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  1. Tackling the trade deadline: Los Angeles Angels

    Jul 12, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver, Jeff Mathis

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim First-half record: 50-42 Standings: Trailing Rangers by 1 in AL West, Yankees by 5 in wild card Needs Catcher: Well, any reasonable person would think so.  Jeff Mathis is hitting .195/.241/.286, and while Mike Scioscia deserves credit for working Hank Conger into the mix, Conger hasn’t quite shined while batting .221/.305/.369. …

  2. Shannon Stone’s wife issues statement of thanks

    Jul 12, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

    Jenny Stone

    Jenny Stone, the wife of firefighter Shannon Stone, issued a statement of thanks Tuesday in the Brownwood Bulletin, showing appreciation for all of those, including the Rangers, who have helped in a time of need. It reads: Monday we said goodbye to a wonderful man. Shannon was truly a great husband, father, son, brother, uncle,…

  3. Aaron Crow ill, likely won’t pitch in All-Star Game

    Jul 12, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

    Aaron Crow

    Not that he was all that likely to pitch anyway. Royals setup man and unlikely AL All-Star Aaron Crow fell ill after arriving in Phoenix on Sunday and is probably won’t be pitch during tonight’s game. “It’s either (strep throat) or a sinus infection,” Crow said. “(The doctor) gave me some medicine and I’m feeling a lot better.”…

  4. Free-agent-to-be Prince Fielder talks DHing

    Jul 12, 2011, 6:43 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    For the second day in a row, Prince Fielder talked Tuesday about how he’s not ruling anything out as he approaches free agency for the first time.  That includes becoming a designated hitter. “I did it a little in interleague. It’s not easy to do that,” said Fielder. “It’s different because you can’t have the…

  5. Derek Jeter spotted in Miami with girlfriend Minka Kelly

    Jul 12, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

    Jeter walks with girlfriend Kelly at Yankee Stadium after final game

    While the debate about whether Derek Jeter should have attended the All-Star Game rages on, RadarOnline.com snapped some pictures earlier today of the newest member of the 3,000-hit club having lunch with his actress girlfriend Minka Kelly at an outdoor cafe in Miami, Florida. Kelly is in currently in Miami shooting for the television reboot of “Charlie’s…

  6. Matt Holliday says he was interested in the Red Sox

    Jul 12, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    Following the 2009 season, there was much speculation whether the Red Sox would attempt to re-sign Jason Bay or if they’d go for an even bigger fish and try to sign Matt Holliday in free agency. As it turned out, they did neither.  With both Bay and Holliday still waiting around for bigger offers to…

  7. AL pitching plan: Weaver, Beckett, Wilson, Pineda, improvise

    Jul 12, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    AL manager Ron Washington announced his pitching plan for tonight’s All-Star game, or at least his plan for the first four innings. Jered Weaver, who earned the starting nod by going 11-4 with a 1.86 ERA in the first half, is expected to throw just one inning, at which point Washington will call on Josh…

  8. Gary Carter hoping to coach next season

    Jul 12, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    Even as he continues to go radiation treatments after being diagnosed with brain cancer in May, Gary Carter is looking forward to a return to coaching next season, the New York Post points out. “My dad’s plan is to return as the head baseball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University for his third year,” Carter’s…

  9. David Wright scheduled to begin rehab assignment Friday

    Jul 12, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    David Wright

    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that David Wright is expected to begin a rehab assignment Friday at Single-A. There’s no official timetable yet for his return, but manager Terry Collins told Rubin that Wright will likely need at least 30-40 at-bats in the minors before the Mets consider activating him from the disabled…

  10. Luke Scott “progressing” enough to avoid in-season surgery

    Jul 12, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Scott_Luke

    When a partially torn shoulder labrum finally sent Luke Scott to the disabled list last week there was speculation that he might end up opting for season-ending surgery, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that he “seems to be progressing” and “surgery does not seem necessary at this point.” Scott struggled mightily while…

  11. We’ll be live-blogging the All-Star Game

    Jul 12, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    rage computer

    Because you can’t just watch a baseball game on TV — the very idea is insanity — you’re probably going to have a computer or a smart phone or something in front of you tonight during the festivities in Phoenix.  If so, tune it in to HardballTalk and rip off the dial,* because we’re going…

  12. Scott Boras charmed the cargo shorts off the SABR crowd

    Jul 12, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    sabr41 pic14

    I won’t bore you with many details from my trip to the SABR convention in California last week–if for some insane reason you want the details, click here–but there was one interesting event actually related to baseball that seems particularly relevant to HBT. Scott Boras (also known as “super agent Scott Boras”) gave the keynote…

  13. Bud Selig has no problem with Jeter’s absence, says radical realignment not imminent, says other stuff

    Jul 12, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Every year Bud Selig gives a big press conference on All-Star day. This year’s version just went down and, as usual, it was a rapid fire series of comments which pretty much set the official word of Major League Baseball on a ton of different topics. Highlights: The complaints of some notwithstanding, Selig has no…

  14. Shuffling the deck chairs: Dodgers acquire Juan Rivera from Blue Jays, drop Marcus Thames

    Jul 12, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Rivera_Juan

    I’m not sure if this means the Dodgers think they’re buyers at 41-51 or what, but they’ve acquired Juan Rivera from the Blue Jays for a player to be named later or “cash considerations” while designating Marcus Thames for assignment. Setting aside the absurdity of the Dodgers sending “cash considerations” to another team–surely the Blue…

  15. “The monster that ate the public sector”

    Jul 12, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    Paul Brown Stadium

    This is not about baseball — it involves a football stadium — but if there is anyone out there who still thinks that public financing of professional sports facilities is a good idea, read this article in the Wall Street Journal about the Cincinnati Bengals’ stadium and then check your position again. The lesson here…

  16. With no fans to fill seats, Marlins close upper deck

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Florida Marlins

    After a good start the Marlins have plummeted to last place in the NL East at 43-48 and rank dead last among MLB teams in attendance with 17,101 per game. And that’s tickets sold, which as I learned while attending games at Dodger Stadium a couple times last week can be incredibly misleading. With no…

  17. Clemens to challenge Congress’ authority to question him. Which is pretty darn rich.

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens departs with his wife Debbie Clemens after the first day of his perjury trial, at the federal courthouse in Washington

    A lawyer for Roger Clemens said in court today that part of Clemens’ legal strategy would be to argue that the hearing that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held three years ago — the hearing in which he allegedly perjured himself —  had nothing to do with Congress’ responsibility for legislation and was…

  18. Reds have Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez “on their radar”

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Reds “have Ubaldo Jimenez on their radar” but also says “the Rockies will not trade Jimenez unless it is a perfect fit” and “the Reds are not certain buyers.” In other words … who knows. Rosenthal notes that the Reds, at 45-47 and four games back in the…

  19. Carlos Gonzalez has a deep bone bruise

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez injured his right wrist last week when he crashed into the center field wall at Coors Field.  After pain and swelling and other assorted nastiness through off-and-on play since then, he had an MRI on it and it has been revealed that there is no break, just a deep bone bruise. Which,…

  20. Angels and Pirates “engaged in serious talks” about Jeff Mathis-for-Garrett Jones swap

    Jul 12, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Mathis_Jeff

    Pittsburgh’s quest for catching help following injuries to Chris Snyder and Ryan Doumit led them contact the Angels about Jeff Mathis, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com. Morosi reports that the Pirates and Angels “engaged in serious talks” about Mathis-for-Garrett Jones swap, but “the discussions fell apart after Pirates officials decided they couldn’t part…

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