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  1. Dallas Braden had an MRI on his forearm

    Jun 11, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Dallas Braden said after his last that he’d had forearm tightness all week and felt as if he couldn’t finish his pitches properly.  Yesterday he had an MRI on his forearm to see what the problem was.  No sense yet if there’s anything amiss, but if surgery is necessary, you can bet Braden won’t use…

  2. Comment of the Day: Kenny Williams should chill

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

    I don’t necessarily think that Ozzie has a valid point here, if his son is not a legitimate prospect.  That said, I can understand him having higher expectations given that 2008 6th round draft pick Ken Williams Jr. is hitting .222/.314/.344 as a 24 year old in high A.  Blatant nepotism is only appreciated when…

  3. Great Moments in overthinking: Phillies sellouts are bad!

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    I’m no economic expert, but today’s column from Paul Hagen in the Philadelphia Daily News doesn’t make a ton of sense to me. The upshot: it’s nice that the Phillies are selling out so many consecutive games, but there’s a downside to it because if you sell out all the time you can’t increase your…

  4. Ozzie Guillen and Kenny Williams "almost came to blows"

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    Yesterday Kenny Williams complained of the White Sox’ “soap opera.”  Today Joe Cowley of the Sun-Times reports that it may be more like “Tuesday Night Fights”: After the White Sox’ 3-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers, the Sun-Times was told by a team source that general manager Ken Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen ”almost came…

  5. Two fans run onto the field in Cleveland

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    All the little chicks with the crimson lips go “Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rocks!” Two fans ran across the field in Cleveland and interrupted last night’s game between the Indians and the Red Sox. One of the young men was wearing a LeBron James jersey. The men appeared to trailing a stream of powder behind them,…

  6. The Nats did not agree with Boras to limit Strasburg's innings

    Jun 11, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    The Nationals are going to do the right thing and limit Stephen Strasburg’s innings this year. Contrary to what Jon Heyman and Peter Gammons have reported in the past, however, they are not obligated to do so by contract.  That’s the story from MASN’s Ben Goessling, who spoke to Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo about it:…

  7. A-Rod's got a stiff groin

    Jun 11, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Don’t look at me that way. That’s what the team said. Rodriguez started last night’s game against the Orioles, but was pinch hit for by Ramiro Pena.  After the game the Yankees confirmed that A-Rod has “stiffness in his groin” and will see a doctor about it today. A-Rod has struggled with the groin issue…

  8. Joe Mauer makes a fantastic catch

    Jun 11, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer made a pretty spiffy catch last night. With one out in the ninth inning, Mitch Maier fouled one back. The ball drifted behind the netting and appeared to be heading out of play, but Mauer ranged back, reached his glove around the net and made the catch. Nice highlight on what was an…

  9. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 11, 2010, 5:50 AM EDT

    Mets 3, Padres 0: Jon Niese gave up a double to lead off the third. Otherwise: perfect.  Niese said after the game that he didn’t even realize it.  In related news, somewhere Oliver Perez told someone that his knee was feeling better, after which he was beaten with a pillowcase full of soda pop cans…

  10. Jose Reyes Interview: "I feel like an old person"

    Jun 10, 2010, 6:09 PM EDT

    Mets fans will be interested in hearing Jose Reyes talk about why he feels old and some other baseball stuff. Based on the response to date regarding HBT Extra, however, most of you will be interested in the fact that it is Tiffany Simons who conducts the interview. Bonus: Reyes teaches Tiffany one of those…

  11. All-Star coaches named. Try to contain your excitement

    Jun 10, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi and Charlie Manuel named their All-Star Game coaches this afternoon:  It’s Mike Scioscia and Bob Geren in the American League.  In the NL it’s Bud Black and Bruce Bochy. The game is in Anaheim and all of the coaches are from California.  If the All-Star Game is like any company offsite I’ve ever been…

  12. Jacoby Ellsbury will be on the shelf for a couple more weeks

    Jun 10, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Earlier today Jon Heyman tweeted that a second opinion of Red Sox’ outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury’s ribs revealed “a bigger issue.”  We now know that he’s going to need at least two more weeks of recovery. To that end, Pete Abe reports, Ellsbury will head to Athletes’ Performance training facility in Arizona for some R and R. …

  13. Kenny Williams: "I am growing weary of the soap opera"

    Jun 10, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    I’m not sure what it is about the White Sox brain trust that leads to all of the high drama, but everything that goes on in Chisox land is, like Williams told MLB.com’s Scott Merkin yesterday, a soap opera.  People are always talking about their feelings. More time it spent talking in vague terms about…

  14. Quote of the Day: Tim Flannery on vices

    Jun 10, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    “This game beats on you so bad that by August you’re doing tequila shots, not sleeping and eating late-night cheeseburgers. With the schedule, you say, ‘How in the world did I get through one year, let alone 31?”‘ – Giants third base coach Tim Flannery, explaining why it’s hard for the coaching staff to stay…

  15. Josh Beckett doesn't think about what might have been

    Jun 10, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett signed a $68 million contract extension right before losing time and effectiveness to a back injury. WEEI’s Rob Bradford asked him if thanks his lucky stars about how the timing of all of that went down: Beckett said the idea of what might have been if he didn’t ink that four-year, $68 million…

  16. The Marlins are putting fish in backstop

    Jun 10, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    The Marlins are putting salt water aquariums in the home plate backstops at their new ballpark.  An artist’s rendering is here.  Apparently the glass will be of bulletproof strength. I realize that people may react strongly to his, but I’m thinking that this is pretty spiffy. Anything to avoid silly, nostalgic design flourishes — which…

  17. Jake Peavy rips the Padres

    Jun 10, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Not the team, the ownership for getting rid of Kevin Towers last year.  Jon Paul Morosi from FOX has the quotage: “Kevin Towers getting let go out there is an absolute joke. You can quote me on that. Kevin Towers is a heck of a general manager. You see the product of his work. Moorad…

  18. A good sign for the A's-to-San Jose plan?

    Jun 10, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    One of the things gumming up the works on the long-discussed move of the Oakland Athletics to San Jose is that even if Major League Baseball buys off, er, I mean successfully negotiates a territorial rights agreement with the Giants, the Athletics still need a park to play in. Sure, Lew Wolff has long said…

  19. The Cardinals are looking for pitching

    Jun 10, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch cites a team source who says that the Cardinals are starting to look for starting pitching help. The deal is this: Kyle Lohse and Brad Penny will likely come back, but no one is quite sure when, and they need to plug the rotation holes. The unsettling part:…

  20. Why the Dodgers' mystic energy man matters

    Jun 10, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    I got an email a few minutes ago that reflects a sentiment I’ve seen numerous times since the Dodgers’ Svengali story came out last night: Do you ever write anything positive about the Dodgers? That’s the first place Dodgers. They are currently getting terrific pitching and playing solid baseball. I believe they have the best…

  21. The Yankees are abusing Baltimore. And That's OK

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    The Yankees are 37-22.  After last night that record is comprised of a 10-1 mark against the Orioles, a 4-0 mark against the Indians and a 5-1 record against the Twins.  Against everyone else the Bombers are under .500. I would not be at all surprised to hear New York talk radio fret about this…

  22. McLouth, Heyward collision leads to Dbacks win

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    What a way to lose a ballgame.  Nate McLouth and Jason Heyward both raced after a Gerrardo Parra fly ball in the eighth inning of last night’s Braves-Dbacks game, slammed into each other and by the time the dust settled Parra had made it around the bases for an inside-the-parker. Video here.  The two-runs which…

  23. Who will be the last Montreal Expo standing?

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    Great post over at The Daily Something this morning trying to figure out which player will be the last Montreal Expos veteran to play in the big leagues.  Bill picks Vlad Guerrero on the theory that he’s the best player left and is a DH.  Personally I’d go with someone like Jon Rauch or Javier…

  24. Tabata, Lincoln debut for the Pirates

    Jun 10, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    The Pirates had a front row seat to the debut of the Nationals savior on Tuesday, but last night it was Pittsburgh’s turn, with Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata taking their opening bows. Lincoln had much promise when he was drafted, but one Tommy John surgery and a few years later he’s a 25 year-old…

  25. The Dodgers paid a guy big money to channel "V energy"

    Jun 10, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    The Dodgers appeared to intentionally draft an unsignable pick in the first round the other day, quite possibly because they didn’t feel like paying anyone first round bonus money this year. But while they don’t appear to want to spend on ballplayers, the team had no problem spending six figures on some whack-job Rasputin “scientist…

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