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  1. Pettitte, Knoblauch testimony likely to be tossed from Clemens case

    Jul 5, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Roger Clemens closeup head

    It’s unclear if Andy Pettitte and Chuck Knoblauch will be completely eliminated from the Roger Clemens trial, but the judge ruled this morning that they will not be permitted to testify about Brian McNamee providing them performance enhancing drugs as a means of establishing that, yes, it may be likely that Clemens got some too.…

  2. Rosenthal reports on the state of the Astros

    Jul 5, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Astros logo

    Ken Rosenthal has a good piece up this morning about the state-of-the-Astros. Specifically, where they stand on the ownership transfer. The short version: Jim Crane is on track for approval, but it may not come before the trade deadline at the end of the month. Which leads to an interesting discussion of how much say an…

  3. John Farrell had his jaw knocked out of place by Jon Rauch

    Jul 5, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    John Farrell, J.P. Arencibia, Jon Rauch, Alfonso Marquez

    Remember that ugly bit of ugliness involving  Jon Rauch over the weekend? In which his manager, John Farrell, had to come out and hold him back from killing home plate umpire  Alfonso Marquez, ripping Rauch’s jersey off in the process?  Yeah, well, Farrell got the worst of it: When asked Monday how he didn’t pull…

  4. One of the better “how to fix the All-Star Game” stories you’ll read

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks - All Star Game 2011 - Logo

    “How to fix the All-Star Game” stories run pretty thick this time of year. Everyone looks at the rosters and, more significantly, looks at all of the fill-ins and beg-outs after the rosters are announced and realizes that there has to be a better way to run a railroad. I’m sort of blah about it…

  5. Jon Garland’s season is probably over

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    We heard a week or two ago that Jon Garland is worried about his career in light of his shoulder problems.  That may have just been some understandable fretting. It’s hard to say.  But people are now saying that, at the very least, Garland’s 2011 season could be history. Specifically, Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com, who was…

  6. Major League Baseball is very optimistic about Derek Jeter’s 3000th hit

    Jul 5, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Oakland Athletics

    As we witnessed home run records being demolished starting in the late 90s, we also witnessed ugly scrums in the outfield seats as fans fought — literally fought — one another to snag a baseball that could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars at an auction. Realizing the lengths to which people would go to…

  7. Mariano Rivera has a sore triceps

    Jul 5, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Who will bridge the gap to Mo?

    A sore triceps muscle is normally not all that newsworthy because, really, simply opening a stubborn pickle jar and give a guy a sore triceps muscle. But when that guy is someone as bulletproof and essential as Mariano Rivera, it is at least worthy of mention. A sore triceps kept Rivera out of yesterday’s game…

  8. Dontrelle Willis is in the best shape of his life

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

    dontrelle-willis-reds-spring

    Boy, it’s a rare treat to get a BSOHL story in July, but we have one! It’s Dontrelle Willis, who was scratched from his start down at AAA Louisville yesterday. The speculation was that he was going to get called up to Cincinnati to fill in for Bronson Arroyo, who was complaining of dizziness, but…

  9. Roger Clemens goes on trial this week

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:22 AM EST

    Roger Clemens

    The opening statements and all of the pomp and circumstance will begin Wednesday, but the Roger Clemens perjury trial started Tuesday with evidentiary motions and the like.  Clemens is supposed to be at the courthouse in Washington, D.C. as well, so we’ll get our de riguer look at him wearing some bad suit, flanked by…

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

    Jul 5, 2011, 5:38 AM EST

    Jayson Werth

    Nats 5, Cubs 4: Jayson Werth was getting booed like crazy — especially when he struck out with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh — but then he unexpectedly steals third base in the 10th inning and subsequently scores on a wild pitch, winning the ballgame, and the cheers rained down. His postgame…

  11. The Mets sign Miguel Batista

    Jul 4, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Miguel Batista

    He’s close to free, and given that he’s a big fancy author, he may add some color to the clubhouse, but given that Miguel Batista was averaging 5.83 walks and 15.43 base runners per nine innings when the Cardinals let him go, I’m not going to get too excited about the Mets signing the veteran to a minor…

  12. Get this: Albert Pujols could come back as early as tomorrow night

    Jul 4, 2011, 4:10 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Because he’s apparently some kind of super hero, the injury that was supposed to keep him out of action for a minimum of six weeks doesn’t seem to be bothering Albert Pujols all that much anymore, to the point where he may come back early.  We knew that already. But if he had his druthers,…

  13. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jul 4, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Roy Halladay, Carlos Ruiz

    The Phillies tightened their grip on the top spot by taking two of three from the Red Sox. What else that could have shifted the fundamental balance of power in the baseball universe went down in the last week? As always, last week’s rankings are in parenthesis. Thought about going with those fancy-looking bracket things once…

  14. Who has bigger forearms? Jose Canseco or Steve Garvey?

    Jul 4, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

    Gun Show

    Probably the most pathetic headline I’ve ever written at HBT, but I don’t care. I really want to know the answer to this. Last night, following the Dodgers-Angels game, there was a charity old timers home run derby thing, the purpose of which was to raise money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research.  Good cause! I…

  15. Josh Holden: from prospect to soldier

    Jul 4, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Josh Holden

    Good story in the New York Times this morning about Josh Holden, a West Point graduate-turned Cincinnati Reds farmhand.  His baseball race was run as of 2008, so he went back to fulfill his five-year commitment to Uncle Sam. As is often the case with stories about servicemen, one is struck by the subject’s positive attitude…

  16. “Life, like baseball, is a series of tragedies separated by times of sheer joy”

    Jul 4, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    George Steinbrenner thumbs up

    Normally when you hear about ALS, Yankee Stadium and the Fourth of July, you think of Lou Gehrig’s “luckiest man on the face of the Earth” speech.  And you should remember it because it’s one of baseball’s defining moments. But former commissioner Fay Vincent has a piece over at Fox News.com today with a different…

  17. Ryan Zimmerman scratched due to abdominal tenderness

    Jul 4, 2011, 11:12 AM EST

    zimmerman bats

    Oh, it may be weary. Them abdomens, they do get wearied. Wearing that same old ace bandage dressing.  But when it gets weary, try a little tenderness, yeah, yeah … What? It’s a holiday. You want some actual hardcore analysis, or do you want Otis Redding references? And before you answer that, remember, you’re not…

  18. The Mets might make a big offer to Jose Reyes

    Jul 4, 2011, 10:20 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Mets

    Think the Mets are just gonna let Jose Reyes walk? Or maybe even trade him?  Maybe not. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports this morning that Sandy Alderson is “leaning strongly toward authorizing a substantial offer” to Reyes. Reyes is hitting .354/.398/.529 this year and, recent hamstring tweak notwithstanding, has completely changed everyone’s impression…

  19. Photo of the Day: Captain America calling

    Jul 4, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    Captain America punches Hitler

    For so many years, one gets the sense that Derek Jeter fans saw him much like this, single-handedly smashing tyranny and representing all that was Right and True about baseball and America. Well, the years have taken their toll and Jeter has started to be seen in a different, more realistic light. More of a Silver Age…

  20. Ron Washington blasts umpire: “Angel is just bad. That’s all there is to it.”

    Jul 4, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

    Ron Washington, Joe West, Angel Hernandez

    I know Angel Hernandez is a bad umpire. You know Angel Hernandez is a bad umpire. Heck, I presume that everyone affiliated with Major League Baseball in one way or another knows it too. Thing is, you just rarely hear anyone come out and say it. Well, Ron Washington came out and said it last…

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

    Jul 4, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Cleveland Indians v Cincinnati Reds

    Holiday weekends weird me out. Sunday night doesn’t feel like Sunday night so doing the recaps of Sunday games doesn’t feel natural. That’s especially true when Monday is a big honkin’ hardly-anyone-goes-to-work-holiday like today.  Which means it’s a big honkin’ hardly-anyone-reads-the-blog day too. But there are a few of you out there, I’m sure, who…

  22. The New York Times sells a chunk of the Boston Red Sox

    Jul 1, 2011, 5:10 PM EST

    New York Times building

    The New York Times has held a minority share in the Boston Red Sox — well, technically its parent company, Fenway Sports Group — for several years.  When I first learned this I tried hard to see if their coverage of the Red Sox was at all biased, but I could never find any evidence…

  23. Happy Canada Day, Toronto Blue Jays

    Jul 1, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

    canadian-flag

    July 1st happens to be my wedding anniversary. Sixteenth if you care.  In honor of my anniversary, my wife is going to grill me a nice juicy steak this evening. Really! Unlike your backwards little worlds, in Chez Calcaterra the woman is the master of the grill. Deduct all the man points from me that…

  24. Study: “Major League Baseball umpires express their racial/ethnic preferences when they evaluate pitchers”

    Jul 1, 2011, 3:12 PM EST

    bob-davidson-umpire

    I recall everyone discussing a study in which it was posited that umpires tend to favor pitchers of the same race a few years ago. Perhaps it was an earlier version of the study whose publication was announced earlier this afternoon, perhaps it was a different study.  I’m not sure. But either way, there is…

  25. Joe Posnanski’s 14 crazy baseball facts

    Jul 1, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

    Tim Raines

    If you haven’t noticed by now, not much is happening in baseball today. Oh, there will be 15 games played by the time the west coasters go to bed tonight, but the newsmakers — the agents, the GMs, the bankrupt owners and the the others who provide much of our midday fodder here at HBT…

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