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  1. Ozzie Guillen says Strasburg may be the best pitcher in the NL

    Jun 19, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen heaped some heavy praise on Stephen Strasburg after the rookie sensation struck out 10 over seven innings of one-run ball on Friday night (via Elliott Smith of the Daily Herald). “When you’ve got that kind of arm and you throw pitches for strikes, obviously you’re going to be a top…

  2. Edinson Volquez could return before the All-Star break

    Jun 19, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Edinson Volquez is ahead of schedule. In fact, Reds manager Dusty Baker told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he is tentatively penciled in to face the Mets on July 7. “That’s what I’ve got on my (schedule), barring setbacks,” Dusty Baker said. “We want to make sure he’s ready when he gets here.”…

  3. Knee? What knee? Chase Utley is just fine

    Jun 19, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    Before Friday’s game against the Twins, Chase Utley addressed comments by first base coach Davey Lopes that he is currently dealing with a knee injury (via Todd Zolecki of “I think there’s a little confusion and maybe a little bit of a difference of opinion with what Davey said,” Utley said before the game.…

  4. Mike Stanton's first major league home run is a grand slam

    Jun 19, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    It took 32 at-bats, but Mike Stanton collected his first major league home run in grand style against the Rays on Friday night, hitting a first-inning grand slam off Matt Garza. According to the Associated Press, Stanton actually hit the home run with Dan Uggla’s bat, and as you see with the picture to the…

  5. Nolan Ryan says the Rangers are interested in Roy Oswalt

    Jun 19, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

    Oh, how the worm has turned. Rangers president Nolan Ryan told T.R. Sullivan of on Friday that the team does in fact have interest in acquiring Roy Oswalt from the Astros. “You know, we definitely are looking to improve our ballclub, and when you have an opportunity, or might have an opportunity, to acquire…

  6. Stephen Strasburg strikes out 10 in no-decision

    Jun 18, 2010, 10:58 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg completed his third major league start earlier tonight, allowing just one run over seven innings while striking out 10 as part of a no-decision against the White Sox. With President Obama — a White Sox fan — in attendance, the Nationals eventually lost the game 2-1 in 11 innings. With the 10 strikeouts,…

  7. Manny Ramirez's return gets upstaged by Roger Clemens

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:24 PM EDT

    Dodgers manager Joe Torre already took a little bit of the fun out of Manny Ramirez’s return to Boston by announcing on Thursday that he would be the designated hitter during the series. And after all the hype and anticipation, Ramirez received what could best be described as a mixed reaction from the Boston crowd…

  8. Jordan Zimmermann is on the comeback trail

    Jun 18, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    Jordan Zimmermann, who underwent Tommy John surgery last August, threw 35 pitches in a two-inning simulated game at Nationals Park on Friday, according to Byron Kerr of “I have been throwing 100 percent for a while now. I haven’t had a setback, knock on wood. Everything is going perfectly.” Willie Harris was one of…

  9. An overlooked young stud: San Diego's Mat Latos

    Jun 18, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    It didn’t and shouldn’t have made headlines, but when Ubaldo Jimenez gave up eight hits and two walks over eight innings in his win over the Twins on Thursday, it took his formerly major league-best 0.98 WHIP up to 1.00. The new leader is none other than 22-year-old Mat Latos. While Jimenez, Stephen Strasburg and…

  10. Troy Tulowitzki out 6-8 weeks with broken wrist

    Jun 18, 2010, 6:52 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki, originally considered day-to-day after being hit on the wrist by a pitch Thursday, was found to have a break upon being reexamined Friday and will miss 6-8 weeks. It’s a harsh blow for the Rockies’ hopes. Already a disappointing 34-32 and behind three other teams in the NL West, they’ll have to go…

  11. Comment of the Day: Don't hate on "Field of Dreams!"

    Jun 18, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Earlier today I slammed Field of Dreams as a “New Age mess.”  Reader DG1965 — who is either an Astromech Droid or a 45 year-old person with the initials “DG” — took issue with that characterization: Your take down of Field of Dreams is ridiculous. Or else you were the only male in the theater…

  12. Chase Utley doesn't think he's injured

    Jun 18, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Yesterday we had scouts and execs saying that Chase Utley is injured, and earlier today one of his own coaches said he had a knee injury.  Chase Utley isn’t having any of that, though.  Utley just told Todd Zolecki “In my opinion there’s no injury whatsoever.” So I guess that means that either Utley isn’t…

  13. The Braves are winning. And it's not because of "grit"

    Jun 18, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    Some folks would have you believe that the Braves are winning because they get their pants dirty. Please ignore this.

  14. The Red Sox designate Boof Bonser for assignment

    Jun 18, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    The Red Sox designated pitcher Boof Bonser for assignment. Shocker, there. Bonser has spent most of the season on the DL, and the two occasions he has pitched he has been shelled, allowing four runs in two innings. Bonser was a failed starter who had some promise when he was moved to the pen in…

  15. News Flash: team performs worse against good teams than bad ones

    Jun 18, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    I noticed this kicking around the Twitterverse last night and this morning, but the meme developed fully this afternoon: Oh noes! The Yankees don’t play well against good teams! That’s the refrain from the New York Times today, which notes: The Yankees’ struggles against better teams have received little attention, and it is no wonder…

  16. Angels turning to Mike Napoli as Kendry Morales' replacement

    Jun 18, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Speculation will continue to swirl about the Angels being in the market for a veteran first baseman thanks to Kendry Morales’ broken ankle, but for now Mike Scioscia is giving career-long catcher Mike Napoli a shot to grab hold of the position: Mike’s going to get a lot of looks at first. We have some…

  17. Not all baseball movies are "Bull Durham"

    Jun 18, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Baseball movies are difficult beasts because baseball, by its very nature, doesn’t lend itself well to the Hollywood forumla. Rarely is there “one big game” and no amount of training montages can really convincingly turn someone into a champ. The drama of the game is just a bit too nuanced for the rah-rah, ya know?…

  18. Angels optimistic Erick Aybar will avoid the disabled list

    Jun 18, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Erick Aybar “did agility drills and rode an exercise bike for about 20 minutes” today and “the Angels are confident the shortstop won’t need to go on the disabled list.” Aybar appeared to have suffered a major leg injury when Casey McGehee slid into him while…

  19. The Yankees sign first round pick Cito Culver

    Jun 18, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    The Yankees agreed to terms with their first round pick and would-be-shortstop-of-the-future Cito Culver. He’ll receive a signing bonus of $940,000, which is reportedly the Bud Selig-recommended slot. Why are the Yankees suddenly paying slot?  A couple of reasons. The main one is that the 17-year-old Culver wasn’t projected as a first-round pick by many…

  20. R.A. Dickey and his knuckler making Mets history at age 35

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey went 1-1 with a 4.62 ERA in 64 innings as a long reliever and mop-up man for Minnesota last season, giving the 35-year-old knuckleballer a 5.22 ERA in 481 career innings. Let go by the Twins after previously being cut loose by the Rangers and Mariners, he signed a minor-league contract with the…

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