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  1. Don Mattingly goofs again while managing the Dodgers

    Jul 21, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    For a guy who is supposedly Joe Torre’s heir apparent, Don Mattingly hasn’t exactly distinguished himself the couple of times he’s had the chance to manage.  You’ll recall that the Dodgers batted out of order the last time Mattingly was in charge. He blundered again last night. Both Joe Torre and bench coach Bob Schaefer…

  2. Bob Uecker to return on Friday

    Jul 21, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

    Great news from Milwaukee:  Bob Uecker is going to be back in the booth for this Friday’s Brewers-Nationals game. You’ll recall that Uecker underwent heart surgery back in April. He was supposed to miss 12 weeks, so he’s right on schedule and — quite apparently — is recovering nicely. Uecker is one of the best…

  3. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 21, 2010, 6:10 AM EDT

    Year of the pitcher my butt. Runs came by the bushel last night.

  4. UPDATE: Phillies exploring deal for Oswalt, moving Werth?

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:31 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said he is not close to a trade. In addition, Rosenthal reports that the Diamondbacks Astros, A’s are not close to a trade, either. In other words, it’s probably safe to go to bed now.10:55 PM: Stark hears that the Phillies have spent…

  5. Manny Ramirez goes on disabled list for third time this season

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:14 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday after an MRI revealed a severe strain in his right calf, according to Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com. It’s his third trip to the disabled list this season and his second this month. Ramirez was backdated to July 17, meaning that he would be eligible to…

  6. Laynce Nix's incredible 2010 season

    Jul 20, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

    You say incredible doesn’t describe it? Well, no, for a bench player to be hitting .225/.265/.396 with four homers and 12 RBI in 111 at-bats three and a half months into the season isn’t particularly notable. In fact, it’s not far off from what should have been expected. My preseason projection called for him to…

  7. Position-by-position trade deadline preview: Catcher

    Jul 20, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    This is the first in a series of articles looking at players who might be available in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Kurt Suzuki (Athletics) – I’m starting it off with a couple of long shots. The A’s see Suzuki as a building block, and they’ll probably try to get…

  8. Why is St. Petersburg bothering to placate the Rays?

    Jul 20, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    I fully acknowledge that the Rays’ stadium situation is terrible, but I don’t get this at all.  Last month, Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said that St. Petersburg is “not viable” as a home for the Rays, that he wanted to be in Tampa and, at the very least, wanted the entire region to woo his…

  9. The Angels are interested in Alberto Callaspo

    Jul 20, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Mark Saxson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that the Angels are focusing on Royals’ third baseman Alberto Callaspo as the trade deadline approaches. Callaspo is an OK player and a fine citizen and all of that, but he’s certainly not the kind of bat the Angels need if they’re going to gain any ground on…

  10. Rockies reportedly turned down Jed Lowrie for Chris Iannetta

    Jul 20, 2010, 5:43 PM EDT

    Chris Iannetta has been linked to the Red Sox for a while now, in part because they need catching help both short and long term and in part because the Rockies don’t seem to appreciate what they have in a 27-year-old backstop with an .808 career OPS. However, according to Peter Gammons the Rockies aren’t…

  11. Roy Oswalt drawing only limited interest

    Jul 20, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    That’s the world from Ken Rosenthal, who says that the Astros’ efforts to make a deal for Roy Oswalt are being thwarted by: Money. We knew this, of course. Oswalt is owed about $6 million more this season and $16 million in 2011; Oswalt: Rosenthal suggests that Oswalt is getting cute with his no-trade clause,…

  12. UPDATE: No discipline for Phil Cuzzi

    Jul 20, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    Yesterday we thought Phil Cuzzi was going to be called on the carpet. Today we learn that he’s getting a pat on the head and sent back to work. What a disgrace.

  13. Joe Nathan throws for first time since Tommy John surgery

    Jul 20, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan played catch yesterday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in March, making 20 throws from flat ground at a distance of 45 feet. Starting to throw again from flat ground is merely the first big step on the long road back from Tommy John surgery and Nathan is still…

  14. Trade him? Nah, the Marlins are thinking about extending Dan Uggla's contract

    Jul 20, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla has been a popular source of trade rumors lately, with writers alternatively saying that he’s going to get traded  or not. He’s the subject of rumors every summer it seems. Screw that, says MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro. The Feesh are thinking about extending him: While teams covet Uggla, the Marlins are not likely to…

  15. David Freese breaks big toe while already on the disabled list

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Already on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle, Cardinals rookie third baseman David Freese broke his left big toe while working out yesterday. According to manager Tony La Russa he was lifting weights and dropped a plate on his foot, but the good news is that Matthew Leach of MLB.com reports “the toe…

  16. So who's the next Cubs manager?

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    The Cubs’ press release in which Sweet Lou calls it a career has him announcing his decision to retire now because “it gives Jim Hendry ample time to find the next manager and he doesn’t need to do so in secrecy.”  I take that as a license to speculate: Ryne Sandberg: That’s the name you’re…

  17. Marlon Byrd is still taking whatever Victor Conte gives him

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Would you trust the man behind BALCO to give you your vitamins every day?

  18. Dodgers reportedly interested in Pirates starter Paul Maholm

    Jul 20, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reported yesterday that the Dodgers “have been very aggressive in their pursuit of pitching” and today Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette quotes “an industry source” who says they’re interested in Pirates left-hander Paul Maholm. General manager Neal Huntington indicated previously that the Pirates don’t plan to be very…

  19. Jake Westbrook is going to be expensive

    Jul 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Yesterday I mused that I’ve heard less chatter about Jake Westbrook than most other available starting pitchers. Seems there’s a good reason why. Take it away Ken Rosenthal: Westbrook will receive a $2 million bonus if traded, and his salary would increase by a pro-rated portion of $1 million, according to a copy of his…

  20. Lou Piniella is going to retire at the end of the season

    Jul 20, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Last week Jon Heyman reported that people with the Cubs anticipated that Lou Piniella was going to retire at the end of the season. Today Bill Madden reports it as not suspicion, but fact, and given that Madden and Piniella are said to be quite close, it presumably came straight from Piniella’s mouth (UPDATE:  The…

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