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  1. The McCourts sold one of their many, many homes

    Sep 1, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    You know you’re in for some good McCourt extravagance porn when a sentence like “The smaller of the two homes — at 8,385 square feet -…” is involved.  That’s all followed by a ton of details about how the McCourts spend more money on housing and lawyers than your city spends on public schools in…

  2. Picture of the Day: Ryan Braun’s wipeout crime scene

    Sep 1, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    As you’d expect, Ryan Braun‘s teammates are having a lot of fun goofing on his wipeout rounding third base on a would-be inside-the-park homer yesterday. Jordan Schelling of MLB.com snapped a picture of their attempt to reenact the scene of the crime:

  3. Comment of the Day: Why are there so many Phillies fans around here?

    Sep 1, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    Obviously the Phillies content around here has been nuts lately. It’s been driven, of course, by the fact that so many Phillies fans have migrated here in the past few months.  They’re active. They shoot me links or give me ideas for posts in their comments. And of course, knowing who’s reading, I’m more likely…

  4. Twins top prospect Kyle Gibson needs Tommy John surgery

    Sep 1, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    Kyle Gibson was supposed to be in Minnesota’s rotation by now, but instead the Twins’ top prospect and 2009 first-round pick won’t see the majors before 2013. Last month Gibson was shut down at Triple-A following a brutal six-week stretch and the Twins diagnosed with him a partially torn elbow ligament. They advised him to…

  5. Jays-Orioles crowd inconvenienced by car racing-related hubbub

    Sep 1, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

    Camden Yards

    This is kind of a mess. Apparently the Baltimore Grand Prix is being run this weekend and this afternoon they’re closing streets and creating havoc to prepare for it.  Only problem: the Blue Jays-Orioles game that just got underway.  Someone I know is at the game and she tweeted about the sparse crowd. I’m guessing…

  6. Phillies on pace for most shutouts since Braves in 1992

    Sep 1, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Last night Cliff Lee threw 8.2 scoreless innings and Ryan Madson came in to get the final out as the Phillies shut out the Reds. It was the 19th time this season the Phillies have held their opponent scoreless, which is the most in baseball this year: Phillies 19 Rangers 16 Dodgers 15 Braves 14…

  7. HBT Daily: In which someone shows a little leg

    Sep 1, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    No. I’m not kidding. You wanna see this one, kiddos

  8. Koji Uehara will be back with Rangers in 2012 after $4 million option vests

    Sep 1, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Texas acquired Koji Uehara from Baltimore last month as more than just a two-month rental and last night his option for 2012 vested with his 55th appearance of the season. Uehara has struggled since the trade, allowing seven runs in 11 innings for the Rangers after giving up a total of just nine runs in…

  9. You asked me questions on Twitter. And I shall answer them.

    Sep 1, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    The Question

    Today’s tweetbag is teed up and ready to go. Wait, I just used a golf term. I hate golf. And now I hate myself.

  10. Red Sox prospect Ryan Kalish to undergo neck surgery

    Sep 1, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    kalish pose

    Ryan Kalish started 44 of the Red Sox’s final 58 games last season and fared decently for a 22-year-old rookie, but instead of trying to stick in the big leagues this year his season has been ruined by injuries. Kalish tore the labrum in his right shoulder while making a diving catch at Triple-A in…

  11. Mark Teixeira calls pace of Yankees-Red Sox games “brutal”

    Sep 1, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Mark Teixeira

    At least one player agrees with the fans and media members annoyed by the length and pace of Yankees-Red Sox games. After playing in another marathon matchup last night–which was made even longer by Josh Beckett‘s involvement–Mark Teixeira told Tyler Kepner of the New York Times that “it’s brutal” and “I can’t stand playing a…

  12. Gary Carter was taken to the emergency room with blood clots

    Sep 1, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Gary Carter

    While we don’t normally post a ton about the health of ex-players, there is a lot of Gary Carter goodwill out there and, because Carter’s family has been so forthcoming on their website and with reporters, there is a lot of information.  Feels weird to post about it all the time, but My feeling is…

  13. Indians place Shin-Soo Choo on DL with oblique injury

    Sep 1, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v San Francisco Giants

    For the most part it’s no longer necessary for teams to place injured players on the disabled list now that rosters have expanded for 25 to 40, as they’re free to call up extra players anyway. However, the Indians have put Shin-Soo Choo on the shelf with an oblique strain because a DL move allows…

  14. Theo Epstein says the only possible thing he can say about those Cubs rumors

    Sep 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    If you’re Theo Epstein, there is absolutely no winning when it comes to answering questions about his job right now. Sure, the Cubs would love to have him. Anyone would.  But Epstein is running the Red Sox right now so if he even hints that he’s interested in the job, it’s going to be a…

  15. Dodgers decide not to trade 37-year-old impending free agent Jamey Carroll

    Sep 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Carroll_Jamey

    Jamey Carroll is a 37-year-old impending free agent who won’t qualify for draft pick compensation and the Dodgers are 65-70, so it seemed like a no-brainer for them to trade him prior to last night’s deadline. And they tried, according to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times, but ultimately failed to come to an…

  16. The Mets-David Einhorn deal is dead

    Sep 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    File photo of David Einhorn speaking at 6th Annual New York Value Investing Congress in New York City

    We don’t have the details or the back story yet, but Richard Sandomir of the New York Times just tweeted that the deal in which David Einhorn was to purchase a minority share in the Mets is dead. This could cut a couple of different ways, really, but one distinct possibility is that Fred Wilpon…

  17. Man down! Ryan Braun wipes out going for inside-the-parker

    Sep 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    Ryan Braun crushed a ball into left-center field last night and Cardinals center fielder Allen Craig made an unsuccessful diving attempt on it, at which point Braun was off to the races. He turned on the jets after rounding first base and looked headed for a stand-up inside-the-park homer, but then lost his footing rounding…

  18. Ruh-roh: Jair Jurrjens is turning into a problem

    Sep 1, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    Jair Jurrjens was fantastic for the Braves in the first half, but since the All-Star break he has posted a 5.86 ERA in seven starts. His latest: getting knocked around by the Nats on Tuesday night. Mark Bowman of MLB.com takes a long look at Jurrjens in this article and observes that his velocity is…

  19. John Lackey fined for plunking Cervelli

    Sep 1, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    lackey face

    Appropos of that earlier post, Rob Bradford of WEEI is reporting that Red Sox pitcher John Lackey was fined an undisclosed amount for hitting Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli on Tuesday night. I for one am shocked — shocked! — that Major League Baseball did not accept Lackey’s word that he wasn’t really trying to hit Cervelli.…

  20. Jack Hannahan had a big night

    Sep 1, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Jack Hannahan

    For those of you who missed it — which is probably all of you who aren’t (a) in the Greater Cleveland or Oakland areas; and (b) unemployed or an insomniac — Jack Hannahan had a big night in the Indians’ 16-inning win over the A’s. Hannahan went 3 for 7 with two solo home runs and…

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