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  1. Are the Phillies scouting Cliff Lee, or is it something else?

    Jun 30, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    There was some buzz around the Twitterverse late this morning about how the Phillies had sent a scout to watch Cliff Lee pitch against the Yankees last night.  Could they be trying to get in on that hot, hot Cliff Lee action?! Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times says no: What the heck would [Phillies…

  2. Pat Burrell apparently left his bat back in the National League

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    In what is evidence of baseball being a funny game or the National League being way worse than the American League–or maybe both–Pat Burrell homered last night and is now 19-for-58 (.328) with four homers and three doubles for the Giants. Burrell spent the first nine seasons of his career in the NL playing for…

  3. Bad idea jeans: The Dbacks are moving Dontrelle Willis to the bullpen

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Pop quiz, hot shot: you have a pitcher who can’t throw strikes and a bullpen that is, by far, the team’s weakest link.  What do you do? If you’re the Arizona Diamondbacks you put that pitcher in that bullpen and hope one of the fundamental laws of the universe (i.e. relief pitchers must throw strikes)…

  4. Why did Bobby Valentine and the Marlins hit the skids?

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    The same reason any lovebirds quarrel: money, money and Ozzie Guillen.

  5. Denard Span ties modern record with three triples

    Jun 30, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    No doubt motivated by watching teammate Jim Thome leg out what must have been one of the most leisurely triples of all time Monday night, Denard Span amazingly hit three triples last night … in the first five innings. He had a chance to set the post-1900 record with a fourth triple, but drew a…

  6. The Phillie Phanatic is sued. Again.

    Jun 30, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    I’m not sure what’s more entertaining: the fact that the Phillie Phanatic gets sued all the time or the fact that the plaintiff’s lawyer in this latest case — arising out of the Phanatic’s antics at a minor league game at Reading — seems to be doing a pretty good job of humanizing, er, Phanaticising…

  7. Can Ubaldo Jimenez be the first 30-game winner since 1968?

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    The answer is no, of course, but “Ubaldo Jimenez probably won’t win 30 games, but let’s talk about him anyway” really isn’t much of a headline as far as headlines go. Jimenez notched his 14th victory Monday in his team’s 76th game, which seemed to me like a pretty amazing feat but actually isn’t all…

  8. The Mets' price tag for Cliff Lee: Mejia or Wilmer Flores

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Joel Sherman on the chances of Cliff Lee going to the Mets: Thus, if the Mets want Lee — and, boy, do they ever — a trade will have to be built around Jenrry Mejia, whom Seattle likes, but does not love, or Wilmer Flores, an 18-year-old infielder already thriving at High-A. In conversations with…

  9. The latest t-shirt to capture some random baseball ephemera

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:53 AM EDT

    I mentioned recently that I am kind of fixated on t-shirts that memorialize the most temporary of baseball stories, quotes or happenings. The example I used was the “Laser Show” shirt. A few short years from now no one but hardcore baseball geeks are going to remember what that was all about. “Operation Shutdown” would…

  10. Cell phone-talkin' Yankees fan nailed in the face with a ball

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    The headline pretty much says it all. The video — for now anyway — can be seen at Deadspin. (UPDATE: if the Deadspin link disappears, try MLB.com). Wait for the slow-mo, which renders the fan’s divinely-deigned fate all the clearer.  Sadly, it doesn’t appear as though he’s talking on an iPhone, but let us not…

  11. Jamey Newberg responds to the revelation that he's paid by the Rangers

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    This follows this morning’s earlier post about the Rangers financial disclosures. Those disclosures revealed that Jamey Newberg has been paid some $27K in the past year by the Rangers, who he covers in his blog, The Newberg Report. You should read Newberg’s entire statement in the second half of this post, but for those too…

  12. The Rays designate Hank Blalock for assignment

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    The Rays cut Pat Burrell to bring up Hank Blalock and now they’ve DFA’d Blalock to make room for Gabe Kapler. John Jaha, Dante Bichette and Jeff Conine: call your agents. Not that Blalock needed to hang around. He hit .254/.319/.349 in limited play for the Rays team that desperately needs to find some offense.

  13. Manny hurts his hammy, gives Kemp a chance to play

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez is day-to-day with a strained right hamstring. He suffered the injury while running the bases in the first inning of last night’s game against the Giants.  The benched Matt Kemp came into the game to replace him and hit the ball all over the place.  Now Joe Torre is going to have to…

  14. Quote of the Day: Lenny Dykstra on steroids

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:09 AM EDT

    Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

  15. Let's take a peek inside the Rangers finances

    Jun 30, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Just like the divorce case in Los Angeles, the bankruptcy case in Texas has given us the rare opportunity to take a look inside the usually secretive world of team finances.  A pretty full financial disclosure was released by the Rangers yesterday. Maury has the documents here. The sad news: no V-energy peddling gurus, diamond…

  16. The DEA is investigating the Padres' doctors over prescription drug policies

    Jun 30, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres team doctors — as well as team doctors for the San Diego Chargers — are under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency over the “correctness” of how they regulate prescription drugs, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. As part of this investigation, the DEA served 10 warrants on various team offices and facilities…

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

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:44 AM EDT

    Today’s ATH name-checks LeBron James, Ozzie Virgil and my wife, but it’s not as exciting as all that sounds.

  18. Jocketty happy with Aroldis Chapman's progress as a reliever

    Jun 29, 2010, 9:02 PM EDT

    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that he is pleased with Aroldis Chapman’s transition to the bullpen. “Excellent,” GM Walt Jocketty said when asked how Chapman was doing as a reliever. “His last time out [on Saturday], he pitched one inning and faced two left-handed hitters and struck them out. He…

  19. Braves promote left-hander Mike Minor to Triple-A

    Jun 29, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Mike Minor, the seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Vanderbilt, was moved up to Triple-A Gwinnett after Monday’s game. Many questioned the Braves’ pick of Minor given the team’s usual preference for upside high in the draft and Minor’s apparent lack thereof. The 22-year-old Minor, though, struck out 109 batters in 87…

  20. Edwin Rodriguez to remain Marlins manager for rest of season

    Jun 29, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    Well, this is pretty anticlimactic. Sources tell Buster Olney of ESPN.com that after all the speculation, Edwin Rodriguez will remain the Marlins manager for the rest of the 2010 season. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria informed the team of the organization’s decision before Tuesday’s game against the Mets.…

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