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  1. Orioles' forgotten man Brian Roberts finally begins rehabbing

    Jul 12, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    After numerous setbacks and false starts recovering from his abdominal injury and subsequent back problems Brian Roberts finally began a rehab assignment today in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, going 3-for-3 while leading off and playing second base. Roberts said last week that he’s targeting an August 1 return, but president of baseball operations Andy…

  2. The Angels plan on going after Carl Crawford

    Jul 12, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Is it too early for some winter hot stove? Nah, never too early. Ken Rosenthal has a new column up, and it’s got all kinds of random things in it. The thing that caught my eye was his discussion of the Angels’ potential moves this summer, which might include going after a first baseman. They…

  3. Why are the Twins, Braves and Angels smiling?

    Jul 12, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    Because they have some of the easiest second-half schedules among contenders.  That according to Buster Oleny who breaks it all down in his latest column. Really the Reds and Cardinals have the easiest schedules left, but considering they’re competing with each other for the NL Central title, the cake schedule doesn’t really give either of…

  4. On second thought, Michael Young may not replace Adrian Beltre in the All-Star game

    Jul 12, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    During his press conference this afternoon All-Star manager Joe Girardi announced that Michael Young was picked to replace the injured Adrian Beltre on the AL roster, which was fine except … well, apparently no one told Beltre. Girardi was under the impression that Beltre was unavailable after injuring his hamstring yesterday, but the Red Sox’s…

  5. My annual anti-All-Star Game rant

    Jul 12, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    I moan about the All-Star Game every year. Please tell me if I’m off base.

  6. Brandon Phillips wants to see Mickey Mouse

    Jul 12, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Our own Tiffany Simons interviews Brandon Phillips. And Brandon Phillips seems excited about it.

  7. All-Star lineups include Ryan Howard as NL designated hitter

    Jul 12, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel overlooked a 150-point difference in OPS to pick Ryan Howard over Joey Votto for the All-Star team, so even after Votto was added to the NL squad via MLB.com’s “Final Vote” contest it’s no surprise that the Phillies’ manager went with Howard at designated hitter. Or that he’s batting cleanup. Here are the…

  8. GQ names the best and worst broadcast teams

    Jul 12, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    When they’re not bothering me for fashion and grooming advice, GQ writes articles about sports and culture and other things. Today they have — in annoying slideshow form, but still worth reading — a breakdown of what they feel are the five best and five worst local broadcasting teams in baseball. You be surprised that…

  9. Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan sue the Texas Rangers. This is not a typo.

    Jul 12, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    I have yet to see the lawsuit, but SportsBusiness Journal’s Daniel Kaplan is reporting that Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan are suing the Texas Rangers. Yes, you read that correctly. The reason according to Kaplan: the court-appointed restructuring officer (“CRO”) — who acts on behalf of the bankrupt entity (i.e. the Rangers) — is attempting…

  10. Michael Young becomes 83rd All-Star, replacing Adrian Beltre

    Jul 12, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Or, maybe not. === Adrian Beltre is unavailable for the All-Star game after injuring his hamstring yesterday and Michael Young has been selected to replace him, becoming the 83rd player who gets to say he was an All-Star in 2010. That sure seems like an incredibly high number, since we’re talking nearly three All-Stars…

  11. David Price and Ubaldo Jimenez named All-Star starters

    Jul 12, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    As expected, David Price of the Rays and Ubaldo Jimenez of the Rockies were officially named the All-Star starters in a press conference this afternoon. Price was a relatively easy pick for the AL, as he leads the league in both ERA (2.42) and wins (12) while ranking second in Quality Starts. Jimenez’s recent struggles…

  12. Vicente Padilla plunks ex-teammate Marlon Byrd for ripping him in the press last year

    Jul 12, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Marlon Byrd and Vicente Padilla were teammates in Texas last year and when the Rangers released Padilla at midseason Byrd was very outspoken in praise of the move, saying: About time. It’s absolutely a positive for this team. We have to get rid of the negatives to make a positive and I believe this is…

  13. Reminder: get your entry in for our Home Run Derby contest

    Jul 12, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Because the entertainment value just won’t cut it alone, we’re giving you a reason to watch the Home Run Derby tonight.

  14. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jul 12, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    The Yankees display the rare “Three-Man High-Butt” in this photo. Why are they so happy?

  15. Blue Jays make closer Kevin Gregg 'available' in trade talks

    Jul 12, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports that the Blue Jays have made Kevin Gregg “available” for a possible trade, which is noteworthy mostly because he ranks fourth in the league with 20 saves. However, if you look beyond the closer label Gregg is basically just a run-of-the-mill middle reliever and it seems unlikely that…

  16. Bobby Valentine's reaction at not getting the Florida Marlins' job

    Jul 12, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    It wasn’t a good one, but through it we get a glimpse at what really animates ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight”

  17. Mays, Mantle, Griffey, Snider, and … Andruw Jones?

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Andruw Jones inexplicably stopped being a productive everyday player at age 29, but was in the majors so young and was so good throughout his twenties that yesterday’s homer was still the 400th of his career. For most players reaching 400 homers midway through their age-33 season would start talk of whether they can get…

  18. One of those prospects the Mariners got in the Lee deal faced rape charges last year

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    The news of his arrest and plea is all over the Internet. Why, then, didn’t the Mariners’ front office know about it?

  19. The Rays are "getting serious" about Corey Hart

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Back in my day “getting serious” meant that you had made her a mix tape but you hadn’t moved past making out. I’m not sure what the kids mean by that today. And I’m not really sure what the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers means by it either, but here’s what he’s saying: Rays appear to…

  20. Free-falling Twins limp into the All-Star break in third place

    Jul 12, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    When the Twins woke up in Seattle on June 1 they were 31-20 and riding a five-game winning streak that gave them a season-high 4.5-game lead over the Tigers (and 8.5-game lead over the White Sox) in the AL Central. They were clicking on nearly every cylinder, with the pitching staff allowing the second-fewest runs…

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