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  1. What to watch for in tonight’s All-Star Game

    Jul 10, 2012, 4:22 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    Tonight’s 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will officially open with Detroit’s Justin Verlander throwing to Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez. Still, my favorite part will take place before that. The Midsummer Classic isn’t the must-see event it was before Baseball Tonight, MLB Extra Innings and MLB.tv made seeing the league’s stars in action so much easier.…

  2. The worst of the worst at the All-Star break

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:26 PM EST

    Tim Lincecum

    Because the non-All-Stars deserve recognition too — even when they’d prefer to hide their faces — here’s a look at some midpoint leaderboards in reverse order. OPS 1. Dee Gordon (SS LAD): .562 2. Cliff Pennington (SS Oak): .563 3. Cameron Maybin (CF SD): .596 4. Jamey Carroll (INF Min): .597 5. Justin Smoak (1B…

  3. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:09 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Pittsburgh Pirates

    We have reached the All-Star break. Which means that this is the last And That Happened for a week. Unless there’s a temporal anomaly or something, which has been known to happen … Pirates 13, Giants 2: Andrew McCutchen was added to the Home Run Derby the other day. He got some early practice yesterday, smacking…

  4. Ryan Dempster ups scoreless streak to 27 innings

    Jul 8, 2012, 4:40 PM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    One would never guess Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster just missed three weeks with a strained lat muscle. Back from the DL on Sunday, he shut out the Mets for five innings, extending his scoreless streak to 27 innings. The Cubs went on to win 7-0. R.A. Dickey had an even longer scoreless-inning streak this season…

  5. Cubs send Chris Volstad back to Triple-A to make room for Ryan Dempster’s return

    Jul 8, 2012, 12:21 PM EST

    Chris Volstad

    As expected the Cubs activated Ryan Dempster from the disabled list for today’s start, and to make room for his return they dropped Chris Volstad from the rotation and optioned him back to Triple-A. Volstad was recalled from the minors Tuesday, got knocked around by the Braves for six runs in 4.1 innings, and heads…

  6. 2012 midseason awards: NL MVP

    Jul 7, 2012, 12:50 AM EST

    Joey Votto

    There’s no doubt who has been the National League’s best hitter to date, what with Joey Votto leading the circuit in both on-base percentage and slugging. As for the best player, that’s still a difficult question. Here’s the top 10 in OPS: 1.082 – Joey Votto (1B Cin): .345/.464/.619, 14 HR, 47 RBI, 4 SB…

  7. Ryan Dempster to be activated from disabled list Sunday

    Jul 6, 2012, 8:01 PM EST

    Ryan Dempster Getty

    Many contenders will likely have a close eye on Sunday’s game between the Cubs and Mets, as Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that Ryan Dempster will be activated from the disabled list to make the start for the North Siders. Dempster hasn’t pitched since June 15 due to a sore right lat muscle. The 35-year-old…

  8. The Tigers are interested in Matt Garza

    Jul 6, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

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    Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Tigers are interested in Matt Garza, though there are no serious talks yet. This is not the first time they’ve been here. Back in January David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reported that the two teams were “down the road in talks” regarding Garza and nothing came of it. Garza is 4-7…

  9. The Cubs will listen to offers for Bryan LaHair

    Jul 5, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Bryan LaHair

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs “will listen” for trade offers on Bryan LaHair. Overall LaHair is having a pretty fantastic season, hitting .293/.371/.536 with 14 home runs. But (a) he’s slumping like crazy lately and (b) he is being pushed off his natural first base position by Anthony Rizzo. And for as depressing as…

  10. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 5, 2012, 5:48 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Lee points towards a pop out by New York Mets Nickeas during the third inning of their MLB National League baseball game in New York

    Phillies 9, Mets 2: Cliff Lee stood to lose yet another one, as he and the Phillies were down 2-0 entering the seventh, but three runs in each of the seventh, eighth and ninth innings saved his bacon. First win of the year for Lee. Marlins 7, Brewers 6: On Tuesday Milwaukee beat Miami in…

  11. Ryan Dempster hoping to return from disabled list Sunday

    Jul 4, 2012, 7:29 PM EST

    ryan dempster getty

    From MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat comes word that Cubs starter Ryan Dempster threw an intensive bullpen session Wednesday afternoon at Atlanta’s Turner Field and could return to the Chicago starting rotation on Sunday in New York if he experiences no lingering soreness in the aftermath of the workout. Dempster was placed on the disabled list June…

  12. Anthony Rizzo was the best friend Starlin Castro had last night

    Jul 3, 2012, 1:32 PM EST

    rizzo getty

    Interesting story from the Cubs’ clubhouse via Patrick Mooney at CSNChicago.com. Last night, with Dan Uggla at the plate, Starlin Castro fielded a grounder and appeared to lollygag the throw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Uggla, not the fastest man around — and maybe not even the fastest man named Uggla in Georgia — was…

  13. Ian Stewart needs wrist surgery, likely to miss rest of season

    Jul 2, 2012, 8:33 PM EST

    Ian Stewart AP

    Ian Stewart‘s tenure with the Cubs could be brief. According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, Stewart will undergo exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist next week in Cleveland and is expected to miss the rest of the season. Stewart has been sidelined since June 12, but his wrist has been an issue…

  14. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and higlights

    Jul 2, 2012, 5:30 AM EST

    Ramon Santiago, Austin Jackson

    It was a really rough weekend for people in Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. Storms, trees down, power outages and intense heat made it for a really crappy weekend. We were fairly lucky here at Chez Craigy. The power was out for only about 24 hours before coming back Saturday evening.…

  15. Austin Jackson, Bryce Harper lead All-Star snubs

    Jul 1, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Bryce Harper

    You knew it was coming. In truth, I think those in charge did a better job of picking this season’s All-Stars than they have in recent years. Still, I have some disagreements, even if none of them are quite as vehement as last season’s. Austin Jackson (OF Tigers) – Jackson’s DL stint probably cost him…

  16. Selection Sunday: Your 2012 All-Star rosters are revealed…

    Jul 1, 2012, 1:02 PM EST

    mlb all-star patch

    Major League Baseball is announcing the All-Star rosters for each league this afternoon during an hour-long special on TBS. We’ll update this post as the names come in: The 2012 MLB All-Star Game is next Tuesday, July 10, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. AMERICAN LEAGUE Starters C Mike Napoli 1B Prince Fielder 2B…

  17. Anthony Rizzo slugged his first Cubs homer on Saturday

    Jul 1, 2012, 9:05 AM EST

    rizzo getty

    Anthony Rizzo made his major league debut last year as a member of the Padres and belted his first career home run in a June 11 loss to the Nationals. Now he’s on the board with his new team, the Cubs. The 22-year-old first baseman smoked a two-run blast over the right field fence in…

  18. Ryan Dempster won’t be back until after the All-Star break

    Jun 29, 2012, 12:17 PM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    At the outset, please note that as of this week, anything that will or will not happen until “after the All-Star” break is no longer really scary. Because the All-Star break is less than two weeks from now. Seems crazy early and stuff, but it’s where we are.  The upshot: “until after the All-Star break”…

  19. Pettitte, Sabathia down. Now what do the Yankees do?

    Jun 27, 2012, 4:52 PM EST

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    The Yankees placed CC Sabathia on the disabled list this morning and this afternoon the lost Andy Pettitte for six weeks with a broken ankle. What are the options here, people? Well, certainly Freddy Garcia gets starts until the big man is back. That’s a given. For now the solution for the other vacancy in…

  20. Cubs designate Randy Wells for assignment

    Jun 27, 2012, 12:42 PM EST

    Randy Wells AP

    In a move which should come as no surprise, the Cubs announced this morning that they have designated Randy Wells for assignment. Wells failed to make it out of the fourth inning last night against the Mets. The 29-year-old right-hander gave up three runs and issued four walks, including one to opposing pitcher Dillon Gee,…

  21. Ike Davis ejected, likely to face a fine for bumpin’ the ump

    Jun 27, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

    Ike Davis, Manny Gonzalez

    Ike Davis had a legit beef last night. His swipe tag missed baserunner Steve Clevenger on a pickoff play last night, but Clevenger missed the bag and Davis got him on the second attempt. First base umpire Manny Gonzalez missed that, though, and called Clevenger safe. An argument ensued, and during the argument Davis’ glove…

  22. The final NL All-Star balloting update before the teams are set

    Jun 26, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    All Star Game Logo

    There’s still time to vote, but if it ended now, the NL All-Star team would look like so. Changes to possible starters: Ryan Braun pulled ahead of Melky Cabrera for the third outfield slot, reversing last week’s reversal. Otherwise, the same old same old, with the changes only affecting downballot stuff: CATCHER Buster Posey, Giants:…

  23. Anthony Rizzo batting third in Cubs debut tonight

    Jun 26, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    anthony rizzo getty

    Chicago made it official, calling up first base prospect Anthony Rizzo from Triple-A before tonight’s game. And while the Cubs took their sweet time promoting him from Triple-A they wasted no time throwing him into the middle of the lineup. Rizzo is playing first base and batting third in his Cubs debut, pushing Bryan LaHair…

  24. Ryan Dempster won’t be ready to return when eligible

    Jun 26, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    Ryan Dempster has been out since June 16 with a strained right shoulder and won’t be ready to return from the disabled list when eligible Sunday, according to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago. Padilla reports that Dempster “will miss at least one more start” and because he’s yet to throw off a mound it wouldn’t…

  25. Cubs (finally) call up first base prospect Anthony Rizzo

    Jun 25, 2012, 2:12 PM EST

    anthony rizzo getty

    Cubs fans are finally getting their wish, as the team announced that first base prospect Anthony Rizzo is on his way to Chicago after destroying Triple-A pitching for the second straight season. Rizzo struggled in his first taste of the big leagues last year for the Padres and was then traded to the Cubs for…

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