Jun 22, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT
When you select someone in the Rule 5 draft, you have to keep him on your active roster or else his old team gets him back. Well, there’s one exception: you can keep a Rule 5 guy if he goes on the DL. And of course, teams would never, ever, ever put an ineffective yet…
Jun 22, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT
Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos revealed yesterday that Dustin McGowan will need another shoulder surgery following his latest setback, knocking him out for a second straight season and putting the once-promising right-hander’s career in serious jeopardy. McGowan hasn’t thrown a pitch in the majors since July of 2008 and felt a “pop” while rehabbing…
Jun 22, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT
A telling story from Buster Olney regarding Adam Jones and the Baltimore Orioles: [A]fter the Orioles lost an early lead on Sunday in San Diego and wound up getting crushed 9-4, sources say that Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones directly lobbied for his first-inning bouncer to be changed from an error to a hit. The…
Jun 22, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT
Rays’ manager Joe Maddon has played a bunch of games in NL parks lately, and he’s rather enamored of the style of play. So enamored, in fact, that he’s getting rather cavalier about losing his DH via substituting him in on defense in the middle of a game: “The thing that I’ve really played with…
Jun 22, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT
A.J. Burnett didn’t have a great night last night: he gave up three first inning homers and was lit up for seven runs and nine hits without striking out a single batter in four innings. In fact, the entire month has been a waste for him, as he has lost all four of his starts…
Jun 22, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT
Yesterday reader Jack Marshall said what I thought slamming ESPN’s focus on the Manny Ramirez storyline to exclusion of, you know, the baseball game being played between the Dodgers and Red Sox on Sunday night. Last night, in an interview with WEEI’s Sam Dykstra, Peter Gammons agreed. When asked whether it doesn’t make sense that…
Jun 22, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT
Meaning either Cliff Lee or Roy Oswalt. And that’s not an insult to Johan Santana, because he’s one of the ones saying it: “What we’re looking for is a championship and when your getting a pitcher of that caliber, that’s what they do,” Johan Santana said. “[Getting one of them] to go along with what…
Jun 22, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT
This according to John Fay of the Cincy Enquirer. I understand the impulse — Oh noes! We only scored one run in three games! Halp! Get us some offense! — but Gary Matthews Jr. is no more the solution to that problem than high winds and tinder are to a brush fire. He’s not the…
Jun 22, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT
Only three games? Blah. At least one of them was relatively action-packed.
Jun 21, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT
Who needs Roy Oswalt and Cliff Lee when you have a juicy trade rumor about David DeJesus? Hey, it’s a brutally slow Monday. Give me a break, okay? According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Giants have interest in acquiring DeJesus from the Royals, though it doesn’t appear the clubs are…
Jun 21, 2010, 7:23 PM EDT
Consistent with their stated plan to limit his workload this season, the Yankees will skip Phil Hughes in the rotation this week, according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN. The Yankees will take advantage of scheduled off-days for Thursday and next Monday in order to push Hughes’ next start back until next Tuesday against the Mariners.…
Jun 21, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT
With rosters having been expanded back in April, both All-Star teams this year will have 21 position players and 13 pitchers. Let’s try and break it down, first with the AL and then tomorrow with the NL. Catcher Lock: Joe Mauer Possibilities: Victor Martinez, Jorge Posada, John Buck, Kurt Suzuki Posada is playing as well…
Jun 21, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT
One of the Yankees’ big free agents seems like he’ll be easy to retain.
Jun 21, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT
Why would the Lake Erie Crushers lower themselves to sign LeBron James?
Jun 21, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT
With all the Manny chatter, did ESPN even know there was a baseball game going on last night?
Jun 21, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT
Yesterday the Blue Jays demoted Edwin Encarnacion to Triple-A after the 27-year-old third baseman had logged 2,314 plate appearances and six seasons in the majors, and this afternoon they designated him for assignment. Encarnacion is now off the 40-man roster and Toronto has 10 days to trade, waive, or release him, but my guess is…
Jun 21, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT
Mental Floss has a great article up today going over various unique scoreboard designs from the past 100 years. At the risk of losing your respect I’m going to admit that I really like the guitar-shaped one. There. I said it.
Jun 21, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT
MASN’s Ben Goessling tweeted a few minutes ago that the Nationals were sending starter John Lannan to Syracuse. Then he deleted the tweet and said that it could be Harrisburg. He wasn’t sure, really, but Lannan’s locker was empty, so it had to be one of those, right? (UPDATE: it’s Harrisburg). Either way, Nats fans…
Jun 21, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT
When the Braves signed Billy Wagner this offseason there was some thought that they’d have to be cautious with the 38-year-old’s workload in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. Instead he’s on pace for 70 appearances and 67 innings, which is pretty standard for a modern closer, and the Braves ramped up…
Jun 21, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT
The pic tells you who number one is. But how about the other 29?
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