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  1. Red Sox send Lugo to Cards for Duncan

    Jul 22, 2009, 6:43 PM EDT

    Because you can never trade for just one left-handed hitting, first baseman-type with a career OPS in the low 800s whose father was a former All-Star pitcher and whose brother is also a professional baseball player. Ever without the historical similarities, it is fascinating that the Red Sox traded for two such similar players in…

  2. What we're watching: Astros go for sweep

    Jul 22, 2009, 4:52 PM EDT

    – As great as he is, Tim Lincecum has still won a mere 45 percent of his 76 career starts. However, he’s 5-for-5 against the Braves heading into another showdown tonight. He blanked the Braves for eight innings in his only start against them this year, that coming on May 26. Jair Jurrjens, who ranks…

  3. Mattingly family makes bid for reality show

    Jul 22, 2009, 4:41 PM EDT

    Don Mattingly was considered the epitome of class during his Yankees career. His family, on the other hand, obviously has a ways to go: A former Central High School baseball standout and New York Yankees draft pick was arrested Tuesday for allegedly shoving his mother and then spitting in her face. Taylor Mattingly, 24, was…

  4. Link-O-Rama: Blister delays Marquis' next start

    Jul 22, 2009, 3:33 PM EDT

    * Jason Marquis’ next start has been pushed back from Friday to Tuesday because of a blister on his right middle finger. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Marquis has “battled the issue for the better part of a month,” but it hasn’t stopped baseball’s only 12-game winner from going 3-1 with a…

  5. Quote of the Day: 'It makes me want to vomit'

    Jul 22, 2009, 2:39 PM EDT

    Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, speaking yesterday about fans and media members criticizing outfielder Chris Duncan for hitting just .227/.329/.358: I get so tired of the unfair treatment of Chris Duncan. It makes me want to vomit. And you can quote me on that. This guy is treated unfairly. These fans have a reputation of…

  6. Red Sox get LaRoche from Pirates for pair of prospects

    Jul 22, 2009, 1:29 PM EDT

    With the trading deadline now just nine days away the Red Sox have gotten a head start by acquiring veteran first baseman Adam LaRoche from the Pirates in exchange for prospects Argenis Diaz and Hunter Strickland. LaRoche is an interesting pickup for Boston, because if everyone is healthy and productive he’ll be a part-time player.…

  7. Report: LaRoche about to be traded to Red Sox?

    Jul 22, 2009, 12:11 PM EDT

    Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that “the Pirates’ clubhouse is abuzz with word that a trade involving first baseman Adam LaRoche is imminent.” LaRoche was spotted taking batting practice this morning, but is not in the lineup for this afternoon’s game against the Brewers and Kovacevic notes that the Pirates have issued…

  8. 5 guys you might not realize are having awesome seasons

    Jul 22, 2009, 11:53 AM EDT

    Unless you play fantasy or are a fan of the team these guys are employed by, you might not be aware that they’re putting up some pretty sick numbers. Javy Vazquez: The 7-7 record is deceiving. Javy’s ERA sits at 2.86, his WHIP is 1.048, and he has struck out 141 batters (3rd in MLB) in 126.0 innings…

  9. Link-O-Rama: Scouts on hand for Lee's gem

    Jul 22, 2009, 11:50 AM EDT

    * With the Blue Jays and Indians playing in Toronto, scouts have converged to get a 2-for-1 showing on Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee. In particular, Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports that the Dodgers, Brewers, Phillies, and Red Sox are among the teams interested in Lee. Perhaps they all read my piece yesterday…

  10. Who needs Roy when you have Joe Blanton?

    Jul 22, 2009, 10:46 AM EDT

    The headlines from last night go to Jayson Werthas he morphs into an indestructible force, and the Phillies as a team for a 10-game winning streak that is the longest for a defending champion since 1971. But maybe the guy we should be giving a little more love to is Joe Blanton. After a May 21 outing…

  11. Mets execs now using their bare pecs to motivate minor leaguers

    Jul 22, 2009, 10:01 AM EDT

    As if things hadn’t gotten comically bad enough for the Mets this year, there’s now word that their VP for Player Development, Tony Bernazard, recently ripped off his shirt and challenged the Double-A Mets to a fight. Seriously. Via the Daily News: Bernazard particularly went after middle infield prospect Jose Coronado, using a slang term…

  12. The Nats are nowhere near signing Strasburg

    Jul 22, 2009, 9:20 AM EDT

    Last week Stephen Strasburg was lamenting the fact that he hadn’t heard from the Nationals. Seems that nothing has really changed: The Washington Nationals are not on pace to sign top overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg by the Aug. 17 deadline, a source close to the negotiations told ESPN’s Pedro Gomez on Tuesday . .…

  13. The New York press admits that the Yankees may be better with A-Rod

    Jul 22, 2009, 9:08 AM EDT

    The article you thought you’d never see in the New York tabloids: A-Rod, Clutch God! But for now we have to admit that the Yankees with Rodriguez this season have been something very different than the Yankees without him. More often than not, A-Rod’s moments have meant something in the standings. OK, that’s a bit…

  14. Pedro is looking good

    Jul 22, 2009, 8:56 AM EDT

    The Phillies have won ten in a row, the Mets stink, and even though I’m a fan, I’m not sure the Braves have a high enough gear in their transmission to catch up. In light of that, Philadelphia probably doesn’t need much more help this season. Unfortunately for their competition, however, they look like they…

  15. Your Daily Halladay Update: He still ain't goin' anywhere

    Jul 22, 2009, 8:34 AM EDT

    The Jays are imposing their own trade deadline, and confirming my long-held suspicions about the unlikelihood of trading Doc Halladay: Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi still hasn’t received an appropriate trade offer for Roy Halladay, and has set a July 28 deadline to complete a deal for the 2003 Cy Young Award winner. “At…

  16. Baseball is testing DNA in the D.R. We cool with this?

    Jul 22, 2009, 8:21 AM EDT

    I understand the problem, but this solution seems rather troublesome to me: Confronted with cases of identity and age falsification by Latin American baseball prospects, Major League Baseball is conducting genetic testing on some promising young players and their parents. Many experts in genetics consider such testing a violation of personal privacy. Federal legislation, signed…

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

    Jul 22, 2009, 5:55 AM EDT

    Nationals 4, Mets 0: Not to take too much away from John Lannan (CG, SHO, 7 H, 1K 0 BB), but David Wright was the only player in the Mets’ lineup who has any business starting for a Major League team, let alone one that still pretends that it’s contending. Indians 2, Blue Jays 1:…

  18. Daily Dose: Wakefield floats to DL

    Jul 22, 2009, 2:28 AM EDT

    Clay Buchholz is back in Boston’s rotation after making a spot start last week, as the Red Sox put Tim Wakefield on the disabled list Tuesday. Wakefield, who was picked for his first All-Star game last week, tweaked his lower back while tossing a bullpen session Saturday and the AL co-leader in wins will have…

  19. What we're watching: Beckett goes for 12th win

    Jul 21, 2009, 5:07 PM EDT

    – Sinkerballer Sergio Mitre, who underwent Tommy John surgery last year, will make his Yankees debut against the Orioles after going 3-1 with a 2.40 ERA in seven starts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was 10-23 with a 5.36 ERA in 52 starts and 26 relief appearances for the Cubs and Marlins from 2003-07. If he…

  20. Triple-A ump Muchlinski a Twin killer

    Jul 21, 2009, 4:04 PM EDT

    In all of its glory, here is the brutal call at home plate that ended Monday’s Twins-Athletics game. Cuddyer is safe in scoring the game-tying run, of course, but Mike Muchlinski, a Triple-A ump filling in for a vacationing major league counterpart, got himself in lousy position and blew the call. What makes this particularly…

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