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2013 April 29

  1. HBT Daily: The Nats-Braves and who gets the credit for Boston’s fast start?

    Apr 29, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    We’ve been HBT-Extra-ing it for a while, but today marks the return of HBT Daily. We’re going to be doing shorter, pithier hits most weekdays now. When we don’t, it’s because I wasn’t able to get showered and shaved before the cameras rolled at 10AM or whenever. Enjoy:    

  2. Cardinals demote Marc Rzepczynski to Triple-A

    Apr 29, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants - Game Six

    Suddenly that video from last week in which Cardinals teammates unsuccessfully tried to spell Marc Rzepczynski‘s name isn’t so funny. St. Louis has demoted Rzepczynski to Triple-A following a rough start to the season that included the left-hander allowing seven runs on 13 hits in eight innings. Rzepczynski hasn’t been in the minors since 2010…

  3. Harper, Trout and the future

    Apr 29, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Washington Nationals

    In honor of Bryce Harper playing his 162nd career game, here is the list of the top 12 home run hitters through their age 20 seasons: 1. Mel Ott, 61 2. Tony Conigliaro, 56 3. Alex Rodriguez, 41 4. Ken Griffey, 38 5. Frank Robinson, 38 6. Mickey Mantle, 36 7. Mike Trout, 35 8.…

  4. The Toledo Mud Hens are going to wear Chewbacca jerseys? OK.

    Apr 29, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

    Chewbacca Jerseys

    Laugh it up, fuzzball: The Toledo Mud Hens will be giving both groups of people the very best of both worlds with these Wookiee uniforms. The minor league squad will be sporting their Chewbacca (Han Solo’s first mate is of the Wookiee race, for those wondering) jerseys for their Star Wars promo over the weekend…

  5. Lou Marson returns to the DL for the second time in a week

    Apr 29, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Less than a week after returning from the disabled list Indians backup catcher Lou Marson is back on the DL, this time with a shoulder injury. Cleveland recalled Yan Gomes from Triple-A to again take Marson’s spot on the roster. Gomes homered twice in six games when Marson was out with a neck injury previously.…

  6. Matt Garza calls out “fake fans” on Twitter

    Apr 29, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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    As far as I can tell this is Matt Garza‘s Twitter account. He keeps it locked which, all things considered, is not a bad move for an athlete who is actually going to use social media for social purposes as opposed to P.R. purposes.  He must allow a lot of people to follow him, reporters…

  7. Jason Motte “felt good” after throwing from 60 feet

    Apr 29, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jason Motte

    Jason Motte played catch twice over the weekend, throwing from 60 feet on flat ground, and afterward the rehabbing Cardinals closer told Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com that he “felt good.” Motte and the Cardinals are trying to determine if he can avoid surgery to repair a torn elbow ligament. Previously the stated plan was to…

  8. Who were the last men standing for each World Series team?

    Apr 29, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Chris Jaffe, inspired by the death of Virgil Trucks, who was the second-to-last guy on the 1945 Tigers team, wanted to know something: This got me wondering, who are the last survivors of various pennant-winning teams? Who was the last man left who could say he personally played in the Fall Classic? So I did…

  9. Red Sox send Daniel Bard back to Double-A

    Apr 29, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Daniel Bard Reuters

    Daniel Bard’s latest stay in the majors lasted all of four days, as the Red Sox optioned the right-hander  back to Double-A. Bard appeared in just two games and faced a total of six batters, allowing one run on two walks and one hit while striking out one. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe writes…

  10. Rays reporter Kelly Nash captures moment when her head was almost crushed by a baseball

    Apr 29, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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    This is one of those things that is so scary looking precisely because it almost looks fake. But it’s real: Kelly Nash (Twitter handle, Instagram page), who covers the Tampa Bay Rays for Fox Sun Sports, took a picture of herself in the Green Monster seats before the Rays Astros-Red Sox game on Saturday. And in it…

  11. R.A. Dickey says the Yankees were stalling yesterday

    Apr 29, 2013, 9:34 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey looks towards the New York Yankees dugout after Yankees Lyle Overbay hit a go ahead two-run home run during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York

    Yesterday R.A. Dickey gave up a homer to Lyle Overbay in the seventh inning. The next batter, Eduardo Nunez, came up to bat, but before he did he called time, had the trainer come out and help him get something out of his eye.  At least that’s what appeared to happen. Dickey says it was…

  12. Happy 30th anniversary, Lee Elia rant

    Apr 29, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

    Lee Elia Cubs

    For the second week in a row we have an anniversary of a manager meltdown. Last week was Hal McRae, this week: Lee Elia. Who as Cubs manager in 1983 had what, for my money, is the absolute greatest manager meltdown of all time. This is better than McRrae. Better than Tommy Lasorda’s “what did…

  13. John Kruk called the Miguel Cabrera homer last night

    Apr 29, 2013, 8:52 AM EDT

    John Kruk

    Fun Fact: my lady friend and I stayed overnight in Detroit on Saturday night. Yesterday morning we were leaving our room to go out and get some breakfast and who should be waiting for the elevator on our floor but John Kruk. Yes: I spent the night on the same hotel floor as John Kruk.…

  14. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Apr 29, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    Tully Blanchard

    My weekend: a quickie trip to Detroit where I saw my Braves look pathetic on Saturday afternoon. But bad baseball is better than good nothin’, so it was a fine weekend.  Here’s what else went down: This has nothing to do with baseball, but holy crap this is a detailed article about the Magnum T.A.-Tully…

  15. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 29, 2013, 5:40 AM EDT

    Russell Martin

    Pirates 9, Cardinals 0: Two homers for Russell Martin and a strong start from Jeff Locke. The Pirates — the Pittsburgh Pirates — are in first place in the National League Central. This goes with the Royals being in first place in the AL Central. I predicted each of these teams would be better this…

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