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  1. Victor Conte had nothing to do with Marlon Byrd’s PED suspension

    Jun 26, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Marlon Byrd AP

    When Marlon Byrd was suspended yesterday a lot of people immediately looked, so to speak, at Victor Conte. Conte being (a) Byrd’s supplement guru; and (b) the guy behind BALCO, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Marion Jones and all the rest. “I didn’t have anything to do with this,” said Conte when reached for comment.  Yeah. Sure.…

  2. Woman suing the Yankees over the top hat logo has her case tossed out of court

    Jun 26, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT


    Last year a woman sued the New York Yankees for trademark infringement, claiming that her uncle created the Yankees top hat logo in 1947 and revised it in 1952 but never got paid for his work. That case was tossed by the trial court. Today it was tossed again on appeal. The upshot: the plaintiff’s allegations…

  3. The Mets would like to forget the seventh inning of last night’s game

    Jun 26, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    David Wright

    The seventh inning of last night’s Cubs-Mets game started with the Cubs holding a 2-0 lead and Jon Rauch on the mound for the Mets. Then the defense went south. David Wright and Lucas Duda each committed three-base errors two plays apart, which led to two Cubs runs. Then, right after the Duda error, Ronny…

  4. NBC SportsTalk: Assessing the Kevin Youkilis trade

    Jun 26, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    I was on NBC SportsTalk last night to talk about the Kevin Youkilis trade. It’s not on this video, but the segment before mine had Amani Toomer on it. Toomer is as bald as a cueball, and just before we went on the air, I noted that a nice lady was applying powder to his…

  5. Comment of the Day: newspaper readers don’t want long form stuff

    Jun 26, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT


    There’s a good conversation brewing in the comments to the Frank Deford state-of-sports-journalism post from yesterday. Some of it supporting Deford (and going after bloggy enterprises like HBT) and some of it not. I highlight this post from a reader with first hand experience in all of this who says that the reason the kind…

  6. Bob Davidson screws up a double switch, costs the Cardinals a hitter

    Jun 26, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT


    The Cardinals beat the Marlins in extras last night, but umpire Bob Davidson made it all the harder when he screwed up a double-switch made by Mike Matheny which cost the Cards Allen Craig. The short version: when Matheny put reliever Victor Marte into the game, he signaled “five” with his hands, meaning that he…

  7. Chris Carpenter suffers a setback on his rehab

    Jun 26, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    chris carpenter getty

    Bad news from St. Louis: Chris Carpenter, who was supposed to face live hitters yesterday, did not, and he is unable to maintain strength in his rehabbing shoulder. Derrick Goold reports that Carpenter will undergo some more medical exams. If Carpenter can’t go, the Cards are likely going to have to consider themselves buyers in the…

  8. Taunter-in-Chief: Obama gets booed in Boston after Youkilis jab

    Jun 26, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Obama First Pitch

    President Obama — a White Sox fan — spoke in Boston yesterday, and it wasn’t his intention to tell the people what they wanted to hear: For balance, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was asked to comment on the Youkilis trade from the Red Sox perspective. He issued a statement saying that his position on…

  9. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 26, 2012, 6:10 AM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    Twins 4, White Sox 1: Kevin Youkilis made his Chisox debut and went one for four in a loss and gave us this odd picture of him in a White Sox uniform. Adam Dunn went 0 for 4 and struck out four times, but the list of things he gives less of a crap about…

  10. Apparently some people take issue with Rafael Soriano untucking his shirt after a save

    Jun 25, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Atlanta Braves

    Last night, mere seconds after locking down the save in the Yankees-Mets game, Rafael Soriano untucked his shirt. It’s the first time I’ve noticed him doing it, but apparently he does it all the time. OK, whatever. But apparently enough people take issue with this that someone felt the need to ask Joe Girardi about…

  11. Frank Deford laments the passing of journalism that Frank Deford likes (and which hasn’t passed)

    Jun 25, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Frank Deford

    The legendary Frank Deford spoke at an awards ceremony on Friday, and during  his acceptance speech he lamented what he believes to be the death of sports journalism. He was somewhat vague on what he thinks is causing the death, but he goes after sports writing that is primarily about statistics and “texting,” suggesting that…

  12. Marlon Byrd suspended for PEDs

    Jun 25, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Marlon Byrd AP

    This is bigger than your normal PED suspension: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that outfielder Marlon Byrd has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for Tamoxifen, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Byrd, a free agent, will be on the restricted…

  13. The final AL All-Star balloting update before the teams are set

    Jun 25, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    All Star Game Logo

    There’s still time to vote, but if it ended now, the AL All-Star team would look like so. The only change to a starter over last week’s results: Robinson Cano taking over first place at second base from Ian Kinsler. Downballot, we see A-Rod passing Evan Longoria for third place at third base, a flip-flop…

  14. MLB Attendance is way up over last year

    Jun 25, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    old turnstile

    Major League Baseball issued a press release a few minutes ago touting attendance numbers, and there was much to tout. Overall attendance is up 8.1% over last year, and last year was among the biggest years for attendance all time. The last eight years have been the highest eight-year stretch for attendance in baseball history. Interleague…

  15. The Yankees announce the Old Timers Day rosters. Tanyon Sturtze finally gets the call

    Jun 25, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Tanyon Sturtze

    The Yankees will hold their 66th annual Old Timers Day on July 1, and they announced the invitees a little earlier today. Many of the usual suspects, obviously: Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, Ron Guidry, Whitey Ford and Goose Gossage. Among the new faces: Sterling Hitchcock, Stump Merrill, Gene Monahan, Matt Nokes and Tanyon Sturtze. Yep. THE Tanyon Sturtze. I…

  16. Kip Wells gets called up by the Padres

    Jun 25, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Kip Wells

    I’m not gonna say I haven’t been on top of Kip Wells’ 2012 season, but I didn’t even realize that he had caught on with the Padres following a glorious ten-day stretch with the White Sox back in April. Wells has been at Tucson since May and has pitched in seven games. He has an…

  17. The Red Sox marketing team is on top of things

    Jun 25, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    Less than 24 hours after the Red Sox traded Kevin Youkilis, and an advertisement went out to Sox fans promoting the White-Sox vs. Red Sox series of July 16-19 as the first time Youkilis is back in Fenway Park following his trade to Chicago. Quick thinking, that.

  18. Are the Cubs doing too much non-baseball stuff at Wrigley Field?

    Jun 25, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun Times makes the case that, after a homestand which saw spray-painted outfield grass thanks to multiple rock concerts at Wrigley Field, the Cubs’ management’s priorities are out of whack: Players were diplomatic about the grotesque look of the field during that homestand and the perception that the use of the…

  19. The Cubs gouge fans more than any team in baseball

    Jun 25, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    stack of money

    Every year Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times does a little research on ticket “convenience” fees to determine which baseball team is gouging its fans with these seemingly useless add-ons for every ticket sold.  This year’s champions of avarice: the Chicago Cubs who charge a “convenience fee” of $6.14 per ticket and an additional four…

  20. The Frank Francisco chicken saga comes to a happy ending

    Jun 25, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v New York Mets

    On Friday Mets reliever Frank Francisco called the Yankees “chickens” for some reason. Then, as a joke, reliever Tim Byrdak sent a clubhouse attendant to Chinatown to buy a live chicken and gave it to Francisco. It ran around the Mets clubhouse over the weekend, but now it is going to a better place. No,…

  21. Cole Hamels voted for Bryce Harper for the All-Star Game

    Jun 25, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    I love a good rivalry, but sadly almost any decent rivalry these days transitions from actual bad blood to respect to a downright love-fest so damn quickly. I guess that’s human and grounded and everything, but there is some weird feeling of loss when “death to my enemy” is replaced by “a worthy effin’ adversary.”…

  22. The AL continues to dominate interleague play

    Jun 25, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Interleague logo

    The final interleague game of 2012 ended when Nick Swisher caught the last out of last night’s Yankees-Mets game. That brought the tally to 142 wins for the American League, 110 for the National League. Put differently, that’s a .563 winning percentage for the junior circuit, or a 91-win pace over the course of a 162-game…

  23. Tropical Storm Debby puts Bright House Field underwater

    Jun 25, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Bright House under water

    Tropical Storm Debby is rough stuff and has spawned deadly storms and floods. But it has also spawned a metaphor of the Phillies season thus far in the form of this pic taken by prospect  Justin De Fratus down in Clearwater yesterday: That’s Bright House Field, the spring training home of the Phillies. Gosh, I hope they…

  24. Charlie Manuel is not particularly interested in hearing you second guess him

    Jun 25, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    The Phillies had a rough day yesterday. So you can understand that Charlie Manuel was not particularly interested in answering questions about his crappy bullpen. Specifically the bullpen that gave up the 1-0 lead when Antonio Bastardo walked two dudes and gave up a three-run bomb to Carlos Pena. Someone asked Manuel why Bastardo came…

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

    Jun 25, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Derek Norris

    I’m back after a week’s vacation. I wrote up a long sappy version of it last week, but here’s the short version: San Diego for five days, during which I took Mookie and Carlo to their first ever major league game to see the Rangers vs. the Padres last Monday night. It was a doubly…

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