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  1. Major League Baseball to offer alternative Dodgers financing today

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    Today is only Day Two in what will likely be a lengthy set of legal proceedings for the Dodgers, but it’s a pretty big day.  Why? It’s the day of the initial hearing in the bankruptcy case and it’s the day on which the judge could very well decide if Frank McCourt is going to…

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

    Jun 28, 2011, 5:56 AM EDT

    Blue Jays Tigers Baseball

    Tigers 4, Blue Jays 2: Jhonny Peralta had an RBI triple that ended up being the game winner, but this game really belonged to Jim Leyland, who had one of the better arguments with an ump this year, mocking his change-of-call in grand gestures, thereby entertaining the hometown fans on the way to his ejection.…

  3. Chien-Ming Wang makes first professional start since July of 2009

    Jun 27, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

    wang pose

    Davey Johnson is understandably grabbing most of the headlines at the moment, but another item of significance to the Nationals went down in Hagerstown, Maryland earlier this evening. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington reports that Chien-Ming Wang allowed two runs on four hits over three innings in his first minor league rehab start with Class A…

  4. Royals have too much pitching, go to six-man rotation

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:57 PM EDT

    Kyle Davies

    What other choice do they possibly have?  It’s not like you can up and demote Fantastic Felipe Paulino or Jeff “The Canadian Crusader” Francis. With Kyle Davies returning from the disabled list this week, the Royals plan to go to a six-man rotation, possibly for the rest of the season, according to manager Ned Yost.…

  5. Brewers call up Mat Gamel for interleague action this week

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:27 PM EDT

    mat gamel brewers

    With the Brewers set to play against the Yankees and Twins this week under American League rules, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Mat Gamel has been called up from Triple-A Nashville. Gamel, 25, was hitting .321/.380/.577 with 18 home runs and 58 RBI through 76 games with the Sounds, including a .347…

  6. Let the bidding begin: Hiroki Kuroda drawing trade interest

    Jun 27, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Don’t get your hopes up. Unless something completely unexpected happens, your team isn’t going to acquire Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier or Clayton Kershaw. However, the Dodgers will surely be more than willing to trade away some other useful pieces before the deadline. One major-league source tells Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com that “a lot of clubs”…

  7. MLB hypes another big attendance weekend

    Jun 27, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

    PNC Park

    Last weekend’s interleague series drew a total of 1,626,347 fans over three days, MLB.com reports.  It marked the first time since July 2008 that the league has enjoyed consecutive weekends of greater than 1.625 million attendance. Through 168 interleague games this year, the average attendance has been 34,118, a full 20 percent higher than the…

  8. Rockies-Cubs game first in five years to feature three multihomer guys

    Jun 27, 2011, 6:24 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez, Starlin Castro

    The final score was a modest 7-3, but Monday’s Rockies-Cubs game at Wrigley, won by Chicago, was the first in five years to include three multi-homer performances. The Cubs’ Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez and the Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez all went deep twice in the contest.  Gonzalez led off the top of the first with his…

  9. TMZ releases brief pre-beating Bryan Stow video

    Jun 27, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    TMZ has obtained a 15-second clip of Bryan Stow in Dodger Stadium before the beating that left the Giants fan in a coma. In the video, Stow, wearing a Giants jersey, is having some sort of dispute with a Dodgers fan.  The fan in question is not Giovanni Ramirez, the suspect from the beating currently behind…

  10. Updating the 2010 first-round picks: looking at Bryce Harper, Zack Cox and more

    Jun 27, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Here’s a revised edition of something I tried in May. I thought it was a good time to look at the 2010 first-round picks again with the slate of midseason promotions starting to arrive. Hitters 1. Bryce Harper (OF Nationals): .322/.421/.569, 14 HR, 45 RBI, 13 SB in 239 AB (low-A Hagerstown) 3. Manny Machado (SS…

  11. Stephen Strasburg throws at full speed

    Jun 27, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Good news for the Nats, as their ace of the future’s rehab from Tommy John surgery continues apace. Stephen Strasburg threw fastballs at full speed for the first time since he went down last year — 20 in all — and told the assembled sporting press than he felt great afterward.  Of course it’s touch…

  12. Major League Baseball issues a statement on the Dodgers bankruptcy

    Jun 27, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Bud Selig just issued a statement today regarding the Dodgers bankruptcy.  Normally, Selig’s statements are long when the topic is complicated. This one: not so long. If one can sense aggravation in a press release, it can be sensed here: “The Commissioner’s Office has spent the better part of one year working with Mr. McCourt and…

  13. Joe Mauer taking reps at first base with Justin Morneau out

    Jun 27, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    joe mauer twins first base

    Justin Morneau‘s third major injury in three years has the Twins talking about using Joe Mauer somewhere other than catcher for the first time and he took some reps at first base prior to tonight’s game. Jordan Schelling of MLB.com snapped the attached photo and Mauer got some personal instruction from manager Ron Gardenhire. When…

  14. Big surprise: Frank McCourt to keep the Dodgers running with a crappy loan

    Jun 27, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Frank McCourt, who knows from crappy loans, received one for $150 million in order to meet payroll on the 30th and to keep the team running while the bankruptcy proceeds through its paces, reports the Wall Street Journal.  Some basic questions you may have, followed by the best answer I have (again, bankruptcy types, feel…

  15. Indians call up third base prospect Lonnie Chisenhall

    Jun 27, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Cleveland Indians

    After falling out of first place by beginning the month 8-16 the Indians have turned to their farm system for help, calling up standout third base prospect Lonnie Chisenhall in time for tonight’s game in Arizona. Chisenhall’s numbers in the minors haven’t been jaw-dropping and include a modest .265 batting average and .779 OPS in…

  16. Rickie Weeks now leads NL second basemen in All-Star balloting

    Jun 27, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day

    The last update in National League All-Star voting before the final results are announced on Sunday just hit the wires. Here’s where it stands: C: Brian McCann 1B: Albert Pujols 2B: Rickie Weeks 3B: Placido Polanco SS: Troy Tulowitzki OF: Ryan Braun OF: Lance Berkman OF: Matt Holliday Of note is the fact that Weeks…

  17. Jim Riggleman lands job as guest analyst on CSN Chicago

    Jun 27, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Jim Riggleman

    It didn’t take long for Jim Riggleman to find work after resigning as Nationals manager last week, as CSN Chicago just announced that he’ll serve as a guest analyst on their pregame and postgame broadcast during the White Sox-Cubs series. Riggleman was the Cubs’ manager from 1995 through 1999, going 374-419 (.472), and the CSN…

  18. Sam Fuld gets a feature in The New Yorker

    Jun 27, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Sam Fuld

    I used to have a subscription to The New Yorker, but then the same thing that happens to everyone else who gets a subscription to the New Yorker happened to me: when I got it I leafed through to read the cartoons, made a mental note of the articles I really wanted to read later,…

  19. Joakim Soria has thrown 12 scoreless innings since demotion

    Jun 27, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    In late May the Royals stripped Joakim Soria of closing duties after back-to-back blown saves, but he reclaimed the job a week later and has been his usual unhittable self since, throwing 12 scoreless innings with a 12/2 K/BB ratio and .098 opponents’ batting average. Soria’s season totals are still below his lofty standards, but…

  20. Wade Boggs: TV star

    Jun 27, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Wade Boggs Devil Rays

    Well, only if you consider the role of “dimwitted sheriff’s deputy” as a star turn: Wade Boggs was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005 for racking up 3,010 hits over 18 seasons, primarily as a third baseman on the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. But Boggs’ legendary on-field…

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