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  1. Is Lance Berkman a Hall of Famer?

    May 23, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball

    There have been several times over the past 12 years or so when Lance Berkman has certainly felt like a Hall of Famer. In the moment, anyway, as he went on tears and put up seasons that matched up with all manner of men in Cooperstown. But, given that he didn’t have a full time…

  2. No timetable yet for Franklin Gutierrez’s return to Mariners

    May 23, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Franklin Gutierrez hasn’t played since September 4 of last season and hasn’t played well since 2010 due to a series of injuries and health problems, the latest of which are a partially torn pectoral muscle and plantar fasciitis. He’s finally making some significant progress, with Josh Liebeskind of MLB.com reporting that Gutierrez took live batting…

  3. Better than a bobblehead: get your replicas of statues of Orioles legends

    May 23, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Frank Robinson Statue

    I got this in the mail recently. Not the Calvin and Hobbes picture. My son drew that.  No, I mean the Frank Robinson statue. The Orioles sent it to me (and as you can see, my son took it). And yes, I suppose they did so in order to persuade me to write about their…

  4. HBT’s official MLB Fan Cave dweller needs your help

    May 23, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Back in February we endorsed Lindsay Guentzel as our favorite MLB Fan Cave candidate and asked HBT nation to help vote her in. It worked, as she was selected from 22,000 entrants and 50 finalists. She’s been living in New York all season and stuff like “touch Joe Mauer‘s hair” has become a daily occurrence,…

  5. Because you want to see James Loney’s engagement photos

    May 23, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    James Loney

    Vin Scully is my Homeboy has James Loney’s engagement photos. He’s so handsome. And my god look at the size of the friggin’ rock he bought his fiancee. Other Dodgers who are going to get married gotta be mad at him for setting the bar that high. Dee Gordon is probably looking at that and…

  6. Carlos Pena — Mr. Fantastic — is batting leadoff again

    May 23, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    It was noted yesterday that a first baseman batting leadoff is unusual. But it worked for Carlos Pena and the Rays last night — dude hit a homer — so Joe Maddon is going to put Pena in the leadoff spot again. Crazy, I know.  But not nearly as crazy as (a) Drew Sutton batting…

  7. Jair Jurrjens had another terrible start at Triple-A

    May 23, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    Jair Jurrjens got rocked for 11 runs in a Triple-A start last week and turned in another ugly outing for Gwinnett yesterday, allowing seven runs on 11 hits in 4.1 innings. Combined between the two starts he’s coughed up 18 runs on 23 hits in nine innings, yet the Braves continue to insist that Jurrjens…

  8. Roy Halladay says Carlos Ruiz is the Phillies’ best player; says the Phillies have great chemistry

    May 23, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    Roy Halladay spoke at length with the media after last night’s loss. A lot of Phillies fans sent me the article quoting him because of the stuff he said about the state of the team and all of that.  It’s interesting in its own right because Halladay has never been the most loquacious player. But I…

  9. Kyle McClellan to avoid elbow surgery, rest for 6-8 weeks

    May 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    As the injuries continue to pile up in St. Louis the Cardinals got a bit of good news on the health front, as doctors believe reliever Kyle McClellan‘s partially torn elbow ligament won’t require surgery. McClellan got a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews and for once that wasn’t a precursor to going under the…

  10. HBT Extra: Milestones shall be passed. Maybe.

    May 23, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Tiffany and I look at some milestones that coulda shoulda woulda maybe still will be passed this year.

  11. Ryan Zimmerman sat because of shoulder soreness

    May 23, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    It was a “manager’s decision” at the time the lineups were set yesterday, but the reason Ryan Zimmerman sat for the Phillies-Nats game was shoulder soreness. This is somewhat scary given that Zimmerman has spent a lot of time on the DL due to shoulder problems. It’s said to be minor — Zimmerman wanted to…

  12. Red Sox have differing views on when Cody Ross will return

    May 23, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jose Molina, Cody Ross

    Initial reports about Cody Ross‘ fractured foot suggested he could miss two months, but the outfielder said yesterday that he already felt significantly better and now some members of the Red Sox are hoping he could make a much speedier recovery. Or as manager Bobby Valentine put it to Alex Speier of WEEI.com: “At worst…

  13. Adrian Gonzalez will continue to play right field

    May 23, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Bobby Valentine was on WEEI in Boston this morning and said that he plans to start Adrian Gonzalez in right field again today with Kevin Youkilis covering first.  That will mark Gonzalez’s fourth game in right this year. Obviously not ideal, but given that the lifespan of a Red Sox outfielder this year is shorter…

  14. Tweet of the Day: The ‘Cepts has spoken

    May 23, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Biceps

    I said in ATH yesterday that our prodigal commenter, Halladay’s Biceps — or, occasionally, “bicepts” — was agitating to get reinstated from bannination. Based on the overwhelmingly negative response to the notion in the comments, that idea is officially tabled. I agree with most of you: he’d be good for a few days in the…

  15. Matt Carpenter tweaks his oblique, getting an MRI

    May 23, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    Things the Cardinals don’t need right now: more injuries.  But they have one, as Matt Carpenter hurt his oblique muscle and had to leave the game after hitting a double last night. Carpenter, who was starting for the struggling David Freese, will have an MRI today. The Cardinals already have lost Lance Berkman for an extended…

  16. Brett Lawrie continues his rampage against umpires

    May 23, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Lovullo helps umpire Fletcher after he was hit in the left arm by a line drive during MLB game in St. Petersburg

    Brett Lawrie freaked out at an umpire last week and threw his helmet. Last night, his rampage against the men in blue continued unabated: First base umpire Andy Fletcher briefly left Tuesday night’s game between Toronto and Tampa Bay after being hit by a batted ball. Fletcher appeared to get struck on the left arm…

  17. Reds fan who caught two homers was honorary captain last night

    May 23, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Caleb Lloyd

    This is fun: Caleb Lloyd, the guy who caught the home run balls hit on consecutive plays on Monday, was the Reds honorary game captain last night. I’m guessing he also got the chance to meet Mike Leake and Zack Cozart, so there were all kinds of fringe benefits.  No word on whether, had the Reds…

  18. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 23, 2012, 5:59 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    Cardinals 4, Padres 0: Tough break for San Diego to have Adam Wainwright figure it out and throw a four-hit shutout while they were in town, but I really do need them to go on a bad skid right now. I’m taking my kids to their first major league game when we go to San…

  19. Andre Ethier not putting deadline on contract talks with Dodgers

    May 23, 2012, 1:57 AM EDT

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    During the midst of the Frank McCourt mess, there were rumblings that Andre Ethier would look to join his friend Dustin Pedroia in Boston when he became a free agent after this season. A lot has changed with the first-place Dodgers (who won their sixth straight game on Tuesday night) since then, and Ethier apparently…

  20. Rockies owner says Tracy, O’Dowd not fall guys

    May 23, 2012, 1:48 AM EDT

    Jim Tracy

    Remember when the Colorado Rockies went to the World Series? That was only five years ago, but it seems like 500 the way the Rockies play these days. Only the Chicago Cubs (15-28) have a worse record than Colorado (15-27), which lost its sixth straight game on Tuesday. Nonetheless, club owner Dick Monfort isn’t preparing…

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