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  1. Report: Red Sox aggressively pursuing Ryan Dempster

    Jul 16, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    A source told ESPN’s Buster Olney that the Red Sox are aggressively pursuing the Cubs’ Ryan Dempster in a bid to shore up their rotation. The Red Sox have already worked out one deal this year with their former employees in Chicago (team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer), but the Marlon Byrd…

  2. 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…

  3. Mets tie a major league record in 17-1 drubbing of Cubs

    Jun 27, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

    Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy

    The game started off quietly enough, with the Mets and Cubs tied at 1 after three innings. It didn’t stay that way, though: the Mets exploded for 15 runs between the fourth and sixth innings in routing the Cubs 17-1 on Wednesday. David Wright, Ike Davis, Scott Hairston and Daniel Murphy combined to drive in…

  4. Must-Click Link: Doug Glanville’s disappointment with Marlon Byrd

    Jun 27, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

    Marlon Byrd AP

    We’ve heard people piling on Marlon Byrd for his positive PED test as if he owed them something and, frankly, it’s pretty unseemly. Contrast this with an excellent column from Doug Glanville today which outlines true disappointment. In it Glanville explains how veterans mentor young players and how young players grow up and do the…

  5. Marlon Byrd will lose no money during his PED suspension

    Jun 27, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

    Marlon Byrd AP

    While the fact that Marlon Byrd has no current employer means that him missing 50 games is kind of academic, the assumption was that he was at least losing out on 50-games worth of pay given that he’s still under contract for 2012. That assumption is wrong, however. Gordon Wittenmyer: According to multiple sources, the…

  6. Victor Conte had nothing to do with Marlon Byrd’s PED suspension

    Jun 26, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Marlon Byrd AP

    When Marlon Byrd was suspended yesterday a lot of people immediately looked, so to speak, at Victor Conte. Conte being (a) Byrd’s supplement guru; and (b) the guy behind BALCO, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Marion Jones and all the rest. “I didn’t have anything to do with this,” said Conte when reached for comment.  Yeah. Sure.…

  7. Chicago Sun-Times eager to be Marlon Byrd’s judge, jury, executioner

    Jun 25, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

    Marlon Byrd

    OK, I’m dubious about Marlon Byrd‘s claims that his positive test for a breast-cancer-treating, estrogen-blocking, steroid-masking drug had nothing to do with enhancing his performance. A couple of bigwigs at the Chicago Sun-Times are anything but, however. They’re positive Byrd is lying through his teeth: Now, I’m sure De Luca, Deputy Managing Editor, News and…

  8. Marlon Byrd suspended for PEDs

    Jun 25, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Marlon Byrd AP

    This is bigger than your normal PED suspension: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that outfielder Marlon Byrd has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for Tamoxifen, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Byrd, a free agent, will be on the restricted…

  9. Red Sox release outfielder Marlon Byrd

    Jun 12, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Marlon Byrd AP

    Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the Red Sox have released Marlon Byrd after designating the veteran outfielder for assignment last week. Byrd made a nice first impression after the Red Sox got him from the Cubs in a mid-April trade, going 10-for-30 (.333) through eight games. However, he hit .243 with one homer and…

  10. Red Sox to designate Marlon Byrd for assignment

    Jun 9, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

    Marlon Byrd AP

    Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that the Red Sox will designate outfielder Marlon Byrd for assignment in order to clear a roster spot for right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who will make his first major league start since Tommy John surgery this afternoon against the Nationals. Byrd was informed of the decision following last night’s game. Byrd…

  11. Jamey Carroll’s hand is kinda gross, but he plays the game the right way

    Jun 8, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

    The biggest reason to click this link is to see a picture and video of Jamey Carroll‘s hand, which is totally gnarled, mangled and gross from a decade of playing the infield. The second biggest is to ask yourself why it is that no one ever writes stories like this about non-white, non-short, non-scrappy utility…

  12. Boston’s banged-up outfield gets Ryan Sweeney back

    May 28, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ryan Sweeney

    Ryan Sweeney passed his post-concussion tests and has been activated from the disabled list, giving the Red Sox a much-needed boost for their injury wrecked outfield. Prior to the concussion Sweeney had started 22 times in right field compared to six times in center field, but he’s in today’s lineup as the center fielder with…

  13. Cody Ross out indefinitely with fractured bone in left foot

    May 21, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    Jose Molina, Cody Ross

    Cody Ross, who’s been playing every day in the Red Sox’s outfield because of injuries to Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury, is now joining them on the disabled list with a fractured bone in his left foot. There’s no timetable yet for his return, but manager Bobby Valentine indicated to reporters that the Red Sox…

  14. Bobby Valentine’s first ejection as Red Sox manager is an instant classic

    May 19, 2012, 9:56 AM EDT

    Bobby V Getty

    Bobby Valentine was ejected for the 38th time in his managerial career last night and for the first time as Red Sox skipper. And it was super awkward. Valentine came out to argue after Marlon Byrd hit a grounder up the middle and Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins threw him out in a close play at…

  15. The player to be named later in the Marlon Byrd deal is named

    May 15, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    mystery man

    And now your entry for “least interesting news of the day: The Cubs have acquire lefty Hunter Cervenka from Boston as the player to be named later in the Marlon Byrd deal. I’ve never heard of Cervenka. Guessing most people not related to him haven’t either. Heck, there are probably even some Cervenka cousins who are…

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

    May 10, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Mets 10, Phillies 5: Cliff Lee was OK in his return, but he was on a pitch count and the bullpen — including reverted-to-longman-work Kyle Kendrick — got shellacked. Again. Ike Davis drove in three.  The Mets so thoroughly own Citizens Bank Park this year that the Phillies are gonna have to launch some awkward…

  17. Looking at MLB’s least productive positions to date

    May 7, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    Xavier Nady

    Nationals left fielders, “led” by Xavier Nady, have amassed an MLB-low .406 OPS in 101 at-bats to date, hitting just .119 with no homers and six RBI. Here’s the list of the worst OPSs by team and position so far, along with the player most responsible for the poor showing. LF Nationals – .406 (.119/.237/.168)…

  18. Chris Davis goes 0-for-8, gets the win in 17-inning game

    May 6, 2012, 7:46 PM EDT

    Chris Davis

    It wasn’t pretty, but in many ways, Chris Davis had the most remarkable day on a baseball field that I can ever remember. Starting at DH for the Orioles, Davis fanned in his first five at-bats, hit into a double play in his sixth and grounded out in his seventh before moving to the mound…

  19. Carl Crawford diagnosed with UCL sprain in elbow

    Apr 26, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Photo Day

    UPDATE: Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald was told by a Red Sox source that the team expects Crawford back by the All-Star break. In fact, they believe a return in June isn’t out of the question. Of course, this is assuming his UCL responds to treatment. 9:37 PM: Via Brian MacPherson of the Providence…

  20. Marlon Byrd traded to Red Sox for Michael Bowden, PTBNL

    Apr 21, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

    Marlon Byrd Getty

    UPDATE: Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that Bowden is indeed headed to Chicago along with a player to be named later. The Cubs will cover “most” of the $6.5 million remaining on Byrd’s contract. 5:51: According to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com, Marlon Byrd confirmed that he has been traded to the Red Sox.…

  21. Carlos Zambrano meets the Cubs

    Apr 17, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins v St Louis Cardinals

    In addition to Ozzie Guillen’s return, tonight’s Cubs-Marlins tilt matches up Carlos Zambrano against his old buddies brings the Cubs to Carlos Zambrano’s house.*  And despite the fact that he blew up all the time and walked out on the team last season in Atlanta, they seem magnanimous enough: “He had a lot of friends on…

  22. Springtime Storylines: How will year one of the Cubs’ rebuilding plan fly in The Friendly Confines?

    Apr 1, 2012, 8:36 AM EDT

    theo epstein wrigley

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: 103 years and counting. The Big Question: How will the first year of the Cubs’ rebuild go over on Chicago’s…

  23. Springtime Storylines: Will standing pat get the Braves back to the playoffs?

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Fredi Gonzalez Reuters

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Atlanta Braves. The Big Question: Will standing pat get the Braves back to the playoffs? The Braves didn’t get…

  24. Nats, Braves are interested in Marlon Byrd

    Mar 27, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    Byrd_Marlon

    Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Nationals and Braves have expressed interest in acquiring Marlon Byrd from the Cubs. Makes sense on one level: each team could use an outfielder. The Nationals have been searching for a centerfielder forever, and Byrd could handle that probably as well as Jayson Werth could. The…

  25. Cubs demote top prospects Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson to Triple-A

    Mar 23, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Brett Jackson

    Neither player was expected to crack the Opening Day roster and today the Cubs made it official, optioning top prospects Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson to Triple-A. Rizzo was acquired from the Padres for Andrew Cashner in January and is the Cubs’ long-term answer at first base, but the team made it pretty clear that…

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