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  1. Shane Victorino diagnosed with Grade 1 thumb sprain

    Jul 6, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    victorino smiles getty

    Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino left the Phillies in Florida on Tuesday to have his sore right thumb examined by a hand specialist back in Philadelphia. The results are in. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Victorino was diagnosed Tuesday evening with a Grade 1 sprain of his right thumb. The Phillies are considering…

  2. Do we need heroes in sports?

    Jul 6, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    Mickey Mantle AP

    Buzz Bissinger has a post up over at The Daily Beast today, lamenting the absence of colorful heroes, rakes and rogues in sports today: Sports are bigger than ever. It occupies us more than ever. It is ever exploding. There are still routinely great performances. But behind those performances there is less and less human…

  3. Redoing the 2001 MLB draft

    Jul 6, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Mark Prior

    It’s arguable whether even 10 years is long enough to properly evaluate a baseball draft, but it’s good enough for these purposes. I’m going to hit the reset button on the 2001 draft and redo all of the first-round picks based on what we know now. I am excluding 2001 draftees who didn’t sign after…

  4. K-Rod is poised to get expensive. What should the Mets do?

    Jul 6, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    A reminder in the Wall Street Journal this morning that the Mets — playing solid enough baseball that talk of the wild card is not delusional — have some hard decisions to make.  And not just with Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes.  That’s because, as all Mets fans know, if Francisco Rodriguez finishes 55 games…

  5. Bruce Bochy is not pleased with Clint Hurdle and Jack McKeon

    Jul 6, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

    bochy frustrated

    Today on Real Managers of the National League, Bruce fires back after Clint and Jack get all up in his grill! Jack McKeon and Clint Hurdle, who manage the Marlins and Pirates, respectively, criticized Bruce Bochy for snubbing players on their teams. On Tuesday, Bochy fired back, saying many managers phoned him before the picks…

  6. Jason Bay is coming to life

    Jul 6, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    Jason Bay

    It’s hard to remember a free agent signing that led to so much buyer’s remorse so soon as Jason Bay‘s has. But maybe, just maybe, Bay will be able to change some minds. He’s off to a good start with that, hitting two homers and driving in four last night in Los Angeles. Overall he…

  7. In which Roger Clemens is compared to Casey Anthony

    Jul 6, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    I don’t think that I have to provide regular readers my steroid-prosecution-skeptic bonafides. You know where I stand: questionable use of government resources and a highly questionable way for us to assess what happened in baseball over the past 20-25 years too.  A fun spectacle on some level, but ultimately signifying nothing positive or particularly…

  8. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 6, 2011, 5:58 AM EDT

    Westley

    Cardinals 8, Reds 1: Albert Pujols was activated, but did not play. Makes me think this was a whole “Westley bluffing his way to victory over Humperdink even though he was still partly paralyzed from the ‘mostly dead’ thing” from “The Princess Bride.”  His mere presence and threat carried the day, at least psychologically speaking.…

  9. Derek Jeter just four hits away from 3,000 after two-hit night

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:54 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Cleveland Indians

    Maybe HBO isn’t going to need to follow Derek Jeter around for long, after all. After going hitless in his return from the disabled list last night, Jeter went 2-for-6 in tonight’s 9-2 win over the Indians. Jeter led off the game with a tapper down the third base line, almost identical to the play…

  10. Red Sox survive after blown call at home plate

    Jul 5, 2011, 9:57 PM EDT

    Jason Varitek, Edwin Encarnacion

    What looked like an easy win for the Red Sox suddenly got tense Tuesday, after Jonathan Papelbon came into a 3-0 game and gave up a two-run homer to Jose Bautista with none out in the ninth. Papelbon went on to surrender a single to Edwin Encarnacion with one out, a walk to J.A. Arencibia…

  11. All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera leaves with ankle sprain

    Jul 5, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera injured

    Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left Tuesday’s game in the fourth inning with a sprained right ankle suffered while coming down after a leaping throw versus the Yankees. Cabrera was injured in the third, but he stayed in to finish the inning.  The Indians opted to remove him in favor of Lonnie Chisenhall when it was…

  12. Clayton Richard placed on disabled list with shoulder strain

    Jul 5, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v San Diego Padres

    The Padres placed left-hander Clayton Richard on the disabled list today with a left shoulder strain, one day after he was pulled from his start against the Giants after five shutout innings. As Richard told Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune this evening, he’s confident he won’t have to miss significant time. “It feels…

  13. Carl Crawford ran the bases today

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Red Sox Crawford runs to first on single against Milwaukee Brewers during first inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game in Boston

    The timetable for Carl Crawford‘s return is still up in the air, but he continues to make progress in his rehab from a hamstring injury. Crawford was able to run the bases this afternoon for the first time since being placed on the disabled list last month, according to Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com. More specifically,…

  14. Lance Berkman’s milestone homer is longest in new Busch Stadium history

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    Lance Berkman hit his NL-best 23rd homer 452 feet Tuesday, making it the longest homer since the new Busch Stadium opened in 2006. It was the 350th homer of Berkman’s career, and it tied him with Chili Davis for fourth all-time among switch-hitters.  Only Chipper Jones (443), Eddie Murray (504) and Mickey Mantle (536) have hit more.…

  15. Jon Lester exits no-hit bid with strained lat muscle

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:16 PM EDT

    Jon Lester

    9:00 p.m. EDT: Lester left Tuesday’s game with a strained left lat muscle.  The Red Sox didn’t even try calling him day-to-day, so it sounds like he’ll be placed on the DL on Wednesday.  Michael Bowden could be called up to help out of the pen until a fifth starter is needed. 8:45 p.m. EDT:…

  16. Jon Garland to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v New York Mets

    Craig alluded to the possibility this morning and now it’s official. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Jon Garland will indeed undergo season-ending shoulder surgery next Monday. Garland has earned the reputation as one of the most durable pitchers in baseball, logging at least 190 innings in nine consecutive years, but this…

  17. Mariano Rivera unavailable again tonight

    Jul 5, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v New York Yankees

    Barring an emergency situation, the Yankees will be without Mariano Rivera for a second straight night. According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, Rivera still felt some tightness in his right triceps muscle while long-tossing with Boone Logan before tonight’s game against the Indians. “I feel better today but I think we’re going to…

  18. Home Run Derby participants announced; Fielder calls on Weeks

    Jul 5, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks

    Both David Ortiz and Prince Fielder called on teammates to help them out in next Monday’s Home Run Derby.  In Fielder’s case, though, it’ll be Rickie Weeks, not Ryan Braun, trying to aid the cause. With Braun saying he wasn’t interested, it will be Fiedler, Weeks, Matt Kemp and Matt Holliday for the NL squad.  The…

  19. With Carlos Quentin to dangle, White Sox scout Braves pitching

    Jul 5, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    Carlos Quentin

    The White Sox sent assistant general manager Dave Yokum to watch Braves pitchers last week, leading to speculation that GM Ken Williams might be interested in dealing for some of Atlanta’s excess pitching. According to CSNChicago.com, one of the pitchers the White Sox were eyeing was Brandon Beachy, though the 24-year-old looks far from expendable…

  20. Marlins acquire Mike Cameron from Red Sox

    Jul 5, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

    Mike Cameron

    Five days after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox, Mike Cameron has been shipped to the Marlins for a player to be named. The Red Sox sent along an undisclosed amount of cash to help cover the approx. $3.5 million left on Cameron’s contract.  He signed a two-year, $15.5 million deal with Boston…

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