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  1. Nolan Ryan: "it might not happen"

    Jul 9, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    It’s one thing when sports business reporters and bloggers and other assorted riffraff suggest that team Greenberg/Ryan’s bid for the Rangers is in trouble, but it’s another thing altogether when Nolan Ryan himself says it.  Here’s ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth’s Richard Durrett: Team President president Nolan Ryan acknowledged Thursday that his group, which includes Pittsburgh attorney…

  2. Hey, Cliff Lee is scheduled to start against the Yankees tonight!

    Jul 9, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    The deal is not done yet, but to my knowledge — and the knowledge of any number of New York people I asked this morning — Joel Sherman has never really whiffed with one of these kinds of reports.  It’s never 100% safe to call a deal done before it actually is, but the odds…

  3. What getting Cliff Lee means to the Yankees

    Jul 9, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    No, it does not mean that the Yankees have “bought” themselves another title. And that’s true even if they win yet another title.

  4. New Marlins manager singles out Hanley Ramirez for poor play

    Jul 9, 2010, 1:43 AM EDT

    After losing 10-4 to the Diamondbacks on Thursday night, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez had the following to say: “We need to get more offense, mainly from Hanley, in the middle of the order. We need more offense from Hanley. Danny Uggla has been swinging the the bat very well. The bottom half of the lineup…

  5. Torii Hunter thinks some of his teammates are coasting

    Jul 8, 2010, 10:25 PM EDT

    The Angels dropped a fourth straight game to the White Sox on Thursday afternoon and fell six games back of the Rangers in the American League West.  Halos center fielder Torii Hunter, for one, is not happy about it.  Hunter told ESPN Los Angeles’ Mark Saxon that he thinks some of his teammates might be…

  6. UPDATE: Hanley Ramirez iffy on Home Run Derby

    Jul 8, 2010, 9:02 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez is wavering on his decision to participate in the Home Run Derby.

  7. Joey Votto, Nick Swisher named to All-Star teams

    Jul 8, 2010, 7:34 PM EDT

    The winners of the Final Vote were announced Thursday as the the Reds’ Joey Votto and the Yankees’ Nick Swisher. Both have won fabulous all expenses-paid trips to beautiful Anaheim, California for a two-day All-Star extravaganza in which they’ll be able to mingle with elite superstars such as Albert Pujols (hold for applause), Alex Rodriguez…

  8. Jason Giambi's four-single day a true oddity

    Jul 8, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    Apparently, now that he’s filling in for an injured Todd Helton, Jason Giambi felt the need to be a little more Helton-like at the plate. Giambi went 4-for-4 with two RBI as the Rockies beat the Cardinals 4-2 on Thursday. It’s a line that wouldn’t garner too much attention in most cases, but Giambi hadn’t…

  9. Your latest addition to the Cliff Lee Derby: the White Sox

    Jul 8, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Larry Stone of the Seattle Times “hears rumblings” that the White Sox are “kicking the tires” on Cliff Lee.  Setting aside the fact that it’s only July 8th and the “kicking the tires” metaphor is already played out, this is an interesting one to think about.  Jake Peavy is done for the year, so there’s…

  10. Justin Morneau out of Twins' lineup after taking knee to the head last night

    Jul 8, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau left last night’s game after taking a knee to the helmet sliding into the second base to break up a double play and he’s out of the Twins’ lineup for tonight’s game. Morneau walked off the field under his own power, but according to manager Ron Gardenhire “he was a little dizzy out…

  11. Quote of the Day: Are the Mets a mid-market club?

    Jul 8, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    I presume the quoted gentleman means in practice, not in fact.

  12. Roy Oswalt dominates the Pirates

    Jul 8, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Those scouts I mentioned earlier? They had to like what they saw. Roy Oswalt absolutely destroyed the Pirates’ lineup this afternoon, throwing a one-hit shutout.  That hit came in the first inning. Other than that and a couple of walks, he was basically invincible.  Granted, it was the Pirates, but still. On the offensive side,…

  13. White Sox keep rolling with four-game sweep of Angels

    Jul 8, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    John Danks tossed a two-hit shutout this afternoon as the White Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Angels. Since beginning the season 24-33 amid stories about how manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Ken Williams were feuding the White Sox have won 22 of 27 games to pull within a half-game of first place…

  14. Lots of scouts are watching Roy Oswalt

    Jul 8, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    Brian McTaggart of MLB.com tweets that scouts from the Dodgers, Phillies, Rays and Mets are in Houston today to watch Roy Oswalt pitch against the Pirates. Interesting, but at least two of those teams — the Dodgers and Mets — have been reported to be wary to take on payroll, and Oswalt = lots of…

  15. Broken toe healed, Ryan Madson rejoins Phillies' bullpen

    Jul 8, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Out since late April with a broken toe, Ryan Madson returned from this disabled list today and should provide a much-needed boost to Philadelphia’s struggling bullpen. Phillies relievers have gone 3-5 with a 4.56 ERA in 79 innings since June 1, and while Madson pitched poorly before landing on the DL his 3.27 ERA in…

  16. David Price is probably going to start the All-Star Game

    Jul 8, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi says that Rays’ starter David Price is an “extremely strong” candidate to start the All-Star Game next week. Personally I’d go with Cliff Lee unless he’s traded to the National League before then or something, but Price is a fine choice too. Really, though, I haven’t been all that impressed with who starts…

  17. Angels warned of riots in Oakland this weekend

    Jul 8, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Mark Saxson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Major League Baseball called the Los Angeles Angels last week to warn them that there could be riots in Oakland during this weekend’s series against the Athletics. The reason: a verdict is due at any time in a high-profile trial of an Oakland transit officer who is…

  18. Geoff Blum out 2-4 weeks following wrist surgery

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Astros utility man Geoff Blum is expected to miss 2-4 weeks after undergoing elbow surgery yesterday. According to Steve Gartner of MLB.com Blum had “three loose bodies” removed him his elbow after experiencing soreness and swelling last week. Blum began the season filling in for the injured Lance Berkman at first base and has been…

  19. Giants minor leaguer arrested

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Giants minor league outfielder Darren Ford is not an ace prospect, but he is fast. Indeed, he’s stolen 277 bases in his six-year career and has been caught only 72 times.  But while a 75% success rate is good enough on the base paths, guys who steal in real life need to do better than…

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