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  1. Negro Leagues’ heroes get their tombstones

    Jul 20, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Big Bill Gatewood

    NBC Nightly News ran a great story last night about something called the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project. Which, as the name suggests, seeks to find and identify the graves of former Negro Leaguers who died and were buried in obscurity. The link to the text story is here.  Below is the video report.

  2. Cubs deny talks with Hall of Fame general manager Pat Gillick

    Jul 20, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Gillick

    Well, so much for that. Earlier this afternoon there were rumors about the Cubs talking to Pat Gillick, the longtime general manager set to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend, but team president Tom Ricketts wasted little time denying those reports. Ricketts issued a statement that reads: “While Tom respects Pat Gillick’s…

  3. Red Sox to meet Yankees on Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary

    Jul 20, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Old Fenway

    Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports on a preliminary 2012 Red Sox schedule that is floating around that, surprise surprise, has the Sox meeting the Yankees on the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, April 20th. One big question: April 20th is a Friday, so how will ESPN be able to over-hype the living hell out…

  4. Justin Masterson threw 104 pitches last night and 103 of them were fastballs

    Jul 20, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Justin Masterson

    Justin Masterson shut out the Twins for 7.2 innings last night, allowing just four hits and no walks while striking out six, and remarkably did so while throwing fastballs on 103 of his 104 pitches. Seriously. His timing was especially amusing because just a few hours earlier Sam Miller wrote a Baseball Prospectus column about…

  5. Jose Canseco fails to show up for court case over his failing to show up for a boxing match

    Jul 20, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    ozzie and jose canseco

    Jose Canseco dabbles in the celebrity boxing world. He’s terrible at it, getting his butt beat fairly often, but he dabbles.  At least when he bothers so show up.  He didn’t show up for a bout back in March, sending his twin brother Ozzie instead.  His promoter wasn’t fooled, however, cancelled the bout and sued…

  6. Brad Lidge eyes Friday return to Phillies’ bullpen

    Jul 20, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    lidge getty

    Brad Lidge made his eighth minor-league rehab appearance today, throwing a scoreless inning at Single-A, and David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that he may be cleared to come off the disabled list as soon as Friday. Lidge has been mostly impressive in the minors, allowing three runs in 7.2 innings while striking…

  7. Bryan Stow undergoes emergency surgery; L.A. county increases reward in the criminal investigation

    Jul 20, 2011, 3:00 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

    The Los Angeles Times reports that Bryan Stow suffered a 30-second seizure earlier this week and that, as a result, he underwent emergency surgery to alleviate fluid build-up on his brain.  There is no word in the linked story as to how that has changed his overall condition, but obviously emergency surgery is not a good…

  8. Twins sold $391,000 worth of bobblehead dolls in one day

    Jul 20, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    twins bobblehead set

    Monday morning the Twins’ official website began offering a “limited edition set” of 25 bobblehead dolls representing every player from the 1991 World Series team. Even Terry Leach, thankfully. There were 1,000 sets available for $391 each … and they sold out almost immediately, which means (math!) the Twins generated $391,000, the “net proceeds” of…

  9. AEG on a downtown L.A. ballpark: “under no circumstances are we interested in building a baseball stadium”

    Jul 20, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    Last week there was a report that AEG — the company who owns the Staples Center and is trying to build an NFL stadium in downtown L.A. — was contacted by Major League Baseball regarding the possibility of building a downtown ballpark for the Dodgers.  The idea: even if Frank McCourt loses the Dodgers, he’d…

  10. Cubs talking to Hall of Fame general manager Pat Gillick?

    Jul 20, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Pat Gillick

    UPDATE: False alarm, apparently. ========== Pat Gillick will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend alongside Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar, but now there’s some speculation that the Cubs are interested in hiring the 73-year-old former Blue Jays, Orioles, Mariners, and Phillies general manager. Details are scarce in terms of which role the…

  11. Pirates, Athletics considering a Josh Willingham trade

    Jul 20, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    willingham getty

    The contending Pirates could use a bat, and one bat that always seems to be available at trade deadline time is Josh Willingham.  According to  Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Athletics and Pirates are talking about him. In such a deal, Willingham and Craig Breslow would come to Pittsburgh, with Garrett Jones going to Oakland.…

  12. Dodgers fire hitting coach Jeff Pentland, hire Dave Hansen

    Jul 20, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Don Mattingly, Jeff Pentland

    Since you can’t get rid of all the players–particularly when you don’t have any money to hire new ones–the Dodgers have decided to fire hitting coach Jeff Pentland and replace him with Dave Hansen on an interim basis. Pentland, 64, was the Dodgers “hitting instructor” behind then-hitting coach Don Mattingly from 2008 to 2010 before…

  13. Two days, two no-hitters for Royals minor leaguers

    Jul 20, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Kelvin Herrera

    The Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals got a nine-inning no-hitter from Will Smith and Kelvin Herrera on Tuesday night, matching the one thrown by Triple-A Omaha’s Luis Mendoza a day earlier. Smith, who was picked up from the Angels in the Alberto Callaspo deal a year ago, threw seven hitless innings before his pitch count forced…

  14. Manny Acta on Indians’ need for trade deadline help: “That’s an understatement”

    Jul 20, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    manny-acta-indians

    Asked yesterday if he thinks the Indians need to make a move prior to the July 31 trade deadline, manager Manny Acta replied: “That’s an understatement.” And that was before they lost to the Twins on a walk-off hit after taking a 1-0 lead into the ninth inning. Here’s what Acta told Paul Hoynes of…

  15. The Mets are “100 percent certain” that they won’t trade Jose Reyes

    Jul 20, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Buster Olney tweeted the following a few minutes ago: The Mets are now 100 percent certain they will not trade Jose Reyes before the deadline, according to sources. He changed their minds. This isn’t terribly surprising given how well he has played this year, the realization that great shortstops don’t grow on trees these days…

  16. Jon Lester throws bullpen session, set for Monday start

    Jul 20, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    Jon Lester threw a problem-free bullpen session this morning and is scheduled to return from the disabled list Monday against the Royals. Lester hasn’t pitched since July 5 because of a strained left latissimus, but manager Terry Francona told Tim Britton of the Providence Journal that the left-hander is healthy now and simply needs to…

  17. Two simple changes to the Hall of Fame ballot

    Jul 20, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    cooperstown

    We usually reserve all of our Hall of Fame arguing for late December and early January when we can devote sufficient time to the obnoxiousness that requires, but any time is a good time really. Today Jim Caple has a suggestion to improve the process:  (1) eliminate the 15-years-on-the-ballot rule; and (2) eliminate the if-you-don’t-get-five-percent-of-the-vote-you’re-dropped…

  18. Danny Valencia gets game-winning hit off Chris Perez, then lets him sleep over

    Jul 20, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    slumber_party

    Danny Valencia‘s walk-off single against Chris Perez last night was dramatic enough, coming with the bases loaded and turning a 1-0 Indians lead into a 2-1 Twins victory, but their back story added to the drama. Valencia and Perez have been friends since high school, played together at the University of Miami, and were roommates…

  19. Cal Ripken’s kid is a pretty good ballplayer too

    Jul 20, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Cal Ripken

    There’s a decent chance that the Ripkens are going to join the Bells and the Boones as a three-generation major league family one day.  Meet Ryan Ripken: Ryan Ripken has been selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, which will be held next month at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Over the first three years of the…

  20. Report: Jose Reyes “would love to sign with the Angels”

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jose Rayes

    Jose Reyes is back in the Mets’ lineup after returning from the disabled list yesterday, but that hasn’t stopped the speculation from swirling around the impending free agent. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that Reyes “has told friends he would love to sign with the Angels when he becomes a free agent after the…

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