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  1. Ryan Dempster chews out Mike Quade after getting pulled

    Jul 9, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    Did we mention that Cubs manager Mike Quade is in over his head? Quade told Ryan Dempster he was finished after the fifth inning of Saturday’s game against the Pirates, and Dempster went off on him.  Quade gave right back, and the screaming match continued until Dempster made his way to the tunnel. Dempster had…

  2. Jose Bautista sets Blue Jays record with 30 first-half homers

    Jul 9, 2011, 9:44 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista became the first major leaguer in four years and the first ever Blue Jay to hit 30 homers prior to the All-Star break when he took Cleveland’s Josh Tomlin deep in the third inning Saturday. Alex Rodriguez was the last player to hit 30 homers in the first half, finishing with exactly that many on his…

  3. Andrew McCutchen replaces Ryan Braun on All-Star roster

    Jul 9, 2011, 9:14 PM EDT

    mccutchen swinging getty

    The Pirates announced to a packed PNC Park on Saturday that outfielder Andrew McCutchen has been named to the National League All-Star roster. McCutchen was not anointed as an All-Star after the initial voting and wasn’t given a crack in this week’s “Final Vote” balloting, but he’s plenty deserving with a .292/.393/.500 batting line, 13…

  4. Video: Derek Jeter talks about the pressure leading up to 3,000th hit

    Jul 9, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Watch Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter reflect on his path to 3,000 hits…

  5. Josh Beckett’s status for All-Star Game to be determined Sunday

    Jul 9, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett, who left his start Friday night with a hyperextended left knee, will throw a side session Sunday that will determine his availability for Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Phoenix, WEEI reports.. It sounds like Beckett will be fine to pitch as soon as play resumes following the break.  However, the Red Sox aren’t so…

  6. Ramon Castro exits game with fractured right hand

    Jul 9, 2011, 7:53 PM EDT

    Ramon Castro

    Toni Ginnetti of the Chicago Sun-Times passes along word that White Sox backup catcher Ramon Castro had to be removed from Saturday’s game against the Twins after breaking a bone in his right hand while receiving a pitch from starter Mark Buehrle. The White Sox have not commented on the severity of the fracture, but…

  7. Jeter’s great, but he’s not one of the top five Yankees

    Jul 9, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT

    Yogi Berra, Derek Jeter

    No doubt about it, Derek Jeter is a first-ballot Hall of Famer.  He rates as one of the top 50 position players in major league history, and on Saturday, he became the first Yankee to ever reach 3,000 hits. The Yankees, though, have had better position players. Here’s how WAR ranks the top 10: 1.…

  8. Aaron Harang pulled after throwing no-hitter for six innings

    Jul 9, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    harang ap

    Padres right-hander Aaron Harang returned from the disabled list with a bang on Saturday, hurling six innings of no-hit ball against the Dodgers. It was a bit surprising to see San Diego left-hander Josh Spence take the mound in the seventh inning with Harang’s no-hitter still intact and his pitch count still hovering at 95,…

  9. David Ortiz: “I haven’t fought since I was in kindergarten”

    Jul 9, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    David Ortiz, Kevin Gregg

    David Ortiz declined to speak to the media last night after charging the mound and taking a couple of swings at Kevin Gregg, but he did talk today, saying he wasn’t proud of his behavior in the game against the Orioles. “That’s my first time doing something like that,” he said. “I don’t feel proud…

  10. Fan returns Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit ball

    Jul 9, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    Christian Lopez AP1

    23-year-old Christian Lopez couldn’t wipe the smile off his face this afternoon. Of course, he was the lucky fan who caught Derek Jeter‘s 3,000th hit, a solo home run that landed in the left field seats in the third inning. Lopez, a Yankees’ fan, attended the game as a gift from his girlfriend. While he…

  11. Where will Derek Jeter finish on the all-time hits list?

    Jul 9, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    Upon reaching the milestone Saturday, Derek Jeter became the fourth youngest player to collect 3,000 hits, doing so just a couple of weeks after his 37th birthday on June 26. Ty Cobb got there at age 34.  Hank Aaron and Robin Yount were 36.  Pete Rose was just a week older than Jeter when he did it.…

  12. Orioles option Zach Britton to Double-A Bowie following disaster start

    Jul 9, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Pittsburgh Pirates

    As Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun tells us, the Orioles made a bit of a surprise move today by sending rookie left-hander Zach Britton to Double-A Bowie to make room for left-hander Mark Hendrickson on the active roster. The move comes on the heels of Britton giving up a career-high seven runs over just…

  13. Rangers promote Cuban defector Leonys Martin to Triple-A

    Jul 9, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

    Leonys Martin

    Cuban defector Leonys Martin, who received a $15.5 million deal from the Rangers back in May, was promoted from Double-A Frisco to Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday. He’ll replace Julio Borbon as Round Rock’s center fielder after Borbon went on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle. The 23-year-old Martin hit .348/.435/.571 with four…

  14. Derek Jeter goes 5-for-5 as Yankees edge Rays 5-4

    Jul 9, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    Derek Jeter didn’t stop at 3,000.  Or 3,001.  Or 3,002. Jeter singled in the go-ahead run through a drawn-in infield in the bottom of the eighth as the Yankees topped the Rays 5-4 on Saturday. Jeter singled in the first, homered in the third for his 3,000th career hit, doubled in the fifth, singled in…

  15. Jim Riggleman to interview for job with Giants

    Jul 9, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    Jim Riggleman’s Jon Heyman reports that Giants GM Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy called former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman about a position in the organization last night and that Riggleman will head to San Francisco for an interview during the All-Star break. Riggleman recently participated in pregame and postgame coverage with CSN Chicago during the…

  16. Pirates send former top prospect Pedro Alvarez to Triple-A

    Jul 9, 2011, 3:53 PM EDT

    Pedro Alvarez

    Pedro Alvarez has recovered from the quad injury that placed him on the disabled list back on May 21, but rather than bring him back as their third baseman, the Pirates chose to option him to Triple-A on Saturday. Alvarez, the second overall pick in the 2008 draft, hit just .208/.283/.304 with two homers and…

  17. Who will be next to reach 3,000 hits?

    Jul 9, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Derek Jeter just became the 28th member of the 3,000-hit club. He is the first player to reach 3,000 hits since Craig Biggio during the 2007 season. Now that history has been made, it’s time to wonder who will get there next. Removing Jeter from the equation, here’s the list of the current active leaders…

  18. Derek Jeter singles, now 4-for-4

    Jul 9, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    Needing a triple to complete his first career cycle, Derek Jeter let down several hundred hospitalized young cancer patients by mustering only a single in his fourth at-bat Saturday against the Rays. Jeter singled in his first at-bat to lead off the bottom of the first, homered in the third inning for his 3,000th career…

  19. Padres activate Aaron Harang from the disabled list for Saturday start

    Jul 9, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v San Diego Padres

    Corey Brock of reports that the Padres have activated Aaron Harang from the 15-day disabled list. He’ll take the place of the injured Clayton Richard to start this afternoon against the Dodgers. Harang has been sidelined since June 9 due to a right foot contusion. The big right-hander allowed three runs over four innings…

  20. Derek Jeter is on fire: double makes him 3-for-3

    Jul 9, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    And in his third at-bat Saturday, Derek Jeter passed Roberto Clemente for 27th place on the all-time hit list at 3,001. Jeter, who homered off David Price on the eighth pitch of his third-inning at-bat for his 3,000th hit, lined a curveball into left field for a double on the first pitch of his next…

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