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  1. Columnist: R.A. Dickey deserves All-Star nod over Strasburg

    Jul 3, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    Baseball is my life, but working on 4th of July weekend can be a bit of a drag. It’s true. I’d much rather be eating a hot dog while jumping through the sprinkler in the front yard or something. Thankfully, columnists like Rob Parker of ESPNNewYork.com are always around to cheer me up. Seriously, this…

  2. Manny Ramirez to be placed on DL with hamstring injury

    Jul 3, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Looks like Manny gets to start his vacation early. Three sources told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that Manny Ramirez will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. The Dodgers will call up Xavier Paul from Triple-A Albuquerque in a corresponding roster move. Ramirez hasn’t played since suffering…

  3. Jordan Zimmermann set for first rehab start Saturday

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:04 PM EDT

    Every Nationals fan will have their eyes glued to Stephen Strasburg’s start against the Mets on Saturday afternoon, but they’ll also be interested to hear how Jordan Zimmermann fares in his first major league rehab start with Single-A Potomac. Zimmermann is currently working his way back from Tommy John surgery last August. Nationals general manager…

  4. Yep, the Phillies are interested in Cliff Lee

    Jul 2, 2010, 8:12 PM EDT

    Pretty much backing up Jon Heyman’s report from earlier this afternoon, major league sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that the Phillies are interested in re-acquiring Cliff Lee. The Phillies obviously have other needs to fill after the loss of Chase Utley and lingering concerns about Placido Polanco’s elbow — and they have shown interest…

  5. Report: Nationals sign Orlando Hernandez to minor league deal

    Jul 2, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    The Nationals have signed Orlando Hernandez to a minor league contract, two club sources told Nats Insider’s Mark Zuckerman. El Duque last pitched in the majors with the Mets in 2007, going 9-5 with a 3.72 ERA in 24 starts and three relief appearances. He missed the 2008 season with a foot problem that required…

  6. Ryan Dempster moves into major league lead in pitches thrown

    Jul 2, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    That final pitch Ryan Dempster threw Friday — a ball four to Bronson Arroyo with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh — moved him into the major league lead for pitches thrown this season. The top 11 is below. Everyone on the list has made exactly 17 starts: 1. Ryan Dempster –…

  7. Dallas Braden is going to get scratched again

    Jul 2, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Athletics’ Assassin (not sure I like that, but bear with me, I’m trying new things) Susan Slusser reports that Dallas Braden is likely to be scratched from tomorrow’s scheduled start against the Indians.  In his place will be Clay Mortenson, who will be called up from Sacramento.  Slusser says the A’s may wait to announce…

  8. Heyman: 12-15 teams could be in on the Lee sweepstakes

    Jul 2, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman talks to a GM who remains nameless who says that before it’s all said and done some 12-15 teams will show at least some amount of interest in Cliff Lee. Among the usual suspects — Mets, Rangers, Twins — Heyman says that the Rays and the Phillies are showing interest too. I guess…

  9. The Braves aren't interested in Royals' outfielders

    Jul 2, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi just tweeted that the Braves — who could really use an outfielder or two — aren’t currently bidding on either of the ones Kansas City is shopping in Jose Guillen and David DeJesus. As a Braves fan I give this bit of information a 50% approval rating.

  10. Printing money? Maybe the Yankees should print relief pitchers

    Jul 2, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    A rather depressing day in the Bronx, at least for those who root for the Yankees.  It’s not yet over as I type this, but a nicely wasted effort on the parts of the Yankees is close to completion. The wasted part: A.J. Burnett actually pitched well for the first time in a long time.…

  11. Ryan Dempster is not having his best day

    Jul 2, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    I think a lot of the baseball world has gotten a  jump start on their holiday weekend so there isn’t much news a-happenin’.  There are a couple of games going down, however, one of which — Reds at Cubs — I have on while I’m working. Fun development a few minutes ago: Ryan Dempster walked…

  12. The Marlins are interested in Octavio Dotel

    Jul 2, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh isn’t going anywhere and they have a $3.25 million closer who is pitching pretty well. You don’t have to be Kreskin or Josh Beckett’s girlfriend to figure out how this is gonna turn out.  He’s gone, sooner rather than later. The latest rumor is that the Marlins are interested. Florida isn’t as bad off…

  13. The Yankees basically print money

    Jul 2, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    This is not a surprise because we all know the Yankees are a friggin’ cash cow, but just saying that is one thing. Seeing the real numbers is a different deal altogether. Get this report from CNBC’s Darren Rovell: A revised bond rating issued by Standard & Poor’s today provides an in-depth look at the…

  14. Shaun Marcum's surgically repaired elbow is inflamed

    Jul 2, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum has exceeded expectations in his return from Tommy John surgery, going 7-4 with a 3.44 ERA and 88/27 K/BB ratio in 107 innings after missing all of last season, but unfortunately the Blue Jays placed him on the disabled list today with more elbow problems. The good news is that general manager Alex…

  15. Minor leaguers have a hard time keeping weight on

    Jul 2, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Rob Neyer has noted on several occasions that baseball is penny wise and pound foolish, usually as it relates to paying and generally looking after minor leaguers.  A big part of that is nutrition, which we hear about once a year or so when minor league meal allowances are reported.  It’s not much money and…

  16. The Amazing Kreskin thinks he can fix the Pirates

    Jul 2, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Little known fact: The Amazing Kreskin was the only guy who knew about Russell and Huntington’s contract extensions last winter! He also wants a job with the Pirates: The hapless Pittsburgh Pirates have sunk so low in the standings that The Amazing Kreskin is offering his services to bail them out — for an undisclosed…

  17. A's sign 16-year-old Venezuelan prospect for $2.2 million

    Jul 2, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Today is the start of the international signing period, where teams throw millions of dollars at teenagers from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and various other locales. Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that the A’s have made the first big splash, signing 16-year-old Venezuelan third baseman Renato Nunez for $2.2 million. According to Badler “several…

  18. Tony La Russa hates the Home Run Derby

    Jul 2, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Tony La Russa is happy that his star slugger has decided to skip this year’s Home Run Derby and minces no words when it comes to criticizing the event itself: “I’m just irritated by how much attention the (Derby) gets. It’s like a big show, and the game is an afterthought, which is totally ESPN.”…

  19. Reds prospect Travis Wood impresses in debut versus Cubs

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Travis Wood has boosted his prospect stock dramatically by posting great numbers in the minors since coming back from shoulder problems in 2008 and turned in an impressive debut yesterday against the Cubs, taking a shutout into the eighth inning. He exited with two runners on base and they both scored off reliever Nick Masset,…

  20. Matt Kemp was benched over an argument with a coach

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Joe Torre failed to start Matt Kemp for three straight games this week, and when he was asked about it he was kind of coy. The impression given was that he was giving Kemp some time off in order for him to regroup and find a way out of his season-long slump. Dylan Hernandez reports,…

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