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Baseball Insider: July, 2011

Posted at 06:04 AM ET, 07/31/2011

Leading off: Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver square off in Detroit

A pair of American League Cy Young Award candidates match up when Justin Verlander and Jered Weaver take the hill in Sunday’s series finale between the

By Eric Detweiler  |  06:04 AM ET, 07/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 07/30/2011

Leading off: Angels aim to stay hot in Detroit

Veteran Dan Haren leads the Angels against the Tigers and rookie Duane Below.

By Eric Detweiler  |  07:15 AM ET, 07/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 07/29/2011

Phillies hope to answer Giants — on the field and in the transactions column

A Phillies-Giants series in Philadelphia the same week as baseball’s trade deadline shed some light on the relative strengths and weaknesse of the two best teams in the National League.

By Dave Sheinin  |  11:36 AM ET, 07/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 07/29/2011

Leading off: Keystone State battle pits Phillies against Pirates

Philadelphia holds a five-game lead in the National League East while Pittsburgh is 1 1/2 games out in the National League Central

By Gregory Schimmel  |  07:30 AM ET, 07/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 07/28/2011

Playoffs secondary to Nationals, Orioles affiliates in the Eastern League

In the Class AA Eastern League, the affiliates for the Nationals and Orioles are fighthing for playoff position, but that’s not either team’s focus.

By Lacy Lusk  |  11:08 AM ET, 07/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 07/28/2011

Leading off: Following Ervin Santana’s no-hitter, the Angels open a critical four-game series against the Detroit Tigers

Los Angeles is two games behind Texas in the American League West while Detroit is two game ahead of Cleveland in the American League Central.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:30 AM ET, 07/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 07/27/2011

Mets agree to trade Beltran to Giants

The defending World Series champions make a deal with the Mets to acquire outfielder Carlos Beltran.

By Dave Sheinin  |  04:32 PM ET, 07/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 07/27/2011

Leading off: Cole Hamels and Tim Lincecum set to duel in Philadelphia

If San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum is feeling well enough, he will take the mound against Cole Hamels and the Phillies on Wednesday.

By Eric Detweiler  |  07:30 AM ET, 07/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 07/25/2011

Without Pat Gillick, the Mariners and others just aren’t the same

Pat Gillick went into the Hall of Fame on the same day one of his old teams, Seattle, lost its 15th straight game. The M’s aren’t the only team missing him.

By Lacy Lusk  |  10:00 AM ET, 07/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Leading off: Chicago White Sox try to close gap against Detroit Tigers

Third-place Chicago sits 4 1/2 games behind first-place Detroit in American League Central race.

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

Posted at 08:07 AM ET, 07/23/2011

Leading off: Pittsburgh Pirates try to stop two-game slide against St. Louis Cardinals

Pittsburgh turns to starter Kevin Correia on Saturday against St. Louis, hoping to stop a two-game losing streak and stay near the top of the National League Central.

By Eric Detweiler  |  08:07 AM ET, 07/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Baseball Insider

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 07/22/2011

Ex-Virginia standout Phil Gosselin is learning in the Braves organization

Former U-Va. second baseman Phil Gosselin, who homered off Stephen Strasburg in the 2009 NCAA tournament, is now at high-Class A Lynchburg

By Lacy Lusk  |  02:59 PM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 07/22/2011

Leading off: St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates set for key National League Central series

The Pirates and Cardinals are two of the four NL Central teams who remain in contention.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:00 AM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 07/21/2011

Red Sox will play trade game, but may be just browsing

Despite team’s holes and wherewithal, Boston is just as likely to do nothing as to pull off a blockbuster.

By Dave Sheinin  |  10:52 AM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 07/19/2011

Leading off: Streaking Texas Rangers look to pull away from Los Angeles Angels

Texas has won 11 games in a row and enters three-game series four games ahead of Los Angeles in American League West.

By Greg Schimmel  |  06:31 AM ET, 07/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 07/18/2011

Curt Flood documentary includes stint with Washington Senators

A new documentary on HBO on pivotal labor figure Curt Flood includes his brief stint with the Washington Senators.

By Lacy Lusk  |  12:46 PM ET, 07/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 07/18/2011

Leading off: Minnesota Twins kick off crucial stretch with doubleheader against Cleveland Indians

The Twins will play eight games this week against Cleveland and Detroit.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:00 AM ET, 07/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 07/16/2011

Leading off: CC Sabathia set to make second-half debut against hot Toronto Blue Jays

New York Yankees left-hander has six straight wins and three straight scoreless outings.

By Greg Schimmel  |  08:05 AM ET, 07/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 07/15/2011

Kinston holds out hope of finding a minor league solution

Though Kinston, N.C., is set to lose its high-Class A Carolina League franchise at the end of the season, the city’s not giving up on pro ball.

By Lacy Lusk  |  04:26 PM ET, 07/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:47 AM ET, 07/15/2011

Leading off: Detroit Tigers look to stay atop AL Central against Chicago White Sox

Detroit enters Friday tied with Cleveland, while Chicago is five games back.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:47 AM ET, 07/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 07/14/2011

Prince Fielder positioned for massive payday

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder, the MVP of this week’s All-Star Game, has positioned himself as the top free agent in baseball this coming offseason.

By Dave Sheinin  |  03:13 PM ET, 07/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 07/14/2011

Clemens case: mistrial declared

The judge overseeing the perjury trial of famed former pitcher Roger Clemens declared a mistrial Thursday after prosecutors played a portion of a video that the jude deemed prejudicial.

By Washington Post editors  |  12:22 PM ET, 07/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 07/13/2011

First witness at Clemens trial

Former House parliamentarian was expected to testify about why Congress had the authority to investigate the use of steroids in baseball.

By Washington Post editors  |  04:22 PM ET, 07/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 07/13/2011

Clemens trial: Prosecutors’ opening statements

Federal prosecutors told jurors Wednesday morning that former super-star pitcher Roger Clemens took performance-enhancing drugs to lengthen his playing career.

By Washington Post editors  |  01:14 PM ET, 07/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 PM ET, 07/12/2011

Roger Clemens trial halted by judge Thursday. How well do you know the former Major League Baseball star? (Quiz)

Test your knowledge of the former pitching star’s stats and past.

By Brian M. Rosenthal  |  10:42 PM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 07/12/2011

Clemens trial slated to open Wednesday

By Washington Post editors  |  03:33 PM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 07/12/2011

Post Sports Live: All-Star Game

The panelists discuss tonight’s MLB All-Star game and the USA women’s upcoming semifinal World Cup match against France.

By Washington Post editors  |  02:31 PM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 07/11/2011

Clemens trial: Jury selection resumes

By Washington Post editors  |  11:10 AM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/11/2011

Leading off: David Ortiz, Prince Fielder and Jose Bautista headline Monday’s Home Run Derby

The annual event to kickoff MLB’s All-Star Game festivities will feature a new team format.

By Greg Schimmel  |  08:00 AM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 07/10/2011

Derek Jeter: The luckiest man on the face of the earth

Here’s one take you rarely hear about his career: He might be the luckiest player in the history of the game.

By Dave Sheinin  |  01:47 PM ET, 07/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/10/2011

Leading off: Los Angeles Angels head into All-Star break facing Seattle’s Felix Hernandez

The streaking Angels hope to head into the all-star break with a series sweep, but they’ll have to beat Seattle ace Felix Hernandez on Sunday to get it.

By Eric Detweiler  |  08:00 AM ET, 07/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/09/2011

Leading off: Cincinnati Reds turn to Johnny Cueto to close gap on Milwaukee Brewers in National League Central

The Reds have lost two straight to the first-place Brewers. They’ll give the ball to Johnny Cueto on Saturday hoping to gain ground in the National League Central.

By Eric Detweiler  |  08:00 AM ET, 07/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Baseball Insider

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 07/08/2011

Leading off: Atlanta Braves set to visit Philadelphia Phillies in National League East showdown

Philadelphia leads the Braves by 2.5 games heading into a three-game weekend series.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 07/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 07/07/2011

Clemens trial: Halfway to jury

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton called a three-day break in picking a jury in the perjury trial of Roger Clemens. So far, Walton has told 18 people to return Tuesday so they can be part of a 36-member pool from which the final 12 jurors will be selected.

By Washington Post editors  |  06:04 PM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 07/07/2011

First-half awards for MLB

These were the best performances in baseball in the first half of the 2011 season.

By Dave Sheinin  |  03:09 PM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 07/07/2011

Clemens trial: Jury selection continues

Potential jurors in the perjury trial of Roger Clemens were asked for their feelings about Congress, the use of steroids in sports and their enthusiasm for sports.

By Washington Post editors  |  02:20 PM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 07/06/2011

Crime Scene: Clemens judge irritated with Congress

The judge presiding over the trial of Roger Clemens expressed irritation at Congress for not providing prosecutors and defense lawyers with a 2008 audiotape of a deposition of the former star.

By Washington Post editors  |  11:59 AM ET, 07/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 07/06/2011

Leading off: Phil Hughes returns to mound for Yankees

Yankee starter Phil Hughes returns to the mound for the first time since going on the DL in April.

By Christopher Rukan  |  09:53 AM ET, 07/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 07/05/2011

Crime Scene: Judge’s ruling could hamper Roger Clemens prosecution

Former teammates of Roger Clemens may not be allowed to testify in the way federal prosecutors hoped.

By Washington Post editors  |  03:23 PM ET, 07/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:04 AM ET, 07/05/2011

No Bryce Harper is a tough break for Potomac Nationals

The Woodbridge-based high-Class A affiliate of the Nationals probably expected to have a turn to milk 18-year-old prospect Bryce Harper as much as Hagerstown did.

By Keith McMillan  |  08:04 AM ET, 07/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Leading off: New York Yankees’ CC Sabathia will pitch against Cleveland Indians, his former team

Sabathia won 106 games for Cleveland from 2001 through 2008.

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

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 07/04/2011

Leading off: Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers highlight July 4th matinees

The Diamondbacks and Brewers are both in tight division races as all-star break approaches

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 07/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:58 AM ET, 07/02/2011

Leading off: Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay will pitch against Toronto Blue Jays, his former team

Philadelphia has won Roy Halladay’s last eight starts.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:58 AM ET, 07/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Baseball Insider

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 07/01/2011

The lineup: Baseball’s best in June

A position-by-position look at who had the best month.

By Christopher Rukan  |  01:45 PM ET, 07/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 07/01/2011

Pirates’ rise is welcomed, but rebuilding project is far from over

The Pirates are trying to end a string of 18 straight losing seasons. But that’s not all, or even the most important thing, they’re trying to do.

By Dave Sheinin  |  12:47 PM ET, 07/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 07/01/2011

Leading off: New York Yankees and New York Mets peaking into latest Subway Series

The Yankees have won five games in a row while the Mets have won six of their past eight.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 07/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 06/30/2011

Leading off: Red Sox try to salvage final game in Philadelphia

The Phillies have taken the first two games from Boston. Jon Lester tries to put a stop to that.

By Christopher Rukan  |  11:02 AM ET, 06/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 06/30/2011

Padres first-round pick Cory Spangenberg is off to a fast start after signing quickly

Former VMI middle infielder Cory Spangenberg, the first top-10 pick to sign this year, adjusts quickly to professional baseball.

By Lacy Lusk  |  10:34 AM ET, 06/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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