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  1. David Ross and the Braves agree to a two-year extension

    Jul 27, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    David Ross is probably the best backup catcher in baseball. What’s more: he’s pretty cool with being a backup catcher and loves where he’s playing. It makes perfect sense, then, that he and the Braves just agreed to a two-year contract extension. The terms weren’t announced, but he’s finishing up a two-year, $3 million deal.…

  2. White Sox sticking with Bobby Jenks as closer after all

    Jul 27, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    After a brief rest/demotion following a pair of ugly outings last week, Bobby Jenks is back to closing for the White Sox. Here’s how manager Ozzie Guillen explained the situation: I never took the job away from Jenks. I never did. I just said I want Jenks to throw the ball better and we will…

  3. Mickey Mantle is no longer the leader in runs scored for 1961

    Jul 27, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    Armando Galarraga fans: only 49 more years until the wrong is righted!

  4. Henry Rowengartner led the Cubs to the playoffs 17 years ago in "Rookie of the Year"

    Jul 27, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    The sole purpose of this entry is to make you feel as old as I felt after Darren Rovell of CNBC tweeted that this month is the 17th anniversary of the baseball movie “Rookie of the Year.” I was 10 years old when the movie came out and remember thinking it was a) one of…

  5. HBT Daily: Strasburg, dueling trade bait and the Tigers' J.V. lineup

    Jul 27, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Our (mostly) daily look ahead to tonight’s action

  6. Rumor: Twins interested in Nationals closer Matt Capps

    Jul 27, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    Tim Kurkjian of ESPN.com reports that the Twins are interested in Nationals closer Matt Capps, which along with yesterday’s report that they’re talking to the Blue Jays about various relievers makes it pretty clear that Minnesota is in the market for bullpen help. It’s tough to find anyone who has any sort of confidence in…

  7. We'll find out today if Mark Cuban is in on the Rangers

    Jul 27, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban will decide today if he’s in or out. Is it so bad if he’s actually in?

  8. Aramis Ramirez plans to exercise $14.6 million option for 2011

    Jul 27, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Asked yesterday whether he plans to remain with the Cubs next season by exercising his $14.6 million player option, Aramis Ramirez said: I want to stay here, but I’ve still got two months. I haven’t talked to my agent about it. But everybody knows I want to stay here. I guess I’m staying here. Ramirez…

  9. Voting changes could put Steinbrenner in Cooperstown in 2011

    Jul 27, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    The Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee used to consider managers, umpires, executives and long-retired players every couple of years in one big lump.  Yesterday they decided to break their consideration up by era, and stagger the voting year-by-year.  The categories: Pre-Integration Era (1871-1946), the Golden Era (1947-1972) and the Expansion Era (starting in 1973). I’ll…

  10. Royals will "push" David DeJesus to play again this season

    Jul 27, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    David DeJesus is expected to miss 10 weeks following yesterday’s thumb surgery, but Royals manager Ned Yost said “we’re going to push him” to play again this season. According to Yost it would provide “peace of mind that he’s going to be able to be full strength next year.” Not rushing him back for some…

  11. Rhode Island Gubernatorial candidate questions Schilling's bloody sock

    Jul 27, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    Remember kids, you can’t spell “gubernatorial” without “guber!” Former U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee is questioning whether Boston Red Sox great Curt Schilling faked his bloody sock in Game 6 of the 2004 AL championship series . . . Chafee said he doesn’t know if he trusts Schilling, and incorrectly said Schilling’s own teammates questioned whether…

  12. Kerry Wood will resume closing for the Indians once healthy

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Indians manager Manny Acta made it clear yesterday that Kerry Wood will immediately reclaim ninth-inning when he returns from the disabled list, saying: “Whenever Kerry’s ready, he’ll close.” Wood has been sidelined since July 12 with a blister on his right index finger and wasn’t any good before landing on the shelf, going 1-4 with…

  13. On tap tonight: Strasburg vs. Heyward

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    There are a ton of high-profile rookies this year — and actually, Jaime Garcia may be the most deserving of the NL Rookie of the Year award right now — but certainly the two most hyped rookies this season are Stephen Strasburg and Jason Heyward.  They face off tonight in Washington. It’s their first meeting,…

  14. Yankees reportedly trying to "unload" Chan Ho Park

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    Things haven’t gone very well for Chan Ho Park this season. First he turned down a one-year, $3.25 million offer to re-sign with the Phillies only to end up with a one-year, $1.2 million deal from the Yankees. Then he posted a 5.57 ERA in 32.1 innings and spent a month on the disabled list…

  15. The Rangers were trying to get Oswalt even after they landed Lee

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Nolan Ryan has a crush on Roy Oswalt, and crushes die hard.

  16. Jim Leyland is as mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore

    Jul 27, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    An ump accused Leyland of spitting. My theory: there was a second spitter behind the bushes on the gravelly road.

  17. Did Joba Chamberlain just lose his job?

    Jul 27, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Joe Girardi has never been a Tony La Russa kind of guy, putting relievers in and yanking them out, playing the matchups and all that jazz. Mariano Rivera is his closer. Joba Chamberlain is his setup guy. Everyone else comes in as needed. So it seems like a notable thing that Joba Chamberlain didn’t get…

  18. Chris Coghlan pulls a Kendry Morales: may miss 8 weeks for a celebration injury

    Jul 27, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    The Marlins announced that Chris Coghlan may miss 6-8 weeks with a torn meniscus. The funny part: he did it while attempting to smash a shaving-cream pie in the face of Wes Helms following Helms’ walkoff single on Sunday. This is a monumentally stupid way to get injured of course — even dumber than Kendry…

  19. Dan Haren smacked in the arm by a comebacker in his Angels debut

    Jul 27, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Not the way Dan Haren wanted to get things started in Anaheim. The Angels’ new starter had to leave in the fifth inning after a Kevin Youkilis line drive hit him in his pitching arm.  Haren tried to catch it, he couldn’t, it smacked his arm and he went down to his knees in pain.…

  20. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 27, 2010, 6:08 AM EDT

    A no-no for Matt Garza and an oh no! for Dan Haren.

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