manager Mike Quade is in over his head? Quade told Ryan Dempster he was finished after the fifth inning of Saturday’s game against the Pirates, and Dempster went off on him.  Quade gave right back, and the screaming match continued until Dempster made his way to the tunnel. Dempster had…

  12. Jose Bautista sets Blue Jays record with 30 first-half homers

    Jul 9, 2011, 9:44 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista became the first major leaguer in four years and the first ever Blue Jay to hit 30 homers prior to the All-Star break when he took Cleveland’s Josh Tomlin deep in the third inning Saturday. Alex Rodriguez was the last player to hit 30 homers in the first half, finishing with exactly that many on his…

  13. Andrew McCutchen replaces Ryan Braun on All-Star roster

    Jul 9, 2011, 9:14 PM EDT

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    The Pirates announced to a packed PNC Park on Saturday that outfielder Andrew McCutchen has been named to the National League All-Star roster. McCutchen was not anointed as an All-Star after the initial voting and wasn’t given a crack in this week’s “Final Vote” balloting, but he’s plenty deserving with a .292/.393/.500 batting line, 13…

  14. Video: Derek Jeter talks about the pressure leading up to 3,000th hit

    Jul 9, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Watch Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter reflect on his path to 3,000 hits…

  15. Josh Beckett’s status for All-Star Game to be determined Sunday

    Jul 9, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett, who left his start Friday night with a hyperextended left knee, will throw a side session Sunday that will determine his availability for Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Phoenix, WEEI reports.. It sounds like Beckett will be fine to pitch as soon as play resumes following the break.  However, the Red Sox aren’t so…

  16. Ramon Castro exits game with fractured right hand

    Jul 9, 2011, 7:53 PM EDT

    Ramon Castro

    Toni Ginnetti of the Chicago Sun-Times passes along word that White Sox backup catcher Ramon Castro had to be removed from Saturday’s game against the Twins after breaking a bone in his right hand while receiving a pitch from starter Mark Buehrle. The White Sox have not commented on the severity of the fracture, but…

  17. Jeter’s great, but he’s not one of the top five Yankees

    Jul 9, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT

    Yogi Berra, Derek Jeter

    No doubt about it, Derek Jeter is a first-ballot Hall of Famer.  He rates as one of the top 50 position players in major league history, and on Saturday, he became the first Yankee to ever reach 3,000 hits. The Yankees, though, have had better position players. Here’s how WAR ranks the top 10: 1.…

  18. Aaron Harang pulled after throwing no-hitter for six innings

    Jul 9, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

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    Padres right-hander Aaron Harang returned from the disabled list with a bang on Saturday, hurling six innings of no-hit ball against the Dodgers. It was a bit surprising to see San Diego left-hander Josh Spence take the mound in the seventh inning with Harang’s no-hitter still intact and his pitch count still hovering at 95,…

  19. David Ortiz: “I haven’t fought since I was in kindergarten”

    Jul 9, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    David Ortiz, Kevin Gregg

    David Ortiz declined to speak to the media last night after charging the mound and taking a couple of swings at Kevin Gregg, but he did talk today, saying he wasn’t proud of his behavior in the game against the Orioles. “That’s my first time doing something like that,” he said. “I don’t feel proud…

  20. Fan returns Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit ball

    Jul 9, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

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    23-year-old Christian Lopez couldn’t wipe the smile off his face this afternoon. Of course, he was the lucky fan who caught Derek Jeter‘s 3,000th hit, a solo home run that landed in the left field seats in the third inning. Lopez, a Yankees’ fan, attended the game as a gift from his girlfriend. While he…

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