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  1. Vicente Padilla plunks ex-teammate Marlon Byrd for ripping him in the press last year

    Jul 12, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Marlon Byrd and Vicente Padilla were teammates in Texas last year and when the Rangers released Padilla at midseason Byrd was very outspoken in praise of the move, saying: About time. It’s absolutely a positive for this team. We have to get rid of the negatives to make a positive and I believe this is…

  2. Reminder: get your entry in for our Home Run Derby contest

    Jul 12, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Because the entertainment value just won’t cut it alone, we’re giving you a reason to watch the Home Run Derby tonight.

  3. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jul 12, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    The Yankees display the rare “Three-Man High-Butt” in this photo. Why are they so happy?

  4. Blue Jays make closer Kevin Gregg 'available' in trade talks

    Jul 12, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports that the Blue Jays have made Kevin Gregg “available” for a possible trade, which is noteworthy mostly because he ranks fourth in the league with 20 saves. However, if you look beyond the closer label Gregg is basically just a run-of-the-mill middle reliever and it seems unlikely that…

  5. Bobby Valentine's reaction at not getting the Florida Marlins' job

    Jul 12, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    It wasn’t a good one, but through it we get a glimpse at what really animates ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight”

  6. Mays, Mantle, Griffey, Snider, and … Andruw Jones?

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Andruw Jones inexplicably stopped being a productive everyday player at age 29, but was in the majors so young and was so good throughout his twenties that yesterday’s homer was still the 400th of his career. For most players reaching 400 homers midway through their age-33 season would start talk of whether they can get…

  7. One of those prospects the Mariners got in the Lee deal faced rape charges last year

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    The news of his arrest and plea is all over the Internet. Why, then, didn’t the Mariners’ front office know about it?

  8. The Rays are "getting serious" about Corey Hart

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Back in my day “getting serious” meant that you had made her a mix tape but you hadn’t moved past making out. I’m not sure what the kids mean by that today. And I’m not really sure what the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers means by it either, but here’s what he’s saying: Rays appear to…

  9. Free-falling Twins limp into the All-Star break in third place

    Jul 12, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    When the Twins woke up in Seattle on June 1 they were 31-20 and riding a five-game winning streak that gave them a season-high 4.5-game lead over the Tigers (and 8.5-game lead over the White Sox) in the AL Central. They were clicking on nearly every cylinder, with the pitching staff allowing the second-fewest runs…

  10. Carlos Zambrano isn't coming back anytime soon

    Jul 12, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Dollars to donuts that he’s killed three anger management counselors in a blind rage. Paul Sullivan: Carlos Zambrano won’t return to the Cubs in the Phillies series that begins the second half of the season Thursday. The Cubs insist they don’t know when Zambrano, who’s on the restricted list, will be back, or when he…

  11. The Mets bench my longtime nemesis, Jeff Francoeur

    Jul 12, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    For years I moaned every time Jeff Francoeur’s name appeared in the Braves’ lineup (which was every single game between 2005 and 2009, really). The guy couldn’t hit. He was killing my team. I couldn’t complain too much, though, because for reasons known only to John Schuerholz, Frank Wren and God Almighty, the Braves never…

  12. Jim Hendry gets a vote of confidence

    Jul 12, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Ever notice that team owners never feel a need to give good GMs votes of confidence? The Cubs have the top payroll in the National League but headed into the last game of the first half of the season on Sunday 9 1/2 games back in the Central. Ricketts, who arrived Sunday and planned on…

  13. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jul 12, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    I went out into the world on Saturday. I should have stayed home and watched baseball.

  14. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 12, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    The last set of real games for several days. Savor them, my friends, for it’s nothing but a lot of manufactured baloney between now and Thursday.

  15. Who's on your bucket list? Let's discuss

    Jul 12, 2010, 2:31 AM EDT

    ANAHEIM, Calif. – The All-Star game is a great opportunity to see baseball royalty in action, as most of the game’s best players will all be together in one spot. But who are the true greats, the so called bucket-list players who every fan should see play at least once? For help in these matters,…

  16. Bacon-wrapped hot dogs, Erin Andrews and more All-Star fun

    Jul 11, 2010, 8:46 PM EDT

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — I heard they were going to be serving hot dogs wrapped in bacon at the All-Star game in Anaheim, so naturally I had to go. In addition to the bacon-wrapped goodness, they’ll have a sampling of foods from other MLB ballparks, including Crab Dogs from Baltimore, Blake Street Burritos from Denver (no…

  17. Orioles close to naming Buck Showalter as manager?

    Jul 11, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Orioles are negotiating with Buck Showalter for their vacancy at manager and appear to be close to a deal. The O’s cut ties with Dave Trembley in early June after he led the club to a 15-39 start.  Juan Samuel was named as interim manager and has done…

  18. Weaver out, Bailey in for Tuesday's All-Star Game

    Jul 11, 2010, 5:22 PM EDT

    We have yet another roster shakeup for Tuesday’s All-Star Game.  According to the Oakland A’s official Twitter feed, Angels starter Jered Weaver, who was picked to replace Trevor Cahill on the American League All-Star roster, has now pulled out of the game because he is on the mound this afternoon and pitching in the exhibition…

  19. Adrian Beltre pulled with left hamstring strain

    Jul 11, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    According to the Boston’s Globe’s Peter Abraham, Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre left Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays with what is currently being called a “left hamstring strain.” No matter Sunday’s result, the Red Sox will limp into the All-Star break ranked third in the American League East behind the Rays and Yankees. …

  20. Wagner declines All-Star invite, Kuo takes final spot

    Jul 11, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    Braves outfielder Jason Heyward backed out of the All-Star Game Saturday due to his ongoing recovery from a left thumb bruise, so National League squad manager Charlie Manuel asked closer Billy Wagner on Sunday if he would like to go to Anaheim instead.  Wagner declined respectfully, citing an ankle injury that he would prefer to…

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