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  1. Quote of the Day: David Ortiz on Manny Ramirez

    Jun 15, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    “Manny would call you and tell you, ‘I’ll meet you in a little bit to go eat at 12.’ You would be there until two and Manny wouldn’t show up. That’s him, that’s the way he is.” – David Ortiz, providing a longer synonym for “Manny being Manny.” Not that the quote is some great…

  2. Chipper Jones to retire after this year

    Jun 15, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    UPDATE: O’Brien Reports that Jones is meeting with Bobby Cox and GM Frank Wren today and that afterward he will address the media.  It seems apparent that announcing his retirement is the purpose of the meeting and press conference. 11:00 A.M.: David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution just tweeted that, while unconfirmed, Chipper Jones has…

  3. Erick Aybar diagnosed with hyper-extended knee after ugly looking takeout slide

    Jun 15, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Erick Aybar was in obvious pain and had to be helped off the field last night after suffering what appeared to be a significant leg injury as a result of Casey McGehee sliding into him while trying to break up a double play. MLB.com has video of the play, which includes the announcers saying they…

  4. Own your own Strasburg ball. Only $18K!

    Jun 15, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

    I’m not going to say that the Stephen Strasburg hype is getting to be a bit much, but as of 20 minutes ago, the bidding on an autographed Stephen Strasburg ball from his first game is up to $18,080.  At that level of ridiculousness I find it cute that people are still bidding in $10…

  5. The Mets and Mariners have had "serious talks" about Cliff Lee

    Jun 15, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    That report is from Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog.  The sticking point: the Mariners want Jon Niese, but Omar is unwilling to trade him. I think I have to side with Omar here.  Given that Lee is going to hit the market this winter, why not wait it out, be aggressive, and try to get him…

  6. The Rangers go to court today

    Jun 15, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    For what it’s worth, I continue to stand by my story about the Rangers-Astros talks. A deal may never happen because of all the financial complications surrounding the team, but that doesn’t mean the front office has simply given up the notion of trying to improve itself. Quite the contrary, actually. And though he was…

  7. The Cardinals sign Suppan, will start him tonight

    Jun 15, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    Jeff Suppan threw a bullpen session for Cardinals’ pitching coach Dave Duncan on Saturday. Duncan liked what he saw well enough that the team did what we expected it to do yesterday and signed Suppan.  They plan to start him tonight against the Mariners. The Mariners have an anemic offense, the home crowd will obviously…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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,…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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.

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