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  1. The Red Sox designate Boof Bonser for assignment

    Jun 18, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    The Red Sox designated pitcher Boof Bonser for assignment. Shocker, there. Bonser has spent most of the season on the DL, and the two occasions he has pitched he has been shelled, allowing four runs in two innings. Bonser was a failed starter who had some promise when he was moved to the pen in…

  2. News Flash: team performs worse against good teams than bad ones

    Jun 18, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    I noticed this kicking around the Twitterverse last night and this morning, but the meme developed fully this afternoon: Oh noes! The Yankees don’t play well against good teams! That’s the refrain from the New York Times today, which notes: The Yankees’ struggles against better teams have received little attention, and it is no wonder…

  3. Angels turning to Mike Napoli as Kendry Morales' replacement

    Jun 18, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Speculation will continue to swirl about the Angels being in the market for a veteran first baseman thanks to Kendry Morales’ broken ankle, but for now Mike Scioscia is giving career-long catcher Mike Napoli a shot to grab hold of the position: Mike’s going to get a lot of looks at first. We have some…

  4. Not all baseball movies are "Bull Durham"

    Jun 18, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Baseball movies are difficult beasts because baseball, by its very nature, doesn’t lend itself well to the Hollywood forumla. Rarely is there “one big game” and no amount of training montages can really convincingly turn someone into a champ. The drama of the game is just a bit too nuanced for the rah-rah, ya know?…

  5. Angels optimistic Erick Aybar will avoid the disabled list

    Jun 18, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Erick Aybar “did agility drills and rode an exercise bike for about 20 minutes” today and “the Angels are confident the shortstop won’t need to go on the disabled list.” Aybar appeared to have suffered a major leg injury when Casey McGehee slid into him while…

  6. The Yankees sign first round pick Cito Culver

    Jun 18, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    The Yankees agreed to terms with their first round pick and would-be-shortstop-of-the-future Cito Culver. He’ll receive a signing bonus of $940,000, which is reportedly the Bud Selig-recommended slot. Why are the Yankees suddenly paying slot?  A couple of reasons. The main one is that the 17-year-old Culver wasn’t projected as a first-round pick by many…

  7. R.A. Dickey and his knuckler making Mets history at age 35

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey went 1-1 with a 4.62 ERA in 64 innings as a long reliever and mop-up man for Minnesota last season, giving the 35-year-old knuckleballer a 5.22 ERA in 481 career innings. Let go by the Twins after previously being cut loose by the Rangers and Mariners, he signed a minor-league contract with the…

  8. Quote of the Day: Angry Bob Smizik is angry

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:27 PM EDT

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist is as mad as hell and he’s not gonna take it anymore.

  9. Bad idea jeans: The Marlins are handing out vuvuzelas tomorrow

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    I’m not following the World Cup closely enough to be able to say anything all that insightful. I know that England gave us that goal we got in the first game. I know we got boned this morning in the Slovenia game. I know that everyone hates the vuvuzelas too. In fact, these plastic horns…

  10. Tommy Hanson already among baseball's best pitchers after his first 'full season'

    Jun 18, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg is overshadowing every young pitcher in baseball right now, but as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution notes 23-year-old Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson deserves some attention for what he’s done through 35 career starts. After basically one full season in Atlanta’s rotation Hanson is 18-7 with a 3.08 ERA, .231 opponents’ batting…

  11. It's reunion time in the Arizona-Detroit series

    Jun 18, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    The Dbacks-Tigers series features something that is technically meaningless yet which I find interesting all the same: Dontrelle Willis will start against the Tigers — his former team — tonight.  Edwin Jackson will start against the Tigers — his former team — tomorrow. Max Scherzer will start against the Diamondbacks — his former team —…

  12. Don't worry Steve Stone, ex-managers are now criticizing Lou Piniella too

    Jun 18, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Lou Piniella reacted harshly (and then some) to Steve Stone last week in large part because he didn’t feel Stone was qualified to criticize him given that he’d never managed in the majors himself. Piniella’s exact words were: We’ve got a lot of people here that haven’t managed and won any games in the big…

  13. Yep, Chase Utley does have an injury

    Jun 18, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    Yesterday Buster Olney talked to some anonymous scouts who thought that Chase Utley was battling an injury of some kind.  Seems they were right. Phillies’ first base coach Davey Lopes spoke with Baseball Prospectus today and reveals that Ultey is fighting through “a little bit of a knee injury.” That explains his struggles way more…

  14. Lew Wolff wants baseball to speed up its decision on the A's

    Jun 18, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    There’s no reason in the world why it takes 15 months to figure out that (a) the Athletics aren’t viable in Oakland Coliseum; and (b) they probably need to move to San Jose, but baseball has been studying the matter that long and there is still no indication that it’s going to issue a report…

  15. Stephen Strasburg is faking the umps out

    Jun 18, 2010, 10:53 AM EDT

    Interesting story over at the Wall Street Journal:  it seems Stephen Strasburg’s pitches have so much movement on them that they’re frequently deking umpires into calling pitches balls that really are strikes. There are lots of neat quotes from the umps and examples of previous pitchers who had this problem such as a young Dwight…

  16. The Cubs are trying to peddle Fukudome to the Red Sox

    Jun 18, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    Missed this when it came around, but Sean McAdam reported late Wednesday night that the Cubs recently approached the Red Sox to “gauge their interest” in Kosuke Fukudome.  The Red Sox have some holes in the outfield and Fukudome is versatile, but they passed all the same. Which makes sense given that Fukudome is owed…

  17. The Rangers have asked about Cliff Lee and, oh yeah, Roy Oswalt

    Jun 18, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Well, whaddaya know? The Rangers have been inquiring about big name pitchers after all.

  18. White Sox ditch Jayson Nix, call up Dayan Viciedo

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    They initially turned to Jayson Nix and Omar Vizquel at third base following Mark Teahen’s broken finger, but the White Sox designated Nix for assignment yesterday and called up Dayan Viciedo from Triple-A. His stock has declined since signing out of Cuba for $10 million, but Viciedo hit .288/.328/.515 with 13 homers and 14 doubles…

  19. Jerry Seinfeld, Keith Hernandez to be reunited next week

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    That must’ve been one magic loogie.

  20. Why don't teams give physicals to the players for whom they trade?

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    You’d have a mechanic look at a used car, so why wouldn’t you have your doctors look at a used player?

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