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  1. Report: Jose Reyes “would love to sign with the Angels”

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jose Rayes

    Jose Reyes is back in the Mets’ lineup after returning from the disabled list yesterday, but that hasn’t stopped the speculation from swirling around the impending free agent. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that Reyes “has told friends he would love to sign with the Angels when he becomes a free agent after the…

  2. “Derek Jeter 3K” to air July 28th

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    jeter presser getty

    Remember that documentary HBO is doing about Derek Jeter‘s pursuit of his 3000th hit, “Derek Jeter 3K?”  It’s a go. It’s airing on July 28th at 9PM on HBO.  Smart scheduling, in that the Yankees are off that night. Sure, there are 12 other baseball games that hardcore fans would probably be better off watching,…

  3. Twins not interested in trading Michael Cuddyer, but Giants called anyway

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins

    Earlier this week Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the Twins have no interest in trading Michael Cuddyer and in fact want to re-sign the impending free agent, but that hasn’t stopped other teams from inquiring about his availability. According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News the Giants expressed…

  4. The Dodgers and MLB are in court today

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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

    As I type this, a big hearing is going down in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy case. It’s the one in which — or after which — it will be decided who gets to bankroll the Dodgers’ operations during the pendency of the case.  Frank McCourt and the $150 million loan he has obtained or Major League…

  5. Bryce Harper struggling since promotion to Double-A

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper is struggling at baseball for what might be the first time in his life. Promoted from low Single-A to Double-A last week, the former No. 1 overall pick has gone just 6-for-35 (.171) with zero extra-base hits through 10 games against Eastern League pitching. He’s an 18-year-old in a league where the average…

  6. Pray for Jayson Werth to continue to slump, Washington drinkers

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. If you need something stronger, go for the beer. Preferably at Duffy’s Irish Pub in Washington, D.C. this Sunday, and preferably after Jayson Werth goes 0 for his next 16 or so: Duffy’s Irish Pub has found a way to make that first-half bust pay off now. During the…

  7. Alfonso Soriano, unlike Aramis Ramirez, won’t block trade from Cubs

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    alfonso-soriano-cubs

    Aramis Ramirez has reportedly informed the Cubs that he’d likely use the no-trade clause in his contract to block any deal, but Alfonso Soriano indicated yesterday that he wouldn’t stand in the way of a trade. Of course, according to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com Soriano didn’t even realize he had a no-trade clause in his…

  8. The Reds are interested in James Shields

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Houston Astros

    Buster Olney tweeted this morning that the Reds are interested in James Shields.  The Rays may be receptive too, given that Tampa Bay scouts have been evaluating Reds minor leaguers this week. It would be a pretty good time for the Rays to trade Shields.  He’s been fantastic this year, logging seven complete games so far,…

  9. Cardinals on MLB’s longest steal-less streak since 1977

    Jul 20, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Daniel Descalso

    The Cardinals went a 32nd straight game without a stolen base in Tuesday’s loss to the Mets, the longest such streak for a major league team since the 1977 Indians went 35 in a row. St. Louis opened the season with 35 steals in 64 games.  However, eight of those belonged to Tyler Greene, who…

  10. So it seems that Derek Jeter was not rejuvenated by his 3000th hit

    Jul 20, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    On the day Derek Jeter hit his 3000th — and went 5 for 5 overall — there were people who rushed to play the “See! Jeter isn’t done yet!” card.  Others, myself included, were skeptical, figuring that anyone with Jeter’s latent skills was capable of having a great day, but it’s not like one great…

  11. “I do think Lenny was deceptively smart in a lot of ways”

    Jul 20, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Lenny Dykstra

    We’ve covered the tabloidy aspects of Lenny Dykstra’s plummet from grace pretty thoroughly. Now, then, it seems like a good time to link to a story that covers that fall in a more thorough fashion.  It’s by Harvey Araton in The New York Times and it’s pretty good. The quote from the headline comes from…

  12. U2 continues to wreck ballparks across the country

    Jul 20, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    U2 stage

    We’ve talked about how the current U2 tour — which was supposed to happen last summer, but got bumped to this summer because Bono had to go heal the sick someplace or something — has been disrupting the baseball schedule. See, their stage setup is gigantic and it takes several days on either side of…

  13. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 20, 2011, 5:53 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Pirates 1, Reds 0: Pittsburgh keeps rolling, as four pitchers combine to shut out the Redlegs for the second night in a row. This is all pretty trippy, but I’m curious to see what happens to the Buccos when they start a ten-game stretch against St. Louis, Atlanta and Philly beginning this Friday. Rangers 7,…

  14. Giants place Miguel Tejada on disabled list with abdominal strain

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:49 PM EDT

    Miguel Tejada

    According to Amy Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com, the Giants have placed Miguel Tejada on the 15-day disabled list with a lower abdominal strain. This is the corresponding move to make room for Brandon Belt, who was promoted from Triple-A Fresno earlier today and is starting at first base tonight against the Dodgers. Tejada left last night’s…

  15. Jason Heyward expects to return Wednesday

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:02 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Jason Heyward is being held out of the Braves’ lineup for the second straight night as a result of being hit on the top of his left foot by a pitch during Sunday’s game against the Nationals. Heyward dealt with some swelling and pain on Monday which made it difficult to run, but arrived at…

  16. Ryan Braun is back in the Brewers’ lineup tonight, sort of

    Jul 19, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

    braun wide getty

    Ryan Braun is back in the starting lineup tonight against the Diamondbacks. He was held out of the lineup the previous two days after leaving Saturday’s game with recurring tightness in his left calf. While this is a positive development for a lineup that was blanked by Josh Collmenter last night, Tom Haudricourt of the…

  17. The initial word on Grady Sizemore’s knee is encouraging

    Jul 19, 2011, 8:33 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore AP

    Grady Sizemore anticipated the worst after re-injuring his right knee during Sunday’s game, but at the moment, it appears another microfracture surgery is not in his future. Sizemore underwent an MRI on Monday and according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the initial report from the Indians is that the bone bruise is…

  18. Roy Oswalt throws bullpen session, could make rehab start next week

    Jul 19, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Roy Oswalt threw approximately 50 pitches in a bullpen session before tonight’s game against the Cubs and told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he’s optimistic his back issue is finally behind him. “I actually felt great,” Oswalt said. “Probably felt as good as I did in spring training.” Oswalt hasn’t pitched since leaving a…

  19. Phillies scouting more Mets than just Carlos Beltran

    Jul 19, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Scott Hairston

    According to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, the Phillies are scouting the Mets on Tuesday and they have eyes for more than just Carlos Beltran; they’re also evaluating Scott Hairston as a potential bench bat and Tim Byrdak as a possibly lefty out of the pen. FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday listed the Phillies and…

  20. Joe Maddon wants The Trop blown up

    Jul 19, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

    Tropicana Field

    After Sunday’s five-minute delay caused by a shattered light and Monday’s 18-minute holdup due to a power outage, Rays manager Joe Maddon joined the chorus Tuesday in calling for Tropicana Field to be replaced. “I don’t think anybody is going to argue against the fact that we do need a new ballpark,” he told the…

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