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  1. Must-Click Link: the oral history of “Major League”

    Jun 29, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Beringer Sheen

    Great stuff over at Sports Illustrated today: interviews with the director and most of the cast of “Major League.”  It’s long, but anyone who has seen and loved that movie will agree that it’s worth it. If you simply don’t have the time, however, go to Big League Stew, where Rob Iracane lists what he…

  2. Carlos Gonzalez hitting .360 since move to leadoff spot

    Jun 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez rockies

    Carlos Gonzalez followed up his monster 2010 season by getting off to a slow start this year, hitting just .254 with a .728 OPS through 57 games. However, since Dexter Fowler’s injury/demotion and manager Jim Tracy’s decision to move Gonzalez into the leadoff spot (and center field) he’s thrived, hitting .360 with four homers, nine…

  3. The Dbacks are willing to add payroll at the deadline

    Jun 29, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    This is not terribly surprising inasmuch as the Dbacks are doing well in a winnable division and have some holes that could be filled. But it seems so rare these days for the non-usual suspects to say that, yeah, they’re willing to raise payroll. But that’s what Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall told Fox’s Jon Paul…

  4. Struggling Adam Dunn talks to (and golfs with) a psychologist

    Jun 29, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    In an effort to shake a season-long slump that includes a .173 batting average and 100 strikeouts in 67 games Adam Dunn recently spent some time with a psychologist named Jeffrey Fishbein. Here’s what Dunn told Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago about the experience: I talked to him a little bit. It works for different…

  5. “It sucks having to rotate the tires on my Lamborghini”

    Jun 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Phillies starting pitcher Lee delivers a pitch to the Dodgers during the second inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    That was the very self-aware quote from Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley when he was called out on Twitter a few minutes ago for picking some serious nits in the otherworldly performance of Cliff lately. Not that he’s at all wrong with anything in his post.  It’s easy to go rah-rah-Cliffy right now, especially if…

  6. Former top prospect Josh Fields leaves Rockies for Japan

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    josh-fields-royals

    Once upon a time Josh Fields was a first-round pick who twice cracked Baseball America‘s annual list of the top 100 prospects, but three teams and 796 plate appearances in the big leagues later he’s headed to Japan. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker reports that Fields has been released from the Rockies’ affiliate at Triple-A…

  7. Ozzie Guillen: “we deserved to lose”

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Ozzie Guillen had a pretty matter-of-fact assessment of the White Sox game last night: “I don’t think we should feel bad because we earned it to lose this game. We deserved to lose. I think the way we played from the first inning , I don’t think we should have won this game at all…

  8. Kevin Millwood chose not to opt out of minor-league contract with Red Sox

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kevin Millwood

    Kevin Millwood’s minor-league contract with the Red Sox included a June 20 opt-out clause, but Sam Dykstra of WEEI.com reports that the 35-year-old right-hander decided to remain at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he has a 4.22 ERA and 30/9 K/BB ratio in 32 innings. Millwood opted out of a minor-league deal with the Yankees in order…

  9. Josh Johnson to pay a visit to Dr. Andrews

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Marlins' Johnson delivers a pitch against the Phillies in the first inning during their MLB National League baseball game in Miami

    Ruh-roh.  Josh Johnson will be examined by Dr. James Andrews today after experiencing more discomfort in his shoulder following a lackluster bullpen session on Friday. Team president Larry Beinfest said “it’s not great,” but everyone is still making “it’s precautionary” noises for now. Shoulders are way scarier than elbows. Just thought I should throw that out…

  10. The Mets break a grand slam drought

    Jun 29, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Jason Bay

    I didn’t realize this when I wrote the recaps this morning, but before yesterday’s game, the Mets had gone 299 straight games without a grand slam.  And then they had two of them, one from Jason Bay and one from Carlos Beltran. Neat. While the Mets are getting monkeys off their back, it would also…

  11. Carlos Beltran would waive his no-trade clause for a contender

    Jun 29, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    beltran square

    Last night Carlos Beltran that he would waive his no-trade clause if it meant playing for a contender. This isn’t terribly surprising — he knows he’s off to somewhere new after this year and he’s been a rent-a-player before. And given that he’s healthy and productive this year — and that there isn’t much offense…

  12. Someone think of the poor Dodgers season ticket holders

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    I have, like, 50 industrial-sized barrels full of Frank McCourt ire sitting in my basement, so don’t you worry at all about me running out any time soon.  But I just real Bill Plaschke’s latest column about how McCourt has had little or no contact with the season ticket holders over the years, and I’ve…

  13. Yankees fans: this is why we all hate your team

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    The Yankees fan base — at least insofar as their views are reflected by John Harper of the Daily News — are baseball’s version of Veruca Salt.

  14. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 29, 2011, 5:52 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Phillies 5, Red Sox 0: Cliff Lee.  Cliff Phifer Lee.  Cliff effin’ Phifer Lee throws his third straight shutout and completes his 32nd straight scoreless inning. Some may downplay this by claiming that this was against a weak Red Sox lineup, but a weak Red Sox lineup is still better than a great many other…

  15. Cliff Lee delivers third consecutive complete game shutout

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:05 PM EDT

    Phillies starting pitcher Lee delivers a pitch to the Dodgers during the second inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    Many hyped this week’s interleague series between the Red Sox and Phillies as a potential World Series matchup. And frankly, it’s tough to argue. But tonight was all about Cliff Lee. Lee just finished off his third straight complete game shutout as part of a 5-0 win. He held the Red Sox to just two…

  16. Jon Niese passes initial tests after rapid heartbeat

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Texas Rangers

    Jon Niese, who left Saturday’s start against the Rangers with a rapid heartbeat, received some encouraging news earlier today. Niese went through a battery of tests at Henry Ford Hospital — including an electrocardiogram, echocardiogram and a treadmill stress — all of which came back normal, according to David Waldstein of the New York Times. However, the…

  17. Rich Harden to return from DL to start for Athletics on Friday

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:37 PM EDT

    Rich Harden Getty

    No, this isn’t a dream. Rich Harden is about to pitch in a real live major league baseball game. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Harden will be activated from the disabled list to start Friday night against the Diamondbacks. In turn, Graham Godfrey will move to the bullpen to pitch in…

  18. Jonathan Broxton shut down for at least another three weeks

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jonathan Broxton went for an MRI yesterday after being scratched from a rehab appearance on Sunday due to renewed pain in his elbow. It’s safe to say the Dodgers didn’t like what they found. According to Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles, Broxton will be shut down for at least three weeks. Even more telling,…

  19. Donavan Tate looks like another draft bust for Padres

    Jun 28, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

    In light of his 50-game drug suspension, Donavan Tate is shaping up as the latest in a long line of draft busts for the Padres. Here are their 17 first-round picks over a 15-year span from 1995-2009, along with their career WARs, courtesy of Baseball-Reference. 1995 – Ben Davis (2nd): 2.9 1996 – Matt Halloran…

  20. Mariano Rivera goes for another save: a century-old New York church

    Jun 28, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera, Joe Biden

    A Christian congregation that includes Mariano Rivera has made a deal to restore a church in the New York City suburb of New Rochelle. Rivera spoke at a news conference Tuesday, saying his Spanish-language congregation had been looking for a permanent home and that he fell in love with the North Avenue Church in New Rochelle the moment…

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