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  1. A not-so Old Timer

    Jul 20, 2009, 10:05 AM EDT

    As Matt mentioned over the weekend, it was Old Timers Day in Yankee Stadium yesterday. One of the timers was not so old: At the new Yankee Stadium on Sunday, the former pitcher Mike Mussina was the newest Yankee old-timer and probably the most physically fit. He started the nostalgia game, allowing hits to the…

  2. The Padres make a mildly baffling trade

    Jul 20, 2009, 9:37 AM EDT

    This isn’t the sort of trade that’s going to alter the balance of power or anything, but it does have some gawk-appeal: The San Diego Padres acquired infielder Oscar Salazar from the Baltimore Orioles for right-handed pitcher Cla Meredith on Sunday. The trade became more urgent for San Diego after utilityman Edgar Gonzalez was hit…

  3. Trey Hillman given a vote of confidence for some reason

    Jul 20, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    Whenever you have a chance to give a vote of confidence to an unpopular manager who has led the team to a 112-140 record amidst sloppy play, you have to do it. You just do: The criticism isn’t likely to go away soon, but at least now Royals manager Trey Hillman knows he won’t, either.…

  4. The Pirates are jerking Sanchez, Wilson and their fans around

    Jul 20, 2009, 8:29 AM EDT

    On Friday I relayed the news of the contract offers given by the Pirates to Freddy Sanchez and Jack Wilson. When I did, I said “I can’t recall an instance of Pirates’ GM Neal Huntington playing games with players.” Well, here’s an instance of it: The Pirates yesterday pulled back their contract extension offers to…

  5. And That Happened: Sunday's scores and highlights

    Jul 20, 2009, 5:19 AM EDT

    Braves 7, Mets 1: Correlation is not the same thing as causation, but it’s worth noting that the Braves are 5-2 since unloading Francoeur. The Mets are now seventeen games back of the Nats in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes. Maybe that makes them a longshot, but I like their chances of winning that race way…

  6. Daily Dose: Brewers add Lopez at second base

    Jul 19, 2009, 11:48 PM EDT

    Craig Counsell and Casey McGehee have done a nice job platooning at second base following Rickie Weeks’ season-ending wrist surgery, but the Brewers went for a change anyway Sunday by acquiring Felipe Lopez from the Diamondbacks for a pair of marginal prospects in Cole Gillespie and Roque Mercedes. Lopez hit .305/.368/.416 in 84 games with…

  7. Yankees Old Timer's Day might need a nap

    Jul 19, 2009, 1:39 PM EDT

    Disclaimer: I love baseball. I love history. I love baseball history. I’m a Mets fan who does not dislike the Yankees (settle down Benigno). That being said … it might be time to put this Old Timer’s Day thing on the shelf for a couple years until guys like Jeter and Mariano and O’Neill are…

  8. Sunday Slate: Halladay vs Lester, Yankees Old-Timer's Day, Young Guns in Cincy

    Jul 19, 2009, 12:25 PM EDT

    Quick peek at the best pitching match-ups on Sunday: Red Sox at Blue Jays: Could it be Roy Halladay’s final start as a Blue Jay? Guessing that if he gets traded, it’ll be closer to the deadline, so probably not. He’s struggled (all relative) lately, going 0-2 with a 4.50 since a DL stint, and…

  9. Pace Car: Pujols, Teixeira, Lincecum, and others chase history, Gehrig, and burgers

    Jul 18, 2009, 9:18 AM EDT

    Plenty has been written and said about the season that Albert Pujols is having, but this nugget might be my favorite: he’s on pace for 60 HR and only 64 K. Incredible. In similar fashion, Roger Maris only struck out 67 times during his 61-homer season in ’61. Others have actually finished with more homers…

  10. Greg Maddux needles Mets, offers wisdom, will be missed

    Jul 18, 2009, 8:53 AM EDT

    Prior to Mets-Braves last night, Greg Maduxhad his number 31 retired at Turner Field. And after a nice ceremony, Maddux concluded his remarks with this gem: “Let’s beat the Mets … like old times.” Who knew that Greg Maddux was funny? Even as a Mets fan, that slayed me. And his matter-of-fact delivery just forces…

  11. Red Sox, Bay shelve talks… again

    Jul 17, 2009, 6:51 PM EDT

    Boston’s contract talks with free-agent-to-be Jason Bay have ended, one week after the Red Sox made a new offer to their left fielder. The decision was termed mutual, and Bay still seems to want to settle in Boston: “I’d still love to get something done here,” Bay told the Boston Globe. “I like it here.…

  12. What we're watching – Lincecum vs. Pirates

    Jul 17, 2009, 4:13 PM EDT

    – Tim Lincecum will make his start Friday on two days’ rest after throwing 35 pitches in the All-Star Game. He’ll be facing the Pirates for the second time in his career after losing to them when he gave up six runs in six innings on Aug. 11, 2007. He’s made 57 starts since and…

  13. Link-O-Rama: Oh, Dayton!

    Jul 17, 2009, 3:35 PM EDT

    * Dayton Moore’s latest explanation for acquiring Yuniesky Betancourt: “We have people who believe Yuniesky Betancourt is going to continue to get better through a change of scenery. When our top advisors, people I consider the very best evaluators in the game, advise me that, ‘If you can get this guy, you get him,’ that’s…

  14. MLB voids Yankees signing due to identity fraud

    Jul 17, 2009, 2:38 PM EDT

    Earlier this month the Yankees signed 16-year-old shortstop Damian Arredondo of the Dominican Republic for $850,000, but the deal has been voided because … well, it turns out that he’s not a 16-year-old or even named Damian Arredondo. Melissa Segura of SI.com reports that MLB’s “department of investigations” discovered the falsified information as part of…

  15. Red Sox designate Julio Lugo for assignment

    Jul 17, 2009, 1:41 PM EDT

    As expected the Red Sox dropped Julio Lugo from the roster this afternoon by designating him for assignment, which means that they have 10 days to either trade or release him. Finding a trade partner is still possible if the Red Sox are willing to eat nearly all of Lugo’s remaining contract, which pays him…

  16. Royals part ways with decade's worst hitter

    Jul 17, 2009, 12:47 PM EDT

    New acquisition Yuniesky Betancourt came off the disabled list yesterday and the Royals cleared room on the 25-man roster for their new starting shortstop by designating Tony Pena Jr. for assignment. After years in the Braves’ front office Dayton Moore became the Royals’ general manager in mid-2006 and brought Pena over from Atlanta the next…

  17. Link-O-Rama: Braves aren't trading Yunel Escobar

    Jul 17, 2009, 11:57 AM EDT

    * Yunel Escobar has been linked to Oakland and various other teams in trade rumors recently, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Atlanta “hasn’t made a single attempt to even explore the possibility of moving Escobar.” * Speaking of the Braves, they’re retiring Greg Maddux’s number tonight. Maddux had a 2.63 ERA during 11…

  18. Witness against Roger Clemens: "Who's Roger Clemens?"

    Jul 17, 2009, 11:06 AM EDT

    Yesterday we heard that the feds have subpoenaed a guy named Jeff Blair, who allegedly had the steroids goods on Roger Clemens. Last night, the guy said otherwise: A former gym owner in the Houston area says he never supplied Roger Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs and is looking forward to meeting with a grand jury…

  19. Ryan Howard hits his 200th homer

    Jul 17, 2009, 10:43 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard hit his 200th career home run, reaching the milestone in fewer games than any player in major league history: The 29-year-old Howard hit his 23rd homer of the season in the sixth inning to reach the 200 milestone in 658 games, fewer than any player in major league history. Ralph Kiner, previously the…

  20. The Cubs sign Ryan: low risk, potentially high reward, still kind of depressing

    Jul 17, 2009, 10:24 AM EDT

    The Cubs made it official and signed B.J. Ryan to a minor league deal: Left-handed reliever B.J. Ryan’s loss of velocity and command might be the Cubs’ gain if he can regain his form in the minor leagues. The Cubs signed the two-time All-Star to a minor-league contract Thursday after the Toronto Blue Jays released…

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