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  1. Phillies not yet ready to return J.A. Happ to the rotation

    Jul 5, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    J.A. Happ’s rehab assignment is over after six outings in the minors, yet the Phillies aren’t ready to put him back into their rotation and may option him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Happ made just two starts in April before going down with left forearm soreness. He’s pitched 24…

  2. Maybe we need to lay off the Omar Infante All-Star selection

    Jul 5, 2010, 6:14 PM EDT

    Jayson Stark tweets that both of the All-Star managers were told by Major League Baseball that they needed to pick a “multi-position” player in order to take advantage of the new rule allowing managers to return one player to the game after he comes out. It was for that reason, Stark says, Charlie Manuel chose…

  3. Does a three-homer game mean Drew Stubbs is destined for stardom?

    Jul 5, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    With the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field yesterday afternoon Cubs pitchers served up seven homers in a 14-3 blowout loss to the Reds, including three long balls to center fielder Drew Stubbs. “I’ve never done it at any level, little league, high school, or college,” Stubbs told Mark Sheldon of afterward. “I think…

  4. An ugly game in Detroit as the Tigers beat the Orioles 12-9

    Jul 5, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    It’s approximately 165 degrees here in the Midwest today, so heading out to see a day game was already an iffy proposition for Tigers fans.  Those who used their day off work to do so were greeted with one of the uglier games of the past couple of weeks, as the Tigers and Orioles decided…

  5. Jim Thome is this generation's Harmon Killebrew

    Jul 5, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Jim Thome went deep twice Saturday to tie and then pass Harmon Killebrew for 10th place on the all-time home run list with 574 and as he got back into the dugout following the second blast the Twins played a pre-taped congratulatory video message from Killebrew on the Target Field jumbotron. It was a very…

  6. Giant-headed, be-mulleted Randy Johnson wins sausage race ripoff in Arizona

    Jul 5, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    It’s entirely possible that someone else thought of pitting four giant plush mascots against one another in between-inning footraces before the Brewers did it with their sausage guys, but Milwaukee has always done it the best.  And, inevitably, it has led to copycats.  Giant president heads race in Washington.  Hot dogs race in Cleveland.  Tools…

  7. Torii Hunter's career-year rolls on with 2 homers and 7 RBIs

    Jul 5, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Named to his fourth All-Star game as the Angels’ only representative yesterday afternoon, Torii Hunter homered twice and drove in seven runs last night in a blowout win that will probably keep the Royals from being on national television again until approximately 2050. It was the second time Hunter has had seven RBIs in a…

  8. Geoff Jenkins to retire as a Brewer. BFD.

    Jul 5, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    It’s being reported that Geoff Jenkins will announce his retirement this Friday. Jenkins will sign a one day contract in Milwaukee so he can retire as a Brewer. And thank God for that. Because it would be a travesty if history remembered Geoff Jenkins in the uniform of the, um . . . he played…

  9. The Tigers are interested in Stephen Drew

    Jul 5, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    We hear about Adam LaRoche, Kelly Johnson and Dan Haren being shopped by Arizona, but another valuable player on the sinking Diamondbacks ship is Stephen Drew.  And now Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tigers are interested in him. Drew, who is currently hitting .268/.336/.409, is under team control through 2012. The bat isn’t overwhelming this…

  10. 39th pick Anthony Ranaudo wants top-10 cash from Red Sox

    Jul 5, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    LSU junior Anthony Ranaudo entered this year as Baseball America‘s top-ranked college prospect, but the 6-foot-7 right-hander fell to the Red Sox with the 39th overall pick because of an elbow injury and major struggles once he returned. Boston’s financial advantage allows them to take draft-day gambles on high-upside prospects like Ranaudo when other teams…

  11. Yovani Gallardo won't pitch in the All-Star game due to injury

    Jul 5, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    Brewers manager Ken Macha announced today that Yovani Gallardo will not be available to pitch in the All-Star game after leaving Sunday’s start with a strained oblique. According to Macha the “best-case scenario” for Gallardo is “doing no baseball activities for at least 10 days” and “you can’t have a guy walk off the mound…

  12. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jul 5, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    No surprises at number one, but number two is new. And anyone who can guess who number 18 is without looking wins a year’s supply of Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat! Oh, crap, I gave it away, didn’t I?

  13. Joel Zumaya scheduled for elbow surgery next week

    Jul 5, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Joel Zumaya initially hoped to avoid surgery after gruesomely fracturing his elbow while throwing a pitch last week, but the Tigers announced today that he’ll go under the knife next Monday. Here’s the latest from trainer Kevin Rand: Joel’s going to undergo a procedure to have a screw put into his elbow to stabilize that…

  14. Are the Mets in serious financial trouble?

    Jul 5, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    The New York Post says so, but they may be overselling it.

  15. Will the Yankees wait for Nick Johnson to get healthy?

    Jul 5, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Nick Johnson has started to work his way back from mid-May wrist surgery, but Brian Costello of the New York Post reports that the oft-injured designated hitter “is still a few weeks away from playing in a game” at extended spring training. So far Johnson has simply begun hitting off a tee and given his…

  16. Olney: Buck Showalter is the "heavy, heavy" favorite for the O's job

    Jul 5, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    Buster Olney says that Buck Showalter is the “heavy, heavy” favorite to be the Orioles’ next manager and handicapped the race thusly: “Showalter 1:2, Eric Wedge 6:1, Rick Dempsey 50:1, others 100:1.” For his part, Heyman thinks Wedge is the favorite, though wouldn’t be surprised if Showalter got the gig. Olney used to cover the…

  17. Mike Stanton is struggling for Marlins, but Cameron Maybin is injured at Triple-A

    Jul 5, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Sent back to Triple-A last month following Mike Stanton’s arrival, Cameron Maybin took the demotion in stride by going 10-for-28 (.357) with five walks and two steals in his first eight games. Unfortunately he hasn’t played since last Thursday because of a left shoulder injury that landed Maybin on the Triple-A disabled list and has…

  18. Quote of the Day: All-Star snub edition

    Jul 5, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    When a guy says “and you can quote me on that” there’s about a 99% chance that he’s quote-of-the-day material.

  19. Former outfielder Brian Anderson begins pitching at age 28

    Jul 5, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    Brian Anderson was the White Sox’s first-round pick in 2003 and twice ranked among Baseball America‘s top 50 prospects, but proved to be a good-glove, no-hit outfielder during five seasons in the majors. Despite hitting just .227/.290/.370 in 883 plate appearances Anderson somehow talked the Royals into giving him a one-year, $700,000 contract this offseason,…

  20. The Cubs want to loan out Ted Lilly

    Jul 5, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Peter Gammons tweets that the Cubs are beginning to face reality (i.e. they’re going nowhere) and, as a result are thinking about trading Ted Lilly. They’d only think of it as loaning him to someone, however, as Gammons says Chicago would then try to sign him again once he hits the market after the season.…

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