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  1. Ken Williams is pretty sure he could beat up Ozzie Guillen

    Jul 16, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    Everything is wonderful in White Sox land now that they’re the hottest team in baseball and leading the AL Central, but just in case things get ugly again general manager Ken Williams is pretty confident he could beat up manager Ozzie Guillen. Appearing as a guest on “Pardon the Interruption” yesterday, Williams was asked about…

  2. The Phillies aren't optimistic that they'll add pitching

    Jul 16, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Ruben Amaro tells the Philly Inquirer that, though he wants to pick up a pitcher before the deadline, he isn’t optimistic that he’s going to be able to: Do we have to have another pitcher? No. Would I like to add some pitching? Yeah. I think we need to get healthy. I think we’re getting…

  3. Russell Branyan got a strange injury too

    Jul 16, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Mat Latos’ sneeze injury sounds odd. Russell Branyan’s toe injury sounds downright fishy: Wakamatsu said a table fell on Branyan’s left foot this morning in his hotel room, cutting and bruising a toe. “He went to close the curtains this morning at 5,” Wakamatsu said. “He knocked over the table and it landed on his…

  4. A sneeze sends Mat Latos to the DL

    Jul 16, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    This isn’t quite in ironing-your-shirt-while-still-wearing-it or in carrying-deer-meat-up-stairs territory, but it’s still pretty good: [Mat]Latos, who is tied for third in the National League with 10 victories, will be placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a strain to his left side. Latos said he suffered the injury attempting to hold back a…

  5. No Yankees showed up at Bob Sheppard's funeral. Is this really an issue?

    Jul 16, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Bill Madden’s Daily News column about Bob Sheppard’s funeral mass is headlined “Yankees a no-show at Bob Sheppard’s funeral, an act George Steinbrenner wouldn’t have stood for.”  He doesn’t hit it quite as hard as that in the column, but he does make a couple of references to how it was a shame that no…

  6. The Rangers are still interested in Mike Lowell

    Jul 16, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Rob Bradford reports that the Rangers are “still monitoring the status” of Mike Lowell and may still consider trading for him if he shows that he’s healthy. The Rangers, of course, have been hot and cold about Lowell since at least last December when they had a trade in place for him only to have…

  7. Bill Lee really, really didn't like George Steinbrenner

    Jul 16, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    I said that I wasn’t a fan of whitewashing the recently departed, but Bill Lee goes a few steps beyond what even I’m comfortable with: Former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee did not soften his stance on George Steinbrenner following the Yankees owner’s death Tuesday. “As far as Steinbrenner’s passing? Good,” Lee said in an…

  8. The Braves really, really didn't like Yunel Escobar

    Jul 16, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    Buster Olney tweeting last night: When Alex Gonzalez walked into the Atlanta clubhouse the Braves’ players gave him a standing ovation. First thought: wow.  Second thought: Buster only knows that because someone on the inside in Braves land made a special point to tell him about it. Which seems kind of sad to me, actually,…

  9. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 16, 2010, 6:04 AM EDT

    Only seven games? What, these guys need even more of a break?

  10. Leadoff men Ichiro Suzuki, Erick Aybar pull off unusual feat

    Jul 16, 2010, 1:30 AM EDT

    As the Angels were beating the Mariners 8-3 on Thursday night, Ichiro Suzuki and Erick Aybar became the first pair of leadoff men to drive in three runs in the same game in a season and a half. Ichiro supplied all of Seattle’s runs on the night with a bases-loaded double in the fifth inning,…

  11. Carlos Zambrano completes anger management program

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano has completed his team-prescribed anger management therapy and has reported to the club’s spring training complex in Arizona to begin working toward a return to the big leagues. It’s about time, really.  Big Z was suspended indefinitely by the Cubs close to three…

  12. Mariners sign Dominican outfielder for $2.2 million

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    Anteing up $3.5 million to add talent to a system dearly in need of it, the Mariners signed three 16-year-olds out of Latin America to minor league contracts on Thursday, Baseball America reports. Chief among the players was outfielder Phillips Castillo, a native of the Dominican Republic who signed for $2.2 million. The hope is…

  13. Bagwell ready to begin hitting coach gig with Astros

    Jul 15, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

    Former Astros slugger Jeff Bagwell will begin his tenure as the club’s hitting coach on Thursday night, as Houston opens the second half of the 2010 season with a series against the Pirates.  Alyson Footer, who works for the team as senior director of social media, passes along this photo. Bagwell looks like he could…

  14. Giants ink Dontrelle Willis to minor league contract

    Jul 15, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

    The Giants are the latest team to give D-Train another shot.

  15. Cardinals RHP Adam Ottavino slated for shoulder surgery

    Jul 15, 2010, 7:46 PM EDT

    Adam Ottavino, the Cardinals’ first-round pick in 2006 out of Northeastern, will undergo surgery for what GM John Mozeliak called a “slap tear,” reports the Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold. The procedure to repair the labrum in his shoulder will keep him out for the rest of this year and could sideline him well into 2011. It’s…

  16. Matt Wieters to be placed on disabled list Friday

    Jul 15, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

    From Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun comes word that the Orioles plan to place young catcher Matt Wieters on the 15-day disabled list before their season resumes Friday against the Blue Jays. Wieters, 24, strained his right hamstring just a few days before the All-Star break and did not make enough progress this week.…

  17. Don Baylor wants to manage again

    Jul 15, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    Don Baylor is the Rockies’ hitting coach. He used to be their manager. He wants to manage again: “The last interview that I had was the one with the Phillies when Charlie Manuel took the job. So that’s a long time ago. If it’s in the cards again for me, we’ll see . . .…

  18. Mets not healthy just yet: Jose Reyes gets scratched

    Jul 15, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes was due to hit leadoff Thursday in Carlos Beltran’s return from knee surgery, but he was scratched prior to the game against the Giants and Tim LIncecum because he still doesn’t feel comfortable hitting left-handed as he deals with a strained oblique. Reyes, who originally missed six days with the injury, tried hitting…

  19. Braves activate Jason Heyward from 15-day disabled list

    Jul 15, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward didn’t push it and try to return for the All-Star Game, but he is in Thursday’s lineup as the right fielder against the Brewers. Heyward, who was sidelined with a bone bruise in his left thumb, will hit second between Martin Prado and Chipper Jones tonight. It had turned into his usual spot…

  20. After skipping All-Star game, Justin Morneau likely bound for disabled list with concussion

    Jul 15, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    It’s been eight days since Justin Morneau took a knee to the helmet while breaking up a double play, but the All-Star first baseman remains out of the Twins’ lineup tonight because of lingering headaches and dizziness. He’s expected to be placed on the disabled list prior to the game. Morneau suffered several concussions as…

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