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  1. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 17, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman wipes sweat from his forehead during the first inning of the Orioles' MLB baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis

    Twins 19, Orioles 7: This was a multifaceted butt-whupping, but it got started with Chris Tillman’s butt. Which is a shame considering that five short months ago he was in the Best Shape of His Life. All of those runs for the Twins despite hitting only one homer. It was a Gashouse Gorillas-style conga line…

  2. Kyle Weiland unlikely to return from surgery this year

    Jul 16, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Washington Nationals

    Houston lost shortstop Jed Lowrie to the disabled list yesterday and the other player they got from the Red Sox in the Mark Melancon swap, right-hander Kyle Weiland, is unlikely to pitch again this season. Weiland underwent shoulder surgery in May and was initially hoping to return relatively quickly, but an infection ruined those plans…

  3. So who’s available at the trade deadline?

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

    Justin Upton

    The non-waiver trade deadline is coming. July 31, as usual. After a slow beginning to crazy season due to so many teams being in contention or erroneously believing so, the rumblings are getting louder. It’s great fun, yes? Over the next couple of weeks, we will obviously be writing individual posts for each of the…

  4. Astros lose Jed Lowrie, Jason Castro to DL

    Jul 15, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

    Jed Lowrie

    Just in time for their rematch against Matt Cain, the Astros put two starters on the disabled list Sunday, Jed Lowrie and Jason Castro. Lowrie, the Astros’ most productive hitter with 14 homers and 36 RBI this season, suffered a sprained ankle during Saturday’s game. Castro, who has a solid .254/.440/.379 line in 169 at-bats,…

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

    Jul 10, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    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.…

  6. Reds, Pirates and Indians among teams interested in Carlos Quentin

    Jul 9, 2012, 8:09 PM EDT

    Carlos Quentin Getty

    The next 24 hours will be dominated by All-Star Game coverage, but it won’t be long before this space is filled with rumors leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. And we’re already hearing some chatter regarding one of the most popular names on the market. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com is reporting that…

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

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    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…

  8. Astros’ Fernando Rodriguez takes eighth relief loss of season

    Jul 8, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodriguez

    Fernando Rodriguez might make a name for himself after all, just not in a good way. The Astros right-hander took his eighth relief loss after giving up two runs in the 10th inning Sunday against the Brewers. His ERA jumped to 6.61. Rodriguez has 34 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings this season, but his poor…

  9. Zack Greinke will start today after yesterday’s early ejection

    Jul 8, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Sam Holbrook

    Zack Greinke was ejected from yesterday’s game after throwing just four pitches when first base umpire Sam Holbrook tossed him for slamming the ball to the ground when he couldn’t beat Jose Altuve to the bag on a fielding play. Holbrook apparently thought Greinke was showing him up, but it was pretty apparent to just…

  10. Michael Bourn replaces Ian Desmond in All-Star Game

    Jul 7, 2012, 5:49 PM EDT

    Ian Desmond, Adam Jones

    Ian Desmond is 2-for-2 with a home run today, but the league has announced that he’ll sit out the All-Star Game and be replaced by Braves center fielder Michael Bourn. Desmond, who leads all shortstops with 16 home runs this season, has been nursing a strained left oblique for three weeks and decided the rest…

  11. Zack Greinke ejected in first inning for spiking baseball

    Jul 7, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke AP

    Zack Greinke was ejected in the bottom of the first inning against the Astros this afternoon for spiking a ball in the dirt following a close call at first base. Greinke gave up a leadoff triple to Jordan Schafer before Jose Altuve hit a chipper to Corey Hart at first base. Greinke ran over to…

  12. The Orioles have called the Astros about Wandy Rodriguez

    Jul 7, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez AP

    We learned earlier this week that the Orioles are “going hard” after Brewers’ right-hander Zack Greinke, but it appears Dan Duquette has some other targets in mind as he attempts to upgrade the starting rotation. According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, the Orioles have called the Astros to inquire about the availability of Wandy Rodriguez.…

  13. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 6, 2012, 5:50 AM EDT

    New York Mets manager Collins congratulates Wright on hitting a walk off single to beat the Philadelphia Phillies in their MLB National League baseball game at Citi Field in New York

    Mets 6, Phillies 5: The R.A. Dickey vs. Cole Hamels matchup didn’t pan out as some expected, but David Wright took care of things, going 3 for 5 with four RBI including the game winner. Cardinals 6, Rockies 2: Lance Lynn had been skidding but the Rockies cured his ills. The Rockies cure everyone’s ills.…

  14. The Astros are eating all but $250K of Carlos Lee’s deal

    Jul 5, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    carlos lee ap

    One would assume that the Astros had to eat a lot of money in order to trade Carlos Lee. And ate it they did. Almost all of it. Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins are only playing the pro-rated minimum salary for Lee for the remainder of the season, leaving Houston on the hook for…

  15. Great Moments in Twitter: Buster Olney blocked Jon Heyman

    Jul 5, 2012, 8:25 AM EDT

    Twitter logo

    This is kind of funny. Yesterday it was Buster Olney who broke the Carlos Lee trade. Jon Heyman was not aware of it, however. This series of tweets came an hour after Buster broke the news: Hearing #marlins to get carlos lee. Believed to be sending a minor leaguer or 2 to houston — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July…

  16. Marlins demote Gaby Sanchez to Triple-A New Orleans

    Jul 4, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

    gaby sanchez ap

    Gaby Sanchez not only lost his starting job in Wednesday afternoon’s Carlos Lee deal. He was also stripped of his major league roster spot. According to beat writer Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the Marlins optioned Sanchez down to Triple-A New Orleans less than 20 minutes after their 7-6 extra-innings victory over the…

  17. 2012 midseason awards: NL Rookie of the Year

    Jul 4, 2012, 6:47 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    If the NL is going to narrow the talent gap with the AL in the coming years, it doesn’t really show up here. Sure, there’s a likely superstar playing well in Bryce Harper, but the AL can seemingly cancel him out with Mike Trout, who is playing a whole lot better. Beyond Harper, it’s a…

  18. Thoughts on the Carlos Lee-to-Miami deal

    Jul 4, 2012, 6:16 PM EDT

    Carlos Lee

    - It was obvious the Marlins had to upgrade. Gaby Sanchez looked like a borderline All-Star at this time last year, but he hit just .225/.320/.359 after the break, and even that would be a big improvement on his 2012 line of .194/.240/.283. He posted OPSs of .576 in April, .484 in May and .496…

  19. Astros agree to trade Carlos Lee to Marlins for prospects

    Jul 4, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

    carlos lee ap

    UPDATE: Olney says the deal is done and Houston is getting minor leaguers Matt Dominguez, a third baseman and one-time top prospect whose stock has dropped, and Rob Rasmussen, a 2010 second-round pick with a chance to be a mid-rotation starter. All in all not a bad haul considering the Astros were just happy to…

  20. Carlos Lee or not, Don Mattingly sounds ready to upgrade over James Loney

    Jul 3, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    James Loney, Don Mattingly

    By pursuing an ultimately unsuccessful trade for Carlos Lee the Dodgers made is obvious that they’re not happy with James Loney‘s production at first base, so when Loney told Don Mattingly that he feels ready to break out offensively the manager was understandably skeptical: He came into my office and he felt like he’s got…

  21. X-rays negative on Mike Trout’s pinkie finger, should be back Tuesday

    Jul 2, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Sure, now that he’s a big star and all, Mike Trout can afford to let a sore pinkie knock him out of the lineup.

  22. Comment of the Day: on Carlos Lee and no-trade clauses

    Jul 2, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Carlos Lee Getty

    Carlos Lee’s decision not to accept a trade to L.A. inspired reader sincitybonobo to ponder what it all means: I will preface this by saying he simply exercised an option that was available to him and broke no rules. However, at the tail end of a contract that he never came close to justifying, he…

  23. Dodgers pull out of Carlos Lee trade with Astros

    Jul 1, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

    Carlos Lee

    Carlos Lee was picking his ranch over Hollywood. With Lee expected to use his partial no-trade clause to reject the deal, the Dodgers pulled out of the trade that would have brought Lee from Houston to Los Angeles, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports. The Dodgers were expected to send the Astros right-hander Garrett Gould in…

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

    Jul 1, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 1, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    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…

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