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  1. Jason Bay is coming to life

    Jul 6, 2011, 8:55 AM EST

    Jason Bay

    It’s hard to remember a free agent signing that led to so much buyer’s remorse so soon as Jason Bay‘s has. But maybe, just maybe, Bay will be able to change some minds. He’s off to a good start with that, hitting two homers and driving in four last night in Los Angeles. Overall he…

  2. In which Roger Clemens is compared to Casey Anthony

    Jul 6, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Roger Clemens

    I don’t think that I have to provide regular readers my steroid-prosecution-skeptic bonafides. You know where I stand: questionable use of government resources and a highly questionable way for us to assess what happened in baseball over the past 20-25 years too.  A fun spectacle on some level, but ultimately signifying nothing positive or particularly…

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

    Jul 6, 2011, 5:58 AM EST

    Westley

    Cardinals 8, Reds 1: Albert Pujols was activated, but did not play. Makes me think this was a whole “Westley bluffing his way to victory over Humperdink even though he was still partly paralyzed from the ‘mostly dead’ thing” from “The Princess Bride.”  His mere presence and threat carried the day, at least psychologically speaking.…

  4. Derek Jeter just four hits away from 3,000 after two-hit night

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:54 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Cleveland Indians

    Maybe HBO isn’t going to need to follow Derek Jeter around for long, after all. After going hitless in his return from the disabled list last night, Jeter went 2-for-6 in tonight’s 9-2 win over the Indians. Jeter led off the game with a tapper down the third base line, almost identical to the play…

  5. Red Sox survive after blown call at home plate

    Jul 5, 2011, 9:57 PM EST

    Jason Varitek, Edwin Encarnacion

    What looked like an easy win for the Red Sox suddenly got tense Tuesday, after Jonathan Papelbon came into a 3-0 game and gave up a two-run homer to Jose Bautista with none out in the ninth. Papelbon went on to surrender a single to Edwin Encarnacion with one out, a walk to J.A. Arencibia…

  6. All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera leaves with ankle sprain

    Jul 5, 2011, 9:34 PM EST

    Asdrubal Cabrera injured

    Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left Tuesday’s game in the fourth inning with a sprained right ankle suffered while coming down after a leaping throw versus the Yankees. Cabrera was injured in the third, but he stayed in to finish the inning.  The Indians opted to remove him in favor of Lonnie Chisenhall when it was…

  7. Clayton Richard placed on disabled list with shoulder strain

    Jul 5, 2011, 9:15 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals v San Diego Padres

    The Padres placed left-hander Clayton Richard on the disabled list today with a left shoulder strain, one day after he was pulled from his start against the Giants after five shutout innings. As Richard told Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune this evening, he’s confident he won’t have to miss significant time. “It feels…

  8. Carl Crawford ran the bases today

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:45 PM EST

    Red Sox Crawford runs to first on single against Milwaukee Brewers during first inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game in Boston

    The timetable for Carl Crawford‘s return is still up in the air, but he continues to make progress in his rehab from a hamstring injury. Crawford was able to run the bases this afternoon for the first time since being placed on the disabled list last month, according to Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com. More specifically,…

  9. Lance Berkman’s milestone homer is longest in new Busch Stadium history

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:31 PM EST

    Lance Berkman

    Lance Berkman hit his NL-best 23rd homer 452 feet Tuesday, making it the longest homer since the new Busch Stadium opened in 2006. It was the 350th homer of Berkman’s career, and it tied him with Chili Davis for fourth all-time among switch-hitters.  Only Chipper Jones (443), Eddie Murray (504) and Mickey Mantle (536) have hit more.…

  10. Jon Lester exits no-hit bid with strained lat muscle

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:16 PM EST

    Jon Lester

    9:00 p.m. EDT: Lester left Tuesday’s game with a strained left lat muscle.  The Red Sox didn’t even try calling him day-to-day, so it sounds like he’ll be placed on the DL on Wednesday.  Michael Bowden could be called up to help out of the pen until a fifth starter is needed. 8:45 p.m. EDT:…

  11. Jon Garland to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v New York Mets

    Craig alluded to the possibility this morning and now it’s official. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Jon Garland will indeed undergo season-ending shoulder surgery next Monday. Garland has earned the reputation as one of the most durable pitchers in baseball, logging at least 190 innings in nine consecutive years, but this…

  12. Mariano Rivera unavailable again tonight

    Jul 5, 2011, 7:32 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v New York Yankees

    Barring an emergency situation, the Yankees will be without Mariano Rivera for a second straight night. According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, Rivera still felt some tightness in his right triceps muscle while long-tossing with Boone Logan before tonight’s game against the Indians. “I feel better today but I think we’re going to…

  13. Home Run Derby participants announced; Fielder calls on Weeks

    Jul 5, 2011, 7:07 PM EST

    Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks

    Both David Ortiz and Prince Fielder called on teammates to help them out in next Monday’s Home Run Derby.  In Fielder’s case, though, it’ll be Rickie Weeks, not Ryan Braun, trying to aid the cause. With Braun saying he wasn’t interested, it will be Fiedler, Weeks, Matt Kemp and Matt Holliday for the NL squad.  The…

  14. With Carlos Quentin to dangle, White Sox scout Braves pitching

    Jul 5, 2011, 6:41 PM EST

    Carlos Quentin

    The White Sox sent assistant general manager Dave Yokum to watch Braves pitchers last week, leading to speculation that GM Ken Williams might be interested in dealing for some of Atlanta’s excess pitching. According to CSNChicago.com, one of the pitchers the White Sox were eyeing was Brandon Beachy, though the 24-year-old looks far from expendable…

  15. Marlins acquire Mike Cameron from Red Sox

    Jul 5, 2011, 6:18 PM EST

    Mike Cameron

    Five days after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox, Mike Cameron has been shipped to the Marlins for a player to be named. The Red Sox sent along an undisclosed amount of cash to help cover the approx. $3.5 million left on Cameron’s contract.  He signed a two-year, $15.5 million deal with Boston…

  16. Nationals debate whether to rest Jordan Zimmermann

    Jul 5, 2011, 6:12 PM EST

    Jordan Zimmermann

    Jordan Zimmermann, who had a streak out 11 straight quality starts ended by poor defense in his outing Monday, might be held out through the All-Star break as the Nationals attempt to manage his innings. Zimmermann made a strong case for a spot on the All-Star team with a 2.82 ERA in 17 starts this…

  17. Fan seeing every major league park via bicycle

    Jul 5, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Bicycle

    You hear about guys who do the “road trip to see every ballpark” thing every year — and you secretly believe that you could do it in higher style than those jokers could — but I can’t recall ever hearing it via bicycle: Since the former food co-op employee from Bellingham, Wash., committed to ride…

  18. Troy Tulowitzki out of the lineup, but says quadriceps injury “not serious”

    Jul 5, 2011, 5:32 PM EST

    Troy Tulowitzki

    Troy Tulowitzki is out of the Rockies’ lineup tonight, but the shortstop told Troy Renck of the Denver Post that his quadriceps injury “is not serious.” Instead he’s merely “a little sore” and “have learned the hard way I can’t rush it.” However, according to Renck he’s likely to miss “the next few games.” Tulowitzki…

  19. Martin Prado to begin a rehab assignment

    Jul 5, 2011, 5:10 PM EST

    prado batting

    For as much fun as it has been to see the Braves continue to win baseball games with a lineup that shouldn’t, by all that is right and fair in the world, be able to hit its way out of a paper bag, getting Martin Prado back has to be high on Fredi Gonzalez’s list…

  20. Rockies recall third baseman Ian Stewart from Triple-A

    Jul 5, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

    ian stewart rockies

    Ian Stewart has rejoined the Rockies following a two-month demotion to Triple-A, although his current stay may be a brief one. He’s in the starting lineup tonight, playing third base and batting seventh, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post speculates that Stewart will likely be headed back to the minors if Carlos Gonzalez and…

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