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  1. Brewers call up Mat Gamel for interleague action this week

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:27 PM EST

    mat gamel brewers

    With the Brewers set to play against the Yankees and Twins this week under American League rules, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Mat Gamel has been called up from Triple-A Nashville. Gamel, 25, was hitting .321/.380/.577 with 18 home runs and 58 RBI through 76 games with the Sounds, including a .347…

  2. Let the bidding begin: Hiroki Kuroda drawing trade interest

    Jun 27, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

    Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Don’t get your hopes up. Unless something completely unexpected happens, your team isn’t going to acquire Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier or Clayton Kershaw. However, the Dodgers will surely be more than willing to trade away some other useful pieces before the deadline. One major-league source tells Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com that “a lot of clubs”…

  3. MLB hypes another big attendance weekend

    Jun 27, 2011, 6:52 PM EST

    PNC Park

    Last weekend’s interleague series drew a total of 1,626,347 fans over three days, MLB.com reports.  It marked the first time since July 2008 that the league has enjoyed consecutive weekends of greater than 1.625 million attendance. Through 168 interleague games this year, the average attendance has been 34,118, a full 20 percent higher than the…

  4. Rockies-Cubs game first in five years to feature three multihomer guys

    Jun 27, 2011, 6:24 PM EST

    Aramis Ramirez, Starlin Castro

    The final score was a modest 7-3, but Monday’s Rockies-Cubs game at Wrigley, won by Chicago, was the first in five years to include three multi-homer performances. The Cubs’ Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez and the Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez all went deep twice in the contest.  Gonzalez led off the top of the first with his…

  5. TMZ releases brief pre-beating Bryan Stow video

    Jun 27, 2011, 6:20 PM EST

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    TMZ has obtained a 15-second clip of Bryan Stow in Dodger Stadium before the beating that left the Giants fan in a coma. In the video, Stow, wearing a Giants jersey, is having some sort of dispute with a Dodgers fan.  The fan in question is not Giovanni Ramirez, the suspect from the beating currently behind…

  6. Updating the 2010 first-round picks: looking at Bryce Harper, Zack Cox and more

    Jun 27, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Bryce Harper

    Here’s a revised edition of something I tried in May. I thought it was a good time to look at the 2010 first-round picks again with the slate of midseason promotions starting to arrive. Hitters 1. Bryce Harper (OF Nationals): .322/.421/.569, 14 HR, 45 RBI, 13 SB in 239 AB (low-A Hagerstown) 3. Manny Machado (SS…

  7. Stephen Strasburg throws at full speed

    Jun 27, 2011, 5:34 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    Good news for the Nats, as their ace of the future’s rehab from Tommy John surgery continues apace. Stephen Strasburg threw fastballs at full speed for the first time since he went down last year — 20 in all — and told the assembled sporting press than he felt great afterward.  Of course it’s touch…

  8. Major League Baseball issues a statement on the Dodgers bankruptcy

    Jun 27, 2011, 5:05 PM EST

    Bud Selig

    Bud Selig just issued a statement today regarding the Dodgers bankruptcy.  Normally, Selig’s statements are long when the topic is complicated. This one: not so long. If one can sense aggravation in a press release, it can be sensed here: “The Commissioner’s Office has spent the better part of one year working with Mr. McCourt and…

  9. Joe Mauer taking reps at first base with Justin Morneau out

    Jun 27, 2011, 4:49 PM EST

    joe mauer twins first base

    Justin Morneau‘s third major injury in three years has the Twins talking about using Joe Mauer somewhere other than catcher for the first time and he took some reps at first base prior to tonight’s game. Jordan Schelling of MLB.com snapped the attached photo and Mauer got some personal instruction from manager Ron Gardenhire. When…

  10. Big surprise: Frank McCourt to keep the Dodgers running with a crappy loan

    Jun 27, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Frank McCourt, who knows from crappy loans, received one for $150 million in order to meet payroll on the 30th and to keep the team running while the bankruptcy proceeds through its paces, reports the Wall Street Journal.  Some basic questions you may have, followed by the best answer I have (again, bankruptcy types, feel…

  11. Indians call up third base prospect Lonnie Chisenhall

    Jun 27, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Cleveland Indians

    After falling out of first place by beginning the month 8-16 the Indians have turned to their farm system for help, calling up standout third base prospect Lonnie Chisenhall in time for tonight’s game in Arizona. Chisenhall’s numbers in the minors haven’t been jaw-dropping and include a modest .265 batting average and .779 OPS in…

  12. Rickie Weeks now leads NL second basemen in All-Star balloting

    Jun 27, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day

    The last update in National League All-Star voting before the final results are announced on Sunday just hit the wires. Here’s where it stands: C: Brian McCann 1B: Albert Pujols 2B: Rickie Weeks 3B: Placido Polanco SS: Troy Tulowitzki OF: Ryan Braun OF: Lance Berkman OF: Matt Holliday Of note is the fact that Weeks…

  13. Jim Riggleman lands job as guest analyst on CSN Chicago

    Jun 27, 2011, 3:47 PM EST

    Jim Riggleman

    It didn’t take long for Jim Riggleman to find work after resigning as Nationals manager last week, as CSN Chicago just announced that he’ll serve as a guest analyst on their pregame and postgame broadcast during the White Sox-Cubs series. Riggleman was the Cubs’ manager from 1995 through 1999, going 374-419 (.472), and the CSN…

  14. Sam Fuld gets a feature in The New Yorker

    Jun 27, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Sam Fuld

    I used to have a subscription to The New Yorker, but then the same thing that happens to everyone else who gets a subscription to the New Yorker happened to me: when I got it I leafed through to read the cartoons, made a mental note of the articles I really wanted to read later,…

  15. Joakim Soria has thrown 12 scoreless innings since demotion

    Jun 27, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    In late May the Royals stripped Joakim Soria of closing duties after back-to-back blown saves, but he reclaimed the job a week later and has been his usual unhittable self since, throwing 12 scoreless innings with a 12/2 K/BB ratio and .098 opponents’ batting average. Soria’s season totals are still below his lofty standards, but…

  16. Wade Boggs: TV star

    Jun 27, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Wade Boggs Devil Rays

    Well, only if you consider the role of “dimwitted sheriff’s deputy” as a star turn: Wade Boggs was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005 for racking up 3,010 hits over 18 seasons, primarily as a third baseman on the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. But Boggs’ legendary on-field…

  17. Cardinals activate David Freese and Nick Punto from DL

    Jun 27, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    David Freese

    St. Louis’ packed disabled list got a little lighter today, as the Cardinals activated third baseman David Freese and utility infielder Nick Punto. Freese has been out for two months with a broken left hand, but hit .356 with an .865 OPS in 25 games before the injury and will slide right back into the…

  18. The Rangers are interested in Carlos Beltran, K-Rod

    Jun 27, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    beltran bats

    It’s only about a month or so until the trade deadline — at least the one that doesn’t require waivers — so I suppose we should crank up the Rumor-a-tron 3000. Here’s Heyman: rangers interested in beltran as well as k-rod … Could be big trade partner for mets I have this feeling a big…

  19. Astros will be sellers, but “unlikely to trade” Hunter Pence

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Houston Astros

    Houston has MLB’s worst record at 28-51, which puts them on a 57-105 pace and all but guarantees the Astros will be trying to unload various veterans for any kind of long-term help they can get before the trade deadline. However, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com “the Astros remain unlikely to trade right fielder…

  20. Mets player: “most of us are still Neanderthals”

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

    Neanderthal

    Last month when I wrote about Charles Barkley’s comments on an active gay athlete coming out, I referred to those who would not be accepting of such a thing as “Neanderthals.”  Some people in the comments thought it was a low blow of me to refer to simple dumb bigots as “Neanderthals.” To each his…

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