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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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?

  5. 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,…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. Matt Wieters to be placed on disabled list Friday

    Jul 15, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

    From Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun comes word that the Orioles plan to place young catcher Matt Wieters on the 15-day disabled list before their season resumes Friday against the Blue Jays. Wieters, 24, strained his right hamstring just a few days before the All-Star break and did not make enough progress this week.…

  12. Don Baylor wants to manage again

    Jul 15, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    Don Baylor is the Rockies’ hitting coach. He used to be their manager. He wants to manage again: “The last interview that I had was the one with the Phillies when Charlie Manuel took the job. So that’s a long time ago. If it’s in the cards again for me, we’ll see . . .…

  13. Mets not healthy just yet: Jose Reyes gets scratched

    Jul 15, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes was due to hit leadoff Thursday in Carlos Beltran’s return from knee surgery, but he was scratched prior to the game against the Giants and Tim LIncecum because he still doesn’t feel comfortable hitting left-handed as he deals with a strained oblique. Reyes, who originally missed six days with the injury, tried hitting…

  14. Braves activate Jason Heyward from 15-day disabled list

    Jul 15, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward didn’t push it and try to return for the All-Star Game, but he is in Thursday’s lineup as the right fielder against the Brewers. Heyward, who was sidelined with a bone bruise in his left thumb, will hit second between Martin Prado and Chipper Jones tonight. It had turned into his usual spot…

  15. After skipping All-Star game, Justin Morneau likely bound for disabled list with concussion

    Jul 15, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    It’s been eight days since Justin Morneau took a knee to the helmet while breaking up a double play, but the All-Star first baseman remains out of the Twins’ lineup tonight because of lingering headaches and dizziness. He’s expected to be placed on the disabled list prior to the game. Morneau suffered several concussions as…

  16. George Steinbrenner's obituary was really long

    Jul 15, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    AOL’s Tom Krasovic on Steinbrenner’s lengthy obituary: As America’s addiction to sports only grows, baseball is among the industries getting staggering amounts of publicity. For instance, when Yankees owner George Steinbrenner died on Tuesday, naturally The Associated Press ran a biography about the man who had turned the Death Star into a seven-time World Series…

  17. Quote of the Day: Bring back steroids!

    Jul 15, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    Meet the columnist who thinks steroids are horrible one year and just dandy the next.

  18. He's alive! Carlos Beltran finally returns from knee surgery

    Jul 15, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Mets fans probably started to wonder if this day would ever come, but Carlos Beltran has finally been activated from the disabled list. For real. He missed the entire first half following January knee surgery that was initially expected to sideline him for just 8-12 weeks, but Jerry Manuel has thrown him right back into…

  19. If Adrian Beltre can't play today, why was he playing in the All-Star Game?

    Jul 15, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    UPDATE: An explanation from Francona makes this sound far less troublesome than it first appeared: Adrian Beltre had an MRI on his sore left hamstring and manager Terry Francona said the preliminary findings were “pretty good” but decided to hold him out of the starting lineup against the Texas Rangers on Thursday night at Fenway…

  20. Adrian Gonzalez wants an eight-year deal

    Jul 15, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse is reporting that Adrian Gonzalez will seek an eight year deal when he becomes a free agent after the 2011 season. That would seem to be the going length for stud first baseman contracts in light of the Mark Teixeira deal. But of course (a) that was handed out by…

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