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  1. Major League Baseball offers a better bankruptcy financing deal

    Jun 28, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    As mentioned this morning, the first issue the bankruptcy court is going to have to decide is whether or not to allow Frank McCourt to finance Dodgers’ operations with that $150 million loan he obtained. Also as mentioned, Major League Baseball has come up with an alternative financing arrangement, which Bill Shaikin of the Los…

  2. Adam Wainwright’s “modest goal” is to be on the Cardinals’ playoff roster

    Jun 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Expecting to miss the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery during spring training, Adam Wainwright has progressed far enough in his recovery that the Cardinals right-hander is now hoping to pitch in 2011. “My modest goal is try to talk them into letting me play on the playoff roster in October,” Wainwright told Rick…

  3. Shocker: the Supreme Court refuses to revive Roger Clemens’ defamation suit against Brian McNamee

    Jun 28, 2011, 11:05 AM EST

    Roger Clemens

    You know, if Roger Clemens had just shut up, or at least offered a general “the Mitchell Report was wrong” kind of comment three and a half years ago, he’d be off golfing right now without a care in the world. But he didn’t. He went on a PR blitz and then sued Brian McNamee…

  4. Rangers reliever Darren O’Day nearing return from hip surgery

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Rangers setup man Darren O’Day is on the verge of coming off the disabled list two months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip. O’Day isn’t exactly a household name, but his returning healthy would be a huge boost to the Rangers’ bullpen. In parts of three seasons in Texas the…

  5. How not to criticize sabermetrics

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Straw man

    I like the idea of Bill Simmons’ new Grantland site.  I think we need more deep-thinking, longer lede sports writing.  Someplace where folks who consume their sports news in 35 bloggy bits a day (ahem) can go and breathe a bit. But really, if you’re gonna go through the trouble of building such a site, make…

  6. Rockies “have expressed interest in” Dodgers’ Jamey Carroll

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Carroll_Jamey

    Colorado second basemen have hit just .240 with a .641 OPS that ranks 21st among MLB teams and Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Dodgers utility man Jamey Carroll “is among the targets” the Rockies are pursuing. According to Renck the Rockies would also like to improve the rotation, but may promote a…

  7. Is the Dodgers’ bankruptcy one of the worst moments in baseball history?

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:02 AM EST

    Ray Chapman

    Interesting idea floated in Buster Olney’s column this morning. It’s behind the ESPN paywall, but the gist is that, according to Olney, the Dodgers’ bankruptcy has to be one of the “10 worst chapters in Major League Baseball history.” He doesn’t do a formal list or order them, but he throws out several potential top-10…

  8. The best ceremonial first pitch ever

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

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    How often do you see some celebrity or politician throw out the first pitch at a ballgame, only to have the thing loop in there weakly or, as is often the case, not even make it to home plate?  And that’s when all they’re doing is trying to throw the ball? We boo them, of course. And…

  9. Nolan Ryan shoots down the Rangers’ alleged interest in Carlos Beltran

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Nolan Ryan Rangers

    Yesterday Jon Heyman reported that the Rangers have interest in Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez. Later in the day, Nolan Ryan said that was not accurate: “I can’t believe that we have an interest in either,” Ryan told 103.3 FM’s Galloway and Company … “I don’t see that’s an upgrade” to the Rangers’ bullpen, Ryan said. “And…

  10. Major League Baseball kills the only fun thing about the Dodgers bankruptcy

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Chapter 11 jersey

    Despite the fact that I have written and will continue to write a lot about the Dodgers’ bankruptcy — and that I will do it with no small amount of enthusiasm — has everything to do with it being interesting to me and being more in my wheelhouse than, say, the amateur draft or pitching…

  11. Joe Mauer was called out for his pitch selection over the weekend

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees, Game 3

    That work that Joe Mauer is getting a first base is clearly designed to (a) get his bat in the lineup more often; and (b) potentially cover for what could be the loss of Justin Morneau for the rest of the season.  But there’s at least one guy who may be happy to see Mauer…

  12. Major League Baseball to offer alternative Dodgers financing today

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    Today is only Day Two in what will likely be a lengthy set of legal proceedings for the Dodgers, but it’s a pretty big day.  Why? It’s the day of the initial hearing in the bankruptcy case and it’s the day on which the judge could very well decide if Frank McCourt is going to…

  13. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 28, 2011, 5:56 AM EST

    Blue Jays Tigers Baseball

    Tigers 4, Blue Jays 2: Jhonny Peralta had an RBI triple that ended up being the game winner, but this game really belonged to Jim Leyland, who had one of the better arguments with an ump this year, mocking his change-of-call in grand gestures, thereby entertaining the hometown fans on the way to his ejection.…

  14. Chien-Ming Wang makes first professional start since July of 2009

    Jun 27, 2011, 9:32 PM EST

    wang pose

    Davey Johnson is understandably grabbing most of the headlines at the moment, but another item of significance to the Nationals went down in Hagerstown, Maryland earlier this evening. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington reports that Chien-Ming Wang allowed two runs on four hits over three innings in his first minor league rehab start with Class A…

  15. Royals have too much pitching, go to six-man rotation

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:57 PM EST

    Kyle Davies

    What other choice do they possibly have?  It’s not like you can up and demote Fantastic Felipe Paulino or Jeff “The Canadian Crusader” Francis. With Kyle Davies returning from the disabled list this week, the Royals plan to go to a six-man rotation, possibly for the rest of the season, according to manager Ned Yost.…

  16. Brewers call up Mat Gamel for interleague action this week

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:27 PM EST

    mat gamel brewers

    With the Brewers set to play against the Yankees and Twins this week under American League rules, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Mat Gamel has been called up from Triple-A Nashville. Gamel, 25, was hitting .321/.380/.577 with 18 home runs and 58 RBI through 76 games with the Sounds, including a .347…

  17. Let the bidding begin: Hiroki Kuroda drawing trade interest

    Jun 27, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

    Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Don’t get your hopes up. Unless something completely unexpected happens, your team isn’t going to acquire Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier or Clayton Kershaw. However, the Dodgers will surely be more than willing to trade away some other useful pieces before the deadline. One major-league source tells Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com that “a lot of clubs”…

  18. MLB hypes another big attendance weekend

    Jun 27, 2011, 6:52 PM EST

    PNC Park

    Last weekend’s interleague series drew a total of 1,626,347 fans over three days, MLB.com reports.  It marked the first time since July 2008 that the league has enjoyed consecutive weekends of greater than 1.625 million attendance. Through 168 interleague games this year, the average attendance has been 34,118, a full 20 percent higher than the…

  19. Rockies-Cubs game first in five years to feature three multihomer guys

    Jun 27, 2011, 6:24 PM EST

    Aramis Ramirez, Starlin Castro

    The final score was a modest 7-3, but Monday’s Rockies-Cubs game at Wrigley, won by Chicago, was the first in five years to include three multi-homer performances. The Cubs’ Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez and the Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez all went deep twice in the contest.  Gonzalez led off the top of the first with his…

  20. TMZ releases brief pre-beating Bryan Stow video

    Jun 27, 2011, 6:20 PM EST

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    TMZ has obtained a 15-second clip of Bryan Stow in Dodger Stadium before the beating that left the Giants fan in a coma. In the video, Stow, wearing a Giants jersey, is having some sort of dispute with a Dodgers fan.  The fan in question is not Giovanni Ramirez, the suspect from the beating currently behind…

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