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  1. Manny Ramirez: “a gray-dreadlocked ineffective minor leaguer”

    Jun 8, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Oakland Athletics

    When is Manny Ramirez going to come to Oakland and help that offense? How about the 10th of never?  Here’s Ann Killion: Ramirez was presented as a changed soul, a man who wanted a second chance and a veteran who could be an important mentor to young players like Yoenis Cespedes. Instead, he’s just been…

  2. MRI exam on Derek Holland’s shoulder shows no damage

    Jun 8, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Derek Holland Reuters

    Texas sent Derek Holland for an MRI exam after placing him on the disabled list yesterday with left shoulder fatigue and the team announced that no structural damage was found. In fact, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram the Rangers think “Holland is experiencing a lack of strength in the shoulder…

  3. Jamey Carroll’s hand is kinda gross, but he plays the game the right way

    Jun 8, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

    The biggest reason to click this link is to see a picture and video of Jamey Carroll‘s hand, which is totally gnarled, mangled and gross from a decade of playing the infield. The second biggest is to ask yourself why it is that no one ever writes stories like this about non-white, non-short, non-scrappy utility…

  4. Johan Santana is an underdog for no-hitter follow-up start

    Jun 8, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    gambling poster

    When Johan Santana takes the mound tonight for his no-hitter follow-up start he’ll be coming off back-to-back complete-game shutouts and working on two extra days of rest without a limited pitch count. And he’ll also be an underdog on the road against the Yankees and Hiroki Kuroda. Las Vegas has set the Yankees as -145…

  5. Thanks to the new draft rules, Scott Boras (and other agents) have a pretty stark conflict of interest

    Jun 8, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

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    The other day Scott Boras called the new draft setup “a mockery,” and claimed that the capping of bonus payouts and the slotting for picks — with stiff penalties for teams who violate them — does nothing to distribute talent to those who need it (i.e. the purpose of the draft). I think he’s probably…

  6. Carl Crawford cleared to begin throwing program

    Jun 8, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Photo Day

    We haven’t heard much about Carl Crawford‘s status lately, but Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox left fielder will begin a throwing program today as he works toward a comeback from wrist surgery and a partially torn elbow ligament. Crawford told Abraham that his surgically repaired wrist is “pretty much…

  7. Marlins rank 16th in attendance after 29 games at new park

    Jun 8, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    We’re one-third through the season and the Marlins are on pace for their best record since the World Series team in 2003, yet their solid play after an offseason full of big spending and moving into a new ballpark haven’t boosted the team’s attendance nearly as much as hoped. Through 29 home games the Marlins…

  8. There were some fanTASTIC names in the 2012 draft

    Jun 8, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Name Game

    I saw that guys named Skye Bolt and Storm Throne were selected in the Rule 4 draft earlier this week.  When I saw them my first thought was “Storm Throne rolls saving throw for curve balls …”  But there were more ridiculous names than that! And Dayn Perry of CBS Sports.com catalogs them for us…

  9. Jeff Francis re-signs with Rockies, expected to start this weekend at Coors Field

    Jun 8, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Jeff Francis asked for and got his release from a minor-league contract with the Reds and the 30-year-old left-hander has quickly returned to where his career started, signing with the Rockies. And now only that, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that Francis will immediately jump into the Rockies’ rotation and start Saturday versus…

  10. Great Moments in Communication: Joba Chamberlain’s bullpen session

    Jun 8, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Joba Chamberlain Getty

    Joba Chamberlain (60-day DL — near death experience) is rehabbing. Yesterday he tweeted thusly: Update for everyone!Bullpen tomorrow, 1 step closer!!Thank u for all the support!! — Joba Chamberlain (@Joba_62) June 7, 2012 And later Joe Girardi was asked about it: “‘That, I’m not aware of” Oh well. Welcome back to the land of the…

  11. Daniel Bard on demotion to Triple-A: “I’m just an employee here … obviously, I’m not thrilled with it”

    Jun 8, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Daniel Bard Getty

    Lost in the speculation about how long Daniel Bard‘s demotion to Triple-A will last is the fact that the Red Sox right-hander wanted nothing to do with being sent to the minors. Bard is scheduled to make his Pawtucket debut tonight, so he spoke to the local media and made it clear to Mike Scandura…

  12. No pitch count for Johan Santana against the Yankees tonight

    Jun 8, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Johan Santana Reuters

    Johan Santana, a year removed from major shoulder surgery, hit his all-time high in pitches last week while no-hitting the Cardinals.  While he was given a couple of extra days of rest in the wake of that, he will not be on a lower-than-normal pitch count tonight, says Terry Collins. Biggest reason: the team was…

  13. Austin Jackson is rehabbing, may come off DL this weekend

    Jun 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Austin Jackson was scheduled to play about six innings in his first minor-league rehab game yesterday, but instead he played a full game at Triple-A that included nine innings in center field. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Jackson will play another full game there tonight, at which point he could be cleared to return…

  14. A’s players don’t like the timing of Kila Ka’aihue’s DFA

    Jun 8, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    The Oakland Athletics designated Kila Ka’aihue for assignment before yesterday’s game and called up Brandon Moss.  Oakland A’s players told Susan Slusser, however, that they weren’t happy with the timing of the move. Why? Because Ka’aihue’s wife is due to give birth to twins any day: “Everyone is in shock,” one player said. “Total horse” manure, said…

  15. HBT Extra: Looking forward to the weekend action

    Jun 8, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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    The Subway Series, Boston-Washington and … Pittsburgh-Kansas City?  Gleeman and I take a peek ahead to the weekend’s action.

  16. A “well-known” retired ballplayer is the focus of an insider trading probe

    Jun 8, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Gekko

    A lot of ballplayers retire comfortably in sunny California. Some, the Securities and Exchange Commission believe, may be retiring too comfortably: An ongoing insider trading investigation by U.S. prosecutors in Los Angeles is focusing on a retired, well-known baseball player and several other former athletes whose names have not yet been disclosed, said two people…

  17. Roy Oswalt got shelled last night

    Jun 8, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Roy Oswalt

    The Rangers could use Roy Oswalt now. Yesterday even. He just can’t pitch like he did yesterday: dude gave up five runs on six hits over four innings including a grand slam by Royals’ prospect Wil Myers in the Round Rock-Omaha game. Here’s video of the Myers grand slam. To be fair, Myers is gonna do…

  18. Charlie Manuel: “we don’t scare nobody”

    Jun 8, 2012, 8:21 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Charlie Manuel let ‘er rip after yesterday’s sweep-securing loss to the Dodgers: “I thought we lost that edge quite a while ago, if you want to know the truth. We don’t scare nobody. I’ll tell you something, we used to have a swagger. We used to be kind of cocky in a real good way.…

  19. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 8, 2012, 5:50 AM EDT

    Norichika Aoki

    Brewers 4, Cubs 3: Norichika Aoki hit two homers including the walkoff. Overall, he’s kicking some major butt. Mets 3, Nationals 1: As I said yesterday: Dickey beats Wang. I’m still giggling, by the way. Pirates 5, Reds 4: Aroldis Chapman finally allowed a run. You see? You see? He’s not a machine, he’s a man, he’s a man!  Someone alert…

  20. Aroldis Chapman finally gave up an earned run

    Jun 7, 2012, 11:10 PM EDT

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    After thoroughly dominating major league hitters over the first two months of the season, Aroldis Chapman finally gave up his first earned run tonight against the Pirates. And it was courtesy of some unlikely contributors. Chapman entered the game with the score tied in the 10th inning. He quickly gave up a leadoff ground-rule double…

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