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  1. Nate McLouth out six weeks following sports hernia surgery

    Aug 5, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Nate McLouth was placed on the disabled list last week with a lower abdominal strain, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves outfielder underwent sports hernia surgery yesterday and is expected to miss six more weeks. McLouth hasn’t ruled out playing again this season, but he’ll definitely be up against the clock and…

  2. Talking about the Braves with Ted Berg

    Aug 5, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    In the runup to the Braves-Mets series this weekend, Ted Berg of SNY.TV had me on The Baseball Show today to talk about the Braves. It’s about 70% gloom, 30% bright future talk if you’re a Braves fan. If you’re a Mets fan, reverse those ratios.  I’m probably too pessimistic about Braves hitting prospects, actually.…

  3. Mark Trumbo’s power matched only by his out-making ability

    Aug 5, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    I was watching the Angels-Twins game last night when Minnesota television analyst Bert Blyleven advised Francisco Liriano to “throw the slider to this big donkey.” Liriano obliged and Mark Trumbo hit the ball approximately 700 feet for a three-run homer. It was Trumbo’s 21st homer, which ranks eighth in the AL and is very impressive…

  4. MLB warns against performance-enhancing ground up deer antlers

    Aug 5, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    The fact that ballplayers are using a spray made from ground up deer antlers as some sort of performance enhancer a la HGH is not news. We wrote about it back in January. What’s new, per Tom Verducci at Sports Illustrated, is that Major League Baseball sent a warning to players last week that they…

  5. Carlos Lee has more career plate appearances than the rest of the Astros combined

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Carlos Lee

    The other day I wrote about how ugly the Astros’ lineup looks after trading away Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn, and Jeff Keppinger. But as Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle points out, the lineup is incredibly inexperienced in addition to being really, really bad: Carlos Lee has 7,967 career plate appearances, or four more than…

  6. Must-click link: Stop Subsidies to Sports Stadiums

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

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    Neil deMause of Baseball Prospectus and Field of Schemes has written an article for The Nation making it clear to anyone who didn’t already know it that using public dollars for ballparks, stadiums and arenas is bad business and bad government.  Here’s a quote which I’ve heard before but it’s always worth repeating: “If you want…

  7. Yadier Molina and Gerald Laird downplay ‘animated argument’

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols

    Reports surfaced last night about Cardinals teammates Yadier Molina and Gerald Laird getting into an “ugly” fight over an undisclosed issue, but everyone involved has now downplayed the incident that Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch calls an “animated argument.” According to Hummel, manager Tony La Russa held a closed-door clubhouse meeting yesterday…

  8. David Ortiz does NOT like to have RBIs taken away

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    There’s no “I” in “team,” but there is in “RBI” and “Ortiz.” As Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reports, David Ortiz burst into Terry Francona’s media session before yesterday’s game, hopping mad that an official scorer’s decision was reversed from Wednesday night’s game, depriving him of an RBI he thought he had.  There’s heavily-bleeped video of the…

  9. Twins offer Michael Cuddyer two-year, $16 million extension

    Aug 5, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins

    Various contending teams called Minnesota about Michael Cuddyer prior to the trade deadline, but the Twins turned down all advances and made it pretty clear that they want to re-sign the 32-year-old impending free agent. And according to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune their attempt to keep Cuddyer in Minnesota began with a…

  10. HBT Daily: Sox-Yankees! Phillies-Giants! Rangers-Indians!

    Aug 5, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    So. whaddaya watchin’ this weekend?

  11. Angels demote $8 million starter Joel Pineiro to the bullpen

    Aug 5, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v San Diego Padres

    Yesterday’s chicken-sacrificing speculation that Joel Pineiro was in danger of losing his spot in the rotation proved accurate, as the Angels demoted the veteran starter to the bullpen after an ugly four-start stretch in which his ERA rose from 3.90 to 5.31 in just 13 innings. Mike Scioscia and company must have really been sick…

  12. Giants send Brandon Belt back to the minors … again

    Aug 5, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Brandon Belt got off to a slow start with the Giants, but the 23-year-old rookie hit .324 with a 1.011 OPS in 43 games after being sent back to Triple-A and San Francisco’s starting first baseman, Aubrey Huff, is hitting .243 with a .665 OPS. You’d think that would convince the Giants to give Belt…

  13. Some wonderfully random Matt Stairs facts

    Aug 5, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

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    Matt Stairs’ most notable moment was almost certainly his homer in Game 4 of the 2008 NLCS. But the guy played for so long and for so many different teams that he pretty much saw and did it all in his major league career. Over at The Hardball Times today, Chris Jaffe collects some of…

  14. Alex Rodriguez plays high-stakes poker, but is he any good?

    Aug 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    OK, so at this point we know that Alex Rodriguez regularly played poker, usually for a lot of money and with some shady people, but one thing I haven’t heard addressed is whether he’s actually any good. Until yesterday, that is. I was watching a recent episode of NBC’s late-night show “Poker After Dark” on…

  15. The Diamondbacks are trying to nip a Twitter problem in the bud

    Aug 5, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Social media is scary!  Anyone can say anything at any time!  Personal expression can flourish with no supervision!  This is something with which sports teams don’t typically do very well. So, there are a couple of ways you can go if you run a sports team and are concerned about players saying inappropriate or otherwise…

  16. Another good prospect headed to Kansas City, as Royals call up Johnny Giavotella

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    The latest arrival in Kansas City’s season-long influx of young talent is second base prospect Johnny Giavotella, who was called up from Triple-A last night. While not among the Royals’ historic stockpile of elite prospects, Giavotella would be one of the top few prospects in plenty of other organizations. He hit .322 with an .855…

  17. Better call Shields and Price

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    The MLB Fan Cave has a funny. I just wish Rich Harden was in it so that they could start it out with the classic “are you injured?” Oh, and I kind of have a thing for that Alice McGinity person who shows up near the end of the video.  She has a Kelly Macdonald…

  18. Diving play leaves Omar Infante with fractured middle finger

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Florida Marlins

    Omar Infante‘s diving attempt at a ground ball with the bases loaded yesterday was unsuccessful and left the Marlins second baseman with a fractured right middle finger. Infante initially remained in the game, but was eventually replaced by Wes Helms and is bound for the disabled list. However, manager Jack McKeon is hopeful that Infante…

  19. Memorabilia dealer arrested for selling phony jerseys

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Dragnet

    Shocking: a guy selling allegedly game-worn jerseys turns out to have been passing out fakes.  Doubly shocking: the word “Authentics” appeared in the name of his business. You just can’t trust anyone these days! Steven Jensen, co-chief executive officer of Vintage Sports Authentics, was accused in Manhattan federal court of mail fraud and wire fraud.…

  20. David Freese takes one to the head; diagnosed with a mild concussion

    Aug 5, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    David Freese

    Cardinals third baseman David Freese was hit on the side of the head by a pitch from Clay Hensley during last night’s game. It clearly wasn’t intentional, as the HBP came with the bases loaded and drove in the go-ahead run for the Cardinals, but someone should probably ask Tony La Russa what he thought…

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