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  1. Barry Bonds to confront a Bonds hater on some TV show

    Aug 19, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    I really don’t watch much TV these days. When I do watch TV it’s usually an entire series at a time on Netflix or something like “Battlestar Galactica,” or “Pushing Daisies” or something. The only shows I actually watch as they’re being broadcast anymore are “Breaking Bad” and “Archer,” and those are on so rarely…

  2. Jim Thome putting up historic production for a 40-year-old

    Aug 19, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Jim Thome ruined the Twins’ plans to have him reach 600 career home runs at Target Field by being too damn good, hitting his 599th and 600th homers Monday night in Detroit and then delivering No. 601 against the Tigers two nights later. Thome has been deserving of the Hall of Fame for years already,…

  3. Joe Girardi probably should have protested that game the other day

    Aug 19, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Still thinking about that Billy Butler homer in the Yankees-Royals game the other night.  Joe Torre has admitted that the umpires misapplied the rules.  And now Joe Girardi admits he should have protested it.  He says he simply took the umps’ word for it that they were properly applying the rules: “I assumed the rules…

  4. Pat Gillick “doubtful” to be interested in Cubs’ GM job

    Aug 19, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Pat Gillick

    Last month there was speculation regarding Pat Gillick talking to the Cubs about a job in the front office, but now that the general manager spot is open Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Gillick won’t be replacing Jim Hendry. According to Rosenthal “it’s doubtful that he would even consider the Cubs” because Gillick “is…

  5. Pirates and Nationals lead 2007-2011 draft spending at $52 million and $51 million

    Aug 19, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    Jim Callis of Baseball America crunched the numbers for the past five drafts and reports that the Pirates led all MLB teams in spending by handing out $52 million in total signing bonuses. Much of that has to do with having the No. 1 pick once, the No. 2 pick twice, and the No. 4…

  6. Great moments in optimism, Angels edition

    Aug 19, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    Sam Miller writes about the Angels for the OC Register. So he certainly got to see the Halos woof three of four to the Rangers this week and has watched their playoff hopes fall off a cliff since there were only a game and a half back last week. But he is not one to…

  7. Chris Davis chooses rehab over shoulder surgery for now

    Aug 19, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    Chris Davis met with Dr. James Andrews yesterday and has decided to continue rehabbing his partially torn right shoulder rather than undergo surgery. Davis was acquired from the Rangers in the Koji Uehara trade last month, but went just 9-for-40 (.225) with 14 strikeouts in 10 games before being shut down on August 14. He…

  8. The five best and five worst owners

    Aug 19, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Liverpool Football club's co-owner, John

    Ken Davidoff of Newsday just got back from the owners meetings and he decided to go all listy: the five best owners in baseball and, of course, the five worst owners in baseball. I don’t have any disagreements with the best-of list. The results pretty much speak for themselves at the top, and I agree…

  9. Marlins reliever Randy Choate shut down with elbow injury

    Aug 19, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Choate_Randy

    Randy Choate has done his usual solid work as the Marlins’ left-handed specialist, posting a 1.82 ERA while holding left-handed hitters to a .145 batting average, but it sounds like the 35-year-old reliever won’t pitch again this season. Choate, who logged a grand total of just 25 innings in 54 appearances because of his specialist…

  10. What celebrities wish for on their birthday

    Aug 19, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Ed Norton

    I’m a pretty big Ed Norton fan. Great actor. I’ve heard some stories, though, that he’s hard to deal with on the set. Likes to take control over the script and the direction and stuff and is generally a pain in the rear.  It happens. Marlon Brando was the same way and, unlike Norton, Brando…

  11. A.J. Pierzynski cleared to resume baseball activities

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    aj-pierzynski-and-gavin-floyd

    It sounds like the first disabled list stint of A.J. Pierzynski‘s career won’t be a long one. Pierzynski got a second opinion on his fractured wrist yesterday and has been cleared to resume baseball activities just three days after being placed on the DL. Despite the “fracture” description Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago writes that…

  12. Jim Hendry fired as Cubs GM

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    hendry getty

    So much for that vote of confidence last week, huh? Jim Hendry has been fired as the Cubs general manager, reports David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com.  The termination is effective immediately. Kaplan reports that Hendry is currently meeting with the Cubs in the clubhouse, presumably being thanked by the players for all of those ridiculous contracts…

  13. “Growing sense in Marlins clubhouse” that Hanley Ramirez won’t play again this season

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Hanley Ramirez is eligible to return from the disabled list two weeks after spraining his left shoulder, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post writes that “there’s a growing sense in the Marlins clubhouse” that he’ll miss the remainder of the season. No one has ruled out Ramirez returning and manager Jack McKeon spoke…

  14. HBT Daily: A few words about the Indians-Tigers series

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tiffany and I discuss what is more or less the only real playoff race going on right now

  15. Cole Hamels is “progressing really well” and “on course” to start next week

    Aug 19, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers a pitch to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    Cole Hamels was scratched from his scheduled start this week because of shoulder inflammation, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that “he remains on course to rejoin the rotation next week.” Hamels will have to throw a problem-free bullpen session first, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. noted that “he’s been progressing really well.” Hamels…

  16. Adrian Gonzalez says his neck is not to blame for his power outage

    Aug 19, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Earlier this week Terry Francona said that Adrian Gonzalez‘s recent struggles were due to his bad neck.  Gonzalez dismissed that after another bad night last night: “I’m not hitting because my swing isn’t good right now, not because of my neck” Not that this absolves his neck. He says that the swing is messed up…

  17. Brian Wilson likely unavailable all weekend with sore elbow

    Aug 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    Brian Wilson was unavailable yesterday for the second straight game because of elbow inflammation and Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News writes that the Giants’ closer is unlikely to pitch again before Monday. That’s the bad news. The good news is that Wilson has avoided the disabled list so far and Dr. James…

  18. An MLB.com columnist pens a love letter to baseball commissioners

    Aug 19, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    Bud Selig

    I long ago abandoned the notion that MLB.com was Pravda or something, which is what I first thought it would be when it started up. The reporting there is very good, and sometimes great. Many of the MLB.com beat writers are much better than the newspaper guys who cover the same beat. Many of the…

  19. Mets drop to 14th in overall attendance; on pace for worst year since 2004

    Aug 19, 2011, 9:16 AM EDT

    Citi Field

    Kaja Whitehouse of the New York Post reports the Mets are suffering from an eight percent decline in home attendance and have dropped to 14th place in baseball’s average attendance standings.   Average attendance this year is 30,891. That’s the lowest per-game average since 2004. On the one hand, if you look at the Mets…

  20. Jerry Reinsdorf unsure if expanded playoffs, realignment is going to happen

    Aug 19, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Reinsdorf, chairman of MLB team Chicago White Sox and NBA basketball team Chicago Bulls, smiles as he participates at the 2010 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills

    We’ve spent a lot of time this spring and summer talking about realignment and the expansion of the playoffs, but at the owners’ meetings the other day, White Sox honcho Jerry Reinsdorf voiced skepticism that either of those things would happen: “I’m not sure I’m in favor of the expanded playoffs. If it happens, I…

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