The National League
The Kevin Towers
Jim McLennan of AZ Snake Pit: "The Diamondbacks had their chances to come away with the first series victory in Philadelphia for more than five seasons, but the bullpen imploded."
The Frank Wren
David O-Brien of Atlanta Journal Constitution: "After striking out all three Houston batters he faced in the ninth inning Friday, Craig Kimbrel had an absurd 50 strikeouts and one walk in 28 innings over his past 28 appearances."
The Jed Hoyer
Paul Sullivan of Chicago Tribune: "The Cubs called Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti late Saturday night to deny reports they let Ryan Dempster hear phone conversations during Tuesday's trade talks."
The Walt Jocketty
Mark Clements of MLB.com: "It took the Cincinnati community just four days to raise $50,000 for the Reds Community Fund in an effort to see Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman shave his head on the field of Great American Ball Park after Friday's game. Their contributions were doubled with the snap of a finger as actor and longtime Reds fan Charlie Sheen matched the initial city's donations to double the dollars and bring the total to $100,000."
The Dan O-Dowd
The Denver Post: "Jorge De La Rosa took a baby step forward on his long, winding comeback road. The lefty, 14 months removed from Tommy John elbow surgery, threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday."
The Michael Hill
Clark Spencer of Miami Herald: "When Jose Reyes makes his encore homecoming visit to Citi Field this week, he'll have something else to talk about besides his memories as a New York Met."
The Jeff Luhnow
Zachary Levine of Houston Chronicle: "The Astros are second in the National League with 49 wild pitches this season, trailing only the Colorado Rockies. The average NL team entered Sunday's action with 32 wild pitches, a statistic counted only if a runner advances."
The Ned Colletti
Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A.: "Hanley Ramirez delivered his first walk-off hit as a Dodger with his ninth-inning single, capping a 1-for-3 day with two walks for the shortstop."
The Doug Melvin
Todd Rosiak of Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: "Ryan Braun is on the brink of another notable personal accomplishment. The Milwaukee Brewers leftfielder needs just one stolen base to earn his third 20-home run, 20-stolen base season -- the most in franchise history."
The Sandy Alderson
Michael Baron of Mets Blog: "[Sunday] in Brooklyn, Johan Santana pitched three scoreless innings for Single-A Brooklyn, allowing one hit, one walk and three strikeouts. Santana threw 38 pitches. Afterwards, Santana went to the bullpen and pitched three simulated innings, which brought his pitch count to 90 total pitches on the afternoon."
The Ruben Amaro Jr.
David Murphy of Philadelphia Daily News: "In his calendar year with the Phillies, Hunter Pence hit .289 with a .357 on base percentage, .486 slugging percentage (.842 OPS) and 28 home runs in 676 plate appearances. Solid production. But not $15 million-a-year production."
The Neal Huntington
Bucs Dugout: "Gerrit Cole got chased by rain and the roof caved in on Altoona after he left, with the Curve losing to New Britain, 13-4. Cole had allowed just one run on three hits and two walks, with five Ks, when rain hit with two out and one on in the 5th."
The John Mozeliak
Viva El Birdos: "As much as the Cardinals' struggles this year have been predicated on what they've done in spite of their great run differential, they should've been kept, in multiple areas, from increasing that differential further."
The Josh Byrnes
Gaslamp Ball: "Anthony Rizzo will get his first shot at redeeming himself in the Unfriendly Confines of Petco Park. Rizzo has 64 plate appearances at Petco and has hit just .173/.328/.365."
The Brian Sabean
Grant Brisbee of McCovey Chronicles: "The most frustrating Tim Lincecum games this year were the ones where he clearly had his stuff. He'd go behind the mound, opening up a glowing briefcase, and take out his stuff. Lo, it was beautiful stuff. And hitters on the other team would look foolish chasing it."
The Mike Rizzo
James Wagner of Washington Post: "Bryce Harper was upset. On Sunday, in the middle of the longest slump of his young career, he showed it."
The American League
The Dan Duquette
Eduardo A. Encina of Baltimore Sun: "Nate McLouth arrived in St. Petersburg, Fla., late Friday night and was in Saturday's starting lineup, starting in left field and hitting seventh against Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson."
The Ben Cherington
Stephen Hewitt of WEEI.com: "If the Red Sox are going to mount an improbable climb into a playoff spot this season, their pitching simply must improve."
The Kenny Williams
Mark Gonzales of Chicago Tribune: "The White Sox have termed John Danks' shoulder surgery Monday morning as "exploratory," but there are several indications that show that the left-hander's recovery will be lengthy."
The Chris Antonetti
Paul Hoynes of Cleveland Plain-Dealer: "Ezequiel Carrera, who just arrived from Class AAA Columbus, is getting a chance to be the Indians' regular left fielder."
The Dave DombrowskiJason Beck of MLB.com: "The Tigers added the kind of right-handed situational hitter they've been seeking for the stretch run, acquiring utilityman Jeff Baker from the Cubs on Sunday for two Minor League players to be named. It's a deal that had been in the works before last week's non-waiver Trade Deadline but got pushed back when the Cubs had bigger trades to make."
The Dayton Moore
Clark Fosler of Royals Review: "The Royals fell to the Rangers for the second straight night by two runs. The game featured 17 singles and a double."
The Jerry DiPoto
Halos Heaven: "After 109 games, the Angels are six games out of first place and one of many teams on a dogpile for the new and improved Wild Card. At 58-51, to call their obscene payroll's accomplishments on the field underachieving is an understatement."
The Terry Ryan
Joe Christensen of Star Tribune: "After trading Danny Valencia to the Red Sox on Sunday, the Twins used the open roster spot to give Tsuyoshi Nishioka a second chance in the majors."
The Brian Cashman
Kristie Ackert of New York Daily News: "Playing in just his fourth regular-season game in left field, Ichiro Suzuki had to deal with the notorious blinding sun at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. That was the bad news. The good news is that the sun helped the Yankees' veteran tie a franchise record."
The Billy Beane
Susan Slusser of San Francisco Chronicle: "The A's could be weighing at least a temporary change at closer. Rookie Ryan Cook has had a tough go of it lately, with four blown saves in his past six outings and a league-high seven blown saves overall."
The Jack Zduriencik
Geoff Baker of Seattle Times: "There are lots of stats that define how great this outing was. One is that a visiting pitcher hadn't had a complete-game 1-0 victory at Yankee Stadium -- either of them -- since Greg Swindell of Cleveland in 1988."
The Andrew Friedman
Joey Johnston of Tampa Tribune: "It's possible that Evan Longoria could return to active duty Tuesday night at Tropicana Field, when the Tampa Bay Rays open a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays."
The Jon Daniels
Evan Grant of Dallas Morning News: "Yu Darvish said he must "turn over a new leaf" after walking six Los Angeles Angels last week and allowing seven runs despite just four hits. In 40-plus years, it was only the seventh time a pitcher had given up at least seven earned runs on four or fewer hits."
The Alex Anthopoulos
Jeff Fletcher of MLB.com: "Chad Jenkins, was promoted from Double-A on Sunday, making his first appearance on a Major League roster. Jenkins, 25, was a first-round pick when he was the 20th overall selection in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft."
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