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  1. Shaun Marcum's surgically repaired elbow is inflamed

    Jul 2, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum has exceeded expectations in his return from Tommy John surgery, going 7-4 with a 3.44 ERA and 88/27 K/BB ratio in 107 innings after missing all of last season, but unfortunately the Blue Jays placed him on the disabled list today with more elbow problems. The good news is that general manager Alex…

  2. Minor leaguers have a hard time keeping weight on

    Jul 2, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Rob Neyer has noted on several occasions that baseball is penny wise and pound foolish, usually as it relates to paying and generally looking after minor leaguers.  A big part of that is nutrition, which we hear about once a year or so when minor league meal allowances are reported.  It’s not much money and…

  3. The Amazing Kreskin thinks he can fix the Pirates

    Jul 2, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Little known fact: The Amazing Kreskin was the only guy who knew about Russell and Huntington’s contract extensions last winter! He also wants a job with the Pirates: The hapless Pittsburgh Pirates have sunk so low in the standings that The Amazing Kreskin is offering his services to bail them out — for an undisclosed…

  4. A's sign 16-year-old Venezuelan prospect for $2.2 million

    Jul 2, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Today is the start of the international signing period, where teams throw millions of dollars at teenagers from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and various other locales. Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that the A’s have made the first big splash, signing 16-year-old Venezuelan third baseman Renato Nunez for $2.2 million. According to Badler “several…

  5. Tony La Russa hates the Home Run Derby

    Jul 2, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Tony La Russa is happy that his star slugger has decided to skip this year’s Home Run Derby and minces no words when it comes to criticizing the event itself: “I’m just irritated by how much attention the (Derby) gets. It’s like a big show, and the game is an afterthought, which is totally ESPN.”…

  6. Reds prospect Travis Wood impresses in debut versus Cubs

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Travis Wood has boosted his prospect stock dramatically by posting great numbers in the minors since coming back from shoulder problems in 2008 and turned in an impressive debut yesterday against the Cubs, taking a shutout into the eighth inning. He exited with two runners on base and they both scored off reliever Nick Masset,…

  7. Matt Kemp was benched over an argument with a coach

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Joe Torre failed to start Matt Kemp for three straight games this week, and when he was asked about it he was kind of coy. The impression given was that he was giving Kemp some time off in order for him to regroup and find a way out of his season-long slump. Dylan Hernandez reports,…

  8. Elijah Dukes and Carl Everett are independent ball teammates

    Jul 2, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Elijah Dukes is a 26-year-old former top prospect with good speed, experience in all three outfield spots, and a .771 OPS in 240 career games, but he’s apparently such a horrible human being that no MLB team is willing to even sign him to a minor-league contract and stash him at Triple-A. Dukes has been…

  9. Max Scherzer is a stathead. Cool.

    Jul 2, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    I’m not a statistics guy myself — math is hard, yo — but I’ve long considered myself a fellow traveler in much the same way that guys like Timothy Leary and Wavy Gravy hung around a lot of rock bands in the 60s without making any music.  I’m totally down with the statheads even if…

  10. Why was Josh Byrnes really fired?

    Jul 2, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    A.J. Hinch probably had to go, but the Byrnes firing doesn’t make a ton of sense to me.

  11. Dayton Moore just loves the fact that Jose Guillen slammed his teammates

    Jul 2, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    On Wednesday, Jose Guillen said that the Royals were, fundamentally speaking, “one of the worst teams in all of baseball.”  He also said that “sometimes you want to just punch them [meaning his teammates], but you can’t do that because they’re your teammates. Respect for the game has been lost. That pisses me off.” You’d…

  12. Major League Baseball is selling playoff tickets already. What a great scam!

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    Major League Baseball is letting you pay them $10-20 — right now — for the right to buy playoff tickets for your team at face value. Beat the scalpers! Beat StubHub! What a deal! And I guess if you’re a Yankees fan or something it may be a good deal. For one thing the Yankees…

  13. Utley to miss eight weeks as a result of his surgery

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    When we passed this along yesterday the word was that Chase Utley was going to miss five or six weeks as a result of his thumb surgery. Now the team is saying that it’s more like eight weeks. Can a team can survive the loss of one of baseball’s best players for that long?  If…

  14. Kirk Gibson is the new Diamondbacks manager? Cool!

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    I’m rather struck by the notion of Kirk Gibson as the Diamondbacks new manager.  I know he’s been a bench coach and a hitting coach for a long time — both with the Tigers and the Dbacks, but I’ve never really considered him to be a future manager. No reason for this, really. I guess…

  15. Brian Sabean, some mystery GM take issue with Buster Olney's GM piece

    Jul 2, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Remember that Buster Olney article I linked yesterday in which he relayed anonymous GM scouting reports on other GMs?  Well, Brian Sabean — who was pretty much slammed in it — isn’t happy with the results: “I’ve never talked to Buster. I tried to reach him today to have a productive conversation. I was told…

  16. Ump misses the tag in the Rays-Twins game

    Jul 2, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Another bad call in a year full of them. This one came in the 10th inning of the Rays-Twins game last night. The scene: runners on first and second, Rays batting, no one out, game tied at 4. Willy Aybar singles to left and the go-ahead run scores. As the play continues, Kelly Shoppach, who…

  17. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 2, 2010, 6:13 AM EDT

    Canada Day and the Blue Jays played a road game and Jason Bay was benched. I spit in your poutine, Major League Baseball.

  18. Josh Byrnes' track record warranted dismissal from Diamondbacks

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:58 AM EDT

    According to AOL Fanhouse’s Ed Price, it was his refusal to fire manager A.J. Hinch that cost Josh Byrnes his job as Arizona’s general manager on Thursday. In truth, he deserved to lose it regardless and it probably would have happened earlier if the Diamondbacks hadn’t had him under contract through 2015. Yes, 2015. Byrnes,…

  19. Report: Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek has broken foot

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:28 PM EDT

    A source told WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche that Jason Varitek could miss 4-6 weeks with a leg injury that may or may not be a broken foot. The Red Sox have yet to confirm the injury, but it seems to go along with Boston’s move to reacquire Kevin Cash from the Astros on Thursday. Varitek has…

  20. D'Backs fire manager A.J. Hinch, GM Josh Byrnes

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

    The disappointing Diamondbacks cleaned house on Thursday evening, cutting ties with skipper A.J. Hinch and GM Josh Byrnes.

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