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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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,…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.…

  14. Brian Roberts “is starting to do some more physical things”

    Jun 15, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Brian Roberts has been out since mid-May with a concussion, but manager Buck Showalter said yesterday that “he’s starting to do some more physical things” in extended spring training. Arden Zwelling of MLB.com reports that Roberts “has been progressing through an upper-body exercise plan” without any problems, but “the team isn’t taking any chances with”…

  15. Holy crap, Adam Lind killed a baseball

    Jun 15, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    lind_adam

    I mentioned Adam Lind‘s walkoff, 11th inning homer from last night’s Jays-Orioles game in the recaps. But I just now saw the highlight. Mercy me, did he destroy that ball. He and Koji Uehara just seemed to silently tell one another. “Yep.” Matt Wieters hit one a mile too, but I think Lind’s went farther.…

  16. Josh Johnson’s return pushed back again as move to 60-day DL rules him out until second half

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    At this rate the Marlins will announce next week that Josh Johnson won’t be returning until 2015. Johnson was initially expected to miss just a couple weeks with shoulder inflammation when Florida placed him on the disabled list in mid-May, but manager Edwin Rodriguez admitted Monday that they were no longer expecting Johnson back before…

  17. Must-click link: Explaining Jose Bautista

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    We’ve seen several lazy passes at explaining the phenomenon that is the late-blooming Jose Bautista. Most of them — empty “gee-whiz” musings at best, veiled PED accusations at worst — start from the proposition that Bautista came from out of nowhere and started hitting home runs like some kind of freak. But Jose Bautista is…

  18. Benched again, Jason Bay says “that’s just the reality of it” and “I just work here”

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jason Bay

    Benched last night for the third time in six games Jason Bay offered up a very reasonable response when questioned afterward by reporters, noting that it’s tough to complain much about not being in the lineup when you’re hitting .207. I’m a realist. I’m not playing that well. That’s just the reality of it. Had…

  19. The Cubs are having a street fair outside Wrigley Field. Sort of.

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    The Cubs had intended to shut down Sheffield Avenue outside the ballpark for nine days — nine days! — to have a big street fair with bands and food and all kinds of hubub, beginning this weekend to coincide with the Yankees coming to town.  Due to local displeasure at the disruption of traffic and…

  20. Scott Kazmir got rocked by minor leaguers. Again.

    Jun 15, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Kazmir_Scott

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Or the time before that. Or the time before that.  But yeah, it happened again: Scott Kazmir gave up six runs on five hits in an inning and two-thirds, while walking three and hitting a batter. The competition: a Sacramento team which can’t have much of an…

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