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  1. Jeter sitting out All-Star Game due to “emotional exhaustion.” And there’s nothing wrong with that.

    Jul 12, 2011, 8:30 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Since the sporting press descended on Phoenix yesterday morning there has been a lot of talk about Derek Jeter‘s absence from this year’s All-Star Game. Jeter was elected by fans, you see, so many — including some players and some reporters — think that he should be there regardless of whether he will play, rest…

  2. Idiot nearly falls from the stands chasing a ball at the Home Run Derby

    Jul 12, 2011, 5:53 AM EST

    All Star Dangling Fan Baseball

    Just days after Shannon Stone died from a fall while reaching for a baseball at a Texas Rangers game, a fan at last night’s Home Run Derby nearly fell out of the outfield stands while lunging for a home run ball hit by Prince Fielder.  He was spared serious injury or death only because his…

  3. Robinson Cano tops Adrian Gonzalez to win the Home Run Derby

    Jul 11, 2011, 11:17 PM EST

    2011 State Farm Home Run Derby

    Something that lasts entirely too long and the Yankees and Red Sox are involved? This sounds familiar. Robinson Cano was just crowned the winner of the Home Run Derby, topping Adrian Gonzalez 12-11 in the finals. Of course, Cano owes a big-time assist to his father and former Astros pitcher Jose Cano, who served up…

  4. Is the All-Star Game a joke? Not to those who are here

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:08 PM EST

    Ricky Romero

    PHOENIX – Where’s Derek Jeter? That seemed to be the question on the mind of many during Monday’s media day leading up to Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Jeter, the Yankees shortstop, decided not to play in the game, as he has recently returned from the disabled list with a calf injury. Jeter is one of 16…

  5. Jon Garland undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:05 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v New York Mets

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Jon Garland underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder earlier today. The procedure consisted of clean up of the labrum and bursa and clean up and reinforcement of the rotator cuff. Garland will begin physical therapy later this week, but is expected to be sidelined for the…

  6. Tackling the trade deadline: Boston Red Sox

    Jul 11, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

    Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz

    Over the next few days, I’m going to look at the needs of some contenders as we approach the July 31 trade deadline. Boston Red Sox First-half record: 55-35 Standings: Leading Yankees by 1 game, Rays by 6 games in AL East Needs Starting pitcher: The Red Sox thought they were set with a rotation of Jon…

  7. Report: Yankees aren’t on K-Rod’s no-trade list

    Jul 11, 2011, 8:20 PM EST

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    We’re slowly learning more details about Francisco Rodriguez‘s 10-team no-trade list. While Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the no-trade list was written into his original three-year contract and doesn’t change on an annual basis, Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal reveals that the Yankees are not one of the teams on…

  8. White Sox fielding calls on Edwin Jackson

    Jul 11, 2011, 7:34 PM EST

    Edwin Jackson

    At least, that’s what SI.com’s Jon Heyman said in his column Monday. The White Sox are planning to go forward with a six-man rotation for now, but they do have a starter to spare and Edwin Jackson, a free agent at season’s end, would be the one to go in the event of a trade.…

  9. Jon Lester hopes to begin throwing Thursday

    Jul 11, 2011, 7:10 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    During a media session today for the American League All-Stars, Jon Lester told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that he hopes to begin throwing when he rejoins the Red Sox on Thursday in St. Petersburg, Florida. Lester was placed on the disabled list after leaving a start last Tuesday with a strained left lat muscle, but…

  10. Sheriff Joe Arpaio calls off the chain gangs

    Jul 11, 2011, 6:37 PM EST

    Joe Arpaio

    He’s a pretender. Maricoa County sheriff Joe Arpaio, who made headlines last week by announcing that he was going to use chain gangs of DUI offenders to pick up trash outside Chase Field during All-Star week, apparently bowed to criticism and changed his mind Monday. The sheriff had planned to have three chain gangs decked out in striped…

  11. AL All-Star closer Jose Valverde prepares a new dance for the masses

    Jul 11, 2011, 6:10 PM EST

    Jose Valverde

    American League manager Ron Washington said Monday that Detroit’s Jose Valverde will be his choice to close out a lead Tuesday night, and Valverde spent all day in front of a mirror rehearsing a new celebration upon hearing the move. Personally, I’m hoping for a new take on the Ickey Shuffle, though for what it’s…

  12. Tackling the trade deadline: Detroit Tigers

    Jul 11, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Justin Verlander

    Over the next few days, I’m going to look at the needs of some contenders as we approach the July 31 trade deadline. Detroit Tigers First-half record: 49-43 Standings: Leading Indians by 1/2 game, White Sox by 5 games in AL Central Needs Starting pitcher: Cy Young contender Justin Verlander is the only Tigers starter with an ERA…

  13. Colby Rasmus seeking answers from home, won’t find them

    Jul 11, 2011, 5:23 PM EST

    rasmus little league

    If you’ve played, or coached, or simply been around little league baseball, you’ve probably encountered the creature known in American society as the “baseball dad.” An overbearing parent, living vicariously through his child’s accomplishments, strutting around amateur baseball complexes with a bag of balls, a taped-and-ready fungo bat, oversized Oakleys, and a misguided sense of…

  14. “Game called on account of ‘Can’t feel my face.'”

    Jul 11, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Doc Ellis

    This is more of a link than a post, because there’s not a ton I can really add to this without appearing to endorse the content. But let me say this much: Doc Ellis’ LSD-aided no-hitter of June 12, 1970 is one of baseball’s weirdest feats; The linked story that is sort of about it…

  15. Too many All-Stars this year? Pshaw! Not enough!

    Jul 11, 2011, 4:36 PM EST

    Participant

    The dominant All-Star conversation for the past 48 hours or so has been about how there are too many of them. What with all of the substitutions and everything, there are 84 or 85 guys who can count them All-Stars, and that’s an outrage, right? Maybe not!  Because according to Bill and The Common Man…

  16. Heath Bell would gladly setup if traded

    Jul 11, 2011, 4:09 PM EST

    Heath Bell

    In contrast to Francisco Rodriguez — who apparently doesn’t want to be a setup guy if he gets dealt — Padres’ closer Heath Bell is just fine with that. At least as long as he can go back to closing for 2012 when he presumably will sign someplace else as a free agent. Here’s Bell:…

  17. Carlos Beltran says he’d accept a trade to Boston

    Jul 11, 2011, 3:52 PM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran hasn’t been shy about answering trade questions as he perhaps enters his final weeks with the Mets.  After indicating last week that he’d be open to a trade to San Francisco, he came out Monday and said Boston is on his list as well. “They’re in first place,” he said.  “That’s a no-brainer.”…

  18. Brian Wilson’s beard foresees a Giants-Red Sox World Series

    Jul 11, 2011, 3:38 PM EST

    Brian Wilson

    Giants closer Brian Wilson, who closed out last year’s World Series against the Rangers, sees his team meeting the Red Sox for all of the marbles this time around. “I called it earlier this year,” he said. “It would be epic.” Wilson, a New Hampshire native, has never pitched at Fenway Park and is hoping…

  19. K-Rod may reject trades to teams that want him as a setup guy

    Jul 11, 2011, 3:17 PM EST

    Francisco Rodriguez

    We learned over the weekend that Francisco Rodriguez had hired Scott Boras. The first thought: he knows he’s gonna get traded someplace to be a setup man or that the Mets will not use him to close games, thereby meaning that his 2012 option will vest and, as such, he wants the best agent possible…

  20. The guy who caught Jeter’s 3,000th hit is “a couple hundred thousand dollars in debt”

    Jul 11, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Look, I’m not saying that the guy had the simplest decision in the world in front of him.  And to hear him describe it during the radio interview he did at WFAN, things were pretty hectic around the time he decided to give the ball back to Derek Jeter.  Security had hustled him out of…

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