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  1. Bob Davidson, Joe West, Angel Hernandez snubbed from All-Star Game duties!

    Jun 29, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    Jerry Layne

    I’ll admit it: when I got the MLB press release announcing the umpires for the All-Star Game, I secretly hoped that some bad ones would be named so I could write some outraged prose. It’s really good for the soul. Quite cathartic. Sadly, it appears that baseball has only chosen decent umpires. Or at least…

  2. Chris Davis is hitting .374 with 19 homers and 52 RBIs in 33 games at Triple-A

    Jun 29, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Chris Davis high five

    Chris Davis hit well in limited action with Texas earlier this season, but the Rangers don’t seem particularly interested in giving him another extended opportunity. So instead he’s destroying Triple-A pitching. Davis has hit .374 with 19 homers and 52 RBIs in 33 games at Triple-A. Admittedly the Pacific Coast League is very hitter-friendly and…

  3. The Mariners apparently have no emergency catcher

    Jun 29, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Chris Gimenez

    I missed this because, really, I had no idea that baseball took place after 11PM Eastern time.  But in last night’s Braves-Mariners game, the M’s had a catcher fiasco.  Miguel Olivo left early due to cramps in his hamstring and the backup catcher, Chris Gimenez, strained his oblique in the fifth inning. Gimenez could apparently…

  4. John Danks hoping to return immediately after All-Star break

    Jun 29, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    John Danks

    Placed on the disabled list Sunday with an oblique muscle injury, John Danks is hoping to rejoin the White Sox’s rotation immediately following the All-Star break after an MRI exam revealed only a mild strain. Oblique injuries have a tendency to linger, but Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago notes that Danks has never been on…

  5. Must-Click Link: the oral history of “Major League”

    Jun 29, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Beringer Sheen

    Great stuff over at Sports Illustrated today: interviews with the director and most of the cast of “Major League.”  It’s long, but anyone who has seen and loved that movie will agree that it’s worth it. If you simply don’t have the time, however, go to Big League Stew, where Rob Iracane lists what he…

  6. Carlos Gonzalez hitting .360 since move to leadoff spot

    Jun 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez rockies

    Carlos Gonzalez followed up his monster 2010 season by getting off to a slow start this year, hitting just .254 with a .728 OPS through 57 games. However, since Dexter Fowler’s injury/demotion and manager Jim Tracy’s decision to move Gonzalez into the leadoff spot (and center field) he’s thrived, hitting .360 with four homers, nine…

  7. The Dbacks are willing to add payroll at the deadline

    Jun 29, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    This is not terribly surprising inasmuch as the Dbacks are doing well in a winnable division and have some holes that could be filled. But it seems so rare these days for the non-usual suspects to say that, yeah, they’re willing to raise payroll. But that’s what Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall told Fox’s Jon Paul…

  8. Struggling Adam Dunn talks to (and golfs with) a psychologist

    Jun 29, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    In an effort to shake a season-long slump that includes a .173 batting average and 100 strikeouts in 67 games Adam Dunn recently spent some time with a psychologist named Jeffrey Fishbein. Here’s what Dunn told Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago about the experience: I talked to him a little bit. It works for different…

  9. “It sucks having to rotate the tires on my Lamborghini”

    Jun 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Phillies starting pitcher Lee delivers a pitch to the Dodgers during the second inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    That was the very self-aware quote from Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley when he was called out on Twitter a few minutes ago for picking some serious nits in the otherworldly performance of Cliff lately. Not that he’s at all wrong with anything in his post.  It’s easy to go rah-rah-Cliffy right now, especially if…

  10. Former top prospect Josh Fields leaves Rockies for Japan

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    josh-fields-royals

    Once upon a time Josh Fields was a first-round pick who twice cracked Baseball America‘s annual list of the top 100 prospects, but three teams and 796 plate appearances in the big leagues later he’s headed to Japan. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker reports that Fields has been released from the Rockies’ affiliate at Triple-A…

  11. Ozzie Guillen: “we deserved to lose”

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Ozzie Guillen had a pretty matter-of-fact assessment of the White Sox game last night: “I don’t think we should feel bad because we earned it to lose this game. We deserved to lose. I think the way we played from the first inning , I don’t think we should have won this game at all…

  12. Kevin Millwood chose not to opt out of minor-league contract with Red Sox

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kevin Millwood

    Kevin Millwood’s minor-league contract with the Red Sox included a June 20 opt-out clause, but Sam Dykstra of WEEI.com reports that the 35-year-old right-hander decided to remain at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he has a 4.22 ERA and 30/9 K/BB ratio in 32 innings. Millwood opted out of a minor-league deal with the Yankees in order…

  13. Josh Johnson to pay a visit to Dr. Andrews

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Marlins' Johnson delivers a pitch against the Phillies in the first inning during their MLB National League baseball game in Miami

    Ruh-roh.  Josh Johnson will be examined by Dr. James Andrews today after experiencing more discomfort in his shoulder following a lackluster bullpen session on Friday. Team president Larry Beinfest said “it’s not great,” but everyone is still making “it’s precautionary” noises for now. Shoulders are way scarier than elbows. Just thought I should throw that out…

  14. The Mets break a grand slam drought

    Jun 29, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Jason Bay

    I didn’t realize this when I wrote the recaps this morning, but before yesterday’s game, the Mets had gone 299 straight games without a grand slam.  And then they had two of them, one from Jason Bay and one from Carlos Beltran. Neat. While the Mets are getting monkeys off their back, it would also…

  15. Carlos Beltran would waive his no-trade clause for a contender

    Jun 29, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    beltran square

    Last night Carlos Beltran that he would waive his no-trade clause if it meant playing for a contender. This isn’t terribly surprising — he knows he’s off to somewhere new after this year and he’s been a rent-a-player before. And given that he’s healthy and productive this year — and that there isn’t much offense…

  16. Someone think of the poor Dodgers season ticket holders

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

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

    I have, like, 50 industrial-sized barrels full of Frank McCourt ire sitting in my basement, so don’t you worry at all about me running out any time soon.  But I just real Bill Plaschke’s latest column about how McCourt has had little or no contact with the season ticket holders over the years, and I’ve…

  17. Yankees fans: this is why we all hate your team

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    The Yankees fan base — at least insofar as their views are reflected by John Harper of the Daily News — are baseball’s version of Veruca Salt.

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

    Jun 29, 2011, 5:52 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Phillies 5, Red Sox 0: Cliff Lee.  Cliff Phifer Lee.  Cliff effin’ Phifer Lee throws his third straight shutout and completes his 32nd straight scoreless inning. Some may downplay this by claiming that this was against a weak Red Sox lineup, but a weak Red Sox lineup is still better than a great many other…

  19. Cliff Lee delivers third consecutive complete game shutout

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:05 PM EDT

    Phillies starting pitcher Lee delivers a pitch to the Dodgers during the second inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    Many hyped this week’s interleague series between the Red Sox and Phillies as a potential World Series matchup. And frankly, it’s tough to argue. But tonight was all about Cliff Lee. Lee just finished off his third straight complete game shutout as part of a 5-0 win. He held the Red Sox to just two…

  20. Jon Niese passes initial tests after rapid heartbeat

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Texas Rangers

    Jon Niese, who left Saturday’s start against the Rangers with a rapid heartbeat, received some encouraging news earlier today. Niese went through a battery of tests at Henry Ford Hospital — including an electrocardiogram, echocardiogram and a treadmill stress — all of which came back normal, according to David Waldstein of the New York Times. However, the…

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