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  1. Bobby Valentine rips the Marlins on ESPN

    Jul 1, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” yesterday, talking about the Marlins’ hiring process: “If this is a major-league process, I hope I’m never in the process again. It’s very disturbing, confusing and it was insulting at times, but it’s over.” The linked articles goes a bit more into the details of why he and the…

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

    Jul 1, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT

    There’s a Roger Miller reference in here someplace, but I link to Asleep at the Wheel’s version, because the video quality was higher.

  3. Cool simulation shows how Mariano Rivera is great

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:21 AM EDT

    We all know that Mariano Rivera is great, even at age 40. I mean, look at his line this season, it’s insane. We also know why he’s great. It’s that infernal cutter of his, which saws up more lumber than Weyerhaeuser. But I don’t think we’ve ever seen his greatness displayed in such a cool…

  4. Tony La Russa in favor of Arizona immigration law

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa says he is in favor of Arizona’s tough new immigration law, which would allow require police officers to stop anyone on the street and demand to see proof of citizenship if the officer has a reasonable doubt that the person is in the country illegally. Here’s what he…

  5. Rangers acquire Bengie Molina for Chris Ray and PTBNL

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:08 PM EDT

    The Rangers have completed a deal for veteran catcher Bengie Molina.

  6. UPDATE: Koby Clemens goes homerless vs. father

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Astros prospect Koby Clemens participated in the Texas League Home Run Derby on Wednesday night. His father, Roger, was dealing.

  7. Mets SS Jose Reyes scratched with stiff back

    Jun 30, 2010, 6:34 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes left the field during batting practice Wednesday and was scratched from the Mets’ lineup with what was termed lower back stiffness. A Mets official called the problem “turf related,” according to the New York Daily News. Reyes missed the spring and the first four games of the regular season with a thyroid condition,…

  8. Brad Lincoln shuts down the Cubs for his first major league victory

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

    Pirates’ rookie Brad Lincoln threw seven shutout innings against the Cubs today, striking out six and allowing only four hits as Pittsburgh beat Chicago 2-0. It looked like it would be a no-decision for Lincoln for a while, however, as Tom Gorzelanny and Brian Schlitter matched the zeros.  But then some bad defense struck for…

  9. Quote of the Day: Farewell, Hiram Bithorn Stadium!

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Or: Baseball really thought they were doing the Expos a favor with this place a few years ago?

  10. No, you cannot have first place: Twins 5, Tigers 1

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    After dropping the first game of the midweek series, the Minnesota Twins reminded the Detroit Tigers why they are the team everyone picked to win the division this season, winning 5-1. Even with Joe Mauer taking the day off, the Twins brought plenty of firepower to bear, with Justin Morneau hitting a solo homer and…

  11. Dustin Pedroia is taking grounders from his knees

    Jun 30, 2010, 4:54 PM EDT

    Freak show . . . relax: Right now, as I write this, Dustin Pedroia is kneeling on the grass at second base taking grounders from Tim Bogar. Seriously. And not pitty-pat grounders to your kid in the backyard. These are big league groundballs. He then flips the balls to coach Rob Leary. Yeah, six weeks.…

  12. Anatomy of conflicting trade rumors: Adam Dunn edition

    Jun 30, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    What do you do when two reporters are saying conflicting things about a given player? You try to sniff the baloney, that’s what.

  13. Halladay Hit Parade: The Reds beat the Phillies 4-3

    Jun 30, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    It’s not every day you see Roy Halladay give up 13 hits — in fact, he hadn’t done that all year — but he did to the Reds today, the most significant of which was Jay Bruce’s two-run homer in the eighth to give the Reds a come-from-behind win. To be honest, it’s amazing that…

  14. Manny Ramirez's injury gets Matt Kemp back in the lineup

    Jun 30, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez is out of the Dodgers’ lineup today after leaving last night’s game with a hamstring injury and Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’ll undergo an MRI exam tomorrow to determine whether a stint on the disabled list is needed. Ramirez’s injury opens the door for Matt Kemp to sneak…

  15. Kyle Blanks could have surgery. Maybe. Or not. Who knows?

    Jun 30, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    In the grand scheme of things this sort of stuff doesn’t matter, but it makes me laugh all the same.  Here’s FanHouse’s Tom Krasovic after talking to Padres’ manager Bud Black yesterday: Bud Black: LF Kyle Blanks reports only “minimal” improvement in elbow. Surgery hasn’t been discussed. Here’s Dan Hayes from the North County Times…

  16. Are the Phillies scouting Cliff Lee, or is it something else?

    Jun 30, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    There was some buzz around the Twitterverse late this morning about how the Phillies had sent a scout to watch Cliff Lee pitch against the Yankees last night.  Could they be trying to get in on that hot, hot Cliff Lee action?! Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times says no: What the heck would [Phillies…

  17. Pat Burrell apparently left his bat back in the National League

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    In what is evidence of baseball being a funny game or the National League being way worse than the American League–or maybe both–Pat Burrell homered last night and is now 19-for-58 (.328) with four homers and three doubles for the Giants. Burrell spent the first nine seasons of his career in the NL playing for…

  18. Bad idea jeans: The Dbacks are moving Dontrelle Willis to the bullpen

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Pop quiz, hot shot: you have a pitcher who can’t throw strikes and a bullpen that is, by far, the team’s weakest link.  What do you do? If you’re the Arizona Diamondbacks you put that pitcher in that bullpen and hope one of the fundamental laws of the universe (i.e. relief pitchers must throw strikes)…

  19. Why did Bobby Valentine and the Marlins hit the skids?

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    The same reason any lovebirds quarrel: money, money and Ozzie Guillen.

  20. Denard Span ties modern record with three triples

    Jun 30, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    No doubt motivated by watching teammate Jim Thome leg out what must have been one of the most leisurely triples of all time Monday night, Denard Span amazingly hit three triples last night … in the first five innings. He had a chance to set the post-1900 record with a fourth triple, but drew a…

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