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  1. The Padres are looking for . . . pitching?

    Jun 25, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Like my grandma used to say: you can never be too rich, you can never be too thin and you can never have too much starting pitching.

  2. Aw, shucks: Lou Piniella and Steve Stone kiss and make up

    Jun 25, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Their feud was very fun while it lasted, but Lou Piniella and Steve Stone chatted before this afternoon’s White Sox-Cubs game at U.S. Cellular Field and cleared the air. Here’s how Stone described the meeting: I felt because this is our ballpark, I should go down into his locker room. I got a chance to…

  3. The Brewers will not be having a fire sale this summer

    Jun 25, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Given how poorly the team has played, it’s been reasonable to assume that the Brewers are at least considering selling off players, possibly even Prince Fielder and Corey Hart.  Not so says owner Mark Attanasio, because the fans deserve better: “The thing you have to remember is that we’ve had three million fans coming to…

  4. Phillies road team, Blue Jays home team at Citizens Bank Park

    Jun 25, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    The Jays come in to Philly tonight for a three game set . . . as the home team. You’ll recall that this little switcheroo is the result of the G-20 summit taking place in Toronto. As a result, the series that was supposed to take place in the Rogers Centre is now in Philly…

  5. Aramis Ramirez returns from disabled list as a question mark

    Jun 25, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Placed on the disabled list earlier this month after struggling with a thumb injury all season, Aramirez Ramirez rejoined the Cubs today after taking two weeks off and going 1-for-6 with two walks at Single-A during a very brief rehab assignment. Prior to going on the shelf Ramirez hit just .168 in 47 games, so…

  6. Rangers bankruptcy judge absolutely reams Chuck Greenberg

    Jun 25, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    Sure, he gave them the hearing date they wanted, but he could make them pay dearly for it.

  7. Rick Porcello hurls eight innings of one-hit ball after demotion to Triple-A

    Jun 25, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer came back from his brief demotion to Triple-A pitching like a new man and fortunately for the Tigers it looks like Rick Porcello is following in his footsteps. Optioned to Triple-A over the weekend after following up his strong rookie season by going 4-7 with a 6.14 ERA in 13 starts this year,…

  8. Should the Dodgers trade Matt Kemp? No! But not for the reasons you think

    Jun 25, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal has a bold idea for the Dodgers. After listing all the things that ail the currently-slumping boys in blue, Robo says: General manager Ned Colletti needs to be pragmatic. He needs to be creative. He needs to trade center fielder Matt Kemp. This is dumb.  But maybe not for the reasons you’re thinking.…

  9. Hip surgery, not thumb surgery reportedly nixed the Rangers' offseason trade for Mike Lowell

    Jun 25, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    When the Rangers pulled out of a nearly completed trade with the Red Sox for Mike Lowell this winter the assumption was that they did so because he needed thumb surgery. However, now Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that worries about Lowell’s surgically repaired hip actually nixed the deal, as the Rangers and other teams…

  10. Johan Santana admitted to consensual sex with his accusor

    Jun 25, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    The Smoking Gun yesterday provided more details regarding the sexual battery allegations made against Johan Santana last fall.  Expanding on the TMZ stuff, TSG’s report includes Santana’s statements to law enforcement and additional docs from the Lee County, Florida Sheriff’s Department.  The upshot: Santana says — and explains in pretty graphic detail — that the…

  11. What's wrong with Jonathan Papelbon? A lot, actually

    Jun 25, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Lost in Dustin Pedroia’s heroics last night is that Jonathan Papelbon blew a save on back-to-back days for the first time in his career and blew consecutive saves, period, for just the third time. Here’s what he said afterward: I’ve got to go back to the drawing board. It’s just that simple. If I sit…

  12. The Rangers hearing is back to July 9th

    Jun 25, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Remember yesterday how I said that it probably wasn’t that big a deal that the mediation and hearing in the Rangers’ case got moved to July 16th and July 22nd, respectively? Well, apparently Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan thought it was a big deal, because they filed a motion late yesterday asking that they be…

  13. Bobby Cox gets colorful about Jeff Loria

    Jun 25, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    When Fredi Gonzalez was fired the other day Bobby Cox — Gonzalez’s former boss — was quoted waxing admiringly about Gonzalez. He said some stuff about Jeff Loria too, however. Fun stuff that I didn’t see until this morning: “I know that guy is unpredictable, but I was still . . . After everything  [Gonzalez]…

  14. Erick Aybar hoping to return from knee injury this weekend

    Jun 25, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Erick Aybar has avoided the disabled list after suffering an ugly looking knee injury on Casey McGehee’s takeout slide last week and manager Mike Scioscia said yesterday that the shortstop is on the verge of returning. According to Scioscia “he did great” and “got a glowing report” while taking batting practice, running, and fielding ground…

  15. The Phillies promote Domonic Brown to AAA

    Jun 25, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    The Braves have Heyward, the Mets have Davis, the Marlins have Stanton and the Nats have that one dude.  Based on this latest news, it’s not out of the question that we’ll have a five-for-five phenom summer in the NL East! Domonic Brown is headed for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Chuck LaMar, the Phillies’ assistant general…

  16. Quote of the Day: Vin Scully

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

    Would Vin Scully pull a Prince Edward?

  17. The Marlins to hire Valentine; kill Puerto Rico's buzz

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    The timing of Valentine’s hiring shows that Jeff Loria’s heart is too sizes too small.

  18. The Mets may get Cliff Lee, but they won't deal Angel Pagan to do it

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    My gut tells me that the Mets are the most likely team to trade for Cliff Lee. They’re seemingly willing to part with Jenrry Mejia, who would be a good pickup for the M’s. They said yesterday that they wouldn’t demand an opportunity to negotiate with Lee on an extension before making a deal, which…

  19. Brandon Morrow now throwing strikes with the strikeouts

    Jun 25, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    Brandon Morrow has always racked up huge strikeout totals with his mid-90s fastball and power slider, but major control problems left me skeptical that he could dominate as a starter long term. I’m still not entirely convinced, but Morrow has made progress with the walks of late and was brilliant yesterday, shutting out the Cardinals…

  20. Pedroia goes nuts: 5 for 5, three homers, usual humility

    Jun 25, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Too bad this Sox team is all about “run prevention.” Gonna have a hell of a time scoring runs, ya know.

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