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07-22-2010, 02:15 AM
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Final scores from July 21st
(Click each match-up for video highlights)



Tampa Bay 5 Baltimore 4 (http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?categoryId=2521705&videoId=5398966)

L.A. Angels 6 N.Y. Yankees 10 (http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?categoryId=2521705&videoId=5399063)

Cleveland 0 Minnesota 6 (http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?categoryId=2521705&videoId=5399031)

Toronto 2 Kansas City 5 (http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?categoryId=2521705&videoId=5399148)

Houston 4 Chi. Cubs 3 (http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?categoryId=2521705&videoId=5399392)

Boston 4 Oakland 6 (http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?categoryId=2521705&videoId=5399448)

Texas 1 Detroit 4 (http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?categoryId=2521705&videoId=5399769)

Milwaukee 3 Pittsburgh 15 (http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?categoryId=2521705&videoId=5399790)

Washington 8 Cincinnati 5 (http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?categoryId=2521705&videoId=5399996)

Colorado 2 Florida 5 (http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?categoryId=2521705&videoId=5399779)

San Diego 6 Atlanta 4 (http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?categoryId=2521705&videoId=5399939)

Philadelphia 1 St. Louis 5 (http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?categoryId=2521705&videoId=5399897)

N.Y. Mets 3 Arizona 4

San Francisco 0 L.A. Dodgers 2 (http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?categoryId=2521705&videoId=5400087)

Chi. White Sox 1 Seattle 2 (http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?categoryId=2521705&videoId=5400125)


Player News

Report: Cards are 'front runners' for Oswalt

Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports heard from a source Wednesday that the Cardinals are the "front runners" for Astros starter Roy Oswalt.
Calcaterra's source says the Astros have been talking with Cardinals GM John Mozeliak for several days now and that Oswalt would love to pitch in St. Louis. It sounds like a nice fit, but the Cards' farm system is mostly tapped and it's not clear if Mozeliak and Co. would be willing to part with top pitching prospect Shelby Miller. Oswalt has a 3.12 ERA and 1.07 WHIP this season. His current contract runs through 2011 and includes a $16 million option for 2012. According to Calcaterra, he may be open to re-working that option.

Rookie Pedro Alvarez hits two jacks yet again

Rookie Pedro Alvarez hit two home runs for the second consecutive game to lead the Pirates past the Brewers on Wednesday night.
In his last two games, Alvarez has four homers and eight RBI on five hits. The mega-prospect is finally showing signs of figuring it out despite an ugly strikeout rate (41 whiffs in 108 at-bats). At age 23, Alvarez will be hot-and-cold, but is well worth an add thanks to his sizable upside.

Tigers, Braves, White Sox now in on Bautista

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Tigers, Braves and White Sox have also expressed interest in Jose Bautista.
The major league home run leader has also drawn interest from the Giants and other teams could join in as the July 31 trade deadline nears. Bautista has launched 26 dingers and collected 64 RBI this season, but his .238 batting average and .354 on-base percentage are rather uninspiring. Still, he would be a nice addition to any contending club.

Dodgers' Kershaw suspended five games

Clayton Kershaw has been suspended five games for his actions following Tuesday night's ejection.
Dodgers manager Joe Torre was also suspended for one game and will serve that punishment Wednesday night. Kershaw may appeal, or at least figure out a way for the suspension to have the least amount of impact on his throwing schedule. The lefty is 9-5 this year with a 3.15 ERA and 1.24 WHIP.

Report: Pedro will not pitch at all this year

Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that free agent right-hander Pedro Martinez will not pitch this season.
It's not really a major surprise. As of last week Pedro had yet to throw off a mound and he wasn't drawing a whole lot of interest from contending teams. He turns 39 years of age in October and could retire soon.

Erik Bedard unlikely to pitch this season

When asked by reporters if he would pitch again this season, Erik Bedard (shoulder) said "probably not."
Bedard is currently consulting with two doctors about his latest MRI results, but told reporters that the news wasn't good. When asked for specifics, Bedard said, "You'll have to ask the doctor." We don't blame the left-hander for being frustrated. He hasn't appeared in a major league game since last July 25.

More MLB News (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/mlb/mlb.html)

Highlights
Franklin Gutierrez with a game winning 2 run single (http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=10152279)
Mercy Mercy, Jones with a diving catch and double play (http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=10151185)
Torrealba drives in the tying run in the top of the ninth (http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=10143245)
Sign him up! Ball boy with a nice 'defensive' play (http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=10119983)

Standings



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Today's Games



Colorado at Florida (12:10 PM)
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Washington at Cincinnati (12:35 PM)
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Toronto at Detroit (1:05 PM)
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San Diego at Atlanta (1:05 PM)
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Philadelphia at St. Louis (2:15 PM)
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Kansas City at N.Y. Yankees (7:05 PM)
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Minnesota at Baltimore (7:05 PM)
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Milwaukee at Pittsburgh (7:05 PM)
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L.A. Angels at Texas (8:05 PM)
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San Francisco at Arizona (9:40 PM)
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Boston at Seattle (10:10 PM)
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N.Y. Mets at L.A. Dodgers (10:10 PM)


Image Of The Day
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Nick Swisher and Yankee fans attempt to catch the HR Ball. Meanwhile, guy in purple shirt is terrified of the ball.

croce_99
07-22-2010, 02:17 AM
Arizona / Mets game is still going on :pity:

Standings will be updated when the game is over with

ritz
07-22-2010, 06:35 AM
I'm pretty sure someone euthanized the Mets' bats.

agoody117
07-22-2010, 07:50 AM
i wouldn't exactly say they are 'flying' away.

they have won their past 7 games in a row and the reds are only 1.5 back. They will come back to earth and the reds will play better ball. (and get healthier - Bailey, Harang and Rollen are all on the DL).

No way would I consider them the clear favorite to win the division at this point at all.

El Hombre#5
07-22-2010, 12:49 PM
i wouldn't exactly say they are 'flying' away.

they have won their past 7 games in a row and the reds are only 1.5 back. They will come back to earth and the reds will play better ball. (and get healthier - Bailey, Harang and Rollen are all on the DL).

No way would I consider them the clear favorite to win the division at this point at all.

Come back to earth? If anything, it's the Reds who should be coming "back to earth"...this shouldn't be any suprise seeing the Cardinals performing this well, because if anything, they underachieved the first half of the season, and now finally seem to be putting everything in place.
The rotations been dominant, Holliday's finally heating up being that he is on absolute fire, Pujols' numbers are quickly increasing and the bullpen has been pretty consistent as well. This teams lookin' real good, and I don't expect them to look back anytime soon.

I will give the Reds credit though, they're a much improved team and finally another team in the division is finally giving the Cards real competition. Walt Jockety has put together quite a sqaud.

Pittz
07-22-2010, 12:52 PM
Fantastic image of the day :laugh2:

Pittz
07-22-2010, 12:53 PM
Regarding the poll... I think it's kind of both? It's likely that they'll trade Werth, but I could see them adding major talent too.

agoody117
07-22-2010, 01:54 PM
Come back to earth? If anything, it's the Reds who should be coming "back to earth"...this shouldn't be any suprise seeing the Cardinals performing this well, because if anything, they underachieved the first half of the season, and now finally seem to be putting everything in place.
The rotations been dominant, Holliday's finally heating up being that he is on absolute fire, Pujols' numbers are quickly increasing and the bullpen has been pretty consistent as well. This teams lookin' real good, and I don't expect them to look back anytime soon.

I will give the Reds credit though, they're a much improved team and finally another team in the division is finally giving the Cards real competition. Walt Jockety has put together quite a sqaud.

I would disagree that the Reds have overachieved with the talent that they have. The only person that has overachieved his ability in the first half of the year is Johney Gomes. Hence why I think walt is looking into another bat.

ManRam
07-22-2010, 02:15 PM
Josh Johnson is a stud. I was a bit hesitant to jump on his bandwagon, but I'm all the way on now. He's the best pitcher in the NL.

6.1 innings, 11Ks, 1 run today.

Jose Veras just got him out of a jam to keep the Fish up 2-1.

And I can't wait for Pittsburgh to drop 10 more runs on the Brew Crew tonight!

lotti51
07-22-2010, 02:17 PM
Regarding the poll... I think it's kind of both? It's likely that they'll trade Werth, but I could see them adding major talent too.

I feel the same the way, Werth will go because he is having a terrible year and he is a free agent following the year. But they could conceivably get Oswalt.

Giants&Phils
07-22-2010, 03:03 PM
LOL. Guy in the purple shirt. Phillies will get rid of Werth, and they have to get a pitcher, just don't know who it is. Buyers and sellers.

carson005
07-22-2010, 03:05 PM
hahahahahahahaha

I get it, "flying"! Because Cardinals are birds!!!!

hahahahahahahahaha

ManRam
07-22-2010, 03:23 PM
Cole Hamels isn't letting the Cards take off today. He's straight up dealing today. He looks unhittable early on.

croce_99
07-22-2010, 04:43 PM
hahahahahahahaha

I get it, "flying"! Because Cardinals are birds!!!!

hahahahahahahahaha

About time :sigh:

Took me 12 hours to think of that

Gigantes4Life
07-22-2010, 05:18 PM
About time :sigh:

Took me 12 hours to think of that

Only 12? :p

I'm surprised so many people said buy.

They're 3.5 of the WC with 4 or 5 teams ahead of them. I don't think it's worth it for them to buy this year and have to likely blow up the team either next year or the year after.

Ron!n
07-22-2010, 06:10 PM
Only 12? :p

I'm surprised so many people said buy.

They're 3.5 of the WC with 4 or 5 teams ahead of them. I don't think it's worth it for them to buy this year and have to likely blow up the team either next year or the year after.
Well thats pretty much the point. This is probably their last legitimate chance at winning again. They have to buy since you cant blow up a Pennant winner.

Gigantes4Life
07-22-2010, 06:13 PM
Well thats pretty much the point. This is probably their last legitimate chance at winning again. They have to buy since you cant blow up a Pennant winner.

Sure you can. You just need to show some maturity as a GM and not let emotions cloud your judgment.

That's also not my point.

If they simply trade Werth for prospects they could be competing in a year or two.

They still have a guy that will be one of the best pitchers for a few years as well as a player that will be one of the best.

Werth and Ibanez are going to be declining, so ship them off and re-tool.