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  1. The Astros may get rid of Tal’s Hill and that train

    Jun 28, 2012, 10:19 AM EST

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    Tal’s Hill is that little hill in center field at Minute Maid Park. It probably represents the dumbest flair-for-the-sake-of-flair design element of any ballpark in baseball. And, based on Zach Levine’s report in the Houston Chronicle, it may be gone soon, along with that train above the outfield: Add the train high above left field…

  2. Giancarlo Stanton will be in the Home Run Derby

    Jun 28, 2012, 9:56 AM EST

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    I don’t really care that much about the competition aspects of the Home Run Derby. I do, however, like to see mammoth blasts for their own sake, either in sheer distance or in quantity. After all, what’s the most memorable Home Run Derby thing ever? Josh Hamilton putting on the laser show at Yankee Stadium,…

  3. Jorge De La Rosa unlikely to return this season

    Jun 28, 2012, 9:31 AM EST

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    More troubling news for the Colorado rotation. According to beat writer Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd acknowledged Wednesday evening in a conference call with season ticket holders that Jorge De La Rosa might not make it back this season. The left-hander underwent Tommy John surgery 12 months ago, but…

  4. HBT Extra: Chapman, Greinke and Spinal Tap

    Jun 28, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

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    I can assure you, this is the first time I have ever told Tiffany to “smell the glove, baby.”  And almost certainly the last.  

  5. The Clemens jury thought Brian McNamee was lying

    Jun 28, 2012, 8:50 AM EST

    Brian McNamee

    This seems pretty obvious given how the entire trial, for all of its length, was set up as a credibility contest between Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee. But it’s still pretty notable: “Brian McNamee was not a strong enough witness to render a verdict of guilty against Roger Clemens,” juror Bradford Weaver told The Associated…

  6. Some people have a problem with Clay Buchholz going to a charity event? Really?

    Jun 28, 2012, 8:23 AM EST

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    Clay Buchholz just got out of the hospital for esophagitis. Less than 24 hours later, the team has confirmed, he attended a charity event for The Greg Hill Foundation, which is designed to provide immediate assistance for families touched by tragedy. Most people would probably view that as being pretty damn noble and, depending on how sick…

  7. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 28, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    Giants 3, Dodgers 0: The season nadir for the Dodgers who got swept by their arch rivals in three straight shutouts and lost their lead in the division. And, to add insult to injury, Andre Ethier got hurt. Wait, that’s adding injury to insult I suppose. Ah, you know what I mean. Oh, and Timmay…

  8. Ryan Howard set to begin rehab assignment on Thursday

    Jun 27, 2012, 10:29 PM EST

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    The positive news keeps rolling in for the Phils. John Finger of CSNPhilly.com reports that first baseman Ryan Howard has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday night at Single-A Lakewood. He’ll merely DH at first and may have to ease into full games. But it’s a significant step in what…

  9. Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd says Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer will not be traded

    Jun 27, 2012, 9:16 PM EST

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    The Rockies are currently 17 games under the .500 mark and hovering just above the very bottom of the National League West, but don’t expect them to be sellers at this year’s July 31 trade deadline. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd insisted Wednesday that outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Michael…

  10. Mike Trout just made an outrageous over-the-wall catch

    Jun 27, 2012, 8:04 PM EST

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    Things are going spectacularly for Mike Trout. The 20-year-old Angels outfielder entered play Wednesday with a sparkling .335/.395/.528 batting line and just made one of the best catches you’ll ever see, robbing Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy of his 12th home run by leaping close to three feet over the center field wall at Baltimore’s Camden…

  11. Chase Utley goes deep in first at-bat of the 2012 season, finishes 3-for-5 in debut

    Jun 27, 2012, 7:41 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    Chase Utley‘s 2012 debut is off to a rocking start. The veteran second baseman — who missed nearly three months due to a knee injury — blasted a solo home run to deep right field in the bottom of the first inning Wednesday night against the Pirates. It was his first plate appearance since last…

  12. Timmy is back? Lincecum delivers best start of season

    Jun 27, 2012, 7:09 PM EST

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    “Timmy was Timmy today.” At least, that’s what manager Bruce Bochy said after the two-time Cy Young Award winner shut out the Dodgers for seven innings and struck out eight in a 3-0 win. It was Lincecum’s first victory since April 28. He lowered his ERA from 6.07 to 5.60. Lincecum’s turnaround actually seemed to…

  13. Oakland’s three-Brandon infield has a weak debut

    Jun 27, 2012, 6:39 PM EST

    Spot the Brandons

    The A’s today tried playing Brandon Moss at first, Brandon Hicks at second and Brandon Inge at third. And they got a win anyway. Of course, the Brandons didn’t really contribute, combining to go 0-for-9 with five strikeouts. Inge also committed an error. Jarrod Parker was able to overcome it all, though, stirking out nine…

  14. Nyjer Morgan tussles with Reds fan in front row

    Jun 27, 2012, 6:23 PM EST

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    Actually, this was more the providence of alter ego “Tony Plush.” Nyjer Morgan attempted to reach into the stands down the right-field line to grab a flyball in Wednesday’s game, got tangled up with a Reds fan and then sort of shoved him off with his glove afterwards. MLB.com has the video. If it ended…

  15. Mets tie a major league record in 17-1 drubbing of Cubs

    Jun 27, 2012, 6:02 PM EST

    Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy

    The game started off quietly enough, with the Mets and Cubs tied at 1 after three innings. It didn’t stay that way, though: the Mets exploded for 15 runs between the fourth and sixth innings in routing the Cubs 17-1 on Wednesday. David Wright, Ike Davis, Scott Hairston and Daniel Murphy combined to drive in…

  16. Must-Click Link: Doug Glanville’s disappointment with Marlon Byrd

    Jun 27, 2012, 5:46 PM EST

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    We’ve heard people piling on Marlon Byrd for his positive PED test as if he owed them something and, frankly, it’s pretty unseemly. Contrast this with an excellent column from Doug Glanville today which outlines true disappointment. In it Glanville explains how veterans mentor young players and how young players grow up and do the…

  17. UPDATE: Daniel Hudson has a torn UCL

    Jun 27, 2012, 5:24 PM EST

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    UPDATE: The worst news possible. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic just spoke with Kirk Gibson, and he says that Hudson has a torn UCL.  Hudson’s agent says he’s going to get a second opinion, but that’s usually a one-way ticket to Tommy John surgery. Sorry, Dbacks fans. Sorry, Hudson. 11:11 AM: The Diamondbacks have…

  18. Chase Utley is back: batting third in tonight’s lineup

    Jun 27, 2012, 5:20 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    We figured this would happen, but now it’s official: Chase Utley is in tonight’s lineup, batting third and playing his usual second base. And Charlie Manuel announced the plan for him going forward. From CSNPhilly.com: Charlie Manuel said Utley will play two games, then receive a day off, at least until the All-Star break. Because…

  19. Will Ohman finishes White Sox win, gets let go

    Jun 27, 2012, 5:08 PM EST

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    Up 12-2 against the Twins in the eighth inning today, the White Sox went to Will Ohman to finish the game off. Six outs and three runs later, he was sent packing by the club. CSNChicago.com’s Dan Hayes reports that Ohman was designated for assignment immediately after Wednesday’s game. Ohman ended the day with a…

  20. Pettitte, Sabathia down. Now what do the Yankees do?

    Jun 27, 2012, 4:52 PM EST

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    The Yankees placed CC Sabathia on the disabled list this morning and this afternoon the lost Andy Pettitte for six weeks with a broken ankle. What are the options here, people? Well, certainly Freddy Garcia gets starts until the big man is back. That’s a given. For now the solution for the other vacancy in…

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