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Baseball Insider: June, 2011

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 06/29/2011

Leading off: Brewers, Marcum face uphill climb against Yankees

Milwaukee starter Shawn Marcum is coming off two straight starts and has struggled in his career against the Yankees.

By Christopher Rukan  |  10:57 AM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 06/29/2011

After disappointing 2010, James Shields has been dominant for Tampa Bay Rays

Heading into Wednesday’s start, Shields has thrown three straight complete games.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:05 AM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/28/2011

Leading off: Boston Red Sox set to visit Philadelphia Phillies in interleague clash of titans.

The Phillies (49-30) have the best record in baseball, while the Red Sox (45-32) sport the majors’ third best mark.

By Greg Schimmel  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 06/27/2011

With bankruptcy filing, Frank McCourt ensures a long battle over the Dodgers

There is no end in sight to the Frank McCourt/Major League Baseball fight over the future of the Dodgers, after the team filed for Chapter 11 protection on Monday.

By Dave Sheinin  |  02:07 PM ET, 06/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 06/27/2011

Leading Off: Scuffling Cincinnati Reds to clash against streaking Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay has won eight of nine while Cincinnati has toiled around .500.

By Greg Schimmel  |  09:30 AM ET, 06/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 06/25/2011

Leading off: Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks face off in meeting of resurgent teams

Detroit and Arizona both rebounded from slow starts and large early-season deficits in their respective division races.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 06/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 06/24/2011

Bluefield makes transition from Orioles to Blue Jays

After 53 years as the Orioles’ Rookie-level Appalachian League affiliate, Bluefield opens a new era as the Blue Jays.

By Lacy Lusk  |  02:57 PM ET, 06/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 06/24/2011

Mariners’ Dustin Ackley more than consolation prize in Strasburg sweepstakes

Once the Nationals “beat out” the Mariners for the top pick of the 2009 draft, the former got Stephen Strasburg while the latter settled for Dustin Ackley. But it has worked out just fine for the Mariners.

By Dave Sheinin  |  01:24 PM ET, 06/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 06/24/2011

Leading off: Struggling Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers set to begin Freeway Series

Both L.A. teams are 8-11 so far in June.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 06/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 06/23/2011

Leading off: Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals highlight abbreviated Thursday slate

Roy Oswalt will pitch for the Phillies as they go for a three-game sweep of St. Louis.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 06/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 06/22/2011

Manny Machado’s promotion puts him step ahead of Bryce Harper — but for how long?

Orioles top prospect Manny Machado was promoted to high Class A Frederick after Tuesday night’s South Atlantic League all-star game, while the Nationals’ Bryce Harper remains in low Class A. But that doesn’t necessarily mean Machado is winning the developmental race to the majors.

By Dave Sheinin  |  01:47 PM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 06/21/2011

Fantasy baseball: Time to trade Albert Pujols?

In the wake of a wrist fracture that could keep him out six weeks, now might be the time to deal the most consistently valuable hitter in the game.

By Keith McMillan  |  02:08 PM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 PM ET, 06/20/2011

Leading off: Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals a worthy NL series during interleague play

By Greg Schimmel  |  11:48 PM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 06/20/2011

Marlins’ choice of Jack McKeon an act of desperation

The Florida Marlins’ decision to bring back 80-year-old Jack McKeon as manager will make the team much more interesting. But it was an emotional move that smacks of desperation.

By Dave Sheinin  |  11:25 AM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 06/20/2011

Leading off: Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox will start another Subway Series on Monday

Carlos Zambrano and Gavin Floyd will pitch the opener between the cross-town rivals.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/18/2011

Phillies’ Cole Hamels has been an ace among aces

The 27-year-old left-hander has pitched better than star teammates Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt.

By Greg Schimmel  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 06/18/2011

Leading off: Boston Red Sox starter Jon Lester aims for 10th win of the season against Milwaukee Brewers

Red Sox starter is 9-2 despite struggling in recent starts.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 06/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 06/16/2011

From The Farm: Minor league all-star games are about to be in full swing

The South Atlantic League all-star game, set for Tuesday night in Salisbury, Md., is just one of the marquee midseason events coming soon.

By Lacy Lusk  |  01:56 PM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 06/15/2011

Reeling Cardinals ponder their options

The St. Louis Cardinals have lost their NL Central lead, but are slowly returning to full health. The question is: Do they have enough pieces to make a run at the playoffs?

By Dave Sheinin  |  11:38 AM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 06/15/2011

Leading off: Tampa Bay Rays cool off Boston Red Sox

James Shields pitched a shutout Tuesday to snap Boston’s nine-game winning streak.

By Greg Schimmel  |  10:54 AM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 06/14/2011

MLB realignment proposal a search for fairness

The various proposals for realigning baseball’s divisions currently being discussed are well-intended attempts to make baseball more fair.

By Dave Sheinin  |  10:28 AM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:04 AM ET, 06/14/2011

Leading off: Tied atop AL Central, Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians will meet head-to-head

Justin Verlander and Justin Masterson will start the series opener Tuesday in Detroit.

By Greg Schimmel  |  03:04 AM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 06/13/2011

Leading off: Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians are tied atop American League Central

Detroit and Cleveland both play Monday before meeting head-to-head in Detroit on Tuesday.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:05 AM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:38 AM ET, 06/11/2011

Leading off: Cy Young Award winners Chris Carpenter and Zack Greinke to battle in Milwaukee

The Cardinals lead the Brewers by 1.5 games atop the National League Central.

By Greg Schimmel  |  12:38 AM ET, 06/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 06/10/2011

Leading off: National League Central front-runners collide as Cardinals and Brewers open three-game series.

St. Louis leads Milwaukee by 2 1/2 games.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 06/09/2011

By firing Geren, Oakland’s Beane doubling down on 2011

Instead of riding out a disaster of a 2011 season and retooling for 2012, Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane fired his manager and signaled a renewed resolve to win now.

By Dave Sheinin  |  03:06 PM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 06/09/2011

Eric Surkamp dominates for Giants’ Class AA Richmond team

After recovering from hip surgery, Richmond left-hander Eric Surkamp is one of the top pitchers in the Class AA Eastern League.

By Lacy Lusk  |  01:05 PM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 06/09/2011

What’s wrong with Nick Markakis?

There are simply no easy or satisfactory explanations for the extreme drop-off in Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis’s numbers this season

By Dave Sheinin  |  11:57 AM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:15 AM ET, 06/07/2011

Leading Off: New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox renew rivalry separated by one game in AL East

Yankees and Red Sox set to begin a three-game series in the Bronx on Tuesday.

By Greg Schimmel  |  06:15 AM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 06/06/2011

Leading off: Detroit Tigers looks to continue American League Central climb against streaking Texas Rangers

Detroit is only 2.5 games behind Cleveland, which just got swept in a four-game series by Texas.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 06/04/2011

Leading off: Sabathia, Haren set to face off in L.A.

Yankees and Angels aces are two of the best in the game.

By Greg Schimmel  |  12:16 PM ET, 06/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/04/2011

Scott Cousins is catching too much flak for collision with Buster Posey

Florida Marlins rookie Scott Cousins is receiving unfair criticism for the injury suffered by Buster Posey.

By Thomas Heleba  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 06/03/2011

2011 Major League Baseball draft is deep in college pitching

Former St. Albans star Danny Hultzen will have plenty of company from other college pitchers at the top of the draft Monday, including Texas’s Taylor Jungmann.

By Lacy Lusk  |  12:21 PM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 06/03/2011

Leading off: Brewers and Marlins face off, both looking to gain ground

Both Milwaukee and Florida are in second place, two games behind the teams they are chasing.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 06/02/2011

Leading off: Rays at Mariners

Seattle has won 12 of 16 and has a 2.20 ERA over that stretch.

By Christopher Rukan  |  12:51 PM ET, 06/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 06/02/2011

L.J. Hoes feels at home with the Bowie Baysox

Orioles prospect L.J. Hoes, who grew up in Mitchellville and played his high school ball at St. John’s in D.C., has worked his way up to the Class AA Baysox.

By Lacy Lusk  |  11:07 AM ET, 06/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 06/01/2011

Fantasy baseball: Think September now

It could be time to deal someone decent or an overperformer for a player who will be a game-changer at the end of the year.

By Keith McMillan  |  11:14 AM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 06/01/2011

Vienna River Dogs are set to start play in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League

The Vienna River Dogs, who will play their home games at Madison High School, are the new entry in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League.

By Lacy Lusk  |  10:39 AM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:56 AM ET, 05/31/2011

Leading off: Giants face Cardinals in top NL matchup

San Francisco and St. Louis own two of the five best records in the National League

By Greg Schimmel  |  06:56 AM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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