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  1. The Rangers auction is now set for August 4th

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    My immediate interest in the Rangers’ sale has waned in the past week because (1) the fact that they traded for Cliff Lee means that they’ve made their big on-the-field move and thus getting the sale done before the trade deadline isn’t as pressing for baseball purposes as it seemed before; and (2) with all…

  2. Torii Hunter had an exhausting All-Star weekend

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Torii Hunter drank a lot of “Pepsi” this week.

  3. Pedro Martinez won't be re-signing with the Phillies and may not pitch at all this season

    Jul 14, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Tomorrow will mark exactly one year since Pedro Martinez signed with the Phillies after sitting out the first half, but don’t expect a similar scenario for the future Hall of Famer this season. In speaking yesterday to Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., agent Fernando Cuza revealed that Martinez has yet to even begin throwing…

  4. Steinbrenner: business savvy even in death

    Jul 14, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Say what you want about George Steinbrenner, but he was a hell of a businessman. From turning a tiny initial investment in the Yankees into a billion-dollar franchise, to starting his own regional sports network, rarely did the man make a business mistake.  The pattern continued even until his death: By dying in 2010, the…

  5. The Brewers are asking a lot for Corey Hart

    Jul 14, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    Doug Melvin has a funny way of not “actively shopping” Corey Hart. The Chronicle’s Henry Schulman: Heard this: Giants and Brewers talked turkey on Hart, and Milwaukee asked for Sanchez or Bumgarner. Sabean is not eager to trade eith I don’t know how you can possibly trade good young pitching like Sanchez or Bumgarner for…

  6. The Braves are interested in Cody Ross

    Jul 14, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Buster Olney reports that the Braves “continue to have interest” in Cody Ross of the Marlins. Which, considering there hadn’t been any previous reports that I know of in which the Braves expressed interest in the first place is rather odd, but hey, why not? Ross is hitting 282/.332/.415 with seven homers and 46 RBI. …

  7. A-Rod to appear in a terrible movie

    Jul 14, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Heard this: Joe Girardi didn’t pinch run A-Rod for David Ortiz last night because the insurers of this farkakte movie he’s going to have a cameo role in didn’t want to risk ruining his Hollywood looks in the event of a hard play at second base: Believe it or not, Justin Timberlake may not be…

  8. Ken Macha gets a vote of confidence

    Jul 14, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    I had missed the speculation that Brewers’ manager Ken Macha might get fired today, but I guess I didn’t really miss anything after all, because Doug Melvin is already shooting that talk down. Tom Haudricourt: I just spoke on the telephone with general manager Doug Melvin and he said unequivocally that he will not be…

  9. Rush Limbaugh calls Steinbrenner a "cracker"

    Jul 14, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Note: when you and Al Sharpton are both quoted in a news article, and Sharpton comes off 100 times more reasonable than you do, you probably need to be confined someplace where you can’t do harm to yourself or others. Or at the very least, be fitted with a special helmet. Rush Limbaugh’s comments on…

  10. And That Happened: All-Star Game Edition

    Jul 14, 2010, 6:32 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel did his best to hamstring the NL’s chances. It took an Atlanta Brave to restore order.

  11. Beating the streak meaningful to McCann, NL

    Jul 14, 2010, 1:11 AM EDT

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — The American League’s dominance in the All-Star game had become such a joke that David Ortiz was free and easy with some pre-game trash talk, albeit of the good-natured variety, and Ichiro was pressured yet again into giving his annual pre-game inspirational speech – against his will. The AL players clearly had…

  12. Can surprising Braves, Reds, Padres hang on?

    Jul 14, 2010, 12:28 AM EDT

    With the All-Star game coming to a close, the warm California sun sets on the first half of the season. With that, it’s time to look ahead to the second half, and three surprising teams that find themselves in first place – the Atlanta Braves, the Cincinnati Reds and the San Diego Padres. All of…

  13. Live Chat: MLB All-Star Game

    Jul 13, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

    “This one counts,” or something.

  14. Brian McCann thinks the Omar Infante critics can stuff it

    Jul 13, 2010, 6:38 PM EDT

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — I guess I shouldn’t have expected anything less out of Brian McCann. I think most players would stick up for their teammate in this situation, even if that teammate happened to be one of the least-deserving All-Stars in baseball history. Nonetheless, McCann should get some kudos for a pretty admirable job attempting…

  15. Don't forget: All-Star Game Live Chat tonight!

    Jul 13, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Just one last reminder: D.J. Short will be leading HardballTalk’s Live Chat starting at around 8PM tonight.  There should be a post up with one of those fancy-schmancy Cover It Live boxes for you to log into. It’s really easy, and the chats move quickly and entertainingly. Be there or be square!

  16. Papi says AL 'can't wait to kick some you-know-what'

    Jul 13, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Boston Red Sox slugger — and newly-crowned Home Run Derby champion David Ortiz held court shortly after taking batting practice today, and had some interesting things to say, including a grand proclamation for tonight’s All-Star game: yet more dominance for the American League. “Oh definitely (the AL will win),” he said. “No…

  17. The Red Sox will hold a moment of silence for George Steinbrenner

    Jul 13, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    The Red Sox have announced that they will have a moment of silence in honor of George Steinbrenner’s passing before Thursday night’s game in Fenway Park. Highly appropriate. For as much as we get caught up in The Rivalry, it’s long been a mutually-beneficial one. Neither the Red Sox nor the Yankees would be the…

  18. UPDATE: Buck Showalter will not be named O's manager this weekend

    Jul 13, 2010, 5:22 PM EDT

    5:30 P.M.:  It seems that the reports of Buck Showalter’s ascendancy are a bit premature.  There’s nothing to suggest that deal between the Orioles and Showalter has had the kibosh placed upon it, but the Baltimore Sun is reporting that Showalter will not be named Orioles’ manager this weekend. The link goes to a detailed…

  19. No one knows why Andre Ethier is playing center field tonight

    Jul 13, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    I wondered yesterday why manager Charlie Manuel would choose to start Andre Ethier in center field for tonight’s All-Star game despite his having zero experience there in the majors, particularly since NL right fielder Corey Hart has actually played several hundred innings as a big-league center fielder. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times wondered…

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