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Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes that Jim Thome passed Harmon Killebrew to move into 10thplace on the all-time home run list.

Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press writes that Joe Mauer is battling hip and back pain.

The Pioneer Press' Tom Powers writes that Ron Gardenhire had one of those days in the Twins' loss to the Rays.

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that the Giants scored seven runs off Ubaldo Jimenez to beat the Rockies in a wacky end to their seven-game losing streak.

Woody Paige of the Denver Post writes that Jimenez lit an early Fourth of July roman candle.

Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post writes that Jimenez needs some Rockies' company on the National League All-Star team.

Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star writes that which Royals player is selected will give a clue as to whether the All-Star Game is a reward or a battle.

Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune writes that it's time for Major League Baseball to stop mandating an All-Star Game representative from each team.

Rogers also writes that it's time to let the bidding for Cliff Lee begin.

Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger writes that there was no progress for Jose Reyes as his oblique strain continued to linger.

Tim Smith of the New York Daily News writes that the Mets must turn around Francisco Rodriguez, who blew a save in the Mets' loss to the Nationals.

Dennis Manoloff of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that Shin-Soo Choo is likely to miss 6-8 weeks with a sprained right thumb.

Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer wonders if the Reds will offer Dusty Baker a costly contract extension.

Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press writes that the Tigers definitely have a chance to become American League Central champions.

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