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Baseball Insider: June 28, 2009 - July 4, 2009

Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

While all the players and coaches as well as plenty of fans left the field when a swarm of bees settled in at Petco Park, this intrepid usher decided it was time to salute our new leaders. And it seemed to work, at least until beekeepers vanquished the ball of bees that had followed their queen down the left-field line. No word on whom this usher has now pledged his service to in the interim.

By CJ Holley  |  July 3, 2009; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Padres  | Tags: Moment of Levity: The Big Picture, bees, petco park, san diego padres  
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When It Clicked: Red Sox LHP Jon Lester

Every summer, hundreds of young ballplayers, fresh out of the draft, disperse to dozens of far-flung locales -- rookie ball, instructional leagues, short-season Class A -- to begin their professional careers. For some it is their first extended time away from home, and their first time competing against players who...

By Dave Sheinin  |  July 3, 2009; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "That's kind of embarrassing to get only one strikeout." -- White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle, who, despite the paltry strikeout total, still finished two outs shy of a complete game Chicago White Sox 4, Kansas City Royals 1 Mark Buehrle allowed one run over 8...

By CJ Holley  |  July 3, 2009; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night "It was a pretty thick wall of bees and I really didn't want a piece of it." -- Padres left fielder Kyle Blanks, who is allergic bees and was near the epicenter of Thursday's swarm Houston Astros 7, San Diego Padres 2 Some unexpected visitors...

By CJ Holley  |  July 3, 2009; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

Astros catcher Pudge Rodriguez got a friendly pat on the head from his former owner, a guy who happened to go on and serve as the President of the United States. Evidently it was a hot day (see the former Pres.'s shirt), though something tells us the air conditioning in the George W. Bush Owner's Suite is pretty strong ...

By Cameron Smith  |  July 2, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Astros , Rangers  | Tags: Astros, George W. Bush, Ivan Rodriguez, Moment of Levity: The Big Picture, Rangers  
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Orioles Review and Preview: Red Sox, Angels

The Orioles will look to put the sting of the Boston series behind them by heading out west to face the Los Angeles Angels.

By CJ Holley  |  July 2, 2009; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Angels , Orioles , Red Sox  | Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Talking Behind Their Back, boston red sox, los angeles angels  
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "They're owning us right now." -- Angels center fielder Torii Hunter on the team's 1-5 record against division rival Texas Texas Rangers 9, Los Angeles Angels 7 The Angels rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth inning to knot the score at...

By CJ Holley  |  July 2, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night "They took it to us. They beat us. They hit well, their pitcher did a good job. ... We got beat bad." -- Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel on his team getting throttled in Atlanta Atlanta Braves 11, Philadelphia Phillies 1 The Braves pummeled Phillies ace...

By CJ Holley  |  July 2, 2009; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

Why Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina decided it would be a good idea to inspect the lower leg of pitcher Joel Pineiro is beyond us. Clearly, Pineiro was suffering from a cramp and needed a nice drink of water ... or for someone to pull his leg. Looking at it? Probably not going to help much.

By Cameron Smith  |  July 1, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cardinals  | Tags: Cardinals, Joel Pineiro, Moment of Levity: The Big Picture  
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The List: Good-Glove/No-Bat Nationals CFs

The Washington Nationals have a long, storied history of speedy (back in the day, we would have said "toolsy") center fielders who, alas, come up short with the bat -- a legacy that appears to have found its heir apparent with Tuesday's trade for Nyjer Morgan, a terrific defender who...

By Dave Sheinin  |  July 1, 2009; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "It's one of those games when you shake your head and can't believe what you just saw." -- Red Sox pitcher John Smoltz on his team squandering a nine-run lead to lose to the Orioles Baltimore Orioles 11, Boston Red Sox 10 The Orioles ended...

By CJ Holley  |  July 1, 2009; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night "You don't need to be an expert in math to know that walks plus errors equals runs." -- Nationals Manager Manny Acta whose team had four errors, two walks and two wild pitches in a rain-shortened game Florida Marlins 7, Washington Nationals 5 (7) The...

By CJ Holley  |  July 1, 2009; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

Hey, when you get punched out by a pitch that's clearly a ball, what are you supposed to do, fume? Well, actually that is what a lot of batters do, isn't it. Nevermind. Regardless, that's not Luis Castillo's approach. He's far too happy with life, and would rather just laugh at the act Fernando Rodney put on in yesterday's Moment of Levity: The Big Picture.

By Cameron Smith  |  June 30, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mets  | Tags: Luis Castillo, Mets, Moment of Levity: The Big Picture  
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June Wrap-Up: The Best and Worst, So Far

When last we checked in on the races for baseball's individual awards and team superlatives, a month ago, the Yankees and Rangers led their respective divisions, the Mets were comfortably above .500, the Rockies were uncomfortably below .500, and Joel Hanrahan's ERA was only 5.40. diti Indeed, much has changed...

By Dave Sheinin  |  June 30, 2009; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "Obviously, not the best first impression." -- Indians reliever Chris Perez, who hit two batters, threw a wild pitch, allowed four runs and failed to cover first all in the ninth inning of his Cleveland debut Chicago White Sox 6, Cleveland Indians 3 A seven-run...

By CJ Holley  |  June 30, 2009; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night "The way Timmy's been pitching lately, after the first run I felt pretty comfortable." -- Giants first baseman Travis Ishikawa on San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants 10, St. Louis Cardinals 0 Tim Lincecum continued his bid to win his second straight Cy...

By CJ Holley  |  June 30, 2009; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

Every closer has his own celebration. Jonathan Papelbon does the excitable fist pump, Mariano Rivera is a low-key gentleman and Trevor Hoffman can almost exude nonchalance. Detroit's Fernando Rodney? He likes to mimic a Las Vegas stand-up at the end of his act. Either than, or he's going to shoot his arms down and then back up again vigorously and try to fly away. Don't think it's happening Fernando. Sorry bud.

By Cameron Smith  |  June 29, 2009; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tigers  | Tags: Fernando Rodney, Moment of Levity: The Big Picture, Tigers  
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Talking Behind Their Back: Nationals

After closing out interleague play with an 11-7 record, thanks to a series victory over the Nationals, the Orioles look to end a seven-game skid against Boston as they host the AL East-leading Red Sox.

By CJ Holley  |  June 29, 2009; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Nationals , Orioles , Red Sox  | Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Talking Behind Their Back, boston red sox, washington nationals  
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Who's Next in Line for 500 Saves?

Now that Mariano Rivera has joined Trevor Hoffman as the only pitchers to tally 500 saves it's time to look and see who, if anyone has a chance to some day be a part of the club.

By CJ Holley  |  June 29, 2009; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Angels , Brewers , Dodgers , Mets , Padres , Rockies , Yankees  | Tags: billy wagner, brian fuentes, closers, colorado rockies, eric gagne, francisco rodriguez, huston street, los angeles angels, los angeles dodger, mariano rivera, milwaukee brewers, new york mets, new york yankees, san diego padres, saves, trevor hoffman  
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Three Up, Three Down

W. Harris: Nats move utility speedster into leadoff spot. Why all of a sudden would they want a leadoff guy who works counts, draws walks and steals bases? Beats the heck out of us. T. Hamilton: Former Post baseball editor debuts as columnist with tepid endorsement of Acta, or roughly...

By Dave Sheinin  |  June 29, 2009; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Wrap: AL (Hosted Games)

AL-ish Quote of the Night "I was surprised that it was a stolen base, but looking back at it, I guess that's the only way you can rule it." -- White Sox second baseman Chris Getz on his steal of home in the sixth inning Chicago White Sox 6, Chicago...

By CJ Holley  |  June 29, 2009; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL (Hosted Games)

NL-ish Quote of the Night "I told him he's the best ever. The best I've seen. Nobody can even compare." -- Yankees catcher Jorge Posada on closer Mariano Rivera New York Yankees 4, New York Mets 2 Closer Mariano Rivera collected the 500th save of his career, helping the Yankees...

By CJ Holley  |  June 29, 2009; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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