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  1. Indians call up third base prospect Lonnie Chisenhall

    Jun 27, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Cleveland Indians

    After falling out of first place by beginning the month 8-16 the Indians have turned to their farm system for help, calling up standout third base prospect Lonnie Chisenhall in time for tonight’s game in Arizona. Chisenhall’s numbers in the minors haven’t been jaw-dropping and include a modest .265 batting average and .779 OPS in…

  2. Rickie Weeks now leads NL second basemen in All-Star balloting

    Jun 27, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day

    The last update in National League All-Star voting before the final results are announced on Sunday just hit the wires. Here’s where it stands: C: Brian McCann 1B: Albert Pujols 2B: Rickie Weeks 3B: Placido Polanco SS: Troy Tulowitzki OF: Ryan Braun OF: Lance Berkman OF: Matt Holliday Of note is the fact that Weeks…

  3. Jim Riggleman lands job as guest analyst on CSN Chicago

    Jun 27, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Jim Riggleman

    It didn’t take long for Jim Riggleman to find work after resigning as Nationals manager last week, as CSN Chicago just announced that he’ll serve as a guest analyst on their pregame and postgame broadcast during the White Sox-Cubs series. Riggleman was the Cubs’ manager from 1995 through 1999, going 374-419 (.472), and the CSN…

  4. Sam Fuld gets a feature in The New Yorker

    Jun 27, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Sam Fuld

    I used to have a subscription to The New Yorker, but then the same thing that happens to everyone else who gets a subscription to the New Yorker happened to me: when I got it I leafed through to read the cartoons, made a mental note of the articles I really wanted to read later,…

  5. Joakim Soria has thrown 12 scoreless innings since demotion

    Jun 27, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    In late May the Royals stripped Joakim Soria of closing duties after back-to-back blown saves, but he reclaimed the job a week later and has been his usual unhittable self since, throwing 12 scoreless innings with a 12/2 K/BB ratio and .098 opponents’ batting average. Soria’s season totals are still below his lofty standards, but…

  6. Wade Boggs: TV star

    Jun 27, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Wade Boggs Devil Rays

    Well, only if you consider the role of “dimwitted sheriff’s deputy” as a star turn: Wade Boggs was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005 for racking up 3,010 hits over 18 seasons, primarily as a third baseman on the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. But Boggs’ legendary on-field…

  7. Cardinals activate David Freese and Nick Punto from DL

    Jun 27, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    David Freese

    St. Louis’ packed disabled list got a little lighter today, as the Cardinals activated third baseman David Freese and utility infielder Nick Punto. Freese has been out for two months with a broken left hand, but hit .356 with an .865 OPS in 25 games before the injury and will slide right back into the…

  8. The Rangers are interested in Carlos Beltran, K-Rod

    Jun 27, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    beltran bats

    It’s only about a month or so until the trade deadline — at least the one that doesn’t require waivers — so I suppose we should crank up the Rumor-a-tron 3000. Here’s Heyman: rangers interested in beltran as well as k-rod … Could be big trade partner for mets I have this feeling a big…

  9. Astros will be sellers, but “unlikely to trade” Hunter Pence

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Houston Astros

    Houston has MLB’s worst record at 28-51, which puts them on a 57-105 pace and all but guarantees the Astros will be trying to unload various veterans for any kind of long-term help they can get before the trade deadline. However, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com “the Astros remain unlikely to trade right fielder…

  10. Mets player: “most of us are still Neanderthals”

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Neanderthal

    Last month when I wrote about Charles Barkley’s comments on an active gay athlete coming out, I referred to those who would not be accepting of such a thing as “Neanderthals.”  Some people in the comments thought it was a low blow of me to refer to simple dumb bigots as “Neanderthals.” To each his…

  11. Adam Dunn reaches 100 strikeouts in his 67th game

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    Adam Dunn struck out four times yesterday to reach 100 strikeouts for the season, which is pretty remarkable considering the White Sox have played 79 games and Dunn himself has appeared in just 67 of them. To put that in some context, 100 strikeouts in 67 games works out to 239 strikeouts per 160 games…

  12. The Dodgers’ goal in bankruptcy: a television rights auction

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    old TV

    The Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin has been reading the bankruptcy filings this morning, and notes that Frank McCourt’s apparent end game here is to get the bankruptcy court to auction off the television rights for the Dodgers, thereby providing them with the cash they need to keep going. The obstacles: the Dodgers’ current deal…

  13. Marlon Byrd to begin rehab assignment and wear specially designed helmet

    Jun 27, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    marlon byrd helmet

    Marlon Byrd has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment five weeks after suffering facial fractures from a beaning and the Cubs center fielder showed Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune the special protective helmet he’ll wear. As for how long he’ll wear it, Byrd told Sullivan that he’s not sure yet: I might…

  14. “David Ortiz is not a baseball player”

    Jun 27, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Remember that John Steigerwald guy who blamed Bryan Stow’s beating on the fact that he wore a Giants jersey to Dodger Stadium? Yeah, that was some first class poop-stirring. This bit he wrote about David Ortiz over the weekend doesn’t approach that state of sublimity, but it’s pretty good poop-stirring all the same. The inspiration:…

  15. Mike Quade on Starlin Castro’s lack of hustle: “It better not happen again”

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Mike Quade, Starlin Castro

    I’m sure Jack McKeon would have benched Starlin Castro for the rest of the decade by now, but Cubs manager Mike Quade has taken a less extreme approach to handling the 21-year-old shortstop’s lack of hustle. In the first inning of yesterday’s game Castro failed to run after a ground ball that went past him…

  16. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Phillies' Halladay throws in the fourth inning during their MLB Interleague baseball game with the Athletics in Philadelphia

    Some people didn’t like my little tour of the cities thing last week and said that you’d prefer it if I just stuck to the “Team X has won Y of Z games, so look out for Team X!” blather.  I can’t tell if those people are merely trolls or if there is a genuine…

  17. Twins’ momentum vanishes as they fall back into last place

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Delmon Young

    Digging out of their massive early season hole seemed possible and then some when the Twins chased Giants starter Madison Bumgarner from last Tuesday’s game with an eight-run first inning. They’d won eight in a row as part of a 15-2 stretch that improved the Twins from an MLB-worst 17-37 to 32-39, miraculously bringing .500…

  18. Jeff Wilpon scolds Mets for not throwing at Athletics’ players

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jeff Wilpon photo

    I missed this yesterday, but reader The Dangerous Mabry gave me the heads up.  ESPN New York reports that Jeff Wilpon scolded Mets players for not retaliating at Athletics’ players after Justin Turner was hit by a pitch on Thursday. The pitch that hit him — in the leg — was probably itself thrown at him…

  19. Mariners won’t limit rookie Michael Pineda’s workload

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Back in April the Mariners indicated that they planned to limit Michael Pineda‘s workload, but never got into specifics as pitching coach Carl Willis said: “We’ll come up with a number, maybe another month in.” We’re now another two months in and apparently they’ve changed their minds, at least somewhat, as Willis told Greg Johns…

  20. Bare-handed Evan Longoria breaks out

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria, Carlos Corporan

    I didn’t mention this in the recaps this morning because I was too busy being clever about a 14-10 final score, but Evan Longoria had a huge game yesterday, going 4 for 6 with two homers and five RBI. He had a huge weekend, in fact, getting eight hits, three homers and 10 RBI against the…

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