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  1. Chone Figgins not happy about move to bottom of Mariners' lineup

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:54 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins hit second in the Mariners’ batting order for the first 55 games of the season, but manager Don Wakamatsu moved him to the ninth spot yesterday and Figgins wasn’t very happy about it: I mean, I’ve been getting on base. I’ve been swinging the bat pretty good. Obviously, it had something to do…

  2. The story of Pete Rose's corked bat

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    One of Pete Rose’s old lackeys — Tommy Gioiosa — told the world many years ago that Rose corked his bats.  Based on everything we knew about the guy at the time: that he was a risk-taker, a pathological competitor and a guy who viewed rules as something less than mild suggestions, it wasn’t hard…

  3. Red Sox and Rangers quickly sign first rounders

    Jun 8, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Last year’s No. 10 overall pick Drew Storen signed with the Nationals for $1.6 million before the draft was even over (and is already in the majors), and a pair of first rounders selected last night have followed in his footsteps by already agreed to terms. No. 20 overall pick Kolbrin Vitek said last night…

  4. Deep Thoughts: the Mets first round draft pick

    Jun 8, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    The Mets drafted UNC pitcher named Matt Harvey in the first round last night. The thing he’s most notable for among people who don’t follow the draft or the college game all that closely (i.e. the vast majority of us) is that on April 23rd he threw 157 pitches. Here’s the deep thought: is it…

  5. What they're saying about Stephen Strasburg's debut

    Jun 8, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    This is normally a retrospective feature, not an anticipatory one, but we all know what’s going to happen tonight: a normal baseball game in which Strasburg will either pitch well or he won’t but in either case all of the magic pixie dust will be gone and the hard business of actually, you know, forging…

  6. Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings

    Jun 8, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    Last week’s Power Rankings are all curdled and sour and are no longer fit for human consumption. Here are some new rankings, fresh out of the cow.  Or maybe it’s bull. You be the judge. Nevertheless, these rankings reflect data and impressions through play on Sunday night — which was when I came up with…

  7. Merry Strasmas, everyone!

    Jun 8, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Washington is the center of the baseball universe today. Last night it was Bryce Harper’s time in the spotlight. Today is much bigger: Stephen Strasburg’s debut. It’s easy to go overboard with this, of course. He’s a phenom. A freak. A savior. You name it.  But he’s also a young pitcher who, however much he…

  8. Indians send Matt LaPorta back to Triple-A

    Jun 8, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Matt LaPorta was one of my favorite sleeper picks coming into the season, but he was slowed early on while making his way back from offseason hip surgery and batted just .218 with one homer and a .567 OPS through 35 games before the Indians demoted him to the minors Monday. Andy Marte came off…

  9. Bud: I'm "extremely comfortable" with not overturning the Galarraga call

    Jun 8, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    With the top job comes the tough decisions and last week Bud Selig had one of the tougher ones: whether or not to overturn the blown call by Jim Joyce and give Armando Galarraga his perfect game. We all know that he declined to do so. Yesterday he explained his reasoning: “In this job, precedence…

  10. Mark DeRosa is likely done for the year

    Jun 8, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    Mychael Urban of CSN Bay Area reports that Giants’ leftfielder Mark DeRosa re-aggravated his left wrist injury in a minor league rehab game, will need major surgery and is “all but done for the year. DeRosa, who has hit just .194 in the majors this year, has a ruptured nerve sheath, which has rendered his…

  11. Quote of the Day: Dylan Covey

    Jun 8, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    “I don’t even think I know how to spell Milwaukee . . . I wasn’t really expecting the Brewers.” – Brewers’ first round pick Dylan Covey on being selected by Milwokey.  Don’t worry Brew Crew fans; he said that in exuberance, not disdain.  He also said he wants to sign early and get playing.  Of course they all…

  12. Wrapping up the first round of the draft

    Jun 8, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Matthew brought the analytical noise last night, breaking down the first 50 picks of the 2010 draft.  And you need to read it because let’s face it: you don’t know any of these guys besides Bryce Harper.  Um, neither do I, which is why I’m reading it too. The first five picks; Picks 6 through…

  13. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 8, 2010, 5:43 AM EDT

    Giants 6, Reds 5: Jose Juan Uribe gave the Giants a 4-1 lead with a two-run single in the third and their 6-5 lead with a two-run single in the seventh. Your moment of random, from the game story: “A man wearing a Mike Krukow Giants jersey and waving a ‘Go Buster’ sign dived over…

  14. Draft blog: Picks 16-50 – Cubs, Yankees pull off surprises

    Jun 8, 2010, 2:33 AM EDT

    Cubs selected RHP Hayden Simpson with the 16th pick in the draft. A big surprise. Simpson, a product of Southern Arkansas, wasn’t viewed as a first-round arm. Most didn’t see him going in the first three rounds. The Cubs must see something special about him, but as far as we know, he’s a low-90s guy…

  15. Draft blog: Picks 6-15; Matt Harvey goes seventh to Mets

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:09 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks selected RHP Barret Loux with the sixth pick in the draft. Loux has four solid pitches, including a low-90s fastball, and good command, traits that should speed his way to the majors. He lacks top-of-the-rotation upside, but he could be a factor before the end of 2011. Mets selected RHP Matt Harvey with the…

  16. Struggling Todd Helton fitted for contact lenses

    Jun 7, 2010, 8:50 PM EDT

    Todd Helton, who was dropped to the sixth spot in the batting order on Sunday, was fitted with contact lenses on Monday, according to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post. The 36-year-old first baseman entered play on Monday with a .250 batting average to go along with just one home run and 10 RBI. Helton…

  17. Draft blog: Bryce Harper taken first overall by Nationals

    Jun 7, 2010, 7:12 PM EDT

    Nationals selected catcher Bryce Harper with the first pick in the 2010 draft. The consensus No. 1 might not remain behind the plate; his own agent, Scott Boras, sees him as a corner outfielder and the Nationals announced him as an outfielder. Such a move would likely speed Harper’s arrival in Washington, and it’d make…

  18. Jimmy Rollins won't be back anytime soon

    Jun 7, 2010, 6:59 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins, who is currently on the disabled list after re-injuring his right calf muscle last month, told Martin Frank of the News Journal that he doesn’t know when he’ll return from the disabled list. At minimum, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said that he doesn’t expect Rollins back by the start of the team’s next…

  19. No All-Star starters would end long run for Red Sox

    Jun 7, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Unless Jon Lester or Clay Buchholz draws the nod in the first inning, all signs point to the Red Sox being without a starter on the AL All-Star squad for the first time since 1998. There is one qualification there. Manny Ramirez was voted into the lineup in 2003, but he skipped the game because…

  20. Former number one picks have advice for Bryce Harper

    Jun 7, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    A story on MLB.com this afternoon features former first overall picks like Ken Griffey Jr., David Price and Stephen Strasburg offering up advice about being chosen first and surviving the minor leagues to this year’s number one. Who will be Bryce Harper, of course, even if the story doesn’t name him. Interesting I suppose, but…

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