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  1. Brief Digression Theater: Do you lie while getting a haircut?

    Jul 1, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

    pinocchio

    In the great HardballTalk tradition of “do you put your ketchup in the refrigerator?” comes another random question that has absolutely nothing to do with baseball … Earlier this week I got a haircut and shortly after sitting down the woman asked me what I did for a living. Without hesitation I replied “accountant” and…

  2. And now, a humble moment from Tony La Russa

    Jul 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    People’s mileage tends to vary on Tony La Russa.  No one denies his success, but he does get criticized for his style. For example, he’s been accused of cultivating that whole “I am a baseball genius” thing, which grinds folks’ gears.  In fairness it isn’t anything he’s ever explicitly said, of course. It’s just an…

  3. Dustin McGowan’s latest comeback is going well

    Jul 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Dustin McGowan

    Dustin McGowan hasn’t pitched in a big-league game since 2008, experiencing multiple setbacks since then, but Arden Zwelling of MLB.com reports that he’s stayed injury free long enough to schedule a minor-league rehab assignment that begins tomorrow. According to Zwelling the 29-year-old right-hander “has made tremendous strides in his recovery from multiple arm surgeries” during…

  4. The Angels are sued for racial discrimination

    Jul 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Angels logo

    Legal proceedings involving the Los Angeles baseball teams are the new black. Oh wait, that phrase may be misinterpreted and I may be dragged into this all now! A radio host formerly employed by the Los Angeles Angels has filed a lawsuit claiming he was dismissed for racial reasons. In a complaint filed in California…

  5. Life after Boston: Mike Cameron says “I’ll be back playing”

    Jul 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cameron_Mike

    Designated for assignment by the Red Sox yesterday, Mike Cameron told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that he has no plans to retire and hopes to find another big-league job once he’s released: I need to sort some things out, but if all goes as planned, I’ll be back playing. I haven’t played much…

  6. Quote of the Day: Jeff Francoeur has no time for the haters

    Jul 1, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    “I’m on pace for 100 RBIs, 20 home runs and 40 doubles. I think I’ll take that. If the critics don’t like that, I don’t really care … I’ve always said if you play six months, you’re going to have one bad month …” – Jeff Francoeur, announcing that he intends to break established patterns…

  7. You can’t say “Buck Foston” in New Brunswick, New Jersey

    Jul 1, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Varitek Arod

    Well, you can say it. You just can’t name your New York-centric sports bar that apparently: A New Brunswick businessman has filed suit in federal court, charging New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill is holding up approval of his liquor license for a new high end sports bar because he doesn’t like the bar’s proposed name…

  8. Must-click link: how team owners are allowed to lie about their financial losses

    Jul 1, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Money Bag

    This is a basketball item in its genesis, dealing with the New Jersey Nets’ financial documents and inspired by the NBA lockout, but it is relevant for baseball and all other sports as well. Over at Deadspin, Tommy Craggs, using some older Nets docs, explains how team owners are allowed to list player salaries on…

  9. Joe Girardi considers a six-man rotation

    Jul 1, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    I consider a lot of things. Ordering organ meats at a fancy restaurant. Growing a mustache. Driving to a natural disaster site and throwing my wallet and cell phone into some burnt or flooded-0ut rubble in order to provide sufficient cover for me to fake my death and start anew in some strange but carefree…

  10. Frank McCourt notices the depositions of Bud Selig, other MLB executives

    Jul 1, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    One of the questions I keep getting asked by radio hosts and others is how the Dodgers’ bankruptcy differs from that of the Rangers or the Cubs.  My answer is that, unlike those bankruptcies, this is really an adversarial action more than a reorganizational kind of thing. This is the sort of reason why: Frank…

  11. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 1, 2011, 5:38 AM EDT

    Giants Cubs Baseball

    Cubs 5, Giants 2: Just your standard hit-a-tying-homer-off-the-World-Champs’-closer-in-the-ninth/hit-a-three-run-walkoff-homer-in-the-13th-inning kind of game for the Cubbies. Aramis Ramirez and Geovany Soto did the honors on those homers, respectively. Another in a long series of wasted Matt Cain starts for the Giants. Tigers 5, Mets 2: Justin Verlander watched the Mets’ blitzkrieg from the dugout on the previous…

  12. Orioles option struggling lefty Brian Matusz to Triple-A

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:15 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Washington Nationals

    As first reported by Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles have demoted Brian Matusz to Triple-A Norfolk following another disastrous outing. Matusz was shelled for eight earned runs in just 3 1/3 innings on Thursday night against the Cardinals. The 24-year-old surrendered six earned runs in only 4 2/3 innings last week against…

  13. Dodgers staff checks bounce, get reissued

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:43 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    It’s more funny than dire, unless you happen to be a part-time Dodgers employee. As a result of the Dodgers filing for bankruptcy on Monday, the team’s accounts were frozen for 48 hours.  Dodger Stadium security guards and ushers due to be paid on Monday and Tuesday, at least those not using direct deposit to…

  14. Justin Morneau gets neck surgery, out another six weeks

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

    morneau reuters

    From Phil Mackey of ESPN 1500 AM comes word that Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau underwent surgery Wednesday to remove a fragment of a herniated disk from his neck. Morneau had been bothered by the bone fragment for most of the regular season and decided to get it taken care of this week while he…

  15. Stephen Strasburg adds curveballs to his throwing sessions

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:08 PM EDT

    strasburg side pose getty

    Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg threw fastballs at full effort earlier this week for the first time since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last September. On Thursday, according to beat writer Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, the 22-year-old phenom began working in curveballs. Strasburg has experienced no setbacks in his surgically-repaired right elbow since…

  16. Jason Kubel suffers setback in rehab game at Single-A

    Jun 30, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

    kubel getty wide

    Twins outfielder (and sometimes designated hitter) Jason Kubel has been on the 15-day disabled list since the end of May with a sprained left foot. He began a minor league rehab assignment earlier this week and was hoping to return to the Minnesota starting lineup in a matter of days, but that plan is going…

  17. Carlos Zambrano taken to local hospital for MRI on back

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    zambrano ap

    Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano was lifted from his Thursday afternoon start against the Giants due to soreness in his lower back and now word comes from MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat that he had to be taken to a local hospital to undergo an MRI. The Cubs are optimistic that Big Z won’t need to miss any…

  18. Marlins to open new stadium on April 4 against Cardinals

    Jun 30, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Billy the Marlin

    Major League Baseball isn’t planning to announce its full 2012 schedule until sometime in September, but a source with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press on Thursday that the Marlins will open their spanking-new $515 million ballpark on April 4 with a visit from the St. Louis Cardinals. The currently unnamed stadium is…

  19. Free agent Scott Kazmir throws for Rangers

    Jun 30, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    And that’s pretty much the extent of the report. Scott Kazmir, who was waived by the Angels on June 15, checked out healthy upon working out for the Rangers earlier this week.  The team hasn’t yet decided whether it will make him an offer. “We’ve talked with him, doing our due diligence,” GM Jon Daniels…

  20. David Ortiz, Prince Fielder to serve as Home Run Derby captains

    Jun 30, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Apparently looking to add some interest for the Home Run Derby festivities, MLB today announced David Ortiz and Prince Fielder as captains for the event to be held the Monday before the All-Star Game. Ortiz, the 2010 champion, and Fielder, the 2009 champ, will each get to pick their three teammates for the contest.  Not limited…

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