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  1. The Pirates are scouting Hunter Pence

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    The bizarro theme of “Pittsburgh Pirates: trade deadline buyers” continues.  Building on their alleged contacts with the Oakland A’s regarding Josh Willingham, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports today that they’re aiming higher than that:  they’re scouring the Astros’ Hunter Pence. It strikes me as unlikely that anything could come of that.  Not too…

  2. Turn around, bright eyes. No, seriously, turn around. The ball dropped in behind you.

    Jul 18, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    Residents

    An interesting story in the New York times leads with Mark Kotsay losing a fly ball in the sun to explain something most of us probably hadn’t thought to much about: As one of the roughly 16 percent of Americans with light-colored eyes (Kotsay’s are a soft blue), he is more affected by glare, experts…

  3. The boo birds come out for Jason Bay

    Jul 18, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    It seemed like Jason Bay was pulling himself out of his funk before the All-Star break. He had good series against the Tigers, Yankees and the Dodgers, putting a little hitting streak together for a while, showing some pop and generally not looking moribund. But the last series before the break against the Giants had…

  4. The Tropicana Field catwalk strikes again

    Jul 18, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Tropicana Field

    And now your semi-annual reminder that Tropicana Field is really not fit for the playing of professional baseball games: The Tampa Bay Rays’ second baseman hit a ball in the eighth inning of Sunday night’s game against Boston that broke a light on an overhanging catwalk down the third-base line. Parts of the light dropped to the…

  5. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jul 18, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Nick Johnson

    In addition to that trip to Kings Island I mentioned in the recaps, the weekend also included a trip to the Columbus Clippers-Indianapolis Indians game Saturday night.  I’m totally the father of the year.  I didn’t even beat my children when they got tired out in the bottom of the fifth inning, causing us to…

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

    Jul 18, 2011, 5:33 AM EDT

    Brady Kings Island

    Reds 3, Cardinals 1:  I spent my Sunday near Cincinnati. Not in Cincinnati, but just north of it, at the Kings Island theme park (i.e. the one the Bradys went to where Greg lost Mike’s plans or whatever it was; it has improved a bit since 1974).  I took Mookie and Carlo and my old…

  7. K-Rod waives his giant option; will be a free agent after the season

    Jul 15, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Francisco Rodriguez and the Milwaukee Brewers have made a deal:  K-Rod is waving his $17.5 million option in exchange for additional compensation now. He’ll become a free agent when the season is over. This makes sense for everyone.  For the Brewers, they can now use Rodriguez in any capacity they wish,…

  8. You know your trend has peaked when you see it at the ballpark

    Jul 15, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    Food Truck

    With the exception of racial integration, baseball has always been a bit behind the times. From facial hair to anti-disco sentiment to pro-Macarena sentiment and everything in between, you can bet that if a trend is hitting big someplace in this nation, you’ll see it in a ballpark … eventually. Which is what makes me…

  9. The G.M. is “willing to listen” to offers for Player X? So what?

    Jul 15, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

    Cell Phone

    Crazy season is upon us. The semi-annual rumor-fest, in which people hear this and that and run wild with speculation.  Occasionally — very occasionally — there is actually some hard news in all of this nonsense. But as Jeff Sullivan of Baseball Nation notes in an on-point column today, the least valuable of all of…

  10. The Orioles are prepared to give J.J. Hardy a three-year extension

    Jul 15, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    J.J. Hardy

    There has been chatter that the Orioles could make shortstop J.J. Hardy available at the trading deadline. There has been louder chatter, however, that they like Hardy and would try to lock him up.  Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that, to that end, the Orioles are willing to go to three years on an extension.…

  11. Frank McCourt wants Jamie’s spousal support reduced

    Jul 15, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

    Combination of file photos of Frank and Jamie McCourt during their divorce trial in Los Angeles

    Josh Fisher of Dodger Divorce reports that Frank McCourt filed a motion in his divorce case today — or will shortly — asking that the $600,000-a-month spousal support he pays to Jamie be reduced.  Frank says “I simply can’t afford to support Jamie’s lifestyle anymore.” Don’t tell anyone I said this, but word on the street…

  12. Yes, Terry Leach will be included in the 1991 Minnesota Twins anniversary bobblehead set

    Jul 15, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Terry Leach

    This story is less interesting because of the baseball and bobblehead angle than it is for something else, but first the background: The Twins are selling a set of bobblehead dolls commemorating the 1991 World Series championship team. And it has every player plus manager Tom Kelly! At least now it does. At first it…

  13. HBT Daily: Looking ahead to the second half

    Jul 15, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Matt and I talk about Cleveland, Pittsburgh, the AL MVP race and other second-half matters.

  14. Mike Quade: “I was glad I didn’t end up in Tent City with Sheriff Arpaio”

    Jul 15, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

    Mike Quade

    Baseball people! They’re just like us! Cubs manager Mike Quade had to fly home commercial after the All-Star Game in Phoenix on Tuesday night and encountered a traveler’s nightmare while dealing with Sky Harbor Airport’s security. Quade said Thursday the TSA detained him for about 40 minutes and patted him down twice while going through airport security. He finally was…

  15. Jeff Francoeur wants to be part of the Royals’ future

    Jul 15, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    Bob Dunn has a story in the Kansas City Star about Jeff Francoeur‘s place in the world at the trading deadline. Short version: he would prefer not to go: “People keep asking me about it,” he said. “And what I say is I’m sure if a team came to the Royals and overwhelmed them (with…

  16. Peter Bourjos is feeling much better

    Jul 15, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Bourjos_Peter

    Angels’ center fielder Peter Bourjos is looking to be back in the Angels’ lineup sometime this weekend, feeling much better after some rehab for his hamstring. According to the Orange County Register, top prospect Mike Trout is likely to stay with the team for a little bit overlapping with Bourjos return, but it probably means…

  17. Carlos Marmol’s job is safe

    Jul 15, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Carlos Marmol lost his targeting last night, walking the ballpark, giving up five runs and blowing the game in the ninth.  Despite this, Mike Quade says that Marmol’s job is safe. Here’s Quade: “That was pretty bad. That was as bad as I’ve seen him. Still, you feel he has a chance to pull it…

  18. Justin Morneau will be cleared to throw in a week

    Jul 15, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Morneau_Justin

    The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Justin Morneau would be cleared for baseball activities like throwing, hitting, spitting and thinking about hunting in the offseason, in about a week. From there it’s to a rehab assignment, though it would be optimistic to see him back playing before mid-August. Still, after the last year or two, anything other…

  19. MLB: Frank McCourt would personally benefit from his proposed financing

    Jul 15, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

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

    At the moment, the big issue in front of the court handling the Dodgers bankruptcy is how the Dodgers’ operations will be financed for the next several months while the legal process is played out.  Frank McCourt has obtained a private loan and wants to use it to run the team.  Major League Baseball counters,…

  20. The good Derek Holland showed up last night

    Jul 15, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    Derek Holland pitched his second straight shutout last night, helping the Rangers to a 5-0 win over the Mariners. In fact, it was his third shutout in his last eight starts. He has more shutouts this season than Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver, and Clayton Kershaw. But the man is not consistent.  In between shutout number…

  21. Searching for meaning in the Clemens mistrial ruling

    Jul 15, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    It takes a pretty unique intellect to look at what happened with the Roger Clemens case yesterday — a mistrial ending the thing before it began — and consider it anything other than awesome news from Roger Clemens’ perspective.  No, he may not be 100% out of the woods yet, but when you get your…

  22. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 15, 2011, 6:01 AM EDT

    Luke Gregerson

    Giants 6, Padres 2: Aaron Harang has now shut out the opposition for two straight starts totaling 13 innings, and each time the Padres have lost. I imagine there have been some “I’m just trying to give my team a chance to win” quotes in there someplace, but it’s too depressing to look for ’em.  Aubrey Huff…

  23. Quote of the Day: The Dodgers are easy targets

    Jul 14, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    I didn’t watch the ESPY Awards. I hope I don’t have to explain why. Just know that I didn’t watch them.  So I missed Mike Seth Myers’* monologue. Which again, shouldn’t be a big deal, because Mike* Myers hasn’t been funny since at least 1997* for a long time. But when you have material as ripe…

  24. Major League Baseball has Bartolo Colon’s medical records

    Jul 14, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    “OK, let’s open these up and take a look.  Hmmm … blood type … blood type … sir, it says ‘gravy’!” Major League Baseball has received medical records on Bartolo Colon‘s stem cell treatment. The New York Yankees pitcher had the treatment in the Dominican Republic in April 2010. Baseball spokesman Pat Courtney said the records were…

  25. David Ortiz, Kevin Gregg get four-game suspensions; others disciplined for Orioles-Red Sox brawl

    Jul 14, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    David Ortiz, Kevin Gregg

    Major League Baseball has issued suspensions as a result of the ugliness between the Red Sox and the Orioles last week.  It breaks down as follows: David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg each have received four-game suspensions and undisclosed fines for their plunkings and fisticuffsmanship, such as it was; Mike Gonzalez gets a three-game suspension and…

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