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  1. The Phillies and Giants had themselves a benches-clearing brawl

    Aug 6, 2011, 12:52 AM EDT

    Phillies Giants Baseball

    Who needs the Red Sox and Yankees? We just witnessed a benches-clearing brawl in the sixth inning of tonight’s game between the Phillies and Giants. Check out the video footage here. It all started when Shane Victorino was hit in the back by a pitch from Giants right-hander Ramon Ramirez. Victorino began to gesture and…

  2. Brad Hawpe undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

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    According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Brad Hawpe is done for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. Hawpe, who signed with the Padres over the winter, batted .231/.301/.344 with four home runs, 19 RBI and a .645 OPS over 216 plate appearances before being place on the disabled list in…

  3. Juan Nicasio hospitalized after being struck in head by comebacker

    Aug 5, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

    Juan Nicasio

    UPDATE: Here’s the latest update from the Rockies: Juan Nicasio is at a local hospital resting and undergoing tests after being struck on the right side of the head. 9:34 PM: Very scary moment in Denver. Juan Nicasio left tonight’s game against the Nationals in the top of the second inning after being struck in…

  4. Marlins holding preliminary internal talks about a long-term contract for Mike Stanton

    Aug 5, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Mike Stanton won’t even be eligible for arbitration until after the 2013 season, but the Marlins are already planning for their future. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the Marlins are holding “preliminary internal talks” about a long-term contract for the young slugger. However, the team hasn’t come up with anything specific…

  5. Orioles place Zach Britton on disabled list with strained shoulder

    Aug 5, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees - Game Two

    Zach Britton‘s rookie campaign has taken another unfortunate turn. According to Roch Kubato of MASNSports.com, the Orioles have placed Britton on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder. He was cleared to make room for Cesar Izturis, who is back from elbow surgery. It’s always scary when you hear something about a pitcher’s…

  6. J.J. Hardy sidelined with left ankle injury

    Aug 5, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    J.J. Hardy is out of tonight’s lineup against the Blue Jays after leaving Thursday’s game with discomfort in the upper part of his left ankle, reports Avi Zaleon of MLB.com. Hardy is officially listed as day-to-day right now, though he is expected to go for a precautionary MRI. The good news is that Orioles manager Buck Showalter…

  7. Ike Davis won’t return to Mets this season, may need surgery

    Aug 5, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Not that anyone expected any different by now, but the Mets have all but officially ruled out first baseman Ike Davis returning this season. General manager Sandy Alderson announced that Davis will remain shut down for 3-4 more weeks, at which point he’ll attempt to resume baseball activities nearly four months after suffering what was…

  8. Single + Yonder Alonso in left field = inside-the-park homer

    Aug 5, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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    Yesterday we learned that the Reds are giving Yonder Alonso some ground balls at third base in their ongoing effort to find ways to get the first base prospect in the lineup alongside Joey Votto. Today we learned that, not only is he highly unlikely to ever be anything but awful defensively at third base,…

  9. Nate McLouth out six weeks following sports hernia surgery

    Aug 5, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Nate McLouth was placed on the disabled list last week with a lower abdominal strain, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves outfielder underwent sports hernia surgery yesterday and is expected to miss six more weeks. McLouth hasn’t ruled out playing again this season, but he’ll definitely be up against the clock and…

  10. Talking about the Braves with Ted Berg

    Aug 5, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    In the runup to the Braves-Mets series this weekend, Ted Berg of SNY.TV had me on The Baseball Show today to talk about the Braves. It’s about 70% gloom, 30% bright future talk if you’re a Braves fan. If you’re a Mets fan, reverse those ratios.  I’m probably too pessimistic about Braves hitting prospects, actually.…

  11. Mark Trumbo’s power matched only by his out-making ability

    Aug 5, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    I was watching the Angels-Twins game last night when Minnesota television analyst Bert Blyleven advised Francisco Liriano to “throw the slider to this big donkey.” Liriano obliged and Mark Trumbo hit the ball approximately 700 feet for a three-run homer. It was Trumbo’s 21st homer, which ranks eighth in the AL and is very impressive…

  12. MLB warns against performance-enhancing ground up deer antlers

    Aug 5, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    The fact that ballplayers are using a spray made from ground up deer antlers as some sort of performance enhancer a la HGH is not news. We wrote about it back in January. What’s new, per Tom Verducci at Sports Illustrated, is that Major League Baseball sent a warning to players last week that they…

  13. Carlos Lee has more career plate appearances than the rest of the Astros combined

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Carlos Lee

    The other day I wrote about how ugly the Astros’ lineup looks after trading away Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn, and Jeff Keppinger. But as Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle points out, the lineup is incredibly inexperienced in addition to being really, really bad: Carlos Lee has 7,967 career plate appearances, or four more than…

  14. Must-click link: Stop Subsidies to Sports Stadiums

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

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    Neil deMause of Baseball Prospectus and Field of Schemes has written an article for The Nation making it clear to anyone who didn’t already know it that using public dollars for ballparks, stadiums and arenas is bad business and bad government.  Here’s a quote which I’ve heard before but it’s always worth repeating: “If you want…

  15. Yadier Molina and Gerald Laird downplay ‘animated argument’

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols

    Reports surfaced last night about Cardinals teammates Yadier Molina and Gerald Laird getting into an “ugly” fight over an undisclosed issue, but everyone involved has now downplayed the incident that Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch calls an “animated argument.” According to Hummel, manager Tony La Russa held a closed-door clubhouse meeting yesterday…

  16. David Ortiz does NOT like to have RBIs taken away

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    There’s no “I” in “team,” but there is in “RBI” and “Ortiz.” As Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reports, David Ortiz burst into Terry Francona’s media session before yesterday’s game, hopping mad that an official scorer’s decision was reversed from Wednesday night’s game, depriving him of an RBI he thought he had.  There’s heavily-bleeped video of the…

  17. Twins offer Michael Cuddyer two-year, $16 million extension

    Aug 5, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins

    Various contending teams called Minnesota about Michael Cuddyer prior to the trade deadline, but the Twins turned down all advances and made it pretty clear that they want to re-sign the 32-year-old impending free agent. And according to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune their attempt to keep Cuddyer in Minnesota began with a…

  18. HBT Daily: Sox-Yankees! Phillies-Giants! Rangers-Indians!

    Aug 5, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    So. whaddaya watchin’ this weekend?

  19. Angels demote $8 million starter Joel Pineiro to the bullpen

    Aug 5, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v San Diego Padres

    Yesterday’s chicken-sacrificing speculation that Joel Pineiro was in danger of losing his spot in the rotation proved accurate, as the Angels demoted the veteran starter to the bullpen after an ugly four-start stretch in which his ERA rose from 3.90 to 5.31 in just 13 innings. Mike Scioscia and company must have really been sick…

  20. Giants send Brandon Belt back to the minors … again

    Aug 5, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Brandon Belt got off to a slow start with the Giants, but the 23-year-old rookie hit .324 with a 1.011 OPS in 43 games after being sent back to Triple-A and San Francisco’s starting first baseman, Aubrey Huff, is hitting .243 with a .665 OPS. You’d think that would convince the Giants to give Belt…

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