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  1. Bud Selig isn't going to do a thing on replay

    Jul 6, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Bud Selig is “comfortable” with the way things are. Sorry, that’s not good enough for me.

  2. Jed Lowrie begins long road back to Boston at Single-A

    Jul 6, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Jed Lowrie looked like a long-term piece of the Red Sox’s infield after a solid rookie showing in 2008, but missed nearly all of last season with a broken wrist and sat out the first three months of this season with mono. He finally returned to game action last night, albeit at Single-A, reaching base…

  3. A.J. Hinch talks about his firing

    Jul 6, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Former Dbacks’ skipper A.J. Hinch was on KTAR radio in Phoenix yesterday talking about getting axed.  He’s mostly diplomatic, talking about how wins and losses are all that matter, but there are times when it seems pretty clear that he resents the fact that his team basically mutinied on him right after he got the…

  4. The Feds sue Arizona over the immigration law; 2011 All-Star Game likely saved

    Jul 6, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    As we have reported ad nausuem, the new Arizona immigration law has created a ruckus in baseball circles.  Most of that ruckus has surrounded the 2011 All-Star Game, scheduled for Chase Field. Multiple players have gone on record against the law with some — including the Padres’ Adrian Gonzalez — saying that they’d boycott the…

  5. Red Sox and Reds team up to promote Kevin Youkilis and Joey Votto for the All-Star game

    Jul 6, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis is a Cincinnati native and starred at the University of Cincinnati before being drafted by the Red Sox, so the Reds are helping to promote him for the All-Star game in the MLB.com “Final Vote” contest. In return the Red Sox are doing the same for Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who isn’t…

  6. The Mariners and the Mets aren't getting anywhere on Cliff Lee

    Jul 6, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com tweets that talks between the Mets and Mariners regarding Cliff Lee “haven’t progressed very far.” And this is totally understandable if last night’s report that had the Twins offering the Mariners Aaron Hicks and Wilson Ramoshas has any truth to it.  The Mets don’t have a package to match that…

  7. Alex Rodriguez to participate in anti-steroids fundraiser event

    Jul 6, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, Alex Rodriguez “is scheduled to attend a fundraiser for a foundation that educates youth about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs.” Rodriguez “and some of his teammates” are expected to attend an August 19 event at Yankee Stadium honoring Taylor Hooten, a 17-year-old baseball player who committed suicide in 2003 due…

  8. Sure, the Phillies could shop Jayson Werth, but I wouldn't worry about it, Phillies fans

    Jul 6, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal has set the Phillies’ little corner of the Twitterverse a-tweeting by suggesting — based on word from “major league sources” — that the Phillies could shop Jayson Werth mid-season. This is one of those things, though, in which the caveat basically swallows up the rumor. The caveat: “if the Phillies somehow fall out…

  9. Jonathan Sanchez is first pitcher since 1999 to win with 6+ walks and 3+ wild pitches

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Jonathan Sanchez’s career-long control problems continued yesterday, as he walked six and uncorked three wild pitches in six innings, but the Giants left-hander also struck out six and held the Brewers to one run on five hits for his seventh victory. Sanchez improved to 7-6 with a 3.15 ERA on the year and also became…

  10. Shameless Self-Promotion: I got interviewed about a lot of stuff

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Because you people don’t get enough of my opinions around here.

  11. Your latest Cliff Lee rumor: would you believe the Rays?

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Thanks God for LeBron-mania! Otherwise baseball would seem positively unhinged right now.

  12. Gordon Beckham benched for light-hitting Brent Lillibridge

    Jul 6, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Gordon Beckham was on the bench last night for the second straight game, with manager Ozzie Guillen explaining that Brent Lillibridge will remain in the lineup at second base “for as long as he hits.” Beckham has followed up his strong rookie season by hitting just .206/.271/.280 with two homers in 72 games, but the…

  13. Teams are calling the Braves about Yunel Escobar

    Jul 6, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Because teams in tight pennant races trade their starting shortstops so often.  ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick in the form of a FrankenTweet: Heard today that the Braves are getting calls from some teams looking to “bottom feed” on underachieving SS Yunel Escobar . . . Braves are hesitant to move Escobar because he’s only 27, is…

  14. Joey Votto celebrates All-Star snub with two-homer game

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    In his first action since being passed over for the All-Star game, Joey Votto homered twice, doubled, and walked last night as the Reds beat the Mets. I tend not to really care about the All-Star game rosters, because there are bad selections every season, I don’t agree with the focus on first-half performance over…

  15. Brian Sabean is in Milwaukee. Is a deal with the Brewers afoot?

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Andrew Baggarly of the Merc reports that Giants GM Brian Sabean met up with the team in Milwaukee yesterday. One of two possibilities: (a) he’s there to scout and discuss a deal with the Brewers; or (b) he brought along the proton packs in order to bust the ghosts over at the Pfister. Assuming for…

  16. As the Carlos Beltran turns: he may be activated this week

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Either Jerry Manuel is helplessly out of the loop, or else the Mets are profoundly schizophrenic about when Carlos Beltran is going to be activated. First, Manuel said he could be back for the Marlins in Puerto Rico. That obviously didn’t happen.  Then it was suggested that the Reds series this week.  Then the team…

  17. Dmitri Young arrested for marijuana possession

    Jul 6, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Former big leaguer Dmitri Young was arrested early yesterday morning in Illinois and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Young, who last played in the majors in 2008 and is currently a bench coach for the Oakland County Cruisers of the independent Frontier League, was released on a $100 bond. It…

  18. Edgar Renteria is Shaggy, Pablo Sandoval is Scooby

    Jul 6, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    There was some farkakte story back in May about how the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee was haunted and that because of it visiting baseball players don’t like to stay there.  It was on a local news station and it came during May sweeps, so take it with the same grain of salt you take those…

  19. The Rangers will be auctioned on July 16th. Kinda.

    Jul 6, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    And now, the continuing stoooory of a sale, that’s gone to the dogs.

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