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  1. Selig seeks slotting; international draft

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    We’ve seen this coming for a couple of years now, but on the occasion of the 2011 draft, Bud Selig once again called for the hard slotting of draft picks and the extension of the draft to cover other countries: “I believe in slotting and I believe in a worldwide draft. I think it’s important,”…

  2. Joakim Soria reclaims closer duties after one-week demotion

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    Demoted from closer to middle reliever last week after blowing three saves in four appearances, Joakim Soria threw five hitless innings in three outings and now the Royals are ready to hand him ninth-inning duties back. Aaron Crow was tabbed as the fill-in closer, but never actually got a save opportunity. Ned Yost told Dick…

  3. The implications of moving the fences in at Citi Field

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Citi Field AP

    Everyone talks about moving the fences in at Citi Field, but no one analyzes it.  That is until today, when Adam Rubin — with the help of Greg Rybarczyk from Hittrackeronline.com — looks into how various modifications to the dimensions of Citi Field would affect the Mets in general and David Wright — the most frequently…

  4. Bryce Harper needs to grow up

    Jun 7, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    There has been quite a response since the post of that Bryce Harper home run trot this morning (the video is embedded below).  It has me thinking about the curious beast that is Bryce Harper and what, if anything, we can take from that little episode. First, let me be clear: I’m not trying to…

  5. The draft is happening

    Jun 7, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    In case you missed our coverage, be it known that the first round of the amateur draft went down last night. Matthew Pouliot’s wrapup can be read here.  As-it-went-down reactions can be read here: Pick number one; Picks 2-5; Picks 6-10; Picks 11-15; Picks 16-20; Picks 21-25; and Picks 26-33 Personally, I’m no draft expert.…

  6. Carlos Zambrano apologizes to Carlos Marmol, but no one else; stands by his words

    Jun 7, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Zambrano_Carlos

    A funny thing happened yesterday: Carlos Zambrano‘s Sunday rant about the Cubs being “embarrassing” went over really well with Cubs fans. Seemed Zambrano said something that they needed someone else besides themselves to say. That this outfit is playing poorly and needs to get better. As such, Zambrano didn’t apologize generally for his comments. He…

  7. Bryce Harper is going to get himself hurt

    Jun 7, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

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    Check out the home run that Nats’ prospect Bryce Harper hit last night. Specifically, check out the way he stopped to admire it and the kiss he blew to the pitcher when he crossed home plate: Yes, he’s young. But there’s no excuse for that kind of thing.  Even someone who cares as little about…

  8. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:33 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Philadelphia Phillies

    Seven-game losing streaks are the new black.

  9. Rockies use six pitchers to shut out Padres

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:48 AM EDT

    Clayton Mortensen

    If Padres GM Jed Hoyer wasn’t on the phone bringing Anthony Rizzo up from Tucson after this one, I don’t know what it’s going to take. The Rockies’ Clayton Mortensen, who entered with as many teams pitched for as career victories (three), combined with five relievers on a 3-0 shutout of the Padres on Monday.…

  10. After 0-8 start, John Danks finally gets on the board in win over Mariners

    Jun 7, 2011, 12:27 AM EDT

    John Danks

    It took facing the Mariners offense to finally get left-hander John Danks his first win of the season, as he bounced back from an 0-8 start to limit Seattle to an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings in the White Sox’s 3-1 victory tonight. In doing so, Danks outpitched Rookie of the Year favorite Michael Pineda, who…

  11. 2011 Draft – Day one wrapup: Nationals, Red Sox are winners

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:48 PM EDT

    Anthony Rendon

    A few winners and losers after 60 picks… Winners Nationals – Anthony Rendon‘s injury history is a big concern, but he looked like the best bat in the draft and the Nationals took advantage of him slipping to No. 6. They’ll probably try him at second base, and since he’s quick and not too big,…

  12. 2011 MLB Draft – picks 26-33: Reds select high school right-hander Robert Stephenson

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:23 PM EDT

    Robert Stephenson

    Red Sox selected high school catcher Blake Swihart with the 26th overall pick in Monday’s draft. Swihart has great arm strength, but the Red Sox could quickly decide to move him away from catcher to save his legs. The 19-year-old from New Mexico swings well from both sides of the plate and could develop 20-homer…

  13. 2011 MLB Draft – picks 21-25: Jays take high school righty Tyler Beede at No. 20

    Jun 6, 2011, 10:39 PM EDT

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    The Blue Jays selected Massachusetts high school pitcher Tyler Beede at No. 21 overall. Beede has mature mechanics and throws three quality pitches: a low-90s fastball with good life, a hard-breaking slurve and a changeup. The 20-year-old right-hander is committed to Vanderbilt, so the Blue Jays will have to flash some dollar signs to get…

  14. 2011 MLB Draft – picks 16-20: Dodgers reach for left-hander Chris Reed at No. 16

    Jun 6, 2011, 8:41 PM EDT

    Chris Reed - Stanford

    Dodgers selected Stanford left-hander Chris Reed with the 16th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Reed has served as Stanford’s closer this season but will get a chance to start in the Dodgers organization. He’s a solid left-hander with three good pitches, but it’s fairly clear the Dodgers opted for signability here as opposed to…

  15. 2011 MLB Draft – picks 11-15: Astros grab George Springer at No. 11

    Jun 6, 2011, 8:13 PM EDT

    George Springer - UConn

    Astros picked Connecticut outfielder George Springer with the 11th selection. Springer was expected to go right around here after hitting .350/.458/.628 with 12 homers for the Huskies this season, but it’s something of a surprise to see him land with Houston. While he’ll play center initially, he may need to move to an outfield corner…

  16. 2011 MLB Draft – picks 6-10: Anthony Rendon slips to Nationals at No. 6

    Jun 6, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT

    Anthony Rendon - Rice

    Nationals picked Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon sixth in the draft. Rendon didn’t slip too far after all. There are concerns that he might need shoulder surgery and he’s battled ankle injuries, but he had the most polished bat in the draft. He’s an interesting fit with the Nationals, who already have Ryan Zimmerman at…

  17. Jake Peavy diagnosed with mild groin strain

    Jun 6, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    Craig told us earlier today that Jake Peavy was likely headed for the disabled list with strained right groin. That still might happen, but the White Sox are in a bit of a holding pattern following an MRI earlier today. According to Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com, the White Sox will evaluate Peavy on a day-to-day…

  18. 2011 MLB Draft – picks 2-5: Mariners take Danny Hultzen second

    Jun 6, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT

    Dylan Bundy - Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year

    The Mariners picked Virginia left-hander Danny Hultzen with the second choice in the draft. A surprise already. The Mariners had long been thought to be the destination for the top college hitter, Anthony Rendon. However, concerns about Rendon’s shoulder may have soured the team on him. Hultzen has a low-90s fastball, a plus changeup and…

  19. Pirates make UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole first pick in the draft

    Jun 6, 2011, 7:13 PM EDT

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    As expected, the Pirates made UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole the first overall selection in the 2011 draft. Cole was selected 28th overall by the Yankees out of high school three years ago, but he opted to go to UCLA rather than sign. Armed with a high-90s fastball, he was widely regarded as the top upside…

  20. Brad Hawpe is starting in right field tonight

    Jun 6, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

    Eric Patterson, Brad Hawpe

    Marty Caswell of XX1090 in San Diego tells us that Brad Hawpe will make his first start of the season in right field tonight against the Rockies while Jorge Cantu plays first base. Why does this matter? Well, it could mean that prospect first baseman Anthony Rizzo is a lot closer to the big leagues…

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