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  1. Josh Beckett’s one-hitter gets Red Sox back into win column

    Jun 15, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett vs. Rays

    Already one of the AL’s Cy Young favorites, Josh Beckett had his best start yet in 2011 on Wednesday night, throwing a one-hitter as Boston beat Tampa Bay 3-0. The Rays’ lone hit was a Reid Brignac single in the third.  Beckett retired the other 27 hitters he faced, striking out six of them. It…

  2. Mitt Romney, Red Sox fan, didn’t know the Rays have a dome

    Jun 15, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT

    Former Massachusetts Governor Romney reacts during first New Hampshire debate of the 2012 campaign at St. Anselms College in Manchester

    Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is hosting a fund raiser in downtown Tampa, Florida on Thursday and decided to kill some time by taking in the Red Sox vs. Rays game Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. The former Massachusetts governor and self-proclaimed Red Sox fan told reporters that he didn’t want any political questions for the…

  3. Tom Gorzelanny cleared to return Sunday vs. Orioles

    Jun 15, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    gorzelanny gray

    According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington’s “Nats Insider,” left-hander Tom Gorzelanny has been cleared to return from the disabled list on Sunday for an interleague start against the Orioles. Gorzelanny has been sidelined since the last week of May with inflammation in his throwing shoulder. He was shelled for five hits and four earned…

  4. Angels release Scott Kazmir after latest horrible rehab start

    Jun 15, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Scott Kazmir reached the end of the line with the Angels on Wednesday.  After giving up six runs in 1 2/3 innings for Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday night, he was placed on release waivers by the club, which is prepared to eat the approx. $9.5 million he’s still owed. After Kazmir struggled throughout spring…

  5. Padres give up on Jorge Cantu

    Jun 15, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Jorge Cantu

    Even though the Padres will be using the designated hitter in Minnesota this weekend, they said after Wednesday’s game that they’re cutting veteran Jorge Cantu. The move is likely clearing a spot for Orlando Hudson to come off the DL on Friday. Cantu was signed to platoon with Brad Hawpe at first base and back…

  6. Cards stuff: Albert Pujols plays third, Allen Craig has fracture

    Jun 15, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Allen Craig

    I’m not sure they’re all worthy of separate entries, but there’s plenty of Cardinals news today: – Albert Pujols is making his fourth start and fifth appearance at third base in Wednesday’s game against the Nationals.  It may not mean a whole lot to some, but that fifth appearance gives him third-base eligibility in a…

  7. Presenting the minor league stolen base leaders

    Jun 15, 2011, 6:16 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Here’s a list of the current stolen base leaders in the minors, topped by a couple of very good prospects. 1. Billy Hamilton (A- Reds): 52 SB, .233/.294/.325 in 240 AB 2. Gary Brown (A+ Giants): 32 SB, .335/.407/.487 in 269 AB 2. Tyler Graham (AAA Giants): 32 SB, .269/.339/.358 in 201 AB 4. Rymer…

  8. Vote for your favorite moment in All-Star Game history

    Jun 15, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    All Star Game

    Fact: if you put anything in NCAA Tournament-style brackets, it’s instantly fun.  Don’t tell me differently. I voted on stuff like “cats vs. dogs” on some blog my wife likes recently, all because they used brackets, so I know of what I speak. The fact that MLB.com is doing that with a baseball-related topic is…

  9. Tsuyoshi Nishioka rejoins Twins 10 weeks after breaking leg

    Jun 15, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Nick Swisher

    He’s not in the starting lineup tonight, but the Twins have officially activated Tsuyoshi Nishioka from the disabled list after placing Justin Morneau on the shelf with a bum wrist last night. Nishioka suffered a fractured fibula on April 7 when Nick Swisher of the Yankees slid into him breaking up a double play and…

  10. Frank McCourt has supporters in the Hispanic community too

    Jun 15, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Remember that odd report last week about the African-American churches sending a letter to Bud Selig supporting Frank McCourt as owner of the Dodgers?  Well, according to Tim Brown at Yahoo! he’s getting support from the Los Angeles Hispanic community too. At least part of it. The basis for that support? Not totally clear. McCourt…

  11. Video of the Day: First scenes from the Moneyball movie

    Jun 15, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Entertainment Tonight showed a few scenes from the upcoming Moneyball movie starring Brad Pitt as A’s general manager Billy Beane and … well, let’s just say my skepticism about how they could turn a good but mostly action-free book into an interesting film is even stronger now: I might be wrong, of course. Hitters drawing…

  12. Barry Bonds files a motion to have his conviction set aside

    Jun 15, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    We knew this was coming, and the legal beagles out there will enjoy reading it, so here it is.  Barry Bonds moves to have his conviction set aside on four grounds. The first: that truthful statements can’t constitute obstruction of justice, referring to that “I was the child of a celebrity” digression which formed the basis of…

  13. Joe Mauer finally looks likely to rejoin Twins’ lineup Friday

    Jun 15, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    mauer batting

    Joe Mauer‘s lengthy stint on the disabled list finally appears to be coming to an end, as the Twins catcher put the finishing touches on his rehab stint in the minors today by taking batting practice against fellow DL inhabitant Joe Nathan. Mauer spoke to David Dorsey of the Fort Myers News Press afterward, saying:…

  14. The Braves activate Jason Heyward

    Jun 15, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    heyward getty wide

    The Braves just announced that Jason Heyward has been activated and will, in all likelihood, be in the lineup against the Mets tonight. Heyward’s bat is much needed. His ugly batting line — .214/.317/.407 — represents a lot of play when he was injured but when, for some reason or another, no one took him out…

  15. Projecting the 2011 NL All-Star team

    Jun 15, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder

    With one month until the game, he’s my first attempt to project the NL All-Star roster.  The team will have 34 players, usually 21 hitters and 13 pitchers.  Remember that all 16 teams need to be represented. Catcher Locks: None Possibilies: Brian McCann, Yadier Molina, Miguel Montero, Chris Iannetta, Ramon Hernandez, Jonathan Lucroy With Buster…

  16. Dodgers hope cortisone shot gets Casey Blake back Friday

    Jun 15, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    Casey Blake

    Casey Blake is out of the lineup today for the fifth straight game due to a sore neck, but he’s been able to pinch-hit during that time and the Dodgers are hoping he’ll be back in the lineup Friday. Don Mattingly told Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times that Blake is scheduled to get…

  17. Comment of the Day: No, the Braves grounds crew wasn’t messing with Jose Reyes

    Jun 15, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Reader Tim’s Neighbor is someone I’ve corresponded with a bit, as he worked for the Braves until recently. No, he wasn’t executive vice president of baseball operations or anything, but when it comes to the issue of Jose Reyes and the curiously wet Turner Field infield, he has some special insight and expertise. Here’s what…

  18. Rockies plan to keep Dexter Fowler in the minors even after he’s healthy

    Jun 15, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Dexter Fowler

    Dexter Fowler is currently on the disabled list with an abdominal injury and recently started a minor-league rehab assignment, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have told the center fielder he’ll remain at Triple-A even after getting healthy. In other words, the rehab assignment will eventually turn into a demotion…

  19. Fay Vincent wouldn’t want any Mark Cubans if he were commissioner

    Jun 15, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Mavericks Clippers Basketball

    Sometimes it’s tempting to look back at former Commissioner Fay Vincent and think about what things would be like if there still were a fully independent Commissioner as opposed to one who came up through ownership like Selig did and one who truly sees the best interests of the game as his highest duty as…

  20. Yu Darvish’s scoreless-inning streak stopped at 46

    Jun 15, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    Yu Darvish, who tied a Pacific League record with his third straight shutout last week, gave up two runs in a complete-game loss Wednesday as the Hanshin Tigers edged the Nippon-Ham Fighters 2-1. Darvish’s scoreless streak was up to 46 innings when he gave up a run in the third inning today.  He later gave…

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