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  1. Terry Francona fined, avoids a suspension, for his dustup with Joe West

    May 12, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Terry Francona, Joe West, Angel Hernandez

    Terry Francona was tossed from last Friday’s game after arguing an Angel Hernandez balk call (Really? Angel Hernandez called a controversial balk? Shocking.)  In the course of that fracas, Francona and Joe West went at it a bit and bumped into each other several times, mostly at Joe West’s instigation, it seemed. The disciplinary verdict…

  2. The White Sox are going with a six-man rotation

    May 12, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    peavy throws

    As has been suggested ever since it became clear that, yes, Jake Peavy was actually coming back, starting tomorrow, the White Sox are going to go with a six-man rotation. Today Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago has the complete breakdown of the schedule and the White Sox’ starters’ splits on four, five and six days’…

  3. Paul Konerko: speed and defense

    May 12, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Paul Konerko had a ridiculous night for the White Sox last night.  Check out the behind-the-back toss to get the last out of the game. Check out the leaping stab he made just before that. Dude also had an infield single and stole a base. Between the leather and the speed, it’s everything we’ve come to…

  4. Bryce Harper is simply toying with the Sally League

    May 12, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper is 18-years-old. Most guys his age will just be getting drafted next month or heading to college in the fall. As such, he is painfully young to be playing full-season A-ball right now, but there he is in the Sally League. And he’s making a mockery of it. Yesterday he went 4-for-5 with a…

  5. John Lackey is not in a good place

    May 12, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox

    Before we get into this, I gotta say that the Boston Globe dropped the ball with their “Lackey shellacked” headline this morning.  Wouldn’t “shelLackeyed” have been way better?  What? Don’t look at me like that. Anyway, John Lackey was simply terrible last night, going down to his third straight defeat after allowing nine runs on nine…

  6. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 12, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Breakfast Wrap

    The stuff you missed last night, served up in a piping hot tortilla. Sausage is extra.

  7. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 12, 2011, 5:46 AM EDT

    Red Sox pitcher Lackey leaves the game in Toronto

    Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 3: Who is hated more in Boston right now: John Lackey or Lebron James? Probably Lackey. Dude even hates himself. His quote after the game — and I am not making this up — “Everything in my life sucks right now, to be honest with you.”  Man, way to take…

  8. The Yankees expect CC Sabathia is going to remain with the Yankees beyond 2011

    May 11, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    sabathia-101021

    CC Sabathia has an opt-out clause he can exercise after this season, but Buster Olney is talking to Yankees people, and they say that they expect Sabathia to say in New York beyond 2011. Which doesn’t mean that Sabathia won’t opt-out.  Indeed, even if he wants to stay with the Yankees and they want to…

  9. Grady Sizemore to get an MRI on his knee

    May 11, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    sizemore runs

    Grady Sizemore slid hard into second base in the sixth inning of last night’s Rays-Indians game. A few minutes ago he left the Indians’ clubhouse in street clothes, obviously not playing tonight.  The Indians have just revealed that Sizemore is going to get an MRI on the knee. Which, thankfully, is not the same knee…

  10. Driving Lenny Dykstra

    May 11, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Dykstra

    Scott Engel of RotoExperts has an exclusive story in which he interviewed a guy Lenny Dykstra hired to drive him around New York for a few days.  That sounds like it might be a rather attenuated account of the Life of Dykstra, but the details in there paint a highly depressing picture that, in many…

  11. Jeff Francoeur explains why he gave Charlie Samuels $50,000

    May 11, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Francoeur_Jeff

    As reported this morning, former Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels was arrested today, accused of gambling with mobbed-up bookies, stealing Mets’ equipment and memorabilia and committing fraud.  You know, typical New York stuff. You may recall that last fall when this all hit the news Jeff Francoeur‘s name popped up by virtue of him writing…

  12. Willy Aybar was imprisoned for beating his wife back in January

    May 11, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Rays' Aybar drives in the game-winning run against the Angels during their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    This morning I made a joke about Willy Aybar signing with Edmonton in the independent leagues, saying that he was being sent to baseball Siberia. Well, if this report is true, baseball Siberia is way too good for him.  Real Siberia is too good for him.  Frankly, he can take a flying leap into the abyss for…

  13. Quote of the Day: Buster Olney on the MLB’s approval of owners

    May 11, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    The other day Bud Selig was on Mike Lupica’s radio show* and, when asked about how Frank McCourt got the Dodgers in the first place, said that he was really the only viable bidder. That may be technically true given Selig’s definition of viable bidder, but Buster Olney makes a damn fine point about that in…

  14. People asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    May 11, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    The Question

    We did the reader questions on HBT Daily an hour ago or so. Here are the leftovers. Which, like pizza and lasagna and Thanksfiving stuff, is better than when they were served fresh.  There were not quite as many questions this week since we did it on such short notice, but some good ones all…

  15. Update: Astros sale could be completed by next week

    May 11, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Astros logo

    UPDATE:  Zachary Levine reports that the sale of the Astros could be completed by next week. If so, ownership of the Astros could be transferred as early as July. Tuesday: 5:07 PM:  Drayton McLane has commented on this morning’s report that he and Jim Crane have all but completed a deal to sell the Astros:…

  16. HBT Daily: Taking reader questions

    May 11, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    We make HBT history today. I believe, unless someone remembers differently, that this is the first time I’ve used the word “crapper” on video.

  17. Will a woman ever play in the majors? Don’t ask major league executives about it.

    May 11, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Japanese female knuckleballer makes debut against men

    There’s a story up by Pat Borzi of espnW about the possibility of a woman making the major leagues.  The most interesting passage in the whole piece, however, has little to do with the chances of that actually occurring on the merits but which is quite telling about it happening in reality. After reviewing the…

  18. Report: Steve Cohen buy-in to the Mets is off

    May 11, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    mets logo hat

    At least I think that’s what this report is saying.  The headline is highly misleading: “Steve Cohen will not buy Mets for $840 million.” Which is fine, but he was never reported to be doing that. He was reported to be buying a stake in the $200 million neighborhood. The post itself seems to be saying that’s…

  19. Francoeur: move the fences in at Citi Field to help “poor David” Wright

    May 11, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    David Wright

    Someone told Jeff Francoeur that his former Mets’ teammate David Wright wasn’t happy with Citi Field, and Francoeur responded: “Poor David hits the ball to right-center so well and there it’s an out. They’ve gotta shorten the park up. It’s huge. I’m not saying make it a bandbox like Philadelphia, but they have to do something.”…

  20. Frank McCourt will try — and fail — to work the halls at the owners’ meetings

    May 11, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    The quarterly owners’ meetings take place today and tomorrow in New York and, as Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times notes, despite the fact that the state of the Dodgers is not on the meeting agenda, Frank McCourt has a big lobbying job on his hands: There will be pleasantries. How was your flight? Where…

  21. Tim Wakefield would consider playing for another team

    May 11, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Tim Wakefield

    When Tim Wakefield took what was, essentially a year-to-year contract with the Red Sox, and even since that deal expired, it seemed pretty clear that his preference was either to play in Boston or not play at all.  But as Rob Bradford of WEEI reports, that’s not necessarily the case: Tim Wakefield, who will become…

  22. Mets former clubhouse manager to be arrested today

    May 11, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Charlie Samuels

    Remember last fall how it was revealed that Charlie Samuels, the Mets longtime clubhouse manager/travelling secretary was running a gambling ring, stealing Mets’ memorabilia, skimming hotel money and living way, way beyond his means? Yeah, well, he’s going to be arrested today and charged with theft and many, many other things, I’m sure. For those in…

  23. The HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 11, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Breakfast Wrap

    Know what? We post an awful damn lot here at HBT.  Sometimes so much that even I can’t keep up and this is my job.  That’s especially true in the evenings when I’m putting my kids to bed and watching baseball. Know what else? In the past couple of weeks we’ve been posting even more…

  24. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 11, 2011, 6:08 AM EDT

    Marlins' Johnson delivers a pitch against the Phillies in the first inning during their MLB National League baseball game in Miami

    The lesson from Tuesday: Roy Halladay, Josh Johnson, Tim Lincecum and Ian Kennedy simply don’t know how to win.

  25. Great Moments in magical thinking

    May 10, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    Berkman_Lance

    I’m struggling to decide what to make of this bit of analysis of Lance Berkman’s season from Joel Sherman in today’s New York Post: The Yankees lineup would look a lot more fierce with him as the DH while he has shown a renewed athleticism that he could have mixed in at first, left and…

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