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  1. Searching for meaning in the Clemens mistrial ruling

    Jul 15, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    It takes a pretty unique intellect to look at what happened with the Roger Clemens case yesterday — a mistrial ending the thing before it began — and consider it anything other than awesome news from Roger Clemens’ perspective.  No, he may not be 100% out of the woods yet, but when you get your…

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

    Jul 15, 2011, 6:01 AM EDT

    Luke Gregerson

    Giants 6, Padres 2: Aaron Harang has now shut out the opposition for two straight starts totaling 13 innings, and each time the Padres have lost. I imagine there have been some “I’m just trying to give my team a chance to win” quotes in there someplace, but it’s too depressing to look for ‘em.  Aubrey Huff…

  3. If the Marlins choose to sell, start with Anibal Sanchez

    Jul 14, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT

    Anibal Sanchez

    While we’ve heard reports today that the Marlins may soon move their closer, Leo Nunez, there’s no fire sale in store for Florida this summer, not with the new ballpark opening next April. Still, there’s something to say for striking while the iron is hot, and it’s never likely to be hotter for Anibal Sanchez.  Despite…

  4. Giants hire Jim Riggleman as special assignment scout

    Jul 14, 2011, 10:16 PM EDT

    riggleman head reuters

    He must have nailed the interview. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News passes along notice that the Giants hired former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman on Thursday evening to serve as a “special assignment scout,” primarily covering the National League East. Riggleman abandoned his post as Nationals skipper on June 23 due to a…

  5. Julio Borbon may need surgery on sprained left ankle

    Jul 14, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    borbon bunts getty

    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Thursday that outfielder Julio Borbon might need surgery to stabilize his badly sprained left ankle. The 25-year-old landed on the minor league disabled list a few days before the All-Star break after having to be removed from a Triple-A game on…

  6. Minor league stadium has wall blown down

    Jul 14, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

    Lake Olmstead Stadium

    High winds in Georgia toppled a 50-foot section of the 18-foot-high center-field wall at Lake Olmstead Stadium shortly before Wednesday’s scheduled game between the Augusta GreenJackets and Hagerstown Suns, causing the contest to be postponed. According to the Augusta Chronicle, heavy thunderstorms caused the accident less than an hour before the scheduled 7:05 first pitch. …

  7. Jose Bautista called “day-to-day” with twisted right ankle

    Jul 14, 2011, 9:02 PM EDT

    jose bautista points getty

    Down goes “Joey Bats.” According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista had to be pulled from Thursday’s second-half opener against the Yankees after injuring his right ankle while running the bases. Bautista initially tweaked the ankle while trucking down the first base line and made it worse when he performed a…

  8. Carl Crawford to begin rehab games Friday, return Monday

    Jul 14, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    crawford reuters

    Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford is right on track in his recovery from a badly strained left hamstring. According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Crawford is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday evening with Triple-A Pawtucket. If all goes well, he will only be required to play in two…

  9. Second half tips off with a stinker from Bartolo Colon

    Jul 14, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    Bartolo Colon couldn’t make it through the first Thursday, giving up eight runs — three earned — in two-thirds of an inning against the Blue Jays. Colon should have been out of the inning with the Yankees down 3-0, but third baseman Eduardo Nunez, who is expected to be an everyday player while Alex Rodriguez…

  10. Wily Mo given the ol’ heave-ho

    Jul 14, 2011, 7:12 PM EDT

    Wily Mo Pena

    Say it ain’t so. As expected, the Diamondbacks called up Brandon Allen and designated Juan Miranda for assignment Friday.  They also made a second series of moves, activating Geoff Blum from the disabled list and designating The Man, The Legend, The Wily Mo Pena. Pena goes despite hitting five homers in 46 at-bats for the…

  11. Ed Wade just doesn’t get it

    Jul 14, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Ed Wade, Brad Mills

    The Houston Chronicle’s Zachary Levine was lucky enough to get the following quote from Astros GM Ed Wade after asking him about the trade deadline this afternoon: “We’re going to be viewed as a land of opportunity for teams to try to improve the teams that are in contention.” Because of the huge firestorm about to erupt when Brett…

  12. Phillies push back Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee

    Jul 14, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay

    The Phillies have decided to give two of their aces some extra rest after their All-Star appearances and go with Vance Worley, Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick this weekend against the Mets. Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee will be held back until next week’s series against the Cubs that begins Monday. Hamels, the Saturday starter,…

  13. Top prospect Brett Lawrie begins his rehab assignment

    Jul 14, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie spring training

    Blue Jays prospect Brett Lawrie, who was on the verge of taking over as Toronto’s third baseman before suffering a fractured hand May 31, will begin a rehab assignment at Single-A Dunedin tonight. Lawrie hit .354/.415/.677 with 15 homers and 49 RBI in 52 games for Triple-A Las Vegas before going down, and the common belief…

  14. David Price sells out after giving up Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit

    Jul 14, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter, David Price

    David Price has decided to cash in on serving up the gopher ball that went for Derek Jeter‘s 3,000th hit.  He’s agreed to a deal with Steiner Sports, Jeter’s official memorabilia dealer, to autograph collectibles, including some with the inscription, “I Gave Up DJ’s 3K.” Those pieces and other memorabilia will be co-signed by both…

  15. Quote of the Day: The Dodgers are easy targets

    Jul 14, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    I didn’t watch the ESPY Awards. I hope I don’t have to explain why. Just know that I didn’t watch them.  So I missed Mike Seth Myers’* monologue. Which again, shouldn’t be a big deal, because Mike* Myers hasn’t been funny since at least 1997* for a long time. But when you have material as ripe…

  16. Major League Baseball has Bartolo Colon’s medical records

    Jul 14, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    “OK, let’s open these up and take a look.  Hmmm … blood type … blood type … sir, it says ‘gravy’!” Major League Baseball has received medical records on Bartolo Colon‘s stem cell treatment. The New York Yankees pitcher had the treatment in the Dominican Republic in April 2010. Baseball spokesman Pat Courtney said the records were…

  17. Vladimir Guerrero still out of lineup from Sunday plunking

    Jul 14, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Vladimir Guerrero is out of the Orioles’ lineup tonight with a wrist injury that dates back to Sunday, when he was hit by a pitch in the game against the Red Sox that featured ejections (and later suspensions) galore. Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Guerrero isn’t even available off the bench and will be…

  18. Rays place catcher John Jaso on DL with oblique injury

    Jul 14, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    jaso_john

    The dreaded oblique strain has claimed another victim, with the Rays placing starting catcher John Jaso on the disabled list. Jose Lobaton has been called up to take his spot on the roster after hitting well at Triple-A, but veteran Kelly Shoppach figures to see most of the playing time behind the plate. Jaso and…

  19. David Ortiz, Kevin Gregg get four-game suspensions; others disciplined for Orioles-Red Sox brawl

    Jul 14, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    David Ortiz, Kevin Gregg

    Major League Baseball has issued suspensions as a result of the ugliness between the Red Sox and the Orioles last week.  It breaks down as follows: David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg each have received four-game suspensions and undisclosed fines for their plunkings and fisticuffsmanship, such as it was; Mike Gonzalez gets a three-game suspension and…

  20. Comment of the Day: Don’t dismiss the Downtown Dodgers too quickly

    Jul 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    I’ll admit, I’m still kind of steaming over that downtown Los Angeles Dodger Stadium thing I went on about this morning.  But I’ll also admit that, from a “could it happen” perspective, I may be looking at this too narrowly. My thinking (actually my outrage) is based on the fact that no solvent Dodgers owner…

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