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  1. Pettitte, Knoblauch testimony likely to be tossed from Clemens case

    Jul 5, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens closeup head

    It’s unclear if Andy Pettitte and Chuck Knoblauch will be completely eliminated from the Roger Clemens trial, but the judge ruled this morning that they will not be permitted to testify about Brian McNamee providing them performance enhancing drugs as a means of establishing that, yes, it may be likely that Clemens got some too.…

  2. Don’t count on Eduardo Nunez becoming the next great Yankees shortstop

    Jul 5, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    eduardo-nunez-yankees

    A funny thing happened while Derek Jeter was on the disabled list with a calf injury, as the Yankees went 14-4 without him in the lineup and fill-in shortstop Eduardo Nunez hit .339 with a .906 OPS. Jeter’s ongoing decline combined with Nunez’s impressive work in his absence has an awful lot of Yankees fans…

  3. Shane Victorino leaves Phillies to have thumb examined

    Jul 5, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Injuries continue to pile up for the Phillies, as Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that center fielder Shane Victorino has left the team in Florida and traveled back to Philadelphia to have his thumb examined by a hand specialist. Victorino injured his thumb Sunday and missed yesterday’s game while wearing a protective sleeve, with Michael…

  4. Rosenthal reports on the state of the Astros

    Jul 5, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Astros logo

    Ken Rosenthal has a good piece up this morning about the state-of-the-Astros. Specifically, where they stand on the ownership transfer. The short version: Jim Crane is on track for approval, but it may not come before the trade deadline at the end of the month. Which leads to an interesting discussion of how much say an…

  5. Mike Stanton to see specialist for blurred vision that’s “like looking through something hazy”

    Jul 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    stanton swing

    Mike Stanton hasn’t homered since June 11, which is the longest drought of the slugger’s young career, and Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Stanton will see a specialist tomorrow regarding blurred vision stemming from an eye infection. Stanton missed three games because of the infection last month and told Spencer that he’s…

  6. John Farrell had his jaw knocked out of place by Jon Rauch

    Jul 5, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    John Farrell, J.P. Arencibia, Jon Rauch, Alfonso Marquez

    Remember that ugly bit of ugliness involving  Jon Rauch over the weekend? In which his manager, John Farrell, had to come out and hold him back from killing home plate umpire  Alfonso Marquez, ripping Rauch’s jersey off in the process?  Yeah, well, Farrell got the worst of it: When asked Monday how he didn’t pull…

  7. Ryan Madson won’t be back before the All-Star break

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Brian Schneider, Ryan Madson

    When the Phillies placed Ryan Madson on the disabled list they downplayed the severity of his hand injury, but yesterday the team officially ruled out his returning before the All-Star break. Madson last pitched on June 18, so he’s already eligible to come off the DL, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that “he only…

  8. One of the better “how to fix the All-Star Game” stories you’ll read

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks - All Star Game 2011 - Logo

    “How to fix the All-Star Game” stories run pretty thick this time of year. Everyone looks at the rosters and, more significantly, looks at all of the fill-ins and beg-outs after the rosters are announced and realizes that there has to be a better way to run a railroad. I’m sort of blah about it…

  9. Are the Braves riding dominant duo of Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel into the ground?

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    venters and kimbrel

    Now that we’ve passed the midway point of the season I thought it would be interesting to examine reliever workloads to see which pitchers have been ridden the hardest in the first half. Atlanta’s late-inning duo of lefty setup man Jonny Venters and righty closer Craig Kimbrel has been incredibly dominant, combining for 2.01 ERA…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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