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  1. Bacon-wrapped hot dogs, Erin Andrews and more All-Star fun

    Jul 11, 2010, 8:46 PM EDT

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — I heard they were going to be serving hot dogs wrapped in bacon at the All-Star game in Anaheim, so naturally I had to go. In addition to the bacon-wrapped goodness, they’ll have a sampling of foods from other MLB ballparks, including Crab Dogs from Baltimore, Blake Street Burritos from Denver (no…

  2. Orioles close to naming Buck Showalter as manager?

    Jul 11, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Orioles are negotiating with Buck Showalter for their vacancy at manager and appear to be close to a deal. The O’s cut ties with Dave Trembley in early June after he led the club to a 15-39 start.  Juan Samuel was named as interim manager and has done…

  3. Weaver out, Bailey in for Tuesday's All-Star Game

    Jul 11, 2010, 5:22 PM EDT

    We have yet another roster shakeup for Tuesday’s All-Star Game.  According to the Oakland A’s official Twitter feed, Angels starter Jered Weaver, who was picked to replace Trevor Cahill on the American League All-Star roster, has now pulled out of the game because he is on the mound this afternoon and pitching in the exhibition…

  4. Adrian Beltre pulled with left hamstring strain

    Jul 11, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    According to the Boston’s Globe’s Peter Abraham, Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre left Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays with what is currently being called a “left hamstring strain.” No matter Sunday’s result, the Red Sox will limp into the All-Star break ranked third in the American League East behind the Rays and Yankees. …

  5. Wagner declines All-Star invite, Kuo takes final spot

    Jul 11, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    Braves outfielder Jason Heyward backed out of the All-Star Game Saturday due to his ongoing recovery from a left thumb bruise, so National League squad manager Charlie Manuel asked closer Billy Wagner on Sunday if he would like to go to Anaheim instead.  Wagner declined respectfully, citing an ankle injury that he would prefer to…

  6. Futures Game: A look at the World Team

    Jul 11, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    The World Team might not be as talented as the U.S. squad in this year’s Futures Game, but there are plenty of foreign-born players worth getting excited about.

  7. Jeff Bagwell named Astros' new hitting coach

    Jul 11, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Astros director of social media Alyson Footer reports that the club has dismissed Sean Berry as hitting coach and named Jeff Bagwell as his replacement.  Bagwell, 42, played all of his 15 major league seasons for the Astros and retired in 2005 with a .297/.408/.540 batting line, 2,314 hits and 449 home runs.  He will…

  8. Greinke scratched Sunday due to shoulder discomfort

    Jul 11, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Royals right-hander Zack Greinke has been scratched from this afternoon’s start against the White Sox with discomfort in his throwing shoulder.  Anthony Lerew will start in his place. Greinke told Dutton that the scratching was precautionary.  He is hoping that the extra rest he will get…

  9. Bob Sheppard, The Voice of God: 1910-2010

    Jul 11, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that longtime Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard passed away this morning at his home in New York.  He was 99. No matter your team affiliation, it’s easy to recognize greatness.  And Sheppard was great, in every sense of the word.  A great person, a great personality, and, boy, what…

  10. Futures Game: Getting to know the U.S. squad

    Jul 11, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    Some of baseball’s most promising young stars will take the field in Anaheim on Sunday evening. Here’s a rundown of the U.S. Team’s starting lineup.

  11. Jesus Flores has another setback, done as a Nat?

    Jul 11, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    Nationals catcher Jesus Flores has not appeared in a major league game since September of last season due to ongoing trouble with his right shoulder.  And, from the looks of things, that isn’t likely to change anytime soon. According to Ben Goessling of MASN, the 25-year-old catcher is again reporting problems with his surgically-repaired shoulder…

  12. Did Girardi purposely snub Youkilis from the All-Star Game?

    Jul 10, 2010, 10:54 PM EDT

    When Twins first baseman Justin Morneau bowed out of next week’s All-Star game due to a mild concussion, many Red Sox fans were hoping that Boston first baseman Kevin Youkilis would be named as his replacement.  After all, Youk finished a close second on MLB’s “Final Vote” ballot to Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher and is…

  13. Reds' Travis Wood loses perfect game in ninth inning

    Jul 10, 2010, 9:18 PM EDT

    Travis Wood came up just short on his quest toward history tonight in Philadelphia.

  14. All-Star rosters seem to be changing by the hour

    Jul 10, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Several players have bowed out of Tuesday’s All-Star Game this weekend due to injuries.  Let’s recap: Jose Reyes aggravated a right oblique injury on a long throw in Saturday’s game and will rest up instead of heading out to Anaheim, according to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin.  Reyes is hoping the All-Star break will allow…

  15. Edinson Volquez dominates in final rehab start

    Jul 10, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

    The Reds may have missed the boat on Cliff Lee, but they are just about to get Edinson Volquez back from the disabled list. Volquez dominated in his final rehab start with Triple-A Louisville on Friday night, allowing just one-hit over seven innings of shutout ball. He tossed 61 out of 102 pitches for strikes…

  16. UPDATE: Justin Morneau to miss All-Star Game

    Jul 10, 2010, 6:22 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Joe Christensen confirms that Justin Morneau will miss the All-Star Game. He was recommended to rest after meeting with head and concussion specialist Dr. Kenneth Podell on Saturday. Morneau will be re-evaluated in Minnesota during the break. 3:05 PM: Justin Morneau is out of the starting lineup for a third straight day Saturday due…

  17. Carlos Beltran to bat cleanup in return from DL Thursday

    Jul 10, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    When Mets manager Jerry Manuel isn’t busy thinking of new situations to sacrifice bunt, he’s been writing “I <3 Carlos Beltran” in his notebook. Well, after months of longing, he’ll finally be reunited with his center fielder immediately after the All-Star break in San Francisco. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Manuel intends to bat…

  18. O's send Josh Bell back to minors; call up Chris Tillman

    Jul 10, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    As expected, the Orioles have sent third baseman Josh Bell back to Triple-A Norfolk in order to make room for Saturday’s starter Chris Tillman. As if facing the Rangers offense isn’t intimidating enough, Tillman will oppose the newly-acquired Cliff Lee, who is making debut with the club. Tillman is 0-3 with an 8.40 ERA over…

  19. Video: Cliff Lee press conference

    Jul 10, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee has been traded three times in less than 12 months. He must smell really bad or something.  

  20. Jacoby Ellsbury tells his side of the story

    Jul 10, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury just met with reporters a short while ago at Rogers Centre in Toronto, according to Brian McPherson of the Providence Journal. And let’s just say that he didn’t do anything to put an end to the controversy. Reportedly referring to several pages of notes throughout the brief Q & A —  thanks Scott…

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