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  1. Is baseball experiencing an outbreak of anxiety disorders, or is it something else?

    Jul 1, 2009, 10:40 AM EDT

    The Wall Street Journal takes note of all of the anxiety cases this year: Three professional baseball players have landed on the disabled list this season for a problem they can’t ice, bandage or have surgically repaired: anxiety . . . Baseball’s anxious include Detroit pitcher Dontrelle Willis, St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Khalil Greene and…

  2. Believe it or not, Manny's Return represents an opportunity for the Rockies

    Jul 1, 2009, 10:03 AM EDT

    The conventional wisdom went that anyone who had any plans of catching up with the Dodgers in the NL West should have made their move while Manny Ramirez was on suspension. Troy Renck of the Denver Post thinks that wisdom gets it exactly backwards: Manny Ramirez returns Friday. That’s when the Rockies need to make…

  3. Surprising no one, Roger Clemens once again gets killed in court

    Jul 1, 2009, 9:30 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens’ record as a litigant continues to be just as bad as his record as a pitcher was good: A federal judge in Texas reaffirmed his original dismissal of most of the claims in Roger Clemens’ defamation suit against former trainer Brian McNamee, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday. The decision clears the…

  4. The Yankees considered trading Mariano Rivera to the Tigers once. Once.

    Jul 1, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    After watching Mariano Rivera make people look foolish for fifteen years it’s impossible to picture him in another uniform, but that almost came to pass once upon a time: In 1995 [Gene Michael] considered trading Rivera to the Tigers for David Wells. At the time Rivera was still trying to make it as a starter,…

  5. No one wants to play for Ozzie Guillen and Ozzie Guillen doesn't care

    Jul 1, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen was voted as the manager for whom players would least like to play: In an upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated, 26 percent of major leaguers polled voted for the combustible Piniella, followed by Guillen at 21 percent. St. Louis’ Tony LaRussa was next at 10 percent, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joe…

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

    Jul 1, 2009, 5:42 AM EDT

    Orioles 11, Red Sox 10: John Smoltz pitched better (4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) but had to leave when the rains came. I wouldn’t worry about the short outing, however, because Francona may want him in the bullpen. Why? Because Boston blew a 10-1 lead after their half of the seventh. Among the big…

  7. Daily Dose: Nationals give up on Milledge

    Jul 1, 2009, 1:17 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh made a pair of trades to shake up the outfield Tuesday, sending Eric Hinske to the Yankees for a pair of mid-level prospects and then swapping Nyjer Morgan to the Nationals along with Sean Burnett for Lastings Milledge and Joel Hanrahan. Morgan has emerged as a very solid all-around player, offering elite defense and…

  8. Tuesday's quick hits

    Jun 30, 2009, 6:07 PM EDT

    – The Red Sox have decided to place Mike Lowell on the disabled list to give him additional time to recover after having his hip drained and receiving an injection Monday. Lowell’s play had fallen off over the last month, and it might be for the best that he rests through the All-Star break. The…

  9. Projecting the AL All-Star roster – Take 2

    Jun 30, 2009, 5:25 PM EDT

    With All-Star balloting set to wrap up this week, I’m going to try projecting the AL All-Star roster one more time. Here’s what I went with four weeks ago (starters in bold): C – Joe Mauer, Victor Martinez1B – Kevin Youkilis, Justin Morneau, Mark Teixeira2B – Ian Kinsler, Aaron Hill, Dustin Pedroia3B – Evan Longoria,…

  10. What we're watching – June 30

    Jun 30, 2009, 4:39 PM EDT

    – Tim Lincecum dominated Albert Pujols and the rest of the Cardinals with a two-hit shutout on Monday. Now St. Louis will try to even up the series with Chris Carpenter on the mound. Carpenter has lost two of his last three starts with the Cardinals’ offense struggling, but he still hasn’t allowed more than…

  11. What we're watching – June 30

    Jun 30, 2009, 4:39 PM EDT

    – Tim Lincecum dominated Albert Pujols and the rest of the Cardinals with a two-hit shutout on Monday. Now St. Louis will try to even up the series with Chris Carpenter on the mound. Carpenter has lost two of his last three starts with the Cardinals’ offense struggling, but he still hasn’t allowed more than…

  12. Nationals and Pirates swap Milledge for Morgan

    Jun 30, 2009, 3:50 PM EDT

    Chico Harlan of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals and Pirates have agreed to a four-player trade that sends Lastings Milledge and Joel Hanrahan to Pittsburgh with Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett heading to Washington. Washington has soured on Milledge since acquiring him two years ago, in large part because of his struggles defensively…

  13. Nationals and Pirates swap Milledge for Morgan

    Jun 30, 2009, 3:50 PM EDT

    Chico Harlan of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals and Pirates have agreed to a four-player trade that sends Lastings Milledge and Joel Hanrahan to Pittsburgh with Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett heading to Washington. Washington has soured on Milledge since acquiring him two years ago, in large part because of his struggles defensively…

  14. Projecting the AL All-Star roster – Take 2

    Jun 30, 2009, 3:25 PM EDT

    With All-Star balloting set to wrap up this week, I’m going to try projecting the AL All-Star roster one more time. Here’s what I went with four weeks ago (starters in bold): C – Joe Mauer, Victor Martinez1B – Kevin Youkilis, Justin Morneau, Mark Teixeira2B – Ian Kinsler, Aaron Hill, Dustin Pedroia3B – Evan Longoria,…

  15. 500 saves: Mariano Rivera versus Trevor Hoffman

    Jun 30, 2009, 2:49 PM EDT

    Sunday night Mariano Rivera joined Trevor Hoffman as the only members of the 500-save club, so I thought it would be interesting to compare their Hall of Fame careers: G IP ERA W SV SO9 BB9 HR9 OAVGHoffman 953 1011 2.76 57 572 9.6 2.5 0.8 .210Rivera 881 1054 2.30 69 500 8.3 2.1 0.5…

  16. 500 saves: Mariano Rivera versus Trevor Hoffman

    Jun 30, 2009, 2:49 PM EDT

    Sunday night Mariano Rivera joined Trevor Hoffman as the only members of the 500-save club, so I thought it would be interesting to compare their Hall of Fame careers: G IP ERA W SV SO9 BB9 HR9 OAVGHoffman 953 1011 2.76 57 572 9.6 2.5 0.8 .210Rivera 881 1054 2.30 69 500 8.3 2.1 0.5…

  17. Link-O-Rama: Beltre undergoes shoulder surgery

    Jun 30, 2009, 1:52 PM EDT

    * As expected, Adrian Beltre will undergo shoulder surgery today and MLB.com reports that the best-case scenario has him returning in mid-August. Seattle will miss Beltre’s outstanding glove and may choose to further weaken their defense in the hopes of helping the league’s worst offense by shifting Russell Branyan to third base while using prospect…

  18. Link-O-Rama: Beltre undergoes shoulder surgery

    Jun 30, 2009, 1:52 PM EDT

    * As expected, Adrian Beltre will undergo shoulder surgery today and MLB.com reports that the best-case scenario has him returning in mid-August. Seattle will miss Beltre’s outstanding glove and may choose to further weaken their defense in the hopes of helping the league’s worst offense by shifting Russell Branyan to third base while using prospect…

  19. Second opinion agrees that Beltran has knee bruise

    Jun 30, 2009, 12:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran traveled to Colorado yesterday to get a second opinion on his injured right knee and Adam Rubin the New York Daily News reports that Dr. Richard Steadman agreed with the Mets’ initial diagnosis of a bone bruise. According to the newspaper Steadman has recommended that Beltran remain on the disabled list through the…

  20. Second opinion agrees that Beltran has knee bruise

    Jun 30, 2009, 12:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran traveled to Colorado yesterday to get a second opinion on his injured right knee and Adam Rubin the New York Daily News reports that Dr. Richard Steadman agreed with the Mets’ initial diagnosis of a bone bruise. According to the newspaper Steadman has recommended that Beltran remain on the disabled list through the…

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