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  1. UPDATE: Would-be Jackass of the week may have done the right thing

    Jun 7, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    UPDATE: I’m told that the guy handed the ball back to the kid for whom it was intended. Can anyone confirm?  If so, I must revoke the “jackass of the week” award and find a more appropriate recipient. Nominations can be made in the comments. Please, nothing related to the Galarraga thing. That’s been beaten…

  2. Javier Vazquez was fantastic again

    Jun 7, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    For the second time in as many starts Javier Vazquez was on point: one hit over seven innings with nine strikeouts. More important than the line itself is the fact that he kept the Yankees in a game in which they were being shut down by Brandon League Morrow, helping the Bombers salvage their lost…

  3. Should the Phillies release Raul Ibanez?

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    That’s what Corey Seidman at Phillies Nation thinks: From a baseball standpoint – and from a logical standpoint –  there is no reason Raul Ibanez deserves to play everyday on a contending team. He has been awful at the plate and terrible in the field. Yet he continues to bat sixth everyday while the Phillies…

  4. The Tigers are dumping Adam Everett

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    The Tigers announced that shortstop Adam Everett will be designated for assignment tomorrow and Danny Worth will be recalled from Triple-A Toledo to back up Ramon Santiago. Everett was an offensive liability last year, hitting a mere .238/.288/.325 in 345 at-bats. This year he’s been even worse, pinching off a line of .185/.241/.247.  Yes, his…

  5. Albert Pujols hits kid with a homer, but it's all good

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols hit a solo shot in the sixth inning of last night’s game, but a kid — who thought he had some pretty sweet seats in the first row of the bleachers — got smacked in the chest with it.  He was soon seen crying, though whether it was because of the pain of…

  6. Derrek Lee to the Angels is totally not happening

    Jun 7, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

    The other day the Chicago Tribune reported that the Angels and Cubs were talking about first baseman Derrek Lee. It’s a trade that makes all kinds of sense, except for two things: the Cubs say there’s “no truth or credibility” to the reports that they’ve talked to the Angels and Lee says he’s not waiving…

  7. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jun 7, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Some of you wasted your weekend running errands, mowing lawns, going to graduation parties and spending time with your families. Some of you were smart and read HardballTalk.  For those in the former camp, here’s some of what you missed: Carlos Zambrano returned to the rotation. And lost; The Royals may have already locked up…

  8. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 7, 2010, 5:51 AM EDT

    Orioles 4, Red Sox 3: Juan Samuel gets his first win as the O’s manager and the O’s get their first win in ten games. Nick Markakis breaks an 0-14 slump with the game-winning RBI single in the 11th. According to the game story, they were doing the shaving cream pie in the face thing…

  9. Peace in our time: the Dodgers settle with Jon Lovitz

    Jun 4, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    You’ll recall that the Dodgers sued actor (brilliant!) Jon Lovitz over unpaid season ticket contracts last month. You can end your candlelight vigil now, however, because the team and the actor (brilliant!) have settled. According to the story “the Dodgers say Lovitz is a friend and welcome back at the stadium any time.” But sources…

  10. More umpires gone wild: Mike Eastabrook gets in Jason Kendall's face

    Jun 4, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

    At this point I’m thinking that there had to have been a memo sent out to all the umpires that acting all insecure and combative is the new thing to do because it happened again yesterday, this time involving home plate umpire Mike Eastabrook. Zack Grekine threw a pitch that both he and catcher Jason…

  11. The Mets designate Gary Matthews Jr. for assignment

    Jun 4, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    The Mets have finally done what seemed absolutely necessary weeks ago: they’ve designated Gary Matthews Jr. for assignment. As you know, that means they have ten days to trade, release or demote Matthews. Given that Omar Minaya is the only person on the entire planet who would ever trade for Gary Matthews, I’m guessing a…

  12. Tickets to the Strasburg debut getting cheaper

    Jun 4, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    When Stephen Strasburg’s debut game was announced earlier this week, prices for tickets to the thing shot up almost immediately.  As of a couple of days ago nothing could be had on StubHub for under $50, which is pretty unprecedented for Nats Park. According to Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Bog, however, prices are…

  13. Adrian Gonzalez is not going anywhere; Heath Bell, maybe

    Jun 4, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Jayson Stark reports what the Padres’ continued success in the standings is making inevitable: Adrain Gonzalez — once thought to be the plum of this year’s trade deadline pie — isn’t going anywhere, so teams have basically given up even asking the Padres about him. Makes sense. It’s one thing to disappoint your fan base…

  14. Attention Dumb Tigers fans: leave Jim Joyce alone

    Jun 4, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    I’m not saying all Tigers fans upset with the call in the other night’s game are dumb. Just the ones who are CALLING THE WRONG JIM JOYCE: “I was watching it in our family room,” said a different Jim Joyce from Toledo. “We’re Tigers fans, so we were disappointed as well.” But Joyce’s disappointment quickly…

  15. Who should be the next Orioles' manager?

    Jun 4, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Juan Samuel has the job now, but you have to assume that he’s truly just the interim guy.  Based on my perusal of Orioles’ blogs and stuff, O’s fans seem to be begging for an experienced major league manager, and one would think that Andy MacPhail is thinking the same thing. But who?  The name…

  16. Quote of the Day: The Daily News' Bill Madden hates replay; modernity

    Jun 4, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Baseball has become dehumanized enough by sabermetricians and their mind-numbing statistical analyses and it doesn’t need to be made more complicated by having the potential for instant replay on every play. Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, seemingly channeling his frustration over never figuring out how to get his VCR to stop flashing…

  17. White House Press Secretary praises Jim Joyce

    Jun 4, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    This is nice to see, but am I alone in thinking that we’ve come close to praising Jim Joyce’s demeanor so much that the backlash is inevitable?   Oh well, I suppose it’s better than what Sarah Palin said about the environmentalists screwing up Galarraga’s perfect game . . .

  18. What They're Saying About Dave Trembley getting fired

    Jun 4, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    It just became official a little over an hour ago, but its been rumbling for a couple of days now.  Here are some of the early reactions to the Orioles 86ing Dave Trembley: Camden Chat: Dave Trembley wasn’t the greatest manager.  He wasn’t the worst.  He managed some good games and he dogged some bad…

  19. Jose Canseco testifies before grand jury in Roger Clemens case

    Jun 4, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    Jose Canseco testified before the grand jury that is deciding whether to indict Roger Clemens on perjury charges yesterday. You could probably do better if you’re looking for someone to vouch for your character, but we take our witnesses where we can find them, and Canseco basically backed Clemens’ side of the story. Canseco also…

  20. King Felix strikes out four in one inning

    Jun 4, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    It’s not as exciting as a perfect game — it’s not even as exciting as a near-perfect game — but I almost like quirky stuff like this better: Felix Hernandez struck out four guys in one inning last night.  The wild pitch punchout went to Joe Mauer, but the King then bore down and got…

  21. It's official: Trembley gets the axe

    Jun 4, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports what we all knew was coming: Dave Trembley has been fired and Juan Samuel is the new interim manager of the Baltimore Orioles. Given that Brian Roberts is still not back, Casey Kotchman would represent an upgrade at first base, almost everyone who was supposed to hit the…

  22. Casey Kotchman sets defensive record for first basemen

    Jun 4, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    I mentioned this in the recaps, but it deserves its own post: last night Casey Kotchman set the record for most consecutive defensive chances at first base without an error.  He’s at 2,008 after last night’s game.  The previous mark was Kevin Youkilis’ 2,002.  Youkilis still has the consecutive games streak at 238.  Kotchman has…

  23. How you know when you're about to be fired

    Jun 4, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    The official announcement hasn’t come yet, but someone on Orioles Nation is already ready for Dave Trembley to be gone.  Witness third base coach Juan Samuel’s Wikipedia page from around 11PM last night, which reads: “On June 3, 2010, the Orioles fired manager Dave Trembley and announced Samuel as the new manager.” It has since…

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

    Jun 4, 2010, 6:05 AM EDT

    Astros 6, Nationals 4: A walkoff two-run homer for Carlos Lee. The Nationals helped set it up, however, when Cristan Guzman lost a Lance Berkman liner in the lights and had it bounce in front of him allowing Michael Bourn to score. Braves 4, Dodgers 3: The best kept secret in baseball? Kris Medlen. The…

  25. "Jim Joyce is standing up like a man today"

    Jun 3, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Here’s some pretty moving video of the exchange of lineup cards before the Tigers-Indians game today.  Jim Joyce takes the field and tears come to his eyes. He shakes Armando Galarraga’s hand and does his best to get to work.  The announcers laud him for “standing up like a man” in both coming out and…

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