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  1. Don’t let the SI poll fool you: LeBron James stinks at baseball

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

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    This week’s Sports Illustrated has a poll asking MLB players “which athlete in another sport would make the best baseball player?” and LeBron James finished second with 13 percent of the vote, behind Michael Vick at 16 percent. James is obviously an amazing athlete, but as Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer explains he isn’t…

  2. Carlos Zambrano leaves game early with sore back

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

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    I guess this is one of those posts where the headline is enough. But since I’m here: Carlos Zambrano left today’s game against the Giants in the second inning with lower back soreness. He had given up a run on two hits with two walks issued when he left. In other news, has it not…

  3. Willie Harris takes bereavement leave as Mets call up Fernando Martinez

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v New York Mets

    Sad news from the Mets, as Willie Harris has left the team and been placed on the bereavement list after his wife lost their baby five months into her pregnancy. Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that Harris’ wife unexpectedly went into early labor last night and the baby passed away this morning. The couple has…

  4. The Athletics trade Mark Ellis to the Rockies

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

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    The Oakland Athletics just announced that they have traded infielder Mark Ellis to the Colorado Rockies for pitcher Bruce Billings and a player to be named later (the latter of whom seems to get traded A LOT!). Ellis has been a fixture at second base for the A’s since 2002, but he has fallen off…

  5. Brad Lidge aiming to begin rehab assignment Monday

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Brad Lidge, who has been on the disabled list all season with elbow and shoulder problems, threw a 35-pitch bullpen session yesterday and is scheduled to do so again tomorrow, at which point the Phillies may clear him to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the rehab stint could start…

  6. Cole Hamels leaves Sox-Phillies game early

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Cole Hamels was cruising along quite nicely against the Red Sox this afternoon, having shut out Boston on two hits over four innings, but then he faced Adrian Gonzalez for the second time and Gonzalez hit a line drive off Hamels’ hand, which required him to leave the game. The good news: it was his…

  7. Ryan Zimmerman struggling with new throwing mechanics

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman

    Last night Ryan Zimmerman made his fourth throwing error in 15 games since returning from an abdominal injury and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes that the third baseman made a decision to “overhaul his throwing mechanics in the middle of a season” to avoid future injuries. Despite his struggles, Zimmerman told Kilgore that…

  8. Must-click link: The collected sins of Frank and Jamie McCourt

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Combination of file photos of Frank and Jamie McCourt during their divorce trial in Los Angeles

    We all know that Frank and Jamie McCourt have run the Dodgers into the ground. But their failure has been so massive and all-encompassing, sometimes it’s hard to remember the specific episodes of futility, incompetence and avarice. Thankfully, the Dodgers blog Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness has put together a list of the top 50 sins…

  9. Scott Baker quietly emerges as current ace of Twins’ rotation

    Jun 30, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Scott Baker

    Scott Baker was excellent for the Twins again yesterday afternoon, allowing zero or one run for the third time in four starts by shutting out the Dodgers for 7.1 innings. Baker racked up nine strikeouts without a walk until issuing a free pass to the final batter he faced, finishing June with a 1.46 ERA…

  10. HBT Daily: Answering your questions

    Jun 30, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    We’ve been off video for a week due to technical difficulties. But we’ve since found Tiffany and returned her to the basement, so we’re back with more HBT Daily!

  11. Tigers send Phil Coke back to bullpen, add Charlie Furbush to rotation

    Jun 30, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Phil Coke‘s transition from reliever to starter went well early on, as he posted a 3.69 ERA through 11 starts, but that came with an ugly 1-6 record and Coke has since fallen to 1-8 by giving up 18 runs in his last three starts. Today the Tigers ended the experiment, dropping Coke from the…

  12. Kevin Youkilis to have an X-ray and a day off

    Jun 30, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    I write the term “MRI” so much that writing “X-ray” feels like writing “ice box” or “dirigible” or something.  They still do X-rays, though I guess. Kevin Youkilis is getting one anyway. On his left foot, off of which he fouled a ball during last night’s game.  Youk — the kids in Boston call him…

  13. Nolan Ryan in favor of realignment moving Astros to AL West

    Jun 30, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Count Nolan Ryan among those in favor of MLB’s rumored realignment to matching 15-team leagues, as the Rangers team president said yesterday that he’d love to see the Astros join the Rangers in the American League West. Ryan noted that having another Central Time Zone team in the division would be nice from a travel…

  14. Red Sox designate Mike Cameron for assignment

    Jun 30, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe is reporting that the Red Sox have designated outfielder Mike Cameron for assignment (UPDATE: those reports of an outright release have been walked back). It’s been a rough season for Cameron. He’s hitting .149/.212/.266 in 105 plate appearances. This after an injury-shortened and disappointing 2010 season in Boston as…

  15. Derek Jeter scheduled to rejoin the Yankees on Monday

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Oakland Athletics

    General manager Brian Cashman said last night that Derek Jeter was on track to come off the disabled list early next week and now the Associated Press reports that the injured shortstop is scheduled to be back in the Yankees’ lineup Monday. Before that happens Jeter will have to avoid a setback with his calf…

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

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    The Question

    The stuff that didn’t make the cut for HBT Daily. Which, as usual, is the best stuff.

  17. John Lackey throws Quality Start, denies need for surgery

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    John Lackey

    During a radio interview yesterday Peter Gammons speculated about whether John Lackey‘s struggles and elbow problems could lead to his needing Tommy John surgery, but then last night Lackey tossed 7.2 innings of two-run ball against the Phillies and denied the need for surgery. Lackey told reporters that Gammons “straight made that up” and then…

  18. Someone sign that Cubs fan

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Cannon

    Question: does the guy who threw back Miguel Tejada’s home run ball at Wrigley Field the other day have a better arm or a worse arm than Johnny Damon? And how cool is it that Tejada got to keep his home run ball?

  19. David Eckstein isn’t even playing, but he still leads the league in “grit and desire”

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    David Eckstein visited his brother, Washington pitching coach Rick Eckstein, before yesterday’s Nationals-Angels game and told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that he’s not officially retired despite turning down multiple offers from teams this offseason. In fact, Eckstein revealed that he turned down an offer from an undisclosed team last month, although presumably…

  20. Quote of the Day: Jayson Werth

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Because when you think leadership, you think Jayson Werth.

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