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  1. Quote of the Day: Sergio Romo likes Obama

    Jul 27, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Obama First Pitch

    Segio Romo met the President the other day.  He was impressed: “He’s a cool cat. He was more human than I thought he would be. I was definitely surprised how normal the president of the United States is. He wasn’t as tall as I thought he’d be, as a basketball-fanatic type of guy. But he’s…

  2. Colby Rasmus to Blue Jays, Edwin Jackson to Cardinals in eight-player swap

    Jul 27, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    rasmus getty

    Sounds like the other shoe is about to drop. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch the Blue Jays have agreed to flip Edwin Jackson to the Cardinals along with relievers Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski for center fielder Colby Rasmus. Buster Olney of ESPN.com says Toronto will also get Trever Miller,…

  3. Pirates issue statement: Jerry Meals “got this one wrong”

    Jul 27, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    protest sign

    Not that it will do any good, but the Pirates have filed an official protest with MLB over the Jerry Meals call at the plate that ended last night’s 19-inning marathon loss to the Braves. Team president Frank Coonelly also issued the following statement: The Pittsburgh Pirates organization is extremely disappointed by the way its…

  4. The Rangers think that Carlos Beltran is going to the National League

    Jul 27, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Everyone has their ideas — or some excuses — about Carlos Beltran.  As we heard earlier, the Indians think that Scott Boras is controlling the process. We now learn that the Rangers think that Beltran has no intention of coming to the AL, and are thus downplaying their position in the sweepstakes. Elsewhere, Ken Rosenthal reports…

  5. Edwin Jackson traded to Blue Jays, but will they swap him to Cardinals for Colby Rasmus?

    Jul 27, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Edwin Jackson

    UPDATE: Sure enough, Jackson appears headed to St. Louis for Rasmus. ========== The deal sending Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen to the Blue Jays for Jason Frasor and pitching prospect Zach Stewart is official, with Jackson learning of his fate after entering the White Sox clubhouse moments ago. However, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com…

  6. Royals sign Raul Mondesi’s 16-year-old son for $2 million

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    raul mondesi

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Royals have signed Raul Mondesi’s son, 16-year-old shortstop Adalberto Mondesi, for a $2 million bonus. Today is his 16th birthday and thus the first day Adalberto Mondesi was eligible to sign. He’s expected to begin his pro career in the Dominican Summer League next season after catching…

  7. Is Scott Boras “controlling the process” in Carlos Beltran trade talks?

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Boras thinking

    Strange tweet from Buster Olney a little while ago.  He says that the Cleveland Indians have walked away from talks with the Mets over Carlos Beltran because they are convinced that Beltan’s agent — Scott Boras — is “controlling the process.” Hmm.  On the one hand, if there is an agent who would try to…

  8. Prelude to a trade? Tony La Russa says Colby Rasmus “doesn’t listen” to Cardinals coaches

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Colby Rasmus, Tony La Russa

    UPDATE: TLR got his wish, as Rasmus has been traded to the Blue Jays. ========== At this point the feud between manager Tony La Russa and center fielder Colby Rasmus is no secret, with various details being reported since last year and Rasmus having the benchings to show for it. However, yesterday it may have…

  9. White Sox, Jays are “in serious talks” about an Edwin Jackson trade

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Edwin Jackson

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the White Sox are in “serious talks” about a deal that would send Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen to the Blue Jays for Jason Frasor and a prospect. Why the Jays would want to go after a starter like Jackson is an open question given that they’re not in contention, but…

  10. What has happened to Neftali Feliz?

    Jul 27, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    Last night Neftali Feliz blew his fifth save of the season and was yanked in the middle of the ninth inning after giving up three hits and a walk while recording just one out against the Twins. Even after the poor appearance his ERA stands at a still-impressive 3.35, but he’s already blown more saves…

  11. The Pirates lodge an official — but impermissible — protest over the Jerry Meals call

    Jul 27, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Meals blown call

    The Pirates filed an official protest with Major League Baseball over Jerry Meals’ call at the plate.  That’s nice and everything, but it should be and will be dismissed out of hand by Major League Baseball, because it is an impermissible protest under the rules. Here’s Rule 4.19 of the Official Rules: PROTESTING GAMES. Each…

  12. Johan Santana to make rehab start tomorrow at Single-A

    Jul 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Johan Santana throwing

    Johan Santana‘s plans for this week have changed several times–or at least reports of his plans have changed several times–but now he’s officially scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with a start tomorrow at high Single-A. That will start the 30-day clock on his rehab stint, which means barring a setback Santana is on…

  13. Seventeen straight losses and counting for the Seattle Mariners

    Jul 27, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Losing streak

    We’ve gotten to the point where, yes, we will highlight every Mariners loss until they win a game.  And yes, when they win a game we’ll not that too. But for now, the ineptitude continues unabated.  Granted the schedule has been rocky lately, what with trips through Boston and New York, but they look like…

  14. Wait, Jerry Meals may have been right?

    Jul 27, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Atlanta Braves

    I love Rob Neyer. I’ve written thousands of words about my man-crush on him over the years. And there’s no one in this business whose intellect and judgment I trust more. Really, if the Martians flew here to annihilate civilization but offered us one chance to save ourselves, and that chance involved the analysis of…

  15. Chase Utley hit an inside-the-park homer

    Jul 27, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Utley inside the parker.bmp

    Inside the park homers aren’t exceedingly rare. They happen.  But, as I’ve said before, they’re often kind of anti-climactic.  A fielder misplays the ball, falls down or, worse, gets hurt, the ball rolls around forever and the batter makes it home standing up. A lot of inside the park homers would be called four-base errors…

  16. Minor leaguer throws a perfect game

    Jul 27, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Justin Germano

    Justin Germano of my hometown Columbus Clippers threw a perfect game last night.  The victims: the Syracuse Chiefs. He struck out seven in what was the first perfect game in Columbus Clippers history and only the fifth in the history of the International League. Which kind of makes sense when you realize that guys are in…

  17. What they’re saying about the Jerry Meals call

    Jul 27, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Meals blown call

    If you’re just waking up to it now, know that home plate umpire Jerry Meals made one of the worst calls you’ll ever see in a baseball game early this morning, calling Julio Lugo safe at home in the bottom of the 19th inning of the Pirates-Braves game, handing Atlanta the win.  The photo to…

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

    Jul 27, 2011, 5:51 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Yankees 4, Mariners 1: And then there were 17.  CC Sabathia carried a perfecto into the seventh — broken up right after he came back following a rain delay — and struck out 14.  The M’s struck out 18 times in all. But then again, they’re horrifyingly bad, so that’s understandable. Braves 4, Pirates 3:…

  19. After blown call costs Pirates, can we please have expanded replay?

    Jul 27, 2011, 3:33 AM EDT

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    I hope that if the Pittsburgh Pirates miss the playoffs this season, it will be by more than one game. The Pirates, who at 53-48 trail the NL Central-leading Cardinals by one game, were handed a 4-3, 19-inning defeat early Wednesday morning when Atlanta’s Julio Lugo was called safe by umpire Jerry Meals on a…

  20. Chone Figgins, of all people, saves the Mariners from total humiliation

    Jul 26, 2011, 11:12 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    The Mariners fanned 18 times against CC Sabathia, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera while being held to one hit in a 4-1 loss Tuesday.  It was their 17th straight loss. The only Mariner to play the whole game without striking out was .182-hitting Chone Figgins, who actually fanned three times in his last start Thursday…

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