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  1. Cliff Lee delivers third consecutive complete game shutout

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:05 PM EDT

    Phillies starting pitcher Lee delivers a pitch to the Dodgers during the second inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    Many hyped this week’s interleague series between the Red Sox and Phillies as a potential World Series matchup. And frankly, it’s tough to argue. But tonight was all about Cliff Lee. Lee just finished off his third straight complete game shutout as part of a 5-0 win. He held the Red Sox to just two…

  2. Jon Niese passes initial tests after rapid heartbeat

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Texas Rangers

    Jon Niese, who left Saturday’s start against the Rangers with a rapid heartbeat, received some encouraging news earlier today. Niese went through a battery of tests at Henry Ford Hospital — including an electrocardiogram, echocardiogram and a treadmill stress — all of which came back normal, according to David Waldstein of the New York Times. However, the…

  3. Rich Harden to return from DL to start for Athletics on Friday

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:37 PM EDT

    Rich Harden Getty

    No, this isn’t a dream. Rich Harden is about to pitch in a real live major league baseball game. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Harden will be activated from the disabled list to start Friday night against the Diamondbacks. In turn, Graham Godfrey will move to the bullpen to pitch in…

  4. Jonathan Broxton shut down for at least another three weeks

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jonathan Broxton went for an MRI yesterday after being scratched from a rehab appearance on Sunday due to renewed pain in his elbow. It’s safe to say the Dodgers didn’t like what they found. According to Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles, Broxton will be shut down for at least three weeks. Even more telling,…

  5. Donavan Tate looks like another draft bust for Padres

    Jun 28, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

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    In light of his 50-game drug suspension, Donavan Tate is shaping up as the latest in a long line of draft busts for the Padres. Here are their 17 first-round picks over a 15-year span from 1995-2009, along with their career WARs, courtesy of Baseball-Reference. 1995 – Ben Davis (2nd): 2.9 1996 – Matt Halloran…

  6. Mariano Rivera goes for another save: a century-old New York church

    Jun 28, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera, Joe Biden

    A Christian congregation that includes Mariano Rivera has made a deal to restore a church in the New York City suburb of New Rochelle. Rivera spoke at a news conference Tuesday, saying his Spanish-language congregation had been looking for a permanent home and that he fell in love with the North Avenue Church in New Rochelle the moment…

  7. Report: MLB likely to file motion to seize the Dodgers

    Jun 28, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    A source told The Associated Press that Major League Baseball “probably” will file a motion in bankruptcy court to seize control of the Dodgers. The AP describes its source as a person familiar with the league’s plans. Baseball’s constitution allows commissioner Bud Selig to take control of a team that seeks Chapter 11 protection, with the Dodgers…

  8. Red Sox will play Adrian Gonzalez in outfield, David Ortiz at first

    Jun 28, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz

    Wednesday’s the day, according to the Boston Herald’s John Tomase. With John Lackey on the mound, the Red Sox intend to start David Ortiz at first base and Adrian Gonzalez in the outfield in Wednesday’s game against the Phillies. Tomase didn’t say which outfield position Gonzalez would play.  Left field would make more sense, given…

  9. Padres prospect Donavan Tate suspended for drugs

    Jun 28, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Donavan Tate - Bowman

    Major League Baseball just announced that Donavan Tate, who was the third overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft, has been suspended for a drug of abuse (meaning not traditional PEDs).  To get a 50-game suspension as Tate just received, you had to have tested positive twice. Tate has already sat out for 25 games, however,…

  10. Dwight Gooden wasn’t a great “Celebrity Rehab” roommate

    Jun 28, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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    I was just listening to a replay of Howard Stern’s show from this morning and heard former Baywatch actor Jeremy Jackson interviewed about, among other things, his time on the current season of Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew. Why is that at all relevant to a baseball blog, you ask? Because he was roommates with…

  11. Frank McCourt will be around for at least another month

    Jun 28, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    The initial hearing in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy took place this afternoon. Just adjourned in fact. The biggest takeaway: Major League Baseball has, for the time being at least, agreed to let Frank McCourt run the team with this interim financing deal. That agreement seems like the only option at the moment, inasmuch as the judge…

  12. The AL All-Star ballots: Ellsbury and Hamilton fighting for the start

    Jun 28, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    The final update in AL All-Star balloting before the starters are announced on Sunday is in, and it breaks down as follows, which is how it has broken down, more or less, for the past few weeks: C: Russell Martin 1B: Adrian Gonzalez 2B: Robinson Cano 3B: Alex Rodriguez SS: Derek Jeter OF: Jose Bautista…

  13. Pirates place Jose Tabata on DL with quadriceps injury

    Jun 28, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds

    Jose Tabata was carted off the field Friday with a quadriceps injury and today the Pirates placed him on the disabled list, calling up Josh Harrison from Triple-A to take his roster spot. Tabata avoided a serious injury, with the official diagnosis being merely a strain, but there’s pretty good chance the 22-year-old outfielder will…

  14. Ryan Vogelsong is mortal. At least today

    Jun 28, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v San Francisco Giants

    Ryan Vogelsong has been on a real roll. He hadn’t allowed more than two runs in a start since May 3rd, which was ten starts ago.  And even then, it was the only time this year he’s given up more than two runs in 11 starts. Well, today was his 12th start. Just got underway…

  15. Indians lose outfielder Shin-Soo Choo for 8-10 weeks after thumb surgery

    Jun 28, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v San Francisco Giants

    Cleveland has fallen out of first place by going 9-16 this month and now the Indians will likely be without Shin-Soo Choo until September. Choo suffered a broken left thumb when he was hit by a Jonathan Sanchez pitch Friday and underwent surgery today, with Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reporting that the…

  16. Mike Quade replaces Jim Riggleman as NL All-Star coach

    Jun 28, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Mike Quade, Jim Riggleman

    Prior to resigning as Nationals manager last week Jim Riggleman was named to the All-Star coaching staff by National League (and Giants) manager Bruce Bochy, but now that he’s a television analyst for our CSN colleagues Riggleman has been replaced by Cubs manager Mike Quade. Quade doesn’t exactly have the greatest job security either with…

  17. Comparing and contrasting sports bankruptcies

    Jun 28, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    lawsuit gavel

    The Dodgers aren’t the first sports team to go bankrupt, and won’t be the last.  But do the others who came before provide us with any insight into what’s gonna happen with Big Blue? To answer that question, Maury Brown has a nice overview of some various sports bankruptcies in recent years, including the Rangers,…

  18. The Red Sox-Phillies series is tough for a contrarian

    Jun 28, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Umpire Fletcher looks on as Red Sox designated hitter Ortiz talks with Phillies first baseman Howard after getting a base on balls during a MLB spring training game in Clearwater

    I’m predisposed to being a contrarian. I’m no crazy iconoclast or uber-non-conformist — I drive an Accord for crying out loud — but that is the general impulse. If you tell me something is the best ever, I’m going to look for flaws.  If you hype something up, I’m going do my best to explain…

  19. Bruised hand sends Phillies closer Ryan Madson to DL

    Jun 28, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Apparently serving as the Phillies’ closer is hazardous to your health. Brad Lidge has been on the disabled list all season with a shoulder injury, shortly after replacing him in the ninth inning Jose Contreras was shut down with an elbow injury, and now Ryan Madson has been put on the shelf with a bruised…

  20. MLB: Frank McCourt is “threatening the immediate demise of one of baseball’s great teams”

    Jun 28, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    Major League Baseball’s initial filing in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy case is out, and it’s quite clear that they are going to pull absolutely no punches here and, presumably, will pull no punches when the initial hearing in the matter gets underway early this afternoon. In addition to objecting to everything McCourt wants to do, they…

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