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  1. Brian Schneider is why the Phillies win so much? Um, OK.

    Aug 23, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brian Schneider, Ryan Madson

    Look, I know it’s a long season and that you have to come up with new stuff to write about all of the time, but does anyone besides me have problems with a story which suggests that the backup catcher is the key to everything? In this case, Brian Schneider of the Phillies: With expectations set…

  2. Cole Hamels placed on DL, but expected to start Monday

    Aug 23, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels reacts to a balk call during the fifth inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia has placed Cole Hamels on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, but because the stint is backdated to August 13 he’ll be eligible to return Sunday. For now at least Hamels remains the Phillies’ scheduled starter for Monday’s game against the Reds, so it looks like the DL move is mostly just so they…

  3. The honeymoon is over between San Francisco and the Giants

    Aug 23, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Giants fans Believe

    News flash: A team that won a world championship realized a large uptick in fan interest and feel-good euphoria; News flash: That fan interest gradually became smugness and entitlement; News flash: That team, which was rather flawed to begin with but caught lighting in a bottle for a couple of months, is not doing as…

  4. The Yankees aren’t afraid to go after Yu Darvish

    Aug 23, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    darvish presser

    Joel Sherman notes today that the Yankees are likely to be involved in the bidding on Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish, who is expected to come to the United States next season.  As Sherman notes, this is somewhat interesting given how the Yankees have been burned in the high-priced Japanese pitching market before. See, Irabu, Hideki…

  5. Travis Hafner may need season-ending foot surgery

    Aug 23, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Travis Hafner

    Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff gave an update on Travis Hafner‘s status, revealing that the designated hitter is wearing a walking boot and may need season-ending foot surgery. Hafner was placed on the disabled list yesterday with a sprained right foot, leading to speculate that the Indians will try to claim Jim Thome off waivers from…

  6. Major League Baseball to celebrate its 200,000th regular season game on September 24th

    Aug 23, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    200000

    Determining the number of major league games which have occurred in history is something of an inexact science. Record keeping was a bit spotty once upon a time. There’s the political question of whether you count the random upstart leagues that merged into or at least greatly influenced the National and then the American Leagues.…

  7. J.J. Hardy homers to remind Twins of mistake they made letting him go

    Aug 23, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    Last night the Twins were reminded of their biggest offseason mistake when Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy homered in his return to Minnesota. Hardy, who was traded for a pair of mid-level prospects after the Twins decided they wanted to add more “speed” to the middle infield, now has 24 homers for the Orioles, which is…

  8. Several attendance records set this weekend

    Aug 23, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Comerica Park

    Maury Brown, who keeps good track of this stuff, notes that while attendance remains flat overall compared to last year, this past weekend several marks were set. The Saturday game between the Phillies and Nationals drew 44,685, which was the largest crowd at Nationals Park history; The Cardinals Cubs game on Saturday drew 42,374 which was…

  9. Mariners won’t bench struggling Ichiro Suzuki

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Ichiro Suzuki is having the worst season of his career and his streak of consecutive 200-hit seasons is all but certain to end at 10, but manager Eric Wedge said yesterday that he has no plans to bench the 37-year-old right fielder down the stretch. “We’re going to continue to give him opportunities at the…

  10. The Dodgers are learning how expensive it can be to be bankrupt

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    briefcase

    Bill Shaikin has a rundown of all of the Dodgers’ legal expenses in the five weeks or so they’ve been in bankruptcy. It’s fairly mind-boggling. Just one of the firms handing the Dodgers’ bankruptcy — Dewey and LeBoeuf — has thrown 29 lawyers, seven paralegals and ten support staffers at the matter and, in five weeks, have…

  11. Red Sox plan to activate J.D. Drew from DL on September 1

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    J.D. Drew

    J.D. Drew has been out since mid-July with a left shoulder impingement, but Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that the Red Sox’s “current plan” is to activate him from the disabled list once rosters expand on September 1. And with Josh Reddick coming back down to earth following an amazing start Drew might actually be…

  12. Brian Cashman: “I don’t want a guy walking off the mound singing ‘Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah’”

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Brian Cashman is not going to put his life on the line for A.J. Burnett. As the New York Post reports this morning, Burnett only has one more guaranteed start, and that’s this Friday against the Orioles. The next time he starts after that the rosters will be expanded and the Yankees, who have a…

  13. Cole Hamels downplays talk of Jered Weaver-like extension

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Philadelphia Phillies

    Cole Hamels and Jered Weaver are about as close as two pitchers get in terms of age, service time, and performance, leading to some natural speculation that Weaver’s five-year, $85 million extension with the Angels would clear the path for Hamels to sign a similar deal with the Phillies. That may happen eventually, but Hamels…

  14. Video: Minor leaguer uses his head to start a triple play

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    No, not his brain. His head.  Viva baseball:  

  15. Adam Wainwright threw from 120 feet yesterday

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    adam-wainwright-cardinals2

    Adam Wainwright‘s comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery has progressed to the point that he made 50 throws from 120 feet yesterday, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Wainwright, who went under the knife in late February, is hoping to be cleared to throw off a mound at some point in…

  16. The Roger Maris discussion heats up

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Roger Maris

    George Vecsey wrote a column on Sunday — and follows up with a blog post today — about Roger Maris, his legacy and his Hall of Fame chances.  In both places Vecsey says that he would not vote for Maris for the Hall of Fame if he had the franchise (he doesn’t, because the New…

  17. Angel Pagan almost misses an at bat while on the john

    Aug 23, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    Pagan_Angel

    Gentlemen: start your references to this being a microcosm for the Mets’ season … now! Angel Pagan was due up in the fifth inning of last night’s Mets-Phillies game and … was nowhere to be found.  Seems that nature called. I like the way Andy Martino put it in the Daily News: “Turns out, the center…

  18. The Astros have already been eliminated

    Aug 23, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Colorado Rockies

    All but eight teams get eliminated eventually, but it’s probably worth noting that the Astros were the first. They’re 34 games back of the Brewers, who only have 32 games left to play.  Seems pretty early for elimination, but that’s the 2011 Astros for you. Next up on the elimination list is Baltimore, who –…

  19. Ben Revere made a pretty spectacular catch last night

    Aug 23, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Ben Revere catch.bmp

    Two outs in the seventh, Vlad Guerrero up, hits a drive to deeeeeep left center, Ben Revere on his horse, and … he makes a fantastic catch. Of course since Guerrero was running he probably could have missed it and still thrown him out for an 8-3 putout, but let’s not dwell on that part…

  20. Cardinals-Dodgers game delayed by a moth flying into Matt Holliday’s ear

    Aug 23, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Matt Holliday, Barry Weinberg

    This is one of those deals where you don’t need much more than the headline. But let no man say we don’t cover it all here at HBT: The game took an odd twist with two outs in the eighth when Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday walked off the field holding his right ear. A moth had…

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