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  1. Roy Halladay’s shoulder injury will keep $20 million option from vesting in 2014

    Jun 6, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    Roy Halladay‘s shoulder problems are expected to sideline him for 6-8 weeks and Todd Zolecki of has an interesting note about the ramifications of the injury beyond this season. Halladay signed a three-year, $60 million deal with the Phillies in December of 2009 to facilitate his trade from the Blue Jays and the contract…

  2. Doesn’t sound like Ryan Dempster is gonna invoke his 10-5 rights

    Jun 6, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    Ryan Dempster is realistic and he seems to want to pitch for a contender, so it’s no surprise that he sounds cool with waiving his 10-5 rights. Here is talking about a possible trade: “You’re in a situation where if it does happen, they are going to do what’s best for the Chicago Cubs, and…

  3. Padres add Twins castoff Jason Marquis to the rotation

    Jun 6, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Jason Marquis is back in the majors just two weeks after being released by the Twins for posting an 8.47 ERA in seven starts. Marquis quickly signed a minor-league deal with the Padres, made one good start at Double-A, and will now join San Diego’s rotation tomorrow versus San Francisco. As awful as Marquis looked…

  4. Daisuke Matsuzaka to start Saturday against the Nats

    Jun 6, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

    matsuzaka getty

    Dice-K last pitched in the big on May 16, 2011.  He’ll next pitch in the bigs on June 9, 2012. That’s when he’ll be activated and face the Nationals. Matsuzaka had his last tuneup last night in which he allowed one run in a short, 1 1/3 inning performance.  Overall he had a 3.65 ERA…

  5. The Yankees continue to complain about StubHub

    Jun 6, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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    At the end of April there was a story about how the Yankees front office hated that people could buy tickets on StubHub cheaper than they could at the Yankees’ box office. It’s now June and they’re still hating it: Yankee Stadium attendance is down 3.6 percent so far this year — greater than the…

  6. Jim Thome rejoins Phillies after missing 36 games

    Jun 6, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    The good news for the Phillies is that they get a future Hall of Famer back from the disabled list today. The bad news is that it’s Jim Thome, who didn’t have much of a role before being shut down with a back injury in late April. Thome got a total of just 21 plate…

  7. Tweet of the Day: John Axford is watching you

    Jun 6, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    John Axford Getty

    This is the best. From Brewers’ closer John Axford: Is it weird that I’m walking behind this guy at the mall right now? — John Axford (@JohnAxford) June 6, 2012   I hope he tapped him on the shoulder and asked for his jersey back after he tweeted that. Or asked “Axford” for his…

  8. Mets activate Jason Bay from the disabled list

    Jun 6, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Jason Bay Getty

    Jason Bay‘s return was delayed one day by illness, but the Mets have now activated the left fielder from the disabled list after he missed the past six weeks with a fractured rib. Bay went 2-for-9 (.222) with four strikeouts on a brief minor-league rehab assignment, but manager Terry Collins already said last week that…

  9. Report: MLB considering a MORE unbalanced schedule than it already has

    Jun 6, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT


    Danny Knobler of CBS has an interesting and unwelcome report.  According to “a high-ranking official” the 2013 schedule may be more unbalanced than the current unbalanced schedule: In fact, the official said, teams may well go from playing 18 games a year against each division opponent to playing 19 a year. In that case,…

  10. Orioles draft Cal Ripken’s son, Ryan Ripken, in 20th round

    Jun 6, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Day 3 of the draft is going on right now and the Orioles just used their 20th-round pick on Cal Ripken Jr.’s son, 6-foot-6 high school first baseman Ryan Ripken. Baseball America didn’t have Ryan Ripken among their top 500 prospects for the draft, although in fairness more than 500 players had already been taken…

  11. MLB players get arrested for DUI at a way lower rate than the general population

    Jun 6, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    cop dui

    Every time a ballplayer or coach gets arrested for drunk driving you can bet that we here at HBT are gonna have a post or three about it. Especially if there’s a good mugshot. You can also bet that, rather than merely post it and say “hey look what happened,” we (usually I) am going…

  12. Bob Melvin: “It certainly didn’t break my heart” when Jarrod Parker lost his no-hitter

    Jun 6, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Jarrod Parker AP

    Jarrod Parker took a no-hitter into the eighth inning Monday night against the Rangers, eventually losing it on a Michael Young single with six outs to go, but manager Bob Melvin revealed that the A’s rookie wouldn’t have been allowed to complete the no-hitter anyway. Parker, who came back from Tommy John elbow surgery last…

  13. Why do we do predictions again?

    Jun 6, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    crystal ball

    This falls into the deep thoughts category, but: The Royals are only a half game behind the Tigers despite having a 12-game losing streak this year; The Pirates are a game up on the Cardinals despite having he worst offense in the National League; The Orioles are three ahead of the Red Sox and a…

  14. No. 6 pick Albert Almora and agent Scott Boras are already making life difficult for Cubs

    Jun 6, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Boras sulking

    MLB’s new slotting system for draft pick signing bonuses seemingly doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for the negotiating shenanigans of past years, but leave it to Scott Boras to show otherwise. Sixth overall pick Albert Amora hasn’t officially signed with an agent yet, but he’s being “advised” by Boras and predictably they’ve already…

  15. Bobby Wilson placed on DL with concussion, Angels call up Hank Conger

    Jun 6, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Bobby Wilson is the latest player put on the special seven-day disabled list for concussions after the Angels catcher experienced dizziness and had to leave Monday’s game following a foul tip to the mask. Wilson has a history of concussions and told Alden Gonzalez of that he felt “fatigued” and “drowsy” the next morning,…

  16. MLB fires Executive Vice President Jimmie Lee Solomon

    Jun 6, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Eric Fisher of SportsBusinessJournal reports that a longtime MLB executive has been let go: Major League Baseball executive VP/baseball development Jimmie Lee Solomon has been fired by commissioner Bud Selig, according to industry sources, ending a 21-year association with the league. MLB execs declined to comment, and it is not clear what precipitated the surprise…

  17. Andy Pettitte is among the people surprised by how well Andy Pettitte is pitching

    Jun 6, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Andy Pettitte struck out 10 batters in shutting out the Rays for 7.1 innings last night, improving his ERA to 2.78 in five starts since coming out of retirement. And afterward the Yankees left-hander admitted to Bryan Hoch of that even he’s surprised by how well he’s pitching at age 39: The feel for…

  18. HBT Extra: Gleeman and I hate on everything

    Jun 6, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Statler Waldorf

    Tiffany is out this week, so Aaron and I chatted a bit. And, believe it or not, we’re total haters. We’re probably gonna do another one of these at the end of the week and we’ll probably hate whatever it is we talk about then too.  It’s just how we roll.

  19. Clayton Kershaw has plantar fasciitis

    Jun 6, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    kershaw reuters

    Plantar fasciitis can be a nagging, serious injury for position players, but the Dodgers are downplaying news that reigning Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw has been diagnosed with the foot injury. According to manager Don Mattingly he only feels the discomfort in his foot when he’s running and it has no impact on his pitching,…

  20. Derek Holland has lost 10-15 pounds in the past two weeks due to a stomach virus

    Jun 6, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Derek Holland Reuters

    We’ve joked about Derek Holland shaving his mustache and about how Ron Washington might spank him if he pitches poorly, but there is actually some serious stuff going down with the Rangers’ starter. Jeff Fletcher from ESPNDallas: After Holland weaved his way through 5 1/3 innings in the Texas Rangers’ 6-3 victory over the Oakland A’s, the…

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