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  1. The Blue Jays will retire Roberto Alomar’s number

    Jul 19, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Roberto Alomar Jays

    I was kind of surprised when I read that the Blue Jays had not retired anyone’s number apart from the league-wide 42 for Jackie Robinson. Then I thought about it and realized that there really hasn’t been any strong candidate for the honor. Dave Stieb, maybe?  Hey, we all love the guy, but he doesn’t…

  2. Reds GM says “there is no timetable” for Edinson Volquez’s return from minors

    Jul 19, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

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    Edinson Volquez was demoted to Triple-A two weeks ago and yesterday general manager Walt Jocketty told Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer that “there is no timetable” for his return to the Reds. Through two starts at Triple-A he has an 8/5 K/BB ratio in 12 innings and Volquez allowed five runs in six innings…

  3. The Phillies have inquired about Leo Nunez

    Jul 19, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    If you’ve been reading all the best websites, you know that the Phillies want both a reliever and a bat.  As far as the reliever goes, Jerry Crasnick reports that the Phillies have spoken with the Marlins about Leo Nunez. He of the 1.19 WHIP and 27 saves in 30 opportunities. Crasnick says that the Marlins…

  4. Nolan Ryan treated for heart condition, released from hospital

    Jul 19, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Nolan Ryan has been released from a Houston hospital after spending two days being treated for the recurrence of a heart condition. According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas tests revealed no new problems and the 64-year-old Hall of Famer will continue to be treated with medication. Ryan, who had double bypass surgery in 2000,…

  5. Will the Sox try to keep Jonathan Papelbon?

    Jul 19, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

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    It’s all just talk, not news, but over at the Providence Journal Brian MacPherson speculates that the Red Sox and Jonathan Papelbon may very well be together beyond 2011. His thinking: there are a lot of relief pitchers who will be available this winter, which could depress Papelbon’s asking price on the open market. At…

  6. Carlos Marmol (wildly) returns to mound in non-closer role

    Jul 19, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Chicago Cubs

    Stripped of closing duties last week following back-to-back ugly appearances, Carlos Marmol returned to the mound last night and successfully pitched the ninth inning of a 6-1 victory for the Cubs. However, it wasn’t exactly a flawless appearance, as Marmol walked two of the five batters he faced and threw just 15 of 29 pitches…

  7. Dustin Pedroia hitting .383 with 1.177 OPS in last 35 games

    Jul 19, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Dustin Pedroia delivered the marathon-deciding hit in Sunday night’s exhausting 1-0 victory over the Rays and then came back yesterday with another game-winning hit against the Orioles, continuing an incredible run for the Red Sox second baseman. Pedroia’s season totals are arguably the best of his career, but his outstanding overall numbers include a modest…

  8. Who in their right mind would offer Carlos Beltran arbitration?

    Jul 19, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

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    Look, I’m not going to pretend that I’m anywhere near the most knowledgeable dude on the planet when it comes to transactions, but I don’t get something that Buster Olney has been going on about for the past couple of days.  Short version: his belief that Carlos Beltan’s contract clause that prevents teams from offering…

  9. Orioles could make dominant setup man Koji Uehara available

    Jul 19, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Baltimore took care of one potential free agent-to-be by signing shortstop J.J. Hardy to a three-year, $22.5 million extension, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun speculates that the Orioles will be shopping setup man Koji Uehara leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Uehara has around $1 million remaining on this year’s contract…

  10. Sunday is Hall of Fame Induction Day

    Jul 19, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

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    Hall of Fame Induction Day always sneaks up on me. I rarely read or hear about it until the week leading up to it.  Which, in today’s media environment is kind of strange when you think about it. But it has done it again: Hall of Fame Induction Day is this Sunday. For those who…

  11. Chris Coghlan suffers setback rehabbing knee injury in minors

    Jul 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Chris Coghlan‘s rehab assignment at Double-A has been put on hold because of more knee problems, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. President of baseball operations Larry Beinfest told Spencer that Coghlan’s “knee stiffened up a bit” and the Marlins “want to back him off and get it completely healthy.” Coghlan has been…

  12. Why Twitter rocks for sports coverage

    Jul 19, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

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    Twitter went a little haywire last night, just as there were nine or ten ballgames in progress.  The fact that it absolutely drove me and a bunch of other people nuts was kind of surprising to me.  I’ve been on Twitter less than two years. Surely I can enjoy an evening of baseball without hearing…

  13. Justin Morneau cleared for baseball activities, but not hitting

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Justin Morneau has been cleared to resume “baseball activities” three weeks after undergoing surgery to address a pinched nerve in his neck, which according to trainer Rick McWane means “he’s ready to take ground balls, play catch, and run around.” Swinging the bat will come later, however, so even setting aside the Twins’ inability to…

  14. UPDATE: The Yankees have ruled out Carlos Beltran

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:34 AM EDT

    New York Mets v San Francisco Giants

    Ah, late July. When a perfectly good blog post I spend several minutes on (as far as you know) gets mooted just a few minutes later. Regarding that report about the Yankees talking to the Mets about Carlos Beltran: yeah, forget it.  Bob Klapsich reports that the Yankees have ruled him out as “not a…

  15. Diamondbacks cut ties with veteran reliever Aaron Heilman

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Aaron Heilman was spotted shaking hands with teammates and cleaning out his locker following yesterday’s game, which jibes with the report from Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona that the Diamondbacks will release the veteran right-hander. Heilman re-signed with the Diamondbacks for a one-year, $2 million deal in the hopes of snagging a rotation spot…

  16. HBT Daily: Talking pitching at the trading deadline

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    How is Ubaldo Jimenez like my dad’s 1985 Corvette? Tune in to today’s HBT Daily to find out!

  17. Jose Reyes plays his rehab game, survives, returns to the Mets today

    Jul 19, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Jose Reyes played a rehab game at Coney Island yesterday and everything went just swell:  1 for 3 with a double and a run scored plus six innings at shortstop.  No problems, no fuss, and now it’s back to the Mets for him tonight to face the Cardinals. And it’s not a moment too soon.…

  18. The Yankees have talked to the Mets about Carlos Beltran

    Jul 19, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    File this under “interesting, but I’d be surprised if it went anywhere,” but Buster Olney says the Mets and Yankees have discussed Carlos Beltran. The extent to which anything could come of this, Olney notes, is the extent to which the Mets are interested in a pure salary dump.  Beltran would be really useful if…

  19. Stephen Strasburg hit 95 m.p.h. in a simulated game

    Jul 19, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg, starting pitcher. A man barely alive. “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic pitcher. Stephen Strasburg will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.” Davey Johnson said Strasburg hit 95 today. And that was “a little tentative.”…

  20. Joe Mauer: signs of offensive life

    Jul 19, 2011, 8:26 AM EDT

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    It’s been a mostly-lost season for Joe Mauer, what with injury and ineffectiveness and all of that.  But July has been much kinder to the former MVP. Yesterday Mauer went 6 for 8 in the doubleheader against Cleveland, with a double and an RBI.  That day raised his average 30 points, from .260 to .290. For…

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