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  1. Braves promote left-hander Mike Minor to Triple-A

    Jun 29, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Mike Minor, the seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Vanderbilt, was moved up to Triple-A Gwinnett after Monday’s game. Many questioned the Braves’ pick of Minor given the team’s usual preference for upside high in the draft and Minor’s apparent lack thereof. The 22-year-old Minor, though, struck out 109 batters in 87…

  2. Edwin Rodriguez to remain Marlins manager for rest of season

    Jun 29, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    Well, this is pretty anticlimactic. Sources tell Buster Olney of ESPN.com that after all the speculation, Edwin Rodriguez will remain the Marlins manager for the rest of the 2010 season. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria informed the team of the organization’s decision before Tuesday’s game against the Mets.…

  3. Mets youngster Jenrry Mejia goes on minor league DL

    Jun 29, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    The Binghamton Mets announced Tuesday that Jenrry Mejia has been placed on the seven-day disabled list with the posterior rotator cuff strain he suffered during his start Sunday. The 20-year-old Mejia, whose name has come up in trade rumors involving Seattle’s Cliff Lee and Houston’s Roy Oswalt, was making his second Double-A start since being…

  4. How the Phillies and GM Ruben Amaro blew it over the winter

    Jun 29, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    OK, yeah, they should have kept Cliff Lee, too. But this is about the offense. The Phillies have received excellent work from Roy Halladay, yet nearly halfway through 2010, they’re a mere six games over .500 and in third place in the NL East. The postseason is still very much within reach, yet the road…

  5. Oliver Perez has a change of heart: will pitch in the minors

    Jun 29, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    It’s not an official demotion — remember, Ollie was “injured” — but Andy Martino reports that Perez has given his consent to the Mets, as he must, to begin a rehab assignment in the minors. He starts tomorrow for St. Lucie. I’d chalk Perez’s change of heart up to reality — in the form of…

  6. The Mets "aren't a serious player" for Roy Oswalt

    Jun 29, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    In light of Polanco and Utley getting sent to the DL, I was actually kind of worried that if the Mets traded for Cliff Lee, half of Philadelphia would commit suicide.  It’s after five, though, and Lee is set to start tonight so I’m guessing it won’t happen because no one ever works late in…

  7. Edwin Jackson will get two extra days of rest before next start

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    As expected, the Diamondbacks announced that Edwin Jackson’s next start will be pushed back two days after he threw 149 pitches in Friday’s no-hitter against the Rays. Jackson has said that his arm feels fine following the massive workload, but instead of pitching tomorrow against the Cardinals he’ll start Friday versus the Dodgers in Arizona.…

  8. Quote of the Day: Yankees President on Jeter and Rivera's contract status

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    You’ll be shocked to learn that the Yankees think Jeter and Rivera will be back with the Yankees next year.

  9. Randy Winn gives Mark Reynolds an alley-oop homer

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    What with the late start to the day due to the gremlins in the HBT engine, I neglected my usual morning practice of perusing video highlights from the previous night’s games, instead relying on the box scores.  As a result, I missed a nice one: Randy Winn giving the old alley-oop treatment to what should…

  10. Cardinals place rookie David Freese on the disabled list

    Jun 29, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    David Freese has been playing through a sprained ankle for the past several weeks, but after giving him Monday off the Cardinals placed him on the disabled list today. Handed the starting job at third base after putting up strong numbers in the minors, the 27-year-old rookie hit .296 with a .361 on-base percentage and…

  11. What debate? Of course Strasburg belongs in the All-Star Game

    Jun 29, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    There is no good reason to keep Strasburg out of the All-Star Game and plenty of good reasons to let him in.

  12. Tiger Stadium is gone, but the field is still there

    Jun 29, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    An interesting yet sad travelogue from a couple of Mets fans who found that, though Tiger Stadium itself is gone, the mound, the field and the flagpole remain. The “RIP Ernie” someone wrote on the pole coincided with a large cloud of eye-irritating dust infiltrating my den.  Damndest thing. In other news, if the blog…

  13. White Sox are winning, so rookie Dayan Viciedo isn't playing

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Dayan Viciedo has started just twice in 10 games since the White Sox called him up from Triple-A, but manager Ozzie Guillen isn’t feeling sorry for the 21-year-old rookie: Hell no. Viciedo is the luckiest man on earth. He’s making $10 million and living out of Cuba, he has cars better than mine, he spent…

  14. Joel Zumaya: fractured elbow, out for the year

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    A talented but snakebitten reliever is bitten once again

  15. Wanna feel old? Mike Greenwell's son is a minor leaguer

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    I’m guessing people in Boston were aware of this, but it’s the first I’ve heard about it: Bo Greenwell — son of Mike — is a minor leaguer in the Indians’ organization, playing for the Lake County Captians up in Eastlake, Ohio. It’s one of those feel-good “what’s it like to be the son of…

  16. The Phillies are going to place Utley, Polanco on the DL

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    The Phillies swooned when they lost Jimmy Rollins to the DL earlier this year. Not saying there was a direct correlation or anything — what ailed them during the slump went beyond the absence of their shortstop — but the experience did nothing to give the team or its fans confidence that losing a starting…

  17. Jim Thome hit a triple last night (seriously)

    Jun 29, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Last night’s Twins-Tigers game featured Joel Zumaya’s gruesome-looking arm injury, but before that Jim Thome provided a much more amusing sight with his first triple since 2004. As you might expect, there were some unusual circumstances at play. In the fourth inning Thome clobbered a Jeremy Bonderman fastball into the gap in right-center field and…

  18. Mark Prior attempts another comeback

    Jun 29, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    This gets a little sadder each time.

  19. Bobby Valentine may still be a candidate for the Marlins' gig

    Jun 29, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    It sounds like there’s a serious power struggle going on in Marlins Headquarters

  20. White Sox reportedly targeting Nationals slugger Adam Dunn

    Jun 29, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Last week general manager Mike Rizzo said the Nationals were “looking into” a contract extension for impending free agent Adam Dunn and “have been talking about it since spring training.” Dunn has made it clear that he’d like to remain in Washington beyond his current two-year, $20 million contract, but my sense has been that…

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