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  1. Lew Wolff wants baseball to speed up its decision on the A's

    Jun 18, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    There’s no reason in the world why it takes 15 months to figure out that (a) the Athletics aren’t viable in Oakland Coliseum; and (b) they probably need to move to San Jose, but baseball has been studying the matter that long and there is still no indication that it’s going to issue a report…

  2. Stephen Strasburg is faking the umps out

    Jun 18, 2010, 10:53 AM EDT

    Interesting story over at the Wall Street Journal:  it seems Stephen Strasburg’s pitches have so much movement on them that they’re frequently deking umpires into calling pitches balls that really are strikes. There are lots of neat quotes from the umps and examples of previous pitchers who had this problem such as a young Dwight…

  3. The Cubs are trying to peddle Fukudome to the Red Sox

    Jun 18, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    Missed this when it came around, but Sean McAdam reported late Wednesday night that the Cubs recently approached the Red Sox to “gauge their interest” in Kosuke Fukudome.  The Red Sox have some holes in the outfield and Fukudome is versatile, but they passed all the same. Which makes sense given that Fukudome is owed…

  4. The Rangers have asked about Cliff Lee and, oh yeah, Roy Oswalt

    Jun 18, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Well, whaddaya know? The Rangers have been inquiring about big name pitchers after all.

  5. White Sox ditch Jayson Nix, call up Dayan Viciedo

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    They initially turned to Jayson Nix and Omar Vizquel at third base following Mark Teahen’s broken finger, but the White Sox designated Nix for assignment yesterday and called up Dayan Viciedo from Triple-A. His stock has declined since signing out of Cuba for $10 million, but Viciedo hit .288/.328/.515 with 13 homers and 14 doubles…

  6. Jerry Seinfeld, Keith Hernandez to be reunited next week

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    That must’ve been one magic loogie.

  7. Why don't teams give physicals to the players for whom they trade?

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    You’d have a mechanic look at a used car, so why wouldn’t you have your doctors look at a used player?

  8. Marlins send Cameron Maybin back to Triple-A

    Jun 18, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Mike Stanton’s arrival pushed Cameron Maybin to the bench and after not playing him for a single inning in 10 days the Marlins finally demoted him to Triple-A, where he can at least play regularly again. Maybin has been a big disappointment, hitting .246/.311/.376 with an ugly 136/37 K/BB ratio and just 16 steals in…

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

    Jun 18, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    How does a first baseman get a putout when he never touched the ball? What’s the secret to handcuffing the Yankees? Can I shoehorn in a cocaine joke for no apparent reason? Click through to find out!

  10. Hafner won't play the field on nine-game NL road trip

    Jun 17, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner hasn’t played first base since 2007 and that’s not likely to change anytime soon.  According to John Barone of MLB.com, the one they call “Pronk” will be limited to pinch-hitting duties during the Tribe’s upcoming nine-game interleague road trip. The expedition through National League ballparks begins Friday, when the Indians…

  11. Chipper won't talk retirement plans until the offseason

    Jun 17, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

    In unsurprising fashion Thursday, Braves veteran Chipper Jones told a group of Atlanta-based reporters, including MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, that he is hoping to postpone retirement talks until after the 2010 season. Chipper spoke many times last year about possibly cutting his career short and again sparked the discussion earlier this week.  Through 175 at-bats this…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

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