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  1. Jhoulys Chacin pushed back to Tuesday due to forearm stiffness

    Jul 1, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Chicago Cubs

    The Rockies enter Friday’s action at 39-42 in the National League West. They’re going to need a lot of things to go their way to make a second half run, which is exactly why they’re taking every precaution with their most promising young arm. Jhoulys Chacin was originally slated to start tomorrow night against the…

  2. Alex Rodriguez says Jose Reyes is “world’s greatest player”

    Jul 1, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez and Jose Reyes embracing before last year's All-Star Game

    ESPNNewYork.com got the juicy quote from Alex Rodriguez today, asking him how he feels about Jose Reyes and the Mets. “They have the world’s greatest player playing shortstop over there, and the most exciting,” Rodriguez said. “I turn on the TV every time I get a chance to watch him.” And Reyes’ response: “I appreciate…

  3. Mike Piazza, Luis Gonzalez to manage Futures Game teams

    Jul 1, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT

    Mike Piazza

    Mike Piazza will take the helm for the U.S. club and Luis Gonzalez will manage the World team in the 13th annual Futures Game to be played Sunday, July 10. As usual, MLB has gone with ambassadors, rather than minor league managers, to serve as the managers for the Futures Game.  The staffs for each team…

  4. Leaderboard of the day: team OPS in road games

    Jul 1, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    MLB.com has rolled out some new stats pages, and it looks like those tantalizing splits they’ve always sort of featured but that only end up working half of the time at best are actually fully operational. So, using those splits, here’s a leaderboard for today.  I’m looking at each team’s OPS in road games only,…

  5. Cubs manager Mike Quade is in over his head

    Jul 1, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

    Mike Quade

    At least he sort of admitted after the Cubs’ latest loss Friday. “This one is on me,” Mike Quade said after trying to get Randy Wells through the seventh inning in the game against the White Sox. In Quade’s defense, Wells was cruising up until that point.  After a two-run first, he retired 11 in…

  6. Elbow problems send Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz to DL

    Jul 1, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

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    Despite an outstanding track record that includes a dominant season for the White Sox last year J.J. Putz was available to the Diamondbacks at a relative discount this offseason because of his injury history. Putz provided a great early return on Arizona’s two-year, $10 million investment, converting all 16 save chances with a 1.45 ERA…

  7. Josh Johnson now hoping to return “at some point in August”

    Jul 1, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    Josh Johnson has been out since mid-May with a shoulder injury that was supposed to take just a couple weeks, but he received some good news from Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday and is now hoping to return “at some point in August,” according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Andrews found no structural damage in…

  8. The New York Times sells a chunk of the Boston Red Sox

    Jul 1, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    New York Times building

    The New York Times has held a minority share in the Boston Red Sox — well, technically its parent company, Fenway Sports Group — for several years.  When I first learned this I tried hard to see if their coverage of the Red Sox was at all biased, but I could never find any evidence…

  9. Mets reliever Taylor Buchholz out for “foreseeable future” with depression and anxiety

    Jul 1, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    Buchholz_Taylor

    Taylor Buchholz has been on the disabled list since late May with a shoulder injury, but the Mets just announced that the reliever will remain on the shelf for the “foreseeable future” due to depression and anxiety. There’s probably a joke to be made here about playing for the Mets causing depression, but I tend…

  10. Happy Canada Day, Toronto Blue Jays

    Jul 1, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    canadian-flag

    July 1st happens to be my wedding anniversary. Sixteenth if you care.  In honor of my anniversary, my wife is going to grill me a nice juicy steak this evening. Really! Unlike your backwards little worlds, in Chez Calcaterra the woman is the master of the grill. Deduct all the man points from me that…

  11. Nationals’ coaching shakeup continues with dismissal of first base coach Dan Radison

    Jul 1, 2011, 4:15 PM EDT

    dan radison nationals

    Jim Riggleman resigned, John McLaren replaced him as interim manager for a weekend, Davey Johnson was hired as the full-time manager, and now the Nationals have fired first base coach Dan Radison. It certainly makes sense that Johnson would want to put together his own coaching staff and doing so in the middle of a…

  12. 38-year-old Ramon Ortiz to step into Cubs rotation

    Jul 1, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Ramon Ortiz

    While Russ Ortiz is content in retirement, Ramon is still kicking around, and he’ll get a chance to step into the Cubs rotation in place of the injured Carlos Zambrano next week, the team announced today. Ortiz made two starts and 14 relief appearances for the Dodgers last year, amassing a 6.30 ERA.  Prior to…

  13. Study: “Major League Baseball umpires express their racial/ethnic preferences when they evaluate pitchers”

    Jul 1, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

    bob-davidson-umpire

    I recall everyone discussing a study in which it was posited that umpires tend to favor pitchers of the same race a few years ago. Perhaps it was an earlier version of the study whose publication was announced earlier this afternoon, perhaps it was a different study.  I’m not sure. But either way, there is…

  14. Cole Hamels hoping to start Tuesday despite hand injury

    Jul 1, 2011, 2:46 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

    Cole Hamels exited yesterday’s game in the fifth inning after taking an Adrian Gonzalez line drive off his non-pitching hand and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that he “had his visibly swollen and bruised right hand bandaged this morning.” However, the X-rays came back negative and Hamels said he’s hoping not to miss a turn…

  15. The Padres haven’t hit multiple homers in a game since May 14

    Jul 1, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo

    When Coco Crisp and Kurt Suzuki went deep for the A’s on Thursday, it snapped a streak of 32 straight games in which they had either one or no homers, CSN Bay Area reports. I couldn’t help but think that was an awfully long time to go without a two-homer game.  But as it turns out, it…

  16. Joe Posnanski’s 14 crazy baseball facts

    Jul 1, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    Tim Raines

    If you haven’t noticed by now, not much is happening in baseball today. Oh, there will be 15 games played by the time the west coasters go to bed tonight, but the newsmakers — the agents, the GMs, the bankrupt owners and the the others who provide much of our midday fodder here at HBT…

  17. Cubs place Carlos Zambrano on DL, activate Kerry Wood

    Jul 1, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    So much for Carlos Zambrano not having to miss any time with the back injury that forced him from yesterday’s start. He felt good enough to attend a softball game last night–and narrowly avoid getting hit with a foul ball while doing an on-camera interview–but the Cubs have placed him on the disabled list while…

  18. Happy Bobby Bonilla Day!

    Jul 1, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    bobby bonilla steve phillips bobby valentine mets

    Everyone knows that the Mets will be paying Bobby Bonilla deferred money until sometime in the middle of this century.  But what most people don’t know is that those deferred payments actually begin today! I was reminded of that by Ducky Medwick (not that Ducky Medwick) of the Deadballers website, who recalls the contract provision…

  19. Chicago beer sales down 30 percent with Cubs and White Sox both below .500

    Jul 1, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    beer vendors

    With the White Sox in third place at 40-42 and the Cubs in fifth place at 34-48 the baseball in Chicago hasn’t been pretty this season, but as Jim O’Donnell of the Chicago Tribune writes the beer sales at Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field have also suffered. O’Donnell reports that beer sales are down…

  20. HBT Daily: Lookin’ ahead to the weekend

    Jul 1, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I are wearing the same clothes in this one that we wore in yesterday’s edition. I’ll head off the rumor-mongering.it’s true: neither of us own washing machines.

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