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  1. Quote of the Day: Angry Bob Smizik is angry

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:27 PM EDT

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist is as mad as hell and he’s not gonna take it anymore.

  2. Bad idea jeans: The Marlins are handing out vuvuzelas tomorrow

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    I’m not following the World Cup closely enough to be able to say anything all that insightful. I know that England gave us that goal we got in the first game. I know we got boned this morning in the Slovenia game. I know that everyone hates the vuvuzelas too. In fact, these plastic horns…

  3. Tommy Hanson already among baseball's best pitchers after his first 'full season'

    Jun 18, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg is overshadowing every young pitcher in baseball right now, but as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution notes 23-year-old Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson deserves some attention for what he’s done through 35 career starts. After basically one full season in Atlanta’s rotation Hanson is 18-7 with a 3.08 ERA, .231 opponents’ batting…

  4. It's reunion time in the Arizona-Detroit series

    Jun 18, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    The Dbacks-Tigers series features something that is technically meaningless yet which I find interesting all the same: Dontrelle Willis will start against the Tigers — his former team — tonight.  Edwin Jackson will start against the Tigers — his former team — tomorrow. Max Scherzer will start against the Diamondbacks — his former team —…

  5. Don't worry Steve Stone, ex-managers are now criticizing Lou Piniella too

    Jun 18, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Lou Piniella reacted harshly (and then some) to Steve Stone last week in large part because he didn’t feel Stone was qualified to criticize him given that he’d never managed in the majors himself. Piniella’s exact words were: We’ve got a lot of people here that haven’t managed and won any games in the big…

  6. Yep, Chase Utley does have an injury

    Jun 18, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    Yesterday Buster Olney talked to some anonymous scouts who thought that Chase Utley was battling an injury of some kind.  Seems they were right. Phillies’ first base coach Davey Lopes spoke with Baseball Prospectus today and reveals that Ultey is fighting through “a little bit of a knee injury.” That explains his struggles way more…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.

  11. 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…

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

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    That must’ve been one magic loogie.

  13. 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?

  14. 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…

  15. 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!

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

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