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Other than ace Justin Verlander, Detroit's starters are scuffling. The Tigers aren't actively pursuing Mets shortstop Jose Reyes and are instead looking at the market for starting pitchers, sources say. Tigers officials seem content with their current level of offensive production. The team has scored 139 runs this month, second-most in the American League, and it's possible that infielder Carlos Guillen (left knee microfracture surgery) will contribute during the second half. Jose Mijares, one of Guillen's representatives, told FOXSports.com on Wednesday that Guillen, currently on a rehabilitation assignment at Class A, plans to return to the major leagues after the All-Star break. Meanwhile, the Tigers' pitching staff has become a growing concern. (FOXSport.com)Comment
By appearances, the NFL is heading toward a settlement of its labor dispute. How dire can it be if the commissioner and the union chief are flying around the country together, all chummy like the stars in a buddy movie? The sum total of the damage from pro football's work stoppage will be the sacrifice of a bunch of manufactured and overstated offseason activities that didn't even exist 20 years ago and don't need to be on the sports calendar now. The NBA, on the other hand, is about to show the NFL how to conduct a truly contentious labor war and stage a lockout likely to do real damage in terms of dollars, goodwill and reputation. The NFL was never going to miss anything meaningful. The NBA might miss the entire 2011-12 season. Yes, the two sides are that far apart. (ESPN.com)Comment
Lawmakers in Minnesota have larger concerns than a football stadium, though it remains a topic of significant discussion. The early reports had sent opponents of the Arden Hills stadium scrambling. Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, said the reports led to a 30-minute conference call Wednesday that included her and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. It's just clear that something was in the air," Hausman said later in the day. "Now, nothing's in the air. If anyone is stupid enough to announce that there is a deal on the Vikings before there's a deal on the budget, it's beyond comprehension what the reaction of the public would be to that," she added. (Star Tribune)Comment
The Pittsburgh Pirates doesn't get to play at the Toronto Blue Jays' stadium often, but it didn't take long for these three to find an interesting place to stand and chat during warmups. (Nick Turchiaro/Icon SMI)
Geovany Soto's pinch-hit, three-run blast in the 13th carried the Cubs past the Giants on Thursday.
Game To Watch
The Subway Series resumes as the Yankees visit the Mets for interleague play (7:10 p.m. ET)
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This Day in Sports
- 1968 -- Bob Gibson's 47.3 scoreless innings streak ends on a wild pitch.
- 1982 -- Cal Ripken Jr. makes his major league debut.
- 1989 -- NFL owners vote unanimously to form the World League of American Football.
- 1997 -- Nevada Athletic Commission suspends Mike Tyson for biting Evander Holyfield in the ear.
- 2005 -- Kenny Rogers is suspended for 20 games and fined $50,000 for actions which sends a cameraman to the hospital and launches a police investigation.