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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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:…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Hanley Ramirez to sit out day games after night games

    Jun 15, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Fresh off the disabled list, Hanley Ramirez is out of the Marlins’ lineup this afternoon and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that he’ll be sitting out day games following night games for at least the next two weeks. “That’s the doctor’s recommendation, so we have to follow it,” manager Edwin Rodriguez told Frisaro. “For two…

  15. Angels voted the best franchise in Major League Baseball

    Jun 15, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Angels logo

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times tweeted a few minutes ago that according to an ESPN poll (which he didn’t link but which I don’t think we’re missing), the Anaheim Angels have been voted the best franchise in Major League Baseball and the fourth best in all of professional sports. Lots of unknowns here,…

  16. Baseball has apparently done some stuff to combat the dangerous shattering bats thing

    Jun 15, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Colvin getting impaled

    This article has a lot in it about woodworking and “slope of grain” and stress resistance and stuff and I really stop being sharp at around this time of the afternoon so I can’t really parse it too well.  But this seems like the upshot to me: MLB employs TECO, a certification and testing agency for wood…

  17. Orioles have changed pitching coaches 13 times in 17 years

    Jun 15, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    revolving door

    In the wake of Mark Connor resigning yesterday for personal reasons Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun note that by replacing him with Rick Adair the Orioles have now changed pitching coaches 13 times in 17 years. A couple guys have held the job twice during that span, but Connolly raises a…

  18. Deep Thoughts: Prince Fielder free agency edition

    Jun 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Over at ESPN Chicago there’s a big story up titled “Report: Prince Fielder Open to Cubs?” Setting aside the notion that a question — “Prince Fielder Open to the Cubs?” — is not a “report,” is it not the case that Prince Fielder not ruling out a potential team in his upcoming free agency is…

  19. Carl Crawford heckled in return to Tampa Bay, says Rays partied more than Red Sox

    Jun 15, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    Craig already wrote about Carl Crawford‘s return to Tampa Bay being like seeing an ex-girlfriend at a party, but it’s also worth noting that many of his ex-boyfriends didn’t treat Crawford all that well. There was a solid amount of booing as he stepped to the plate for the first time, although eventually the rest…

  20. Trevor Cahill is on a serious skid

    Jun 15, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Trevor Cahill

    The White Rabbit — fabbo nickname by the way, if it is indeed his nickname and not just his warm up music — is struggling. Big time. As Paul Gutierrez reports at CSN Bay Area, Cahill has gone 0-5 with a 5.67 ERA in his last seven starts. Last night’s game was one of his worst.…

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