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  1. Teams are calling the Braves about Yunel Escobar

    Jul 6, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Because teams in tight pennant races trade their starting shortstops so often.  ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick in the form of a FrankenTweet: Heard today that the Braves are getting calls from some teams looking to “bottom feed” on underachieving SS Yunel Escobar . . . Braves are hesitant to move Escobar because he’s only 27, is…

  2. Joey Votto celebrates All-Star snub with two-homer game

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    In his first action since being passed over for the All-Star game, Joey Votto homered twice, doubled, and walked last night as the Reds beat the Mets. I tend not to really care about the All-Star game rosters, because there are bad selections every season, I don’t agree with the focus on first-half performance over…

  3. Brian Sabean is in Milwaukee. Is a deal with the Brewers afoot?

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Andrew Baggarly of the Merc reports that Giants GM Brian Sabean met up with the team in Milwaukee yesterday. One of two possibilities: (a) he’s there to scout and discuss a deal with the Brewers; or (b) he brought along the proton packs in order to bust the ghosts over at the Pfister. Assuming for…

  4. As the Carlos Beltran turns: he may be activated this week

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Either Jerry Manuel is helplessly out of the loop, or else the Mets are profoundly schizophrenic about when Carlos Beltran is going to be activated. First, Manuel said he could be back for the Marlins in Puerto Rico. That obviously didn’t happen.  Then it was suggested that the Reds series this week.  Then the team…

  5. Dmitri Young arrested for marijuana possession

    Jul 6, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Former big leaguer Dmitri Young was arrested early yesterday morning in Illinois and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Young, who last played in the majors in 2008 and is currently a bench coach for the Oakland County Cruisers of the independent Frontier League, was released on a $100 bond. It…

  6. Edgar Renteria is Shaggy, Pablo Sandoval is Scooby

    Jul 6, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    There was some farkakte story back in May about how the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee was haunted and that because of it visiting baseball players don’t like to stay there.  It was on a local news station and it came during May sweeps, so take it with the same grain of salt you take those…

  7. The Rangers will be auctioned on July 16th. Kinda.

    Jul 6, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    And now, the continuing stoooory of a sale, that’s gone to the dogs.

  8. Dallas Braden doesn't like the "Get off my mound" shirts. Pardon me, your majesty

    Jul 6, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    We passed along word last week that the A’s were selling “Get off my mound” t-shirts in honor of the Yankees’ return to Oakland.  Sounded like a great idea to me in a fun, self-effacing kind of way. But apparently they don’t do self-deprecation in the 209, because Dallas Braden hates the shirts: “They’re trying…

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

    Jul 6, 2010, 5:53 AM EDT

    My favorite team got mowed down by Roy Halladay but the evening worked out OK anyway.

  10. Report: Twins offer prospects Aaron Hicks and Wilson Ramos to Mariners for Cliff Lee

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:15 AM EDT

    Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse reports that an “MLB source hears” the Twins have offered outfield prospect Aaron Hicks and catcher prospect Wilson Ramos to the Mariners for Cliff Lee. As a Twins fan the notion of adding Lee to the rotation for the second half is exciting, but Hicks and Ramos is significantly more…

  11. UPDATE: Andy Pettitte replaces injured Clay Buchholz on All-Star roster

    Jul 5, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

    As expected, the Red Sox placed Clay Buchholz on the disabled list this afternoon and announced plans to call up left-hander Felix Doubront to start tomorrow night against the Rays. That means Buchholz won’t be available to pitch in the All-Star game, but because the DL stint is retroactive to June 27 the Red Sox…

  12. Edinson Volquez will likely need another rehab start

    Jul 5, 2010, 8:53 PM EDT

    You know the idea that Edinson Volquez would return from the disabled list this week in order for Mike Leake to be skipped in the rotation headed into the All-Star break? Yeah, you can probably scratch that. According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Volquez will likely need another minor league rehab start before he is…

  13. Erik Bedard scratched from Tuesday start

    Jul 5, 2010, 8:07 PM EDT

    According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, left-hander Erik Bedard has been scratched from Tuesday’s start against Zack Greinke and the Royals due to a stiff shoulder. It was supposed to be his season debut. He is currently being evaluated by team doctors. Bedard, who underwent season-ending shoulder surgery last August, posted a 1.64…

  14. Chase Utley says he's coming back early

    Jul 5, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    The last prognosis we heard regarding Chase Utley was that it would be eight weeks before he could make it back to the Phillies’ lineup.  Todd Zolecki is tweeting, however, that Utley is planning on coming back sooner than that, saying that it will take five weeks to heal, one week to get his mobility…

  15. Quote of the Day II: Jim Leyland on the All-Star selections

    Jul 5, 2010, 6:47 PM EDT

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    Tigers manager Jim Leyland, on the All-Star selection process: It’s not a good system, if you want to know the truth. But you get run out of baseball when you say that. I’ll be getting booed everywhere I go. In reality, they’re making a big deal about the game meaning something now and that the…

  16. Phillies not yet ready to return J.A. Happ to the rotation

    Jul 5, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    J.A. Happ’s rehab assignment is over after six outings in the minors, yet the Phillies aren’t ready to put him back into their rotation and may option him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Happ made just two starts in April before going down with left forearm soreness. He’s pitched 24…

  17. Maybe we need to lay off the Omar Infante All-Star selection

    Jul 5, 2010, 6:14 PM EDT

    Jayson Stark tweets that both of the All-Star managers were told by Major League Baseball that they needed to pick a “multi-position” player in order to take advantage of the new rule allowing managers to return one player to the game after he comes out. It was for that reason, Stark says, Charlie Manuel chose…

  18. Does a three-homer game mean Drew Stubbs is destined for stardom?

    Jul 5, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    With the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field yesterday afternoon Cubs pitchers served up seven homers in a 14-3 blowout loss to the Reds, including three long balls to center fielder Drew Stubbs. “I’ve never done it at any level, little league, high school, or college,” Stubbs told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com afterward. “I think…

  19. An ugly game in Detroit as the Tigers beat the Orioles 12-9

    Jul 5, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    It’s approximately 165 degrees here in the Midwest today, so heading out to see a day game was already an iffy proposition for Tigers fans.  Those who used their day off work to do so were greeted with one of the uglier games of the past couple of weeks, as the Tigers and Orioles decided…

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