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  1. Wednesday's Quick Hits – Get ready for two more All-Stars

    Jul 1, 2009, 5:23 PM EDT

    – MLB announced Wednesday that it has expanded All-Star rosters to add 13th pitcher. Because who could reasonably be expected to get by with 12? From now on each All-Star team will have 33 players, including 13 pitchers. Obviously, the decision is a response to what happened last year, when George Sherrill was asked to…

  2. Home runs, steals still up through three months

    Jul 1, 2009, 4:45 PM EDT

    With June in the books, I wanted to again check out the league-wide scoring trends. All stats courtesy of the wonderful Baseball Reference, of course. It seems like even the dimmest announcers are coming to grips with the fact that home runs aren’t truly down this year, but the spike we saw in April does…

  3. What we're watching – Cain goes for 10th victory

    Jul 1, 2009, 4:20 PM EDT

    – The Yankees will go for a seventh straight win against a pitcher they tried to acquire in the second half of last year, Jarrod Washburn. They beat the Mariners 8-5 on Tuesday to improve to 22-14 at new Yankee Stadium. Washburn, who had an impressive 2.82 ERA in six starts against the Bombers at…

  4. Webb doesn't need surgery, but unlikely to return before September

    Jul 1, 2009, 3:44 PM EDT

    After being examined by three different doctors in three different states this week, Brandon Webb has been told that he doesn’t need shoulder surgery. “They all said pretty much the same thing, that they would not recommend surgery right now,” Webb said. “They told me this is something that should get better.” However, he’s been…

  5. Aviles set for season-ending Tommy John surgery

    Jul 1, 2009, 2:39 PM EDT

    After six years in the minors Mike Aviles came out of nowhere last season to hit .325 in 102 games as a 27-year-old rookie, finishing fourth in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting and seemingly establishing himself as the Royals’ shortstop for the near future. This season has unfortunately been a completely different story…

  6. Surprise, surprise: Runs Above Replacement shows Pujols as baseball's best through June

    Jul 1, 2009, 1:34 PM EDT

    Another month is in the books, so it’s time to take a look at the most valuable players in baseball according to Fan Graphs‘ tremendous Runs Above Replacement (RAR) stat that combines offensive and defensive contributions while comparing everyone to “replacement-level” players at the same position. For example, how many runs would the Cardinals lose…

  7. After dealing Milledge, Nationals continue outfield shakeup by demoting Dukes to Triple-A

    Jul 1, 2009, 12:39 PM EDT

    One day after shaking up their outfield by sending Lastings Milledge to the Pirates while bringing in Nyjer Morgan, the Nationals demoted Elijah Dukes to Triple-A this morning. Dukes hasn’t been a disaster at the plate, batting .244/.308/.415 with six homers and 20 total extra-base hits in 57 games, but he struggled in June and…

  8. Link-O-Rama: Sizemore plays through elbow pain, but offseason surgery looms

    Jul 1, 2009, 11:47 AM EDT

    Grady Sizemore plans to play through elbow pain for as long as possible, but once the season ends he’s likely headed for surgery. As trainer Lonnie Soloff put it: “He’ll have symptoms for the balance of the season. Our hope is that we can keep him away from symptoms that affect his performance or put…

  9. To use PEDs or not to use PEDs: a cost benefit analysis with math and everything

    Jul 1, 2009, 11:04 AM EDT

    Catherine Rampell of the New York Times’ “Economix” blog has a post up attempting to quantify the cost-benefit analysis that goes into a baseball player’s choice to use PEDs or not and speculates about how the system can be re-jiggered so as to further disincentivize drug use. Anyone who has thought about this stuff for…

  10. Is baseball experiencing an outbreak of anxiety disorders, or is it something else?

    Jul 1, 2009, 10:40 AM EDT

    The Wall Street Journal takes note of all of the anxiety cases this year: Three professional baseball players have landed on the disabled list this season for a problem they can’t ice, bandage or have surgically repaired: anxiety . . . Baseball’s anxious include Detroit pitcher Dontrelle Willis, St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Khalil Greene and…

  11. Believe it or not, Manny's Return represents an opportunity for the Rockies

    Jul 1, 2009, 10:03 AM EDT

    The conventional wisdom went that anyone who had any plans of catching up with the Dodgers in the NL West should have made their move while Manny Ramirez was on suspension. Troy Renck of the Denver Post thinks that wisdom gets it exactly backwards: Manny Ramirez returns Friday. That’s when the Rockies need to make…

  12. Surprising no one, Roger Clemens once again gets killed in court

    Jul 1, 2009, 9:30 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens’ record as a litigant continues to be just as bad as his record as a pitcher was good: A federal judge in Texas reaffirmed his original dismissal of most of the claims in Roger Clemens’ defamation suit against former trainer Brian McNamee, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday. The decision clears the…

  13. The Yankees considered trading Mariano Rivera to the Tigers once. Once.

    Jul 1, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    After watching Mariano Rivera make people look foolish for fifteen years it’s impossible to picture him in another uniform, but that almost came to pass once upon a time: In 1995 [Gene Michael] considered trading Rivera to the Tigers for David Wells. At the time Rivera was still trying to make it as a starter,…

  14. No one wants to play for Ozzie Guillen and Ozzie Guillen doesn't care

    Jul 1, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen was voted as the manager for whom players would least like to play: In an upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated, 26 percent of major leaguers polled voted for the combustible Piniella, followed by Guillen at 21 percent. St. Louis’ Tony LaRussa was next at 10 percent, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joe…

  15. And That Happened: Tuesday's scores and highlights

    Jul 1, 2009, 5:42 AM EDT

    Orioles 11, Red Sox 10: John Smoltz pitched better (4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) but had to leave when the rains came. I wouldn’t worry about the short outing, however, because Francona may want him in the bullpen. Why? Because Boston blew a 10-1 lead after their half of the seventh. Among the big…

  16. Daily Dose: Nationals give up on Milledge

    Jul 1, 2009, 1:17 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh made a pair of trades to shake up the outfield Tuesday, sending Eric Hinske to the Yankees for a pair of mid-level prospects and then swapping Nyjer Morgan to the Nationals along with Sean Burnett for Lastings Milledge and Joel Hanrahan. Morgan has emerged as a very solid all-around player, offering elite defense and…

  17. Tuesday's quick hits

    Jun 30, 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…

  18. Projecting the AL All-Star roster – Take 2

    Jun 30, 2009, 5:25 PM EDT

    With All-Star balloting set to wrap up this week, I’m going to try projecting the AL All-Star roster one more time. Here’s what I went with four weeks ago (starters in bold): C – Joe Mauer, Victor Martinez1B – Kevin Youkilis, Justin Morneau, Mark Teixeira2B – Ian Kinsler, Aaron Hill, Dustin Pedroia3B – Evan Longoria,…

  19. What we're watching – June 30

    Jun 30, 2009, 4:39 PM EDT

    – Tim Lincecum dominated Albert Pujols and the rest of the Cardinals with a two-hit shutout on Monday. Now St. Louis will try to even up the series with Chris Carpenter on the mound. Carpenter has lost two of his last three starts with the Cardinals’ offense struggling, but he still hasn’t allowed more than…

  20. What we're watching – June 30

    Jun 30, 2009, 4:39 PM EDT

    – Tim Lincecum dominated Albert Pujols and the rest of the Cardinals with a two-hit shutout on Monday. Now St. Louis will try to even up the series with Chris Carpenter on the mound. Carpenter has lost two of his last three starts with the Cardinals’ offense struggling, but he still hasn’t allowed more than…

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