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  1. Jon Garland worried shoulder injury may end career

    Jun 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jon Garland was cleared to play catch yesterday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, but there’s no timetable for his return and the 31-year-old right-hander told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that he’s worried about his career: That’s the natural tendency. It’s my livelihood. I’ve depended on my…

  2. A trek to meet Omar Vizquel

    Jun 22, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

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    We talked relics in the last post. An autograph is kind of like a relic too, but it’s way higher up the list, at least if it’s obtained in person.  And the circumstances around getting that autograph matter too.  If you pay a bunch of money to have some flunky take your baseball card from…

  3. You can own the dirt beneath Derek Jeter’s feet

    Jun 22, 2011, 9:35 AM EST

    Derek Jeter smiling

    In ancient times, some random sect of people might lay claim to the remains of a venerated hero as a part of hero cult.  Parts of their weapons or clothes, a lock of hair, earlobes, whatever.  This practice developed over the centuries and, like most ancient practices, was adopted and/or co-opted by organized religion, with stuff like Elisha’s bones…

  4. The Twins’ first eight hitters reach base, all come around to score

    Jun 22, 2011, 9:22 AM EST

    Luke Hughes

    I saw the eight-spot the Twins put up in the first inning against Madison Bumgarner last night, but didn’t dig down into the play by play of it all until a few minutes ago.  And how about this: the first eight batters all got hits, and all eight came around to score. That’s some trick. In…

  5. Sign a petition to have Vin Scully call the World Series this year

    Jun 22, 2011, 8:57 AM EST

    Vin Scully

    I tend not to put too much stock in the efficacy of online petitions — big corporations are gonna do what big corporations are gonna do — but I’ll endorse this one because (a) it’s a fabulous idea; and (b) it helps cleanse the palate a bit after that bile I’m feeling towards the Dodgers right now.…

  6. Frank McCourt: Shameless

    Jun 22, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

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

    Last night, Bob Sacks, a lawyer who represents Frank McCourt, spoke with Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. The subject: Frank McCourt’s response to Major League Baseball’s rejection of the television deal McCourt sought with Fox and the impending standoff between McCourt and Bud Selig. Everyone knows this is a difficult time for McCourt…

  7. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 22, 2011, 6:13 AM EST

    Jack McKeon

    Marlins 5, Angels 2: The Feesh win! How they did it while allowing 13 hits is something you’d have to ask the Angels, who went 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position. Mike Stanton was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and Hanley Ramirez had a multi-hit game himself. Brewers 5, Rays 1: Zack…

  8. Yankees’ Gardner not sure how to earn more playing time

    Jun 22, 2011, 2:06 AM EST

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    Follow @bharks   Brett Gardner has been one of the Yankees’ hottest hitters for the last two months, hitting .357 with a .440 on-base percentage since April 28. He’s reached base nine times in 15 plate appearances in the three games since replacing the injured Derek Jeter at the lead-off spot. And in his last…

  9. Mother Nature wreaks havoc at U.S. Cellular Field (video)

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:42 AM EST

    Follow @bharks Mother Nature wreaked havoc on U.S. Cellular Field Tuesday night, as a wild thunderstorm hit the contest between the White Sox and the Cubs, causing a 1 hour, 44-minute delay. Heavy winds made it difficult to get the tarp on the field, leaving the infield a muddy mess for crews to battle after…

  10. Athletics option Daric Barton to Triple-A Sacramento

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:02 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics general manager Billy Beane said last October that he felt Daric Barton was the “best first baseman in the league” last season. My how things can change in a hurry. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Barton was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento following tonight’s victory over the Mets. He was presumably…

  11. Pirates to skip struggling Charlie Morton in starting rotation

    Jun 21, 2011, 10:11 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Turns out Charlie Morton can’t succeed on imitation alone. Morton enjoyed some early season success after overhauling his delivery to mimic Roy Halladay, but has seen his ERA jump from 2.52 to 3.77 over his last three starts by allowing 17 runs (15 earned) in just 11 innings. Some regression was probably in store for…

  12. Hunter Pence likely out until Friday with sprained left elbow

    Jun 21, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

    Hunter Pence

    The Astros hoped to have Hunter Pence back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Rangers, but a setback has likely put him on the shelf until Friday. Pence hasn’t played since last Friday due to a sprained left elbow. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that he showed up to the ballpark today unable…

  13. Joe Maddon apologizes for Monday’s shenanigans with Sam Fuld

    Jun 21, 2011, 8:15 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Milwaukee Brewers

    You knew this was coming. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Rays manager Joe Maddon apologized to the umpiring crew earlier today for the confusion during last night’s game against the Brewers. For those unfamiliar, Sam Fuld — who pinch-hit for J.P. Howell in the top of the eighth inning — came out…

  14. Bryce Harper limited in SAL All-Star Game due to sore left thumb

    Jun 21, 2011, 7:32 PM EST

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper is still expected to start in tonight’s South Atlantic League All-Star Game, but the fans at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Maryland aren’t going to get the show they were hoping for. Harper is currently nursing a sore left thumb that he jammed back on June 12. He missed four games with…

  15. Mark Cuban says he’s interested in buying Dodgers

    Jun 21, 2011, 7:03 PM EST

    Mark Cuban

    A week after his Dallas Mavericks won the NBA Finals, Mark Cuban told TMZ that he’d have interest in the Dodgers, in theory anyway. “If the deal’s right and they’re fixable, then, yeah, I’m very interested,” he said. As for whether the deal is right, Cuban doesn’t seem optimistic, noting just how much of a…

  16. Logan Morrison ripped Hanley Ramirez in front of teammates

    Jun 21, 2011, 6:51 PM EST

    Hanley Ramirez, Logan Morrison

    That according to the Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer. When Hanley Ramirez was late to appear for new manager Jack McKeon’s pregame meeting Monday, Logan Morrison blasted him in front of teammates, telling the shortstop that his tardiness is one reason he’s struggled all season. Morrison declined to discuss the confrontation Tuesday, saying “”I’d rather have…

  17. Josh Beckett scratched with stomach illness

    Jun 21, 2011, 6:28 PM EST

    Josh Beckett vs. Yankees

    The Red Sox scratched Josh Beckett from his scheduled start Tuesday against the Padres with what manager Terry Francona called “intestinal turmoil.” Alfredo Aceves will start in his place tonight. “He actually looks just OK,” Francona said. “l’m glad we [pushed him back]. I think it was neccessary what we did. He didn’t look that…

  18. Royals manager Ned Yost is friends with Jeff Foxworthy

    Jun 21, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

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    There are worse people to be friends with, of course, but for some reason this tweet from Royals beat reporter Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star made me chuckle: Comedian Jeff Foxworthy and other friends of manager Royals manager Ned Yost are in uniform and taking part in early workouts. You know you’re a…

  19. Baseball divisions are probably not going anywhere

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Selig and Weiner

    Jeff Passan — who, unless I’m wrong, coined the phrase “unalignment” to describe the elimination of divisions several years ago — reports that while the concept of unalignment has been discussed, it’s not terribly likely. His sources tell him that the reason is simple: too crazy!  Well, they didn’t say “crazy,” — the phrase “drastic…

  20. Padres place Brad Hawpe on disabled list with finger injury

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

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    Brad Hawpe moved from first base to right field to make room for Anthony Rizzo‘s arrival two weeks ago and now he’s out of the lineup altogether, as the Padres placed him on the disabled list with a stained left middle finger. Hawpe got off to a brutal start, turned things around for a while,…

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