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  1. Play of the day: by a fan with a hat

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    Reed Johnson hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning of last night’s Cubs-Brewers game.  It was a nice homer. Should have gone out on Waveland Avenue. But this fan and his hat had other ideas. That’s serious hat-savvy. Especially considering that, based on where the fan was sitting, he was probably a good three…

  2. Jorge Posada could very well catch

    Jun 16, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    The talk going in to the season was that Jorge Posada‘s days as a catcher were over. The Yankees have stayed true to that plan too, as he has not donned the tools of ignorance since spring training. But before yesterday’s game, Joe Girardi conceded that, yes, Posada is the team’s “emergency catcher.” Which normally…

  3. What in the hell are “OPSBIs”?

    Jun 16, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    bowden

    Fact: two Major League Baseball teams gave Jim Bowden the keys to the entirety of their baseball operations.  Just thought you should remember that when you read one of the ways in which he likes to evaluate players: I get asked all the time which two or three common statistics I would pick to evaluate…

  4. The Mariners finally call up Dustin Ackley

    Jun 16, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    ackley_dustin

    May 17th: Mariners could soon give Dustin Ackley a shot; June 14th: Mariners on the verge of calling up Dustin Ackley; Today: he’s up, called up from Tacoma. Ackley was hitting .300 and getting on base at a .418 clip through 326 plate appearances, and adding some power (.487 SLG) to boot.  His not being promoted before…

  5. Must-click link: “We are alive and we get to enjoy Jose Reyes playing baseball”

    Jun 16, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    It’s so easy, when you read and write a lot about baseball as opposed to merely watch it from time to time,  to get caught up in the business of baseball. The trade and free agency dynamics. The artificial or semi-artificial storylines that are created about what happens on and off the field. To think…

  6. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 16, 2011, 5:54 AM EDT

    Mal Reynolds

    I’m gonna be honest here: I didn’t want any games last night. Instead I watched “Serenity,” which seemed necessary after finishing up the entire 14-episode run of “Firefly” on the treadmill over the past couple of weeks.  The verdict: not bad, but I liked the series better. As “Star Trek: The Next Generation” showed, when…

  7. Joe Nathan likely headed for minor league rehab assignment

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:24 PM EDT

    nathan getty

    According to MLB.com beat writers Rhett Bollinger and Jordan Schelling, right-hander Joe Nathan told reporters in Fort Myers, Florida on Wednesday that he is ready to return to the major leagues. Nathan has been building the strength of his arm with semi-daily throwing sessions since the beginning of June and even tossed a live batting…

  8. Josh Beckett’s one-hitter gets Red Sox back into win column

    Jun 15, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett vs. Rays

    Already one of the AL’s Cy Young favorites, Josh Beckett had his best start yet in 2011 on Wednesday night, throwing a one-hitter as Boston beat Tampa Bay 3-0. The Rays’ lone hit was a Reid Brignac single in the third.  Beckett retired the other 27 hitters he faced, striking out six of them. It…

  9. Mitt Romney, Red Sox fan, didn’t know the Rays have a dome

    Jun 15, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT

    Former Massachusetts Governor Romney reacts during first New Hampshire debate of the 2012 campaign at St. Anselms College in Manchester

    Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is hosting a fund raiser in downtown Tampa, Florida on Thursday and decided to kill some time by taking in the Red Sox vs. Rays game Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. The former Massachusetts governor and self-proclaimed Red Sox fan told reporters that he didn’t want any political questions for the…

  10. Tom Gorzelanny cleared to return Sunday vs. Orioles

    Jun 15, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    gorzelanny gray

    According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington’s “Nats Insider,” left-hander Tom Gorzelanny has been cleared to return from the disabled list on Sunday for an interleague start against the Orioles. Gorzelanny has been sidelined since the last week of May with inflammation in his throwing shoulder. He was shelled for five hits and four earned…

  11. Angels release Scott Kazmir after latest horrible rehab start

    Jun 15, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Scott Kazmir reached the end of the line with the Angels on Wednesday.  After giving up six runs in 1 2/3 innings for Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday night, he was placed on release waivers by the club, which is prepared to eat the approx. $9.5 million he’s still owed. After Kazmir struggled throughout spring…

  12. Padres give up on Jorge Cantu

    Jun 15, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Jorge Cantu

    Even though the Padres will be using the designated hitter in Minnesota this weekend, they said after Wednesday’s game that they’re cutting veteran Jorge Cantu. The move is likely clearing a spot for Orlando Hudson to come off the DL on Friday. Cantu was signed to platoon with Brad Hawpe at first base and back…

  13. Cards stuff: Albert Pujols plays third, Allen Craig has fracture

    Jun 15, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Allen Craig

    I’m not sure they’re all worthy of separate entries, but there’s plenty of Cardinals news today: – Albert Pujols is making his fourth start and fifth appearance at third base in Wednesday’s game against the Nationals.  It may not mean a whole lot to some, but that fifth appearance gives him third-base eligibility in a…

  14. Presenting the minor league stolen base leaders

    Jun 15, 2011, 6:16 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Here’s a list of the current stolen base leaders in the minors, topped by a couple of very good prospects. 1. Billy Hamilton (A- Reds): 52 SB, .233/.294/.325 in 240 AB 2. Gary Brown (A+ Giants): 32 SB, .335/.407/.487 in 269 AB 2. Tyler Graham (AAA Giants): 32 SB, .269/.339/.358 in 201 AB 4. Rymer…

  15. Vote for your favorite moment in All-Star Game history

    Jun 15, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    All Star Game

    Fact: if you put anything in NCAA Tournament-style brackets, it’s instantly fun.  Don’t tell me differently. I voted on stuff like “cats vs. dogs” on some blog my wife likes recently, all because they used brackets, so I know of what I speak. The fact that MLB.com is doing that with a baseball-related topic is…

  16. Tsuyoshi Nishioka rejoins Twins 10 weeks after breaking leg

    Jun 15, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Nick Swisher

    He’s not in the starting lineup tonight, but the Twins have officially activated Tsuyoshi Nishioka from the disabled list after placing Justin Morneau on the shelf with a bum wrist last night. Nishioka suffered a fractured fibula on April 7 when Nick Swisher of the Yankees slid into him breaking up a double play and…

  17. Frank McCourt has supporters in the Hispanic community too

    Jun 15, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Remember that odd report last week about the African-American churches sending a letter to Bud Selig supporting Frank McCourt as owner of the Dodgers?  Well, according to Tim Brown at Yahoo! he’s getting support from the Los Angeles Hispanic community too. At least part of it. The basis for that support? Not totally clear. McCourt…

  18. Video of the Day: First scenes from the Moneyball movie

    Jun 15, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Entertainment Tonight showed a few scenes from the upcoming Moneyball movie starring Brad Pitt as A’s general manager Billy Beane and … well, let’s just say my skepticism about how they could turn a good but mostly action-free book into an interesting film is even stronger now: I might be wrong, of course. Hitters drawing…

  19. Barry Bonds files a motion to have his conviction set aside

    Jun 15, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    We knew this was coming, and the legal beagles out there will enjoy reading it, so here it is.  Barry Bonds moves to have his conviction set aside on four grounds. The first: that truthful statements can’t constitute obstruction of justice, referring to that “I was the child of a celebrity” digression which formed the basis of…

  20. Joe Mauer finally looks likely to rejoin Twins’ lineup Friday

    Jun 15, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    mauer batting

    Joe Mauer‘s lengthy stint on the disabled list finally appears to be coming to an end, as the Twins catcher put the finishing touches on his rehab stint in the minors today by taking batting practice against fellow DL inhabitant Joe Nathan. Mauer spoke to David Dorsey of the Fort Myers News Press afterward, saying:…

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