Yawn – Cliff Lee traded again

Cliff Lee’s baseball uniform fashion show now features the clothing stylings of the Texas Rangers.

Seattle traded Lee, Mark Lowe and $2.25 million to Texas for first baseman Justin Smoak and minor leaguers Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke and Matthew Lawson. The Rangers have been waiting a long time to get back in the playoffs, but the online consensus seem to be that Seattle did well with the deal.

The New York Yankees will wait another few months before making Lee theirs.

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Strasburg Watch, from The Associated Press: “Rookie Stephen Strasburg will start the Washington Nationals’ first game after the All-Star break, on July 16 at the Florida Marlins, and then stick to a regular turn in the rotation until exhausting his 160-innings limit for the season. … Strasburg will pitch regularly on four days’ rest — or five, if there happens to be a day off that falls between his turns.”

According to the Nationals’ schedule, that would mean after starts on July 21, July 27 and August 1, Strasburg would be on tap to start at Dodger Stadium on August 6.

Strasburg is facing the Giants today in Washington.

By the way, Clayton Kershaw has also been chosen by Joe Torre to start the Dodgers’ first game after the All-Star break, but right now it doesn’t appear he’ll end up matching up with Strasburg. That could change, of course. Hiroki Kuroda, Chad Billingsley, Vicente Padilla and John Ely will follow Kershaw.

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