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  1. Jim Leyland is as mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore

    Jul 27, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    An ump accused Leyland of spitting. My theory: there was a second spitter behind the bushes on the gravelly road.

  2. Did Joba Chamberlain just lose his job?

    Jul 27, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Joe Girardi has never been a Tony La Russa kind of guy, putting relievers in and yanking them out, playing the matchups and all that jazz. Mariano Rivera is his closer. Joba Chamberlain is his setup guy. Everyone else comes in as needed. So it seems like a notable thing that Joba Chamberlain didn’t get…

  3. Chris Coghlan pulls a Kendry Morales: may miss 8 weeks for a celebration injury

    Jul 27, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    The Marlins announced that Chris Coghlan may miss 6-8 weeks with a torn meniscus. The funny part: he did it while attempting to smash a shaving-cream pie in the face of Wes Helms following Helms’ walkoff single on Sunday. This is a monumentally stupid way to get injured of course — even dumber than Kendry…

  4. Dan Haren smacked in the arm by a comebacker in his Angels debut

    Jul 27, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Not the way Dan Haren wanted to get things started in Anaheim. The Angels’ new starter had to leave in the fifth inning after a Kevin Youkilis line drive hit him in his pitching arm.  Haren tried to catch it, he couldn’t, it smacked his arm and he went down to his knees in pain.…

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

    Jul 27, 2010, 6:08 AM EDT

    A no-no for Matt Garza and an oh no! for Dan Haren.

  6. Rickie Weeks hits 21st homer, scores run in 10th straight game

    Jul 27, 2010, 2:19 AM EDT

    Quietly having a superb season, Rickie Weeks on Monday hit his 21st homer to help the Brewers beat the Reds 3-2. The two-run shot in the bottom of the third also gave Weeks a 10th straight game with a run scored. It’s the fourth longest any player has had this season. 1. Rafael Furcal –…

  7. Seven RBI enough for Joe Mauer as Twins win 19-1

    Jul 27, 2010, 2:05 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer turned in his fourth career five-hit game and drove in a personal-best seven runs as the Twins steamrolled the Royals 19-1 on Monday night. The reigning AL MVP was 5-for-5 with a three-run homer and a double before being removed for a pinch-hitter with a runner on in the eighth. Manager Ron Gardenhire…

  8. Time for Garza to realize potential

    Jul 27, 2010, 1:33 AM EDT

    Matt Garza – to paraphrase Kevin Costner’s Crash Davis – has a gift. When he was a baby, the gods reached down and turned his right arm into a thunderbolt. On Monday, the Tampa Bay right-hander unleashed that gift on the Detroit Tigers, dazzling them with an array of high, hard fastballs and tight-spinning breaking…

  9. Matt Garza throws first no-hitter in Rays' history, fifth of 2010 season

    Jul 26, 2010, 9:49 PM EDT

    UPDATE: He did it! Matt Garza just completed the first no-hitter in Rays’ history and the fifth no-hitter of the season. He needed 120 pitches to do it, striking out six and walking just one. Because of a double-play ball in the second inning, he faced the minimum. Now that the Rays have a no-hitter,…

  10. Roy Oswalt says he is open to pitching on the East Coast

    Jul 26, 2010, 9:01 PM EDT

    What, you thought we were done with trade rumors for today? No way. Roy Oswalt told Bernando Fallas of the Houston Chronicle on Monday that he wouldn’t be opposed to pitching on the East Coast. “That’s not an issue,” Oswalt told the Chronicle on Monday. “Like I’ve said from the beginning, it’s going to have…

  11. Carlos Zambrano apologizes, just not to his teammates

    Jul 26, 2010, 8:04 PM EDT

    During an interview with ESPN’s Pedro Gomez on Monday, Carlos Zambrano apologized to Cubs fans for the June 29 tantrum that landed him on the restricted list. “It was a moment of frustration,” Zambrano said Monday in an interview with ESPN. “I was trying to fire up the team. Lee told me to shut up,…

  12. Position-by-position trade deadline preview: Shortstop

    Jul 26, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    This is the fifth in a series of articles looking at players who might be available in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Stephen Drew (Diamondbacks) – While Drew has largely shaken the injury-prone tag he earned before he even reached the majors, he hasn’t come close to reaching his offensive…

  13. Brad Lidge's rare feat: five baserunners, one inning, one save

    Jul 26, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge has certainly come up with some, shall we say, creative saves while struggling the last two years, but perhaps nothing tops today’s. After entering a 5-2 game against the Rockies to start the top of the ninth, he gave a double and a homer to bring the Colorado to within one. He then…

  14. Delmon Young's breakout showing no signs of slowing down

    Jul 26, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    I wrote about “the new and improved Delmon Young” a month ago, examining changes he’d made to finally start living up to his potential … and since then he’s hit .350 with five homers, 11 doubles, and a .564 slugging percentage in 30 games. The new-found patience he showed early this season has vanished, with…

  15. OK, maybe the Mets aren't going to fire Howard Johnson

    Jul 26, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    When we all woke up this morning the buzz was that the Mets were poised to fire hitting coach Howard Johnson. Now Andy Martino of the Daily News hears from his sources that if they Mets were really going to can HoJo, they would have done it already. I stand by my belief that firing…

  16. Clayton Kershaw drops appeal of nearly meaningless 5-game suspension

    Jul 26, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw initially planned to appeal last week’s five-game suspension for throwing at Giants center fielder Aaron Rowand, but he’s now decided to drop the appeal and will begin serving the suspension immediately. Five-game suspensions for starting pitchers are pretty close to meaningless, and in this case all it means is that Kershaw will make…

  17. The Orioles continue to not hire Buck Showalter. Is it by design?

    Jul 26, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that, despite some suggestions that Buck Showalter is all but hired as the Orioles manager, the O’s aren’t going to change their skipper any time soon.  At least not through the trade deadline, and possibly longer.  Connolly writes “whether a change will be made in August, September, at…

  18. Jacoby Ellsbury begins rehab assignment at rookie-ball

    Jul 26, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury saw game action this afternoon for the first time since May 24, beginning a minor-league rehab assignment by going 1-for-3 as the designated hitter for the Red Sox’s rookie-level Gulf Coast League team. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Ellsbury is expected to play a couple more games in the GCL…

  19. The Bobby Valentine drama continues

    Jul 26, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    My personal view, based on what I’ve read and a handful of little tiny things I’ve heard from people who sorta know about it all is that Bobby Valentine kind of got boned in the whole Florida Marlins thing. Not that anyone set out to bone him, really, but that there’s such a disconnect between…

  20. Robinson Cano notches 1,000th career hit at age 27 to join elite company at second base

    Jul 26, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano smacked a ground-rule double in the eighth inning yesterday afternoon for his 1,000th career hit, which is a pretty remarkable total for a second baseman in the middle of his age-27 season. Cano is currently on pace for another 84 hits this season and here’s how his projected total of 1,084 hits would…

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