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  1. The Pirates lodge an official — but impermissible — protest over the Jerry Meals call

    Jul 27, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Meals blown call

    The Pirates filed an official protest with Major League Baseball over Jerry Meals’ call at the plate.  That’s nice and everything, but it should be and will be dismissed out of hand by Major League Baseball, because it is an impermissible protest under the rules. Here’s Rule 4.19 of the Official Rules: PROTESTING GAMES. Each…

  2. Johan Santana to make rehab start tomorrow at Single-A

    Jul 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Johan Santana throwing

    Johan Santana‘s plans for this week have changed several times–or at least reports of his plans have changed several times–but now he’s officially scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with a start tomorrow at high Single-A. That will start the 30-day clock on his rehab stint, which means barring a setback Santana is on…

  3. Seventeen straight losses and counting for the Seattle Mariners

    Jul 27, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Losing streak

    We’ve gotten to the point where, yes, we will highlight every Mariners loss until they win a game.  And yes, when they win a game we’ll not that too. But for now, the ineptitude continues unabated.  Granted the schedule has been rocky lately, what with trips through Boston and New York, but they look like…

  4. Wait, Jerry Meals may have been right?

    Jul 27, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Atlanta Braves

    I love Rob Neyer. I’ve written thousands of words about my man-crush on him over the years. And there’s no one in this business whose intellect and judgment I trust more. Really, if the Martians flew here to annihilate civilization but offered us one chance to save ourselves, and that chance involved the analysis of…

  5. Chase Utley hit an inside-the-park homer

    Jul 27, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Inside the park homers aren’t exceedingly rare. They happen.  But, as I’ve said before, they’re often kind of anti-climactic.  A fielder misplays the ball, falls down or, worse, gets hurt, the ball rolls around forever and the batter makes it home standing up. A lot of inside the park homers would be called four-base errors…

  6. Minor leaguer throws a perfect game

    Jul 27, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Justin Germano

    Justin Germano of my hometown Columbus Clippers threw a perfect game last night.  The victims: the Syracuse Chiefs. He struck out seven in what was the first perfect game in Columbus Clippers history and only the fifth in the history of the International League. Which kind of makes sense when you realize that guys are in…

  7. What they’re saying about the Jerry Meals call

    Jul 27, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Meals blown call

    If you’re just waking up to it now, know that home plate umpire Jerry Meals made one of the worst calls you’ll ever see in a baseball game early this morning, calling Julio Lugo safe at home in the bottom of the 19th inning of the Pirates-Braves game, handing Atlanta the win.  The photo to…

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

    Jul 27, 2011, 5:51 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Yankees 4, Mariners 1: And then there were 17.  CC Sabathia carried a perfecto into the seventh — broken up right after he came back following a rain delay — and struck out 14.  The M’s struck out 18 times in all. But then again, they’re horrifyingly bad, so that’s understandable. Braves 4, Pirates 3:…

  9. After blown call costs Pirates, can we please have expanded replay?

    Jul 27, 2011, 3:33 AM EDT

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    I hope that if the Pittsburgh Pirates miss the playoffs this season, it will be by more than one game. The Pirates, who at 53-48 trail the NL Central-leading Cardinals by one game, were handed a 4-3, 19-inning defeat early Wednesday morning when Atlanta’s Julio Lugo was called safe by umpire Jerry Meals on a…

  10. Chone Figgins, of all people, saves the Mariners from total humiliation

    Jul 26, 2011, 11:12 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    The Mariners fanned 18 times against CC Sabathia, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera while being held to one hit in a 4-1 loss Tuesday.  It was their 17th straight loss. The only Mariner to play the whole game without striking out was .182-hitting Chone Figgins, who actually fanned three times in his last start Thursday…

  11. Brian McCann to go on DL after injuring oblique

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

    Brian McCann

    11:30 p.m. EDT update: It’s a strained left oblique for McCann, and he will go on the disabled list prior to Wednesday’s game.  J.C. Boscan is likely to replace him,while David Ross takes over as the Braves’ starting catcher. 11:10 p.m. EDT update: The Braves have confirmed that it’s an injury to his left side,…

  12. Doug Harris clarifies his comments on Bryce Harper-Jackie Robinson comparison

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    You knew this was coming. After taking plenty of heat for his ill-advised comments to Sports Illustrated comparing the scrutiny Bryce Harper faces to that of Jackie Robinson, the Nationals released a statement this evening from director of player development Doug Harris. Here’s the statement in full, via Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com: “I’d like to…

  13. Jose Bautista leaves game after being hit in helmet by pitch

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    UPDATE: According to Mike Wilner of “The Fan 590″ in Toronto, the Jays announced that Bautista was taken out of the game for precautionary reasons and is listed as day-to-day. 8:36 PM: Scary moment in tonight’s Orioles-Blue Jays game. According to Arden Zwelling of MLB.com, Jose Bautista was hit in the helmet by fastball thrown…

  14. Rockies place trade candidate Jason Giambi on disabled list

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

    Jason Giambi

    UPDATE:  If any deal is going to happen, it will have to wait until August. Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that the Rockies have placed Jason Giambi on the disabled list with a left quadriceps strain. 7:00 PM: Jason Giambi didn’t feel any better Tuesday after injuring his left quad running out a grounder Monday and is…

  15. Brendan Ryan breaks up CC Sabathia’s perfect game in seventh inning

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:17 PM EDT

    New York Yankees CC Sabathia throws pitch to Texas Rangers in New York

    UPDATE: So much for that. Sabathia got Ichiro swinging for his 12th strikeout to begin the seventh inning, but then Brendan Ryan flared a single into left field for the first hit of the ballgame. 9:05 PM: After play resumed, Sabathia got Greg Halman to pop out to first base (ending his strikeout streak at seven)…

  16. Blue Jays “legitimately want” Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jul 26, 2011, 8:12 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    It will still take an overwhelming haul for a deal to actually happen, but here’s a potential dark horse in the Ubaldo Jimenez talks. An executive who spoke with the Blue Jays told Jayson Stark of ESPN.com that they “legitimately want this guy.” Jon Heyman of SI.com includes the Blue Jays among seven teams who…

  17. Reds call up top prospect Yonder Alonso from minors

    Jul 26, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

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    Right on the heels of the Jonny Gomes trade, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the Reds have called up top prospect Yonder Alonso from Triple-A Louisville. Alonso, 24, has a .293/.370/.466 batting line over parts of four seasons in the minor leagues, including a .296/.364/.478 batting line and an .842 OPS over 854 plate…

  18. Nationals acquire Jonny Gomes from Reds

    Jul 26, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

    Jonny Gomes

    That’s not where anyone expected him to go. The Nationals announced Tuesday that they’ve acquired outfielder Jonny Gomes and cash from the Reds for outfielder Bill Rhinehart and left-hander Chris Manno. Even though the Nationals are 49-52, leaving them nine games back of the Braves in the wild card and 15 games behind the Phillies…

  19. Phillies still trying hard for Hunter Pence

    Jul 26, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    While there’s some thought out there that they’ve soured on a potential Carlos Beltran deal, the Phillies have been the most aggressive suitors for Houston’s Hunter Pence, FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports. Rosenthal also tweets that the Red Sox have inquired about Pence, but that they’ve had a tough time finding a match with the Astros, and…

  20. Angels’ Peter Bourjos added to Nationals’ list of targets

    Jul 26, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT

    Peter Bourjos

    According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, the Nationals have added Peter Bourjos to the list of center fielders they’re scouting ahead of the trade deadline.  The others: Michael Bourn, Colby Rasmus, Denard Span and B.J. Upton. The Nationals are thinking the Angels may view Bourjos as expendable with Mike Trout hot on his heels.  The Angels…

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