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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Mark Teixeira hits 300th career homer in win over Brewers

    Jun 30, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira

    Mark Teixeira‘s major league-leading 25th homer of 2011 Thursday against the Brewers was also his 300th career homer, as he moved into a tie for 129th place on the all-time list. The Yankees ended up beating Milwaukee 5-0, with CC Sabathia matching his career high with 13 strikeouts in 7 2/3 scoreless innings.  He became the…

  15. Roger Clemens wants to call George Mitchell as a witness

    Jun 30, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    George Mitchell

    There’s a lot about Roger Clemens’ legal strategy that I’ve never understood, so I shouldn’t be surprised when something new comes up that makes me want to scratch my head:  Former Sen. George Mitchell says Roger Clemens may call him to testify at his upcoming trial on charges he lied about drug use … Mitchell’s attorney…

  16. Nothin’ like a parade! In Phoenix! In July! At noon!

    Jun 30, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Parade

    People keep asking me if I’m going to Phoenix for the All-Star Game.  I keep telling them no. A number of reasons, really. For one thing, I’m not really a proper reporter, so I’m not sure what I’d do there except get in everyone’s way while I did that “what the heck am I doing…

  17. Jerry Hairston blames broken wrist on late-afternoon start time

    Jun 30, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth, Jerry Hairston

    UPDATE: So much for avoiding the DL. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Hairston will indeed be put on the shelf and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. ========== Jerry Hairston Jr. suffered what the Nationals are calling a “small break” in his left wrist when he was hit by a Dan Haren pitch during…

  18. The Dodgers bankruptcy case could, theoretically anyway, stretch into 2012

    Jun 30, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

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

    The judge in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy case released a hearing schedule this afternoon, and it anticipates ten hearings between the next one on July 20th and the 10th one scheduled for  Jan. 25, 2012. Now, that doesn’t mean they’ll all be used, of course.  As has been reported, Major League Baseball is considering seizing the…

  19. Don’t let the SI poll fool you: LeBron James stinks at baseball

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    lebron james yankees hat

    This week’s Sports Illustrated has a poll asking MLB players “which athlete in another sport would make the best baseball player?” and LeBron James finished second with 13 percent of the vote, behind Michael Vick at 16 percent. James is obviously an amazing athlete, but as Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer explains he isn’t…

  20. Carlos Zambrano leaves game early with sore back

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    carlos-zambrano-cubs

    I guess this is one of those posts where the headline is enough. But since I’m here: Carlos Zambrano left today’s game against the Giants in the second inning with lower back soreness. He had given up a run on two hits with two walks issued when he left. In other news, has it not…

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