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  1. Astros fire their pitching coach

    Jun 14, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

    Astros logo

    The Astros have announced that they have fired pitching coach Brad Arnsberg. He is being replaced by an interim: Doug Brocail, who if you put a gun to my head I probably would have guessed was still pitching mopup duty for someone out west because I tend not to track guys like Doug Brocail very well.…

  2. Angels place Fernando Rodney on DL with back injury

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

    Fernando Rodney lost the closer role to rookie Jordan Walden in early April and hasn’t pitched particularly well as a setup man since, but now he won’t be pitching at all for a while after the Angels placed him on the disabled list with a back injury. Rodney is eligible to come off the DL…

  3. HBT Daily: Now let’s declare some NL teams dead

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Yes, one of the dead ones was my NL Central Pick. We’re just gonna have to deal with that.

  4. Where have Carl Pavano’s strikeouts gone?

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins starter Pavano pitches to the New York Yankees during the first inning of Game 2 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoffs in Minneapolis

    Carl Pavano has put together a strong six-start stretch since beginning the season 2-4 with a 6.64 ERA, logging 43 innings with a 2.49 ERA and just two homers allowed as the Twins have begun to dig out of their huge early hole. However, his lack of missed bats continues to be worrisome from a…

  5. Great Moments in Perspective and Priorities: Nationals COO Andy Feffer

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Nationals Park

    Nationals COO Andy Feffer on a new element to Nationals Park: “I’ve been to stadiums and ballparks all over the country, and without a doubt I’ve never seen anything like this. I think it will become the iconic, defining element of Nationals Park, the thing people leave and say, ‘Did you see that?’” If the…

  6. Travis Hafner nearing possible weekend return from DL

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Travis Hafner

    Injuries have played a big part in the Indians losing 14 of 19 games to see their AL Central lead vanish, but it sounds like they’ll have Travis Hafner back in the lineup soon. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Hafner took batting practice yesterday and is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment today…

  7. The Marlins tell Logan Morrison to put a lid on it

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison is famously outspoken, both in interviews and on his Twitter feed. To date the Marlins have been wary but generally OK with it, but that changed last week after Morrison went on about how the team was upset after hitting coach John Mallee was fired: Marlins left fielder Logan Morrison has…

  8. Cubs manager Mike Quade is already on the hot seat, but so is general manager Jim Hendry

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    With the Cubs tied for the second-worst record in baseball at 26-39 “fans and the media have begun to wonder if Mike Quade’s days as manager may be nearing an end,” according to Sahadev Sharma of ESPN Chicago. Quade went 24-13 down the stretch last season after taking over for Lou Piniella, but all the…

  9. Meet Mrs. Met

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Mr. Met Love

    I didn’t know there was a Mrs. Met.  I also didn’t know that she married Mr. Met.  And despite learning all of this just now, I find myself sad that they ended up getting a divorce. If two baseball-headed mascots can’t make love work, what hope do the rest of us poor schmucks have? (note:…

  10. The Diamondbacks do not want to move to the American League

    Jun 14, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    Diamondbacks snake logo

    I missed this yesterday, but apparently there had been a report that the Arizona Diamondbacks could be an alternate candidate to move to the American League in that whole move-the-Astros-to-the-AL realignment gambit.  Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports, however, that the Dbacks wouldn’t be terribly interested in that.  And, for that matter, Diamondbacks CEO…

  11. OK, Justin Ruggiano was definitely safe

    Jun 14, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Double Face Palm

    In ATH this morning I voiced some qualified sentiment that perchance Magglio Ordonez‘s gunning down of Justin Ruggiano at the plate in the Tigers-Rays game was a blown call, deferring to the fact that I couldn’t see a really good replay. Courtesy of reader ChurchOfThePerpetuallyOutraged, who pointed us to a pic from Jonah Keri’s Twitter…

  12. Frank McCourt said to have “no chance” to make the June 30 payroll

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt scrimped and saved — wait, no he didn’t; he borrowed — to make payroll at the end of May.  He is said to be fine for the mid-June payroll due tomorrow too, so good for him.  That business with the Manny Ramirez payment coming due at the end of the month, however, makes…

  13. A nation mourns Derek Jeter’s tragic, heroic calf strain

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Mourning angel

    There are, like, two dozen injury stories a week. Seriously, go back through the HBT archives and you’ll see that a huge percentage of our minor posts are this guy straining that muscle and this or that body part being sore.  It’s easily the most rote kind of post we or anyone else who writes…

  14. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 14, 2011, 6:04 AM EDT

    Ramon Santiago

    I had every recap done this morning, hit “save” and then just as that happened something barfed on itself in Google Chrome and I lost it all. So if these recaps seem superficial, it’s only because I’m trying to type them with one fist punched in the monitor. Tigers 2, Rays 1: A wilder one…

  15. UPDATE: Derek Jeter diagnosed with Grade 1 strain of right calf

    Jun 13, 2011, 10:54 PM EDT

    jeter grimace

    UPDATE: The Yankees have announced that Jeter was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his right calf. He will be reevaluated tomorrow. 10:18 PM: According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, the Yankees have sent Jeter for an MRI on his sore right calf. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said his gut feeling is that Jeter…

  16. The Diamondbacks are also a candidate to move to the American League

    Jun 13, 2011, 10:10 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks snake logo

    We learned over the weekend that Major League Baseball is considering realignment. The initial report presented one scenario where the Astros could be moved to the American League. However, it appears they aren’t the only team under consideration. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Diamondbacks could be the team “most likely” to change…

  17. The year in shutouts

    Jun 13, 2011, 8:50 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    I wanted to dig into scoreless games for a minute. Here’s a look at the teams throwing the most and fewest and then the teams that are on the other end. Throwing shutouts Most Braves – 8 Brewers – 8 Phillies – 8 Rangers – 8 Tigers – 8 Mariners – 7 Fewest Blue Jays…

  18. Vicente Padilla needs neck surgery

    Jun 13, 2011, 8:32 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Another injury for the Dodgers’ bullpen? Sure, why not? Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced before tonight’s game against the Reds that Vicente Padilla will undergo neck surgery on Thursday. He is expected to miss “an extended period of time” Padilla was pulled from a minor league rehab assignment earlier this month due to a bulging…

  19. Jason Heyward begins rehab assignment tonight

    Jun 13, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Arizona Diamondbacks

    It sounds like Chipper Jones may soon get his wish. Jason Heyward will begin a minor league rehab assignment tonight with Triple-A Gwinnett, reports David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It’s a rather surprising turn of events considering that Heyward just swung off a tee for the first time on Friday. It’s not clear how…

  20. Jeremy Guthrie is funny

    Jun 13, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    And he deserves better than a 2-8 record this season. Jeremy Guthrie tweeted today: I would like to formally wish @SimplyAJ10 luck in crossing the CA border 2nite. High powered immigration lawyer on flight just in case! SimplyAJ10 happens to be teammate Adam Jones, and Guthrie is, of course, referring to the incident in Toronto…

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