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  1. Kenley Jansen hospitalized for irregular heartbeat after save

    Jul 28, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Kenley Jansen needed just seven pitches to close out a 3-2 win Tuesday night, striking out two of the three batters he faced to continue an amazingly dominant stretch, but afterward the Dodgers reliever was hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat. According to trainer Stan Conte doctors used cardio conversion to shock his heart back into…

  2. The Braves are “hot” for Carlos Quentin

    Jul 28, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    Quentin_Carlos

    Look, I’ll point you to the earlier post about how the White Sox are inclined to keep Carlos Quentin — it’s not like they’re our of contention — and I’ll remind you that various people have tweeted today that the Sox, if they were to trade Quentin would be asking for a ton of talent…

  3. Report: Nationals “not willing” to trade Drew Storen to Twins for Denard Span

    Jul 28, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Drew Storen

    Earlier this week there were several reports about the Nationals pursuing Twins center fielder Denard Span and yesterday Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote that they might even be willing to give up closer Drew Storen to get something done. Not so fast, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, who quotes “a baseball source” as saying…

  4. Rangers are in “substantive talks” with the Padres for Heath Bell

    Jul 28, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    So you know, “substantive talks” are more than just “kicking the tires,” which in turn is more than someone just being “willing to listen.”  Anyway. Ken Rosenthal says that the Rangers are in said “substantive talks” with the Padres for closer Heath Bell.  Given that they’ve basically thrown Neftali Feliz under the bus* during his…

  5. Watch tomorrow’s stars, ummm, tomorrow

    Jul 28, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    Cape Cod League

    CSN New England will be televising the Cape Cod League All-Star Game on Friday, only trying something a little different with it. Instead of the usual view of the pitcher and batter from the center-field camera, the broadcast will feature two main play-by-play cameras, one from above first base and the other from above third.  …

  6. No longer feeling sick, Tim Lincecum set to start tonight

    Jul 28, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Carlos Beltran‘s debut will be the big story tonight for the Giants, but they’ll also have Tim Lincecum on the mound after the two-time Cy Young winner missed his scheduled Tuesday start with a stomach ailment. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Lincecum played catch yesterday and felt strong, which along…

  7. Watching games on Twitter: “I’ll never watch another game alone”

    Jul 28, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Twitter logo

    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writer Joe Starkey just got on Twitter ten days ago, but during the Braves-Pirates 19-inning marathon/atrocity the other night he discovered just how fun it is to watch a game with a Twitter window open: I’m new to this Twitter stuff. I could never understand why anyone needed a laptop while watching a…

  8. Carlos Zambrano says the Cubs need some “changes”

    Jul 28, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    Yesterday afternoon there were several reports about the Cubs trying to convince a contending team to take Carlos Zambrano and his contract off their hands, which predictably didn’t go very well. Then a few hours later Zambrano took the mound against the Brewers and threw 6.2 innings of two-run ball in a tough-luck loss, looking…

  9. Colby Rasmus trade: the he-said, he-said in video form

    Jul 28, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Video cameras found both Colby Rasmus and Tony La Russa following the trade yesterday.  They each had particularly Rasmus-esque and La Russa-esque takes on the matter. First Rasmus who, when asked about La Russa, says “I hope he’s happy”: Now La Russa, who talks about how young players “are spoiled.” Say what you want about…

  10. Carl Crawford gets cortisone shot for strained left elbow

    Jul 28, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Carl Crawford missed yesterday’s game and is out of the lineup this afternoon as well because of a strained left elbow. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Crawford got a cortisone injection in the elbow Tuesday night, which usually knocks players out of commission for at least a couple days. Crawford told Abraham…

  11. The Red Sox would “almost certainly” try for Carlos Quentin

    Jul 28, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Carlos Quentin

    Carlos Quentin‘s name has popped up in rumor gulch a few times over the past 24 hours. The Phillies are said to be interested. I presume the Braves would be too.  Now Danny Knobler tweets that the Red Sox would “almost certainly” be interested in the White Sox’ slugger too. Only problem with that: Bob Nightengale…

  12. Done Deal: The Cubs trade Kosuke Fukudome to the Indians

    Jul 28, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    Kosuke Fukudome

    UPDATE:  Done deal, reports Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.  Kosuke Fukudome is an Indian. 11:04:  Multiple sources are now reporting that the Tribe would send two minor leaguers, as yet unidentified, put a pitcher and a position player to Chicago.  It’s also being reported that the Cubs will pick up all but $775,000 of the $4.5…

  13. Officially official: Giants and Mets complete Carlos Beltran deal

    Jul 28, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran has signed off on the move to San Francisco, so the trade sending him from the Mets to the Giants for pitching prospect Zack Wheeler is now official. There’s a press release and everything. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson gave Beltran a proper sendoff, saying: We thank Carlos for all he has done…

  14. The Red Sox are “all over” Erik Bedard

    Jul 28, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Indians

    Man, they should really get off of him. He gets hurt so damn easily! Of course, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi may be speaking figuratively here, suggesting that the Sox are eager to make a deal for the Mariners’ lefty. The Mariners are certainly preparing for such a thing, as Rosenthal and Morosi report that…

  15. Rickie Weeks won’t need surgery for “severe ankle sprain”

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Cubs Brewers Baseball

    Good news and bad news on Rickie Weeks‘ ugly looking ankle injury from last night. The good news is that he won’t need surgery. The bad news is that he’s been diagnosed with a “severe ankle sprain” and is expected to be out for “anywhere from 3-6 weeks,” according to assistant general manager Gord Ash.…

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

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    The Question

    My video setup downstairs has been borked all week thanks to a basement flood. I think we’re all fixed now, but there are some little problems with it, so HBT Daily continues to be on hiatus. But never fear! Even though I started the Twitter questions thing for the HBT Daily segments, I have way…

  17. Joe Blanton: “There’s zero percent chance I’ll start this year”

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Joe Blanton may come back from an elbow injury to pitch again this season, but it won’t be as a starter. Blanton told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that “there’s a zero percent chance I’ll start this year” because “there’s just not enough time” to build up his arm strength after missing the past two months.…

  18. Now that Beltran is gone, everyone wants … Ryan Ludwick?

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

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    We figured that everyone looking for a bat at the deadline would wait until after Carlos Beltran got moved to swoop in for the second tier.  That seems to be happening at least with Ryan Ludwick, as Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies, Braves, Reds and Indians are all interested. Maybe the Indians is old information…

  19. Jed Lowrie is on the comeback trail from shoulder injury

    Jul 28, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Out since mid-June with a shoulder injury, Jed Lowrie made a big step in his recovery yesterday by taking live swings for the first time since being placed on the disabled list. Lowrie took swings off a tee earlier this week and was happy enough with how he felt that the Red Sox cleared him…

  20. David Einhorn’s buy-in to the Mets is almost done

    Jul 28, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    File photo of David Einhorn speaking at 6th Annual New York Value Investing Congress in New York City

    The likelihood of David Einhorn completing his deal for a minority share of the Mets has been ebbing and flowing, but it appears to have finally flowed. Or, er, maybe it’s ebbed.  The good one, I mean, whichever that one is.  Screw it, here’s Richard Sandomir in the New York Times: The Mets’ deal to sell…

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