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  1. Astros not happy Carlos Lee missed 'voluntary' workout

    Jul 16, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Lee spent the All-Star break back home in Panama and missed yesterday’s team workout because of “an issue” with his return flight. Technically it was a “voluntary” workout, but Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle notes that “the Astros were counting on everybody who had not played at the All-Star Game to be there”…

  2. When you get a $100 million contract "the first year is the most difficult"

    Jul 16, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    That quote comes from Vernon Wells. And yeah, I’m sure it’s an absolute drag. OK, that’s a bit of a cheap shot, inasmuch as Wells was likely asked specifically about the pressure ballplayers face after getting huge deals, not the difficulty of life at large, but it is the kind of quote that turns your…

  3. Pirates manager John Russell says Lastings Milledge 'looks like he's ready' to play every day

    Jul 16, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    For the past month or so the Pirates have used a quasi-platoon in right field with Ryan Church starting against righties and Lastings Milledge playing versus lefties, but manager John Russell said yesterday that’s going to change in the second half. Milledge will now be more or less an everyday player, in part because he’s…

  4. Bill Lee is a piker. This guy REALLY hated George Steinbrenner

    Jul 16, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    If you think Bill Lee hated George Steinbrenner, get a load of this rant from Muhammed Cohen (neat name!) of the Guardian: Steinbrenner, who died on Tuesday at age 80, was a bully and a brat, devoid of humility, class, and civility, born on third base, deluded that he’d hit a triple, and convinced he…

  5. Joba Chamberlain is the most overrated player, say other players

    Jul 16, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Sports Illustrated conducted a poll of 187 major leaguers. I presume they asked more than just this one question and will be publishing it soon, but for now they’re releasing the results of the “who is the most overrated player in baseball” question. The top five: Joba Chamberlain 12% Alex Rodriguez 5% Gary Matthews Jr.…

  6. Ken Williams is pretty sure he could beat up Ozzie Guillen

    Jul 16, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    Everything is wonderful in White Sox land now that they’re the hottest team in baseball and leading the AL Central, but just in case things get ugly again general manager Ken Williams is pretty confident he could beat up manager Ozzie Guillen. Appearing as a guest on “Pardon the Interruption” yesterday, Williams was asked about…

  7. The Phillies aren't optimistic that they'll add pitching

    Jul 16, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Ruben Amaro tells the Philly Inquirer that, though he wants to pick up a pitcher before the deadline, he isn’t optimistic that he’s going to be able to: Do we have to have another pitcher? No. Would I like to add some pitching? Yeah. I think we need to get healthy. I think we’re getting…

  8. Russell Branyan got a strange injury too

    Jul 16, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Mat Latos’ sneeze injury sounds odd. Russell Branyan’s toe injury sounds downright fishy: Wakamatsu said a table fell on Branyan’s left foot this morning in his hotel room, cutting and bruising a toe. “He went to close the curtains this morning at 5,” Wakamatsu said. “He knocked over the table and it landed on his…

  9. A sneeze sends Mat Latos to the DL

    Jul 16, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    This isn’t quite in ironing-your-shirt-while-still-wearing-it or in carrying-deer-meat-up-stairs territory, but it’s still pretty good: [Mat]Latos, who is tied for third in the National League with 10 victories, will be placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a strain to his left side. Latos said he suffered the injury attempting to hold back a…

  10. No Yankees showed up at Bob Sheppard's funeral. Is this really an issue?

    Jul 16, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Bill Madden’s Daily News column about Bob Sheppard’s funeral mass is headlined “Yankees a no-show at Bob Sheppard’s funeral, an act George Steinbrenner wouldn’t have stood for.”  He doesn’t hit it quite as hard as that in the column, but he does make a couple of references to how it was a shame that no…

  11. The Rangers are still interested in Mike Lowell

    Jul 16, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Rob Bradford reports that the Rangers are “still monitoring the status” of Mike Lowell and may still consider trading for him if he shows that he’s healthy. The Rangers, of course, have been hot and cold about Lowell since at least last December when they had a trade in place for him only to have…

  12. Bill Lee really, really didn't like George Steinbrenner

    Jul 16, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    I said that I wasn’t a fan of whitewashing the recently departed, but Bill Lee goes a few steps beyond what even I’m comfortable with: Former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee did not soften his stance on George Steinbrenner following the Yankees owner’s death Tuesday. “As far as Steinbrenner’s passing? Good,” Lee said in an…

  13. The Braves really, really didn't like Yunel Escobar

    Jul 16, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    Buster Olney tweeting last night: When Alex Gonzalez walked into the Atlanta clubhouse the Braves’ players gave him a standing ovation. First thought: wow.  Second thought: Buster only knows that because someone on the inside in Braves land made a special point to tell him about it. Which seems kind of sad to me, actually,…

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

    Jul 16, 2010, 6:04 AM EDT

    Only seven games? What, these guys need even more of a break?

  15. Leadoff men Ichiro Suzuki, Erick Aybar pull off unusual feat

    Jul 16, 2010, 1:30 AM EDT

    As the Angels were beating the Mariners 8-3 on Thursday night, Ichiro Suzuki and Erick Aybar became the first pair of leadoff men to drive in three runs in the same game in a season and a half. Ichiro supplied all of Seattle’s runs on the night with a bases-loaded double in the fifth inning,…

  16. Carlos Zambrano completes anger management program

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano has completed his team-prescribed anger management therapy and has reported to the club’s spring training complex in Arizona to begin working toward a return to the big leagues. It’s about time, really.  Big Z was suspended indefinitely by the Cubs close to three…

  17. Mariners sign Dominican outfielder for $2.2 million

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    Anteing up $3.5 million to add talent to a system dearly in need of it, the Mariners signed three 16-year-olds out of Latin America to minor league contracts on Thursday, Baseball America reports. Chief among the players was outfielder Phillips Castillo, a native of the Dominican Republic who signed for $2.2 million. The hope is…

  18. Bagwell ready to begin hitting coach gig with Astros

    Jul 15, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

    Former Astros slugger Jeff Bagwell will begin his tenure as the club’s hitting coach on Thursday night, as Houston opens the second half of the 2010 season with a series against the Pirates.  Alyson Footer, who works for the team as senior director of social media, passes along this photo. Bagwell looks like he could…

  19. Giants ink Dontrelle Willis to minor league contract

    Jul 15, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

    The Giants are the latest team to give D-Train another shot.

  20. Cardinals RHP Adam Ottavino slated for shoulder surgery

    Jul 15, 2010, 7:46 PM EDT

    Adam Ottavino, the Cardinals’ first-round pick in 2006 out of Northeastern, will undergo surgery for what GM John Mozeliak called a “slap tear,” reports the Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold. The procedure to repair the labrum in his shoulder will keep him out for the rest of this year and could sideline him well into 2011. It’s…

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