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  1. Mariano Rivera would take a one year deal

    Jun 21, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    One of the Yankees’ big free agents seems like he’ll be easy to retain.

  2. Great Moments in Independent League promotions

    Jun 21, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Why would the Lake Erie Crushers lower themselves to sign LeBron James?

  3. Comment of the Day: enough with the Manny coverage

    Jun 21, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    With all the Manny chatter, did ESPN even know there was a baseball game going on last night?

  4. Blue Jays designate Edwin Encarnacion for assignment

    Jun 21, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Yesterday the Blue Jays demoted Edwin Encarnacion to Triple-A after the 27-year-old third baseman had logged 2,314 plate appearances and six seasons in the majors, and this afternoon they designated him for assignment. Encarnacion is now off the 40-man roster and Toronto has 10 days to trade, waive, or release him, but my guess is…

  5. A pretty spiffy scoreboard retrospective

    Jun 21, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Mental Floss has a great article up today going over various unique scoreboard designs from the past 100 years. At the risk of losing your respect I’m going to admit that I really like the guitar-shaped one. There. I said it.

  6. The Nats send John Lannan . . . somewhere

    Jun 21, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    MASN’s Ben Goessling tweeted a few minutes ago that the Nationals were sending starter John Lannan to Syracuse. Then he deleted the tweet and said that it could be Harrisburg. He wasn’t sure, really, but Lannan’s locker was empty, so it had to be one of those, right? (UPDATE: it’s Harrisburg). Either way, Nats fans…

  7. Billy Wagner dominating on verge of 400th save, but Braves are riding him awfully hard

    Jun 21, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    When the Braves signed Billy Wagner this offseason there was some thought that they’d have to be cautious with the 38-year-old’s workload in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. Instead he’s on pace for 70 appearances and 67 innings, which is pretty standard for a modern closer, and the Braves ramped up…

  8. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jun 21, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    The pic tells you who number one is. But how about the other 29?

  9. Carl Pavano and his mustache are eating innings for Twins

    Jun 21, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Minnesota’s bullpen was gassed after Nick Blackburn and Kevin Slowey both failed to make it out of the second inning in their Friday and Saturday starts against the Phillies, so yesterday afternoon the Twins desperately needed a long outing and got it from either a likely or unlikely source depending on your point of view.…

  10. Lots of teams are interested in David Aardsma

    Jun 21, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Mariners closer David Aardsma is “already drawing a lot of interest” says Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.  I can’t recall any reports of the Mariners actively shopping him, but given where they are in the grand scheme of things right now, they should be accepting offers for everyone not named Felix Hernandez. Aardsma’s ERA…

  11. Houston's 'exciting youth movement' is anything but in reality

    Jun 21, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    MLB.com Astros beat writer Brian McTaggart is about to be very disappointed. Following last night’s moves to call up Jason Castro and Chris Johnson from Triple-A, he wrote: Simply put, this youth movement is exciting. The Astros will never admit to rebuilding, but the arrival of Castro could be a watershed moment in the franchise’s…

  12. The Indians send David Huff down to Columbus

    Jun 21, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    This isn’t the most Earth-shattering news — the dude was 2-9 with a 6.04 ERA in 13 starts, and that doesn’t fly with even a terrible team like Cleveland — but it is notable for two reasons. (1) I will no longer be able to use my old warhourse “minute and a Huff” joke in…

  13. GM says multiple teams are interested in Akinori Iwamura

    Jun 21, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    General manager Neal Huntington said yesterday that “a small number of teams have expressed mild interest” in Akinori Iwamura after the Pirates designated him for assignment last week. However, according to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “a trade remains far from certain” and “it’s extraordinarily unlikely that any team would assume more than the…

  14. The Rockies may be interested in Ty Wigginton

    Jun 21, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    Tracy Ringolsby reports that the Orioles had a scout at Colorado Springs yesterday watching Rockies’ prospect Esmil Rogers pitch.  His take: that the Rockies could have an interest in the O’s second baseman Ty Wigginton and that O’s were thus scouting players they’d expect in return. Makes sense. Wigginton has been one of the lone…

  15. Tim Lincecum cleared for next start after liner to shoulder

    Jun 21, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum took a line drive off the back of his right shoulder on the final pitch of his start last Wednesday, but the Giants insisted afterward that he could have remained in the game had he not already thrown 111 pitches and sure enough his next start will come right on schedule. Lincecum threw…

  16. Quote of the Day: Jon Heyman on Jerry Manuel

    Jun 21, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    Jon Heyman isn’t a stats guy, but he has totally quantified “vibes”

  17. Are the Rangers targeting Cliff Lee?

    Jun 21, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    It’s often hard to tell what the question was that led to a given answer in an interview, but this story in today’s Dallas Morning News suggests that the Rangers are targeting Cliff Lee. I say “suggests” because it’s rare that any GM will say “yeah, we’re interested in such-and-such a guy,” and in fact…

  18. Are the Mets looking to trade Mejia?

    Jun 21, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Mike Silva wonders if the Mejia-to-the-minors thing isn’t a prelude to the Mets dealing him. It’s an interesting thought.  The Mets declined to make this kind of move when they actually needed a starting pitcher pretty badly a few weeks ago. Now that R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese have stepped up, perhaps the Mets are…

  19. A-Rod, Posada inconveniently day-to-day next week

    Jun 21, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said yesterday that both Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada are “day-to-day” for this week. Which is a problem because New York plays in NL parks over the next two series, so Girardi can’t DH either of them. The only obvious problem with this Yankees team entering the season was age and…

  20. Hard Hittin' Mark Whiten does it again

    Jun 21, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    I watched Mark Whiten hit four homers against the Reds in 1993 and thought it was really something.  Yesterday Whiten played in the Hall of Fame Classic and hit two out, winning the game’s MVP honors. He also won the pre-game home run derby. It’s a different game now that active major leaguers don’t play…

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