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  1. Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings

    Jun 8, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    Last week’s Power Rankings are all curdled and sour and are no longer fit for human consumption. Here are some new rankings, fresh out of the cow.  Or maybe it’s bull. You be the judge. Nevertheless, these rankings reflect data and impressions through play on Sunday night — which was when I came up with…

  2. Merry Strasmas, everyone!

    Jun 8, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Washington is the center of the baseball universe today. Last night it was Bryce Harper’s time in the spotlight. Today is much bigger: Stephen Strasburg’s debut. It’s easy to go overboard with this, of course. He’s a phenom. A freak. A savior. You name it.  But he’s also a young pitcher who, however much he…

  3. Indians send Matt LaPorta back to Triple-A

    Jun 8, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Matt LaPorta was one of my favorite sleeper picks coming into the season, but he was slowed early on while making his way back from offseason hip surgery and batted just .218 with one homer and a .567 OPS through 35 games before the Indians demoted him to the minors Monday. Andy Marte came off…

  4. Bud: I'm "extremely comfortable" with not overturning the Galarraga call

    Jun 8, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    With the top job comes the tough decisions and last week Bud Selig had one of the tougher ones: whether or not to overturn the blown call by Jim Joyce and give Armando Galarraga his perfect game. We all know that he declined to do so. Yesterday he explained his reasoning: “In this job, precedence…

  5. Mark DeRosa is likely done for the year

    Jun 8, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    Mychael Urban of CSN Bay Area reports that Giants’ leftfielder Mark DeRosa re-aggravated his left wrist injury in a minor league rehab game, will need major surgery and is “all but done for the year. DeRosa, who has hit just .194 in the majors this year, has a ruptured nerve sheath, which has rendered his…

  6. Quote of the Day: Dylan Covey

    Jun 8, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    “I don’t even think I know how to spell Milwaukee . . . I wasn’t really expecting the Brewers.” – Brewers’ first round pick Dylan Covey on being selected by Milwokey.  Don’t worry Brew Crew fans; he said that in exuberance, not disdain.  He also said he wants to sign early and get playing.  Of course they all…

  7. Wrapping up the first round of the draft

    Jun 8, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Matthew brought the analytical noise last night, breaking down the first 50 picks of the 2010 draft.  And you need to read it because let’s face it: you don’t know any of these guys besides Bryce Harper.  Um, neither do I, which is why I’m reading it too. The first five picks; Picks 6 through…

  8. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 8, 2010, 5:43 AM EDT

    Giants 6, Reds 5: Jose Juan Uribe gave the Giants a 4-1 lead with a two-run single in the third and their 6-5 lead with a two-run single in the seventh. Your moment of random, from the game story: “A man wearing a Mike Krukow Giants jersey and waving a ‘Go Buster’ sign dived over…

  9. Draft blog: Picks 16-50 – Cubs, Yankees pull off surprises

    Jun 8, 2010, 2:33 AM EDT

    Cubs selected RHP Hayden Simpson with the 16th pick in the draft. A big surprise. Simpson, a product of Southern Arkansas, wasn’t viewed as a first-round arm. Most didn’t see him going in the first three rounds. The Cubs must see something special about him, but as far as we know, he’s a low-90s guy…

  10. Draft blog: Picks 6-15; Matt Harvey goes seventh to Mets

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:09 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks selected RHP Barret Loux with the sixth pick in the draft. Loux has four solid pitches, including a low-90s fastball, and good command, traits that should speed his way to the majors. He lacks top-of-the-rotation upside, but he could be a factor before the end of 2011. Mets selected RHP Matt Harvey with the…

  11. Struggling Todd Helton fitted for contact lenses

    Jun 7, 2010, 8:50 PM EDT

    Todd Helton, who was dropped to the sixth spot in the batting order on Sunday, was fitted with contact lenses on Monday, according to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post. The 36-year-old first baseman entered play on Monday with a .250 batting average to go along with just one home run and 10 RBI. Helton…

  12. Draft blog: Bryce Harper taken first overall by Nationals

    Jun 7, 2010, 7:12 PM EDT

    Nationals selected catcher Bryce Harper with the first pick in the 2010 draft. The consensus No. 1 might not remain behind the plate; his own agent, Scott Boras, sees him as a corner outfielder and the Nationals announced him as an outfielder. Such a move would likely speed Harper’s arrival in Washington, and it’d make…

  13. Jimmy Rollins won't be back anytime soon

    Jun 7, 2010, 6:59 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins, who is currently on the disabled list after re-injuring his right calf muscle last month, told Martin Frank of the News Journal that he doesn’t know when he’ll return from the disabled list. At minimum, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said that he doesn’t expect Rollins back by the start of the team’s next…

  14. No All-Star starters would end long run for Red Sox

    Jun 7, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Unless Jon Lester or Clay Buchholz draws the nod in the first inning, all signs point to the Red Sox being without a starter on the AL All-Star squad for the first time since 1998. There is one qualification there. Manny Ramirez was voted into the lineup in 2003, but he skipped the game because…

  15. Former number one picks have advice for Bryce Harper

    Jun 7, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    A story on MLB.com this afternoon features former first overall picks like Ken Griffey Jr., David Price and Stephen Strasburg offering up advice about being chosen first and surviving the minor leagues to this year’s number one. Who will be Bryce Harper, of course, even if the story doesn’t name him. Interesting I suppose, but…

  16. Behind the scenes of Jim Joyce's nightmare week

    Jun 7, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    There’s a great story in the Detroit Free Press today going behind the scenes with umpire Jim Joyce.  We get a little of his background and a lot of what happened in the couple of days after the infamous blown call. I think the best part is his mother. She was totally oblivious to the…

  17. Buster Posey gets a start at catcher

    Jun 7, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    For the first time this season Buster Posey will start at catcher for the Giants today, as Bengie Molina gets a sit and Aubrey Huff plays first base. Signs? Portents?  I dunno, but the more flexible Posey is over the next few weeks, the more flexible the Giants will be able to be as they…

  18. Former second-round pick Brent Brewer quits baseball to play college football

    Jun 7, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Back in 2006 the Brewers drafted Georgia high school shortstop Brent Brewer in the second round, but after hitting just .240 with a .650 OPS in 427 minor-league games he’s decided to quit baseball … and play football at the University of Tennessee. Brewer was a highly recruited football player coming out of high school…

  19. Jonathan Papelbon goes on the bereavement list

    Jun 7, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

    Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon has been placed on the bereavement list.  That means he’ll be out at least three days, though it could be longer.  No reason has been given for his absence yet, nor does anyone know for sure how long he’ll be out.

  20. Carlos Silva is 8-0. No, I don't get it either.

    Jun 7, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    No one saw it, but the Cubs beat the Pirates 6-1 at PNC Park this afternoon. Carlos Silva gave up four hits, struck out five and walked one. He’s 8 and freakin’ 0, the first Cubs starter to do that since Ken Holtzman went 9-0 in 1967. It was the same story for Silva today…

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