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  1. Tuesday's quick hits

    Jul 27, 2009, 6:07 PM EDT

    – The Red Sox have decided to place Mike Lowell on the disabled list to give him additional time to recover after having his hip drained and receiving an injection Monday. Lowell’s play had fallen off over the last month, and it might be for the best that he rests through the All-Star break. The…

  2. Capps' role hardly the problem

    Jul 27, 2009, 5:37 PM EDT

    I liked this line from Tim Brown’s Yahoo column over the weekend: Matt Capps’ ERA is pretty ugly these days, but more than one scout believes he could be miscast in the closer role and could be very useful as a setup man. The ugly ERA is right, as Capps is currently sitting at 6.00…

  3. What we're watching: Beckett, Felix aim for for 12th victories

    Jul 27, 2009, 5:03 PM EDT

    – Josh Beckett and Felix Hernandez both have opportunities to become the AL’s first 12-game winner tonight. Beckett goes first, and one has to like his chances with a home start against the A’s on the schedule. He beat the A’s on Oakland on July 7 and is 6-0 with a 2.44 ERA in nine…

  4. Link-O-Rama: Mets fire Tony Bernazard

    Jul 27, 2009, 3:16 PM EDT

    * Mets vice president of player development Tony Bernazard learned the hard way this afternoon that adding to your long list of “incidents” by challenging a clubhouse full of minor leaguers to a fight while shirtless will get you fired. So, you know, let that be a lesson to everyone else. Keep your shirt on.…

  5. Quote of the Day: Rickey's Hall of Fame speech

    Jul 27, 2009, 2:09 PM EDT

    Rickey Henderson, on how he got started playing baseball: When I was a kid in Oakland, Mr. Hank Thomas tricked me into playing Babe Ruth baseball by coming to pick me up with a glazed doughnut and a cup of hot chocolate. That was how he got me up and out of bed and to…

  6. Has Hochevar turned the corner with back-to-back strong starts?

    Jul 27, 2009, 12:38 PM EDT

    Prior to last week Luke Hochevar seemed destined for a career as a solid but unspectacular mid-rotation starter, which while certainly not a bad thing would qualify as a big disappointment for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 draft. Hochevar had a mediocre 92/39 K/BB ratio in 123 innings at Triple-A and then…

  7. Link-O-Rama: Pedro loses to Mother Nature

    Jul 27, 2009, 11:57 AM EDT

    * Pedro Martinez’s first minor-league rehab start was cut short because of rain yesterday at Single-A, so he ended up throwing only 24 pitches before heading to the bullpen for another 60 throws. Zach Schonbrun of MLB.com reports that Martinez “will likely throw two more starts in the minor leagues before being ready to join”…

  8. Tony Pena, Jr. attempts a reverse Rick Ankiel

    Jul 27, 2009, 10:55 AM EDT

    This is an interesting development, but it starts off with a pretty major insult to pitchers everywhere: Tony Pena Jr. has hit like a pitcher for the past two years, so the Kansas City Royals plan to convert him to one.Pena, who was the Royals’ shortstop on opening day in 2007 and 2008, has hit…

  9. Phils hold Amateur Lasik Night

    Jul 27, 2009, 10:29 AM EDT

    Stay classy, Philly: A laser pointer was the weapon of choice for one Phils fan at Saturday’s game. A fan at the Cards/Phillies game used a strategically placed laser pointer to try and distract the St. Louis hitters. In the top of the seventh inning the fan first used it on Julio Lugo, who eventually…

  10. Is Pete Rose going to get a pardon?

    Jul 27, 2009, 10:09 AM EDT

    This would be interesting: Thanks to the behind-the-scenes lobbying from some of the most influential Hall of Famers, commissioner Bud Selig is said to be seriously considering lifting Pete Rose’s lifetime suspension from baseball. The tip-off that Selig may now be inclined to pardon baseball’s all-time hit king was Hank Aaron’s seemingly impromptu interview session…

  11. D end of D line for Dmitri

    Jul 27, 2009, 9:47 AM EDT

    I wrote about Dmitri Young a couple of times a couple of weeks ago, with the gist being “hey, I like the guy and I hope he can make his way back.” Seems that’s never gonna happen now: It looks like Dmitri Young’s career, which reached such inspiring heights two years ago with the Nationals,…

  12. Do the Mariners and Brewers have something cookin'?

    Jul 27, 2009, 8:54 AM EDT

    As I mentioned in the recaps this morning, it was probably a blessing in disguise that the Mariners have face-planted in the past week or so. It was always going to be tough to keep up with the Angels and even the Rangers, and the fact that their lot seems to have been cast before,…

  13. Thoughts on Henderson and Rice and the Hall of Fame

    Jul 27, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT

    Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice were inducted into the Hall of Fame yesterday. A lot of folks were either hoping or expecting that Rickey would say something silly or arrogant or what have you, but that was always going to be a longshot. While never one to suffer from self-esteem problems, it’s been close to…

  14. And That Happened: Sunday's scores and highlights

    Jul 27, 2009, 5:27 AM EDT

    Phillies 9, Cardinals 2: Trading for Matt Holliday is all Wellemeyer and good, but you gotta pitch too. Despite their new bauble, the Cards drop two of three to the Phils, and find themselves knocked out of first place because . . . Cubs 5, Reds 2: The Cubbies are on fire. I was a…

  15. The Week Ahead: Wheeling and dealing

    Jul 27, 2009, 12:44 AM EDT

    With the non-waiver trade deadline looming on Friday, this coming week is one of the most exciting of the baseball season. It’s not quite the World Series, but is not unlike the World Series of Poker. Player 1: You don’t want to give up your entire minor league system for my pitcher? Fine, then I’ll…

  16. Daily Dose: Bedard hits the DL again

    Jul 27, 2009, 12:11 AM EDT

    Erik Bedard came off the disabled list on July 7, went 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA in 17 innings spread over four starts while working on a limited pitch count, and landed back on the shelf Sunday. Shoulder problems are once again to blame, and the Mariners are calling the latest issue inflammation while hoping…

  17. Link of the day: Who has the most homegrown talent?

    Jul 26, 2009, 9:50 PM EDT

    Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com penned a fascinating and informative piece on homegrown talent in the big leagues, providing succinct capsules of some of the most-widely regarded farm systems, ranging from the Giants, with blue-chippers like Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner to the Orioles and future-aces Chris Tillman and Jake Arrieta. According to Mayo’s piece, the…

  18. Stat of the day: Batting average against leaders

    Jul 26, 2009, 11:51 AM EDT

    Taken from FanGraphs: Clayton Kershaw – .199Dan Haren – .200Yovani Gallardo – .212Edwin Jackson – .219Tim Lincecum – .221Matt Cain – .225Matt Garza – .225Jarrod Washburn – .226Jair Jurrjens – .227Scott Feldman – .228 Imagine if Kershaw didn’t average over five walks per nine innings? Wow. Of course, the biggest surprise on this list is…

  19. Trade that should happen: Mets get Snyder

    Jul 26, 2009, 11:28 AM EDT

    Mets get: Chris Snyder Diamondbacks get: Nick Evans and Eddie Kunz Why it should happen: While Snyder has been sidelined with a lower back strain, Miguel Montero has been a house-of-fire, batting .380 with five homers and 14 RBI in July. He’s been so good that Snyder may be relegated to a bench role when…

  20. Potent quotables: "I wasn't paid to walk"

    Jul 26, 2009, 10:47 AM EDT

    “Believe me, I wasn’t paid to walk. I was paid to try to do some damage.” – Jim Rice addressed reporters at a news conference in Cooperstown on Saturday. Rice, along with all-time stolen base leader Rickey Henderson will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday. Somewhere, Bengie Molina is smiling. “We’re not…

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