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  1. Mike Trout likely to stick when Peter Bourjos is activated

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    At least for a little while longer. Peter Bourjos got through his workout fine Friday and will come off the DL on Saturday after missing 15 days with a strained right hamstring, the Orange County Register reports.  Angels manager Mike Scioscia already said he’ll start in center field tomorrow. Still, the plan is for Mike…

  2. Heyman: Phillies, Giants are favorites for Carlos Beltran

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran, Ryan Howard

    With speculation flying that Carlos Beltran won’t accept a trade to an American League team, SI.com’s Jon Heyman said Friday afternoon that he sees the Phillies and Giants as the favorites to land the Mets outfielder, with the Braves and Brewers also in the running. ESPN’s Buster Olney said earlier Friday that five teams were…

  3. Johan Santana could be cleared for rehab start next week

    Jul 22, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    Johan Santana throwing

    Johan Santana is about 10 months removed from shoulder surgery and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that he might be ready for a return to game action in the minors. Santana threw a three-inning simulated game today and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, at which point the Mets could clear…

  4. After two years off and numerous setbacks, Brandon Webb needs another shoulder surgery

    Jul 22, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Webb_Brandon

    Brandon Webb hasn’t pitched in the majors since Opening Day of 2009, undergoing shoulder surgery that August and experiencing multiple setbacks on the road to recovery. And now he’s going under the knife again, with Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reporting that the former Cy Young winner will have rotator cuff surgery on August 1.…

  5. Details emerge in Bryan Stow case arrests; Stow gives a thumbs up to family

    Jul 22, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    Some details are emerging in connection with the arrests in the Bryan Stow case. Specifically, an anonymous law enforcement official is saying that the two men who were arrested yesterday made incriminating statements that implicated them in the attack. There was not, however, any forensic evidence against the men, so this could all be based on…

  6. Luke Scott comes off DL, will play through torn shoulder again

    Jul 22, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Atlanta Braves

    Hitting two homers in a Double-A game yesterday apparently convinced the Orioles that Luke Scott was done resting and rehabbing his shoulder injury, because he’s off the disabled list and back in the lineup for tonight’s game. Scott performed horribly while trying to play through a partially torn labrum, hitting .187 in a 35-game stretch…

  7. The Yankees asked the Rays about James Shields

    Jul 22, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    shields_james

    Hey, you can’t get anything in this nasty old world unless you ask for it, right? So give credit to Brian Cashman for actually making the call to the Rays to inquire about James Shields, even if there was less than a snowflake’s chance that anything would come of it.  I mean, weirder things have…

  8. Fractured back healed, David Wright returns from DL

    Jul 22, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    For the first time since May 15 the Mets will have David Wright, Jose Reyes, and Carlos Beltran in the lineup together, with Wright coming off the disabled list after missing the past 58 games with a stress fracture in his lower back. And they may not have more a week together, with Beltran seemingly…

  9. The Red Sox have talked to the Royals about Jeff Francoeur

    Jul 22, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    I don’t post this because it’s likely to lead to anything. In fact the guy who reported that the Sox and Royals have discussed Francoeur — Jon Paul Morosi — said that they were “exploratory” and not likely to go anywhere. But the mere existence of Francoeur talks with a team other than Atlanta makes me…

  10. After one week off, Carlos Marmol is back as the Cubs’ closer

    Jul 22, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Mike Quade just announced that Carlos Marmol is back to being the Cubs’ closer, meaning his break/demotion from the role lasted all of a week and included just one non-closer appearance. Marmol walked two batters in a scoreless inning against the Phillies on Monday, but also recorded two strikeouts after failing to strike out a…

  11. Report: Pat Gillick “would definitely consider the Cubs”

    Jul 22, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Pat Gillick

    Earlier this week Chicago radio station WSCR-670 (and later the Chicago Tribune) reported that the Cubs had talked to Hall of Fame general manager Pat Gillick about taking a potential role with the team. The next day Cubs president Tom Ricketts denied having any talks with Gillick, saying: “Reports of a conversation are unfounded.” And now…

  12. Judge rules against Frank McCourt in Dodgers bankruptcy case

    Jul 22, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    The judge in the Dodgers bankruptcy case just ruled that Frank McCourt cannot use the financing he obtained from Highbridge Principal Strategies to keep the Dodgers running during their time in bankruptcy.  Rather, he has ordered the Dodgers to negotiate with Major League Baseball in order to obtain financing from the league. You can read the…

  13. Phillies activate Brad Lidge from DL, drop Danys Baez

    Jul 22, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    brad-lidge-and-charlie-manuel-phillies

    As expected, the Phillies have activated Brad Lidge from the disabled list after the former closer missed the first 97 games of the season with shoulder and elbow problems. To make room on the roster and in the bullpen for Lidge they designated Danys Baez for assignment, which is a move that’s been a long…

  14. The Eric Gregg-Livan Hernandez game explained

    Jul 22, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Livan Hernandez Marlins

    I never did understand why Eric Gregg’s strike zone was so out of whack in Livan Hernandez‘s favor back in the 1997 playoffs.  I’ve considered any number of possibilities, from basic incompetence to some complicated theory in which Livan Hernandez’s acquaintances in the illicit drug business were somehow involved, but all of these theories have flaws. I…

  15. Red Sox prospect Ryan Lavarnway is banging down the door

    Jul 22, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    Ryan Lavarnway

    Catcher Ryan Lavarnway homered yet again on Thursday.  He’s hitting .514 with seven homers in his last nine games for Triple-A Pawtucket. Lavarnway, a 2008 sixth-round pick out of Yale, has been on a tear since the day the Red Sox traded Michael McKenry to to the Pirates to clear a spot for him on…

  16. Edward Mujica would take over as the Marlins’ closer if Leo Nunez is traded

    Jul 22, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Mujica_Edward

    Marlins closer Leo Nunez has been the subject of numerous trade rumors as the team contemplates cashing in a good but not great reliever whose value is inflated by his save total. If they do end up moving Nunez before the July 31 trade deadline manager Jack McKeon told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald…

  17. Japan threatens boycott of World Baseball Classic

    Jul 22, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Sadaharu Oh, Ichiro Suzuki

    Unsatisfied with its current share of World Baseball Classic revenues, two-time champion Japan is threatening to sit out the 2013 event, Reuters reports. “We are not saying we don’t want to take part,” stated union president Takahiro Arai. “But we will not be able to compete under the current conditions, which are unfair.” Japan won both…

  18. Shin-Soo Choo found guilty of DUI

    Jul 22, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

    Choo mugshot

    The Morning Journal — a suburban Cleveland paper I won’t link because their website is rife with popup ads and autoplay videos which are outrageously hostile to readers — reports that Indians’ outfielder Shin-Soo Choo pleaded no-contest to DUI charges and was found guilty yesterday.  He won’t serve any jail time, but was fined $775…

  19. HBT Daily: Looking ahead to the weekend

    Jul 22, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Thanks to my laziness yesterday, you get two HBT Dailies today. It’s OK if you didn’t get me anything. It’s all about giving.

  20. Rafael Soriano on track to rejoin Yankees’ bullpen next week

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Rafael Soriano has been out since mid-May with an elbow injury, but yesterday manager Joe Girardi told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com that he’ll “probably” be cleared to come off the disabled list by Wednesday or Thursday of next week. Soriano had a 5.40 ERA in 16 appearances before the injury, but turned in five straight…

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