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  1. Jeter says the umpire is lying: what will MLB do?

    Jul 9, 2009, 10:26 AM EDT

    Yesterday, after the umpire from Monday’s Yankees-Blue Jays game said that he told Jeter he was tagged on that play on the first inning, I said this: Interesting. But not nearly as interesting as it will be if someone in the New York press gets Jeter on the record today about all of this. Because…

  2. Halladay rumors fly but a trade seems unlikely

    Jul 9, 2009, 10:08 AM EDT

    The Rangers are excited about the possibility of Roy Halladay coming to Texas: Blue Jays right-handed ace Roy Halladay was the No. 1 topic of discussion in the Rangers clubhouse before Wednesday’s game with the Angels . . . “I’d love to have him here,” outfielder Marlon Byrd said. “I don’t know what price it…

  3. Dmitri Young: rested and ready. Well, sort of.

    Jul 9, 2009, 9:31 AM EDT

    Interesting story about Dmitri Young in the Washington Times. Young, you’ll remember, was given one of baseball’s more, well, unexpected contract extensions when Jim Bowden gave him $10 million for 2008 and 2009 a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, he only played 50 games last season and has been completely MIA so far in 2009…

  4. Soriano does not like to prepare if it's not absolutely necessary

    Jul 9, 2009, 8:58 AM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano got an unexpected day off yesterday, and he wasn’t happy about it: Soriano was miffed when he learned his name wasn’t in the starting lineup Wednesday after he had a pair of hits Tuesday night. “That’s why I’m mad,” Soriano said. “If he had told me yesterday, then I wouldn’t come today ready…

  5. Quick hits from Wednesday night

    Jul 9, 2009, 8:24 AM EDT

    I didn’t get a chance to post my usual “And That Happened” recaps this morning, but here are some quick hits regarding last night’s games: Andruw Jones went crazy against the Angels last night, hitting three homers. Which is the same number of homers he hit all last year. And which, for the season, puts…

  6. Daily Dose: Jays cut Ryan, eat $15 million

    Jul 9, 2009, 1:35 AM EDT

    Earlier this year Scott Downs emerged as Toronto’s closer thanks to B.J. Ryan’s struggles and Wednesday the Blue Jays welcomed him back from the disabled list by releasing Ryan. Ryan has been a mess, posting a 6.53 ERA with 17 walks and just 13 strikeouts in 20.2 innings while displaying decreased velocity, but the move…

  7. Jays release Ryan, eat $15 million

    Jul 8, 2009, 4:45 PM EDT

    Even though there was no financial incentive for doing so, the Jays opted to release former closer B.J. Ryan on Wednesday. The move comes after Ryan gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Yankees on Sunday. It was the only appearance he had made this month. While his stuff still hadn’t…

  8. What we're watching – Ollie rejoins the Mets

    Jul 8, 2009, 4:22 PM EDT

    – Oliver Perez makes his much-anticipated return to the rotation versus the Dodgers. Of course, most of the anticipation comes from National League hitters, rather than Mets fans. Perez had a 9.97 ERA in five starts before the Mets shelved him for nine weeks with a knee injury. The left-hander had a 3.12 ERA in…

  9. Link-O-Rama: More problems for Matt Bush

    Jul 8, 2009, 3:15 PM EDT

    * When last we checked in with Matt Bush the former No. 1 overall pick was pleading guilty to assault charges on draft day, which seemed fitting for one of the biggest busts in draft history. In the month since then Bush has been arrested again, this time being charged with a DUI, resisting arrest,…

  10. Angels not counting on Escobar, may go after Halladay

    Jul 8, 2009, 1:54 PM EDT

    Kelvim Escobar went from the disabled list to the rotation to the bullpen and then back to the DL in the span of about a week last month, and now Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that he “hasn’t picked up a baseball in weeks and has to be considered a long shot…

  11. Broken toes, twisted testicles, and Spaghettios

    Jul 8, 2009, 12:58 PM EDT

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune notes that perhaps Ryan Dempster’s broken toe is actually the dugout’s revenge for Carlos Zambrano beating up the Gatorade machine last month. And in the spirit of busting your toe while trying to celebrate a victory, Sullivan also passes along 10 “of the more foolish Cubs injuries in history”:…

  12. Daily Dose: When celebrations go wrong

    Jul 8, 2009, 12:42 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster was put on the disabled list Tuesday with a broken toe suffered while celebrating Sunday’s victory. Seriously. Dempster was attempting to jump over the dugout fence and onto the field after the final out when he stumbled and slammed into the ground. His teammates laughed at the time, but X-rays showed a non-displaced…

  13. Link-O-Rama: Hyperbole, thy name is Ron Washington

    Jul 8, 2009, 11:48 AM EDT

    * This isn’t really Quote of the Day material, but when asked yesterday why the Rangers are moving Derek Holland back to the bullpen manager Ron Washington said: “We know he can pitch out of the bullpen very, very effectively.” Maybe it’s just me, but the combination of “we know” and “very, very” is amusing…

  14. Quote of the Day

    Jul 8, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    “People think that just because you’re married to a baseball player, that you’re dumb, that you’re a gold digger, that you’re an ex-stripper. That’s not the way it is. I still haven’t met that one girl.” — Laura Posada, law school graduate, author and wife of Jorge and star of tonight’s “E: True Hollywood Story:…

  15. Adam Dunn is not going to be traded

    Jul 8, 2009, 10:37 AM EDT

    There are some rumors that Adam Dunn could be had from the Nationals, but the Nats’ GM says that he is not available: “We are not trading Adam Dunn. That’s as definitive as I can be . . . By no means is Adam Dunn on the trading block. We do not want to move…

  16. A formula to predict injuries? That's cool, for many, many reasons

    Jul 8, 2009, 10:07 AM EDT

    This is rather interesting for several reasons: The ability to predict how players’ bodies will fare is a holy grail. With an actuarial approach, [Dodgers' trainer Stan] Conte seems to have a head start in the pursuit. He is trying to build a formula that will give teams a competitive advantage and help them avoid…

  17. Don't blame White Sox fans for bad attendance

    Jul 8, 2009, 9:31 AM EDT

    White Sox’ GM Kenny Williams says that he’s prevented from making any major deals as a result of lower-than-expected attendance: “Well, if I’m being completely honest money is more of the issue now. We expected a little more support than we’ve gotten . . . We’ve been probably pretty short or a little aggressive in…

  18. Somebody's lying about what was said after the Jeter "tag"

    Jul 8, 2009, 9:01 AM EDT

    Remember yesterday’s uproar as a result of that ump telling Jeter he was out because the ball beat him to the bag? Well, that’s not what he said he said: [Crew Chief John] Hirschbeck spoke to Foster on Tuesday and got a different version. Here’s what Hirschbeck said Foster told Jeter at the time: “The…

  19. New Yorkers fail to bring the Manny-hate

    Jul 8, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT

    New York fans — who take pride in their passion and hostility, even when it’s misguided — need to take a long look in the mirror today after being shamed in the pages of a Los Angeles newspaper: Reporting from New York — Manny Ramirez, you’re not in San Diego anymore. Or are you? The…

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

    Jul 8, 2009, 5:46 AM EDT

    Dodgers 8, Mets 0: Somewhere on Long Island there’s a guy who went to last night’s game for the express purpose of booing Manny and holding up a sign with a syringe on it or something. And, yes, Manny was booed and was even ejected from the game for arguing balls and strikes! Dude from…

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