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  1. Yorvit Torrealba wimps out

    Jun 22, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    Remember last week how Yorvit Torrealba was all fired up about just how badly he was hosed in getting a three-game suspension for bumping into umpire Larry Vanover? About how he said that when he got done speaking his mind about it that his suspension might be 5 days instead of just three? Yeah, that…

  2. Erik Bedard faces 12 batters in first minor-league rehab start

    Jun 22, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Out since August shoulder surgery, Erik Bedard made his first minor-league rehab start last night and allowed one run in 2.2 innings against rookie-ball hitters. Bedard faced 12 batters and threw 52 pitches, striking out three, walking none, and giving up four hits. He’s scheduled to make his next rehab start Saturday, also against rookie-ball…

  3. The Rays want out of St. Petersburg

    Jun 22, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    They’ll stay in the region, but they want to be wooed. This makes no sense.

  4. The worst hats in the world

    Jun 22, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    Warning: if I catch any of you wearing any of the hats featured here I will likely assault you.  And I’m guessing that once the jury sees the hats in question, I will be acquitted. Nothing personal against the good people at New Era — I love my Braves road cap and have even bought…

  5. A's give up on Jake Fox, trade him to Orioles for Ross Wolf

    Jun 22, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Jake Fox’s time in Oakland lasted all of 39 games, as the A’s traded him to the Orioles today after giving up three minor-league pitchers to get him from the Cubs this winter. Fox certainly didn’t do himself any favors by hitting just .214 with a .591 OPS, but giving up on him after just…

  6. The Dodgers are messin' around with the disabled list

    Jun 22, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    When you select someone in the Rule 5 draft, you have to keep him on your active roster or else his old team gets him back. Well, there’s one exception: you can keep a Rule 5 guy if he goes on the DL. And of course, teams would never, ever, ever put an ineffective yet…

  7. Dustin McGowan could be out until 2012 following another shoulder surgery

    Jun 22, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos revealed yesterday that Dustin McGowan will need another shoulder surgery following his latest setback, knocking him out for a second straight season and putting the once-promising right-hander’s career in serious jeopardy. McGowan hasn’t thrown a pitch in the majors since July of 2008 and felt a “pop” while rehabbing…

  8. Adam Jones lobbied for a scoring change after Orioles' loss

    Jun 22, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    A telling story from Buster Olney regarding Adam Jones and the Baltimore Orioles: [A]fter the Orioles lost an early lead on Sunday in San Diego and wound up getting crushed 9-4, sources say that Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones directly lobbied for his first-inning bouncer to be changed from an error to a hit. The…

  9. Joe Maddon doesn't mind losing the DH

    Jun 22, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    Rays’ manager Joe Maddon has played a bunch of games in NL parks lately, and he’s rather enamored of the style of play. So enamored, in fact, that he’s getting rather cavalier about losing his DH via substituting him in on defense in the middle of a game: “The thing that I’ve really played with…

  10. A.J. Burnett: "I don't feel like myself"

    Jun 22, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett didn’t have a great night last night: he gave up three first inning homers and was lit up for seven runs and nine hits without striking out a single batter in four innings. In fact, the entire month has been a waste for him, as he has lost all four of his starts…

  11. Gammons is not a fan of ESPN's Manny hype either

    Jun 22, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    Yesterday reader Jack Marshall said what I thought slamming ESPN’s focus on the Manny Ramirez storyline to exclusion of, you know, the baseball game being played between the Dodgers and Red Sox on Sunday night. Last night, in an interview with WEEI’s Sam Dykstra, Peter Gammons agreed. When asked whether it doesn’t make sense that…

  12. Mets players to Omar Minaya: Go get us an ace!

    Jun 22, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Meaning either Cliff Lee or Roy Oswalt. And that’s not an insult to Johan Santana, because he’s one of the ones saying it: “What we’re looking for is a championship and when your getting a pitcher of that caliber, that’s what they do,” Johan Santana said. “[Getting one of them] to go along with what…

  13. The Reds are going to sign Gary Matthews Jr. for some reason

    Jun 22, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    This according to John Fay of the Cincy Enquirer. I understand the impulse — Oh noes! We only scored one run in three games! Halp! Get us some offense! — but Gary Matthews Jr. is no more the solution to that problem than high winds and tinder are to a brush fire. He’s not the…

  14. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 22, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT

    Only three games? Blah. At least one of them was relatively action-packed.

  15. The Giants have interest in David DeJesus

    Jun 21, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    Who needs Roy Oswalt and Cliff Lee when you have a juicy trade rumor about David DeJesus? Hey, it’s a brutally slow Monday. Give me a break, okay? According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of, the Giants have interest in acquiring DeJesus from the Royals, though it doesn’t appear the clubs are…

  16. Yankees ready to kick off the 'Phil Hughes Rules'

    Jun 21, 2010, 7:23 PM EDT

    Consistent with their stated plan to limit his workload this season, the Yankees will skip Phil Hughes in the rotation this week, according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN. The Yankees will take advantage of scheduled off-days for Thursday and next Monday in order to push Hughes’ next start back until next Tuesday against the Mariners.…

  17. Projecting the 2010 AL All-Star team

    Jun 21, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    With rosters having been expanded back in April, both All-Star teams this year will have 21 position players and 13 pitchers. Let’s try and break it down, first with the AL and then tomorrow with the NL. Catcher Lock: Joe Mauer Possibilities: Victor Martinez, Jorge Posada, John Buck, Kurt Suzuki Posada is playing as well…

  18. Mariano Rivera would take a one year deal

    Jun 21, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    One of the Yankees’ big free agents seems like he’ll be easy to retain.

  19. Great Moments in Independent League promotions

    Jun 21, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Why would the Lake Erie Crushers lower themselves to sign LeBron James?

  20. Comment of the Day: enough with the Manny coverage

    Jun 21, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    With all the Manny chatter, did ESPN even know there was a baseball game going on last night?

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