Jun 25, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT
Max Scherzer came back from his brief demotion to Triple-A pitching like a new man and fortunately for the Tigers it looks like Rick Porcello is following in his footsteps. Optioned to Triple-A over the weekend after following up his strong rookie season by going 4-7 with a 6.14 ERA in 13 starts this year,…
Jun 25, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT
Ken Rosenthal has a bold idea for the Dodgers. After listing all the things that ail the currently-slumping boys in blue, Robo says: General manager Ned Colletti needs to be pragmatic. He needs to be creative. He needs to trade center fielder Matt Kemp. This is dumb. But maybe not for the reasons you’re thinking.…
Jun 25, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT
When the Rangers pulled out of a nearly completed trade with the Red Sox for Mike Lowell this winter the assumption was that they did so because he needed thumb surgery. However, now Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that worries about Lowell’s surgically repaired hip actually nixed the deal, as the Rangers and other teams…
Jun 25, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT
The Smoking Gun yesterday provided more details regarding the sexual battery allegations made against Johan Santana last fall. Expanding on the TMZ stuff, TSG’s report includes Santana’s statements to law enforcement and additional docs from the Lee County, Florida Sheriff’s Department. The upshot: Santana says — and explains in pretty graphic detail — that the…
Jun 25, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT
Lost in Dustin Pedroia’s heroics last night is that Jonathan Papelbon blew a save on back-to-back days for the first time in his career and blew consecutive saves, period, for just the third time. Here’s what he said afterward: I’ve got to go back to the drawing board. It’s just that simple. If I sit…
Jun 25, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT
Remember yesterday how I said that it probably wasn’t that big a deal that the mediation and hearing in the Rangers’ case got moved to July 16th and July 22nd, respectively? Well, apparently Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan thought it was a big deal, because they filed a motion late yesterday asking that they be…
Jun 25, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT
When Fredi Gonzalez was fired the other day Bobby Cox — Gonzalez’s former boss — was quoted waxing admiringly about Gonzalez. He said some stuff about Jeff Loria too, however. Fun stuff that I didn’t see until this morning: “I know that guy is unpredictable, but I was still . . . After everything [Gonzalez]…
Jun 25, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT
Erick Aybar has avoided the disabled list after suffering an ugly looking knee injury on Casey McGehee’s takeout slide last week and manager Mike Scioscia said yesterday that the shortstop is on the verge of returning. According to Scioscia “he did great” and “got a glowing report” while taking batting practice, running, and fielding ground…
Jun 25, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT
The Braves have Heyward, the Mets have Davis, the Marlins have Stanton and the Nats have that one dude. Based on this latest news, it’s not out of the question that we’ll have a five-for-five phenom summer in the NL East! Domonic Brown is headed for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Chuck LaMar, the Phillies’ assistant general…
Jun 25, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT
Would Vin Scully pull a Prince Edward?
Jun 25, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT
The timing of Valentine’s hiring shows that Jeff Loria’s heart is too sizes too small.
Jun 25, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT
My gut tells me that the Mets are the most likely team to trade for Cliff Lee. They’re seemingly willing to part with Jenrry Mejia, who would be a good pickup for the M’s. They said yesterday that they wouldn’t demand an opportunity to negotiate with Lee on an extension before making a deal, which…
Jun 25, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT
Brandon Morrow has always racked up huge strikeout totals with his mid-90s fastball and power slider, but major control problems left me skeptical that he could dominate as a starter long term. I’m still not entirely convinced, but Morrow has made progress with the walks of late and was brilliant yesterday, shutting out the Cardinals…
Jun 25, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT
Too bad this Sox team is all about “run prevention.” Gonna have a hell of a time scoring runs, ya know.
Jun 25, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT
The super dope homeboy from the Oak-Town to appear at a Reds game. Buy tickets now to beat the rush.
Jun 25, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT
Carl Crawford exited last night’s game with a sore left shoulder, so while the Rays await word on the seriousness of the injury they called up outfielder Matt Joyce from Triple-A. Joyce missed out on possibly being the Opening Day starter in right field because of a spring elbow injury, but was playing well at…
Jun 25, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT
Prison for 98 and a year and we’ll call it even Johnny 99?
Jun 25, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT
A laser show, a couple of first place teams get the broom and a couple of aces get beat up, but I somehow find the time to quote a cheesy 70s ballad, so everything’s OK.
Jun 24, 2010, 11:55 PM EDT
OK maybe that’s not true, but Mother Nature certainly flexed her muscles with an impressive burst of wind and rain on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park. (Craig shared a pic earlier today, now we’ve got more.) “It was like a tornado came,” (Ryan) Howard said. “I was waiting for the cow to fly through. The winds…
Jun 24, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT
Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran played in his first rehab game Thursday with Single-A Port St. Lucie and finished 0-for-2 with a walk, according to the Newark Star-Ledgers Adam McCullough. He also played center field for five innings, but did not have a ball hit near him. Mets manager Jerry Manuel made a few comments to…
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