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  1. Hideki Matsui reacts to Guillen's comments on Asian/Latino ballplayers

    Aug 5, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    And it’s about as even-keeled as you would imagine. Hideki Matsui was only “vaguely aware” of what Ozzie Guillen said over the weekend, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, but after being informed of the context of his remarks, he said the following through his interpreter Roger Kahlon: “I think the circumstances…

  2. What a long strange road trip it's been . . .

    Aug 5, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    It’s hard to take writers’ rants against drugs in baseball when teams do things like hold “Jerry Garcia Tribute Night.”  That’s what the Giants are doing on Monday: The National Anthem will be sung by Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Jeff Pehrson, while the seventh inning stretch will be played by Mickey Hart and Bill…

  3. Mark Reynolds is still feeling a bit woozy

    Aug 5, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

    Mark Reynolds, who was hit in the head with a 95 mph fastball by Nationals right-hander Collin Balester on Tuesday, was incredibly back in the starting lineup for Wednesday’s game. He wasn’t able make it through the whole game, however. During a pitching change in the seventh inning, teammate Stephen Drew noticed that Reynolds was…

  4. Tom Hicks no longer has any involvement with the Rangers

    Aug 5, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    No Rangers fan wanted to go through all of the crap they’ve gone through over the past year, but if there is one thing that could almost make this process worthwhile, it’s this: Tom Hicks will be removed completely from any ownership role within the organization. Prior, Hicks was going to be given less than…

  5. You may want to bring your own beer to Rays games

    Aug 5, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

    Last week we passed along the results of an ESPN study of health code violations in our nation’s ballparks. Tropicana Field fared particularly poorly in that study. At the time I gave them the benefit of the doubt because the Marlins fared poorly too and maybe the violation tallies were more a function of tougher…

  6. Mets willing to negotiate extension with Jose Reyes

    Aug 5, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    The Mets are willing to negotiate a contract extension with Jose Reyes, a team source tells Andy Martino of the Daily News. Reyes is currently in the final year of a four-year, $23.25 million contract. The Mets hold an $11 million club option for next season, but would like to replace the option year with…

  7. Aroldis Chapman is on the fast track to the big leagues

    Aug 5, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    In the form of his video blog for ESPN.com, Buster Olney tells us that Aroldis Chapman is very close to finding his way to the major leagues. Thanks to some recent mechanical tweaks, the Cuban left-hander has made some real strides in his transition to the bullpen for Triple-A Louisville. Chapman hasn’t allowed a run…

  8. Chuck Greenberg says he's going to try to sign Cliff Lee

    Aug 5, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Maybe it was the adrenalin talking, but last night Chuck Greenberg said that he was going to do his best to sign Cliff Lee this winter.

  9. Jason Bay is "not close" to returning

    Aug 5, 2010, 10:18 AM EDT

    When Jason Bay collided into the left field fence in Los Angeles on July 23, I described it as a potential season-changing moment. Not for the Mets, necessarily, but that Bay would finally be the elite run producer we all know he is capable of being. Of course, I said that not knowing he would…

  10. Olney: A-Rod won't make the Hall if he hits 600 or 6000 homers

    Aug 5, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Olney would vote for him and so would I, but a great number of BBWAA and Veterans’ Committee voters wouldn’t touch A-Rod with a ten foot pole.

  11. Ben Sheets needs one more year for his pension

    Aug 5, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    Stuff you don’t think about much: ballplayers need ten years of service time in order to get a major league pension.  As Susan Slusser noted yesterday, however, Ben Sheets only has nine years, service time, which could provide the incentive to undergo another arduous rehab process and pitch again. Or maybe Sheets will find a…

  12. Wow, so this Carlos Delgado thing might actually happen

    Aug 5, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    I made all kinds of fun of Carlos Delgado’s agent sending his video around to teams the other day, but it looks like I’m the idiot now, because Ken Rosenthal says that the White Sox are showing interest. He notes multiple other times are good fits, but it’s not clear that they’re actually interested like…

  13. What they're saying about A-Rod's 600th bomb

    Aug 5, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    You’ll be shocked to hear that some people are treating the accomplishment with something short of reverence.

  14. Greenberg and Ryan win the Rangers, but it came at a steep price

    Aug 5, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Their stubbornness cost them close to $100 million in cash, but in the end Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan landed the Texas Rangers.

  15. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 5, 2010, 5:49 AM EDT

    It was a sloppy night in baseball, my fellow Americans. But that’s what Wednesdays in early August are all about.

  16. UPDATE: Ryan-Greenberg group wins ownership of Rangers

    Aug 5, 2010, 1:51 AM EDT

    An intriguing court case? What is this, 1995? Where’s the white Bronco?

  17. Next up on march to 600 homers: Jim Thome

    Aug 5, 2010, 12:10 AM EDT

    Now that Alex Rodriguez has reached the 600-home run club, it’s time to look at who’s next. Jim Thome, you’re up. The Minnesota Twins slugger, who turns 40 on Aug. 27, has 13 home runs in 74 games this season and 577 over the course of his 20-year career. At his current pace, he should…

  18. Bonds is rooting for A-Rod? Maybe he's not evil after all

    Aug 4, 2010, 11:28 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds is a nice guy. Don’t believe me? Well let’s lay forth the evidence. On Tuesday, the news came out that the all-time home run king had donated $20,000 to a group of journalists. JOURNALISTS!?! That’s like Lex Luthor and the Riddler holding a bake sale in support of the Justice League. It’s just…

  19. Braves' Kris Medlen lifted from start with elbow injury

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

    Braves starter Kris Medlen was lifted from his start against the Mets in the fifth inning Wednesday because of an injury to the ulnar collateral ligament of his pitching elbow. This according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution…

  20. Blue Jays promote catching prospect J.P. Arencibia

    Aug 4, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

    The Blue Jays are finally ready to reward top catching prospect J.P. Arencibia for the astronomic numbers that he has posted this season at Triple-A Las Vegas.  With John Buck needing a stint on the disabled list due to a laceration on his hand, the 24-year-old Arencibia had his contract purchased on Wednesday afternoon. Arencibia…

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