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  1. Heath Bell would gladly setup if traded

    Jul 11, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    In contrast to Francisco Rodriguez — who apparently doesn’t want to be a setup guy if he gets dealt — Padres’ closer Heath Bell is just fine with that. At least as long as he can go back to closing for 2012 when he presumably will sign someplace else as a free agent. Here’s Bell:…

  2. Carlos Beltran says he’d accept a trade to Boston

    Jul 11, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran hasn’t been shy about answering trade questions as he perhaps enters his final weeks with the Mets.  After indicating last week that he’d be open to a trade to San Francisco, he came out Monday and said Boston is on his list as well. “They’re in first place,” he said.  “That’s a no-brainer.”…

  3. Brian Wilson’s beard foresees a Giants-Red Sox World Series

    Jul 11, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    Giants closer Brian Wilson, who closed out last year’s World Series against the Rangers, sees his team meeting the Red Sox for all of the marbles this time around. “I called it earlier this year,” he said. “It would be epic.” Wilson, a New Hampshire native, has never pitched at Fenway Park and is hoping…

  4. K-Rod may reject trades to teams that want him as a setup guy

    Jul 11, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    We learned over the weekend that Francisco Rodriguez had hired Scott Boras. The first thought: he knows he’s gonna get traded someplace to be a setup man or that the Mets will not use him to close games, thereby meaning that his 2012 option will vest and, as such, he wants the best agent possible…

  5. The guy who caught Jeter’s 3,000th hit is “a couple hundred thousand dollars in debt”

    Jul 11, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Look, I’m not saying that the guy had the simplest decision in the world in front of him.  And to hear him describe it during the radio interview he did at WFAN, things were pretty hectic around the time he decided to give the ball back to Derek Jeter.  Security had hustled him out of…

  6. Tackling the trade deadline: San Francisco Giants

    Jul 11, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    Over the next few days, I’m going to look at the needs of some contenders as we approach the July 31 trade deadline. San Francisco Giants First-half record: 52-40 Standings: Leading Arizona by 3 games in NL West Needs Middle infield: The Giants are hoping to get Freddy Sanchez back from a dislocated shoulder at…

  7. HBT Daily: Home Run Derby and everyone’s an All-Star!

    Jul 11, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Matt Stoup and I try to find what, if anything, is worth salvaging in the bloat-fest that has become the All-Star Week Extravaganza

  8. Indians TV ratings surge, Rays ratings plunge and lots of people watch Yankees games

    Jul 11, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    old TV

    Sports Business Journal has an analysis of this year’s TV rantings out. The Cardinals are on top in terms of ratings, the Yankees — not surprisingly — lead in total viewers. The Indians have had the biggest rating increase, with an 80 percent jump over viewership last year. The Rays have seen the biggest drop,…

  9. Cardinals prospect Shelby Miller struggling with Shannon Stone’s death

    Jul 11, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Shelby Miller

    Shelby Miller, the Cardinals’ No. 1 pitching prospect, had more on his mind last week than getting ready to pitch in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game.  His father was a fellow firefighter and a good friend of Shannon Stone, who passed away Thursday night after tumbling over a railing at Rangers Ballpark, and he got the news after Thursday’s…

  10. And the All-Star Game starting lineups are …

    Jul 11, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    In addition to the starting pitchers — Roy Halladay and Jered Weaver if you had not heard — we now have All-Star Game starting lineups too.  As follows: American League 1. Curtis Granderson CF 2. Asdrubal Cabrera SS 3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B 4. Jose Bautista RF 5. Josh Hamilton LF 6. Adrian Beltre 3B 7.…

  11. Roy Halladay to start All-Star Game for National League

    Jul 11, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    Phillies starting pitcher Halladay delivers a pitch to the Braves during the sixth inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    When you have Roy Halladay, Jair Jurrjens, Cliff Lee, Tim Lincecum and Clayton Kershaw all on the same pitching staff, you really can’t go wrong, but NL skipper Bruce Bochy just finally announced his starter for Tuesday’s All-Star Game. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Roy Halladay will get the nod for the…

  12. This is how Derek Jeter got deified in the first place

    Jul 11, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    I’ve had several conversations with non-baseball obsessives lately about Derek Jeter. Friends. Family. Sports radio hosts who talk about football 97% of the time and are desperate to talk about anything — anything! — besides the NFL labor thing.  Those conversations always come back to the same place: Where does Derek Jeter rate all-time? At…

  13. Erik Bedard won’t have much time to make an impact before the trade deadline

    Jul 11, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Indians

    The Mariners were just 2 1/2 games out of first place as recently as last Tuesday, but have dropped five straight to fall 7 1/2 back in the American League West. It’s probably safe to call them sellers at this point, but their most valuable trade chip isn’t ready to get back on the mound.…

  14. HBT Special Edition: Bob Costas and I talk about playoff expansion, realignment and instant replay

    Jul 11, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

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    A little while back I got to go to New York and have a chat with Bob Costas about the state and future of the game. This is part of that chat. Can’t show you the rest of it, because that’s when we hatched our plan to take over.

  15. Jose Contreras to see Dr. Lewis Yocum for second opinion on forearm

    Jul 11, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies were hoping Jose Contreras would be able to begin a throwing program after the All-Star break, but he’s now scheduled to see Dr. Lewis Yocum this week for a second opinion on his right forearm. Contreras, who opened the year as closer, has been limited to just 17 appearances this season due to…

  16. Are you ready for the excitement of the Home Run Derby?

    Jul 11, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    American League All-Star Ortiz poses with the trophy after winning Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby in Anaheim

    I’ll spare you all of my grousing about the Home Run Derby. Some people like it. Some people don’t. If you’re in the former camp, mazel tov. If you’re in the latter, may I suggest that you watch “Batman: Under the Red Hood,” which is streaming on Netflix?  I watched that on Saturday and was…

  17. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    The All-Star Break is here, and even though the season is more than half over, it’s that time when everyone assesses the so-called first half.  We’ll do the same here today. The rankings represent the current state-of-the-league, but the comments about each team are a bit more first-half all-encompassing. As always, last week’s rankings are…

  18. The Red Sox are interested in Matt Garza

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    I’m struggling to recall the last time we heard something from Phil Rogers’ Sunday “Whispers” column that was both (a) juicy; and (b) actually happened, but this one at least has (a) covered:  The Red Sox are reportedly interested in Matt Garza. Rogers says that Garza is “high on the list.” Which makes sense. Garza’s strikeout…

  19. Dontrelle Willis pitched in the majors again. And it was OK.

    Jul 11, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Milwaukee Brewers

    Dontrelle Willis made his return to the majors yesterday, starting for the Reds against the Brewers. I like Willis as a person so much that it has pained me to see him struggle these past three years, so I could barely look at the box score last night I was so nervous. But actually: it was…

  20. News Flash: Yankees, Red Sox are baseball’s most popular teams

    Jul 11, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

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    The Harris Poll has released its annual baseball popularity index thingy, and tells us what we all probably knew anyway, even if a lot of us don’t care to acknowledge it: the Yankees are America’s most popular baseball team. They’ve taken the top honor for nine straight years, putting lie to the notion that America loves…

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