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  1. Brewers manager says John Axford, Francisco Rodriguez will split save chances

    Jul 13, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    John Axford

    Apparently eager to appease newcomer Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Wednesday that he intends to employ K-Rod and John Axford as co-closers. If the Brewers were to have Rodriguez and Axford split save chances equallyfor the rest of the season, then they wouldn’t have to worry about Rodriguez getting the 21 games finished…

  2. Lonnie Chisenhall set to rejoin Indians’ lineup tomorrow

    Jul 13, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Blue Jays' Arencibia checks on Indians' Chisenhall after he was hit in the face by a pitch during their MLB American League baseball game in Cleveland

    The All-Star break came at a good time for Lonnie Chisenhall, as the Indians’ rookie third baseman had a chance to recover from a fractured sinus suffered on July 7. Chisenhall took a Carlos Villanueva pitch to the face and missed the final three games of the first half, but told Nick Camino of WTAM-1100…

  3. Christian Lopez’s latest haul: a World Series ring

    Jul 13, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    I’m struck by the notion that this kid should only get 15 minutes of fame. I’m also struck by the notion that I’ve probably written more about him than anyone, so if he’s overstaying his welcome in the public eye, it’s more my fault than his.  Eh, I can live with that. I’ve grown fond…

  4. Report: Yankees not interested in Carlos Beltran

    Jul 13, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Following the Mets’ trade of Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers, most everyone believes Carlos Beltran is the next shoe to drop.  However, the six-time All-Star won’t be going to the Yankees, sources tell ESPN.com’s Buster Olney. Olney reports that the Yankees aren’t interested in Beltran, who has hit .285/.377/.503 in 89 games this season. If…

  5. Last night’s All-Star Game was the lowest-rated of all time

    Jul 13, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

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    Well, fewer people watched on TV in 1933, but I don’t think that will make anyone at MLB or Fox feel better. According to Sports Business Journal, Fox earned a 7.9 overnight Nielsen rating, which was the lowest ever.  It was down 13.2% from last year and down 24% from 2009. Low ratings compared to…

  6. Rangers place Scott Feldman (and his contract) on waivers

    Jul 13, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Rangers have placed injured right-hander Scott Feldman on outright waivers, which means he’s available to any team willing to claim the remainder of his contract. However, in addition to being on the disabled list following knee surgery that has kept him out of action since last season Feldman…

  7. Independent league baseball is awesome

    Jul 13, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Lake County logo

    A story in the Chicago Sun-Times a couple of days ago — just coming to my attention via a fun thread over at Baseball Think Factory — is seven shades of awesome. I’ll let you read it for yourself, but the critical components are as follows: Former Blue Jays manager Tim Johnson quitting before a…

  8. Curt Flood’s lawyer was unprepared

    Jul 13, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Curt Flood

    This comes from the “I never knew that” file. Apparently Curt Flood’s attorney in front of the Supreme Court for his famous — and ultimately ill-fated — challenge of the reserve clause was woefully unprepared. That, via the New York Times, is the story that will be told in a documentary that will air tonight on…

  9. Mark Prior is between injuries again

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Mark Prior

    Mark Prior has been sidelined for the past three months with a groin injury, but is finally healthy enough to return to the mound today in a rookie-ball game. Prior threw two innings against Gulf Coast League hitters from the Braves’ organization, allowing one hit and an unearned run. According to the Associated Press he…

  10. Quote of the Day: Bud Selig on the Oakland A’s situation

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    Well, it was the quote of yesterday, which came during his press conference, but I don’t expect many quotes from anyone today, so this will do. Here’s Bud Selig, when asked about the status of the committee which is alleged to be hard at work studying the future of the A’s and the viability of…

  11. Kris Medlen shut down for six weeks after surgery setback

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

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    Kris Medlen‘s setback from Tommy John elbow surgery was initially deemed minor last month, but now Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves right-hander has been shut down for at least another six weeks. General manager Frank Wren told Rogers that Medlen “is suffering from lingering soreness in his elbow and…

  12. Report: Yankees rejected Francisco Rodriguez deal

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    The New York Post’s Joel Sherman hears that the Yankees rejected a Francisco Rodriguez deal similar to the one accepted by the Brewers last night, in part because they didn’t think either K-Rod or Rafael Soriano would be content working the seventh inning. The Mets sent Rodriguez and $5 million to the Brewers last night for two…

  13. Denard Span cleared for rehab assignment after concussion

    Jul 13, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Denard Span

    Out for the past six weeks with a concussion, Twins center fielder Denard Span told Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he’s been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. There’s no word yet on where Span will be rehabbing or how long the stint is expected to last, but given the struggles…

  14. Rusty Hardin: big rich and famous people just can’t catch a break in this country

    Jul 13, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    Opening statements began in the Roger Clemens trial this morning. The government led with those syringes that Brian McNamee kept and will apparently hang their case on them. This is not terribly surprising, though it is not without risk. The lab analysis will say what the lab analysis says on those things — the prosecutors…

  15. Chris Coghlan likely to remain in the minors once healthy

    Jul 13, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Last month Chris Coghlan‘s demotion to the minors was overturned after he told the Marlins about a knee injury, causing them to place him on the disabled list instead. He’s set to begin a rehab assignment at Double-A, but following the Marlins’ trade for Mike Cameron last week it sounds like Coghlan is still destined…

  16. Must-click link: the 100 Worst Baseball Players of All Time

    Jul 13, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

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    Say goodbye to your afternoon! Over at Deadspin, Eric Nusbaum counts down the 100 worst baseball players of all time. This, however, is not a list of guys with bad stats. They have to embody badness in some significant, lasting way.  Wait, let’s let Eric describe it: But by worst 100 baseball players I don’t…

  17. Matt Kemp has a personal stylist and she was profiled by LA Weekly

    Jul 13, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Rihanna, Matt Kemp

    Matt Kemp has a personal stylist named Desiree Quintal and she was recently profiled by LA Weekly, leading to some amusing quotes about the Dodgers’ All-Star center fielder: Matt and I had been acquaintances for a couple years. I heard that he was moving and needed help organizing his things. I suggested adding a few…

  18. Mets minority owner David Einhorn eliminated from World Series of Poker main event

    Jul 13, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    david einhorn poker

    Five years ago David Einhorn made a deep run in the World Series of Poker main event, turning his $10,000 entry into $660,000 and then donating the entire 18th-place prize to charity. He ponied up another $10,000 for this year’s main event, but the new Mets minority owner was eliminated on Day 2 of the…

  19. Miller High Life offers to pay Christian Lopez’s tax bill

    Jul 13, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    We passed along word yesterday that Christian “I caught Jeter’s 3000th” Lopez will probably have to pay a five-figure tax bill on all of the merch the Yankees gave him in exchange for the home run ball.  But don’t worry, Christian! Darren Rovell of CNBC reports that help is on the way! Miller High Life,…

  20. Bryce Harper got matching “Mom” and “Pops” wrist tattoos

    Jul 13, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    bryce harper tats

    Fresh off his 0-for-4 performance in the Futures Games over the weekend Washington uber prospect Bryce Harper decided to get some ink along with his brother, Bryan Harper, who was drafted by the Nationals last month. They tweeted out pictures of the tattoos and then later deleted them, but Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post…

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