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  1. Papi says AL 'can't wait to kick some you-know-what'

    Jul 13, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Boston Red Sox slugger — and newly-crowned Home Run Derby champion David Ortiz held court shortly after taking batting practice today, and had some interesting things to say, including a grand proclamation for tonight’s All-Star game: yet more dominance for the American League. “Oh definitely (the AL will win),” he said. “No…

  2. The Red Sox will hold a moment of silence for George Steinbrenner

    Jul 13, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    The Red Sox have announced that they will have a moment of silence in honor of George Steinbrenner’s passing before Thursday night’s game in Fenway Park. Highly appropriate. For as much as we get caught up in The Rivalry, it’s long been a mutually-beneficial one. Neither the Red Sox nor the Yankees would be the…

  3. UPDATE: Buck Showalter will not be named O's manager this weekend

    Jul 13, 2010, 5:22 PM EDT

    5:30 P.M.:  It seems that the reports of Buck Showalter’s ascendancy are a bit premature.  There’s nothing to suggest that deal between the Orioles and Showalter has had the kibosh placed upon it, but the Baltimore Sun is reporting that Showalter will not be named Orioles’ manager this weekend. The link goes to a detailed…

  4. No one knows why Andre Ethier is playing center field tonight

    Jul 13, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    I wondered yesterday why manager Charlie Manuel would choose to start Andre Ethier in center field for tonight’s All-Star game despite his having zero experience there in the majors, particularly since NL right fielder Corey Hart has actually played several hundred innings as a big-league center fielder. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times wondered…

  5. Selig still set to retire after 2012 unless there's "an emergency"

    Jul 13, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Bud Selig just got done with his annual All-Star Game news conference. I don’t have a transcript yet, but enough reporters there on the scene are tweeting about it to give us a few gems: Selig said that it is still his plan is to retire after the 2012 season.  Which he has to reiterate,…

  6. The Red Sox and Royals have discussed David DeJesus

    Jul 13, 2010, 4:09 PM EDT

    Rosenthal and Morosi are reporting that the Red Sox and Royals have spoken within the past ten days about David Dejesus. Nothing has come of it yet — duh, he’s still on the Royals — but there are suggestions that the talk will continue. Hey, I love me Darnell McDonald as much as the next…

  7. After one year as Nationals manager, Jim Riggleman is 72-92

    Jul 13, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post notes that today is the one-year anniversary of Jim Riggleman taking over as the Nationals’ manager. Washington is 72-92 (.440) under Riggleman, which doesn’t look very good until you compare it to their 158-252 (.386) record under the man he replaced, Manny Acta. Acta is now the manager in…

  8. Let us remember George Steinbrenner, not whitewash him

    Jul 13, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    George Steinbrenner was a titanic figure in baseball history. He was also a sonofabitch. Let’s hear about all of it.

  9. Victor Martinez not close to returning from fractured thumb

    Jul 13, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    When the Red Sox placed Victor Martinez on the disabled list last month the expectation was that he’d be ready to return shortly after the All-Star break, but according to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe “that doesn’t appear to be the case any longer.” Benjamin reports that “there continues to be no timeline for…

  10. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince unloads on CC Sabathia

    Jul 13, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    Anthony Castrovince is one of MLB.com’s best. He’s a good reporter and, unlike some of the other people over there, he doesn’t give off the impression that he’s overly cozy with the team he covers, the Cleveland Indians. He’s a straight shooter, as likely to see things from the player’s perspective as he is the…

  11. Adrian Beltre hasn't talked contract extension with Red Sox

    Jul 13, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre signed a one-year contract with the Red Sox this winter in the hopes of putting together a big season and taking another crack at free agency, so not surprisingly Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Beltre and the Red Sox “haven’t had any talks” regarding an extension. Beltre is making $9 million this…

  12. Shameless self-promotion: Aaron on Minnesota Public Radio

    Jul 13, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    If for some insane reason you’ve longed to hear what I sound like when discussing baseball, today is your lucky day. I appeared on Minnesota Public Radio radio this morning to discuss the Twins’ collapse heading into the All-Star break and you can listen to the segment by clicking here. If nothing else, those of…

  13. The fan who grabbed that foul ball from Jayson Werth speaks out

    Jul 13, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    Well, he was interviewed, anyway.  His story — which you can read here — is that he was just trying to protect his kid from the foul ball raining down from the sky.  Some of you took that position when it happened.  As a father I kind of doubted it — your first impulse is…

  14. Join us tonight for an All-Star Game Live Chat

    Jul 13, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    The way I see it, you have a choice: you can watch the All-Star Game and make wisecracks to yourself tonight, or you can watch the All-Star Game and make wisecracks to a group of like-minded people.  No contest, really, which is why you should show up here tonight for HardballTalk’s All-Star Game Live Chat.…

  15. Scott Boras is right to compare Prince Fielder to Mark Teixeira

    Jul 13, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Yesterday agent Scott Boras compared impending free agent Prince Fielder to Mark Teixeira, a fellow client and slugging first baseman who got an eight-year, $180 million contract from the Yankees as a free agent two offseasons ago. Boras did his usual hyperbolic thing, talking up Fielder as a future Hall of Famer and suggesting 20…

  16. Comment of the Day: You wish Steinbrenner owned your team

    Jul 13, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    You may have hated him while he ran the Yankees, but what would you have given for your team’s owner to be as passionate and committed to winning as Steinbrenner was?

  17. Multiple teams are interested in Corey Hart

    Jul 13, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Corey Hart fizzled in the second round of the Home Run Derby last night, but he’s still sizzling as a trade commodity.  Today John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants — who we’ve known are interested for a while now — the Rays and the Padres are all interested in the…

  18. Troy Tulowitzki ahead of schedule, could return this month

    Jul 13, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki was initially given a six-week recovery timetable after an Alex Burnett fastball broke his left wrist on June 17, but the All-Star shortstop said yesterday that he’s ahead of schedule and could return as soon as two weeks from now. Tulowitzki has been throwing and fielding ground balls for two weeks already and…

  19. Quote of the Day: George Steinbrenner edition

    Jul 13, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    The Boss had a few things to say in his life.

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