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  1. Brandon Webb likely done for year, could need surgery

    Jul 6, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    webb wide getty

    Chalk up another lost season for Brandon Webb. The veteran right-hander hasn’t pitched in a major league game since Opening Day in 2009 due to chronic issues with his throwing shoulder and he’s no longer expected to break that streak here in 2011. According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, an MRI taken Wednesday on…

  2. Ryan Braun sent for MRI on nagging calf injury

    Jul 6, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    Ryan Braun was sent for an MRI on his nagging left calf injury today, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Braun has been sidelined since leaving Saturday’s game against the Twins. He was originally expected to return to the lineup last night, but felt more soreness after participating in batting practice. While there’s…

  3. Wade Boggs, David Cone could testify on Roger Clemens’ behalf

    Jul 6, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Wade Boggs Devil Rays

    While today has been touted as the beginning of the Roger Clemens trial, there really isn’t much going on until next week. Why? Jury selection mostly, which began today, is supposed to last several days thanks in part to an extensive questionnaire. Eh, it happens. More interesting to me is Rusty Hardin, Clemens’ terrible awful…

  4. Joe Mauer expected to debut at first base on Thursday

    Jul 6, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

    mauer with gold glove ap

    Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters on Wednesday, including Phil Mackey of ESPN 1500, that catcher Joe Mauer will make his major league debut at first base Thursday evening in the club’s series-opener against the White Sox. Drew Butera will take his regular turn catching Carl Pavano and Jim Thome will serve as the DH.…

  5. Evan Longoria admits to having nerve problem in foot

    Jul 6, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    longo batting wide getty

    Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, an accomplished .278/.357/.513 career hitter, has registered a lowly .221 batting average and .281 on-base percentage since the beginning of June. After another 0-for-4 performance in Tuesday’s loss to the Twins, Longoria may have revealed to reporters the primary cause for that extended slump. According to Marc Topkin of the…

  6. Stephen Strasburg could be making rehab starts next month

    Jul 6, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    strasburg getty

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes today that it’s “feasible” that Stephen Strasburg could make a minor league rehab start by mid-August. The rehab seems like it’s going swimmingly. He has already thrown fastballs with full violence and anger and is slipping the bender in there as well. While there’s a chance he could be pitching…

  7. John Danks on track to make first rehab start Sunday

    Jul 6, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Chicago White Sox

    John Danks was able to throw 36 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday. He’ll still have to make it through another side session Thursday, but Paul Casella of MLB.com reports that he’s tentatively scheduled to make his first minor league rehab start Sunday. Danks has been sidelined since leaving a start against the Nationals on…

  8. Joe West’s crew strikes again

    Jul 6, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Jim Leyland, Joe West

    As I mentioned in the recaps this morning there were ejections a-plenty in the Tigers-Angels game. In fact, there was one more than I had mentioned. Rick Porcello‘s ejection wasn’t listed in the notes to the box score, seeing as though he wasn’t in the game at the time.  All in all: Jim Leyland got…

  9. Are you skeptical of Albert Pujols’ fast return?

    Jul 6, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Geovany Soto, Albert Pujols

    Despite the fact that blogging lends itself to insta-analysis couched in sharp opinions, I think the best analysis of the most difficult topics raises more questions than it does provide easy answers.   That’s the case with Jeff Passan’s piece about Albert Pujols’ quick return to action after breaking a bone in his arm. Which,…

  10. Brian Matusz knocked around in first start since demotion to minors

    Jul 6, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    Brian Matusz was demoted to the minors last week after posting an 8.77 ERA over his first six starts. The young left-hander had his first start back at Triple-A Norfolk last night and according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, it didn’t go so well. Matusz allowed four runs on seven hits (including two…

  11. Shane Victorino diagnosed with Grade 1 thumb sprain

    Jul 6, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    victorino smiles getty

    Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino left the Phillies in Florida on Tuesday to have his sore right thumb examined by a hand specialist back in Philadelphia. The results are in. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Victorino was diagnosed Tuesday evening with a Grade 1 sprain of his right thumb. The Phillies are considering…

  12. Do we need heroes in sports?

    Jul 6, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    Mickey Mantle AP

    Buzz Bissinger has a post up over at The Daily Beast today, lamenting the absence of colorful heroes, rakes and rogues in sports today: Sports are bigger than ever. It occupies us more than ever. It is ever exploding. There are still routinely great performances. But behind those performances there is less and less human…

  13. Redoing the 2001 MLB draft

    Jul 6, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Mark Prior

    It’s arguable whether even 10 years is long enough to properly evaluate a baseball draft, but it’s good enough for these purposes. I’m going to hit the reset button on the 2001 draft and redo all of the first-round picks based on what we know now. I am excluding 2001 draftees who didn’t sign after…

  14. K-Rod is poised to get expensive. What should the Mets do?

    Jul 6, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    A reminder in the Wall Street Journal this morning that the Mets — playing solid enough baseball that talk of the wild card is not delusional — have some hard decisions to make.  And not just with Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes.  That’s because, as all Mets fans know, if Francisco Rodriguez finishes 55 games…

  15. Bruce Bochy is not pleased with Clint Hurdle and Jack McKeon

    Jul 6, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

    bochy frustrated

    Today on Real Managers of the National League, Bruce fires back after Clint and Jack get all up in his grill! Jack McKeon and Clint Hurdle, who manage the Marlins and Pirates, respectively, criticized Bruce Bochy for snubbing players on their teams. On Tuesday, Bochy fired back, saying many managers phoned him before the picks…

  16. Jason Bay is coming to life

    Jul 6, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    Jason Bay

    It’s hard to remember a free agent signing that led to so much buyer’s remorse so soon as Jason Bay‘s has. But maybe, just maybe, Bay will be able to change some minds. He’s off to a good start with that, hitting two homers and driving in four last night in Los Angeles. Overall he…

  17. In which Roger Clemens is compared to Casey Anthony

    Jul 6, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    I don’t think that I have to provide regular readers my steroid-prosecution-skeptic bonafides. You know where I stand: questionable use of government resources and a highly questionable way for us to assess what happened in baseball over the past 20-25 years too.  A fun spectacle on some level, but ultimately signifying nothing positive or particularly…

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

    Jul 6, 2011, 5:58 AM EDT

    Westley

    Cardinals 8, Reds 1: Albert Pujols was activated, but did not play. Makes me think this was a whole “Westley bluffing his way to victory over Humperdink even though he was still partly paralyzed from the ‘mostly dead’ thing” from “The Princess Bride.”  His mere presence and threat carried the day, at least psychologically speaking.…

  19. Derek Jeter just four hits away from 3,000 after two-hit night

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:54 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Cleveland Indians

    Maybe HBO isn’t going to need to follow Derek Jeter around for long, after all. After going hitless in his return from the disabled list last night, Jeter went 2-for-6 in tonight’s 9-2 win over the Indians. Jeter led off the game with a tapper down the third base line, almost identical to the play…

  20. Red Sox survive after blown call at home plate

    Jul 5, 2011, 9:57 PM EDT

    Jason Varitek, Edwin Encarnacion

    What looked like an easy win for the Red Sox suddenly got tense Tuesday, after Jonathan Papelbon came into a 3-0 game and gave up a two-run homer to Jose Bautista with none out in the ninth. Papelbon went on to surrender a single to Edwin Encarnacion with one out, a walk to J.A. Arencibia…

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