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  1. Jerry Manuel might be jumping the gun on Carlos Beltran's return

    Jun 11, 2010, 7:36 PM EDT

    Craig already told us that Carlos Beltran played the outfield and homered in an extended spring training game this afternoon. Well, Mets manager Jerry Manuel was so encouraged by the news that he suggested that Beltran could return as a designated hitter during interleague play. (via Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com) “I think if this trip…

  2. Baseball's ump-overseer is demoted

    Jun 11, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    Jimmy Lee Solomon is MLB’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations.  In that capacity he handles on-the-field issues, discipline, security, ballpark issues and stuff like that. Or I should say he was MLB’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and handled on-the-field issues, because according to Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times, Solomon…

  3. Carlos Beltran plays the outfield

    Jun 11, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran’s rehabilitation continues apace. Today, for the first time, he played some center field in an extended spring training game.  He also went 3 for 5 with a homer. I’ve always wondered about “extended spring training.”  Who are the other 17 guys the rehabbing star is playing against? Are they any good? Do they…

  4. Cleveland is getting owned by Strasburg

    Jun 11, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    I realize that he’s a big deal and everything, but if you’re a Cleveland Indians fan, isn’t having Stephen Strasburg jerseys dominate your own team’s merchandise booths kind of sad? I suppose as of today they could put some Carlos Santana jerseys in there, but for now the Indians are allowing themselves to be pwned…

  5. What does Carlos Santana's arrival mean for Lou Marson?

    Jun 11, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Cleveland isn’t wasting any time with Carlos Santana, making the 24-year-old catcher their No. 3 hitter for his big-league debut tonight against the Nationals. Obviously the Indians’ lineup isn’t exactly stacked with dangerous bats and as a switch-hitter with power and patience Santana projects as an ideal No. 3 guy, but many teams prefer to…

  6. Slumping Dustin Pedroia wears brace on knee

    Jun 11, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia wore a brace on his right knee for the first time last night and admitted after the game that his performance has been hurt by the injury: My knee hurts, but it’ll be fine. I don’t weigh that much, so I don’t carry around a lot of weight. We’ll find a way to…

  7. Barry Bonds is gonna skate on the perjury charge

    Jun 11, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled that prosecutors in the Barry Bonds/BALCO perjury case may not present urine samples and other evidence that the government says shows Bonds knowingly used steroids. This ruling upholds a lower court decision barring prosecutors from showing the jury any evidence collected by Bonds’ personal trainer Greg…

  8. The Baseball Greats Chessboard

    Jun 11, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Our friend lar from Wezen-Ball has created a baseball-themed chess set. At least the design for one. I like it because he tried to match the attributes of the chess pieces to the players he uses for each piece. For example, knights are versatile and disruptive, so he makes Rickey Henderson a knight. Pawns are…

  9. Lou Piniella doesn't think much of Steve Stone

    Jun 11, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Lou Piniella has apparently decided it’s a good idea to publicly address his critics. Last week he voiced displeasure about Ken Rosenthal suggesting the Cubs should fire him, calling the FOXSports.com writer “my little buddy.” Today he sharpened the knives a bit, lashing out at White Sox announcer Steve Stone for criticizing moves the Cubs’…

  10. Did Yuniesky Betancourt cost the Mariners Stephen Strasburg?

    Jun 11, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    Tom Verducci reminds us today that, but for two games, it would have been the Mariners who would have had the worst record in baseball in 2008 and thus the Mariners — and not the Nationals — who would have had the right to select Stephen Strasburg.  Specifically, going into the final two games of…

  11. Carlos Pena sets Rays' franchise homer record

    Jun 11, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    Last night Carlos Pena hit his 13th homer of the year, setting the Tampa Bay franchise record with 129 homers as a member of the Rays. Here’s the rest of the top 10: CARLOS PENA 129 Aubrey Huff 128 Fred McGriff 99 Carl Crawford 90 Evan Longoria 71 Jonny Gomes 66 Greg Vaughn 60 B.J.…

  12. Ned Yost wants his pitchers hacking

    Jun 11, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    The Royals are beginning a stretch of 15 straight interleague games tonight, and Ned Yost has a message for his pitchers, who now have to bat: get your money’s worth: “When we play in National League I’ve got one rule for our pitchers: Never try to beat out an infield hit. But two, if you…

  13. Angels in the market for a first baseman following Kendry Morales' surgery

    Jun 11, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Earlier this week the Angels were said to be holding out at least some hope of Kendry Morales playing again this season, but he underwent surgery yesterday to repair the broken ankle suffering while celebrating a walk-off homer and afterward indications were that he’s all but certain to miss the rest of the year. Now…

  14. Dallas Braden had an MRI on his forearm

    Jun 11, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Dallas Braden said after his last that he’d had forearm tightness all week and felt as if he couldn’t finish his pitches properly.  Yesterday he had an MRI on his forearm to see what the problem was.  No sense yet if there’s anything amiss, but if surgery is necessary, you can bet Braden won’t use…

  15. Comment of the Day: Kenny Williams should chill

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

    I don’t necessarily think that Ozzie has a valid point here, if his son is not a legitimate prospect.  That said, I can understand him having higher expectations given that 2008 6th round draft pick Ken Williams Jr. is hitting .222/.314/.344 as a 24 year old in high A.  Blatant nepotism is only appreciated when…

  16. Great Moments in overthinking: Phillies sellouts are bad!

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    I’m no economic expert, but today’s column from Paul Hagen in the Philadelphia Daily News doesn’t make a ton of sense to me. The upshot: it’s nice that the Phillies are selling out so many consecutive games, but there’s a downside to it because if you sell out all the time you can’t increase your…

  17. Ozzie Guillen and Kenny Williams "almost came to blows"

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    Yesterday Kenny Williams complained of the White Sox’ “soap opera.”  Today Joe Cowley of the Sun-Times reports that it may be more like “Tuesday Night Fights”: After the White Sox’ 3-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers, the Sun-Times was told by a team source that general manager Ken Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen ”almost came…

  18. Two fans run onto the field in Cleveland

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    All the little chicks with the crimson lips go “Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rocks!” Two fans ran across the field in Cleveland and interrupted last night’s game between the Indians and the Red Sox. One of the young men was wearing a LeBron James jersey. The men appeared to trailing a stream of powder behind them,…

  19. The Nats did not agree with Boras to limit Strasburg's innings

    Jun 11, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    The Nationals are going to do the right thing and limit Stephen Strasburg’s innings this year. Contrary to what Jon Heyman and Peter Gammons have reported in the past, however, they are not obligated to do so by contract.  That’s the story from MASN’s Ben Goessling, who spoke to Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo about it:…

  20. A-Rod's got a stiff groin

    Jun 11, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Don’t look at me that way. That’s what the team said. Rodriguez started last night’s game against the Orioles, but was pinch hit for by Ramiro Pena.  After the game the Yankees confirmed that A-Rod has “stiffness in his groin” and will see a doctor about it today. A-Rod has struggled with the groin issue…

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