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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Tulowitzki out all weekend with strained groin

    Jun 12, 2010, 8:04 PM EDT

    Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was lifted from Friday’s rain-shortened game against the Blue Jays with a groin strain and is not in the starting lineup Saturday.  According to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post, he could be out all weekend. Tulo’s groin injury is not thought to be overly serious, but the Rox are taking…

  6. Diamondbacks activate Miguel Montero from DL

    Jun 12, 2010, 6:21 PM EDT

    The Diamondbacks have activated catcher Miguel Montero from the 15-day disabled list, according to a team press release. Montero was 6-for-12 (.500) with three RBI before going on the disabled list with a partial meniscus tear in his right knee on April 11. He underwent surgery to repair the tear on April 14. The 26-year-old…

  7. Daniel Nava hits grand slam in first major league at-bat

    Jun 12, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Nava came up with the bases loaded again in the third inning, however he struck out. Too good to be true. 5:00 PM: If you aren’t watching this afternoon’s Phillies-Red Sox game, you just missed something pretty special. Daniel Nava, who was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, connected for a grand slam…

  8. Dice-K scratched from Saturday start; placed on disabled list

    Jun 12, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    Not only was Daisuke Matsuzaka a late scratch from his scheduled start against the Phillies on Saturday afternoon, he was also placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal. Dice-K informed the team of discomfort in his forearm while warming up before the game,…

  9. Rangers place Rich Harden on the disabled list

    Jun 12, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Rich Harden has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left gluteus muscle, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. It’s a bit ironic, since the 28-year-old right-hander has been a real pain in the tuchus for Rangers fans all season. Harden, who was signed to a one-year, $6.5 million…

  10. REPORT: Twins coaches pushing hard for Mike Lowell

    Jun 12, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of reported on Friday that the Red Sox were talking trade with the Twins and Rangers about Mike Lowell. The Angels, who are currently in search of a bat with the injury to Kendry Morales, were said to be “hovering” in the conversation. Just a short while ago, Rosenthal elaborated on the…

  11. Ozzy Osbourne leads crowd to record for longest, loudest scream

    Jun 12, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    Ozzy Osbourne made an appearance at Dodger Stadium before the fifth inning of Friday night’s Angels-Dodgers game, leading the Chavez Ravine crowd to a new Guinness Book World Record for the “longest and loudest scream.” Go ahead and watch the stunt on The whole situation could best be described as awkward — and let’s…

  12. Chris Coghlan is back to being a hitting machine

    Jun 12, 2010, 12:54 PM EDT

    Chris Coghlan was 4-for-4 with two walks, two doubles, an RBI single and four runs scored in a 14-9 win over the Rays on Friday night. Last year’s National League Rookie of the Year scuffled to a .227/.276/.292 triple-slash through April and May, but he is 20-for-38 (.526) through the first nine games this month.…

  13. Roy Oswalt talks a bunch, says nothing

    Jun 12, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Before Friday’s opener against the Yankees, Roy Oswalt dodged the obvious questions about a potential trade to the Bronx (via Brian McTaggart of “From the very beginning, I’ve said I want to go to an organization that wants to win, and the Yankees surely want to win,” Oswalt said. “I’m going to let the…

  14. Huston Street may not return this weekend

    Jun 12, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    Huston Street suffered a bit of a setback in a minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday night. Aside from allowing three runs on four hits over two-thirds of an inning, Street was throwing with decreased velocity, according to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post. Street, whose return was already delayed by…

  15. The Yankees are "furious" with A-Rod, obviously

    Jun 12, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    A source tells Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that some Yankees officials were “furious” with Alex Rodriguez for failing to tell manager Joe Girardi that his groin tightened up after batting practice on Thursday. Rodriguez ended up being pulled from the game in the second inning, leaving the light-hitting Ramiro Pena in…

  16. Ubaldo Jimenez moves to 12-1 in Friday's washout

    Jun 12, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez tossed his “worst” start of the season in a rain-shortened affair against the Blue Jays on Friday night, allowing a season-high three runs while walking five over six innings. Still, it was just enough to push Jimenez to his major-league best 12th victory of the season, as the Rockies won the game 5-3.…

  17. Royals to host 2012 All-Star Game, then what?

    Jun 12, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    According to Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star, Bud Selig will appear in Kansas City on Wednesday to officially award the 2012 All-Star Game to the Royals and Kauffman Stadium. This will be the first All-Star Game in Kansas City since the stadium’s inaugural season in 1973. Let’s hope that by 2012, the Royals…

  18. UPDATE: A-Rod out until at least Tuesday

    Jun 11, 2010, 11:15 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday that Alex Rodriguez, who is currently sidelined with hip flexor tendinitis, will not return to the starting lineup until at least Tuesday, according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse. Cashman left open the possibility that Rodriguez could miss even more time, but said that the team does…

  19. Fans at Wrigley Field boo BP trophy

    Jun 11, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

    We’ve seen some pretty unfortunate sponsorships and naming rights in the recent past. Who can forget that Minute Maid Park was once known as Enron Field? More recently, the Mets took quite a bit of heat when rolling out Citi Field. But BP may have picked the worst year possible to be the title sponsor…

  20. Jerry Manuel might be jumping the gun on Carlos Beltran's return

    Jun 11, 2010, 7:36 PM EDT

    Craig already told us that Carlos Beltran played the outfield and homered in an extended spring training game this afternoon. Well, Mets manager Jerry Manuel was so encouraged by the news that he suggested that Beltran could return as a designated hitter during interleague play. (via Adam Rubin of “I think if this trip…

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