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  1. Don't look now, but the Royals are winning with Ned Yost

    Jul 8, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Last night the Royals staged a late-inning rally to complete a three-game sweep of the Mariners, giving them 10 wins in the past 13 games and a 27-23 mark in 50 games since Ned Yost replaced Trey Hillman as manager. Kansas City is still just 39-46 overall, which is merely the 21st-best record in baseball,…

  2. The fan who fell at the Rangers game is doing OK

    Jul 8, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    The fan who fell from the upper deck at Tuesday’s Rangers-Indians game is alert, joking and generally doing OK, reports the Dallas Morning News. Tyler Morris — a 25 year-old firefighter — suffered a fractured skull and a sprained ankle, but he was conscious when the squad got to him and is doing about as…

  3. The Pirates say Octavio Dotel is not on the trading block. Don't believe them.

    Jul 8, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Pirates president Frank Coonelly said yesterday that Octavio Dotel “is not on the trading block,” denying multiple reports to the contrary. This is the same Frank Coonelly who repeatedly denied my report that Dotel had been given a ~$3 million offer over the winter, only to have it revealed later that, yeah, he had been…

  4. After 5 months and 325 tweets Ozzie Guillen is sick of Twitter

    Jul 8, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen joined Twitter in late February and has posted an average of two updates per day since then, quickly accumulating 67,000 followers and earning “Quote of the Day” status here at Hardball Talk several times. And now he’s sick of it. I’m tired of Twitter. It’s boring. I don’t have time for that. My…

  5. Now the Texas Attorney General objects to the Rangers bankruptcy

    Jul 8, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

    I imagine there have been worse “prepackaged” bankruptcies in the history of Anglo-American jurisprudence, but there hasn’t been one that got as much press as the Rangers’ has. The latest: The Texas Attorney General urged the bankruptcy court yesterday to reject the team’s current reorganization plan.  Add this to the fact that the bankruptcy trustee…

  6. Mike Stanton has great aim

    Jul 8, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    Mike Stanton hit a big three-run homer in last night’s Marlins-Dodgers game.  Check it out here and see if you notice anything interesting about it.  I’ll wait. See that? I didn’t at first, but Dave Brown over at Big League Stew brought it to my attention: the ball lands right in the catcher’s mitt laying…

  7. Yeah, Cano was ordered out of the home run derby

    Jul 8, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

    I suspected as much yesterday, but it’s being widely reported now that Robbie Cano was ordered out of the Home Run Derby by Yankees brass. Which is fine.  If I was Brian Cashman I don’t think I’d want Cano risking injury and risking some mechanical disruption as a result of swinging for the fences all…

  8. The Cards blow another one

    Jul 8, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

    I wish I didn’t know so many cool Cardinals fans, because it would be nice to gloat about Tony “master of the bullpen” La Russa having to suffer through bullpen implosions on consecutive nights. But I do know a lot of cool Cardinals fans, and that takes all the damn fun out of it. Last…

  9. They were smacking the ball out of the yard yesterday

    Jul 8, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    There were 42 total homers hit on Tuesday, which was a season high.  Yesterday sluggers topped that, smacking 47.  Adam Dunn led the charge with three, but Matt Holliday, Buster Posey, Casey Kotchman (?!) and Martin Prado all had two-homer nights. Maybe it was the heat. Maybe it was too many bad pitchers aligning in…

  10. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 8, 2010, 6:09 AM EDT

    We have the beginnings of an HBT Extra reverse curse. If I slam you — or if Tiffany interviews you — your game is bound to improve.

  11. Report: Rangers, Mariners engaged in Cliff Lee talks

    Jul 8, 2010, 12:20 AM EDT

    Industry sources told MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan that trade talks between the Rangers and Mariners regarding left-hander Cliff Lee “appear to be heating up.” Sullivan, however, goes right on to say that nothing is imminent. The Rangers are in a difficult position when it comes to making trades. With bankruptcy proceedings ongoing and ownership still up…

  12. Jose Guillen diagnosed with Grade 1 left quad strain

    Jul 7, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    Royals outfielder-designated hitter Jose Guillen left Tuesday night’s game against the Mariners with what appeared to be a left leg injury.  On Wednesday he got an official diagnosis. According to the Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton, Guillen has a Grade 1 strain of his left quadriceps muscle and could be out for the next several…

  13. Jason Heyward will take batting practice this weekend

    Jul 7, 2010, 8:43 PM EDT

    Braves general manager Frank Wren told Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday that outfielder Jason Heyward is making progress in his rehab from a deep thumb bruise and will begin taking batting practice this weekend. “It’s going well,” Wren said, “he feels good and that’s a good sign.” The rookie phenom was placed…

  14. Red Sox groom RHP Michael Bowden for relief role

    Jul 7, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    With little relief available on the trade market at the moment, the Red Sox have decided to look within the organization for setup help. Long-time pitching prospect Michael Bowden was shifted from the rotation to the pen this week, with an eye towards a promotion to the majors after the All-Star break. It certainly wasn’t…

  15. Todd Helton lands on DL with stiff back, pulled hamstring

    Jul 7, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who is sitting on two homers and 16 RBI halfway through the season, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with back and hamstring issues prior to Wednesday’s game. The Rockies called up quad-A slugger Brad Eldred to replace him on the roster and included him in the lineup for…

  16. 16-year-old Adonis Cardona gets record bonus from Blue Jays

    Jul 7, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Baseball America reports that the Blue Jays have signed 16-year-old right-hander Adonis Cardona for $2.8 million, a record bonus for an amateur out of Venezuela. BA had Cardona rated as the No. 3 prospect available out of Latin America this summer. The 6-foot-4 Cardona tops out at 93 mph now and should add velocity as…

  17. The Mariners are asking a ton for Cliff Lee

    Jul 7, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Dear lord, we are way, way short on our daily Cliff Lee post quota!  How will baseball ever compete with the NBA hype at this rate?  Let’s fix that with one last Cliff Lee tidbit of the day. Rosenthal and Morosi are saying that the Mariners are seeking “a mammoth return” for Cliff Lee.  This…

  18. Jordan Zimmermann takes first step on long road back from Tommy John surgery

    Jul 7, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Pitching for the first time since Tommy John surgery about 11 months ago, Jordan Zimmermann tossed two scoreless innings in a rehab start at Single-A. His fastball was reportedly clocked in the mid-90s and Zimmermann was very pleased with the outing: It feels great. I mean, I’ve been waiting for 10 months now. No pain,…

  19. The Diamondbacks may not go crazy at the deadline

    Jul 7, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    That’s Ken Rosenthal’s assessment, and it’s not a bad one.  His thinking: (a) interim GM Jerry Dipoto can’t be expected to have been handed the reins to do a full-blown fire sale mere weeks after taking over for Josh Byrnes; and (b) the Diamondbacks really don’t have a need to slash payroll given that Brandon…

  20. Jake Peavy may be out for the season with detached shoulder muscle

    Jul 7, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    After leaving last night’s start in the second inning with a shoulder/back injury Jake Peavy has been diagnosed with a “detached latissimus dorsi muscle.” There’s no word yet from the White Sox on his expected recovery timetable, but Peavy has been placed on the disabled list and Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune writes that…

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