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  1. Andre Ethier to take Shane Victorino’s spot on NL All-Star team

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Andre Ethier

    A little comparison… Corner outfielders on the NL All-Star team Carlos Beltran Lance Berkman Ryan Braun Jay Bruce Matt Holliday Hunter Pence Justin Upton Center fielders on the NL All-Star team Matt Kemp So, of course the league today named Andre Ethier the replacement for the injured Shane Victorino on the NL squad.  Because what…

  2. Josh Hamilton will start Friday against A’s

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:22 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton will play left field tonight against the A’s, manager Ron Washington said. Hamilton was given the option of taking the night off after he made the throw Thursday that caused Shannon Stone to tumble over a Rangers Ballpark railing and fall to his death.  Hamilton, though, said he wanted to be out there…

  3. Alex Rodriguez sent for MRI on sore right knee

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:16 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez was sent for an MRI on his right knee Friday and is being held out of tonight’s lineup against the Rays. Rodriguez, who originally injured the knee June 19 in a game against the Cubs, will be joined on the bench by Nick Swisher, who is nursing a tender left quad. Manager Joe Girardi…

  4. Buster Posey cleared to begin light workouts

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v San Francisco Giants

    The Giants basically ruled catcher Buster Posey out for the rest of the 2011 season following his late-May surgery to repair a broken bone in his left leg and torn ligaments in his left ankle. But life goes on, and Posey was cleared by team physicians this week to begin doing light workouts. According to…

  5. Derek Jeter bows out of the All-Star Game

    Jul 8, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    For as much was made about so many Yankees making the All-Star team, in effect, it doesn’t really matter. Why? Because none of ‘em seem to be playing. Alex Rodriguez and Mariano Rivera already decided to give it a miss, and now, too, will Derek Jeter. This is not a total shock.  While he’s been…

  6. Rangers set up memorial fund for Shannon Stone’s family

    Jul 8, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    Rangers Ballpark

    At a news conference Friday afternoon, Rangers president Nolan Ryan announced that the team would create and make a “substantial” donation to a memorial fund for Shannon Stone’s family. Stone, a 39-year-old firefighter, was killed Thursday night after tumbling over the railing at Rangers Ballpark. “It’s one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen at…

  7. Mike Trout will have to force the issue in order to stick around

    Jul 8, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Make no mistake: the Angels are looking at Friday’s promotion of top prospect Mike Trout to the majors as a short-term fix.  The plan is for the 19-year-old to help out this weekend and then return to the minors if the hamstring injury suffered by Peter Bourjos last night proves as minor as hoped. The…

  8. Joe Buck would step aside for Vin Scully in the World Series

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Vin Scully

    Remember that petition the guy at The Daily ‘Stache put up, trying to get Fox to replace Joe Buck with Vin Scully for the World Series this year?  Well, it has an unexpected supporter: Joe Buck: Personally, I’d love it,” Buck said the other day. “We’ve always toyed with the idea of having the hometown…

  9. Shannon Stone’s death just keeps getting sadder

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

    Rangers Ballpark

    Every bit of news is more depressing than the last. Suzann Stone, the wife of the firefighter killed after falling over the railing at Rangers Ballpark on Thursday night, said Shannon Stone had bought his six-year-old son a new glove prior to last night’s game and was hoping to catch a ball to give to the…

  10. Chipper Jones’ knee isn’t getting any better

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Chipper Jones‘ knee is “getting more bothersome” and isn’t responding well to treatment. Jones has been playing through it to varying results. He had a rough June. He’s hitting a bit better in July so far and has a six-game hitting streak going — but he’s Chipper, and his body doesn’t…

  11. Pudge Rodriguez likely DL-bound with oblique injury

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    Pudge Rodriguez was scratched from Thursday’s lineup after straining his oblique during batting practice, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.  Nationals manager Davey Johnson described the injury as “not good,” though the veteran backstop will be reevaluated today before a decision is made about placing him on the disabled list. “I’ve never experienced…

  12. Rangers lower flags at Ballpark in Shannon Stone’s memory

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

    Rangers Ballpark during World Series

    The Rangers will play their scheduled game Friday against the Athletics, but only after lowering the flags at Rangers Ballpark and observing a moment of silence in memory of Shannon Stone, the firefighter who died after falling over a railing during Thursday night’s game. Rangers president Nolan Ryan is expected to discuss the matter at…

  13. Austin Jackson may be out all weekend with tender wrist

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    jackson ap wide

    The Tigers picked up a 3-1 victory over the Royals on Thursday night, staying within a game-and-a-half of the American League Central-leading Indians. But the evening wasn’t all positive. According to Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press, center fielder Austin Jackson had to leave the contest after the second inning due to “tenderness” in…

  14. MLBPA issues statement about the Arizona immigration law and All-Star Game boycotts

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Arizona Flag

    We touched on Sheriff Joe a few minutes ago. In other All-Star Game/illegal immigration news, there was a lot of talk last year about potential player boycotts and the like as a result of Arizona’s tough immigration law, S.B. 1070. That has largely subsided, partially because parts of the bill are currently in legal limbo,…

  15. Chris Hatcher: from catcher to major league pitcher in less than a year

    Jul 8, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Chris Hatcher

    The Marlins’ Chris Hatcher made his major league debut last September as the team’s third catcher, going 0-for-6 in five games.  Today, he’s rejoining the team as a reliever. Hatcher, a 2006 fifth-round pick, decided to make the switch to the mound after hitting just .197/.274/.283 in 354 at-bats between Double- and Triple-A last season. …

  16. Sheriff Joe Arpaio to use the All-Star Game to draw attention to himself

    Jul 8, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Joe Arpaio

    For those of you who are unaware, Joe Arpaio is the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.  He’s famous for being a shameless self-promoter, having branded himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” doing things like putting prisoners in tents, demagoging the illegal immigration issue and all manner of other stuff. This stuff isn’t mere harmless grandstanding, however, inasmuch as…

  17. Shane Victorino placed on disabled list with thumb sprain

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    According to CSNPhilly.com, the Phillies have placed Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled list due to a ligament sprain in his right thumb. Victorino jammed his thumb on an awkward fall in center field against the Blue Jays on July 3. He’ll be eligible to return during the second series following the All-Star break. Victorino…

  18. Indians’ rookie Lonnie Chisenhall suffers facial contusions on hit-by-pitch

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Blue Jays' Arencibia checks on Indians' Chisenhall after he was hit in the face by a pitch during their MLB American League baseball game in Cleveland

    Scary moment in the second inning of last night’s Blue Jays-Indians game, as rookie third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was forced to leave the game after being struck in the cheek by a pitch from right-hander Carlos Villanueva. Chisenhall was diagnosed with facial contusions and underwent a CT scan at a local hospital, according to Paul Hoynes…

  19. Anti-Frank McCourt letters removed from Dodgers bankruptcy case file

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    I saw this the other day but didn’t comment on it because I figured it would be reversed, but apparently the clerk of the bankruptcy court considering the Dodgers’ case had accepted a handful of fan letters into the official case file. They were anti-Frank McCourt letters, essentially saying “we want our team back, please…

  20. Comment of the Day: Remembering Shannon Stone

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Sunset

    We got a comment a few minutes ago from a friend of Shannon Stone, the man who died at the Rangers game last night: I am an old friend and classmate of Shannon.  I have known the man for 35 years, ever since we were in Kindergarten and elementary school together, running in the same…

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