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  1. The Blue Jays are interested in Heath Bell for some reason

    Jul 21, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Heath Bell

    Pop quiz, hot shot! You’re eleven games back in the AL East with practically no hope whatsoever of contending. The trade deadline is approaching. What do you do? Tell me! What. Do. You. Do? Well, if you’re the Blue Jays you inquire about the best closer currently available.  At least that’s what Ken Rosenthal says…

  2. Jeter’s time in the leadoff spot may soon end

    Jul 21, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    It’s become fairly routine by now: each afternoon, roughly around 3:30 or so, the Yankees lineup for that night’s game is posted and, immediately thereafter, my Twitter feed blows up. Half of the people yelling are Yankees fans complaining that Derek Jeter is still in the lineup spot. The other half are a second group…

  3. Carlos Gomez broke his collar bone

    Jul 21, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Carlos Gomez

    The Brewers-Diamondbacks game was filled with carnage last night. In addition to the Stephen Drew ankle injury which was rather nauseating to watch, Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was lost as well, breaking his left collar bone while making a catch in the fourth inning. Gomez hasn’t been hitting so he hasn’t been starting either,…

  4. The Dodgers and MLB have a long, boring hearing; outcome to be decided today

    Jul 21, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

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

    Yesterday was the much-anticipated hearing in the Dodgers bankruptcy case, the purpose of which was to determine who gets to fund the Dodgers until they emerge from Chapter 11. I followed the blow-by-blow via the Twitter feeds of reporters in the courtroom. Even then — with the ability to watch baseball games, write about other…

  5. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    Dodgers 1, Giants 0: In 1968, a gallon of gas cost 34 cents, the average cost of a car was $2,282 and the federal minimum wage was $1.60.  In other news, Clayton Kershaw (8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 12K)  beat Tim Lincecum (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 7K). Mets 6, Cardinals 5:  The…

  6. Stephen Drew fractures right ankle, surgery likely

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:42 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Awful news tonight out of the desert. According to the Diamondbacks’ official Twitter feed, shortstop Stephen Drew has been diagnosed with a fractured right ankle and is likely to undergo surgery. He could miss the rest of the 2011 season. Drew suffered the injury while sliding into home plate during Wednesday night’s game against the…

  7. Tigers DFA longtime third baseman Brandon Inge

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:55 PM EDT

    inge getty

    Jason Beck of MLB.com passes along word that the Tigers designated veteran third baseman Brandon Inge for assignment following Wednesday’s loss to the A’s. The writing was on the wall for Inge when Wilson Betemit was acquired from the Royals on Wednesday afternoon for two minor league prospects. Betemit is expected to take over starting…

  8. Doug Glanville sails first pitch at Wrigley Field

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:08 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Doug Glanville played nine major league seasons, posting a .277/.315/.380 career batting line and registering over 8,100 innings in the outfield during his time with the Cubs, Phillies and Rangers. He’s thrown a lot of baseballs. A ton of baseballs. But the “first pitch” has made fools out of many former athletes and celebrities,…

  9. Erik Bedard’s return delayed, trade value damaged

    Jul 20, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Erik Bedard

    When the Mariners placed left-hander Erik Bedard on the 15-day disabled list near the end of June with a knee injury, they were optimistic that he would be able to return immediately following the All-Star break — in time to make two or three showcase starts before being shopped at the trade deadline. As with…

  10. Hideki Matsui hits 500th career home run

    Jul 20, 2011, 9:10 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui

    Hideki Matsui, who hit 332 homers in Japan before signing with the Yankees in 2003, hit his 168th MLB homer Wednesday off the Tigers’ Duane Below in Oakland’s 7-5 victory.  Add it all up and that’s 500 career home runs for Godzilla. Matsui has seven homers so far this season.  A two-time All-Star in the…

  11. Jason Bay pulled from game with tight right hamstring

    Jul 20, 2011, 8:49 PM EDT

    bay getty wide

    According to New York’s WFAN, Mets left fielder Jason Bay had to be pulled from Wednesday evening’s game against the Cardinals after experiencing tightness in his right hamstring. Bay was 0-for-1 before being replaced in the lineup and in the outfield by Willie Harris. It’s probably not a serious injury, but the 32-year-old could be…

  12. Horacio Ramirez resurfaces in majors with Angels

    Jul 20, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Horacio Ramirez

    The Angels demoted reliever Michael Kohn and replaced him with journeyman lefty Horacio Ramirez prior to Wednesday’s game, bringing the former Brave back to the majors for the first time in two years. Ramirez was last seen with the Royals in 2009.  Despite a horrible March, he was named the team’s fifth starter out of…

  13. Astros now showing “willingness” to trade Hunter Pence

    Jul 20, 2011, 7:44 PM EDT

    pence getty wide

    On June 28, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com heard from sources that the Astros were “unlikely” to trade outfielder Hunter Pence at this summer’s deadline. That remained the line of thinking (and the line of reporting) among most rumor-producing baseball writers through the first three weeks of July. Until this evening. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney,…

  14. Report: Phillies, Royals involved in ‘serious’ Melky Cabrera talks

    Jul 20, 2011, 7:13 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    Melky Cabrera‘s last stint in the NL East was pretty much a disaster, but the Phillies are apparently looking to bring him back.  They’ve exchanged names in trade talks with the Royals, FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports. Cabrera has been a very solid center fielder for the Royals this season, hitting .296/.333/.459 with 12 homers…

  15. Clayton Kershaw gets the better of Tim Lincecum in 1-0 victory

    Jul 20, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    In a rematch of the Opening Day game the Dodgers won 2-1, Clayton Kershaw again outdueled Tim Lincecum on Wednesday, striking out 12 over eight innings in a 1-0 victory. It was a scoreless game until the seventh, when Dioner Navarro hit one into McCovey Cove for what proved to be the lone run of…

  16. Thoughts on the Wilson Betemit-to-Detroit deal

    Jul 20, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Wilson Betemit

    - Whatever trade value Wilson Betemit might have had was destroyed when the Royals opted to call up Mike Moustakas to play third base. Moustakas was promoted even though he wasn’t exactly tearing up PCL pitching: he had a .287/.347/.498 line in 250 at-bats.  That wasn’t even close to Eric Hosmer‘s early performance, and it doesn’t…

  17. The very wonderful Vance Worley

    Jul 20, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Vance Worley

    Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee are such old news. Vance Worley just pitched eight innings of one-run ball to beat the Cubs and pick up his fourth consecutive win for the Phillies on Wednesday.  It was the sixth straight start in which he’s given up one or no runs, matching the NL’s longest streak this season.…

  18. Baseball game as symphony

    Jul 20, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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    This is neat.  I’m surprised I’m reading this in the New York Times instead of hearing it on some longish NPR segment, but it’s neat anyway.  Anthony Tommasini, chief music critic of the Times, describes a day at Yankee Stadium — a week ago Sunday, in fact — from an aural point of view, as…

  19. Tigers get Wilson Betemit from Royals for two minor leaguers

    Jul 20, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Colorado Rockies

    Detroit has acquired Wilson Betemit from the Royals for a pair of prospects, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com. Betemit hasn’t been able to duplicate his career-year from 2010, but he’s hitting .281 with a .750 OPS in a part-time role and will give the Tigers a switch-hitting alternative to the .177-hitting Brandon Inge…

  20. David Einhorn may have some competition for a stake in the Mets

    Jul 20, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    File photo of David Einhorn speaking at 6th Annual New York Value Investing Congress in New York City

    Hedge fund/poker god David Einhorn has been assumed to have an all but done deal to buy a minority share in the Mets, but the New York Daily News reports that the Wilpons are talking to other potential investors, even as they continue to try to finalize a deal with Einhorn. Which is their right,…

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