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  1. HBT Poll: Is Johnny Damon a Hall of Famer?

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    If ESPN can turn LeBron James’ free agency choice into an hour-long TV show, I can turn Johnny Damon’s Hall of Fame case into a quickie Internet poll.

  2. Johan Santana had a fabulous night

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    It hasn’t been a tragedy or anything, but one of the more, well, troubling things these past couple of years has been seeing Johan Santana transform from “otherworldly” to merely good.  It’s premature to say he won’t win another Cy Young at some point or something, but he simply hasn’t been the same pitcher he…

  3. $5 million wasted: Orioles release Garrett Atkins

    Jul 7, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    As expected, Garrett Atkins and his $4.5 million salary went unclaimed on waivers after being designated for assignment last week and the Orioles have released him. Baltimore still owes Atkins a $500,000 buyout in place of an $8.5 million team option for next season, which means the Orioles flushed a total of $5 million down…

  4. Johnny Damon wishes he were more selfish

    Jul 7, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon got his 2,500th hit last night. After the game he talked a lot about it. The takeaway: There’s no “i” in “team,” but there is in “Johnny Damon:” Prior to the game, Damon was asked what that hit would mean to him. “It is another stepping stone to getting to the ultimate place,”…

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

    Jul 7, 2010, 6:41 AM EDT

    “Baseball’s crazy, even stupid sometimes . . .”

  6. Rockies stun Cardinals with nine in 9th, win 12-9

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:58 AM EDT

    It was an inning for the ages. Down 9-3, the Rockies came through with nine runs against Dennys Reyes and Ryan Franklin to beat the Cardinals on Tuesday night. The inning started innocently enough. Miguel Olivo singled to open it against Reyes, but Seth Smith followed with a lineout. Another single and a walk followed,…

  7. 'Money won't be an object' for Rays … maybe

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:40 AM EDT

    Earlier Tuesday there was a report that the Tampa Bay Rays might be in on the chase for Cliff Lee. Later on, Rays owner Stuart Sternberg (pictured) was talking big about his budget and how even though it is “beyond stretched,” he was willing to open the purse strings. From Marc Topkin: Asked if the Rays…

  8. Man falls from second deck during Rangers game

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:39 PM EDT

    Tuesday’s game between the Indians and Rangers was postponed for 16 minutes after a male spectator fell from the second deck to the field level at Rangers Ballpark while attempting to catch a foul ball hit by Nelson Cruz in the fifth inning, according to the Associated Press. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer…

  9. Giants focused on acquiring Corey Hart from Brewers

    Jul 6, 2010, 9:34 PM EDT

    Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that the Giants are “focusing on” acquiring Corey Hart from the Brewers. Just yesterday, Schulman told us that Giants general manager Brian Sabean and one of his top scouts Lee Elder were in Milwaukee, “perhaps scouting trade targets Corey Hart, Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun.” With the…

  10. Stephen Strasburg says he wasn't deserving of All-Star nod

    Jul 6, 2010, 9:08 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg told reporters Tuesday that while he was flattered by the groundswell of support he received about his potential inclusion in next week’s All-Star Game, he didn’t feel like deserved to be there, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com. “I have six starts [in the Major Leagues],” Strasburg said. “It didn’t matter what I…

  11. Shin-Soo Choo might not need surgery on thumb

    Jul 6, 2010, 8:31 PM EDT

    According to Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com, Shin-Soo Choo may be able to avoid surgery on his right thumb. Choo sprained his thumb while attempting to make a diving catch against the Athletics last Friday. After being examined by Dr. Thomas Graham at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday, it was determined that Choo will wear a…

  12. Phillies demote LHP J.A. Happ to Triple-A

    Jul 6, 2010, 7:52 PM EDT

    As indicated Monday, the Phillies have decided to option left-handed J.A. Happ to Triple-A rather than return him to the rotation with his rehab assignment complete. Happ, who had been on the DL since mid-April with forearm soreness, posted a 6.93 ERA in 24 1/3 innings during his 30-day rehab assignment. The Phillies could have…

  13. Rockies to get Jorge De La Rosa back Friday

    Jul 6, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    After missing 10 weeks with a torn tendon in the middle finger of his pitching hand, Jorge De La Rosa will rejoin the Rockies’ rotation and start Friday, according to Inside the Rockies. De La Rosa opened the season 3-1 with a 3.91 ERA in four starts before getting hurt. He’s getting the start Friday…

  14. Brandon Webb still hoping to make 6-8 starts this season

    Jul 6, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb hasn’t pitched since Opening Day of last year thanks to multiple setbacks on the road back from shoulder surgery, but is encouraged enough by recent progress that he’s hoping to rejoin the Diamondbacks’ rotation for 6-8 starts before the end of the season. “It’s still a ways off, but I can definitely say…

  15. Bengie Molina: Class Act

    Jul 6, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Bengie Molina has a great account of his trade from the Giants to the Rangers up on his blog. In it he talks about how trades affect families, how he heard about it all (i.e. from teammates who are faster on the Blackberry draw than he was) and how his final hours with the Giants…

  16. Josh Beckett cleared to make rehab start Sunday at Triple-A

    Jul 6, 2010, 5:44 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett threw a 65-pitch simulated game this afternoon at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay against hitters from the Red Sox’s rookie-ball team, clearing the way for him to begin a rehab assignment Sunday at Triple-A. Beckett is expected to throw around 70 pitches for Pawtucket and will likely be asked to make at least…

  17. Some of the Home Run Derby participants named

    Jul 6, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    The names of some of the participants in this year’s Home Run Derby — the ones who have confirmed already — were just announced. According to Tyler Kepner: David Ortiz, Corey Hart, Robinson Cano, Vernon Wells, Matt Holliday, Miguel Cabrera will all be doing the back back back back back thing for the amusement of…

  18. The Yankees: less than break even to get Cliff Lee

    Jul 6, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    The Yankees are totally messin’ with the Twins and Mets.

  19. Good luck trading him now: Orioles put Kevin Millwood on DL

    Jul 6, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Whatever slim chance the Orioles had of getting anything of value for Kevin Millwood before the trade deadline likely vanished today as he was placed on the disabled list with a strained forearm. Millwood has allowed 38 runs in 33.2 innings over his last seven starts, including a one-inning, five-run clunker last week after which…

  20. Bronson Arroyo is patriotic. He also sounds a bit like the guy from Creed.

    Jul 6, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    I’m a couple of days late on this one, but it’s never too late to honor America with a patriotic serenade from a flaky, supplement-crazed mid-rotation starter.

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