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9:01 PM ET, June 11, 2007


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Brian Bennett / U of L Sports:
Ejected and dejected  —  I started covering the U of L baseball team almost two weeks ago, following them to Columbia, Mo., and throughout their amazing NCAA Tournament run.  —  I just wish I could have written about them today, when they clinched a spot in the College World Series and capped an unbelievable ride.
Rick Bozich / Courier-Journal:
Courier-Journal reporter ejected from U of L game  —  Bennett removed for blogging super-regional  —  A Courier-Journal sports reporter had his media credential revoked and was ordered to leave the press box during the NCAA baseball super-regional yesterday because of what the NCAA alleged …
Michael Silence / No Silence Here:
Reporter booted for blogging a college baseball game  —  This is one of the most ignorant moves by officials that I've seen in a while.  It will be quite entertaining to watch the Kentucky blogosphere on this one, and to watch the officials go down in flames.  Geez.  This is a wild one.
Discussion: Baseball Musings, FanHouse and Deadspin
Jeff Bennett / ESPN:
What are the ESPN Player Ratings? … At the start of 2006, I was challenged to come up with a formula that ranks all major league players.  After bouncing ideas off the Elias Sports Bureau, MIT and others over the last year, I eventually wrote the formulas that produced the ESPN Player Ratings.
Jim Molony /
Martin jumps to top of NL All-Star ballot  —  Catcher overtakes Lo Duca; Soriano replaces Bonds in OF  —  The latest National League All-Star team voting update has a distinct shade of Dodger blue.  —  According to the latest results released Monday by Major League Baseball for the 78th All-Star Game …
Bill Ladson /
Nats rekindle interest in Rays' Dukes  —  Teams have been talking for more than a week about rookie  —  WASHINGTON — The Nationals have rekindled interest in Devil Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes, according to a baseball source with knowledge of the situation.  The news was first reported by late Sunday night.
Roch Kubatko / Baltimore Sun:
Trachsel rewards O's for faith in him … The Orioles are prepared for the phone calls to come as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches in late July.  Teams in contention for a playoff berth and trying to strengthen their rotation will inquire about pitcher Steve Trachsel.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Jon Weisman / Sports Illustrated:
NL West: Not just for emergencies  —  It was the once-a-decade event that haunts managers' psyches.  —  Save your backup catcher until the last possible moment, we're told, because you don't want to see him to get hurt and end up scrambling for an emergency backstop.
Discussion: Dodger Thoughts
Larry Stone / Seattle Times:
M's Notebook |  Batista snaps up victory  —  SAN DIEGO — Felix Hernandez could only laugh in wonderment.  —  "He threw seven innings on Friday and got no decision.  He threw one inning today, he won the game."  —  Hernandez was referring to teammate Miguel Batista …
Discussion: FanHouse
Scott Warheit / Quo Vadimus:
Go to the Polls for Placido!  All Star Campaign  —  The "evil empire" of the New York Yankees must be stopped.  Despite being one of Major League Baseball's biggest disappointments so far this season, the New York Yankees continue to do well in fan voting for the 2007 Major League Baseball Star Game …
Associated Press:
Auction house withdraws 756 HR ball bounty  —  Heritage offered $1 million prize for Bonds' HR ball  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The prospect of a melee in the stands prompted a prominent auction house on Monday to withdraw a $1 million bounty on Barry Bonds' career-record homer baseball.
Discussion: FanHouse and Sports Frog
Troy E. Renck / Denver Post:
A proven shyness of big splashes  —  Jim from Highlands Ranch: Will Rox ever again splurge? … Troy - I know it's still a ways away, but give me one realistic free-agent possibility, if there even is one.  Thanks a lot.  — Jim L., Highlands Ranch  —  Jim - The Rockies …
Matthew Cerrone /
Sopranos: You Don't Hear it When it Happens  —  On Sunday, at MetsBlog, I referenced my love for HBO's The Sopranos, which ended its six-season run last night.  Since late last night, I have received several e-mails asking me to post a review of last night's series finale.
Tim Kirby /
Rogers solid in Triple-A rehab start  —  Rehabbing left-hander working toward return to Tigers  —  TOLEDO, Ohio — One day after a more famous Roger finalized his comeback — maybe you've heard of him, a certain Mr. Clemens of the Yankees — the Tigers' own version of Mr. Rogers took another step in his return.
Discussion: Mack Avenue Tigers
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