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  1. “Out: The Glenn Burke Story” to air on Versus on Tuesday

    Aug 4, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Glenn Burke

    We first wrote about the Glenn Burke documentary last year when it made its premiere on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.  Now it’s getting a national showing on Versus on Tuesday, August 9th at 10PM. For those unaware, Glenn Burke was the first and, as far as we know, the only gay player to be out of…

  2. No more delays: Blue Jays call up top prospect Brett Lawrie

    Aug 4, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie spring training

    Brett Lawrie was on the verge of being called up in May when a broken hand knocked him out for two months, but he’s hit .350 at Triple-A since returning in mid-July and today the Blue Jays officially added their top prospect to the roster. There are questions about whether Lawrie can stick at third…

  3. Yadier Molina suspended for five games for spittlepocalypse

    Aug 4, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina

    Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for his little freakout on Tuesday night. I love the way the MLB press release puts it. It says he was suspended for “his inappropriate actions” which included: … making contact with Umpire Rob Drake multiple times and spraying him with spittle…

  4. Jose Molina hit a triple!

    Aug 4, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

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    I’m watching the Rays-Blue Jays game and just saw Jose Molina drive a ball over B.J. Upton‘s head in center field for his first triple since May 9, 2004. Molina, who was literally still panting heavily and wiping sweat from his face when he took the field defensively for the next half-inning, went 1,582 plate…

  5. Former Oriole Doug DeCinces to pay $2.5 million for insider trading

    Aug 4, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Doug DeCinces

    Doug DeCinces had the unenviable task of following Brooks Robinson as the Orioles’ everyday third baseman. Clearly he was so disillusioned by the experience that he decided to turn to a life of crime 35 years later: The Securities and Exchange Commission charged former professional baseball player Doug DeCinces and three others with insider trading…

  6. Walks and strikeouts now available: Mariners cut Jack Cust

    Aug 4, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Jack Cust

    As expected, the Mariners have released Jack Cust after designating him for assignment last week. Cust is owed another $1 million for so as part of a one-year, $2.5 million contract, so predictably none of the other 29 teams wanted to take on that salary after he hit just .213 with three homers and a…

  7. It’s Ronald Reagan Day at Wrigley Field on Saturday

    Aug 4, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    Reagan

    Via Paul Sullivan I have learned that Saturday is Ronald Reagan Day at Wrigley Field. The Gipper’s son, Michael Reagan, throws out the first pitch. I imagine that poor people will be getting tickets too. All that needs to happen is for rich people to be given free tickets, and by some sort of economic…

  8. Breaking news: AL Central is a really, really bad division

    Aug 4, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    al central standings

    Last night’s loss dropped the Indians to 54-54, which means the Tigers are the only team in the AL Central above .500 at 59-51. Even the Tigers’ division-leading record would put them in second place in the NL Central and third place in every other division. And that might actually be a stretch, since Detroit…

  9. HBT Daily: Twitter questions … answered

    Aug 4, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Yeah, it’s been a while — thanks flooded basement! — but Tiffany and I are back with some of your questions

  10. Justin Morneau took batting practice, “had a really good day”

    Aug 4, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    morneau reuters

    Justin Morneau‘s comeback from neck surgery was delayed earlier this week when his scheduled workouts were rained out on back-to-back days, but the former MVP took batting practice yesterday at Target Field and reported no problems. “He had a really good day on the field with BP and ground balls and the whole package,” manager…

  11. A-Rod denies the poker game report, story’s source says A-Rod wasn’t at the game

    Aug 4, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Another reason why Major League Baseball isn’t going to do anything about the A-Rod poker game report?  There’s no way they can prove anything.  For his part, A-Rod has denied it, saying that “the story contains numerous factual inaccuracies.”  What’s more, one of the story’s original sources says that Star Magazine got the story wrong and…

  12. Joel Pineiro on struggles: “Honestly, the next thing I can do is sacrifice a live chicken”

    Aug 4, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Sandiegochicken

    Another ugly outing last night puts Joel Pineiro in danger of losing his spot in the Angels’ rotation and the veteran right-hander hasn’t been able to figure out why he’s struggling, telling Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times: This is embarrassing. I’m making the team, the staff and myself look bad. I’ve got to…

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

    Aug 4, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    The Question

    I asked questions last night, you answered them. Let’s go: Q: Orange you glad I didn’t say banana? Great. One of my kids has a Twitter account now.  Really, when you’re six, that joke never, ever, ever gets old. Q: Why does Tony LaRussa not age? His home is built over a Lazarus Pit.  True story.…

  14. Reds first base prospect Yonder Alonso taking third base reps

    Aug 4, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Alonso_Yonder

    Reds top prospect Yonder Alonso is a first baseman, but the seventh overall pick in the 2008 draft is blocked there by reigning MVP Joey Votto. In an effort to find a long-term home for Alonso in the lineup alongside Votto the Reds have been using him in left field and now Mark Sheldon of…

  15. Mariners will limit Michael Pineda’s workload with extra rest between starts

    Aug 4, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Throughout the first half the Mariners talked about potentially finding ways to limit rookie Michael Pineda‘s workload and it sounds like they’ve decided to go with extra rest between starts. Pineda, who’s currently on pace to throw around 195 innings, will have nine days off before making his next start and manager Eric Wedge told…

  16. Jeff Francoeur: clutch hitter

    Aug 4, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Some days I think the entire world is out to taunt me.  Today is one of those days. Anyone have $70 I can borrow?

  17. Twins prospect Kyle Gibson may need Tommy John surgery

    Aug 4, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    As if Minnesota hasn’t had enough injuries on the big-league roster this season now the Twins’ top prospect, 2009 first-round pick Kyle Gibson, has been shut down with elbow problems and underwent an MRI exam to determine if he needs Tommy John surgery. Gibson got off to a good start at Triple-A, but then went…

  18. Indians rookie Jason Kipnis has homered in four straight games

    Aug 4, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Boston Red Sox

    I saw Jason Kipnis play here in Columbus last month.  I’m no scout and I don’t know what to look for, but he seemed pretty solid.  Had a good game anyway, and some dude sitting a few seats down from me was telling his friend that Kipnis was impressive. Works for me! But whether he’s…

  19. Rob Dibble will not shut up about Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals

    Aug 4, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Fired as the Nationals’ television analyst in the middle of last season after saying Stephen Strasburg should “stop crying” and “suck it up” to play through what proved to be a torn elbow ligament that required Tommy John surgery, Rob Dibble is now criticizing the Nationals for rushing Strasburg back “to sell tickets.” Seriously. Courtesy…

  20. Oh great: Concrete tests on Yankee Stadium were faked

    Aug 4, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    You will be shocked — shocked! — to learn that there was corruption and malfeasance in a major construction project in New York City.  I know. Just when you think you can have faith in something in this world. But yeah, it seems that the engineers and contractors who built Yankee Stadium and bunch of other major…

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