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  1. Matt Kemp was benched over an argument with a coach

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Joe Torre failed to start Matt Kemp for three straight games this week, and when he was asked about it he was kind of coy. The impression given was that he was giving Kemp some time off in order for him to regroup and find a way out of his season-long slump. Dylan Hernandez reports,…

  2. Elijah Dukes and Carl Everett are independent ball teammates

    Jul 2, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Elijah Dukes is a 26-year-old former top prospect with good speed, experience in all three outfield spots, and a .771 OPS in 240 career games, but he’s apparently such a horrible human being that no MLB team is willing to even sign him to a minor-league contract and stash him at Triple-A. Dukes has been…

  3. Max Scherzer is a stathead. Cool.

    Jul 2, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    I’m not a statistics guy myself — math is hard, yo — but I’ve long considered myself a fellow traveler in much the same way that guys like Timothy Leary and Wavy Gravy hung around a lot of rock bands in the 60s without making any music.  I’m totally down with the statheads even if…

  4. Why was Josh Byrnes really fired?

    Jul 2, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    A.J. Hinch probably had to go, but the Byrnes firing doesn’t make a ton of sense to me.

  5. Dayton Moore just loves the fact that Jose Guillen slammed his teammates

    Jul 2, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    On Wednesday, Jose Guillen said that the Royals were, fundamentally speaking, “one of the worst teams in all of baseball.”  He also said that “sometimes you want to just punch them [meaning his teammates], but you can’t do that because they’re your teammates. Respect for the game has been lost. That pisses me off.” You’d…

  6. Major League Baseball is selling playoff tickets already. What a great scam!

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    Major League Baseball is letting you pay them $10-20 — right now — for the right to buy playoff tickets for your team at face value. Beat the scalpers! Beat StubHub! What a deal! And I guess if you’re a Yankees fan or something it may be a good deal. For one thing the Yankees…

  7. Utley to miss eight weeks as a result of his surgery

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    When we passed this along yesterday the word was that Chase Utley was going to miss five or six weeks as a result of his thumb surgery. Now the team is saying that it’s more like eight weeks. Can a team can survive the loss of one of baseball’s best players for that long?  If…

  8. Kirk Gibson is the new Diamondbacks manager? Cool!

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    I’m rather struck by the notion of Kirk Gibson as the Diamondbacks new manager.  I know he’s been a bench coach and a hitting coach for a long time — both with the Tigers and the Dbacks, but I’ve never really considered him to be a future manager. No reason for this, really. I guess…

  9. Brian Sabean, some mystery GM take issue with Buster Olney's GM piece

    Jul 2, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Remember that Buster Olney article I linked yesterday in which he relayed anonymous GM scouting reports on other GMs?  Well, Brian Sabean — who was pretty much slammed in it — isn’t happy with the results: “I’ve never talked to Buster. I tried to reach him today to have a productive conversation. I was told…

  10. Ump misses the tag in the Rays-Twins game

    Jul 2, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Another bad call in a year full of them. This one came in the 10th inning of the Rays-Twins game last night. The scene: runners on first and second, Rays batting, no one out, game tied at 4. Willy Aybar singles to left and the go-ahead run scores. As the play continues, Kelly Shoppach, who…

  11. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 2, 2010, 6:13 AM EDT

    Canada Day and the Blue Jays played a road game and Jason Bay was benched. I spit in your poutine, Major League Baseball.

  12. Josh Byrnes' track record warranted dismissal from Diamondbacks

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:58 AM EDT

    According to AOL Fanhouse’s Ed Price, it was his refusal to fire manager A.J. Hinch that cost Josh Byrnes his job as Arizona’s general manager on Thursday. In truth, he deserved to lose it regardless and it probably would have happened earlier if the Diamondbacks hadn’t had him under contract through 2015. Yes, 2015. Byrnes,…

  13. Report: Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek has broken foot

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:28 PM EDT

    A source told WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche that Jason Varitek could miss 4-6 weeks with a leg injury that may or may not be a broken foot. The Red Sox have yet to confirm the injury, but it seems to go along with Boston’s move to reacquire Kevin Cash from the Astros on Thursday. Varitek has…

  14. D'Backs fire manager A.J. Hinch, GM Josh Byrnes

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

    The disappointing Diamondbacks cleaned house on Thursday evening, cutting ties with skipper A.J. Hinch and GM Josh Byrnes.

  15. Red Sox land Kevin Cash, send Angel Sanchez to Astros

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:12 PM EDT

    Alyson Footer, who works for the Astros as their director of social media, reports that Houston has traded 32-year-old catcher Kevin Cash to the Red Sox for shortstop Angel Sanchez. It’s a pretty minor deal, but should work out well for both sides.  The Red Sox have been scrambling for a reliable backup since Victor…

  16. Carlos Beltran could return to the Mets on Monday

    Jul 1, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

    Reports on Carlos Beltran’s return from the disabled list have been hard to keep track of. First, manager Jerry Manuel said the outfielder might return for the Mets’ series against the Marlins in Puerto Rico.  That, of course, is now over.  Then it was rumored that he would be out until after the All-Star break. …

  17. Padres, Rangers, Rockies interested in Jermaine Dye

    Jul 1, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Sources told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal that the Padres, Rangers and Rockies recently “sent out feelers to” free agent Jermaine Dye. It’s doubtful that Dye, who hasn’t played this year after failing to find an offer to his liking over the winter, would immediately step in as a regular for any of the teams. The Padres,…

  18. Bobby Valentine continues to slam the Marlins

    Jul 1, 2010, 5:54 PM EDT

    This is the last post I write about Bobby Valentine. At least until the next post I write about Bobby Valentine.

  19. Peer-reviewing the GMs

    Jul 1, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Some cool inside dirt on the game’s general managers

  20. Someone is actually interested in Mark Prior

    Jul 1, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    As we mentioned on Tuesday, Mark Prior is trying to make a comeback.  He had his workout at USC yesterday in front of representatives from 15 teams.  FanHouse’s Tom Krasovic said that at least one team is interested in him. No idea who it is. Prior apparently hit 90 miles per hour during his session,…

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