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  1. What, you're not going to cheer for Manny? Of course you are.

    Jul 2, 2009, 10:49 AM EDT

    The San Francisco Chronicle’s Bruce Jenkins has a good point: At the height of Barry Bonds’ pursuit of the home-run records, Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow made lively, enthusiastic calls on the Giants’ network . . . It seems this didn’t go over too well in other cities. [Michael] Kay, who anchors the Yankees’ telecasts,…

  2. Boo Sheffield if you must, but at least have a reason for it

    Jul 2, 2009, 10:18 AM EDT

    In yesterday’s recaps I wondered whether it was time for Brewers fans to finally stop booing Gary Sheffield. Almost everyone that responded disagreed, noting that Sheffield is a special case inasmuch as his alleged tanking in Milwaukee was way worse than your usual knucklehead behavior. I guess I understand that. And, as The Star-Ledger’s Brian…

  3. A potentially significant Cuban defection

    Jul 2, 2009, 9:52 AM EDT

    Via MLB Trade rumors comes word that a 21 year-old Cuban pitcher with a 100 m.p.h. fastball has defected (source, in Spanish, here). His name is Aroldis Chapman — a guy who, if he harnesses his stuff and makes the bigs, will likely go by the name “A-Chap” — and he pitched for Cuba in…

  4. It's time for someone — anyone — to raise the white flag

    Jul 2, 2009, 9:01 AM EDT

    MLB.com has a story about the Brewers and the trade deadline. I found this non-Brewers bit to be the most interesting: Only six of the 30 Major League teams entered play Wednesday more than 10 games out of first place, and the other 24 teams could take a public relations hit if they start dealing…

  5. Alex Rodriguez has a mini-me

    Jul 2, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT

    We may see Alex Rodriguez’s nephew in the bigs one day: Joe Dunand Jr.’s nickname is Lil’ Joe, but you might as well call him Lil’ A-Rod. Dunand Jr., a 13-year-old slugger, is A-Rod’s nephew. He’s also a 5-9, 140-pound spitting image of the Bombers’ third baseman. His father, Joe Dunand Sr., is Rodriguez’s half-brother.…

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

    Jul 2, 2009, 5:33 AM EDT

    All manner of pathetic offensive/excellent pitching performances last night, characterized by multiple 1-0 games. Many of these games can be broken down into three categories: the pitcher who pitched great and won; the pitcher who pitched great and got boned; and the blind pig of a batter who managed to find the one stinkin’ truffle…

  7. Daily Dose: Brandon Webb doesn't need shoulder surgery

    Jul 2, 2009, 1:23 AM EDT

    After being examined by three different doctors in three different states this week Brandon Webb was told that he doesn’t need shoulder surgery. However, he has also been advised not to throw for at least another six weeks and is not expected to come off the disabled list before September, if at all this year.…

  8. Wednesday's Quick Hits – Get ready for two more All-Stars

    Jul 1, 2009, 5:23 PM EDT

    – MLB announced Wednesday that it has expanded All-Star rosters to add 13th pitcher. Because who could reasonably be expected to get by with 12? From now on each All-Star team will have 33 players, including 13 pitchers. Obviously, the decision is a response to what happened last year, when George Sherrill was asked to…

  9. Home runs, steals still up through three months

    Jul 1, 2009, 4:45 PM EDT

    With June in the books, I wanted to again check out the league-wide scoring trends. All stats courtesy of the wonderful Baseball Reference, of course. It seems like even the dimmest announcers are coming to grips with the fact that home runs aren’t truly down this year, but the spike we saw in April does…

  10. What we're watching – Cain goes for 10th victory

    Jul 1, 2009, 4:20 PM EDT

    – The Yankees will go for a seventh straight win against a pitcher they tried to acquire in the second half of last year, Jarrod Washburn. They beat the Mariners 8-5 on Tuesday to improve to 22-14 at new Yankee Stadium. Washburn, who had an impressive 2.82 ERA in six starts against the Bombers at…

  11. Webb doesn't need surgery, but unlikely to return before September

    Jul 1, 2009, 3:44 PM EDT

    After being examined by three different doctors in three different states this week, Brandon Webb has been told that he doesn’t need shoulder surgery. “They all said pretty much the same thing, that they would not recommend surgery right now,” Webb said. “They told me this is something that should get better.” However, he’s been…

  12. Aviles set for season-ending Tommy John surgery

    Jul 1, 2009, 2:39 PM EDT

    After six years in the minors Mike Aviles came out of nowhere last season to hit .325 in 102 games as a 27-year-old rookie, finishing fourth in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting and seemingly establishing himself as the Royals’ shortstop for the near future. This season has unfortunately been a completely different story…

  13. Surprise, surprise: Runs Above Replacement shows Pujols as baseball's best through June

    Jul 1, 2009, 1:34 PM EDT

    Another month is in the books, so it’s time to take a look at the most valuable players in baseball according to Fan Graphs‘ tremendous Runs Above Replacement (RAR) stat that combines offensive and defensive contributions while comparing everyone to “replacement-level” players at the same position. For example, how many runs would the Cardinals lose…

  14. After dealing Milledge, Nationals continue outfield shakeup by demoting Dukes to Triple-A

    Jul 1, 2009, 12:39 PM EDT

    One day after shaking up their outfield by sending Lastings Milledge to the Pirates while bringing in Nyjer Morgan, the Nationals demoted Elijah Dukes to Triple-A this morning. Dukes hasn’t been a disaster at the plate, batting .244/.308/.415 with six homers and 20 total extra-base hits in 57 games, but he struggled in June and…

  15. Link-O-Rama: Sizemore plays through elbow pain, but offseason surgery looms

    Jul 1, 2009, 11:47 AM EDT

    Grady Sizemore plans to play through elbow pain for as long as possible, but once the season ends he’s likely headed for surgery. As trainer Lonnie Soloff put it: “He’ll have symptoms for the balance of the season. Our hope is that we can keep him away from symptoms that affect his performance or put…

  16. To use PEDs or not to use PEDs: a cost benefit analysis with math and everything

    Jul 1, 2009, 11:04 AM EDT

    Catherine Rampell of the New York Times’ “Economix” blog has a post up attempting to quantify the cost-benefit analysis that goes into a baseball player’s choice to use PEDs or not and speculates about how the system can be re-jiggered so as to further disincentivize drug use. Anyone who has thought about this stuff for…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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,…

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