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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

  7. 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…

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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…

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