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  1. Quote of the Day II: Verlander's priorities have changed

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:31 PM EDT

    “That’s going to take a couple hours off my night.”- Detroit Tigers All-Star Justin Verlander, discussing how an increased role in the All-Star game will impact his social life. Verlander was joking, obviously, when asked to compare his first All-Star appearance in 2007, when he hardly expected to get into the game, versus his current…

  2. Arthur Rhodes' son will be 'right beside me'

    Jul 12, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Arthur Rhodes has made the All-Star team for the first time at age 40. The veteran left-hander has been a starter and closer, but has spent most of his career as a middle/late reliever, making his accomplishment as unusual as it is impressive. In 19 seasons in the big leagues, Rhodes is…

  3. Five surprising first-half performers

    Jul 12, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    I grew up listening to Operation Ivy. No, I’m not going to bore you with my one-time affinity for late 80’s ska-core, but there’s a line from “Knowledge” that always rings true in my head, especially as it relates to my experience as a baseball fan: “All I know is that I don’t know nothing.”…

  4. Quote of the Day: Charlie Manuel makes no damn sense, but we love him anyway

    Jul 12, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Warning: even my Charlie Manuel-to-grifter translator was no match for this one.

  5. At least one person thinks there's no way Prince Fielder re-signs with the Brewers

    Jul 12, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    When Boras starts citing “rare commodities,” hold on to your wallet.

  6. Rangers fans are now threatening court officials

    Jul 12, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    I’ve reported a bit of bad news regarding the Rangers sale over the past year, and when I did I was always surprised to read the hostile reactions of Rangers fans on various Rangers blogs. Hostility directed at me directly, not at the news. Killing the messenger is always tiresome, you know? But at least…

  7. The Nats haven't talked with Bryce Harper yet

    Jul 12, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports that the Nats haven’t spoken with Bryce Harper yet about a contract. Harper was drafted on June 7th. The deadline to sign him or lose him is August 15th.  No one should be particularly concerned about this, however, because as everyone knows, Scott Boras is the agent, and as everyone who…

  8. Orioles' forgotten man Brian Roberts finally begins rehabbing

    Jul 12, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    After numerous setbacks and false starts recovering from his abdominal injury and subsequent back problems Brian Roberts finally began a rehab assignment today in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, going 3-for-3 while leading off and playing second base. Roberts said last week that he’s targeting an August 1 return, but president of baseball operations Andy…

  9. The Angels plan on going after Carl Crawford

    Jul 12, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Is it too early for some winter hot stove? Nah, never too early. Ken Rosenthal has a new column up, and it’s got all kinds of random things in it. The thing that caught my eye was his discussion of the Angels’ potential moves this summer, which might include going after a first baseman. They…

  10. Why are the Twins, Braves and Angels smiling?

    Jul 12, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    Because they have some of the easiest second-half schedules among contenders.  That according to Buster Oleny who breaks it all down in his latest column. Really the Reds and Cardinals have the easiest schedules left, but considering they’re competing with each other for the NL Central title, the cake schedule doesn’t really give either of…

  11. On second thought, Michael Young may not replace Adrian Beltre in the All-Star game

    Jul 12, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    During his press conference this afternoon All-Star manager Joe Girardi announced that Michael Young was picked to replace the injured Adrian Beltre on the AL roster, which was fine except … well, apparently no one told Beltre. Girardi was under the impression that Beltre was unavailable after injuring his hamstring yesterday, but the Red Sox’s…

  12. My annual anti-All-Star Game rant

    Jul 12, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    I moan about the All-Star Game every year. Please tell me if I’m off base.

  13. Brandon Phillips wants to see Mickey Mouse

    Jul 12, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Our own Tiffany Simons interviews Brandon Phillips. And Brandon Phillips seems excited about it.

  14. All-Star lineups include Ryan Howard as NL designated hitter

    Jul 12, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel overlooked a 150-point difference in OPS to pick Ryan Howard over Joey Votto for the All-Star team, so even after Votto was added to the NL squad via MLB.com’s “Final Vote” contest it’s no surprise that the Phillies’ manager went with Howard at designated hitter. Or that he’s batting cleanup. Here are the…

  15. GQ names the best and worst broadcast teams

    Jul 12, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    When they’re not bothering me for fashion and grooming advice, GQ writes articles about sports and culture and other things. Today they have — in annoying slideshow form, but still worth reading — a breakdown of what they feel are the five best and five worst local broadcasting teams in baseball. You be surprised that…

  16. Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan sue the Texas Rangers. This is not a typo.

    Jul 12, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    I have yet to see the lawsuit, but SportsBusiness Journal’s Daniel Kaplan is reporting that Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan are suing the Texas Rangers. Yes, you read that correctly. The reason according to Kaplan: the court-appointed restructuring officer (“CRO”) — who acts on behalf of the bankrupt entity (i.e. the Rangers) — is attempting…

  17. Michael Young becomes 83rd All-Star, replacing Adrian Beltre

    Jul 12, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Or, maybe not. === Adrian Beltre is unavailable for the All-Star game after injuring his hamstring yesterday and Michael Young has been selected to replace him, becoming the 83rd player who gets to say he was an All-Star in 2010. That sure seems like an incredibly high number, since we’re talking nearly three All-Stars…

  18. David Price and Ubaldo Jimenez named All-Star starters

    Jul 12, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    As expected, David Price of the Rays and Ubaldo Jimenez of the Rockies were officially named the All-Star starters in a press conference this afternoon. Price was a relatively easy pick for the AL, as he leads the league in both ERA (2.42) and wins (12) while ranking second in Quality Starts. Jimenez’s recent struggles…

  19. Vicente Padilla plunks ex-teammate Marlon Byrd for ripping him in the press last year

    Jul 12, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Marlon Byrd and Vicente Padilla were teammates in Texas last year and when the Rangers released Padilla at midseason Byrd was very outspoken in praise of the move, saying: About time. It’s absolutely a positive for this team. We have to get rid of the negatives to make a positive and I believe this is…

  20. Reminder: get your entry in for our Home Run Derby contest

    Jul 12, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Because the entertainment value just won’t cut it alone, we’re giving you a reason to watch the Home Run Derby tonight.

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