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  1. Should Twins offer Wilson Ramos for Cliff Lee?

    Jun 17, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    If the Twins want a second ace left-hander for the postseason, that’s probably what it will take. Cliff Lee went 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA for the Phillies last October. The team won all five of his postseason starts, with Lee pitching 40 1/3 of a possible 45 innings in those games. His addition to…

  2. Michael Young becomes Rangers' all-time hits leader

    Jun 17, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    With a two-run single in a 6-3 win over the Marlins, Michael Young became the Rangers’ all-time hits leader on Wednesday, overtaking Ivan Rodriguez. 1. Michael Young – 1,748 2. Ivan Rodriguez – 1,747 3. Rafael Palmeiro – 1,692 4. Juan Gonzalez – 1.595 5. Ruben Sierra – 1,281 Just halfway through his current seven-year…

  3. Manny will be DHing in Boston

    Jun 17, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    It’s been a Mannyful day around here, so why not one more? If fans are going to boo Manny as he plays in Boston this weekend, they’re going to have to do it when he bats because Joe Torre said that Ramirez will be DHing for the entire series with the Red Sox.  He’ll be…

  4. Report: Manny Ramirez, Dodgers discussed ways to get Manny back on PEDs last year

    Jun 17, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Michael S. Schmidt has a report in the New York Times today that last year — after Manny Ramirez came back from his drug suspension — he explored seeking an exemption from Major League Baseball in order to allow him to take drugs that would boost testosterone levels.  Which, by the way, is what the…

  5. Rafael Furcal leaves Dodgers to be with sick family member

    Jun 17, 2010, 4:43 PM EDT

    Rafael Furcal left the Dodgers and has returned home to the Dominican Republic to be with a sick family member. He’s been placed on the bereavement list, which means Furcal will miss at least three games. Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports that Furcal called Joe Torre at around one o’clock this morning and the manager…

  6. Bronson Arroyo pitches, hits the Reds to victory

    Jun 17, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Ubaldwho?  OK, that’s dumb, but the word stuck in my head as soon as I saw Bronson Arroyo’s game, so I figured I had to write it.  And no, Arroyo didn’t pitch quite as well as Jimenez did today — he gave up one run on six hits in seven innings while walking a half-dozen…

  7. No strife in Pittsburgh: John Russell, Neal Huntington got contract extensions

    Jun 17, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    On the heels of this morning’s business concerning John Russell and the Pirates comes a statement from team president Frank Coonelly that General Manager Neal Huntington and Russell each got contract extensions over the winter and thus all of this speculation about Russell being in trouble needs to stop: As you know, we have respectfully…

  8. Ubaldo Jimenez beats Twins, improves to 13-1 with 1.15 ERA

    Jun 17, 2010, 3:43 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez wasn’t at his most overpowering this afternoon against the Twins, giving up eight hits and two walks while recording just four strikeouts, but held Minnesota to one run in eight innings to improve to 13-1 with a 1.15 ERA. Francisco Liriano giving up three runs in the first inning took much of the…

  9. Nick Markakis is frustrated with the O's approach

    Jun 17, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun listened to an obviously frustrated Nick Markakis hold forth on the miserable season the Orioles are having at the plate. Mostly it’s a matter of approach: “Sometimes, guys are going up there and it looks like they have no idea what they’re doing . . . you need guys…

  10. Darin Erstad says 'I'm done' after 14 seasons

    Jun 17, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Following in Mark Mulder’s footsteps, Darin Erstad has made official what everyone assumed by telling a reporter in his native North Dakota that he’s “done.” I couldn’t be much happier. I got to live a dream playing baseball for 14 years, now I’m getting to live the other side and it’s a blast. I had…

  11. Simmons, Deadspin are wrong to hate on Kansas City

    Jun 17, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    As you know by now, Kansas City has been selected as the site of the 2012 All-Star game.  In the past 24 hours this decision has been subjected to derision by two of the most influential voices in online sports media: Bill Simmons and Deadspin. I have much love for both The Sports Guy and…

  12. Jerry Blevins should probably lighten up

    Jun 17, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Yesterday Carlos Zambrano said that Athletics’ pitcher Jerry Blevins “got lucky” that Z didn’t hit a home run when he was sitting fastball and got one during a pinch-hitting appearance.  I wasn’t there, but I can’t really feature Zambrano meaning that comment as a serious dig at Blevins. But Blevins thought it was: “I did…

  13. Chad Qualls says he's not injured, he's just bad

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    I’m a big Adam Carolla fan and he often talks about how people who’re drunk or high inevitably claim to not be drunk or high when questioned about their bad behavior. His point is that they might as well admit to being under the influence of something, because otherwise that just means they have no…

  14. Great Moments in Hyperbole: Ken Burns

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    I’m having a hard time getting on board with Burns comparing Joe Torre to . . . Abraham Lincoln

  15. Not quite a Baker's dozen for Scott

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Some notes on Twins right-hander Scott Baker racking up a career-high 12 strikeouts over seven shutout, two-hit innings against the Rockies last night … • Bert Blyleven had 12 or more strikeouts 22 times, including 15 for the Twins. Johan Santana had 14 such games for the Twins and Camilo Pascual had 10. No one…

  16. John Russell on the hot seat? Hell, he may have gotten a contract extension!

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    I still stand by all the stuff I said yesterday about Ken Rosenthal’s Pirates report and the art of rumor-mongering in general, but this business with John Russell and the Pirates seems to quickly be turning into a bad example of an otherwise sound theory. To review:  Ken Rosenthal reported on Tuesday night that John…

  17. The Rays got hosed on a call at the plate last night

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    I missed the Braves-Rays game last night so I didn’t see this go down, but the Rays got boned in the sixth inning.  You can see the play here. For those who can’t watch the video, Hank Blalock was at third base when Brian McCann missed one that went to the screen. It took a…

  18. Twins reportedly considering 'a serious run' at Cliff Lee

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    I was a radio guest on ESPN Twin Cities earlier this week (you can listen to the segment here) and one of the co-hosts, Tom Pelissero, hinted that he had some information about the Twins being legitimately interested in Cliff Lee. Pelissero has now put it in writing, reporting today that “more than one person…

  19. Is Chase Utley injured?

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    There’s a fine line between playing through pain and playing hurt. Is Chase Utley on the wrong side of it?

  20. M's bullpen catcher Jason Phillips is one smooth operator

    Jun 17, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    Rob Dibble once threw a ball at a lady in the stands and all he got for it was a couple of decades of well-deserved scorn.  Mariners’ bullpen catcher Jason Phillips does it and he gets married: “If we go extra innings, I’m gonna make a move,” Phillips said. “If we go to extra innings,…

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