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  1. Oh my stars and garters, what if an All-Star tests positive for drugs!

    Jul 9, 2013, 8:58 AM EST

    Melky Cabrera

    That’s the short version of Bob Nightengale’s latest column in which he reminds us how the Republic ended last year when Melky Cabrera won the All-Star Game MVP award before his drug suspension. And how, thanks to Biogenesis looming over everything, it could happen again. Nightengale’s concern here is at about a 20 on a…

  2. Padres to sign first-round pick Hunter Renfroe

    Jul 8, 2013, 8:45 PM EST

    Hunter Renfroe

    Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that Padres first-round pick Hunter Renfroe is in San Diego today in order to take his physical, the final step before finalizing his contract. Renfroe, a 22-year-old outfielder out of Mississippi State, was selected No. 13 overall in last month’s First-Year Player Draft. No word yet on the terms involved,…

  3. The 2013 Home Run Derby participants have been announced

    Jul 8, 2013, 6:49 PM EST

    home-run-derby

    Just announced on ESPN’s SportsCenter, here are the participants for the 2013 Home Run Derby, which will take place next Monday at 8 p.m. ET at Citi Field in New York. Keep in mind that all of the players selected were also chosen for the All-Star Game. So there’s no Giancarlo Stanton here. Oh well.…

  4. Freddie Freeman Mania! He leads Puig in All-Star final vote

    Jul 8, 2013, 11:32 AM EST

    2013 All Star Game Logo

    I have this funny feeling that the MLB All-Star “Final Vote” thing — in which fans pick the last member of the All-Star roster — is ultimately gonna have Yasiel Puig join the NL squad. It’s what the league wants, what fans, on the whole, probably want and it’s what will prove to be more…

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

    Jul 8, 2013, 6:43 AM EST

    Orioles' Jones watches his two-run home run off of Yankees closing pitcher Rivera during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York

    Orioles 2, Yankees 1: Even Superman gets beat up once in a while. Adam Jones handed Mariano Rivera his second blown save of the year and the first blown save in Yankee Stadium in a dog’s age when he smacked a two-run homer in the ninth. Speaking of Superman, I finally got around to seeing…

  6. Evan Longoria, Stephen Strasburg lead All-Star snubs

    Jul 6, 2013, 8:21 PM EST

    Evan Longoria

    No matter how bloated the All-Star rosters get, it’s never hard to find imperfections. This year, two of the AL’s top 10 performers to date have been left off for no good reason. For some reason, manager Jim Leyland’s squad took three catchers and four second basemen, but just two from third base, which has…

  7. Sportswriter basically accuses Chris Davis of using PEDs

    Jul 5, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    Chris Davis

    I noted that fans on Twitter have come to assume Chris Davis is using steroids every time he hits a homer but now we have a well-known sportswriter — Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times — doing it too. Oh, he couches it in the “hey, maybe he’s clean, we just don’t know!” language all…

  8. J.P. Arencibia calls out Blue Jays analysts Gregg Zaun, Dirk Hayhurst

    Jul 5, 2013, 11:31 AM EST

    arencibia reuters

    I’m struggling to think of an instance where a ballplayer called out his own team’s analysts for a good reason. Most of the time it’s whining about the fact that people in a role filled with so many in-the-bag homers are shockingly telling it like it is.  We saw that when Cubs players got mad…

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

    Jul 5, 2013, 6:16 AM EST

    Adam Dunn

    White Sox 3, Orioles 2: A walkoff homer for Adam Dunn won it, but seven shutout innings — with 11 strikeouts — from Jose Quintana helped make it possible. Athletics 1, Cubs 0: Offense-lovers need not apply. Dan Straily allowed only one hit in seven shutout innings. Travis Wood had six shutout innings of his…

  10. Max Scherzer beats Blue Jays to move to 13-0

    Jul 3, 2013, 10:51 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Toronto Blue Jays

    Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer won his sixth straight start and improved to 13-0 on the season after allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays on Wednesday. Scherzer is the first pitcher to start 13-0 since Roger Clemens opened up 14-0 for the Red Sox on his way to a Cy Young…

  11. Adam Lind is back in the Blue Jays’ starting lineup

    Jul 3, 2013, 7:03 PM EST

    lind getty

    From John Lott of Canada’s National Post comes word that Adam Lind is in the Blue Jays’ starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Tigers after sitting out Monday and Tuesday due to tightness in the middle of his back. He willl serve as Toronto’s designated hitter while Mark DeRosa plays first. The mid-back tightness was never…

  12. Pouliot’s midseason award picks: AL MVP

    Jul 3, 2013, 6:26 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera

    The reigning MVP has some heavy-hitting competition this year. Let’s see if he can hold them off. AL OPS leaders: 1.136 – Miguel Cabrera: .368/.458/.678, 26 HR, 85 RBI, 2 SB in 323 AB 1.126 – Chris Davis: .329/.405/.721, 31 HR, 80 RBI, 0 SB in 301 AB 1.102 – David Ortiz: .320/.406/.607, 16 HR,…

  13. The Blue Jays designate Chien-Ming Wang for assignment

    Jul 3, 2013, 9:13 AM EST

    Chien-Ming Wang

    I beat the Wang double entendres to death last night on Twitter and this morning in ATH so I won’t do that anymore. But I will note, with some degree of sadness, that the Blue Jays designated Chien-Ming Wang for assignment after last night’s disaster start against the Tigers. Wang was staked to a 4-0…

  14. All-Star voting update: down the stretch they come!

    Jul 2, 2013, 5:06 PM EST

    2013 All Star Game Logo

    Fan voting ends Thursday. Here are the results through yesterday for both leagues as we hit the home stretch: AMERICAN LEAGUE FIRST BASE 1. Chris Davis, Orioles, 5,468,703 2. Prince Fielder, Tigers, 3,280,681 3. Albert Pujols, Angels, 1,140,420 4. Mike Napoli, Red Sox, 1,123,281 5. Mitch Moreland, Rangers, 1,007,675 SECOND BASE 1. Robinson Cano, Yankees,…

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

    Jul 2, 2013, 6:34 AM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v New York Mets

    Mets 5, Diamondbacks 4: Arizona took two leads in this game: a 3-0 lead they held for most of it and then, after the Mets tied it in the ninth, a 4-3 lead in the 13th. The ultimate rally was capped with Andrew Brown’s two-run single. The best part of that, though: Kirk Gibson ordered…

  16. Here come the Chris Davis PED suspicions

    Jul 1, 2013, 5:44 PM EST

    Chris Davis

    Aaron noted just how crazy a season Chris Davis is having. And when you have a weekend like he had against a team with a big national profile like the Yankees, it sort of puts all of that in relief. And that, sadly, has brought out the PED suspicions. From Baltimore Sports Report: A simple…

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

    Jul 1, 2013, 6:51 AM EST

    San Diego Padres v Miami Marlins

    Marlins 6, Padres 2: An improbable walkoff grand slam from Jeff Mathis caps an improbable winning month from the Miami Marlins. 15-10 in June for the worst team in baseball. Not bad. Oh, and Mathis’ homer was the 3,000th in team history. Pirates 2, Brewers 1: A 14th inning walkoff win for the hottest and…

  18. Blue Jays place Melky Cabrera on disabled list with left knee tendinitis

    Jun 28, 2013, 12:09 AM EST

    Melky Cabrera Getty

    The Blue Jays announced after Thursday’s loss to the Red Sox that outfielder Melky Cabrera was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left knee tendinitis. The club will recall infielder Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo to take his place on the active roster. Cabrera went 1-for-4 with a run scored Thursday and played the…

  19. Derek Holland dominates the Yankees

    Jun 27, 2013, 4:00 PM EST

    Derek Holland

    Yesterday R.A. Dickey tossed a Maddux, which is defined as a shutout in under 100 pitches. Today it’s Derek Holland. Holland, who had given up four earned runs in each of his past three starts was doing no such thing today. He handcuffed the Yankees, allowing only two hits while walking two and striking out…

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

    Jun 27, 2013, 6:53 AM EST

    R.A. Dickey

    Blue Jays 3, Rays 0: R.A. Dickey throws a Maddux (i.e. a shutout in under 100 pitches), with his knuckler back up to the velocity he featured so often during his Cy Young season. Game was over in two hours, ten minutes. Athletics 5, Reds 0: A.J. Griffin needed 108 pitches for his two-hit shutout…

  21. Mark Teixeira’s contract another expensive miscue for Yankees

    Jun 26, 2013, 9:25 PM EST

    Mark Teixeira

    When it was signed following the 2008 season, Mark Teixeira‘s eight-year, $180 million deal with the Yankees was the third biggest in MLB history and largest to go to someone not named Alex Rodriguez. Now it rivals Rodriguez’s as one of the worst in baseball. With the news Wednesday that Teixeira would undergo wrist surgery,…

  22. R.A. Dickey shuts out Rays in no time flat

    Jun 26, 2013, 5:56 PM EST

    R.A. Dickey

    Well, technically, it was 2 hours and 10 minutes. Still, it was a breeze. Toronto’s R.A. Dickey, finally throwing his knuckler with authority again, pitched a two-hitter Wednesday against the Rays for his first shutout and complete game of the season. Dickey entered with a 5.15 ERA in 16 starts. He had three shutouts and…

  23. Mark Teixeira to have season-ending surgery

    Jun 26, 2013, 3:31 PM EST

    teixeira getty

    Bad, bad news for the Yankees and Mark Teixeira. An official statement from the Yankees, marking the end of Teixeira’s season: “After a recent MRI with dye contrast was performed on Mark Teixeira’s right wrist, New York Yankees Team Physician, Dr. Christopher Ahmad, along with Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser and two other New York-based hand specialists…

  24. Matt Harvey to appear nude in ESPN the Magazine

    Jun 25, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey pitches against the Chicago White Sox with a bloody nose during the first inning of their MLB Inter League baseball game at CitiField in New York

    ESPN the Magazine’s answer to the SI Swimsuit issue is its annual “Body Issue.”  Which is at least more honest than the Swimsuit Issue is in its intentions of giving you nude pictures of athletes. It’s not pretending to be something it isn’t. Here’s Jose Bautista from it last year. True to life but for…

  25. Jose Reyes to rejoin the Jays a day early

    Jun 25, 2013, 9:13 AM EST

    jose reyes getty

    The other day we heard that Jose Reyes was going to come off the disabled list and join the Blue Jays on Thursday. Nope: Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Reyes is set to rejoin the Blue Jays Wednesday and should be available for the day game against the Rays. Reyes went down in April while…

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