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  1. Darin Erstad says 'I'm done' after 14 seasons

    Jun 17, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Following in Mark Mulder’s footsteps, Darin Erstad has made official what everyone assumed by telling a reporter in his native North Dakota that he’s “done.” I couldn’t be much happier. I got to live a dream playing baseball for 14 years, now I’m getting to live the other side and it’s a blast. I had…

  2. Simmons, Deadspin are wrong to hate on Kansas City

    Jun 17, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    As you know by now, Kansas City has been selected as the site of the 2012 All-Star game.  In the past 24 hours this decision has been subjected to derision by two of the most influential voices in online sports media: Bill Simmons and Deadspin. I have much love for both The Sports Guy and…

  3. Jerry Blevins should probably lighten up

    Jun 17, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Yesterday Carlos Zambrano said that Athletics’ pitcher Jerry Blevins “got lucky” that Z didn’t hit a home run when he was sitting fastball and got one during a pinch-hitting appearance.  I wasn’t there, but I can’t really feature Zambrano meaning that comment as a serious dig at Blevins. But Blevins thought it was: “I did…

  4. Chad Qualls says he's not injured, he's just bad

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    I’m a big Adam Carolla fan and he often talks about how people who’re drunk or high inevitably claim to not be drunk or high when questioned about their bad behavior. His point is that they might as well admit to being under the influence of something, because otherwise that just means they have no…

  5. Great Moments in Hyperbole: Ken Burns

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    I’m having a hard time getting on board with Burns comparing Joe Torre to . . . Abraham Lincoln

  6. Not quite a Baker's dozen for Scott

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Some notes on Twins right-hander Scott Baker racking up a career-high 12 strikeouts over seven shutout, two-hit innings against the Rockies last night … • Bert Blyleven had 12 or more strikeouts 22 times, including 15 for the Twins. Johan Santana had 14 such games for the Twins and Camilo Pascual had 10. No one…

  7. John Russell on the hot seat? Hell, he may have gotten a contract extension!

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    I still stand by all the stuff I said yesterday about Ken Rosenthal’s Pirates report and the art of rumor-mongering in general, but this business with John Russell and the Pirates seems to quickly be turning into a bad example of an otherwise sound theory. To review:  Ken Rosenthal reported on Tuesday night that John…

  8. The Rays got hosed on a call at the plate last night

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    I missed the Braves-Rays game last night so I didn’t see this go down, but the Rays got boned in the sixth inning.  You can see the play here. For those who can’t watch the video, Hank Blalock was at third base when Brian McCann missed one that went to the screen. It took a…

  9. Twins reportedly considering 'a serious run' at Cliff Lee

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    I was a radio guest on ESPN Twin Cities earlier this week (you can listen to the segment here) and one of the co-hosts, Tom Pelissero, hinted that he had some information about the Twins being legitimately interested in Cliff Lee. Pelissero has now put it in writing, reporting today that “more than one person…

  10. Is Chase Utley injured?

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    There’s a fine line between playing through pain and playing hurt. Is Chase Utley on the wrong side of it?

  11. M's bullpen catcher Jason Phillips is one smooth operator

    Jun 17, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    Rob Dibble once threw a ball at a lady in the stands and all he got for it was a couple of decades of well-deserved scorn.  Mariners’ bullpen catcher Jason Phillips does it and he gets married: “If we go extra innings, I’m gonna make a move,” Phillips said. “If we go to extra innings,…

  12. Pedro to the Phillies is not going to happen

    Jun 17, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    Ruben Amaro said again yesterday that the Phillies would be interested in Pedro Martinez if he’s interested in coming back, but it’s really unlikely to happen.  Why? Because according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, Pedro wants too much money: “I don’t think anything’s going to happen with the Phillies,” said [a person close to…

  13. Roger Clemens is going to pitch to minor league all-stars

    Jun 17, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    The Daily News reports that he’ll be flinging up fat ones for the home run derby at the Texas League All-Star Game. The real reason I link this however is the sidebar pic of Brian McNamee leaving his grand jury appearance last month. Go check it out. I’ll wait. Neat, huh?  I think the fact…

  14. Do Sox fans boo Manny tomorrow night?

    Jun 17, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    For the first time since his 2008 trade, Manny Ramirez will visit Fenway Park tomorrow night.  The Boston Globe asks this morning what kind of reception Hub fans will give the kid. I’d like to think that Sox fans will take a reflective approach to it all, remember that if it wasn’t for Manny they…

  15. So what happens if a whole team dies at once?

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    I’m not being singularly morbid here — George or Kramer or someone asked Keith Hernandez what happens if a team plane crashes on an episode of “Seinfeld” once — but I have often wondered what happens if disaster strikes a ballclub. Thankfully, Maury Brown has gotten a hold of a couple of fun documents fans…

  16. Pedro Alvarez debuts for the Pirates

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    We’ve had a number of big-name rookie debuts this year. Heyward for the Braves, Davis for the Mets, Strasburg for the Nats, Stanton for the Feesh and now Pedro Alvarez for the Pirates. The results? Bumpy but promising. Alvarez hit sixth and played third. He struck out swinging in his first at-bat, walked and scored…

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

    Jun 17, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT

    What ballplayer has been drinking his milk? How much does a knockwurst cost at Primanti Bros.? And can anyone read Dusty Baker’s lips?

  18. Peavy scratched from Thursday start vs. Pirates

    Jun 16, 2010, 10:18 PM EDT

    White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen informed the media on Wednesday afternoon that Jake Peavy has been dealing with some discomfort in his throwing arm, but failed to say whether it would affect his status for the rest of the week. Now we have some answers.  According to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley. the club has…

  19. Lincecum lifted after being struck with a line drive

    Jun 16, 2010, 9:01 PM EDT

    Giants starter Tim Lincecum was hit in the back of the right shoulder by a line drive on Wednesday afternoon and was removed from his start against the Orioles. He crouched in pain after the initial blow, but eventually stood up and headed to the clubhouse under his own power.  Lincecum fanned 10 batters and…

  20. Kansas City will host the 2012 All-Star Game

    Jun 16, 2010, 7:34 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced Wednesday evening what many in the baseball world have known for months, if not years.  As Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports, the Royals’ Kauffman Stadium will host the All-Star Game in 2012. It has been 39 years since the Mid-Season Classic was last held in…

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