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

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:14 PM EST

    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…

  2. Dustin Pedroia is taking grounders from his knees

    Jun 30, 2010, 4:54 PM EST

    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.…

  3. Anatomy of conflicting trade rumors: Adam Dunn edition

    Jun 30, 2010, 4:25 PM EST

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

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

    Jun 30, 2010, 4:12 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 30, 2010, 3:46 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 30, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 30, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:46 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    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)…

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

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:12 PM EST

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

  11. Denard Span ties modern record with three triples

    Jun 30, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    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…

  12. The Phillie Phanatic is sued. Again.

    Jun 30, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    I’m not sure what’s more entertaining: the fact that the Phillie Phanatic gets sued all the time or the fact that the plaintiff’s lawyer in this latest case — arising out of the Phanatic’s antics at a minor league game at Reading — seems to be doing a pretty good job of humanizing, er, Phanaticising…

  13. Can Ubaldo Jimenez be the first 30-game winner since 1968?

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:42 AM EST

    The answer is no, of course, but “Ubaldo Jimenez probably won’t win 30 games, but let’s talk about him anyway” really isn’t much of a headline as far as headlines go. Jimenez notched his 14th victory Monday in his team’s 76th game, which seemed to me like a pretty amazing feat but actually isn’t all…

  14. The Mets' price tag for Cliff Lee: Mejia or Wilmer Flores

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:16 AM EST

    Joel Sherman on the chances of Cliff Lee going to the Mets: Thus, if the Mets want Lee — and, boy, do they ever — a trade will have to be built around Jenrry Mejia, whom Seattle likes, but does not love, or Wilmer Flores, an 18-year-old infielder already thriving at High-A. In conversations with…

  15. The latest t-shirt to capture some random baseball ephemera

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:53 AM EST

    I mentioned recently that I am kind of fixated on t-shirts that memorialize the most temporary of baseball stories, quotes or happenings. The example I used was the “Laser Show” shirt. A few short years from now no one but hardcore baseball geeks are going to remember what that was all about. “Operation Shutdown” would…

  16. Cell phone-talkin' Yankees fan nailed in the face with a ball

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    The headline pretty much says it all. The video — for now anyway — can be seen at Deadspin. (UPDATE: if the Deadspin link disappears, try MLB.com). Wait for the slow-mo, which renders the fan’s divinely-deigned fate all the clearer.  Sadly, it doesn’t appear as though he’s talking on an iPhone, but let us not…

  17. Jamey Newberg responds to the revelation that he's paid by the Rangers

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:09 AM EST

    This follows this morning’s earlier post about the Rangers financial disclosures. Those disclosures revealed that Jamey Newberg has been paid some $27K in the past year by the Rangers, who he covers in his blog, The Newberg Report. You should read Newberg’s entire statement in the second half of this post, but for those too…

  18. The Rays designate Hank Blalock for assignment

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:52 AM EST

    The Rays cut Pat Burrell to bring up Hank Blalock and now they’ve DFA’d Blalock to make room for Gabe Kapler. John Jaha, Dante Bichette and Jeff Conine: call your agents. Not that Blalock needed to hang around. He hit .254/.319/.349 in limited play for the Rays team that desperately needs to find some offense.

  19. Manny hurts his hammy, gives Kemp a chance to play

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    Manny Ramirez is day-to-day with a strained right hamstring. He suffered the injury while running the bases in the first inning of last night’s game against the Giants.  The benched Matt Kemp came into the game to replace him and hit the ball all over the place.  Now Joe Torre is going to have to…

  20. Quote of the Day: Lenny Dykstra on steroids

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:09 AM EST

    Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

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