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  1. The Boss gets a mural at Yankee Stadium

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    If I had to bet money, I would have bet that a 40’x13′ mural of George Steinbrenner put up a week after his death would have been a tad on the, I dunno, cult-of-personalityish side, maybe looking like some banner from a South American election rally or something.  It’s just so hard to have perspective…

  2. Quote of the Day: "HGH is baseball's Shirley Sherrod"

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Warning: mixing PED talk with politics can be hazardous to your comments section.

  3. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    Five shutouts around baseball last night, one of which may be one of the final nails in the coffin of Jerry Manuel’s managerial career.

  4. Phillies fire hitting coach Milt Thompson

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

    As first reported by Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, the Phillies dismissed hitting coach Milt Thompson on Thursday evening. As with most coaching fires in baseball, Thompson was more of a scapegoat than anything. The third-place Phillies have been hit by…

  5. In which two guys travel the country watching baseball and we get all jealous…

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:34 PM EDT

    Steve Gebhardt and John Tramutolo, two editors from Manhattan-based COED Magazine, set out on a wild trip around the baseball world this summer.  They’re hitting all 30 major league cities in 30 days, watching a game at every stadium and talking to locals about pregame bars and good ballpark eats.  Oh, and they’re blogging about…

  6. The latest on Oswalt

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

    There have been various updates and added wrinkles to the Roy Oswalt news since this morning. The highlights: Derrick Goold reports that the Cardinals are the Astros’ first choice. This squares with what I was hearing last night. Past of it is geographic (Oswalt owns a farm in Illinois and it isn’t terrible far from…

  7. Royals' DeJesus diagnosed with sprained right thumb

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:38 PM EDT

    Royals outfielder David DeJesus suffered a sprained right thumb on Thursday evening when he collided with the Yankee Stadium outfield wall while trying to chase down a Derek Jeter line drive.  That liner, because DeJesus could not reach it, turned into an inside-the-park home run for the Yankee captain.  DeJesus is considered “day-to-day” for now,…

  8. Jacoby Ellsbury finally cleared for batting practice

    Jul 22, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury has been sidelined for most of the 2010 season. On Wednesday in Florida, he finally took a major step toward returning to the Red Sox.

  9. Angels get Alberto Callaspo from Royals for two pitchers

    Jul 22, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

    From Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star comes word that the Angels have acquired third baseman Alberto Callaspo from the Royals for righty Sean O’Sullivan and minor league left-hander Will Smith…

  10. Jamie Moyer may be done for the year . . . and forever

    Jul 22, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    Very bad news in Jamie Moyer land: An MRI Thursday revealed a sprain of the ulnar collataral ligament and a strain of the pronator tendon.  I’m not sure what that means, but it sounds serious. Moyer is going on the DL.  It’s an injury that could put him out for the year.  And at age…

  11. Add the Yankees, Twins, Cardinals and Phillies to the Dan Haren watch

    Jul 22, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    There are varying degrees of interest here — from the previously reported “serious” interest in Haren from the Tigers — to the Twins, who are said to be “barely monitoring” Haren at the moment, but the upshot is that a lot more teams are falling into what can only be described as the Dan Haren…

  12. Ben Sheets probably isn't going anywhere

    Jul 22, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    The smart thinking is that the A’s signed Ben Sheets with the idea of flipping him for prospects in the fairly likely event that they failed to catch lightning in a bottle and challenged for the division. Those plans aren’t exactly working, however. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics are now thinking they’ll just hold…

  13. Brewers starters are first since 1937 to allow double-digit runs three times in four games

    Jul 22, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Last night Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf allowed a career-high 12 runs against the Pirates, which is doubly amazing because Pittsburgh has scored the fewest runs in the entire league this season. Also amazing is that Wolf is the third Brewers pitcher to allow double-digit runs in a start this week. Seriously. He allowed 12 runs…

  14. Minor leaguers to be tested for HGH. This is all PR, by the way

    Jul 22, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball announced a few moments ago that it will immediately begin testing for HGH in the minor leagues.  That sound you hear is a thousand writers and commentators preparing their “good for baseball for finally getting tough” column/blog post/TV talking head spot.  Don’t buy a bit of it. For starters, this is not…

  15. Astros reportedly reluctant to trade starter Brett Myers

    Jul 22, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    While the focus has understandably been on Roy Oswalt, his rotation-mate Brett Myers is another good starting pitcher likely to be targeted by contenders before the trade deadline. Last night he tossed seven innings of one-run ball against the Cubs, marking the 20th time in 20 starts this season that Myers has logged at least…

  16. Olney: the Tigers have "serious" interest in Dan Haren

    Jul 22, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    Rumors involving Dan Haren have been something of a tease these past few weeks. Little squeaks here and there about how the Diamondbacks would be willing to listen to offers, followed by multiple reports of just how much it would take to convince the Diamondbacks to actually trade him. But hey, we pass along all…

  17. Scott Podsednik wants to stay in Kansas City, where the local writers call him "a winner" no matter what

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Scott Podsednik said yesterday that he’d like to re-sign with the Royals “because we’re moving in the right direction” and “I like the challenge that’s presented here in terms of getting things turned around.” That’s admirable, I suppose, but a big part of the Royals actually “getting things turned around” will be ridding themselves of…

  18. The Yankees to add yet another uniform memorial

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    The Yankees are already wearing uniform patches for Bob Sheppard and George Steinbrenner. Now Eric Fisher of SBJ tweets that they’ll add black arm bands in memory of Ralph Houk. I would hope that everyone significant in the Yankees Universe would stay healthy regardless, but given how damn little real estate is left on the…

  19. The Reds and Dusty Baker will talk contract extension after the deadline

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    This was supposed to be a lame duck year for Dusty Baker — and it still technically is — but given how well the Reds have done this season it was inevitable that at some point the Reds and Dusty would have to talk about a contract extension.  That time will be early August, reports…

  20. After missing All-Star game, Yovani Gallardo returns from DL

    Jul 22, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Yovani Gallardo’s strained oblique muscle forced him to miss the All-Star game and two turns in the rotation, but the Brewers’ ace has been activated from the disabled list and will start tonight against the Pirates. Milwaukee sent Lorenzo Cain back to Triple-A to make room for Gallardo on the roster. Cain went 3-for-5 with…

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