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  1. Bengie Molina hits for cycle, creates rip in time-space continuum

    Jul 17, 2010, 8:56 AM EDT

    We have witnessed many unlikely events already this season — Stephen Strasburg striking out 14 in his major league debut, four no-hitters, two perfect games, one almost perfect game, the first-place San Diego Padres and the National League actually winning an All-Star Game — but I can say without hesitation that Bengie Molina’s cycle against…

  2. Yunel Escobar thinks he was misunderstood in Atlanta

    Jul 16, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

    Upon joining the Blue Jays in Baltimore on Friday, Yunel Escobar told reporters — well, through an translator, Blue Jays bench coach Nick Leyva, anyway — that he felt he was unfairly criticized during his time in Atlanta, according to the Associated Press. “There was a problem [in Atlanta],” Escobar said. “I feel bad that…

  3. Shin-Soo Choo could return from DL next week

    Jul 16, 2010, 8:16 PM EDT

    It wasn’t too long ago that we were thinking Shin-Soo Choo could need surgery on his thumb. Now, according to Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com, it appears that he could be back in the lineup by the end of next week. Choo took some soft-toss Thursday and is scheduled to participate in full batting practice Saturday.…

  4. Phillies, Rangers, Yankees after Orioles' Ty Wigginton

    Jul 16, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Although he’s been in an awful slump since hitting 13 homers during April and May, Orioles utilityman Ty Wigginton is drawing interest from the Phillies, Rangers and Yankees, according to the Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec. Zrebiec says the Orioles and Phillies have discussed Wigginton for several weeks. The Philllies could install Wigginton at third base,…

  5. The Yankees would love to have Adam Dunn and Joakim Soria

    Jul 16, 2010, 6:14 PM EDT

    At the risk of Derrek Lee coming out and saying that no one on the Yankees knows Ken Rosenthal, the FOX scoopsmith (eh? OK, I won’t say that again) reports that the Yankees would love to have Adam Dunn and Joakim Soria. Hard to say what level of interest this really is, but boy howdy…

  6. Cardinals no longer have a timetable for Brad Penny's return

    Jul 16, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    Brad Penny was shut down last week after suffering a setback in his return from a shoulder injury and general manager John Mozeliak said yesterday that there’s no longer a timetable for the right-hander coming off the disabled list: I would say that he will pitch again this season, but eight weeks wrong today, it…

  7. Joey Votto: "it's kind of fun to play the heel"

    Jul 16, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Joey Votto is rude. No, he was just joking. But he really doesn’t like the Cubs or their fans. Wait, that’s just him being competitive. Confused? Yeah, me too.

  8. Cubs win again, Phillies lose again, and man Marmol is throwing bullets

    Jul 16, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    It was a slow day today, but a Friday afternoon tilt helped fend off the snoozes. Phillies-Cubs at Wrigley Field. Whenever they play I like to imagine them competing for a statue that looks like Manny Trillo. Weird, huh? Anyway, it was yet another frustrating day for Phillies’ fans, as the Cubs win 4-3. Twice…

  9. Cancel the return party: Erik Bedard suffered another setback

    Jul 16, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Just when it looked like Erik Bedard was ready to rejoin the Mariners’ rotation the oft-injured left-hander has suffered yet another setback. Initially expected to come off the disabled list last week, those plans were canceled and Bedard was then scheduled for a bullpen session over the weekend. Once those were ruled out too he…

  10. TBS to honor George Steinbrenner via "Seinfeld"

    Jul 16, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    Not everyone is hating on The Boss today: TBS will celebrate the life of George Steinbrenner with a full week of classic Seinfeld  episodes featuring Larry David as the legendary New York Yankees owner.  The 10-episode collection will air Monday, July 19 – Friday, July 23, at 7 and 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Which, of course,…

  11. Ringolsby: no, the Rockies aren't interested in Dan Uggla

    Jul 16, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    There has been a fair amount of chatter recently about the Rockies maybe trying to pry Dan Uggla away from the Marlins. Tracy Ringolsby is calling baloney on that, though: Rockies are NOT involved in talks for 2B Dan Uggla. Haven’t talked about Uggla since winter. If Tulo is healthy don’t need middle infielder. Nothin’…

  12. Mets and Twins reportedly front-runners for Ted Lilly

    Jul 16, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Now that Cliff Lee is off the market contending teams in need of rotation help are turning their attention to pitchers like Ted Lilly. He’s an impending free agent earning $12 million in the final season of a four-year, $40 million deal and Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that Lilly “met with general…

  13. The Marlins new ballpark is on schedule and on budget

    Jul 16, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Costs are down, revenues are up, and our stock has never been higher! “We are exactly on budget,” Marlins President David Samson told a pack of reporters during a media tour of the construction site Thursday. “There will be no overruns.” The surrounding neighborhood has yet to feel the domino effect of the new construction.…

  14. The Mets may be interested in Brett Myers

    Jul 16, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    There were Cliff Lee fantasies and then some Roy Oswalt pipe dreams, but if the Mets are going to get a starting pitcher, their options are probably going to need to be more realistic in terms of what they can get for the prospects they have to offer and what they can afford in terms…

  15. Tim Lincecum shuts out Mets for 50th career victory

    Jul 16, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Last night Tim Lincecum shut out the Carlos Beltran-led Mets for his 50th career victory, which certainly seems like an impressive total for a fourth-year pitcher with 109 career games. But exactly how impressive? According to Baseball-Reference.com Lincecum is the 51st pitcher in baseball history with at least 50 wins in his first 109 games…

  16. Lou Piniella is likely to retire after the season

    Jul 16, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    Sticking with Heyman, who reports that people in the Cubs’ organization expect Lou Piniella to retire at the end of the season. This would shock me about as much as the sun coming up tomorrow morning.  The Cubs are on the brink of a massive tear-down, one would assume, and given how weary Piniella has…

  17. Dan Haren isn't going anywhere

    Jul 16, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    We’ve heard several times that the Diamondbacks want a ton in return for Dan Haren, but every team peddling top talent says stuff like that so I haven’t given it much thought. Jon Heyman reports today, however, that Arizona is really serious: One GM said he heard the asking price for Haren, who is reasonably…

  18. Fernando Tatis undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery

    Jul 16, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Yesterday the Mets cleared room for Carlos Beltran on the 40-man roster by transferring Fernando Tatis to the 60-day disabled list after the 35-year-old bench player underwent shoulder surgery earlier this week. Tatis will miss the remainder of the season and Anthony DiComo of MLB.com speculates that his career may be over. He originally injured…

  19. Almost everyone thinks Rusty Staub is a nice guy

    Jul 16, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    Over at MLB Trade Rumors, Howard Megdal has a nice little writeup on the career of Rusty Staub.  He uses Staub as an example of a guy who was traded a whole bunch of times but, unlike the Gary Sheffields of the world, wasn’t considered a horse’s patootie.  Megdal’s opening paragraph ends thusly: But baseball teams…

  20. Ken Rosenthal gets told by Derrek Lee

    Jul 16, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    This is fun. Rosenthal and Morosi on Wednesday re: Derrek Lee’s no-trade clause: ” . . . some friends of the Cubs first baseman said this week that they believe he would accept a deal to the right team.” Derrek Lee about Rosenthal today: “I would bet that not one of my friends knows who…

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