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  1. Rumor mongering for Sunday

    Jul 12, 2009, 2:31 PM EDT

    – Troy C. Renck of the Denver Post says that second baseman Freddy Sanchez will be traded. He believes the Giants could land him for Jonathan Sanchez and a prospect. Renck also reports that the Giants are “lukewarm” on Matt Holliday and would love to land Jermaine Dye. – With the wrist injury to Jay…

  2. Stat of the day: Home runs in past calendar year

    Jul 12, 2009, 11:49 AM EDT

    Taken from FanGraphs: Albert Pujols – 51Ryan Howard -43Carlos Pena – 41Miguel Cabrera – 39Prince Fielder – 39Adam Dunn – 39Adrian Gonzalez – 38Mark Teixeira – 37Raul Ibanez – 35Jermaine Dye – 34Alex Rodriguez – 34Jason Bay – 34Mark Reynolds – 34 By the way, if we handed out superlatives for the past year, Albert…

  3. Potent quotables: Mora's walkoff blast

    Jul 12, 2009, 11:29 AM EDT

    “I just think, ‘Oh my God, all the questions I have to answer today after the game. You haven’t hit one home run since April.’” – Melvin Mora, after his 12th-inning walk-off homer against the Blue Jays ended a 50-game homerless drought. “I still consider myself the best third baseman in the league.” – Sometimes…

  4. Quick hits: Bruce leaves with wrist injury

    Jul 12, 2009, 10:34 AM EDT

    – Jay Bruce fractured his right wrist attempting to make a sliding catch in the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Mets. He is scheduled to return to Cincinnati for an MRI on Sunday. The 22-year-old outfielder is batting just .207 this season, but he does have 18 homers and 41 RBI. Chris Dickerson…

  5. What to watch tonight: Frenchy takes on New York

    Jul 11, 2009, 6:40 PM EDT

    With an unusually light schedule this afternoon, here’s what to watch tonight: – At Citi Field, all eyes will be on No. 7, err, No. 12 as Jeff Francoeur makes his unlikely debut as a New York Met against Johnny Cueto and the Reds. The Mets have been shut out in three of their last…

  6. Rumor mongering for Saturday

    Jul 11, 2009, 4:11 PM EDT

    – The Mariners and Twins remain in the mix for second baseman Freddy Sanchez. – Don’t expect the Rays to trade for help at the deadline unless it comes cheap. – Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle wonders if Jonathan Sanchez is more or less likely to get traded after Friday night’s no-hitter. –…

  7. All-Star Futures Game preview

    Jul 11, 2009, 2:57 PM EDT

    Unfortunately, the All-Star Futures Game, while a great idea, still hasn’t really caught on as an event because of MLB’s insistence on playing it while all of the major league games are going on the Sunday afternoon before the All-Star Game. On the plus side, at least they treated it like a real game for…

  8. Potent quotables: Jonathan Sanchez edition

    Jul 11, 2009, 2:18 PM EDT

    “I didn’t think I was going to be out there very long.” – Jonathan Sanchez, returning from the bullpen to make his first start since June 22. “After the first few innings, he had unbelievable stuff. That’s what he’s capable of. And he was able to put it together tonight.” – Eli Whiteside, an unlikely…

  9. Anti-OBPer traded for guy who once missed third base

    Jul 11, 2009, 11:58 AM EDT

    Couple thoughts on the Jeff Francoeur for Ryan Church trade: One reason why this trade might seem a bit jarring (or as jarring as a swap of mediocre outfielders could be) is that these two clubs almost never do business. Since the divisions were realigned in 1995, they have made one trade: Paul Byrd for…

  10. Division rivals make challenge trade: Church for Francoeur

    Jul 10, 2009, 6:41 PM EDT

    Now this one was positive stunning. One-for-one trades involving established players at the same positions are unusual enough. To see division rivals making such a deal in the middle of the season when they’re separated in the standing by a half-game makes this one of the most unusual trades in memory. This seems like a…

  11. Royals add to collection of terrible shortstops by acquiring Betancourt

    Jul 10, 2009, 4:57 PM EDT

    Two and a half years later, the Royals finally got their man. It’s believed that they offered Billy Butler to the Mariners for Yuniesky Betancourt after a 2006 season in which Betancourt, then 25, hit .289/.310/.403 in his first full year as a big leaguer. The Mariners saw Betancourt as a future Gold Glover who…

  12. What we're watching – Joba takes on the Halos

    Jul 10, 2009, 4:27 PM EDT

    – A pair of surging seven-game winners will face off with the White Sox in Minnesota tonight. John Danks has pitched seven scoreless innings in back-to-back victories and has a 1.51 ERA over his last five starts. Nick Blackburn is coming off his third complete game of the season, a 6-2 win over the Tigers.…

  13. Red Sox to sign 'Theriot with better hands' for $8 million?

    Jul 10, 2009, 3:35 PM EDT

    While the baseball world awaits word on elite Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman’s next move, another prominent player who defected from the island last year has apparently signed. Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that 19-year-old shortstop Jose Iglesias has agreed to an $8 million deal with the Red Sox and “official word is expected…

  14. Angels place Torii Hunter, Vladimir Guerrero on DL

    Jul 10, 2009, 2:39 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero strained his left knee Tuesday while playing right field for just the second time all season and Torii Hunter has been hindered by sore ribs thanks to various adventures in wall-crashing, and both players will finish the first half on the sidelines after being placed on the disabled list this afternoon. Guerrero has…

  15. Soto to miss 'probably a month or so' with oblique injury

    Jul 10, 2009, 1:52 PM EDT

    Initially expected to miss just a few games with what was termed a “mild” oblique strain, Geovany Soto is headed to the disabled list and Lou Piniella said this afternoon that “he’s going to be out probably a month or so.” Soto followed up his Rookie of the Year-winning debut by getting off to a…

  16. Colon no longer AWOL, still mourning Jackson's death

    Jul 10, 2009, 1:08 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon made headlines and made himself the butt of jokes earlier this week after the portly right-hander somehow went missing while rehabbing his injured knee at Triple-A. Colon finally resurfaced Wednesday and tossed five innings of one-run ball last night, but not before Ozzie Guillen offered up his theory on what happened: I worry…

  17. Meche happy in Kansas City, unlikely to waive no-trade clause

    Jul 10, 2009, 12:15 PM EDT

    With the Royals headed for another 90-loss season it makes sense for them to shop 30-year-old Gil Meche, who’s 4-8 despite a solid 4.14 ERA in 18 starts and is signed through 2011. However, Meche indicated yesterday that he’s unlikely to waive his no-trade clause if the team attempts to deal him: I don’t want…

  18. Link-O-Rama: Mariners set to part with Betancourt?

    Jul 10, 2009, 11:28 AM EDT

    * Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times speculates that the Mariners are close to trading Yuniesky Betancourt after he was scratched from a minor-league rehab game Thursday despite claiming to be healthy. * Sony has hired Aaron Sorkin to rewrite the Moneyball movie script in the hopes of salvaging the project after Steven Soderbergh walked…

  19. Correction from yesterday: 'Da Meat Hook not fit, not ready

    Jul 10, 2009, 10:18 AM EDT

    Yesterday I linked an article in which Dmitri Young mentioned that he was fit, ready and eager to play. Today reader Wooden U. Lykteneau points me to a blog post which suggests otherwise. First, he’s not fit. Second, he’s probably not ready: In a brief conversation, Dmitri says he’s been healthy and ready to go…

  20. Baseball is getting an eye in the sky

    Jul 10, 2009, 10:04 AM EDT

    Big Brother will soon be watching you, major leaguers, and it’s a really, really good thing: As baseball’s statistical revolution marches on, the last refuge for the baseball aesthete has been the sport’s less quantifiable skills: outfielders’ arm strength, base-running efficiency and other you-won’t-find-that-in-the-box-score esoterica. But debates over the quickest center fielder or the rangiest…

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