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  1. Beating the streak meaningful to McCann, NL

    Jul 14, 2010, 1:11 AM EDT

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — The American League’s dominance in the All-Star game had become such a joke that David Ortiz was free and easy with some pre-game trash talk, albeit of the good-natured variety, and Ichiro was pressured yet again into giving his annual pre-game inspirational speech – against his will. The AL players clearly had…

  2. Can surprising Braves, Reds, Padres hang on?

    Jul 14, 2010, 12:28 AM EDT

    With the All-Star game coming to a close, the warm California sun sets on the first half of the season. With that, it’s time to look ahead to the second half, and three surprising teams that find themselves in first place – the Atlanta Braves, the Cincinnati Reds and the San Diego Padres. All of…

  3. Live Chat: MLB All-Star Game

    Jul 13, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

    “This one counts,” or something.

  4. Brian McCann thinks the Omar Infante critics can stuff it

    Jul 13, 2010, 6:38 PM EDT

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — I guess I shouldn’t have expected anything less out of Brian McCann. I think most players would stick up for their teammate in this situation, even if that teammate happened to be one of the least-deserving All-Stars in baseball history. Nonetheless, McCann should get some kudos for a pretty admirable job attempting…

  5. Don't forget: All-Star Game Live Chat tonight!

    Jul 13, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Just one last reminder: D.J. Short will be leading HardballTalk’s Live Chat starting at around 8PM tonight.  There should be a post up with one of those fancy-schmancy Cover It Live boxes for you to log into. It’s really easy, and the chats move quickly and entertainingly. Be there or be square!

  6. Papi says AL 'can't wait to kick some you-know-what'

    Jul 13, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Boston Red Sox slugger — and newly-crowned Home Run Derby champion David Ortiz held court shortly after taking batting practice today, and had some interesting things to say, including a grand proclamation for tonight’s All-Star game: yet more dominance for the American League. “Oh definitely (the AL will win),” he said. “No…

  7. The Red Sox will hold a moment of silence for George Steinbrenner

    Jul 13, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    The Red Sox have announced that they will have a moment of silence in honor of George Steinbrenner’s passing before Thursday night’s game in Fenway Park. Highly appropriate. For as much as we get caught up in The Rivalry, it’s long been a mutually-beneficial one. Neither the Red Sox nor the Yankees would be the…

  8. UPDATE: Buck Showalter will not be named O's manager this weekend

    Jul 13, 2010, 5:22 PM EDT

    5:30 P.M.:  It seems that the reports of Buck Showalter’s ascendancy are a bit premature.  There’s nothing to suggest that deal between the Orioles and Showalter has had the kibosh placed upon it, but the Baltimore Sun is reporting that Showalter will not be named Orioles’ manager this weekend. The link goes to a detailed…

  9. No one knows why Andre Ethier is playing center field tonight

    Jul 13, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    I wondered yesterday why manager Charlie Manuel would choose to start Andre Ethier in center field for tonight’s All-Star game despite his having zero experience there in the majors, particularly since NL right fielder Corey Hart has actually played several hundred innings as a big-league center fielder. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times wondered…

  10. Selig still set to retire after 2012 unless there's "an emergency"

    Jul 13, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Bud Selig just got done with his annual All-Star Game news conference. I don’t have a transcript yet, but enough reporters there on the scene are tweeting about it to give us a few gems: Selig said that it is still his plan is to retire after the 2012 season.  Which he has to reiterate,…

  11. The Red Sox and Royals have discussed David DeJesus

    Jul 13, 2010, 4:09 PM EDT

    Rosenthal and Morosi are reporting that the Red Sox and Royals have spoken within the past ten days about David Dejesus. Nothing has come of it yet — duh, he’s still on the Royals — but there are suggestions that the talk will continue. Hey, I love me Darnell McDonald as much as the next…

  12. After one year as Nationals manager, Jim Riggleman is 72-92

    Jul 13, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post notes that today is the one-year anniversary of Jim Riggleman taking over as the Nationals’ manager. Washington is 72-92 (.440) under Riggleman, which doesn’t look very good until you compare it to their 158-252 (.386) record under the man he replaced, Manny Acta. Acta is now the manager in…

  13. Let us remember George Steinbrenner, not whitewash him

    Jul 13, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    George Steinbrenner was a titanic figure in baseball history. He was also a sonofabitch. Let’s hear about all of it.

  14. Victor Martinez not close to returning from fractured thumb

    Jul 13, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    When the Red Sox placed Victor Martinez on the disabled list last month the expectation was that he’d be ready to return shortly after the All-Star break, but according to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe “that doesn’t appear to be the case any longer.” Benjamin reports that “there continues to be no timeline for…

  15. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince unloads on CC Sabathia

    Jul 13, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    Anthony Castrovince is one of MLB.com’s best. He’s a good reporter and, unlike some of the other people over there, he doesn’t give off the impression that he’s overly cozy with the team he covers, the Cleveland Indians. He’s a straight shooter, as likely to see things from the player’s perspective as he is the…

  16. Adrian Beltre hasn't talked contract extension with Red Sox

    Jul 13, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre signed a one-year contract with the Red Sox this winter in the hopes of putting together a big season and taking another crack at free agency, so not surprisingly Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Beltre and the Red Sox “haven’t had any talks” regarding an extension. Beltre is making $9 million this…

  17. Shameless self-promotion: Aaron on Minnesota Public Radio

    Jul 13, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    If for some insane reason you’ve longed to hear what I sound like when discussing baseball, today is your lucky day. I appeared on Minnesota Public Radio radio this morning to discuss the Twins’ collapse heading into the All-Star break and you can listen to the segment by clicking here. If nothing else, those of…

  18. The fan who grabbed that foul ball from Jayson Werth speaks out

    Jul 13, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    Well, he was interviewed, anyway.  His story — which you can read here — is that he was just trying to protect his kid from the foul ball raining down from the sky.  Some of you took that position when it happened.  As a father I kind of doubted it — your first impulse is…

  19. Join us tonight for an All-Star Game Live Chat

    Jul 13, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    The way I see it, you have a choice: you can watch the All-Star Game and make wisecracks to yourself tonight, or you can watch the All-Star Game and make wisecracks to a group of like-minded people.  No contest, really, which is why you should show up here tonight for HardballTalk’s All-Star Game Live Chat.…

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