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  1. Scott Baker scratched from start due to elbow strain

    Jul 7, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Minnesota Twins

    Gleeman penned a piece at the end of June explaining how right-hander Scott Baker had quietly become the ace of the Twins’ current starting rotation. Now we get to call Gleeman a jinx. According to beat writer Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, an MRI taken Thursday on Baker’s throwing elbow showed a mild flexor muscle strain.…

  2. Who earns the highest percentage of his team’s payroll?

    Jul 7, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Carlos Lee

    Would you believe it’s Houston’s Carlos Lee? Over at the Baseball-Reference blog, Neil Paine has listed the top 100 salaries as a percentage of a team’s payroll, and Lee holds an edge over Travis Hafner for first place. Five players are earning more than 20 percent of their team’s payroll (salaries in millions): 1. Carlos…

  3. Brandon Belt comes off DL, gets sent to Triple-A

    Jul 7, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    With any luck, it’s just a 10-day assignment. Brandon Belt, who began a rehab assignment Saturday after missing a month with a fractured wrist, was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Thursday. Belt earned his way back to the majors on May 26, only to get hurt in his second game back…

  4. Jordan Walden takes Mariano Rivera’s All-Star spot

    Jul 7, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

    Jordan Walden

    It’s a veritable passing of the torch. The game’s all-time closer, Mariano Rivera, makes way for new blood, rookie Jordan Walden, as the AL named the Angels reliever to the All-Star Game on Thursday. Walden was the choice even though he’s tied with Matt Capps for the major league lead in blown saves by a…

  5. Jason Kendall to undergo shoulder surgery after setback

    Jul 7, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    Jason Kendall

    Jason Kendall, who was expected to soon begin a rehab assignment in the minors, has instead suffered a major setback with his shoulder and will undergo another surgery. Manager Ned Yost said the procedure would knock him for the rest of this year and perhaps all of next season, potentially ending Kendall’s career. Kendall first…

  6. Paul Konerko, Shane Victorino win All-Star Final Vote

    Jul 7, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    Paul Konerko and Shane Victorino went wire-to-wire in winning the All-Star Game Final Vote and will be the 34th men on their respective teams next week. With no Yankees nor Red Sox making the cut, Konerko’s path to claiming the AL opening was clear.  He held off Victor Martinez, Alex Gordon, Adam Jones and Ben…

  7. Mariano Rivera won’t play in the All-Star Game

    Jul 7, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v New York Yankees

    In perhaps the least surprising All-Star Game-related news you’ll hear all week, Mariano Rivera has bowed out of the All-Star Game due to his wonky triceps. Tricep. No, triceps. Man that looks weird. Anyway, given that he hasn’t pitched for a few days and given that, no matter what the folks at MLB will have you…

  8. Edinson Volquez gets sent down to AAA. Again.

    Jul 7, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    volquez getty

    I wonder what the record is for an Opening Day starter getting sent down to the minors in a single season.  It’s happened to Reds’ Opening Day starter Edinson Volquez twice now, so he’s probably in the running for that dubious mark. Volquez has had a bear of a year. He’s sporting a 5.93 ERA…

  9. Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon suffers fractured foot

    Jul 7, 2011, 5:08 PM EDT

    Charlie Blackmon

    The Rockies are down another outfielder after rookie Charlie Blackmon suffered a fractured foot sliding into third base in the third inning of Thursday’s game against the Braves. Blackmon got off to a scorching start afer making his major league debut last month, at one point stealing a base in five straight games.  After 10…

  10. Braves flamethrower Craig Kimbrel sets rookie saves record

    Jul 7, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Craig Kimbrel

    By picking up No. 27 Thursday against the Rockies, Craig Kimbrel set a rookie record for the most saves prior to the All-Star break. The old record was 26, set by Boston’s Jonathan Papelbon in 2006. Kimbrel, who wasn’t picked for next week’s All-Star Game, has received a whopping 32 save chances in the Braves’…

  11. Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams: 1929-2011

    Jul 7, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Dick Williams

    Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams, who led the Oakland A’s to two of their three 1970s World Series championships and led the 1967 Red Sox and 1984 Padres to pennants, died of a brain aneurysm at his home in Las Vegas today. He was 82. In 21 years of managing, Williams won 1571 games…

  12. Report: The Yankees have a “strong interest” in Sean Burnett

    Jul 7, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    burnett_sean

    I’m not gonna say that the trade market is going to be a bit dry this month, but when the Sean Burnett is being coveted by a contender, well, that kinda tells ya something. Whether he really is being coveted is debatable, of course. You know how these thing go at this time of year.…

  13. Baseball America’s midseason top 50 places Bryce Harper first

    Jul 7, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Baseball America has kept the same top two from the preseason in re-ranking the game’s best prospects, going with Bryce Harper and Mike Trout at the top. That was to be expected, of course.  In a mild surprise, BA elevated Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore past Atlanta’s Julio Teheran into the third spot, making him the…

  14. Columnist bashes Carlos Zambrano for flying to Guatemala to adopt a baby boy

    Jul 7, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    One could reasonably criticize the Cubs and Carlos Zambrano for various things he’s done while suffering from a bad back. Gotta be careful and everything, because his health is important. One could also unreasonably criticize the Cubs and Carlos Zambrano for the way he handles himself while he’s recovering from his injuries.  This bit, from…

  15. Leaderboard of the day: 2011 home runs/plate appearance

    Jul 7, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    Wily Mo Pena

    Minimum two homers.  Eat your heart out, Jose Bautista. Home runs per plate appearance: 1. Zach Duke (D-backs) – 2/15 – .133 2. Wily Mo Pena (D-backs) – 5/40 – .125 3. Jason Giambi (Rockies) – 9/93 – .097 4. Brandon Boggs (Brewers) – 2/22 – .091 5. Jose Bautista (Blue Jays) – 28/357 –…

  16. Derek Jeter’s 3,000 hits: the opponents

    Jul 7, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    As we saw yesterday, most of the pitchers Derek Jeter has the most hits against have been Red Sox.  However, his career numbers against Boston aren’t so illustrious.  Here is how he’s fared against his American League opponents: Indians: 171-for-503 – .340 Angels: 194-for-584 – .332 Tigers: 173-for-525 – .330 Rangers: 179-for-558 – .321 Twins:…

  17. HBT Daily: In which I go off on Aquaman. Like, seriously go off on Aquaman

    Jul 7, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    And watch as a totally perplexed Tiffany wonders who she did wrong in a past life to be stuck talking to a nerd like me every day.

  18. Jose Reyes: out three weeks

    Jul 7, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Mets

    We knew he is likely going on the disabled list today, but — via Jorge Arungure’s tweet — Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that team doctors have told Jose Reyes that his bum hamstring will cause him to be out three weeks. Reyes has been out since straining the hammy on Saturday against the Yankees.…

  19. Rays place Wade Davis on disabled list with right forearm strain

    Jul 7, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Minnesota Twins

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Rays have placed Wade Davis on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. Davis allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits and three walks over five innings in a no-decision against the Twins yesterday. The Rays inked the 25-year-old right-hander to a…

  20. Baseball could be back in the Olympics by 2020

    Jul 7, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    Olympic Flag

    As I’ve written before, international baseball competitions like the WBC don’t really hold my interest. But I may have a professional interest in this: the International Olympic Committee announced that baseball, among a few other sports, is being put under evaluation for a return to the Olympics effective for the 2020 games. This could be…

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