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  1. Josh Beckett doesn't think about what might have been

    Jun 10, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett signed a $68 million contract extension right before losing time and effectiveness to a back injury. WEEI’s Rob Bradford asked him if thanks his lucky stars about how the timing of all of that went down: Beckett said the idea of what might have been if he didn’t ink that four-year, $68 million…

  2. Brewers lose catchers Gregg Zaun to surgery and Angel Salome to the outfield

    Jun 10, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Milwaukee essentially lost a pair of catchers yesterday, with 39-year-old veteran Gregg Zaun deciding to undergo season-ending (and perhaps career-threatening) shoulder surgery and 24-year-old prospect Angel Salome requesting a move to the outfield. Zaun has remained productive well past the point most catchers flame out, hitting .265 with a .743 OPS in 28 games this…

  3. The Marlins are putting fish in backstop

    Jun 10, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    The Marlins are putting salt water aquariums in the home plate backstops at their new ballpark.  An artist’s rendering is here.  Apparently the glass will be of bulletproof strength. I realize that people may react strongly to his, but I’m thinking that this is pretty spiffy. Anything to avoid silly, nostalgic design flourishes — which…

  4. White Sox general manager says 'some changes need to take place'

    Jun 10, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Earlier this week Buster Olney of ESPN reported that the White Sox told other teams that they’re “open for business” and willing to trade veteran players, and yesterday general manager Ken Williams basically admitted as much: Some changes need to take place. I don’t know what and I don’t when but some changes need to…

  5. Jake Peavy rips the Padres

    Jun 10, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Not the team, the ownership for getting rid of Kevin Towers last year.  Jon Paul Morosi from FOX has the quotage: “Kevin Towers getting let go out there is an absolute joke. You can quote me on that. Kevin Towers is a heck of a general manager. You see the product of his work. Moorad…

  6. Derek Holland cuts bullpen session short due to more shoulder pain

    Jun 10, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    After struggling as a rookie last season Rangers left-hander Derek Holland began this year back at Triple-A and looked great following his call-up in mid-May, going 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA and 15/3 K/BB ratio in three starts. He was used as a reliever on May 26 and then rejoined the rotation for a Sunday…

  7. A good sign for the A's-to-San Jose plan?

    Jun 10, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    One of the things gumming up the works on the long-discussed move of the Oakland Athletics to San Jose is that even if Major League Baseball buys off, er, I mean successfully negotiates a territorial rights agreement with the Giants, the Athletics still need a park to play in. Sure, Lew Wolff has long said…

  8. The Cardinals are looking for pitching

    Jun 10, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch cites a team source who says that the Cardinals are starting to look for starting pitching help. The deal is this: Kyle Lohse and Brad Penny will likely come back, but no one is quite sure when, and they need to plug the rotation holes. The unsettling part:…

  9. Why the Dodgers' mystic energy man matters

    Jun 10, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    I got an email a few minutes ago that reflects a sentiment I’ve seen numerous times since the Dodgers’ Svengali story came out last night: Do you ever write anything positive about the Dodgers? That’s the first place Dodgers. They are currently getting terrific pitching and playing solid baseball. I believe they have the best…

  10. The Yankees are abusing Baltimore. And That's OK

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    The Yankees are 37-22.  After last night that record is comprised of a 10-1 mark against the Orioles, a 4-0 mark against the Indians and a 5-1 record against the Twins.  Against everyone else the Bombers are under .500. I would not be at all surprised to hear New York talk radio fret about this…

  11. McLouth, Heyward collision leads to Dbacks win

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    What a way to lose a ballgame.  Nate McLouth and Jason Heyward both raced after a Gerrardo Parra fly ball in the eighth inning of last night’s Braves-Dbacks game, slammed into each other and by the time the dust settled Parra had made it around the bases for an inside-the-parker. Video here.  The two-runs which…

  12. Who will be the last Montreal Expo standing?

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    Great post over at The Daily Something this morning trying to figure out which player will be the last Montreal Expos veteran to play in the big leagues.  Bill picks Vlad Guerrero on the theory that he’s the best player left and is a DH.  Personally I’d go with someone like Jon Rauch or Javier…

  13. Tabata, Lincoln debut for the Pirates

    Jun 10, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    The Pirates had a front row seat to the debut of the Nationals savior on Tuesday, but last night it was Pittsburgh’s turn, with Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata taking their opening bows. Lincoln had much promise when he was drafted, but one Tommy John surgery and a few years later he’s a 25 year-old…

  14. The Dodgers paid a guy big money to channel "V energy"

    Jun 10, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    The Dodgers appeared to intentionally draft an unsignable pick in the first round the other day, quite possibly because they didn’t feel like paying anyone first round bonus money this year. But while they don’t appear to want to spend on ballplayers, the team had no problem spending six figures on some whack-job Rasputin “scientist…

  15. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 10, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT

    Astros 6, Rockies 2: Wow. Walkoff (why did I think the Astros were at home?) game-winning grand slam by Carlos Lee in the tenth inning. Someone isn’t happy about being called “untradeable” for the past two months.  Dude has been on fire in June. Indians 11, Red Sox 0: Yesterday I observed that Tuesday night…

  16. Great, great, great nephew of 'Shoeless' Joe drafted

    Jun 10, 2010, 1:20 AM EDT

    All sorts of interesting things can happen late in the MLB draft. The San Francisco Giants, for instance, selected former Notre Dame receiver Golden Tate on Wednesday in the 50th round, eight picks from the end. This despite the fact that Tate has already joined the Seattle Seahawks, and was just nabbed for a late…

  17. Royals eye new way to go downhill: bobsled!

    Jun 10, 2010, 12:40 AM EDT

    I guess when you play long enough for the Kansas City Royals, you start to think about undertaking more enjoyable career paths. Case in point: Willie Bloomquist and Jason Kendall want to be Olympic bobsledders. I’m not kidding. Rustin Dodd Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star has all the information in his blog. In…

  18. Posey launches first career MLB home run

    Jun 9, 2010, 10:22 PM EDT

    Giants prospect Buster Posey hit his first career major league home run on Wednesday night against the Reds, a two-run shot following a two-out walk by outfielder Pat Burrell. Chris Haft of MLB.com reports that the shot traveled an estimated 439 feet and landed in the upper deck at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark.  Only 77…

  19. Stephen Strasburg to appear on Letterman

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

    The accolades continue to pour in for Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who debuted on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. with a 14-strikeout victory over the Pirates. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, the Baseball Hall of Fame called the Nationals’ front office on Wednesday morning to request a souvenir from the 21-year-old’s debut. …

  20. Rollins set to begin rehab assignment Monday

    Jun 9, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has played in only 12 games this season and has served two different stints on the 15-day disabled list due to a pesky muscle strain in his right calf.  When healthy he’s been great, batting .341 with a .462 on-base percentage in 41 at-bats, but it’s hard to help a team…

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