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  1. Miguel Cabrera says All-Star game injury “is nothing big”

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Gatorade All-Star Workout Day

    Miguel Cabrera left the All-Star game after one at-bat with what was described as mild soreness in his right side and the Tigers first baseman said afterward that the injury “is nothing big.” “I’m going to take care of myself and get ready for Friday,” Cabrera told Jason Beck of MLB.com, referring to the Tigers’…

  2. Jaime Garcia, Cardinals to announce a four-year $27.5 million deal today

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jaime Garcia

    This was actually first reported by KTRS 550 AM in St. Louis six days ago, but at the time neither the Cardinals nor Garcia confirmed it.  Jon Heyman reports today, however, that the deal is, in fact, done, and that an official announcement could come as early as this afternoon. Heyman’s report is just what…

  3. Bengie Molina doesn’t plan to play in 2011, will likely retire

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Bengie Molina‘s name gets brought up every time a catcher is injured, as if a 36-year-old who was incredibly slow and out of shape to begin with hasn’t gotten older, slower, and heavier in the nine months since he last played an MLB game. If he hasn’t signed yet he probably isn’t going to sign…

  4. Report: the Astros will move to the AL in future realignment

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    We’ve heard mixed things about this in the past, but Jack Magruder of Fox Sports Arizona reports that the Diamondbacks have been told by Major League Baseball that they will not be asked to move to the AL as a part of any realignment scheme. That according to “two sources close to the situation.”  He goes…

  5. The Mets sent $5 million to Milwaukee with K-Rod

    Jul 13, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Joel Sherman supplies us with some more details regarding the Francisco Rodriguez trade to Milwaukee.  He says that the Mets have sent $5 million to the Brewers. Which makes total sense, of course. It basically gives the Brewers the money to pay K-Rod’s salary for the rest of the year, though they still have to…

  6. Justin Timberlake makes everyone feel uncomfortable

    Jul 13, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Timberlake Grace

    Well, not me. I loved Mark Grace’s interview with Justin Timberlake during the All-Star Game last night. It may have been more entertaining than the game, actually. The MLBAM people have already had the video of it taken down from YouTube — and I have this feeling that neither Fox nor MLB.com will be featuring it…

  7. Willie Mays did not say what Joe Buck said he said

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    Willie Mays

    During the All-Star Game last night, Buck and McCarver brought up the topic of players who didn’t show up for the All-Star Game even though they were selected.  At that point, Buck referred to a Wall Street Journal article in which Willie Mays had something really pithy to say about the ballplayers who didn’t make…

  8. Brian Wilson is starting Carlos Beltran-to-the-Giants trade rumors now

    Jul 13, 2011, 7:03 AM EDT

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    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle tweeted the following from the NL All-Stars’ clubhouse after the game last night following his interview with Giants’ closer Brian Wilson: Wilson provided trade news: “I guess we’re in talks with them about Beltran. Just another perennial hitter. Could only help out a squad” … When I asked Wilson…

  9. For all its flaws, MLB’s All-Star Game is best of its kind

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:12 AM EDT

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    PHOENIX – Say what you will about MLB’s All-Star Game. Call it ridiculous that the winner of an exhibition game clinches home-field advantage for its league representative in the World Series. Say that the bloated rosters — made even larger by the handful of players who beg out of the game – make a mockery…

  10. Mets and Brewers both win in Francisco Rodriguez deal

    Jul 13, 2011, 1:35 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    As Matthew noted a little earlier, the Mets have traded Francisco Rodriguez and cash considerations to the Brewers for two players to be named later. Who the Mets eventually get in return here is really secondary to what the trade accomplishes for the club. This is all about shedding his $17.5 million option for 2012,…

  11. Prince Fielder powers National League to second straight All-Star Game victory

    Jul 13, 2011, 12:09 AM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    The National League defeated the American League 5-1 at tonight’s All-Star Game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, clinching home field advantage for the World Series for the second straight season. This is the first time the National League has won back-to-back All-Star Games since they took home three straight from 1994-1996. Prince Fielder won…

  12. Brewers acquire Francisco Rodriguez from Mets

    Jul 13, 2011, 12:06 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Francisco Rodriguez has gone from closing in New York to setting up in Milwaukee. K-Rod, who had 23 saves in 26 opportunities for the Mets, was acquired by the Brewers with cash for two players to be named, the team announced after Tuesday’s All-Star Game. “Francisco has been one of the best relievers in the…

  13. Tackling the trade deadline: Philadelphia Phillies

    Jul 13, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies

    Philadelphia Phillies First-half record: 57-34 Standings: 3 games up on Braves in NL East Needs Bullpen: Ryan Madson should return to form after he comes back from a hand injury, but the Phillies can’t rely on either Brad Lidge (shoulder, elbow) and Jose Contreras (elbow).  Adding another late-game reliever should be this team’s priority.  Fortunately, it…

  14. HBT All-Star Game live blog

    Jul 12, 2011, 11:29 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    UPDATE: Wilson gets Paul Konerko to ground out to end it. The National League wins 5-1. They will have home field advantage in the World Series for the second straight season. Thanks for hanging out, everyone. Stay tuned for a recap. 11:25 PM: Hey, did you guys know that Brian Wilson has a beard? 11:23 PM:…

  15. Sore knee gets Josh Beckett scratched from All-Star Game

    Jul 12, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

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    Josh Beckett was scheduled to be the second pitcher in for the AL squad in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, but he was scratched and replaced by David Robertson after feeling soreness in his left knee while warming up. Beckett, who left his start for the Red Sox on Friday due to a hyperextended left knee, was cleared…

  16. ESPN running down the All-Star Game again

    Jul 12, 2011, 7:53 PM EDT

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    ESPN is just fine with a three-hour Home Run Derby.  After all, it gets to televise the proceedings.  But the All-Star Game itself?  Well, that’s FOX’s baby and that makes it fair game for the worldwide leader. Jerry Crasnick’s piece on all of the stars skipping the game is currently leading the big features box…

  17. Dominican trainer Enrique Soto accused by three of sexual abuse

    Jul 12, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

    Yunior Pena Peguero

    Baseball America points out a chilling investigative report by Alicia Ortega of Noticias Sin in the Dominican Republic.  Three players, one of whom was later stabbed to death, have accused powerful Domincan trainer Enrique Soto of sexually assaulting them. Soto was arrested in January, but he was released on bond in June. Yunior Pena Peguero was…

  18. 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. …

  19. Shannon Stone’s wife issues statement of thanks

    Jul 12, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

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    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,…

  20. 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.”…

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