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  1. 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…

  2. Comment of the Day: Don’t dismiss the Downtown Dodgers too quickly

    Jul 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    I’ll admit, I’m still kind of steaming over that downtown Los Angeles Dodger Stadium thing I went on about this morning.  But I’ll also admit that, from a “could it happen” perspective, I may be looking at this too narrowly. My thinking (actually my outrage) is based on the fact that no solvent Dodgers owner…

  3. Scott Feldman clears waivers, rejects assignment to minors

    Jul 14, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

    scott-feldman-rangers

    Scott Feldman predictably cleared waivers, as no team wanted anything to do with the $9 million he’s still owed through next season, but the veteran right-hander has rejected an assignment to the minors and forced the Rangers’ hand. At that point their choice was to either release him outright, eating the remainder of his contract…

  4. Must-Click Link: The 100 Worst Baseball Players of All Time: Part II

    Jul 14, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

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    We linked the first part of this yesterday and everyone seemed to like it, so be sure to go over to Deadspin today for Part II.  A taste: There is only one player on this list who has been sued by Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young and that player is Enos Cabell. The point here…

  5. Trial set for road rage attack on Chris Snyder and family

    Jul 14, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    road rage

    Shortly after undergoing back surgery last month Pirates catcher Chris Snyder was in the car with his kids, being driven around by his wife, when they nearly collided with a man riding a scooter. His name was Subhash Modhwadia and he followed them to a gas station, where the 44-year-old proceeded to scream at them,…

  6. Girlfriend of Bryan Stow beating suspect jailed

    Jul 14, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Denise Danielle Piccione

    Yeah, we’re really pushing the bounds of baseball news here.  But I couldn’t resist such a darling mug shot. Denise Piccione, the girlfriend of the man being held in the Bryan Stow beating, is currently in Clark County jail on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a dangerous weapon after a…

  7. An idea for a better All-Star Game

    Jul 14, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    All-Star Game

    Hang with me for a little while.  What follows involves some incredibly heavy math, and to be honest, you might as well just step away now if you didn’t take (and pass) at least two statistics courses in college. OK, here we go… My idea for a better All-Star Game is to make the break…

  8. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them

    Jul 14, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    The Question

    The weird questions-to-baseball questions ratio keeps getting larger. Which isn’t good for the video we do, but works just fine for this post.

  9. Diamondbacks calling up first base prospect Brandon Allen

    Jul 14, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Brandon Allen

    Arizona first basemen rank 24th among MLB teams with a .691 OPS this season, so the Diamondbacks have decided to call up 25-year-old prospect Brandon Allen for his third shot in the majors. Allen saw some time with the Diamondbacks in both 2009 and 2010, but hit just .221 with five homers and 60 strikeouts…

  10. HBT Daily: Taking your Twitter questions

    Jul 14, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson and french fries on sandwiches? Yes please.

  11. J.C. Romero released by Nationals, signs with Yankees

    Jul 14, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    Last night Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported that J.C. Romero wanted to be let out of his minor-league contract with the Nationals to sign a similar deal with the Yankees and sure enough that’s exactly what happened today. Washington released Romero and within minutes New York signed him, and according to Olney he’ll be available…

  12. A’s starter Brett Anderson undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Jul 14, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    Brett Anderson

    Brett Anderson was placed on the disabled list with a sore elbow in early June and Dr. James Andrews later advised him to rest for at least six weeks, which at the time indicated he wouldn’t need to go under the knife. Unfortunately the time off must not have done much for Anderson’s elbow, as…

  13. Mistrial declared in Roger Clemens case

    Jul 14, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    UPDATE: On day two of what was supposed to be a long, arduous criminal trial of Roger Clemens, the judge has declared a mistrial. It’s over. For now anyway.  A hearing has been set for September 2nd when the entirety of the case will be revisited, but now everyone goes home. The judge was plain…

  14. Padres GM on chances of trading Heath Bell: “At this point right now I’m not certain”

    Jul 14, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Padres pitcher Bell is congratulated by teammate and catcher Torrealba after the Padres defeated the Giants during their MLB baseball  game in San Francisco

    Padres general manager Jed Hoyer did a radio interview with XX-1090 in San Diego yesterday and had an interesting response to a direct question about whether he’s going to trade closer Heath Bell, saying: “At this point right now, I’m not certain.” Hoyer also explained that ownership has not told him to trade Bell and…

  15. Did Francisco Rodriguez’s old agent really mess up? Or is this just classic Scott Boras?

    Jul 14, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Last week Francisco Rodriguez switched agents, going from Paul Kinzer to Scott Boras, and a few days later he was traded to the Brewers.  Today David Waldstein has a report in the New York Times in which he says that Kinzer never submitted a no-trade list to the Mets, with the suggestion that (a) Kinzer screwed up; and (b)…

  16. David Wright aiming to come off disabled list next Friday

    Jul 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    David Wright

    David Wright is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tomorrow and general manager Sandy Alderson revealed that the Mets are aiming to activate him from the disabled list next Friday. Previously manager Terry Collins indicated that Wright would need 30-40 at-bats in the minors before returning, but the timetable laid out by Alderson would…

  17. Marlins looking to trade closer Leo Nunez

    Jul 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Leo Nunez celebrates

    In previewing what awaits the Marlins in the second half Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel writes that there’s “a good chance” closer Leo Nunez “is dealt before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.” Rodriguez notes that Nunez has one more season of arbitration eligibility, but “it’s doubtful the Marlins will absorb his…

  18. Who had the more impressive streak: Joe DiMaggio or Ted Williams?

    Jul 14, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Ted Williams

    Oh, you didn’t know that Teddy Ballgame had a big streak of his own?  He did: he reached base in 84 straight games in 1949.  Cam Martin has the story over at The Post Game, and makes the case that we should really be thinking about Williams’ streak like we think about DiMaggio’s. Of course…

  19. Alderson: wins and losses will dictate what we do with Beltran

    Jul 14, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    While there are a lot of reasons why it makes sense for the Mets to trade Carlos Beltran, Sandy Alderson said yesterday that his trade is not a fait accompli.  Rather, how the team plays in the next couple of weeks leading to the trading deadline will be the determining factor. Hmm. I wonder if…

  20. Terry Francona nails the central problem with the All-Star Game

    Jul 14, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Oakland Athletics

    The beauty of job security: you can tell the truth from time to time.  Here’s Terry Francona, pretty much hitting the nail on the head: “Maybe the significance of this game has run its course … I know what they were trying to do with the game, and I think they accomplished it, but maybe…

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