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  1. Speculating on a Roy Oswalt-to-Texas deal

    Jun 14, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    Craig thinks the pieces are in places, but he doesn’t know what those pieces may be. So let’s speculate on some of the possibilities to be shipped from Texas to Houston in return for Roy Oswalt. Too good to include: Neftali Feliz (RHP – Age 22) – Feliz is 15-of-17 in save chances since replacing…

  2. Former major leaguer Oscar Azocar dies at 45

    Jun 14, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Oscar Azocar, who played with the Yankees and Padres during a three-season career that began in 1990, passed away Monday in a Venezuelan hospital. He was 45. Originally a pitching prospect, Azocar had a 2.30 ERA over 168 1/3 innings in his first three seasons in the Yankees farm system. Arm problems played a role…

  3. Stephen Strasburg: NL Player of the week

    Jun 14, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg has been named the NL Player of the week.  I find this rather surprising. Based on everything we’ve seen and heard, one would think that he’d be at least worthy of player of the half-century.

  4. Rangers reportedly interested in Conor Jackson

    Jun 14, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Rangers are looking for a right-handed bat, but “are not simply waiting on a trade for” Mike Lowell, who they nearly acquired during the offseason before thumb surgery nixed the deal. According to Rosenthal the Rangers “are exploring deals for a number of right-handed hitting corner players, including…

  5. The Cubs are worried about Piniella's health

    Jun 14, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Heyman’s new column is mostly about the starting pitching market, but there’s not a ton new there.  Here’s something interesting, though: the Cubs management is worried about Lou Piniella’s health. I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s been thinking this.  Watching Piniella make that pitching change in the ninth last night was highly uncomfortable.…

  6. What's with the Adrian Beltre head rub thing?

    Jun 14, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    I realize this is over a week old and that Sox fans were all over it, but it completely eluded my radar, so it likely eluded the radar of others as well: After Adrian Beltre clubbed a home run in Friday night’s game, television cameras caught him in the dugout taking what looked like a…

  7. F-Bomb 2.0: How close is Francisco Liriano to the 2006 version?

    Jun 14, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano has reemerged as an elite pitcher this year and his latest masterpiece came Friday night against the Braves, with 11 strikeouts and zero walks in eight innings of one-run ball. His gem versus Atlanta marked the second straight start in which Liriano has allowed just one run while racking up double-digit strikeouts, and…

  8. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jun 14, 2010, 2:11 PM EDT

    Here were last week’s Power Rankings. Now for this week’s. I’ve just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the Senate permanently, the Yankees are on top, and the last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.  Fear will keep the other teams in line. Fear of this battlestation! 1. Yankees: There was…

  9. Alex Gordon is apparently too good for the Royals

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Alex Gordon has been destroying Triple-A pitching since his demotion last month, hitting .359 with 10 homers and a 1.128 OPS in 38 games. He ranks second among Pacific Coast League hitters in batting average (.359), on-base percentage (.486), slugging percentage (.641), and OPS (1.128). Meanwhile, the Royals are 27-37 and rank 12th in the…

  10. Oswalt's no-trade clause is becoming meaningless

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    In the past couple of weeks we’ve heard Roy Oswalt say that he’d waive his no-trade clause to go “an organization that wants to win.”  They all want to win, of course, so that doesn’t say much. Neither, really, does Oswalt fielding questions about specific teams.  Oswalt is a nice young southern gentleman, so I’m…

  11. Jered Weaver and Jeff Weaver bat against each other for first time

    Jun 14, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Jeff Weaver and Jered Weaver have faced each other before on the mound, but yesterday one brother stepped into the batter’s box against the other brother for the first time. Jeff entered the game in the top of the third inning in relief of Dodgers starter Carlos Monasterios and then led off the bottom of…

  12. Chad Qualls is likely to lose his job at closer

    Jun 14, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks closer Chad Qualls got creamed yesterday, allowing three runs in the ninth. But for the grace of God and Chris Young’s walkoff homer he would have blown the whole game.  A.J. Hinch had a front row seat for it, and it sounds like he’s seen enough: “It’s an ugly scene. He’s bearing the…

  13. Lou Piniella now following Steve Stone's advice

    Jun 14, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Lou Piniella going off on Steve Stone last week was obviously a long time in the making, but it was pushed to the surfaced because of comments Stone made recently criticizing Piniella for not playing rookie Tyler Colvin enough. Piniella blasted Stone for having the gall to criticize him, basically said he has no idea…

  14. Ellsbury to be dealt in the offseason?

    Jun 14, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Buried in Nick Cafardo’s notes column from yesterday is this small nugget: “Prediction: Jacoby Ellsbury will be dealt in the offseason.” Which doesn’t make a lot of sense to me because Mike Cameron is not going to live forever and the Sox need someone to play in the outfield, but there you are. He could…

  15. McNamee, federal authorities, reporter trying to bury Roger Clemens

    Jun 14, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    Given that the Roger Clemens case is one in which a syringe-hording drug dealer who once lied to the police about an alleged sexual assault is accusing a philanderer with anger-management issues of illegal drug use, we probably shouldn’t be surprised when things get even more seedy. But they have gotten more seedy: McNamee now…

  16. An Unwritten Rules Moment: Beckham's bunt attempt in the eighth

    Jun 14, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    I realize that some of you were watching the Tony Awards, the NBA Finals and other things that don’t really matter all that much, but the smart ones among you were watching the Cubs-White Sox game. If you did, you watched a pretty damn spiffy pitching matchup, with Ted Lilly and Gavin Floyd matching no-hit…

  17. Pedro Alvarez to be called up soon

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    They keep losing baseball games, but at least something interesting is happening in Pittsburgh: interesting young players keep getting called up. The latest will be Pedro Alvarez, who Pirates GM Neal Huntington indicated yesterday could be promoted this week. He’s earned it: Alvarez is hitting .285/.370/.549 with 13 homers and 52 RBI for Indianapolis, and…

  18. Quote of the Day: Bob Feller

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    “I think he’s done very well; of course this is not the 1927 Yankees either.” — Indians living legend Bob Feller, summing up Strasburg’s performance against the 2010 Cleveland Indians. Feller had a lot to say about Strasburg, by the way.  The headline of the article — “Feller not overly-impressed by Strasburg” — is misleading…

  19. On the road: Stephen Strasburg comes to Cleveland

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    When I first realized that Stephen Strasburg was going to make his second start in beautiful downtown Cleveland, Ohio, my first thought was: I should get me some tickets. About an hour after that first thought, I got an email from Rob Campbell, future Cleveland Indians GM, inviting me to sit in the Tribe Social…

  20. Zack Greinke finally secures second victory

    Jun 14, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Early this season the Royals’ lineup and bullpen robbed Zack Greinke of wins and then he began to earn the losses with some shaky starts recently, but the reigning Cy Young winner got back on track yesterday with a complete-game victory. He allowed three runs, including a pair of Joey Votto homers, but struck out…

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