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  1. Comment of the Day: LeBron to the Yankees!

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    I never thought I’d see the day when someone out-crazied baseball’s hot stove season, but King James has done that.

  2. The Nationals asked the Dbacks about Dan Haren, Edwin Jackson

    Jul 1, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports that the Nats, despite the fact that they’re sinking like a stone in the NL East, have inquired about the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson. A lot of time in the article is spent wondering if this means the Nats are buyers or sellers (in light of the Adam…

  3. The Missouri Deparment of Transportation has no love for Dan Quisenberry

    Jul 1, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    This is sad: in 1999, the Kansas City Royals planted a memorial tree and laid a plaque for the late, great Dan Quisenberry who died of brain cancer the year before. Yeah, about that: The tree and plaque are now gone. This after workers began work on building ramp off Interstate 70 to improve access…

  4. HBT Extra: Dysfunction Junction with Upton, Zambrano and Kemp

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    We taped this before Matt Kemp went and pulled that 3 for 4 with a homer and three RBI game out of his butt yesterday, but at least 2/3 of the video hasn’t been overtaken by events, so enjoy!

  5. Vlad Guerrero abuses his former team

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    If baseball teams could date, Vlad would be that girl the Angels idiotically dumped last year.

  6. The Molina trade makes sense for everyone

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    My first thought when I saw that the Giants were unloading Bengie Molina on the Rangers last night: Wow, if the Mets had only gone multiple years and, like, ten million bucks, he could have been theirs! My next thought:  this works for everyone involved. The Giants needed to find a permanent home for Buster…

  7. The frustrated bidders have been invited to the Rangers mediation

    Jul 1, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    This tweet from Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal is interesting: Breaking News: Spurned Texas Rangers bidders invited to federal mediation. Kaplan promises more details later, but my first thought is that this cuts a couple of different ways, one in which is good for team Greenberg and one that isn’t. On the one hand it…

  8. Bobby Valentine rips the Marlins on ESPN

    Jul 1, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” yesterday, talking about the Marlins’ hiring process: “If this is a major-league process, I hope I’m never in the process again. It’s very disturbing, confusing and it was insulting at times, but it’s over.” The linked articles goes a bit more into the details of why he and the…

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

    Jul 1, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT

    There’s a Roger Miller reference in here someplace, but I link to Asleep at the Wheel’s version, because the video quality was higher.

  10. Cool simulation shows how Mariano Rivera is great

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:21 AM EDT

    We all know that Mariano Rivera is great, even at age 40. I mean, look at his line this season, it’s insane. We also know why he’s great. It’s that infernal cutter of his, which saws up more lumber than Weyerhaeuser. But I don’t think we’ve ever seen his greatness displayed in such a cool…

  11. Tony La Russa in favor of Arizona immigration law

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa says he is in favor of Arizona’s tough new immigration law, which would allow require police officers to stop anyone on the street and demand to see proof of citizenship if the officer has a reasonable doubt that the person is in the country illegally. Here’s what he…

  12. Rangers acquire Bengie Molina for Chris Ray and PTBNL

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:08 PM EDT

    The Rangers have completed a deal for veteran catcher Bengie Molina.

  13. UPDATE: Koby Clemens goes homerless vs. father

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Astros prospect Koby Clemens participated in the Texas League Home Run Derby on Wednesday night. His father, Roger, was dealing.

  14. Mets SS Jose Reyes scratched with stiff back

    Jun 30, 2010, 6:34 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes left the field during batting practice Wednesday and was scratched from the Mets’ lineup with what was termed lower back stiffness. A Mets official called the problem “turf related,” according to the New York Daily News. Reyes missed the spring and the first four games of the regular season with a thyroid condition,…

  15. Brad Lincoln shuts down the Cubs for his first major league victory

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

    Pirates’ rookie Brad Lincoln threw seven shutout innings against the Cubs today, striking out six and allowing only four hits as Pittsburgh beat Chicago 2-0. It looked like it would be a no-decision for Lincoln for a while, however, as Tom Gorzelanny and Brian Schlitter matched the zeros.  But then some bad defense struck for…

  16. Quote of the Day: Farewell, Hiram Bithorn Stadium!

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Or: Baseball really thought they were doing the Expos a favor with this place a few years ago?

  17. No, you cannot have first place: Twins 5, Tigers 1

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    After dropping the first game of the midweek series, the Minnesota Twins reminded the Detroit Tigers why they are the team everyone picked to win the division this season, winning 5-1. Even with Joe Mauer taking the day off, the Twins brought plenty of firepower to bear, with Justin Morneau hitting a solo homer and…

  18. Dustin Pedroia is taking grounders from his knees

    Jun 30, 2010, 4:54 PM EDT

    Freak show . . . relax: Right now, as I write this, Dustin Pedroia is kneeling on the grass at second base taking grounders from Tim Bogar. Seriously. And not pitty-pat grounders to your kid in the backyard. These are big league groundballs. He then flips the balls to coach Rob Leary. Yeah, six weeks.…

  19. Anatomy of conflicting trade rumors: Adam Dunn edition

    Jun 30, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    What do you do when two reporters are saying conflicting things about a given player? You try to sniff the baloney, that’s what.

  20. Halladay Hit Parade: The Reds beat the Phillies 4-3

    Jun 30, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    It’s not every day you see Roy Halladay give up 13 hits — in fact, he hadn’t done that all year — but he did to the Reds today, the most significant of which was Jay Bruce’s two-run homer in the eighth to give the Reds a come-from-behind win. To be honest, it’s amazing that…

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