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  1. The Canadian anthem was given short shrift at the All-Star Game

    Jul 15, 2009, 10:43 AM EDT

    Justin Morneau is a bit miffed at last night’s pregame protocol which had Sheryl Crow singing the United States’ national anthem, but merely a pre-recorded instrumental version of “O Canada”: “I wasn’t very impressed with that to tell you the truth. You figure they could find somebody to come and sing the song. They have…

  2. The Mets may not be buyers at the deadline

    Jul 15, 2009, 10:11 AM EDT

    Via Ken Davidoff, word, from Larry King of all people, that Mets owner Fred Wilpon’s losses to scamster Bernie Madoff were way bigger than most of us speculated: “There was a time when we were almost going to give him everything,” says King. “In fact, Morgan Stanley, who I invest with, those guys used to…

  3. Stephen Strasburg: "I haven't heard from the Nationals"

    Jul 15, 2009, 9:45 AM EDT

    That sound you hear is either the Nats screwing up the most important thing in the history of their franchise or Scott Boras screwing up Stephen Strasburg’s career. Hard to tell which it is, really. Tom Boswell, who caught up with Strasburg in St. Louis yesterday, has the scoop: Strasburg said that “I haven’t heard…

  4. Is Atlanta interested in Matt Holliday?

    Jul 15, 2009, 9:22 AM EDT

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Dave O’Brien mentions — and then almost immediately scotches — rumors of a Yunel Escobar for Matt Holliday trade: While the Braves have made it known they are taking calls from teams interested in potential Yunel Escobar trades, I’m told that three’s nothing to the report out of Oakland of discussions between…

  5. Pedro to Philly is a done deal

    Jul 15, 2009, 8:51 AM EDT

    Pedro Martinez will once again be contributing to the Mets’ playoff push: Martinez has agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. The three-time Cy Young Award winner was in town for a physical, and the Phillies planned to…

  6. And That Happened: All-Star Game Edition

    Jul 15, 2009, 6:49 AM EDT

    If you followed along with our liveblog last night some of this may be redundant for you, but I kept a quasi-running diary of the All-Star game and here are some of my random observations: Pregame – I really enjoyed all of the presidents talking during the Everyday All-Stars thing. Obama looks like he’s growing…

  7. Daily Dose: Buy low for the second half

    Jul 15, 2009, 1:11 AM EDT

    While the baseball world pauses for the All-Star break, here are a dozen players who fantasy owners should be looking to acquire with their value low … Scott Baker – Baker got off to a homerific start as he battled shoulder soreness and inconsistent mechanics, going 0-4 with a 9.15 ERA and eight long balls…

  8. Midseason AL Cy Young Award

    Jul 14, 2009, 6:34 PM EDT

    It was the easiest call of all of the awards when we looked back one-third of the way through the year, but things have tightened up a bit since, as Zack Greinke is no longer sporting a 1.10 ERA. Here’s the top 10 in ERA: 1. Zack Greinke – 2.12 ERA in 127 1/3 IP2.…

  9. Midseason NL Rookie of the Year

    Jul 14, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT

    The NL Rookie of the Year race has changed little since we checked in one-third of the way through the season. Randy Wells and J.A. Happ were neck-and-neck then, and I gave the nod to Wells, even though I expected more from Happ the rest of the way. At least a few hitters have started…

  10. Link-O-Rama: Victor Martinez will be busy tonight

    Jul 14, 2009, 3:52 PM EDT

    * Victor Martinez, who figures to be behind the plate tonight if Tim Wakefield pitches in the All-Star game, admitted yesterday that he’s never caught a knuckleball “in my life.” Good luck with that, Vic. He can always follow Bob Uecker’s advice: “Wait until it stops rolling, then go to the backstop and pick it…

  11. Quote of the Day: 'Defensive statistics, I still really don't understand'

    Jul 14, 2009, 3:10 PM EDT

    Royals general manager Dayton Moore, on the advanced defensive statistics that show recent acquisition Yuniesky Betancourt as a poor shortstop: The defensive statistics, I still really don’t understand how some of those statistics are evaluated, I really don’t. When you watch baseball games every single day, it’s very apparent who can play defensively and who…

  12. Longoria to sit out All-Star game, Figgins added to AL roster

    Jul 14, 2009, 1:53 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria has been scratched from tonight’s All-Star game because of an infected right ring finger that had to be drained and treated with antibiotics yesterday. Michael Young will start at third base and bat seventh for the American League while Chone Figgins gets added to the roster as a last-minute replacement. This is Figgins’…

  13. All-Star Game live blog tonight

    Jul 14, 2009, 1:48 PM EDT

    Just a quick note: I’ll be doing a live blog tonight during the game. Questions and comments will be welcome.

  14. Rehab updates: Quentin, Soto, and Guillen

    Jul 14, 2009, 12:34 PM EDT

    * Carlos Quentin switched from left field to designated hitter at Single-A last night after rain postponed the game by an hour, but ripped an RBI double and lined out to center field in two at-bats before exiting in the sixth inning. Quentin is now 8-for-23 (.348) with two doubles, four walks, and just one…

  15. Link-O-Rama: All-Stars coming to Kansas City in 2012

    Jul 14, 2009, 11:48 AM EDT

    * Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star reports that MLB will announce soon that the All-Star game is headed to Kansas City in 2012. Mellinger adds: “It will be our first national sporting event since the Final Four in 1988, and it very well could be our last for decades.” * Padres prospect Chad…

  16. Quote of the Day: "I'm tired of Angel players who don't speak English"

    Jul 14, 2009, 11:04 AM EDT

    I’m tired of Angel players who don’t speak English. At least not with a mike in from of them. This Kendry Morales ignoring our language for Spanish the way Vlad does is outrageous. This is an American team with American fans paying them American millions. Learn to speak to us without a Jose Mota dictionary,…

  17. Should we raise the pitcher's mound?

    Jul 14, 2009, 10:32 AM EDT

    The All-Star break is a good time to talk about stuff we normally don’t have time to discuss because things like ballgames and transactions and stuff get in the way. Things like this, which is an article advocating for a return to the pre-1968 pitchers’ mound: If Major League Baseball is serious about trying to…

  18. Albert Pujols has to be very, very tired

    Jul 14, 2009, 10:02 AM EDT

    Mark Buehrle, when asked how he would pitch to Albert Pujols if he faces him tonight: “High and inside. Hit ‘em. Knock him off the plate. Hopefully he charges the mound.” Of course he immediately backtracked, admitted he was joking and gave all kinds of respect to Pujols. A shame, really, as I think a…

  19. Join the Yankees Universe . . . now only $19.95!

    Jul 14, 2009, 9:40 AM EDT

    The Red Sox may have a nation, but the Yankees have a whole universe: The New York Yankees today announced the creation of Yankees Universe, an official fan club granting members exclusive benefits, unique access and special savings. Membership privileges extend to all aspects of the fan experience, including exclusive Web site advantages, outstanding discounts…

  20. Collusion not likely, but definitely possible

    Jul 14, 2009, 9:00 AM EDT

    Following the 1985, 1986 and 1987 seasons, the owners colluded against the players in order to short-circuit the competitive bidding process for free agents. Arbitrators ruled that the owners violated the collective bargaining agreement not one, not two, but three times, and as result, they ended up agreeing to pay the players some $280 million…

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