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  1. Draft blog: Picks 6-15; Matt Harvey goes seventh to Mets

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:09 PM EST

    Diamondbacks selected RHP Barret Loux with the sixth pick in the draft. Loux has four solid pitches, including a low-90s fastball, and good command, traits that should speed his way to the majors. He lacks top-of-the-rotation upside, but he could be a factor before the end of 2011. Mets selected RHP Matt Harvey with the…

  2. Struggling Todd Helton fitted for contact lenses

    Jun 7, 2010, 8:50 PM EST

    Todd Helton, who was dropped to the sixth spot in the batting order on Sunday, was fitted with contact lenses on Monday, according to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post. The 36-year-old first baseman entered play on Monday with a .250 batting average to go along with just one home run and 10 RBI. Helton…

  3. Draft blog: Bryce Harper taken first overall by Nationals

    Jun 7, 2010, 7:12 PM EST

    Nationals selected catcher Bryce Harper with the first pick in the 2010 draft. The consensus No. 1 might not remain behind the plate; his own agent, Scott Boras, sees him as a corner outfielder and the Nationals announced him as an outfielder. Such a move would likely speed Harper’s arrival in Washington, and it’d make…

  4. Jimmy Rollins won't be back anytime soon

    Jun 7, 2010, 6:59 PM EST

    Jimmy Rollins, who is currently on the disabled list after re-injuring his right calf muscle last month, told Martin Frank of the News Journal that he doesn’t know when he’ll return from the disabled list. At minimum, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said that he doesn’t expect Rollins back by the start of the team’s next…

  5. No All-Star starters would end long run for Red Sox

    Jun 7, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    Unless Jon Lester or Clay Buchholz draws the nod in the first inning, all signs point to the Red Sox being without a starter on the AL All-Star squad for the first time since 1998. There is one qualification there. Manny Ramirez was voted into the lineup in 2003, but he skipped the game because…

  6. Former number one picks have advice for Bryce Harper

    Jun 7, 2010, 5:40 PM EST

    A story on this afternoon features former first overall picks like Ken Griffey Jr., David Price and Stephen Strasburg offering up advice about being chosen first and surviving the minor leagues to this year’s number one. Who will be Bryce Harper, of course, even if the story doesn’t name him. Interesting I suppose, but…

  7. Behind the scenes of Jim Joyce's nightmare week

    Jun 7, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    There’s a great story in the Detroit Free Press today going behind the scenes with umpire Jim Joyce.  We get a little of his background and a lot of what happened in the couple of days after the infamous blown call. I think the best part is his mother. She was totally oblivious to the…

  8. Buster Posey gets a start at catcher

    Jun 7, 2010, 5:03 PM EST

    For the first time this season Buster Posey will start at catcher for the Giants today, as Bengie Molina gets a sit and Aubrey Huff plays first base. Signs? Portents?  I dunno, but the more flexible Posey is over the next few weeks, the more flexible the Giants will be able to be as they…

  9. Former second-round pick Brent Brewer quits baseball to play college football

    Jun 7, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

    Back in 2006 the Brewers drafted Georgia high school shortstop Brent Brewer in the second round, but after hitting just .240 with a .650 OPS in 427 minor-league games he’s decided to quit baseball … and play football at the University of Tennessee. Brewer was a highly recruited football player coming out of high school…

  10. Jonathan Papelbon goes on the bereavement list

    Jun 7, 2010, 4:23 PM EST

    Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon has been placed on the bereavement list.  That means he’ll be out at least three days, though it could be longer.  No reason has been given for his absence yet, nor does anyone know for sure how long he’ll be out.

  11. Carlos Silva is 8-0. No, I don't get it either.

    Jun 7, 2010, 4:10 PM EST

    No one saw it, but the Cubs beat the Pirates 6-1 at PNC Park this afternoon. Carlos Silva gave up four hits, struck out five and walked one. He’s 8 and freakin’ 0, the first Cubs starter to do that since Ken Holtzman went 9-0 in 1967. It was the same story for Silva today…

  12. Kosuke Fukudome living up to 'Mr. April' label

    Jun 7, 2010, 3:46 PM EST

    Kosuke Fukudome is hitting .288 with a .384 on-base percentage and .481 slugging percentage to rank second on the Cubs with a hefty .865 OPS, but the 33-year-old outfielder is in danger of losing starts because for the third time in three seasons he’s slumping after a great first month. As a 31-year-old rookie in…

  13. Programming Note: Power rankings will be kicked a day

    Jun 7, 2010, 3:22 PM EST

    It takes some time to get the Power Rankings together, and time is one thing I didn’t really have a ton of this morning and early afternoon for various reasons.  Accordingly, “Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings” will appear tomorrow morning under their pseudonym: “Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings.”  That is if this afternoon’s Cubs-Pirates game…

  14. Why teams hate scheduling makeup games

    Jun 7, 2010, 3:20 PM EST

    Because no one ever shows up to them. Check out the pic from the beginning of today’s Cubs-Pirates game in Pittsburgh: Plenty of seats still available.

  15. Brewers release veteran starter Jeff Suppan

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:40 PM EST

    Demoted to the bullpen in mid-April after back-to-back ugly starts to begin the season, Jeff Suppan posted a 7.48 ERA in 13 appearances as a reliever, allowing 19 runs on 34 hits and nine walks in 21.2 innings, and was released by the Brewers this afternoon. Milwaukee signed Suppan to a four-year, $42 million contract…

  16. Did the Blue Jays go after a reporter they don't like?

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:25 PM EST

    There’s a chilling little story coming out of Toronto as Mike Wilner, who covers the Blue Jays for Toronto’s The Fan 590-AM, was suspended for the team’s weekend series against the Yankees following a confrontation with Jays manager Cito Gaston last week.  The “brief but tense” exchange happened on Wednesday, when Wilner asked Gaston about…

  17. Orlando Hernandez's half-brother goes on a murderous rampage

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:10 PM EST

    An awful story from south Florida as a man went on a rampage in a Hialeah restaurant yesterday that left four women dead and three others wounded. If I’m talking about it here it’s because there’s a baseball connection. That connection is that the suspect was Gerardo Regalado, half-brother of former Yankees pitcher Orlando Hernandez. …

  18. Pirates to pick Jameson Taillon at No. 2, Orioles like Manny Machado at No. 3

    Jun 7, 2010, 1:44 PM EST

    Bryce Harper going to the Nationals with the No. 1 pick is a foregone conclusion at this point and Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Pirates have decided on high school pitcher Jameson Taillon with the second pick in tonight’s draft. Taillon is a 6-foot-7 right-hander from Texas who throws in the mid-90s, ranking…

  19. Amphetamines ban leads to decreased offense? That's wrong in all kinds of ways

    Jun 7, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    According to Bill Madden in the New York Daily News, there has been a “resurgence of pitching and decrease of offense” this year because baseball is getting tougher on amphetamines.  Which would be great if it weren’t for the fact that (a) there is no compelling evidence that offense is down; and (b) even if…

  20. Nationals sticking with Matt Capps as closer

    Jun 7, 2010, 12:44 PM EST

    Just two weeks ago Matt Capps was a perfect 16-for-16 closing out games for the Nationals, but yesterday’s blown save was his fourth in six chances since then and his third in four games so far this month. His overall numbers are still solid, as Capps is 18-for-22 in saves opportunities with a 3.62 ERA…

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