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  1. Twins dump Nick Blackburn and his 6.53 ERA from rotation

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    After another poor start Sunday raised his ERA to an MLB-worst 6.53 the Twins have decided to bump Nick Blackburn from the rotation and replace him with Brian Duensing. Blackburn’s situation is made more complicated by the fact that the Twins misguidedly signed him to a four-year, $14 million contract this offseason instead of simply…

  2. Great Moments in ignoring history; being doomed to repeat it

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I don’t sense any sarcasm from Buster when he says this regarding the Dodgers’ plans: Heard this: The Dodgers think they will be able to add both a starting pitcher and a relief pitcher before the July 31 deadline, making trades similar to those they’ve made in recent years when they surrendered a high-caliber prospect…

  3. Quote of the Day: some anonymous executive slams the Phillies

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    Buster Olney quotes an anonymous executive on all the Roy-Oswalt-to-the-Phillies hype: “They’ve got real holes over there, and I know they need a starting pitcher, but I think their lineup is as much of a problem now. If they got two Roy Oswalts, I’m not sure it would make a difference.” Ouch. I mean, I…

  4. Erik Bedard is 'probably not' going to pitch this season

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    On the verge of joining the Mariners’ rotation before suffering a setback last week, Erik Bedard said last night that he’s “probably not” going to pitch this season. Bedard underwent an MRI exam and the team hasn’t released any details of the results yet, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that he’s met…

  5. Aramis Ramirez is on fire

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    No one had a worse April and Maya than Aramis Ramirez has, but after taking most of June off on the DL, his July has been something else.  The Cubs’ third baseman is hitting .383/.406/.950 this month, with nine homers and 24 RBI. Last night was the jewel in this month’s crown, as Ramirez went…

  6. Video: Lou Piniella talks about his decision to retire

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Lou Piniella spoke last night about his decision to retire (it’s “the age factor). I gotta say, this is the most focused and animated I’ve seen the guy for a couple of years. That it took announcing his retirement for that side of him to re-emerge in public means that it’s probably a good move…

  7. Ouch! Carl Crawford is day-to-day with a 'testicular contusion'

    Jul 21, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    Jake Arrieta threw over to first base as Carl Crawford took his usual lead in the first inning last night, but as the Rays left fielder stretched to get his foot back to the base the ball hit him right in the … well, let’s call it “groin.” MLB.com has video of the play, although…

  8. The Mets are imploding

    Jul 21, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    The losses are bad enough — New York has dropped nine of twelve games and have gone from a half-game down on June 27th to 6.5 down as of this morning — but now the clubhouse is starting to get ugly: Alex Cora is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. The…

  9. Could Jayson Werth end up with the Rays?

    Jul 21, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    The Roy-Oswalt-to-the-Phillies talk came pretty fast and furious last night, as did the attendant Jasyon-Werth trade chatter as well.  Lost in all of that was a series of tweets from Buster Olney who has heard that a possible landing spot for Werth could be Tampa Bay. Olney’s thinking is that moving Werth makes sense for…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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,…

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