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  1. Curt Schilling auctioning off memorabilia for charity

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:31 PM EST

    Curt Schilling auction: 2007 World Series ball

    Curt Schilling just announced on Twitter that he’s auctioning of most of his baseball memorabilia collection, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Asperger’s Association of New England and the Shade Foundation. Lots Nos. 1-204  of the Hunt Auction’s Live Auction at MLB All-Star FanFest are from Schilling’s private collection. Highlights include a Roberto…

  2. Josh Hamilton talks about Thursday’s accident

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:08 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton spoke at length Friday about the events of the night before, when Shannon Stone died after tumbling over the Rangers Ballpark railing while catching a ball thrown by the left fielder. Hamilton said he had heard Stone ask for a ball earlier in the game: Yeah, when I glanced up there, like I…

  3. Dontrelle Willis to start for the Reds on Sunday

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    dontrelle-willis-reds-spring

    The D-Train is back on the tracks: Jerry Crasnick reports that the Reds are recalling Dontrelle Willis and will have him start this Sunday against the Brewers. When last we saw Willis, he was completing the finishing touches on a three-year span in which he struck out 82 batters and walked 119 in 123 1/3 innings.…

  4. Joe Torre talks about umpires, makes very little sense

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Ron Washington, Joe West, Angel Hernandez

    Joe Torre was on Colin Cowherd’s radio show yesterday. The topic of discussion: Umpires Gone Wild. Or, rather, the recent dustups between Joe West’s crew and, well, everyone. Now to be clear, Joe Torre has a tough job here. He has his job mostly because he’s a respected figure who players and coaches and stuff…

  5. Andre Ethier to take Shane Victorino’s spot on NL All-Star team

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

    Andre Ethier

    A little comparison… Corner outfielders on the NL All-Star team Carlos Beltran Lance Berkman Ryan Braun Jay Bruce Matt Holliday Hunter Pence Justin Upton Center fielders on the NL All-Star team Matt Kemp So, of course the league today named Andre Ethier the replacement for the injured Shane Victorino on the NL squad.  Because what…

  6. Josh Hamilton will start Friday against A’s

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:22 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton will play left field tonight against the A’s, manager Ron Washington said. Hamilton was given the option of taking the night off after he made the throw Thursday that caused Shannon Stone to tumble over a Rangers Ballpark railing and fall to his death.  Hamilton, though, said he wanted to be out there…

  7. Alex Rodriguez sent for MRI on sore right knee

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:16 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez was sent for an MRI on his right knee Friday and is being held out of tonight’s lineup against the Rays. Rodriguez, who originally injured the knee June 19 in a game against the Cubs, will be joined on the bench by Nick Swisher, who is nursing a tender left quad. Manager Joe Girardi…

  8. Buster Posey cleared to begin light workouts

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:04 PM EST

    Minnesota Twins v San Francisco Giants

    The Giants basically ruled catcher Buster Posey out for the rest of the 2011 season following his late-May surgery to repair a broken bone in his left leg and torn ligaments in his left ankle. But life goes on, and Posey was cleared by team physicians this week to begin doing light workouts. According to…

  9. Derek Jeter bows out of the All-Star Game

    Jul 8, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    Derek Jeter

    For as much was made about so many Yankees making the All-Star team, in effect, it doesn’t really matter. Why? Because none of ‘em seem to be playing. Alex Rodriguez and Mariano Rivera already decided to give it a miss, and now, too, will Derek Jeter. This is not a total shock.  While he’s been…

  10. Rangers set up memorial fund for Shannon Stone’s family

    Jul 8, 2011, 4:28 PM EST

    Rangers Ballpark

    At a news conference Friday afternoon, Rangers president Nolan Ryan announced that the team would create and make a “substantial” donation to a memorial fund for Shannon Stone’s family. Stone, a 39-year-old firefighter, was killed Thursday night after tumbling over the railing at Rangers Ballpark. “It’s one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen at…

  11. Mike Trout will have to force the issue in order to stick around

    Jul 8, 2011, 4:10 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    Make no mistake: the Angels are looking at Friday’s promotion of top prospect Mike Trout to the majors as a short-term fix.  The plan is for the 19-year-old to help out this weekend and then return to the minors if the hamstring injury suffered by Peter Bourjos last night proves as minor as hoped. The…

  12. Joe Buck would step aside for Vin Scully in the World Series

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Vin Scully

    Remember that petition the guy at The Daily ‘Stache put up, trying to get Fox to replace Joe Buck with Vin Scully for the World Series this year?  Well, it has an unexpected supporter: Joe Buck: Personally, I’d love it,” Buck said the other day. “We’ve always toyed with the idea of having the hometown…

  13. Shannon Stone’s death just keeps getting sadder

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:31 PM EST

    Rangers Ballpark

    Every bit of news is more depressing than the last. Suzann Stone, the wife of the firefighter killed after falling over the railing at Rangers Ballpark on Thursday night, said Shannon Stone had bought his six-year-old son a new glove prior to last night’s game and was hoping to catch a ball to give to the…

  14. Chipper Jones’ knee isn’t getting any better

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:12 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Chipper Jones‘ knee is “getting more bothersome” and isn’t responding well to treatment. Jones has been playing through it to varying results. He had a rough June. He’s hitting a bit better in July so far and has a six-game hitting streak going — but he’s Chipper, and his body doesn’t…

  15. Pudge Rodriguez likely DL-bound with oblique injury

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    Pudge Rodriguez was scratched from Thursday’s lineup after straining his oblique during batting practice, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.  Nationals manager Davey Johnson described the injury as “not good,” though the veteran backstop will be reevaluated today before a decision is made about placing him on the disabled list. “I’ve never experienced…

  16. Rangers lower flags at Ballpark in Shannon Stone’s memory

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:25 PM EST

    Rangers Ballpark during World Series

    The Rangers will play their scheduled game Friday against the Athletics, but only after lowering the flags at Rangers Ballpark and observing a moment of silence in memory of Shannon Stone, the firefighter who died after falling over a railing during Thursday night’s game. Rangers president Nolan Ryan is expected to discuss the matter at…

  17. Austin Jackson may be out all weekend with tender wrist

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:17 PM EST

    jackson ap wide

    The Tigers picked up a 3-1 victory over the Royals on Thursday night, staying within a game-and-a-half of the American League Central-leading Indians. But the evening wasn’t all positive. According to Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press, center fielder Austin Jackson had to leave the contest after the second inning due to “tenderness” in…

  18. MLBPA issues statement about the Arizona immigration law and All-Star Game boycotts

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Arizona Flag

    We touched on Sheriff Joe a few minutes ago. In other All-Star Game/illegal immigration news, there was a lot of talk last year about potential player boycotts and the like as a result of Arizona’s tough immigration law, S.B. 1070. That has largely subsided, partially because parts of the bill are currently in legal limbo,…

  19. Chris Hatcher: from catcher to major league pitcher in less than a year

    Jul 8, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    Chris Hatcher

    The Marlins’ Chris Hatcher made his major league debut last September as the team’s third catcher, going 0-for-6 in five games.  Today, he’s rejoining the team as a reliever. Hatcher, a 2006 fifth-round pick, decided to make the switch to the mound after hitting just .197/.274/.283 in 354 at-bats between Double- and Triple-A last season. …

  20. Sheriff Joe Arpaio to use the All-Star Game to draw attention to himself

    Jul 8, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Joe Arpaio

    For those of you who are unaware, Joe Arpaio is the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.  He’s famous for being a shameless self-promoter, having branded himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” doing things like putting prisoners in tents, demagoging the illegal immigration issue and all manner of other stuff. This stuff isn’t mere harmless grandstanding, however, inasmuch as…

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