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  1. Brian Roberts “is still several weeks away from returning”

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brian Roberts, Buck Showalter

    Brian Roberts has been out since May 16 with a concussion and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun writes that the Orioles second baseman “is still several weeks away from returning.” Initially when the Orioles placed Roberts on the new seven-day disabled list on May 19 they were hopeful he could return in a week…

  2. Must-Click Link: Larry Granillo on Brian Sabean’s idiotic comments about Scott Cousins

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    Brian Sabean phone

    Anyone can sit back and say how much of a classless, low-rent jerk Brian Sabean was in his comments about Scott Cousins last night.  I mean, when a high level executive of a major league baseball team fans the flames of a situation in which the player in question is already getting death threats —…

  3. Hideki Okajima would rather be traded than rejoin Red Sox

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Rich Hill‘s injury leaves the Red Sox short of a left-handed reliever and opens the door for Hideki Okajima to potentially be called back up from Triple-A, but Okajima told Michael Vega of the Boston Globe that he “would rather not be called up in this situation.” Demoted to Triple-A for the second time this…

  4. Quote of the Day: Rays’ owner Stuart Sternberg on the drivers of Tampa Bay

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Frankland Bridge

    Rays’ owner Stuart Sternberg was part of a panel discussion about sports in Tampa last night, and he was asked what he has learned about Tampa Bay since he bought the Rays. His answer made me laugh: “Water is a big divide …  You know, we’ve learned really lots about what — I would say…

  5. Willy Aybar: Mediocre baseball player, world-class scumbag

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Rays' Aybar drives in the game-winning run against the Angels during their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    Willy Aybar‘s lack of free agent offers was explained a few weeks ago by a report that he spent three months in a Dominican Republic prison for allegedly beating his wife so badly that she was in intensive care. And now according to the St. Petersburg Times the former Rays, Dodgers, and Braves player–and brother…

  6. Scouts would take Derek Jeter over Jose Reyes right now? Really?

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    derek jeter yankees yawning

    Sabermetricians are often told to get their heads out of their spreadsheets and to watch some baseball.  The people who say that sort of thing often defer to their own eyes or the eyes of scouts when it comes to analysis. Then you read stuff like this story from Andrew Marchand at ESPN New York…

  7. If David Wright gets traded, he can be a free agent after 2012

    Jun 3, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    Wright_David

    I said yesterday that I don’t think the Mets should trade David Wright. But in the event that the Mets disagree with that assessment, understand that their job is going to be a bit harder than you might imagine. Why? Because as Andy Martino notes, Wright’s contract is better for the Mets than it would…

  8. An in-depth look at team defense throughout baseball history

    Jun 3, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    Evaluating defense in baseball continues to be a work in progress. We’re way better off than we were even a few short years ago, but it remains a tricky and often subjective undertaking, with most people not being able to say much more about the topic apart from “that guy plays good defense” and “that…

  9. The Rays were totally grunge the other night. Well, not really.

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    flannel

    As we’ve mentioned before, Joe Maddon has taken to having the Rays play dress up when they travel. Sometimes they wear suits, sometimes they wear camo, sometimes they wear 70s disco stuff.  You get the idea.  Hey, gotta do something to arrest the boredom of travel. I mean, you can only read SkyMall so many…

  10. Nine of 30 teams in violation of MLB’s debt rules

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    On the one hand, this sounds alarming: Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports that nine of baseball’s 30 teams are in violation baseball’s debt service rules. The teams: Dodgers and Mets — duh — as well as the Orioles, Cubs, Tigers, Marlins, Phillies, Rangers and Nationals. On the other hand, it’s hard to say what…

  11. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 3, 2011, 5:49 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v St. Louis Cardinals

    What a dead night for baseball. Only six games plus the day tilt in New York. All night my Twitter feed was filled with people talking about the NBA (15%) and the damn spelling bee (85%).  And between the two of those things I don’t think there’s any more human misery possible to unleash on…

  12. Scott Cousins’ agent responds to Brian Sabean’s comments, says client has been getting death threats

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:23 PM EDT

    posey wide

    Matt Sosnick, the agent for Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins, has responded to the harsh comments that Giants GM Brian Sabean made about his client Thursday afternoon on a San Francisco radio station. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News has all the goods from Sosnick, who said Cousins has been receiving death threats since…

  13. D’Backs sign Yhency Brazoban to minor league contract

    Jun 2, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

    brazoban getty

    According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, the Diamondbacks agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Yhency Brazoban on Thursday evening and assigned him to Triple-A Reno. Brazoban exercised an out clause and gained his release from the Rangers on Thursday morning after registering a solid 3.42 ERA and striking out 31 batters…

  14. Brandon Webb pulled off rehab with more shoulder issues

    Jun 2, 2011, 8:52 PM EDT

    webb posing

    Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram passes along word that veteran right-hander Brandon Webb had to be pulled off his minor league rehab assignment Thursday after renewed inflammation was discovered in his rotator cuff. Webb surrendred five earned runs on eight hits during a 3 1/3-inning rehab start on Monday afternoon at Double-A Frisco.…

  15. Giants GM: If Scott Cousins “never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we’ll all be happy…”

    Jun 2, 2011, 8:19 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    The Giants are still plenty upset about the late-May collision at home plate that caused an early end to catcher Buster Posey‘s 2011 season. Earlier this week, Giants manager Bruce Bochy reached out to Joe Torre, who now serves as Major League Baseball’s vice president of baseball operations, and lobbied for a rule change. Now…

  16. Pablo Sandoval to begin rehab assignment Friday at Single-A

    Jun 2, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    sandoval cap

    The Giants’ official Twitter feed passed along some good news this evening on third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who has been sidelined since late April due to a fractured right hamate bone. “Kung Fu Panda” is going to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Friday with Single-A San Jose. He will play two games there…

  17. 25 years ago today: Rod Carew announces his retirement

    Jun 2, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    Rod Carew 1986 Topps

    June 2, 1986 Officially ending his Hall of Fame career about six months after MLB owners did it for him, Rod Carew announced his retirement.  A victim of collusion after the 1985 season, Carew failed to get any suitable offers for what would have been his age-40 campaign.  Nine years later, he’d be awarded $782,000…

  18. Reliever Manny Delcarmen signs with Rangers

    Jun 2, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

    Manny Delcarmen

    A day after requesting and receiving his release from the Mariners, former Red Sox reliever Manny Delcarmen signed with the Rangers on Thursday.  It’s his fourth organization in the last year. Delcarmen, who was traded from Boston to Colorado last summer, had a 5.14 ERA and a 23/12 K/BB ratio in 28 innings for Triple-A…

  19. More injuries for Twins, as Jim Thome and Jason Kubel hit the disabled list

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    Jim Thome ap

    Just when it looked like the Twins might be getting some positive news on the health front with Joe Mauer finally catching in extended spring training the team announced that Jim Thome and Jason Kubel are the latest members of the injury wrecked lineup to be placed on the disabled list. Thome and Kubel join…

  20. Players of the month announced

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

    Not a ton going on this afternoon, so hey, let’s pass along press-released news! MLB has announced its players, pitchers and rookies of the month. In the NL it’s Jay Bruce, Jair Jurrjens and Justin Turner, respectively.  In the AL it’s Jose Bautista, Jeremy Hellickson and … Jeremy Hellickson. They also announced a reliever of the…

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