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  1. Twins reportedly considering 'a serious run' at Cliff Lee

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    I was a radio guest on ESPN Twin Cities earlier this week (you can listen to the segment here) and one of the co-hosts, Tom Pelissero, hinted that he had some information about the Twins being legitimately interested in Cliff Lee. Pelissero has now put it in writing, reporting today that “more than one person…

  2. Is Chase Utley injured?

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    There’s a fine line between playing through pain and playing hurt. Is Chase Utley on the wrong side of it?

  3. M's bullpen catcher Jason Phillips is one smooth operator

    Jun 17, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    Rob Dibble once threw a ball at a lady in the stands and all he got for it was a couple of decades of well-deserved scorn.  Mariners’ bullpen catcher Jason Phillips does it and he gets married: “If we go extra innings, I’m gonna make a move,” Phillips said. “If we go to extra innings,…

  4. Pedro to the Phillies is not going to happen

    Jun 17, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    Ruben Amaro said again yesterday that the Phillies would be interested in Pedro Martinez if he’s interested in coming back, but it’s really unlikely to happen.  Why? Because according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, Pedro wants too much money: “I don’t think anything’s going to happen with the Phillies,” said [a person close to…

  5. Roger Clemens is going to pitch to minor league all-stars

    Jun 17, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    The Daily News reports that he’ll be flinging up fat ones for the home run derby at the Texas League All-Star Game. The real reason I link this however is the sidebar pic of Brian McNamee leaving his grand jury appearance last month. Go check it out. I’ll wait. Neat, huh?  I think the fact…

  6. Do Sox fans boo Manny tomorrow night?

    Jun 17, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    For the first time since his 2008 trade, Manny Ramirez will visit Fenway Park tomorrow night.  The Boston Globe asks this morning what kind of reception Hub fans will give the kid. I’d like to think that Sox fans will take a reflective approach to it all, remember that if it wasn’t for Manny they…

  7. So what happens if a whole team dies at once?

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    I’m not being singularly morbid here — George or Kramer or someone asked Keith Hernandez what happens if a team plane crashes on an episode of “Seinfeld” once — but I have often wondered what happens if disaster strikes a ballclub. Thankfully, Maury Brown has gotten a hold of a couple of fun documents fans…

  8. Pedro Alvarez debuts for the Pirates

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    We’ve had a number of big-name rookie debuts this year. Heyward for the Braves, Davis for the Mets, Strasburg for the Nats, Stanton for the Feesh and now Pedro Alvarez for the Pirates. The results? Bumpy but promising. Alvarez hit sixth and played third. He struck out swinging in his first at-bat, walked and scored…

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

    Jun 17, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT

    What ballplayer has been drinking his milk? How much does a knockwurst cost at Primanti Bros.? And can anyone read Dusty Baker’s lips?

  10. Peavy scratched from Thursday start vs. Pirates

    Jun 16, 2010, 10:18 PM EDT

    White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen informed the media on Wednesday afternoon that Jake Peavy has been dealing with some discomfort in his throwing arm, but failed to say whether it would affect his status for the rest of the week. Now we have some answers.  According to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley. the club has…

  11. Lincecum lifted after being struck with a line drive

    Jun 16, 2010, 9:01 PM EDT

    Giants starter Tim Lincecum was hit in the back of the right shoulder by a line drive on Wednesday afternoon and was removed from his start against the Orioles. He crouched in pain after the initial blow, but eventually stood up and headed to the clubhouse under his own power.  Lincecum fanned 10 batters and…

  12. Kansas City will host the 2012 All-Star Game

    Jun 16, 2010, 7:34 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced Wednesday evening what many in the baseball world have known for months, if not years.  As Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports, the Royals’ Kauffman Stadium will host the All-Star Game in 2012. It has been 39 years since the Mid-Season Classic was last held in…

  13. Pirates designate Akinori Iwamura for assignment

    Jun 16, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    To make room for top prospect Pedro Alvarez, the Pirates on Wednesday designated big offseason acquisition Akinori Iwamura for assignment. The Pirates picked up Iwamura from the Rays in November for reliever Jesse Chavez. But more important than the talent surrendered for him — Chavez was later dealt to Atlanta for Rafael Soriano and is…

  14. Columnist: Stephen Strasburg shouldn't strike so many guys out

    Jun 16, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    I suppose this was inevitable. When you tire of superlatives to describe Stephen Strasburg’s game, you go contrary and try to find a fault.  And I suppose there are faults to be found, because no pitcher is perfect. But this one from Tom Boswell of the Washington Post seems like a bit of a stretch:…

  15. Yorvit Torrealba intends to make a vigorous appeal

    Jun 16, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Earlier I passed along word that Padres’ catcher Yorvit Torrealba has been suspended for three games.  Not exactly the biggest story on the planet. caught with him a few minutes ago, however, and it sounds as though Torrealba’s appeal will at least be interesting: “It might be five days after what I say.” I’m…

  16. Quote of the Day II: Jim Leyland on Chemistry

    Jun 16, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Hint: he’s not a big believer in it. Hint II: some of those bracketed phrases are really swear words.

  17. Before the injuries hit, Mark Mulder was having a great career

    Jun 16, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Mark Mulder announced his retirement earlier this week without much fanfare, making official what has been assumed since he sat out all of last season following disastrous stints with the Cardinals in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Mulder won 16 games with a 3.64 ERA as a 27-year-old in 2005, but then injuries hit and he…

  18. The Phillies "would love to get Cliff Lee back"

    Jun 16, 2010, 3:38 PM EDT

    File this Jack Curry tweet under Things No Phillies Fan Really Wants to Hear Right Now: Spoke to baseball official who has regular contact w/ Phils. He said they are itching to add a starter and would love to get Cliff Lee back. You can also file it under “Things That Would Never, Ever Happen…

  19. The Orioles contact Buck Showalter about their managerial gig

    Jun 16, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    Buck Showalter was one of the first few names listed by fans and the media to take over the Orioles’ managerial job when it became apparent that Dave Trembley was going to get fired.  Now the Orioles are doing the logical thing and interviewing him, reports Tim Kurkjian of ESPN. I assume this is a…

  20. Kenshin Kawakami is the unluckiest pitcher in the world

    Jun 16, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Braves right-hander Kenshin Kawakami is providing this season’s best example of why wins and losses for individual pitchers are so often misleading (or worse). He lost to the Rays yesterday, falling to 0-9 despite a decent 4.42 ERA, six Quality Starts in 13 tries, and zero outings with more than five runs allowed. To put…

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