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  1. Roy Oswalt dominates the Pirates

    Jul 8, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Those scouts I mentioned earlier? They had to like what they saw. Roy Oswalt absolutely destroyed the Pirates’ lineup this afternoon, throwing a one-hit shutout.  That hit came in the first inning. Other than that and a couple of walks, he was basically invincible.  Granted, it was the Pirates, but still. On the offensive side,…

  2. White Sox keep rolling with four-game sweep of Angels

    Jul 8, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    John Danks tossed a two-hit shutout this afternoon as the White Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Angels. Since beginning the season 24-33 amid stories about how manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Ken Williams were feuding the White Sox have won 22 of 27 games to pull within a half-game of first place…

  3. Lots of scouts are watching Roy Oswalt

    Jul 8, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    Brian McTaggart of MLB.com tweets that scouts from the Dodgers, Phillies, Rays and Mets are in Houston today to watch Roy Oswalt pitch against the Pirates. Interesting, but at least two of those teams — the Dodgers and Mets — have been reported to be wary to take on payroll, and Oswalt = lots of…

  4. Broken toe healed, Ryan Madson rejoins Phillies' bullpen

    Jul 8, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Out since late April with a broken toe, Ryan Madson returned from this disabled list today and should provide a much-needed boost to Philadelphia’s struggling bullpen. Phillies relievers have gone 3-5 with a 4.56 ERA in 79 innings since June 1, and while Madson pitched poorly before landing on the DL his 3.27 ERA in…

  5. David Price is probably going to start the All-Star Game

    Jul 8, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi says that Rays’ starter David Price is an “extremely strong” candidate to start the All-Star Game next week. Personally I’d go with Cliff Lee unless he’s traded to the National League before then or something, but Price is a fine choice too. Really, though, I haven’t been all that impressed with who starts…

  6. Angels warned of riots in Oakland this weekend

    Jul 8, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Mark Saxson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Major League Baseball called the Los Angeles Angels last week to warn them that there could be riots in Oakland during this weekend’s series against the Athletics. The reason: a verdict is due at any time in a high-profile trial of an Oakland transit officer who is…

  7. Geoff Blum out 2-4 weeks following wrist surgery

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Astros utility man Geoff Blum is expected to miss 2-4 weeks after undergoing elbow surgery yesterday. According to Steve Gartner of MLB.com Blum had “three loose bodies” removed him his elbow after experiencing soreness and swelling last week. Blum began the season filling in for the injured Lance Berkman at first base and has been…

  8. Giants minor leaguer arrested

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Giants minor league outfielder Darren Ford is not an ace prospect, but he is fast. Indeed, he’s stolen 277 bases in his six-year career and has been caught only 72 times.  But while a 75% success rate is good enough on the base paths, guys who steal in real life need to do better than…

  9. Matt Stairs ties MLB record with 20th career pinch-hit homer

    Jul 8, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Matt Stairs homered off the bench last night, delivering the 20th pinch-hit homer of his career to tie Cliff Johnson for the all-time record. In general most players tend to underperform their usual production when pinch-hitting, but Stairs has had amazing success off the bench throughout his career. He’s hit .262 with a .369 on-base…

  10. Sky blue, water wet, Eric Chavez out until September

    Jul 8, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    Try not to faint at the the shock, but Susan Slusser reports that Eric Chavez, who is suffering from a neck injury, may not be back until September. Chavez was placed on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday to make some roster space, but he’s eligible to come off it on July 20th.  Based on this…

  11. The Phillies are shopping Jayson Werth

    Jul 8, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    The other day I blew off the notion that the Phillies would seriously consider trading Jayson Werth because to do so would be to say the competitive portion of their season is over. It seems now that either (a) the Phillies took dropping two of three to the Braves at home harder than they should…

  12. Josh Johnson quietly moves past Ubaldo Jimenez as the first half's top pitcher

    Jul 8, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez dominated the early season headlines, and rightfully so, but three straight poor starts have bumped his ERA from 1.15 to 2.27 and now Josh Johnson is the only starter in baseball with a sub-2.00 mark. Johnson still can’t compete with Jimenez’s attention-grabbing win total, but after shutting out the Dodgers for eight innings…

  13. David Ortiz wants to retire with the Red Sox. Don't hold your breath, Papi

    Jul 8, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    And he doesn’t mean on one of them fancy Nomar Garciaparra one day contracts, neither: “They know what my feelings are about staying around and playing here and hanging them up with the Red Sox. It’s not like I’m planning to retire right now, but you know what I’m saying . . . This is…

  14. Don't look now, but the Royals are winning with Ned Yost

    Jul 8, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Last night the Royals staged a late-inning rally to complete a three-game sweep of the Mariners, giving them 10 wins in the past 13 games and a 27-23 mark in 50 games since Ned Yost replaced Trey Hillman as manager. Kansas City is still just 39-46 overall, which is merely the 21st-best record in baseball,…

  15. The fan who fell at the Rangers game is doing OK

    Jul 8, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    The fan who fell from the upper deck at Tuesday’s Rangers-Indians game is alert, joking and generally doing OK, reports the Dallas Morning News. Tyler Morris — a 25 year-old firefighter — suffered a fractured skull and a sprained ankle, but he was conscious when the squad got to him and is doing about as…

  16. The Pirates say Octavio Dotel is not on the trading block. Don't believe them.

    Jul 8, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Pirates president Frank Coonelly said yesterday that Octavio Dotel “is not on the trading block,” denying multiple reports to the contrary. This is the same Frank Coonelly who repeatedly denied my report that Dotel had been given a ~$3 million offer over the winter, only to have it revealed later that, yeah, he had been…

  17. After 5 months and 325 tweets Ozzie Guillen is sick of Twitter

    Jul 8, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen joined Twitter in late February and has posted an average of two updates per day since then, quickly accumulating 67,000 followers and earning “Quote of the Day” status here at Hardball Talk several times. And now he’s sick of it. I’m tired of Twitter. It’s boring. I don’t have time for that. My…

  18. Now the Texas Attorney General objects to the Rangers bankruptcy

    Jul 8, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

    I imagine there have been worse “prepackaged” bankruptcies in the history of Anglo-American jurisprudence, but there hasn’t been one that got as much press as the Rangers’ has. The latest: The Texas Attorney General urged the bankruptcy court yesterday to reject the team’s current reorganization plan.  Add this to the fact that the bankruptcy trustee…

  19. Mike Stanton has great aim

    Jul 8, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    Mike Stanton hit a big three-run homer in last night’s Marlins-Dodgers game.  Check it out here and see if you notice anything interesting about it.  I’ll wait. See that? I didn’t at first, but Dave Brown over at Big League Stew brought it to my attention: the ball lands right in the catcher’s mitt laying…

  20. Yeah, Cano was ordered out of the home run derby

    Jul 8, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

    I suspected as much yesterday, but it’s being widely reported now that Robbie Cano was ordered out of the Home Run Derby by Yankees brass. Which is fine.  If I was Brian Cashman I don’t think I’d want Cano risking injury and risking some mechanical disruption as a result of swinging for the fences all…

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