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  1. Manny Ramirez set to return from the disabled list tonight

    Jul 15, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Out since late last month with a strained hamstring, Manny Ramirez is expected to return from the disabled list tonight against the Cardinals despite going 0-for-9 with five strikeouts during a brief rehab assignment at Single-A. In his article about Ramirez’s impending return MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick writes that “he’s become more of a singles hitter…

  2. Dan Duquette says there's going to be more Clemens PED info soon

    Jul 15, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Former Red Sox GM Dan Duquette was on The Pulse Network yesterday and the subject of Roger Clemens came up.  And when Clemens comes up, so too does PEDs. Duquette had this to say: “I’ll just say this…let’s let it play out a little bit more, I think there is more information and evidence that…

  3. Armando Galarraga and Jim Joyce, together again at ESPYs

    Jul 15, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Armando Galarraga and umpire Jim Joyce teamed up again last night, going on stage together at the ESPYs to present the award for “Best Moment.” Joyce did most of the talking, saying: Every umpire strives for the same thing, not to be noticed. So much for that. But it’s good to be here and good…

  4. Thank you for your interest, but the Yankees are not for sale

    Jul 15, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    There’s a story over at The Daily Beast that tells the often-told tale about how the Dolan family (i.e. owners of Cablevision and the Knicks) want to buy the Yankees.  The reason to re-hash it this time, obviously, is George Steinbrenner’s death. From the article: Now speculation is beginning to mount among sources close to…

  5. Does PED use constitute fraud?

    Jul 15, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Players who used steroids cheated and broke the law. But did they commit fraud too?

  6. Angels stick with Scott Kazmir despite MLB-worst 6.92 ERA

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Scott Kazmir has the highest ERA in baseball among pitchers with at least 50 innings this season, allowing 71 earned runs in 92 frames for a ghastly 6.92 mark. In his final start of the first half Saturday he allowed a franchise-record 13 runs in five innings against an Oakland lineup that ranks among the…

  7. Quote of the Day: Buster Olney on the All-Star Game

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    If the All-Star Game is supposed to count for something — like homefield advantage in the postseason — then the managers should manage the game in that vein . . . The culture of the event has shifted to the point where we are now at the every-Little Leaguer-gets-a-trophy stage, which is unnecessary. – Buster…

  8. The judge warns Frank and Jamie McCourt: shape up or I'll order the Dodgers sold

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Right after I got done reading that giant McCourts article posted below, I read Bill Shaikin’s article in the Los Angeles Times which reports the judge in the McCourts’ divorce case saying — contrary to what Frank McCourt has been insisting for months — that the Dodgers may have to go on the block: “The…

  9. Everything you ever wanted to know about the McCourt divorce but were afraid to ask

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Molly Knight of ESPN the Magazine has a long but very interesting and very comprehensive article up about Frank and Jamie McCourt, their ownership of the Dodgers, their divorce and what it’s done and continues to do to the team.  It’s must-read material for Dodgers fans or anyone who is interested in the politics of…

  10. When I was a boy everyone was a Hall of Famer!

    Jul 15, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    I’m thinking I need to come up with some award to bestow on columnists who play the “when I was a kid things were much better” card.  Maybe it should be the Golden Age Award or the Nostalgia Award or something, but whatever we call it, it should be given to those writers who use…

  11. What ever will the Red Sox do without Adrian Gonzalez

    Jul 15, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Headline of Rob Bradford’s latest column at WEEI: “What becomes of the Red Sox without Adrian Gonzalez.” Only Red Sox Nation worries about what will happen if they lose the player they never had in the first place. And they wonder why the rest of the baseball world hates them. Headline and opening Adrian Gonzalez-coveting…

  12. And That Happened: Classic

    Jul 15, 2010, 5:30 AM EDT

    One last morning without box scores gives us one more excuse to hop into the way-back machine. This time to 1956.

  13. Jake Peavy undergoes season-ending lat surgery

    Jul 14, 2010, 9:42 PM EDT

    Another bit of news from Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse on a slow night in the baseball world. White Sox starter Jake Peavy underwent surgery on Wednesday in Chicago to repair a detached latissimus dorsi muscle.  The procedure is already being called a success and the Sox are hopeful that he will work his way…

  14. Dodgers place George Sherrill on outright waivers

    Jul 14, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    As first reported by Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, the Dodgers have placed left-handed reliever George Sherrill on outright waivers. The 29 other teams in Major League Baseball have until Friday to claim him, but it’s highly doubtful that any club will step forward. Sherrill, 33, posted a depressing 7.32 ERA and 2.24 WHIP in…

  15. Yunel Escobar-Alex Gonzalez swap a definite win for Toronto

    Jul 14, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Yunel Escobar for Alex Gonzalez certainly isn’t a deal anyone saw coming a year or two ago. Sure, the Braves had always had something of a love-hate relationship with their Cuban shortstop, but they had no shortage of opportunities to move him for promising players. To trade him now for an older, less-rangy shortstop having…

  16. The Union hates having the All-Star Game decide World Series home field advantage

    Jul 14, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    I missed this yesterday, but MLBPA chief Michael Weiner said that there is “strong sentiment” among the union that using the All-Star Game to determine home field advantage for the World Series is a dumb idea. The players think that home field should be determined by regular-season record: Weiner said Tuesday that he expected to…

  17. All-Star game gets worst television ratings of all time

    Jul 14, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Last night’s All-Star game was the lowest-rated in television history, with just 7.5 percent of the country tuning in to see the National League’s first win since way back in 1996. That represents a drop of 16 percent compared to last year’s game and is worse than the previous low of 8.1 percent from 2005.…

  18. Derrek Lee is warming up to the idea of being traded

    Jul 14, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Most of the civilized baseball world is traveling home from Anaheim today, so there aren’t a ton of leaks and whispers out there.  As a result, those truly determined to get a news nugget are beating the bushes hard.  Take this latest one from Rosenthal and Morosi: Derrek Lee has remained noncommittal on the issue…

  19. John Sickels projects Rick 'Wild Thing' Vaughn's career stats

    Jul 14, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    I find stuff like this endlessly amusing. After no doubt watching Major League for the umpteenth time, prospect guru John Sickels decided to take a stab at projecting Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn’s career numbers, including transactions and injuries and all sorts of stats. Someone really needs to do this for every character in every baseball…

  20. Groan-inducing quote of the day: Jon Heyman on the Escobar trade

    Jul 14, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Gotta love a gratuitous swipe at the sabermetic community and a bad pun all in one!

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