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  1. Brad Lidge had a setback

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Brad Lidge had been pitching in extended spring training down in Clearwater, but he’s on his way back to Philly now due to a setback: elbow soreness. You’ll recall that the reason he’s on the DL in the first place is a strain of his rotator cuff in his right shoulder, so this is a…

  2. Ryan Zimmerman “unlikely” to come off disabled list this week

    Jun 7, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    zimmerman face

    Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-3 and played seven innings defensively last night at Single-A, but manager Jim Riggleman said the third baseman is “unlikely” to return from the disabled list before the Nationals end their 11-game road trip Sunday. “We don’t want to push it,” Riggleman told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. “I really want…

  3. Or maybe Harper should just embrace villainy

    Jun 7, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Piper Snuka

    Maybe I went too far in my advice to Bryce Harper this morning.  Maybe Ted Berg has a better idea about it all: a full-on heel-turn: … make ‘em teach you, Bryce. Admire your moonshots. Maintain that godawful mustache. And maybe armor up a bit. The baseball world needs bad guys, and due to your unique…

  4. Yankees draft Dante Bichette’s son, Dante Bichette Jr.

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Dante Bichette Jr.

    They didn’t have a first-round pick last night, but the Yankees did have a supplemental first rounder at No. 51 thanks to losing Javier Vazquez as a free agent (seriously) and they used it on high school slugger Dante Bichette Jr. In addition to being the son of four-time All-Star outfielder Dante Bichette he’s also…

  5. It ain’t just Harper: pitchers who throw at guys need to grow up too

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v St. Louis Cardinals

    In that first Bryce Harper post this morning I wrote: Maybe he gets away with that kind of thing in A-ball. But if he doesn’t learn a bit of humility at some point on his journey to greatness, he’s going to get his ribs broken. To be clear, that was a prediction, not a prescription,…

  6. Jason Kendall takes “a huge step” in post-surgery comeback

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Kansas City Royals

    Jason Kendall took what he called “a huge step” in his recovery from shoulder surgery, participating in live batting practice yesterday for the first time since going under the knife in September. Kendall’s throwing program has progressed to 100 feet and Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that he could be cleared for…

  7. Davey Lopes misses Philly; isn’t crazy about the mess in L.A.

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers Photo Day

    Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes liked it in when he coached in Philly but, as was suspected at the time and as he said in an interview upon his return to Philly yesterday, the Phillies just didn’t want to pay him what he thought he was worth.  Despite this, however, he has fond memories…

  8. Andy Pettitte: “I don’t think I will ever pitch again”

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    New York Yankee Andy Pettitte Announces Retirement

    While appearing on Michael Kay’s radio show yesterday Andy Pettitte made it very clear that he has no plans to come out of retirement, saying: “I don’t think I will ever pitch again.” Pettitte added that he’s “not dying to be playing baseball right now” and is “absolutely loving being home.” He left the door…

  9. Selig seeks slotting; international draft

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    We’ve seen this coming for a couple of years now, but on the occasion of the 2011 draft, Bud Selig once again called for the hard slotting of draft picks and the extension of the draft to cover other countries: “I believe in slotting and I believe in a worldwide draft. I think it’s important,”…

  10. Joakim Soria reclaims closer duties after one-week demotion

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    Demoted from closer to middle reliever last week after blowing three saves in four appearances, Joakim Soria threw five hitless innings in three outings and now the Royals are ready to hand him ninth-inning duties back. Aaron Crow was tabbed as the fill-in closer, but never actually got a save opportunity. Ned Yost told Dick…

  11. The implications of moving the fences in at Citi Field

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Citi Field AP

    Everyone talks about moving the fences in at Citi Field, but no one analyzes it.  That is until today, when Adam Rubin — with the help of Greg Rybarczyk from Hittrackeronline.com — looks into how various modifications to the dimensions of Citi Field would affect the Mets in general and David Wright — the most frequently…

  12. Bryce Harper needs to grow up

    Jun 7, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    There has been quite a response since the post of that Bryce Harper home run trot this morning (the video is embedded below).  It has me thinking about the curious beast that is Bryce Harper and what, if anything, we can take from that little episode. First, let me be clear: I’m not trying to…

  13. The draft is happening

    Jun 7, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    In case you missed our coverage, be it known that the first round of the amateur draft went down last night. Matthew Pouliot’s wrapup can be read here.  As-it-went-down reactions can be read here: Pick number one; Picks 2-5; Picks 6-10; Picks 11-15; Picks 16-20; Picks 21-25; and Picks 26-33 Personally, I’m no draft expert.…

  14. Carlos Zambrano apologizes to Carlos Marmol, but no one else; stands by his words

    Jun 7, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Zambrano_Carlos

    A funny thing happened yesterday: Carlos Zambrano‘s Sunday rant about the Cubs being “embarrassing” went over really well with Cubs fans. Seemed Zambrano said something that they needed someone else besides themselves to say. That this outfit is playing poorly and needs to get better. As such, Zambrano didn’t apologize generally for his comments. He…

  15. Bryce Harper is going to get himself hurt

    Jun 7, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

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    Check out the home run that Nats’ prospect Bryce Harper hit last night. Specifically, check out the way he stopped to admire it and the kiss he blew to the pitcher when he crossed home plate: Yes, he’s young. But there’s no excuse for that kind of thing.  Even someone who cares as little about…

  16. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:33 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Philadelphia Phillies

    Seven-game losing streaks are the new black.

  17. Rockies use six pitchers to shut out Padres

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:48 AM EDT

    Clayton Mortensen

    If Padres GM Jed Hoyer wasn’t on the phone bringing Anthony Rizzo up from Tucson after this one, I don’t know what it’s going to take. The Rockies’ Clayton Mortensen, who entered with as many teams pitched for as career victories (three), combined with five relievers on a 3-0 shutout of the Padres on Monday.…

  18. After 0-8 start, John Danks finally gets on the board in win over Mariners

    Jun 7, 2011, 12:27 AM EDT

    John Danks

    It took facing the Mariners offense to finally get left-hander John Danks his first win of the season, as he bounced back from an 0-8 start to limit Seattle to an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings in the White Sox’s 3-1 victory tonight. In doing so, Danks outpitched Rookie of the Year favorite Michael Pineda, who…

  19. 2011 Draft – Day one wrapup: Nationals, Red Sox are winners

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:48 PM EDT

    Anthony Rendon

    A few winners and losers after 60 picks… Winners Nationals – Anthony Rendon‘s injury history is a big concern, but he looked like the best bat in the draft and the Nationals took advantage of him slipping to No. 6. They’ll probably try him at second base, and since he’s quick and not too big,…

  20. 2011 MLB Draft – picks 26-33: Reds select high school right-hander Robert Stephenson

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:23 PM EDT

    Robert Stephenson

    Red Sox selected high school catcher Blake Swihart with the 26th overall pick in Monday’s draft. Swihart has great arm strength, but the Red Sox could quickly decide to move him away from catcher to save his legs. The 19-year-old from New Mexico swings well from both sides of the plate and could develop 20-homer…

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