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  1. 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.

  2. 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…

  3. 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?

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

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    eckstein

    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…

  5. Quote of the Day: Jayson Werth

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Because when you think leadership, you think Jayson Werth.

  6. Video of the day: Eric Byrnes destroys Harold Reynolds

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    The best part of this — sometime after the 30 second mark — isn’t when Eric Byrnes lays Harold Reynolds out like yesterday’s laundry. It’s the Ric Flair “woo!” he offers after he does it.

  7. In case you forgot, the Athletics are still in franchise limbo

    Jun 30, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    a's logo

    In all of our excitement over Bud Selig’s gung-ho attitude with respect to Frank McCourt — go get him, Bud!!! — let us not forget that Selig and Major League Baseball continue to sit passively as the Athletics die on the vine: Last month, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed sent a letter to Bud Selig. The…

  8. How to stop the Mets’ bats? Put an outfielder on the mound

    Jun 30, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Don Kelly

    As mentioned in the recaps, the Mets have been on an absolute offensive tear lately, scoring 16, 14, 8 and 14 runs in their last four games, respectively. Last night’s outburst was accompanied by 20 hits, and after Tigers’ middle reliever David Purcey was smacked around for four runs, Jim Leyland waved the white flag and…

  9. Major League Baseball did not expect McCourt to file for bankruptcy

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    I can’t say that I knew what Frank McCourt would do. Hindsight suggests to me that bankruptcy was his only option if he wanted to cling to power for a while longer, but it’s not like it was inevitable or anything.  I’m a bit surprised, however, that Major League Baseball didn’t predict this, which is…

  10. Will there be sordidness in the Roger Clemens trial? Oh yeah, there will be

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Brian McNamee

    I’ve been pretty clear about not being a big Roger Clemens fan. I’ve also been pretty clear in thinking that the case against him is going to be stronger than the case against Barry Bonds for the simple reason that, unlike in the Bonds case, the jury will hear from someone who claims to have…

  11. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 30, 2011, 5:20 AM EDT

    Scott Hairston

    Mets 16, Tigers 9: The Mets blast the Tigers’ pitching for the second night in a row (though the Tigers blasted back a bit themselves). Everyone in the Mets’ starting lineup hit, including Scott Hairston, whose bases loaded triple in the first broke it open, after which he did some lame antlers thing or whatever…

  12. Bartolo Colon likely to start Saturday against Mets

    Jun 29, 2011, 11:08 PM EDT

    colon getty wide

    According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Yankees GM Brian Cashman revealed Wednesday that there’s a “good likelihood” right-hander Bartolo Colon will be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday to start against the crosstown Mets. Colon threw 60 pitches Tuesday in a simulated game and reported no abnormal pain or discomfort in his once-strained…

  13. Brewers return righty Sergio Mitre to Yankees for cash

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:25 PM EDT

    Sergio Mitre

    Get ready for the re-experience. Or something. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Yankees reacquired right-hander Sergio Mitre from the Brewers after Wednesday night’s game for “cash considerations.” Mitre registered a 5.03 ERA in 105 2/3 innings with the Yankees in 2009-2010, operating as both a long reliever and spot starter.…

  14. Clay Buchholz not expecting to return before All-Star break

    Jun 29, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

    buchholz throws reuters

    Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz acknowledged to MLB.com’s Ian Browne on Wednesday that he is unlikely to return from the disabled list before the All-Star break and may even be out until late July. Buchholz has been sidelined since June 16 with a lower back strain and felt renewed soreness Tuesday while attempting to throw…

  15. Giants interested in reunion with Dodgers’ Juan Uribe?

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News heard from a “secondhand” source Wednesday evening that the Giants are attempting to reacquire infielder Juan Uribe from the Dodgers. Uribe inked a three-year, $21 million free agent contract with Los Angeles in November that the Dodgers surely already regret. The 31-year-old is batting just .206/.275/.304 with…

  16. Derek Jeter on track to return to Yankees early next week

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:26 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Oakland Athletics

    Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters on Wednesday that veteran shortstop Derek Jeter could be ready to begin playing in minor league rehab games Saturday at Double-A Trenton. Jeter fielded ground balls, took batting practice and ran the bases Wednesday morning in Tampa, reporting no issues with his once-strained right calf. He’ll continue doing similar…

  17. Diamondbacks release 39-year-old infielder Melvin Mora

    Jun 29, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

    getty mora

    Not to be outdone by the Cardinals and Cubs, who both released struggling veterans on Wednesday evening, the Diamondbacks have cut ties with 39-year-old corner infielder Melvin Mora. The news comes courtesy of Craig Grialou of KTAR 620 AM in Phoenix, Arizona. Mora opened the season as the Diamondbacks’ primary third baseman, but the emergence…

  18. Orioles open extension talks with shortstop J.J. Hardy

    Jun 29, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Pittsburgh Pirates

    According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, Orioles president Andy MacPhail has reached out to the agent for shortstop J.J. Hardy to begin negotiations toward a long-term contract extension. Hardy was acquired this winter in a bargain trade with the Twins and has impressed the Orioles with both his offense and defense since returning…

  19. Prosecutors want Pettitte, Knoblauch to testify at Clemens trial

    Jun 29, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    Roger Clemens is hoping the judge at his impending criminal trial will prevent prosecutors from calling his former Yankees teammates to the stand, claiming such testimony could lead to “guilt by association.” Prosecutors, though, are planning to call Andy Pettitte, Chuck Knoblauch, Mike Stanton and possibly others to show that team traner Brian McNamee had…

  20. Phillies, A’s lead the way in rotations ERAs

    Jun 29, 2011, 6:07 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    It should come as no surprise, but the Phillies are the one team in baseball with a rotation ERA under 3.00 halfway through the season. Here’s how the starter ERAs rank, 1-30. 1. Phillies – 2.97 2. Athletics – 3.11 3. Mariners – 3.19 4. Braves – 3.30 5. Giants – 3.35 6. Angels –…

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