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  1. Breaking news: AL Central is a really, really bad division

    Aug 4, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    al central standings

    Last night’s loss dropped the Indians to 54-54, which means the Tigers are the only team in the AL Central above .500 at 59-51. Even the Tigers’ division-leading record would put them in second place in the NL Central and third place in every other division. And that might actually be a stretch, since Detroit…

  2. HBT Daily: Twitter questions … answered

    Aug 4, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Yeah, it’s been a while — thanks flooded basement! — but Tiffany and I are back with some of your questions

  3. Justin Morneau took batting practice, “had a really good day”

    Aug 4, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    morneau reuters

    Justin Morneau‘s comeback from neck surgery was delayed earlier this week when his scheduled workouts were rained out on back-to-back days, but the former MVP took batting practice yesterday at Target Field and reported no problems. “He had a really good day on the field with BP and ground balls and the whole package,” manager…

  4. A-Rod denies the poker game report, story’s source says A-Rod wasn’t at the game

    Aug 4, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Another reason why Major League Baseball isn’t going to do anything about the A-Rod poker game report?  There’s no way they can prove anything.  For his part, A-Rod has denied it, saying that “the story contains numerous factual inaccuracies.”  What’s more, one of the story’s original sources says that Star Magazine got the story wrong and…

  5. Joel Pineiro on struggles: “Honestly, the next thing I can do is sacrifice a live chicken”

    Aug 4, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Sandiegochicken

    Another ugly outing last night puts Joel Pineiro in danger of losing his spot in the Angels’ rotation and the veteran right-hander hasn’t been able to figure out why he’s struggling, telling Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times: This is embarrassing. I’m making the team, the staff and myself look bad. I’ve got to…

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

    Aug 4, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    The Question

    I asked questions last night, you answered them. Let’s go: Q: Orange you glad I didn’t say banana? Great. One of my kids has a Twitter account now.  Really, when you’re six, that joke never, ever, ever gets old. Q: Why does Tony LaRussa not age? His home is built over a Lazarus Pit.  True story.…

  7. Reds first base prospect Yonder Alonso taking third base reps

    Aug 4, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Alonso_Yonder

    Reds top prospect Yonder Alonso is a first baseman, but the seventh overall pick in the 2008 draft is blocked there by reigning MVP Joey Votto. In an effort to find a long-term home for Alonso in the lineup alongside Votto the Reds have been using him in left field and now Mark Sheldon of…

  8. Mariners will limit Michael Pineda’s workload with extra rest between starts

    Aug 4, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Throughout the first half the Mariners talked about potentially finding ways to limit rookie Michael Pineda‘s workload and it sounds like they’ve decided to go with extra rest between starts. Pineda, who’s currently on pace to throw around 195 innings, will have nine days off before making his next start and manager Eric Wedge told…

  9. Jeff Francoeur: clutch hitter

    Aug 4, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Some days I think the entire world is out to taunt me.  Today is one of those days. Anyone have $70 I can borrow?

  10. Twins prospect Kyle Gibson may need Tommy John surgery

    Aug 4, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    As if Minnesota hasn’t had enough injuries on the big-league roster this season now the Twins’ top prospect, 2009 first-round pick Kyle Gibson, has been shut down with elbow problems and underwent an MRI exam to determine if he needs Tommy John surgery. Gibson got off to a good start at Triple-A, but then went…

  11. Indians rookie Jason Kipnis has homered in four straight games

    Aug 4, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Boston Red Sox

    I saw Jason Kipnis play here in Columbus last month.  I’m no scout and I don’t know what to look for, but he seemed pretty solid.  Had a good game anyway, and some dude sitting a few seats down from me was telling his friend that Kipnis was impressive. Works for me! But whether he’s…

  12. Rob Dibble will not shut up about Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals

    Aug 4, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    dibble1

    Fired as the Nationals’ television analyst in the middle of last season after saying Stephen Strasburg should “stop crying” and “suck it up” to play through what proved to be a torn elbow ligament that required Tommy John surgery, Rob Dibble is now criticizing the Nationals for rushing Strasburg back “to sell tickets.” Seriously. Courtesy…

  13. Oh great: Concrete tests on Yankee Stadium were faked

    Aug 4, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    You will be shocked — shocked! — to learn that there was corruption and malfeasance in a major construction project in New York City.  I know. Just when you think you can have faith in something in this world. But yeah, it seems that the engineers and contractors who built Yankee Stadium and bunch of other major…

  14. Mark Connor hired by Rangers after resigning as Orioles pitching coach

    Aug 4, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    mark-connor-orioles

    After only three months on the job Mark Connor resigned suddenly as the Orioles’ pitching coach in mid-June, citing personal reasons, but now Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that he’s taken a job with the Rangers as a “player development special consultant.” That’s the same position Connor held with the Rangers for two seasons prior…

  15. Today is a day we should all root for Frank McCourt

    Aug 4, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Of all of the litigation in which Frank McCourt is currently involved, the one in which I’m most staunchly on his side is his malpractice action — or malpractice action to-be — against the lawyers that handled the property distribution agreement between him and his wife. As became clear during the divorce trial, one lawyer’s…

  16. Bob Davidson is a disgrace

    Aug 4, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Bob Davidson, Mike Quade

    Bob Davidson has been among the worst umpires on the merits and one of the worst umpires in terms of temperament for years now, and he showed exactly why last night in the Cubs-Pirates game. Tyler Colvin was called out on strikes by Davidson to end the fifth inning. It was a bad call, but…

  17. Jeter smacks five hits in Yankees romp

    Aug 4, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Chicago White Sox

    If we’re going to dwell on it when he’s struggling fairness dictates that we note it when he rakes: Derek Jeter raked last night, singling four times, doubling once and driving in two runs.   He’s now batting .333 with an OPS over .800 since he came off the disabled list with that calf injury.…

  18. Casey McGehee hit three homers for a kid

    Aug 4, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Casey McGehee

    This is pretty great. Casey McGehee hit three homers yesterday. After the game he told reporters that, in doing so, he kinda sorta fulfilled a promise to a kid.  No hospital bed was involved in this one, but it’s close enough to that old cliche that we’ll give him credit: “This morning, I got to…

  19. Look, nothing is going to happen to A-Rod over this poker business

    Aug 4, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    It was rather notable to see the reports — emanating from the entertainment press, not the sporting press — about Alex Rodriguez and the allegedly high-stakes, cocaine-and-Tobey-McGuire-fueled poker games.  Kind of salacious and, because most people like talking about A-Rod, kind of fun.  But let’s be clear about something: the reports that Major League Baseball is looking into…

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

    Aug 4, 2011, 5:52 AM EDT

    Aubrey Huff, Orlando Cabrera, Pablo Sandoval, Jeff Keppinger

    Giants 8, Diamondbacks 1: The Giants beat back the charging horde. Three hits and two runs scored for Carlos Beltran, three runs batted in for Orlando Cabrera and a strong six innings for Ryan Vogelsong. Jason Marquis: eh, not quite the game-changing acquisition Kevin Towers may have imagined. Red Sox 4, Indians 3: Walkoff homer…

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