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  1. First-third awards: 2011 AL MVP

    Jun 3, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Jose Bautista

    Closing out the selections with the one no-brainer in the bunch.  Still., there’s a good race for second place. First, the OPS leaders: 1.276 – Jose Bautista (OF TOR): .360/.502/.773, 20 HR, 40 RBI, 5 SB in 172 AB 1.064 – Matt Joyce (OF TB): .364/.423/.642, 10 HR, 31 RBI, 4 SB in 173 AB…

  2. Joe Torre is going to have a talk with Brian Sabean

    Jun 3, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! hears from a source that MLB’s discipline czar Joe Torre is going to call Brian Sabean to talk about his comments regarding Scott Cousins. I would presume that there will be something of a “hey Brian, MLB frowns on senior management issuing or perpetuating defacto bounties on marginal rookies” flavor to…

  3. Cameron Diaz “hurt and betrayed” after breaking up with Alex Rodriguez

    Jun 3, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    A-Rod Cameron Diaz

    Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz have broken up, reports the New York Daily News. And to think, they seemed so happy together as she hand-fed him popcorn in a luxury box at the Super Bowl on national television. According to “a source” quoted in the article Diaz is “hurt and betrayed, because she tried so…

  4. Brandon Inge has mono

    Jun 3, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    brandon-inge-tigers-throw

    The Tigers just announced that they have placed Brandon Inge on the 15-day DL with mononucleosis. They’ve recalled Omir Santos from Toledo to take his place on the roster. This marks the third time I can recall a player having mono in the HBT era.*  Bronson Arroyo had it in spring training. Jed Lowrie a…

  5. How much value did the Red Sox get for their $103 million investment in Daisuke Matsuzaka?

    Jun 3, 2011, 12:42 PM EST

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    No official announcement has been made yet quite yet, but various reports confirm that Daisuke Matsuzaka will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery next week. That means he’s finished for this season and will likely miss most or perhaps even all of 2012, which is the final year of his six-year contract with the Red Sox…

  6. The second fire at Dodger Stadium explained

    Jun 3, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Remember last week that there was a fire at Dodger Stadium? And that, the next day, the same part of Dodger Stadium caught on fire again?  Well, the fire department explained it today. It seems that the flammable material that was supposed to be removed from the room was not removed. Also, quoting an LAFD spokeman, “Someone…

  7. Tommy Hunter to resume rehab assignment Saturday

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    hunter_tommy

    Brandon Webb‘s latest setback means he won’t be joining the Rangers’ rotation any time soon, but Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that Tommy Hunter is set to resume his minor-league rehab assignment Saturday. Hunter’s last rehab outing was on May 9, when he aggravated a groin injury originally suffered in spring training and was…

  8. Darwin Barney is not the Cubs’ savior

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Shorter version of Gordon Wittenmyer’s article on Cubs’ second baseman Darwin Barney today: “Look! A weighted random number generator just produced a new batch of numbers! Let’s use them to build narratives!*” But as the Cubs open their toughest stretch of the season tonight in St. Louis, with temptation growing daily to wrap Albert Pujols…

  9. Brian Roberts “is still several weeks away from returning”

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Brian Roberts, Buck Showalter

    Brian Roberts has been out since May 16 with a concussion and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun writes that the Orioles second baseman “is still several weeks away from returning.” Initially when the Orioles placed Roberts on the new seven-day disabled list on May 19 they were hopeful he could return in a week…

  10. Must-Click Link: Larry Granillo on Brian Sabean’s idiotic comments about Scott Cousins

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    Brian Sabean phone

    Anyone can sit back and say how much of a classless, low-rent jerk Brian Sabean was in his comments about Scott Cousins last night.  I mean, when a high level executive of a major league baseball team fans the flames of a situation in which the player in question is already getting death threats —…

  11. Hideki Okajima would rather be traded than rejoin Red Sox

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Hideki Okajima

    Rich Hill‘s injury leaves the Red Sox short of a left-handed reliever and opens the door for Hideki Okajima to potentially be called back up from Triple-A, but Okajima told Michael Vega of the Boston Globe that he “would rather not be called up in this situation.” Demoted to Triple-A for the second time this…

  12. Quote of the Day: Rays’ owner Stuart Sternberg on the drivers of Tampa Bay

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Frankland Bridge

    Rays’ owner Stuart Sternberg was part of a panel discussion about sports in Tampa last night, and he was asked what he has learned about Tampa Bay since he bought the Rays. His answer made me laugh: “Water is a big divide …  You know, we’ve learned really lots about what — I would say…

  13. Willy Aybar: Mediocre baseball player, world-class scumbag

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Rays' Aybar drives in the game-winning run against the Angels during their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    Willy Aybar‘s lack of free agent offers was explained a few weeks ago by a report that he spent three months in a Dominican Republic prison for allegedly beating his wife so badly that she was in intensive care. And now according to the St. Petersburg Times the former Rays, Dodgers, and Braves player–and brother…

  14. Scouts would take Derek Jeter over Jose Reyes right now? Really?

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    derek jeter yankees yawning

    Sabermetricians are often told to get their heads out of their spreadsheets and to watch some baseball.  The people who say that sort of thing often defer to their own eyes or the eyes of scouts when it comes to analysis. Then you read stuff like this story from Andrew Marchand at ESPN New York…

  15. If David Wright gets traded, he can be a free agent after 2012

    Jun 3, 2011, 9:31 AM EST

    Wright_David

    I said yesterday that I don’t think the Mets should trade David Wright. But in the event that the Mets disagree with that assessment, understand that their job is going to be a bit harder than you might imagine. Why? Because as Andy Martino notes, Wright’s contract is better for the Mets than it would…

  16. An in-depth look at team defense throughout baseball history

    Jun 3, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Jeff Francoeur

    Evaluating defense in baseball continues to be a work in progress. We’re way better off than we were even a few short years ago, but it remains a tricky and often subjective undertaking, with most people not being able to say much more about the topic apart from “that guy plays good defense” and “that…

  17. The Rays were totally grunge the other night. Well, not really.

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    flannel

    As we’ve mentioned before, Joe Maddon has taken to having the Rays play dress up when they travel. Sometimes they wear suits, sometimes they wear camo, sometimes they wear 70s disco stuff.  You get the idea.  Hey, gotta do something to arrest the boredom of travel. I mean, you can only read SkyMall so many…

  18. Nine of 30 teams in violation of MLB’s debt rules

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    On the one hand, this sounds alarming: Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports that nine of baseball’s 30 teams are in violation baseball’s debt service rules. The teams: Dodgers and Mets — duh — as well as the Orioles, Cubs, Tigers, Marlins, Phillies, Rangers and Nationals. On the other hand, it’s hard to say what…

  19. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 3, 2011, 5:49 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v St. Louis Cardinals

    What a dead night for baseball. Only six games plus the day tilt in New York. All night my Twitter feed was filled with people talking about the NBA (15%) and the damn spelling bee (85%).  And between the two of those things I don’t think there’s any more human misery possible to unleash on…

  20. Scott Cousins’ agent responds to Brian Sabean’s comments, says client has been getting death threats

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:23 PM EST

    posey wide

    Matt Sosnick, the agent for Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins, has responded to the harsh comments that Giants GM Brian Sabean made about his client Thursday afternoon on a San Francisco radio station. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News has all the goods from Sosnick, who said Cousins has been receiving death threats since…

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