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  1. Joey Votto, Nick Swisher named to All-Star teams

    Jul 8, 2010, 7:34 PM EDT

    The winners of the Final Vote were announced Thursday as the the Reds’ Joey Votto and the Yankees’ Nick Swisher. Both have won fabulous all expenses-paid trips to beautiful Anaheim, California for a two-day All-Star extravaganza in which they’ll be able to mingle with elite superstars such as Albert Pujols (hold for applause), Alex Rodriguez…

  2. Jason Giambi's four-single day a true oddity

    Jul 8, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    Apparently, now that he’s filling in for an injured Todd Helton, Jason Giambi felt the need to be a little more Helton-like at the plate. Giambi went 4-for-4 with two RBI as the Rockies beat the Cardinals 4-2 on Thursday. It’s a line that wouldn’t garner too much attention in most cases, but Giambi hadn’t…

  3. Your latest addition to the Cliff Lee Derby: the White Sox

    Jul 8, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Larry Stone of the Seattle Times “hears rumblings” that the White Sox are “kicking the tires” on Cliff Lee.  Setting aside the fact that it’s only July 8th and the “kicking the tires” metaphor is already played out, this is an interesting one to think about.  Jake Peavy is done for the year, so there’s…

  4. Justin Morneau out of Twins' lineup after taking knee to the head last night

    Jul 8, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau left last night’s game after taking a knee to the helmet sliding into the second base to break up a double play and he’s out of the Twins’ lineup for tonight’s game. Morneau walked off the field under his own power, but according to manager Ron Gardenhire “he was a little dizzy out…

  5. Quote of the Day: Are the Mets a mid-market club?

    Jul 8, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    I presume the quoted gentleman means in practice, not in fact.

  6. Roy Oswalt dominates the Pirates

    Jul 8, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Those scouts I mentioned earlier? They had to like what they saw. Roy Oswalt absolutely destroyed the Pirates’ lineup this afternoon, throwing a one-hit shutout.  That hit came in the first inning. Other than that and a couple of walks, he was basically invincible.  Granted, it was the Pirates, but still. On the offensive side,…

  7. White Sox keep rolling with four-game sweep of Angels

    Jul 8, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    John Danks tossed a two-hit shutout this afternoon as the White Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Angels. Since beginning the season 24-33 amid stories about how manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Ken Williams were feuding the White Sox have won 22 of 27 games to pull within a half-game of first place…

  8. Lots of scouts are watching Roy Oswalt

    Jul 8, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    Brian McTaggart of MLB.com tweets that scouts from the Dodgers, Phillies, Rays and Mets are in Houston today to watch Roy Oswalt pitch against the Pirates. Interesting, but at least two of those teams — the Dodgers and Mets — have been reported to be wary to take on payroll, and Oswalt = lots of…

  9. Broken toe healed, Ryan Madson rejoins Phillies' bullpen

    Jul 8, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Out since late April with a broken toe, Ryan Madson returned from this disabled list today and should provide a much-needed boost to Philadelphia’s struggling bullpen. Phillies relievers have gone 3-5 with a 4.56 ERA in 79 innings since June 1, and while Madson pitched poorly before landing on the DL his 3.27 ERA in…

  10. David Price is probably going to start the All-Star Game

    Jul 8, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi says that Rays’ starter David Price is an “extremely strong” candidate to start the All-Star Game next week. Personally I’d go with Cliff Lee unless he’s traded to the National League before then or something, but Price is a fine choice too. Really, though, I haven’t been all that impressed with who starts…

  11. Angels warned of riots in Oakland this weekend

    Jul 8, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Mark Saxson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Major League Baseball called the Los Angeles Angels last week to warn them that there could be riots in Oakland during this weekend’s series against the Athletics. The reason: a verdict is due at any time in a high-profile trial of an Oakland transit officer who is…

  12. Geoff Blum out 2-4 weeks following wrist surgery

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Astros utility man Geoff Blum is expected to miss 2-4 weeks after undergoing elbow surgery yesterday. According to Steve Gartner of MLB.com Blum had “three loose bodies” removed him his elbow after experiencing soreness and swelling last week. Blum began the season filling in for the injured Lance Berkman at first base and has been…

  13. Giants minor leaguer arrested

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Giants minor league outfielder Darren Ford is not an ace prospect, but he is fast. Indeed, he’s stolen 277 bases in his six-year career and has been caught only 72 times.  But while a 75% success rate is good enough on the base paths, guys who steal in real life need to do better than…

  14. Matt Stairs ties MLB record with 20th career pinch-hit homer

    Jul 8, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Matt Stairs homered off the bench last night, delivering the 20th pinch-hit homer of his career to tie Cliff Johnson for the all-time record. In general most players tend to underperform their usual production when pinch-hitting, but Stairs has had amazing success off the bench throughout his career. He’s hit .262 with a .369 on-base…

  15. Sky blue, water wet, Eric Chavez out until September

    Jul 8, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    Try not to faint at the the shock, but Susan Slusser reports that Eric Chavez, who is suffering from a neck injury, may not be back until September. Chavez was placed on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday to make some roster space, but he’s eligible to come off it on July 20th.  Based on this…

  16. The Phillies are shopping Jayson Werth

    Jul 8, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    The other day I blew off the notion that the Phillies would seriously consider trading Jayson Werth because to do so would be to say the competitive portion of their season is over. It seems now that either (a) the Phillies took dropping two of three to the Braves at home harder than they should…

  17. Josh Johnson quietly moves past Ubaldo Jimenez as the first half's top pitcher

    Jul 8, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez dominated the early season headlines, and rightfully so, but three straight poor starts have bumped his ERA from 1.15 to 2.27 and now Josh Johnson is the only starter in baseball with a sub-2.00 mark. Johnson still can’t compete with Jimenez’s attention-grabbing win total, but after shutting out the Dodgers for eight innings…

  18. David Ortiz wants to retire with the Red Sox. Don't hold your breath, Papi

    Jul 8, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    And he doesn’t mean on one of them fancy Nomar Garciaparra one day contracts, neither: “They know what my feelings are about staying around and playing here and hanging them up with the Red Sox. It’s not like I’m planning to retire right now, but you know what I’m saying . . . This is…

  19. Don't look now, but the Royals are winning with Ned Yost

    Jul 8, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Last night the Royals staged a late-inning rally to complete a three-game sweep of the Mariners, giving them 10 wins in the past 13 games and a 27-23 mark in 50 games since Ned Yost replaced Trey Hillman as manager. Kansas City is still just 39-46 overall, which is merely the 21st-best record in baseball,…

  20. The fan who fell at the Rangers game is doing OK

    Jul 8, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    The fan who fell from the upper deck at Tuesday’s Rangers-Indians game is alert, joking and generally doing OK, reports the Dallas Morning News. Tyler Morris — a 25 year-old firefighter — suffered a fractured skull and a sprained ankle, but he was conscious when the squad got to him and is doing about as…

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