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  1. Cancel the return party: Erik Bedard suffered another setback

    Jul 16, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Just when it looked like Erik Bedard was ready to rejoin the Mariners’ rotation the oft-injured left-hander has suffered yet another setback. Initially expected to come off the disabled list last week, those plans were canceled and Bedard was then scheduled for a bullpen session over the weekend. Once those were ruled out too he…

  2. TBS to honor George Steinbrenner via "Seinfeld"

    Jul 16, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    Not everyone is hating on The Boss today: TBS will celebrate the life of George Steinbrenner with a full week of classic Seinfeld  episodes featuring Larry David as the legendary New York Yankees owner.  The 10-episode collection will air Monday, July 19 – Friday, July 23, at 7 and 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Which, of course,…

  3. Ringolsby: no, the Rockies aren't interested in Dan Uggla

    Jul 16, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    There has been a fair amount of chatter recently about the Rockies maybe trying to pry Dan Uggla away from the Marlins. Tracy Ringolsby is calling baloney on that, though: Rockies are NOT involved in talks for 2B Dan Uggla. Haven’t talked about Uggla since winter. If Tulo is healthy don’t need middle infielder. Nothin’…

  4. Mets and Twins reportedly front-runners for Ted Lilly

    Jul 16, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Now that Cliff Lee is off the market contending teams in need of rotation help are turning their attention to pitchers like Ted Lilly. He’s an impending free agent earning $12 million in the final season of a four-year, $40 million deal and Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that Lilly “met with general…

  5. The Marlins new ballpark is on schedule and on budget

    Jul 16, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Costs are down, revenues are up, and our stock has never been higher! “We are exactly on budget,” Marlins President David Samson told a pack of reporters during a media tour of the construction site Thursday. “There will be no overruns.” The surrounding neighborhood has yet to feel the domino effect of the new construction.…

  6. The Mets may be interested in Brett Myers

    Jul 16, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    There were Cliff Lee fantasies and then some Roy Oswalt pipe dreams, but if the Mets are going to get a starting pitcher, their options are probably going to need to be more realistic in terms of what they can get for the prospects they have to offer and what they can afford in terms…

  7. Tim Lincecum shuts out Mets for 50th career victory

    Jul 16, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Last night Tim Lincecum shut out the Carlos Beltran-led Mets for his 50th career victory, which certainly seems like an impressive total for a fourth-year pitcher with 109 career games. But exactly how impressive? According to Baseball-Reference.com Lincecum is the 51st pitcher in baseball history with at least 50 wins in his first 109 games…

  8. Lou Piniella is likely to retire after the season

    Jul 16, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    Sticking with Heyman, who reports that people in the Cubs’ organization expect Lou Piniella to retire at the end of the season. This would shock me about as much as the sun coming up tomorrow morning.  The Cubs are on the brink of a massive tear-down, one would assume, and given how weary Piniella has…

  9. Dan Haren isn't going anywhere

    Jul 16, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    We’ve heard several times that the Diamondbacks want a ton in return for Dan Haren, but every team peddling top talent says stuff like that so I haven’t given it much thought. Jon Heyman reports today, however, that Arizona is really serious: One GM said he heard the asking price for Haren, who is reasonably…

  10. Fernando Tatis undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery

    Jul 16, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Yesterday the Mets cleared room for Carlos Beltran on the 40-man roster by transferring Fernando Tatis to the 60-day disabled list after the 35-year-old bench player underwent shoulder surgery earlier this week. Tatis will miss the remainder of the season and Anthony DiComo of MLB.com speculates that his career may be over. He originally injured…

  11. Almost everyone thinks Rusty Staub is a nice guy

    Jul 16, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    Over at MLB Trade Rumors, Howard Megdal has a nice little writeup on the career of Rusty Staub.  He uses Staub as an example of a guy who was traded a whole bunch of times but, unlike the Gary Sheffields of the world, wasn’t considered a horse’s patootie.  Megdal’s opening paragraph ends thusly: But baseball teams…

  12. Ken Rosenthal gets told by Derrek Lee

    Jul 16, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    This is fun. Rosenthal and Morosi on Wednesday re: Derrek Lee’s no-trade clause: ” . . . some friends of the Cubs first baseman said this week that they believe he would accept a deal to the right team.” Derrek Lee about Rosenthal today: “I would bet that not one of my friends knows who…

  13. Astros not happy Carlos Lee missed 'voluntary' workout

    Jul 16, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Lee spent the All-Star break back home in Panama and missed yesterday’s team workout because of “an issue” with his return flight. Technically it was a “voluntary” workout, but Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle notes that “the Astros were counting on everybody who had not played at the All-Star Game to be there”…

  14. When you get a $100 million contract "the first year is the most difficult"

    Jul 16, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    That quote comes from Vernon Wells. And yeah, I’m sure it’s an absolute drag. OK, that’s a bit of a cheap shot, inasmuch as Wells was likely asked specifically about the pressure ballplayers face after getting huge deals, not the difficulty of life at large, but it is the kind of quote that turns your…

  15. Pirates manager John Russell says Lastings Milledge 'looks like he's ready' to play every day

    Jul 16, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    For the past month or so the Pirates have used a quasi-platoon in right field with Ryan Church starting against righties and Lastings Milledge playing versus lefties, but manager John Russell said yesterday that’s going to change in the second half. Milledge will now be more or less an everyday player, in part because he’s…

  16. Bill Lee is a piker. This guy REALLY hated George Steinbrenner

    Jul 16, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    If you think Bill Lee hated George Steinbrenner, get a load of this rant from Muhammed Cohen (neat name!) of the Guardian: Steinbrenner, who died on Tuesday at age 80, was a bully and a brat, devoid of humility, class, and civility, born on third base, deluded that he’d hit a triple, and convinced he…

  17. Joba Chamberlain is the most overrated player, say other players

    Jul 16, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Sports Illustrated conducted a poll of 187 major leaguers. I presume they asked more than just this one question and will be publishing it soon, but for now they’re releasing the results of the “who is the most overrated player in baseball” question. The top five: Joba Chamberlain 12% Alex Rodriguez 5% Gary Matthews Jr.…

  18. Ken Williams is pretty sure he could beat up Ozzie Guillen

    Jul 16, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    Everything is wonderful in White Sox land now that they’re the hottest team in baseball and leading the AL Central, but just in case things get ugly again general manager Ken Williams is pretty confident he could beat up manager Ozzie Guillen. Appearing as a guest on “Pardon the Interruption” yesterday, Williams was asked about…

  19. The Phillies aren't optimistic that they'll add pitching

    Jul 16, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Ruben Amaro tells the Philly Inquirer that, though he wants to pick up a pitcher before the deadline, he isn’t optimistic that he’s going to be able to: Do we have to have another pitcher? No. Would I like to add some pitching? Yeah. I think we need to get healthy. I think we’re getting…

  20. Russell Branyan got a strange injury too

    Jul 16, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Mat Latos’ sneeze injury sounds odd. Russell Branyan’s toe injury sounds downright fishy: Wakamatsu said a table fell on Branyan’s left foot this morning in his hotel room, cutting and bruising a toe. “He went to close the curtains this morning at 5,” Wakamatsu said. “He knocked over the table and it landed on his…

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