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  1. Brian Wilson fined $1,000 for wearing "flashy" orange shoes

    Jul 28, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

    Remember the orange shoes Brian Wilson wore while pitching in the All-Star game? Well, he wore them again last night and Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez complained to MLB, who have fined the Giants’ closer $1,000 for “non-conforming shoes.” Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Wilson “was told that half of each shoe…

  2. Ben Sheets' career may be over

    Jul 28, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Buster Olney just tweeted that Ben Sheets may have a torn flexor tendon. That’s the same injury that cost him all of 2009.  If that’s the case, you have to think that his career is in serious jeopardy. Yes, he rehabbed last time, but it was brutal. Surgery took place in February 2009 with an…

  3. After giving up 11 runs last night, Ryan Rowland-Smith placed on DL rather than waiver wire

    Jul 28, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Last night Ryan Rowland-Smith became the eighth pitcher to allow double-digit earned runs in a game this season, coughing up 11 runs in a blowout loss to the White Sox. Rowland-Smith was down 4-0 after one inning, 7-0 after two innings, and 8-0 after three innings, yet the Mariners left him out there to complete…

  4. Rumor: Ted Lilly to the Phillies for J.A. Happ

    Jul 28, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Not so fast.  I had missed this, but last week Jon Paul Morosi reported that Ted Lilly’s 10-team no-trade clause includes the Phillies. Whether he’s more adamant about not going to Philly than Roy Oswalt seems to be is an open question, but it’s not like this would be a slam dunk or anything.…

  5. Derrek Lee rejected a trade to the Angels

    Jul 28, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Earlier this afternoon Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reported that Derrek Lee would block any potential move by exercising the no-trade clause in his contract and now MLB.com has further details that he actually did reject a trade to the Angels. Asked to comment on the report, Lee said: “There may be a time when I’m…

  6. The Dodgers are pushing hard to land Scott Podsednik

    Jul 28, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Scott Podsednik is not the stuff that dreams are made of, but (a) he’s pretty cheap; and (b) the Dodgers are staring down the barrel of “Garret Anderson: starting left fielder” if they don’t get someone to replace Manny Ramirez, so I guess it’s kind of understandable that L.A. is pushing hard to get Podsednik…

  7. Joel Pineiro scratched from today's start with strained oblique

    Jul 28, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    Scheduled to start against the Red Sox this afternoon, Joel Pineiro was scratched at the last minute with a “mild oblique strain” suffered in his pregame bullpen session. Scot Shields got the nod as the emergency fill in and is starting for the first time since 2003. Oblique strains can be very tricky injuries, because…

  8. HBT Extra: who's going where?

    Jul 28, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Today Tiffany and I look at where some of the top guys may be going. We somehow didn’t get to Scott Podsednik.

  9. A's sign No. 10 overall pick Michael Choice for $2 million

    Jul 28, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    University of Texas-Arlington outfielder Michael Choice just became the second of this year’s top-10 draft picks to sign, agreeing to a $2 million bonus from the A’s. Cal-State Fullerton shortstop and No. 4 overall pick Christian Colon was the first top-10 selection to sign when he accepted a $2.75 million bonus from the Royals shortly…

  10. Totally weak: Jim Leyland suspended for today's game

    Jul 28, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball has suspended Jim Leyland for a game for no good reason and a whole lot of bad ones.

  11. Hideki Okajima talks about homesickness, loneliness, and his poor relationship with Boston media

    Jul 28, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima is taking a lot of heat from the Boston media after refusing to speak to reporters following a recent poor outing, to the point that some beat writers are openly calling for his release. Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com got Okajima to talk to him, not about the bad outing but…

  12. Report: the Rangers are inquiring about Prince Fielder

    Jul 28, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman tweets* that the Rangers have joined the White Sox and Angels as teams who have made inquiries about Prince Fielder. How on Earth the Rangers could possibly justify taking on Prince Fielder’s salary obligations is beyond me.  There was enough beefing about Cliff Lee and he makes pennies compared to Fielder, who is…

  13. No more World Series games in November, as MLB openers scheduled for April 1 next year

    Jul 28, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Bud Selig has said that he wants to avoid having the playoffs stretch into November and because of that Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that MLB plans to start next season on Friday, April 1 rather the traditional Monday Opening Day. Here’s more from Nightengale: It would be the first time a majority of…

  14. The Phillies call up Domonic Brown

    Jul 28, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino’s oblique injury has landed him on the disabled list and to take his slot on the roster is one Domonic Brown: super prospect. Brown has tore his way through the minor leagues this year, hitting .318/.391/.602 in 271 plate appearances at AA and .346/.390/.561 in 118 plate appearances at AAA.  He’s 22. He’s…

  15. Derrek Lee reportedly will not accept a trade

    Jul 28, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    We can put any Derrek Lee rumors to rest, as Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports that the Cubs first baseman has said he won’t accept a trade. Previous reports had the Angels and Rangers potentially in the mix to acquire Lee, but the impending free agent has a no-trade clause in his five-year, $65 million…

  16. The Cardinals are out of the Roy Oswalt hunt

    Jul 28, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    They talked with Houston, but they obviously didn’t like what they were hearing: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals are no longer involved with discussions for Roy Oswalt. The latest: Rosenthal says that the Phillies are able to meet what Houston is demanding in return for Oswalt, but that (a) the price still may be…

  17. Quote of the Day II: Miguel Batista is Miss Iowa

    Jul 28, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Miguel Batista, on Nationals fans booing him last night when he was announced as the last-minute fill-in for an injured Stephen Strasburg: Imagine if you go to see Miss Universe, then you end up having Miss Iowa, you might get those kind of boos. But it’s okay. … I just tried to give the people…

  18. Chelsea Baker can strike your son out

    Jul 28, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    This is over a week old but I totally missed it. It’s ESPN’s E:60 story about the person who may be the best little league pitcher in the country: She registered another perfect pitching record this year, 12-0, for her Little League team. She threw her second perfect game — and predicted this one just…

  19. Mike Lowell homered three times last night at Triple-A

    Jul 28, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Last week Mike Lowell was talking about possibly retiring before the end of the season, but last night’s monster game at Triple-A probably has him thinking there’s enough left in the tank to keep playing. Lowell homered three times and drove in five runs for Pawtucket, making him 8-for-18 (.444) with six extra-base hits in…

  20. Major League Baseball has no idea what it's doing with the A's

    Jul 28, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Fans are crying up in Oakland. I hear campaign slogans in San Jose. Commissioner of mine, I think it’s time you told the Giants what everyone seems to know.

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