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  1. The Mets might make a big offer to Jose Reyes

    Jul 4, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Mets

    Think the Mets are just gonna let Jose Reyes walk? Or maybe even trade him?  Maybe not. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports this morning that Sandy Alderson is “leaning strongly toward authorizing a substantial offer” to Reyes. Reyes is hitting .354/.398/.529 this year and, recent hamstring tweak notwithstanding, has completely changed everyone’s impression…

  2. Nationals promote Bryce Harper to Double-A at age 18

    Jul 4, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper jumped directly to low Single-A to begin his pro career despite being just 18 years old and after dominating the South Atlantic League for a half-season the Nationals have decided they’ve seen enough from him in the low minors. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Harper has been promoted to Double-A, bypassing high…

  3. Photo of the Day: Captain America calling

    Jul 4, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Captain America punches Hitler

    For so many years, one gets the sense that Derek Jeter fans saw him much like this, single-handedly smashing tyranny and representing all that was Right and True about baseball and America. Well, the years have taken their toll and Jeter has started to be seen in a different, more realistic light. More of a Silver Age…

  4. Ron Washington blasts umpire: “Angel is just bad. That’s all there is to it.”

    Jul 4, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Ron Washington, Joe West, Angel Hernandez

    I know Angel Hernandez is a bad umpire. You know Angel Hernandez is a bad umpire. Heck, I presume that everyone affiliated with Major League Baseball in one way or another knows it too. Thing is, you just rarely hear anyone come out and say it. Well, Ron Washington came out and said it last…

  5. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 4, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Cincinnati Reds

    Holiday weekends weird me out. Sunday night doesn’t feel like Sunday night so doing the recaps of Sunday games doesn’t feel natural. That’s especially true when Monday is a big honkin’ hardly-anyone-goes-to-work-holiday like today.  Which means it’s a big honkin’ hardly-anyone-reads-the-blog day too. But there are a few of you out there, I’m sure, who…

  6. The 2011 un-All-Star team

    Jul 3, 2011, 9:53 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    MLB sent 66 players to Phoenix today. Here’s 58 who can head to Siberia instead. Presenting your un-All-Stars. (I won’t be taking salaries or expectations into account. Playing time, however, will be a big factor. Basically, I’m looking for the guys who have done the most harm this year.) Catcher AL: Jeff Mathis, John Jaso…

  7. Snubbed from team, Mark Teixeira won’t take part in Home Run Derby

    Jul 3, 2011, 7:56 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira

    David Ortiz wanted Mark Teixeira for one of the three openings for next week’s Home Run Derby, but the Yankees first baseman has decided to stay home after being snubbed from the AL roster for the All-Star Game. Teixeira had indicated that he would have taken part in the Derby if he were making the trip…

  8. Ryan Dempster hospitalized, scratched from start

    Jul 3, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    CSNChicago’s Patrick Mooney reports that Ryan Dempster was hospitalized on Saturday and stayed overnight undergoing tests and taking IV fluids.  Although he was released Sunday, he’s been scratched from his next scheduled start. The Cubs will call up Casey Coleman to take his spot Monday against the Nationals. Besides fighting a stomach virus, Dempster has…

  9. Josh Hamilton willing to consider Home Run Derby bid

    Jul 3, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

    Wes Helms, Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton, who ruled himself out of the previous two Home Run Derbys, said he’d be willing to consider it this time around if approached by team captain David Ortiz. It was revealed Sunday that Ortiz had approached Jose Bautista and Mark Teixeira for two of the three openings on the squad.  Bautista is in,…

  10. Jose Reyes diagnosed with Grade 1 hamstring strain

    Jul 3, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Manager Terry Collins had the news following Sunday’s game against the Yankees: Jose Reyes was diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain after an MRI and remains day-to-day. Grade 1 is the most mild grade of strain.  Still, the safe play for the Mets would be to keep him shut down for the remaining seven…

  11. Blue Jays designate Juan Rivera, call up Travis Snider

    Jul 3, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    Travis Snider

    When the Blue Jays took back Juan Rivera and Mike Napoli as the price for shedding Vernon Wells‘ deal in a trade with the Angels, it was with the idea of sending both elsewhere before the season started.  It worked out fine with Napoli, who was moved on to Texas for Frank Francisco, but the…

  12. Mets come back off Mariano Rivera, beat Yankees in 10

    Jul 3, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Jason Bay

    The Mets scored single runs in the ninth and 10th innings to beat the Yankees 3-2 and avoid a home sweep Sunday. Already down Jose Reyes because of a hamstring strain, the Mets’ chances appeared to take another hit today when R.A. Dickey was forced from a 1-1 game after five innings due to tightness in…

  13. We’re doing it wrong: 2011 All-Star Game preview

    Jul 3, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game is supposed to be a grand spectacle, a chance for baseball fans to see all of the sport’s current greats in one stadium on the same night. And it is that. But a rule made official in 2003 now dictates that the winner of the Midsummer Classic is awarded home…

  14. Tigers fire pitching coach Rick Knapp

    Jul 3, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

    Rick Knapp

    After beating the Giants 6-3 behind a strong outing from Rick Porcello, the Tigers terminated pitching coach Rick Knapp on Sunday, replacing him with bullpen coach Jeff Jones. Knapp had spent 2 1/2 season as Detroit’s pitching coach after replacing the fired Chuck Hernandez. The Tigers are 45-40, leaving them just a half-game back of…

  15. Michael Bourn frustrated by Red Sox support in Houston

    Jul 3, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    getty astros fans

    Here’s Astros outfielder Michael Bourn, venting on the large contingent of Red Sox fans that has overtaken Houston’s Minute Maid Park this weekend: “Their fan base is huge. When we are playing the Red Sox, you hear ‘Let’s go Red Sox!’ loud. I’m like, ‘We’re in our home stands.’ I want to hear, ‘Let’s go…

  16. Cliff Lee loses shutout streak, winning streak versus Blue Jays

    Jul 3, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Cliff Lee, coming off three straight shutouts versus the Marlins, Cardinals and Red Sox, took the loss Sunday as the Blue Jays beat the Phillies 7-4. Lee had his scoreless streak snapped at 34 innings when Rajai Davis tripled and then scored on a groundout in the third inning of the game.  The Blue Jays…

  17. Michael Cuddyer a first-time All-Star at age 32

    Jul 3, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer

    I can’t summon up a lot of angst about this one.  No, Michael Cuddyer isn’t one of the AL’s top 10 outfielders.  One could argue about whether he’s in the top 20.  Still, I think every guy who sticks around as a nice regular for 12-15 years should get to experience an All-Star selection once.…

  18. Cole Hamels cleared to start Tuesday vs. Marlins

    Jul 3, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    hamels hand getty

    Phillies lefty Cole Hamels was lifted from his Thursday afternoon start against Boston after taking an Adrian Gonzalez line drive off his right fingers. The Phillies called that early exit “precautionary” and insisted that Hamels wouldn’t miss any time. They were right. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Hamels was deemed fit to…

  19. “Final Vote” balloting now open for 2011 All-Star Game

    Jul 3, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

    Justin Upton, Derrick Hall

    Major League Baseball named 66 All-Stars during Sunday’s selection show on TBS, but a total of 68 players will be on hand when the Midsummer Classic kicks off July 12 in Phoenix, Arizona. Through a week-long online “final vote,” one additional All-Star will be named to each roster. Ballots can be cast now on MLB.com.…

  20. All-snubs All-Star team led by Paul Konerko, Andrew McCutchen

    Jul 3, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    A lineup of shoulda-been All-Stars: Catcher – Miguel Montero (Diamondbacks): The AL found room for three catchers, while the NL had just two.  It really should have been the other way around.  While it would have been just fine for the AL to leave either Russell Martin or Matt Wieters off the team, the NL had…

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