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  1. Catch the second episode of Showtime’s “The Franchise” tonight, featuring one of HBT’s own

    Jul 18, 2012, 8:22 PM EDT

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    In one of my six “Dispatches From Kansas City,” I described a scene in which Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison approached me during the All-Star media day in search of Royals legend George Brett. I wasn’t much help and mostly just stood there stupefied, but my exchange with LoMo apparently made the cut for the second…

  2. Lance Berkman admits he doesn’t have “any bat speed”

    Jul 18, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

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    Lance Berkman made the final out in the Cardinals’ crushing 4-3 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday afternoon at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, lofting a bases-loaded fly-out to the warning track in deep left field. “Big Puma” is now 0-for-8 with three walks and four strikeouts since returning this past weekend from knee surgery, and acknowledged…

  3. Jed Lowrie out 4-6 weeks with nerve issue in right leg

    Jul 17, 2012, 10:15 PM EDT

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    Jed Lowrie was placed on the disabled list this weekend because of a sprained right ankle. That should heal within the next 15 days, but the 28-year-old shortstop has another injury that will not. According to beat writer Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow announced Tuesday evening that Lowrie has…

  4. Matt Holliday pulled from game following HBP

    Jul 17, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

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    Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday was struck above the left knee by a Randy Wolf pitch in the first inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Brewers. He eventually trotted down to first base and was able to run for himself, but the left fielder was lifted just a few frames later, before the bottom of…

  5. Matt Capps placed back on the disabled list

    Jul 17, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

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    The Twins gave right-handed reliever Matt Capps a couple weeks off leading into the All-Star break due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder. But that period of rest apparently did not do the trick. Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that Capps has been placed back on the 15-day disabled list due to ongoing discomfort. This…

  6. Brett Anderson cleared to begin rehab assignment Saturday

    Jul 17, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

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    From Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle comes word that A’s left-hander Brett Anderson made it through a 45-pitch simulated game on Monday without feeling any lingering discomfort in his elbow and has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment Saturday night at High-A Stockton. Anderson underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery a little…

  7. Matt Maloney will get Tommy John surgery

    Jul 15, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

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    From ESPN’s Buster Olney comes word that left-hander Matt Maloney will undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Tuesday. He can obviously be counted out for the remainder of the 2012 campaign and will struggle to make it back to full health before the All-Star break next season. Maloney allowed 17 hits and 10 earned…

  8. Angels put Jordan Walden on disabled list with bicep strain

    Jul 15, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

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    It’s been a rough couple months for Jordan Walden. The 24-year-old right-hander opened the season as the Angels’ unchallenged closer after saving 32 games alongside a 2.98 ERA in 2011, but that role was eventually transferred to newcomer Ernesto Frieri, who’s been dominant. And now Walden is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained…

  9. Sergio Santos needs season-ending shoulder surgery

    Jul 15, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

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    Toronto was ecstatic to land closer Sergio Santos and his team-friendly contract from the White Sox this winter, but the early returns have been awful. Santos allowed six hits, four walks and five earned runs in five innings of relief before landing on the 15-day disabled list in late April with inflammation in his right shoulder. He…

  10. Juan Carlos Oviedo departs rehab game with tightness

    Jul 15, 2012, 10:41 AM EDT

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    Juan Carlos Oviedo‘s comeback just hit a snag. The right-hander formerly known as Leo Nunez walked off the mound after recording just one out Saturday night in a rehab appearance at Triple-A New Orleans because of an undisclosed injury. The New Orleans Zephyrs training staff termed the ailment as “tightness” and didn’t offer much else. Oviedo is eligible…

  11. The D’Backs have told Justin Upton they might trade him

    Jul 15, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT

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    It’s for real: Arizona may be moving Justin Upton. Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic on Saturday that he’s spoken with the 24-year-old outfielder about the trade rumors that have been swirling and admitted that there’s some legitimacy behind them. “I listen on everybody,” said Towers. “We’re in the…

  12. Johnny Cueto scratched from Reds’ finale with Cardinals

    Jul 15, 2012, 9:22 AM EDT

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    The Reds will be trying for a three-game sweep of the Cardinals this evening at Great American Ball Park, but they’ll have to get it done without their ace. According to C. Trent Rosecrans of CBS Sports, right-hander Johnny Cueto has been scratched from his scheduled turn in the starting rotation due to a blister…

  13. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 15, 2012, 8:37 AM EDT

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    The Astros aren’t the most lethal of opponents, but we caught a glimpse of vintage Tim Lincecum on Saturday night in San Francisco. And it was good. The Giants right-hander yielded just five hits over eight scoreless innings, racking up 11 strikeouts while issuing just one walk. He needed 114 pitches and his velocity declined…

  14. Jason Hammel undergoing surgery on right knee, out at least four weeks

    Jul 14, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT

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    The Orioles celebrated a walkoff victory over the Tigers on Saturday, but they’re struggling to cling to an American League Wild Card spot and could be without one of their best starters for a while. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun writes that Jason Hammel has cartilage “floating” in his right knee that gives him pain…

  15. Roy Halladay will return Tuesday

    Jul 14, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

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    CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury has the scoop: Roy Halladay has received clearance to come off the disabled list and start for the Phillies on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. “I feel comfortable that he’s ready,” pitching coach Rich Dubee said after watching Halladay throw in the bullpen at Coors Field on Saturday afternoon. Halladay has been…

  16. Astros prospect fractures hand after punching door

    Jul 14, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

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    Kids, don’t get into fights with inanimate objects. According to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle, Astros prospect Jonathan Villar will be sidelined for the next six weeks after fracturing his right hand while punching a door between innings Friday evening at Double-A Corpus Christi. Villar is scheduled to have surgery next week. The 21-year-old…

  17. Royals demote prospect Mike Montgomery to Double-A

    Jul 11, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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    Royals pitching prospect Mike Montgomery was the 36th overall selection in the 2008 draft and ranked 19th on Baseball America‘s Top 100 list heading into the 2011 season. But his career has since stalled. The 23-year-old left-hander posted an uninspiring 5.32 ERA and 7.7 K/9 across 150 2/3 innings last season in his first taste of…

  18. Reminder: Showtime’s “The Franchise” returns tonight

    Jul 11, 2012, 8:44 PM EDT

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    If you have Showtime and you like baseball, you probably won’t want to miss the second season of “The Franchise,” which debuts tonight at 10 PM ET. Last year’s inside look at the Giants was endlessly interesting, and MLB’s PR director told me earlier this week at the 2012 MLB All-Star Gala that the Marlins…

  19. Cubs release veteran reliever Mike MacDougal

    Jul 11, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

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    From Matt Eddy of Baseball America comes word that the Cubs have released right-hander Mike MacDougal from the roster at Triple-A Iowa. MacDougal, who began the 2012 season with the Dodgers, posted a 7.85 ERA and 2.56 WHIP across 19 relief appearances for the Iowa Cubs, walking 16 batters and fanning only 11 in 18…

  20. Dispatches from Kansas City: “Did you have a decent time?”

    Jul 10, 2012, 11:34 PM EDT

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    HardballTalk’s Drew Silva is filing regular stories from this year’s MLB All-Star festivities in KC. Part One. Part Two. Part Three. Part Four. Part Five. When I picked up my press packet Saturday from the will call window next to Kauffman Stadium’s Gate C, it included an invitation to something called the “2012 MLB All-Star Gala” — to be held in…

  21. Dispatches from Kansas City: “Have you seen George Brett around?”

    Jul 9, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

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    HardballTalk’s Drew Silva is filing regular stories from this year’s MLB All-Star festivities in Kansas City. Part One. Part Two. Part Three. Part Four. The Royals haven’t won a division title since 1985 and have finished with a winning record just three times since since 1992, which has translated into over 20 years of bad attendance totals at…

  22. Dispatches from Kansas City: “You have to see batting practice”

    Jul 8, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

    kelly's westport inn

    HardballTalk’s Drew Silva is filing regular reports from this year’s MLB All-Star festivities in Kansas City, Missouri. Part One. Part Two. Part Three.  Kelly’s Westport Inn is a wooden-floored Irish-style pub occupying the oldest standing structure in KC. Completed in 1850 — when the population of the United States was less than 25 million — the building…

  23. Dispatches from Kansas City: “If this is what we’re doing, then dammit let’s do it with passion”

    Jul 7, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    kauffman stadium

    HardballTalk’s Drew Silva is filing regular stories from this year’s MLB All-Star Game festivities in Kansas City, Missouri. Part One. Part Two. I drove out to Kauffman Stadium around 10 a.m. this morning to pick up my press credentials — a badge on a lanyard, basically, with my headshot and “NBC SPORTS” emblazoned across the bottom.…

  24. Dispatches from Kansas City: “It’s a sea of tents and smoke”

    Jul 6, 2012, 10:17 PM EDT

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    HardballTalk’s Drew Silva is filing regular stories from this year’s MLB All-Star Game festivities in Kansas City, Missouri. Check out Part One here. “What’s the best barbecue joint in KC?” I asked my Aunt Mardi, foolishly, after getting in last night. “Our front porch when your uncle is home,” she replied in a tone that was…

  25. Dispatches from Kansas City: “Anything cool I did as a teenager, I did in western Missouri…”

    Jul 6, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    kauffman stadium from highway 70

    It’s about a four-hour drive from my house in St. Louis to Missouri’s western border with Kansas, where the coolest town in the United States sits with quiet confidence. I made the trip last night, cruising freely along a trafficless stretch of Highway 70 and arriving a little after 9 p.m. with a duffel bag, a laptop and…

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