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  1. CC Sabathia earns win No. 13 with 1-0 shutout of Rays

    Jul 10, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    CC Sabathia, A. J. Burnett

    A top-notch pitching duel brought the first half to a close in the Bronx on Sunday, as the Yankees beat the Rays 1-0, with both CC Sabathia and James Shields going the distance. It was Sabathia’s first shutout since 2009 and second as a Yankee, and he became the first pitcher to 13 victories this…

  2. A’s suspend top pitching prospect Ian Krol for tweet

    Jul 10, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Ian Krol - Topps

    Ian Krol, who posts on Twitter under @KingKrol9, was suspended indefinitely by the A’s on Sunday after an offensive tweet. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser reports that the tweet, since deleted, included a “gay slur along with some other offensive language.” Krol had all of 90 twitter followers prior to the announcement, but the…

  3. Evan Meek not close to beginning a throwing program

    Jul 10, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Pirates setup man Evan Meek posted a 2.14 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 80 innings last season, vaulting himself into the rung of baseball’s elite relievers. This year, he’s fallen back to earth in a big way. Meek has made only 17 relief appearances and is on the 15-day disabled list currently for the second…

  4. Alexi Ogando replaces CC Sabathia replaces James Shields

    Jul 10, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    Alexi Ogando

    By the time the day ends, you and I might be All-Stars. See, a few years back, MLB, in response to complaints about the All-Star managers favoring their own players, gave the players a chance to vote on All-Star picks. And that wasn’t a bad idea.  The problem was that MLB now keeps turning back…

  5. Jered Weaver to start All-Star Game for American League

    Jul 10, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times passes along notice that Angels right-hander Jered Weaver has been named the starting pitcher for the American League in Tuesday’s All-Star Game. It couldn’t have been too difficult of a decision for American League skipper Ron Washington. Weaver leads all of Major League Baseball with a 1.86 ERA,…

  6. Aramis Ramirez opts out, so Pablo Sandoval is an All-Star

    Jul 10, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    Manager Bruce Bochy will get to call on another Giant. Aramis Ramirez would have been the choice to take Placido Polanco‘s spot on the NL All-Star team, but he’s following through with his plans to go home to visit family in the Dominican Republic.  As a result, Pablo Sandoval will go to his first All-Star…

  7. David Robertson replaces David Price on AL All-Star roster

    Jul 10, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v New York Yankees

    Rays left-hander David Price bowed out of the All-Star game on Sunday afternoon due to a mild case of turf toe, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. Price still plans to attend all of the All-Star festivities, but he will not take the mound. The 25-year-old southpaw turned in a 3.70 ERA…

  8. Carlos Gonzalez to undergo MRI on right wrist Monday

    Jul 10, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez injured his right wrist one week ago when he crashed into the center field wall at Coors Field while making a fantastic catch on a line drive from Royals catcher Brayan Pena. Seven days later, Gonzalez is still hurting. According to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post, CarGo is expected to…

  9. Aramis Ramirez expected to replace Placido Polanco on All-Star team

    Jul 10, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    If Bruce Bochy was given the choice, he probably would have taken Aramis Ramirez in place of Chipper Jones when the latter was ruled out of the All-Star Game following knee surgery. It wasn’t Bochy’s choice, though, and Scott Rolen, who finished behind Jones in the players’ vote, was forced on him as Chipper’s replacement. Now, with…

  10. After three weeks in bigs, Wily Mo Pena to get first outfield start

    Jul 10, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Wily Mo Pena

    Wily Mo Pena, he with the remarkable .190/.190/.548 line this year, is getting his first start in left field for the Diamondbacks on Sunday. Manager Kirk Gibson recently said he had no plans to play Pena in the outfield, but something changed his mind.  Pena had appeared in 16 games since his callup June 21,…

  11. What they’re saying about Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit…

    Jul 10, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    jeter presser getty

    Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 5-for-5 on Saturday at Yankee Stadium in an afternoon that won’t soon be forgotten by fans of baseball. He reached then quickly surpassed the 3,000-hit milestone, doing it in storybook fashion as the Yankees captured a 5-4 victory over the Rays. Let’s swing it around the web for reaction to…

  12. Josh Beckett cleared to pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game

    Jul 10, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    beckett getty wide

    Red Sox starter Josh Beckett made it through a bullpen session on Sunday morning without having any problems with his hyperextended left knee, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. As a result, the Boston ace has been medically cleared to participate in Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Beckett has registered a dominant 2.27 ERA and…

  13. Alex Rodriguez likely to opt for surgery on right knee

    Jul 10, 2011, 10:46 AM EDT

    a-rod claps getty

    Sources informed Mark Hale and Joel Sherman of the New York Post late Saturday night that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is “strongly leaning” toward undergoing surgery to repair the partially torn meniscus in his right knee. Rodriguez will arrive in Miami on Sunday to get a second opinion from Dr. Lee Kaplan, who performed…

  14. Hundreds of Dodgers fans arrived six hours late Saturday

    Jul 10, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Here’s an odd story with odder timing. According to Sam Strong of the Long Beach Press-Telegram, hundreds of Dodgers fans arrived in Chavez Ravine around 7 PM on Saturday, hours after the team had completed a 1-0 defeat of the visiting Padres. Those fans were unaware that FOX had selected the game for its national…

  15. Francisco Rodriguez hires super agent Scott Boras

    Jul 10, 2011, 9:08 AM EDT

    k-rod kiss getty

    According to Anthony DiComo and Adam Berry of MLB.com, Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez has left agent Paul Kinzer of the Wasserman Media Group and signed on with Scott Boras. K-Rod is playing out the final chapter of a three-year, $37 million free agent contract that he signed with the Mets in December 2008. The deal…

  16. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 10, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Alex Gonzalez, Brian McCann, Freddie Freeman

    It is July 10. On this date in baseball history, Phillies outfielder Sherry Magee knocked out home plate umpire Bill Finneran with one punch after being ejected for disputing a called third strike (1911), John F. Kennedy became the first president to throw the ceremonial first pitch at an All-Star Game (1962), and Giants left-hander…

  17. Josh Hamilton hits walkoff homer as Rangers top A’s 7-6

    Jul 9, 2011, 11:37 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Playing with a heavy heart hasn’t slowed Josh Hamilton. The 2010 AL MVP delivered a two-run homer off Andrew Bailey in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rangers a 7-6 win over the A’s on Saturday. It was the first homer allowed by Bailey in 15 innings this season, and it traveled 435…

  18. David Wright could begin rehab assignment Wednesday

    Jul 9, 2011, 10:50 PM EDT

    wright fields

    Mets third baseman David Wright ran at nearly full speed Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Florida for the first time since landing on the disabled list in mid-May with a stress fracture in his lower back. He reported no abnormal pain or discomfort during or after the workout, according to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin,…

  19. Warnings, but no fireworks, as Red Sox shut out Orioles

    Jul 9, 2011, 10:17 PM EDT

    John Lackey

    A night after brawling, the Red Sox and Orioles played a quiet one Saturday, even after a HBP and warnings getting issued. The HBP came with two down in the seventh and Boston up 3-0.  John Lackey drilled Derrek Lee in the leg with what seemed to be a purpose pitch.  Lee, though, is about…

  20. 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…

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