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  1. Ted Lilly: Zambrano wants to help the Cubs

    Jul 1, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    Ted Lilly must have a great cell phone plan. Unlimited minutes to call anywhere, including Greater Crazyville, where he apparently reached Carlos Zambrano: Ted Lilly became the first Cubs player to get through to Carlos Zambrano, saying the controversial pitcher wants to return to help the team in the second half of the season. “I…

  2. Starting next year the Mets will pay Bobby Bonilla $1.2 million per season through 2035

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal notes that starting exactly one year from today the Mets will begin paying Bobby Bonilla an annual salary of $1.2 million … for the next 25 years. Bonilla is 47 years old, has been retired since 2001, and hasn’t played for the Mets since 1999, but when they…

  3. Count the Phillies in on Dan Haren too

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    You can add the Phillies to the list of suitors interested in Dan Haren, joining the Nationals and the Cardinals. Indeed, Jerry Crasnick tweets that the Diamondbacks are scouting Phillies’ prospects to see what they might get in return. Haren doesn’t appear to be having his best year ever — he’s 7-6 with a 4.56…

  4. The downside of hustle: Luke Scott injured on home run trot

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Luke Scott may be headed to the disabled list after injuring his hamstring last night during his home run trot. Scott took Cedrick Bowers deep to left-center field in the seventh inning, but ran hard out of the box before knowing it was gone and pulled up lame after rounding first base. MLB.com has the…

  5. 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.

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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,…

  19. 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…

  20. 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?

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