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  1. NL All-Star voting update: McCann passes Posey

    Jun 6, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Brian McCann

    Major League Baseball just released its latest results in the NL All-Star voting.  The most notable change: the injured Buster Posey is no longer leading at catcher, having been passed by Brian McCann.  Word on the street is that McCann tried to call Posey to apologize, but that Brian Sabean has taken out a contract…

  2. Lower back pain forces Hanley Ramirez to the disabled list

    Jun 6, 2011, 3:27 PM EST

    Hanley Ramirez

    As expected, the Marlins have placed Hanley Ramirez on the disabled list with ongoing lower back problems. Ramirez hasn’t played since May 29 and revealed that the back soreness is so bad that it kept him from being able to put on his shoes, calling it “the worst pain I’ve ever had in my life.”…

  3. UPDATE: New charges against Lenny Dykstra detailed

    Jun 6, 2011, 2:42 PM EST

    *Nov 24 - 00:05*

    UPDATE: The details are in: Dykstra is alleged to have fraudulently leased three high-end cars from a Southern California auto dealership. Then, when he was arrested for the car theft, police found cocaine, ecstasy and synthetic human growth hormone in his home. In other news, Lenny Dykstra had a home as recently as April. 1:03…

  4. Uh oh: Brett Anderson leaves A’s to have elbow examined

    Jun 6, 2011, 2:17 PM EST

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    Brett Anderson was on his way to a breakout sophomore campaign last year when elbow problems ended his season on June 5 and the 23-year-old southpaw’s elbow is barking again. Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Anderson has left the A’s on their East Coast road trip and is heading back…

  5. Brian Sabean called Scott Cousins and apologized

    Jun 6, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    We had statement after statement after statement about the Scott Cousins Buster Posey thing late last week and over the weekend, but maybe, just maybe, we’re reaching the end of the soap opera portion of this story: Giants manager Brian Sabean and Scott Cousins apparently made peace over the weekend. The Chronicle has learned that Sabean and…

  6. Wandy Rodriguez to return next Monday, with Jordan Lyles likely going back to minors

    Jun 6, 2011, 1:24 PM EST

    Wandy Rodriguez

    Wandy Rodriguez threw 60 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday and Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros now expect him to come off the disabled list when eligible next Monday. He’ll first have to avoid a setback with his elbow injury while making a rehab start Wednesday at Double-A, but Levine…

  7. Struggling to play through shoulder injury, Luke Scott gets cortisone injection

    Jun 6, 2011, 12:47 PM EST

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    Luke Scott has remained in the Orioles’ lineup despite being diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder early last month, but he’s hitting just .151 in his last 17 games and Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Scott got a cortisone injection yesterday. According to Ghiroli he could be back in the lineup…

  8. Happy Draft Day! Here’s a depressing draft story for you!

    Jun 6, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Bud Selig

    When I look back at old drafts, be it baseball, football, basketball, whatever, I am struck by the sheer number of names I have never heard before. Because, of course, professional sports is about attrition and so many of the guys who get selected never go on to anything big. I always wonder if any…

  9. Nationals interested in Rays center fielder B.J. Upton

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

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    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com speculated back in April that the Nationals’ search for a center fielder could lead them to make the Rays an offer for B.J. Upton and now Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Upton is indeed “one of their targets.” Ladson notes that Upton and Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman have been…

  10. Orel Hershiser is interested in joining Steve Garvey’s hypothetical bid for the Dodgers

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:36 AM EST

    Orel Hershiser

    We heard a few months ago that Steve Garvey was interested in owning the Dodgers if (read: when) they are eventually put up for sale.  I sort of laughed that off because, well, it’s Steve Garvey. When he played it was said that he wanted to be the governor of California one day. And then…

  11. Call-up on hold: Blue Jays prospect Brett Lawrie placed on minor league DL

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Brett Lawrie

    General manager Alex Anthopoulos hinted last week that the Blue Jays were close to calling up top prospect Brett Lawrie, with speculation swirling that he could debut over the weekend, but those plans are now on hold thanks to a wrist injury. Lawrie avoided a serious injury after being hit on the wrist by a…

  12. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    Ozzie Smith

    Not a lot separates most teams due to this season’s frustrating parity. So this week I do something a bit different.

  13. Mike Scioscia: “We can’t have baseball in November … I don’t think the Pilgrims set it up that way”

    Jun 6, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Angels manager and MLB special committee for on-field matters member Mike Scioscia said yesterday that he’s against the playoffs lasting into November, saying baseball can avoid that without having to shorten the regular season schedule from 162 games. Scioscia told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that MLB could remove days rather than games…

  14. Report: Pirates taking UCLA righty Gerrit Cole with No. 1 pick

    Jun 6, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole will be the Pirates’ choice with the No. 1 pick when the draft starts tonight, according to MLB.com prospect and draft analyst Jonathan Mayo. Cole’s performance this season is considered somewhat disapppointing, with rotation-mate Trevor Bauer posting superior numbers, but Cole has long been projected as the potential No. 1 pick…

  15. Jake Peavy is heading to the disabled list

    Jun 6, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Jake Peavy

    Jake Peavy missed the second half of last season and the first several weeks of this one following shoulder surgery. Since rejoining the White Sox’s rotation, however, he had been pitching pretty darn well, and helping the Sox slowly dig out of the big hole they found themselves in.  Now, however, that’s on hold, as…

  16. The Mets would prefer that you not tell them what to do with Jose Reyes

    Jun 6, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    Mets fans are starting to work up a pretty healthy “Keep Jose Reyes” lather lately. And why not? He’s playing well. He’s not easily replaced. Letting him go will be downright depressing. The security at Citi Field isn’t too crazy about it when you advertise the idea very much, however. That according to The7Line blog, who…

  17. Carlos Zambrano calls the Cubs “embarrassing”

    Jun 6, 2011, 9:14 AM EST

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    Yesterday I flipped from the Reds-Dodgers game to the Cubs-Cardinals game. The kids were watching with me, and as they do every time a game is on, they constantly asked me questions about who so-and-so is, and is this guy good and all of that. Carlos Zambrano was on the mound and they asked me…

  18. Major League Baseball still wondering about A-Rod and Dr. Galea

    Jun 6, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez

    In the New York Times today is a story about Dr. Anthony Galea, the Canadian doctor who has been under indictment and who is suspected of giving professional athletes PEDs.  You’ll recall that, among several others such as Tiger Woods, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran, Alex Rodriguez received treatment by Dr. Galea and has been…

  19. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jun 6, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Hendricks Firefly

    I had a capital weekend. I passed the ten-pounds-lost mark since I got that treadmill, I got some new shirts, we grilled tasty meats twice and I saw the episode of “Firefly” with Christina Hendricks for the first time which, had I been, like, 14 when I saw it, probably would have made a profound…

  20. And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights

    Jun 6, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Chad Billingsley, Aaron Miles

    Dodgers 9, Reds 6: Chad Billingsley — altogether now — helped his own cause by hitting  a homer, a double and driving in three.  I was watching the game when he hit the homer. I couldn’t see the beginning of his sentence, but Reds’ starter Travis Wood quite clearly mouthed the words “… homer to…

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