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  1. Chad Qualls is likely to lose his job at closer

    Jun 14, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks closer Chad Qualls got creamed yesterday, allowing three runs in the ninth. But for the grace of God and Chris Young’s walkoff homer he would have blown the whole game.  A.J. Hinch had a front row seat for it, and it sounds like he’s seen enough: “It’s an ugly scene. He’s bearing the…

  2. Lou Piniella now following Steve Stone's advice

    Jun 14, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Lou Piniella going off on Steve Stone last week was obviously a long time in the making, but it was pushed to the surfaced because of comments Stone made recently criticizing Piniella for not playing rookie Tyler Colvin enough. Piniella blasted Stone for having the gall to criticize him, basically said he has no idea…

  3. Ellsbury to be dealt in the offseason?

    Jun 14, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Buried in Nick Cafardo’s notes column from yesterday is this small nugget: “Prediction: Jacoby Ellsbury will be dealt in the offseason.” Which doesn’t make a lot of sense to me because Mike Cameron is not going to live forever and the Sox need someone to play in the outfield, but there you are. He could…

  4. McNamee, federal authorities, reporter trying to bury Roger Clemens

    Jun 14, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    Given that the Roger Clemens case is one in which a syringe-hording drug dealer who once lied to the police about an alleged sexual assault is accusing a philanderer with anger-management issues of illegal drug use, we probably shouldn’t be surprised when things get even more seedy. But they have gotten more seedy: McNamee now…

  5. An Unwritten Rules Moment: Beckham's bunt attempt in the eighth

    Jun 14, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    I realize that some of you were watching the Tony Awards, the NBA Finals and other things that don’t really matter all that much, but the smart ones among you were watching the Cubs-White Sox game. If you did, you watched a pretty damn spiffy pitching matchup, with Ted Lilly and Gavin Floyd matching no-hit…

  6. Pedro Alvarez to be called up soon

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    They keep losing baseball games, but at least something interesting is happening in Pittsburgh: interesting young players keep getting called up. The latest will be Pedro Alvarez, who Pirates GM Neal Huntington indicated yesterday could be promoted this week. He’s earned it: Alvarez is hitting .285/.370/.549 with 13 homers and 52 RBI for Indianapolis, and…

  7. Quote of the Day: Bob Feller

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    “I think he’s done very well; of course this is not the 1927 Yankees either.” – Indians living legend Bob Feller, summing up Strasburg’s performance against the 2010 Cleveland Indians. Feller had a lot to say about Strasburg, by the way.  The headline of the article — “Feller not overly-impressed by Strasburg” — is misleading…

  8. On the road: Stephen Strasburg comes to Cleveland

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    When I first realized that Stephen Strasburg was going to make his second start in beautiful downtown Cleveland, Ohio, my first thought was: I should get me some tickets. About an hour after that first thought, I got an email from Rob Campbell, future Cleveland Indians GM, inviting me to sit in the Tribe Social…

  9. Zack Greinke finally secures second victory

    Jun 14, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Early this season the Royals’ lineup and bullpen robbed Zack Greinke of wins and then he began to earn the losses with some shaky starts recently, but the reigning Cy Young winner got back on track yesterday with a complete-game victory. He allowed three runs, including a pair of Joey Votto homers, but struck out…

  10. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jun 14, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    All kinds of stuff happened over the weekend. Such as: Word leaked that the Royals were getting the 2012 All-Star Game. Should be fun assuming, you know, that whole Mayan calendar end of the world thing doesn’t go down; For those keeping score: when Derek Jeter tries to play hurt, he’s a “gamer.” When Alex…

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

    Jun 14, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    Cubs 1, White Sox 0:  There were boatloads of home runs yesterday — with a ton of guys who had a pair each — but this one was all pitching.  Ted Lilly took a no-hitter into the ninth before pinch-hitting Juan Pierre hit a leadoff single to break it up.  Lou Piniella then took approximately…

  12. Carlos Santana steamrolled by Nats' Adam Dunn

    Jun 13, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

    Indians catcher Carlos Santana was called up to the big leagues Friday and launched his first career home run on Saturday.  To round out the debut weekend, Santana got his first taste of a “Welcome to the MLB!” moment Sunday when he stepped in the way of Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn as the big…

  13. Stephen Strasburg fans eight in second MLB start

    Jun 13, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg just completed his second major league start, a strong 5.1-inning performance on the road against the Indians. He served up a home run, just as he did in his impressive 14-strikeout debut last week.  He also walked five batters, showing a lack of control that he never once displayed while tearing…

  14. Rasmus, La Russa getting along after rocky start

    Jun 13, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published a fascinating piece Sunday morning on the once-tumultuous relationship between Cardinals center fielder Colby Rasmus and veteran manager Tony La Russa. Rasmus was selected 28th overall in the 2005 MLB amateur draft and has already established himself as an important part of the Cardinals both at the…

  15. Kinsler struggling, held out of Sunday's lineup

    Jun 13, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    According to Jeff Wilson of the Dallas Morning News, Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler is not in Saturday’s starting lineup against the Brewers due to concerns about his ankle.  Combined with Monday’s scheduled off-day, it will give him close to 70 hours of consecutive rest. Kinsler opened the season on the disabled list and has…

  16. Webb finally seeing 'light at end of the tunnel'

    Jun 13, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks starter Brandon Webb hasn’t appeared in a major league game since September of 2009 due to ongoing shoulder troubles and isn’t close to returning this season.  But he did finally make a bit of progress on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. Webb fired a 30-pitch bullpen session at the sudden request of Arizona…

  17. Jim Joyce named MLB's best umpire by players

    Jun 13, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    ESPN The Magazine ran a poll recently asking 100 unnamed MLB players to rank the best and worst umpires in the game.  Jim Joyce, who blew Tigers starter Armando Galarraga’s bid for a perfect game two weeks ago, was given top billing in the poll and it wasn’t even close.  Tim McClelland came in second…

  18. Nava and Andrews, sittin' in a tree … ?

    Jun 13, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Last night D.J. Short introduced us to sudden Red Sox cult hero Daniel Nava, who launched a grand slam Saturday afternoon on the first pitch of his first ever major league at-bat.  The story gets better.  Well, sorta. Nava has had a crush on ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews for years, according to Scott Lauber…

  19. Rays' Carlos Pena homers in sixth straight game

    Jun 13, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

    Rays slugger Carlos Pena drilled yet another home run in Saturday’s 6-5 victory over the Marlins, topping Jose Canseco’s franchise record of consecutive games with a long ball. Pena has homered in six straight contests and is now chasing the all-time record held by Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly and Dale Long, who all homered…

  20. Suppan to finalize deal with Cardinals next week

    Jun 12, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    Veteran pitcher Jeff Suppan has been linked to the Cardinals since he was given his release by the Brewers last week.  On Saturday, according to the Associated Press, things finally came together when Suppan tossed a bullpen session in front of St. Louis pitching coach Dave Duncan. He’s expected to finalize a contract with the…

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