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  1. Whole lotta shakin' goin' on in San Diego

    Jun 15, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    As I mentioned in the recaps, the Padres-Jays game was briefly interrupted by an earthquake last night.  Video — which is gripping, mostly because of announcer Dick Enberg’s reference to “the funky chicken” — can be seen here. I think my favorite part of the video is when they’re showing those guys on the top…

  2. The Nats are confident that they'll sign Bryce Harper

    Jun 15, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Unlike the case with previous Scott Boras clients, I haven’t heard anyone make even a plausible suggestion that Bryce Harper would try to go back to school, play in the independent leagues, go to Japan or do anything else other than sign with the Nationals before the August 15th deadline.  Nevertheless, reporters keep asking the…

  3. The Yankees once had a mascot named "Dandy?" Really?

    Jun 15, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    If you read just one news story today about a fuzzy, 7-foot tall New York Yankees’ mascot who looked like Thurman Munson and who had his career ruined because Lou Piniella once chased a chicken that placed a hex on Ron Guidry, make it this story. In other news, learning that the Yankees once had…

  4. The Cubs want to deal Fukudome

    Jun 15, 2010, 8:21 AM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs would like to deal Kosuke Fukudome and are open to offers.  In related news, I would like to run away to a tropical island with Kelly Brook and I’m accepting offers to that affect as well. Given that Fukudome makes $13 million this year and $13.5 million next year,…

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

    Jun 15, 2010, 5:58 AM EDT

    Just four games, so not a lot happened. That is, unless you count an ally-oop home run, the best player in baseball having a ball bounce off his head and freakin’ earthquake interrupt the eighth inning as “not a lot.” Blue Jays 6, Padres 3: Nothing notable here other than AN EARTHQUAKE IN THE EIGHTH…

  6. Rockies bats heat up; Tulowitzki to return Tuesday

    Jun 15, 2010, 1:12 AM EDT

    The Colorado Rockies, scuffling for much of the season and currently in fourth place in the NL West (33-30) are getting a nice boost for Tuesday’s series opener against the Minnesota Twins as shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is expected to return to the lineup. Tulowitzki, one of the Rockies more consistent bats this season (.307/.373/.489) missed…

  7. PETA would prefer the Marlins use robot fish

    Jun 15, 2010, 12:10 AM EDT

    Last week we found out that the Florida Marlins are planning to put real fish in real salt water aquariums in the wall behind home plate at their new ballpark. This week we find out the predictable reaction: PETA is protesting the proposal. The organization sent a letter to Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria denouncing the…

  8. Bobby Valentine doesn't sound too keen on the Orioles

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:17 PM EDT

    While appearing on “The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN 1050 in New York on Monday, Bobby Valentine confirmed that he did interview for the Orioles’ managerial vacancy last week, according to ESPN.com. “I did go down there and I did talk with the owner [Peter Angelos] and the general manager [Andy MacPhail] and they have…

  9. The Rangers are working hard to get Roy Oswalt

    Jun 14, 2010, 7:23 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Now the Fort Worth Star-Telegrams is calling applesauce on my report.  GM Jon Dainels didn’t directly deny it, but he did say “you can probably figure this one out,” suggesting that it’s not happening. And as I said before, there is a difference between a deal happening and one being discussed. I stand by…

  10. The Rangers are in the market for an infielder

    Jun 14, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    While Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram poured some cold water on Craig’s report about Roy Oswalt, he added that the Rangers have spoken with the Orioles about Ty Wigginton and the Marlins about Wes Helms. The club is currently seeking a right-handed bat to serve as the primary backup at first base and…

  11. Speculating on a Roy Oswalt-to-Texas deal

    Jun 14, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    Craig thinks the pieces are in places, but he doesn’t know what those pieces may be. So let’s speculate on some of the possibilities to be shipped from Texas to Houston in return for Roy Oswalt. Too good to include: Neftali Feliz (RHP – Age 22) – Feliz is 15-of-17 in save chances since replacing…

  12. Former major leaguer Oscar Azocar dies at 45

    Jun 14, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Oscar Azocar, who played with the Yankees and Padres during a three-season career that began in 1990, passed away Monday in a Venezuelan hospital. He was 45. Originally a pitching prospect, Azocar had a 2.30 ERA over 168 1/3 innings in his first three seasons in the Yankees farm system. Arm problems played a role…

  13. Stephen Strasburg: NL Player of the week

    Jun 14, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg has been named the NL Player of the week.  I find this rather surprising. Based on everything we’ve seen and heard, one would think that he’d be at least worthy of player of the half-century.

  14. Rangers reportedly interested in Conor Jackson

    Jun 14, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Rangers are looking for a right-handed bat, but “are not simply waiting on a trade for” Mike Lowell, who they nearly acquired during the offseason before thumb surgery nixed the deal. According to Rosenthal the Rangers “are exploring deals for a number of right-handed hitting corner players, including…

  15. The Cubs are worried about Piniella's health

    Jun 14, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Heyman’s new column is mostly about the starting pitching market, but there’s not a ton new there.  Here’s something interesting, though: the Cubs management is worried about Lou Piniella’s health. I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s been thinking this.  Watching Piniella make that pitching change in the ninth last night was highly uncomfortable.…

  16. What's with the Adrian Beltre head rub thing?

    Jun 14, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    I realize this is over a week old and that Sox fans were all over it, but it completely eluded my radar, so it likely eluded the radar of others as well: After Adrian Beltre clubbed a home run in Friday night’s game, television cameras caught him in the dugout taking what looked like a…

  17. F-Bomb 2.0: How close is Francisco Liriano to the 2006 version?

    Jun 14, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano has reemerged as an elite pitcher this year and his latest masterpiece came Friday night against the Braves, with 11 strikeouts and zero walks in eight innings of one-run ball. His gem versus Atlanta marked the second straight start in which Liriano has allowed just one run while racking up double-digit strikeouts, and…

  18. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jun 14, 2010, 2:11 PM EDT

    Here were last week’s Power Rankings. Now for this week’s. I’ve just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the Senate permanently, the Yankees are on top, and the last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.  Fear will keep the other teams in line. Fear of this battlestation! 1. Yankees: There was…

  19. Alex Gordon is apparently too good for the Royals

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Alex Gordon has been destroying Triple-A pitching since his demotion last month, hitting .359 with 10 homers and a 1.128 OPS in 38 games. He ranks second among Pacific Coast League hitters in batting average (.359), on-base percentage (.486), slugging percentage (.641), and OPS (1.128). Meanwhile, the Royals are 27-37 and rank 12th in the…

  20. Oswalt's no-trade clause is becoming meaningless

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    In the past couple of weeks we’ve heard Roy Oswalt say that he’d waive his no-trade clause to go “an organization that wants to win.”  They all want to win, of course, so that doesn’t say much. Neither, really, does Oswalt fielding questions about specific teams.  Oswalt is a nice young southern gentleman, so I’m…

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