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  1. A's lock up catcher Kurt Suzuki through 2013

    Jul 23, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    The A’s on Friday signed popular catcher Kurt Suzuki to a four-year contract worth a guaranteed $16.25 million, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser. The new deal replaces the one-year, $420,000 contract Suzuki signed prior to 2010. He would have been eligible for arbitration for the first time in the offseason. Now all…

  2. Dodgers attendance is not what it seems

    Jul 23, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Based on how it was teased by the reader who emailed it to me, I kept reading this article about Dodgers’ attendance figures, waiting for something scandalous to come out.  There really isn’t anything like that, but it’s an interesting read about the business of ticket sales and attendance anyway.  The upshot:  the Dodgers sell…

  3. Angels' trade for Alberto Callaspo makes Brandon Wood the odd man out, even if GM won't admit it

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times described Angels general manager Tony Reagins as “defiant” when asked if yesterday’s trade for Alberto Callaspo will equal less of an opportunity for Brandon Wood. It doesn’t affect Brandon’s future in any way. It doesn’t. We’re not thinking down that path right now. We’re not going to make…

  4. Ted Lilly can block a trade to the Rays; not to the Tigers or Mets

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    The no-trade clause has been a big factor in conversations about Roy Oswalt and Dan Haren, but Ted Lilly has some veto power too:  Jon Paul Morosi reports that Lilly can block a trade to the Rays, but not to the Tigers or Mets, who are also looking for starting pitching. Some day I’d love…

  5. Barry Bonds won't stand trial until at least 2011

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Everyone met today, but they couldn’t agree on a trial date in 2010.  They’re going to meet again on August 6th, and if a trial is scheduled, it likely won’t take place until next year. Nothin’ like speedy justice! 11:30 A.M.: Prosecutors and Barry Bonds will meet at federal court today in a scheduling…

  6. "American Idle" no more: Carl Pavano is thriving in Minnesota

    Jul 23, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Carl Pavano became a punchline during his time in New York because of injuries and an overall lack of durability, but he’s healthy now and has been one of the league’s biggest workhorses this season. Pavano shut out the Orioles last night for his second straight complete game and fourth complete game in his last…

  7. David DeJesus is out for the season

    Jul 23, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Awful news from Kansas City: David DeJesus has a complete tear of his thumb ligament and is out for the season. DeJesus was the subject of numerous trade rumors, but that’s minor. The fact was the he was having a hell of a year, and even if he wasn’t rumored to be going anywhere his…

  8. Ty Wigginton suspended for three games

    Jul 23, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    Last night Ty Wigginton got into it with first base umpire Gary Darling when Darling totally blew the call on a pickoff of J.J. Hardy. As you can see from the video, Wigginton got all up in Darling’s face, bumped chests, flailed arms and generally acted like a lunatic. I feel for the guy —…

  9. Carlos Zambrano throws scoreless inning at Triple-A … with some help

    Jul 23, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano threw a scoreless seventh inning last night in his first appearance at Triple-A, although Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune notes that he “did allow a pair of singles and also was saved a run by a spectacular back-against-the-wall catch by center fielder Sam Fuld.” Zambrano threw 10 of 15 pitches for…

  10. The Rays are "kicking the tires" on Zack Greinke? OK, sure.

    Jul 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    It’s crazy season, and when crazy season happens it actually helps for someone to throw a completely nuts rumor out there just to give us a nice break from actually thinking about deals. To make us laugh. To make us ponder the very ridiculousness of the trade deadline itself.  Here’s the leader in the clubhouse…

  11. The Cardinals aren't offering a ton for Oswalt

    Jul 23, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    We heard this morning that the Astros are asking for the moon for Roy Oswalt. I thought that was crazy, but it’s not much crazier than what the Cardinals are offering.  From Jayson Stark: Heard from one source that the two major-league players St. Louis told Houston it would deal for Oswalt are John Jay…

  12. Brian Roberts is back after 10 weeks on the disabled list

    Jul 23, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Brian Roberts hasn’t played since early April because of an abdominal injury followed by a back injury followed by numerous setbacks, but he’s finally healthy enough to return from the disabled list today. Obviously the Orioles were going to struggle this year with or without him, but losing Roberts for half the season has played…

  13. The Hall of Fame is losing money: is it because they won't let the 'roiders in?

    Jul 23, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    Darren Rovell reports that the Hall of Fame is losing money due to dropping attendance. After reporting — and dismissing — some of the Hall’s own explanations for its financial troubles, Rovell says what he thinks is going on: But none of those reasons is why the Hall of Fame is suffering. If the stars,…

  14. Mike Lowell to make decision about retirement in September

    Jul 23, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    While on a rehab assignment at Triple-A yesterday Mike Lowell told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that he “will let you know in September” whether he plans to retire after the season. Lowell recently spent some time away from baseball at home in Miami and said the experience was “a nice glimpse of what it would…

  15. Tigers, Twins on Dan Haren's no-trade list

    Jul 23, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    As Aaron noted this morning, it’s looking increasingly likely that the once-untouchable Dan Haren is going to get moved sometime in the next week.  The question is where.  On that count you can cross out the Tigers and the Twins, because as Jon Paul Morosi reports, Dan Haren has veto rights over trades to either…

  16. Video: Orioles security is even worse than the Orioles

    Jul 23, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Last night during the Orioles-Twins game at Camden Yards in Baltimore a young fan ran onto the field and … well, basically did whatever the hell he wanted. After taking several laps around the field the guy hopped back into the stands, went up a few steps, decided to hop back onto the field, and…

  17. Why is everyone afraid of Mark Cuban?

    Jul 23, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I have no idea what kind of baseball owner Mark Cuban would be, but if Tim Cowlishaw thinks he’d be a bad one, he had better bring stronger arguments than this to the table: Cuban is a lightning rod. Those Mavericks fans who love him do so unconditionally and pay little attention to the fact…

  18. Alex Gordon Freed

    Jul 23, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Yesterday I yelled at the Royals for not calling up Alex Gordon despite the fact that he’s been tearing up the pea patch up in Omaha these past few months. When I talk, people listen: the Royals just called him up and he’ll be playing in New York against the Yankees this weekend. OK, fine,…

  19. Omar Minaya on Jerry Manuel: "He's our manager and I see him being our manager"

    Jul 23, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Responding to recent articles suggesting Jerry Manuel is on the hot seat, general manager Omar Minaya gave the Mets’ manager a vote of confidence yesterday: He’s our manager and I see him being our manager. Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com called that “an unequivocal vote of confidence” as opposed to the usual “dreaded vote of confidence,”…

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