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  1. Herb, Youk and the Biz

    Aug 25, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Biz

    I’m not sure who debases themselves more in this commercial: the car dealer guy, Kevin Youkilis or the Diabolical Biz Markie. I’m going with the auto dealer, actually.

  2. Jeremy Hellickson fans four batters in an inning

    Aug 25, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Jeremy Hellickson

    Jeremy Hellickson struck out four batters in the third inning Thursday against the Tigers, becoming the first pitcher in Rays history to pull off the feat. After Austin Jackson reached on a strike three/wild pitch to begin the inning, Hellickson fanned Ramon Santiago, Delmon Young and Victor Martinez in order.  Martinez was hitting in the cleanup…

  3. Alex Rodriguez returns to Yankees’ lineup after thumb injury

    Aug 25, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez watches from the dugout as the Yankees take batting practice in Minneapolis

    After missing the past two games with a sprained thumb Alex Rodriguez is back in the Yankees’ lineup today, playing third base and batting cleanup against the A’s. Rodriguez missed 38 games following knee surgery and lasted just one game before suffering the thumb injury, going 0-for-5 against the Twins in his return Sunday. He…

  4. Hurricane Irene is totally messing with this weekend’s games

    Aug 25, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Hurricane Irene

    Yesterday the Marlins and the Reds played a double header in order to get out ahead of Hurricane Irene’s impact.  As of a few minutes ago we have our first official rejiggering of the schedule for this weekend: the Phillies have moved Sunday’s game to Saturday, making it part of a day-night doubleheader with the…

  5. The Cubs are giving away a strange cap

    Aug 25, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Cubs Cap

    The first 10,000 people at Wrigley Field for today’s Cubs-Braves game are getting this cap.  Hurm. The Cubs have never worn a cap like that as far as I can tell.  In 1931 and 1932 they wore an all-red cap at times.  From the mid-90s until 2008 or so they wore a blue cap with…

  6. Players pick Joe Maddon as MLB’s most popular manager

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    maddon

    In a recent Sports Illustrated poll 291 players voted on which manager they’d most like to play for and Joe Maddon came out on top with 14 percent of the vote. Terry Francona finished second, followed by Jim Leyland, Mike Scioscia, and Dusty Baker. Asked about the poll results, Maddon equated it to a ninth-grade…

  7. HBT Daily: New York needs another team

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Your Twitter questions — including where I’d relocate a team if I had the power to do so — answered

  8. Twins on waivers: Indians claim Jim Thome, White Sox claim Jason Kubel

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    There was speculation that the White Sox would block the Indians’ attempt to reunite with Jim Thome by claiming him off waivers with their higher spot in line, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Thome indeed made it all the way to Cleveland on the waiver wire. Rosenthal also reports that the White Sox…

  9. Mike Flanagan died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Mike Flanagan

    It was reported last night that suicide was suspected in the death of Mike Flanagan. Now it is confirmed: Chick Hernandez of CSNWashington.com reports that Baltimore police are saying that Flanagan died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. More details here. What a tragic waste.

  10. Carlos Quentin likely out until next week with shoulder injury

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    quentin getty wide

    Carlos Quentin remains on the active roster despite a sprained left shoulder, but he hasn’t played since Saturday and Ozzie Guillen said last night that he’s unlikely to be back in the lineup before next week. Dayan Viciedo is waiting in the wings at Triple-A as a potential fill-in for Quentin, but Mark Gonzales of…

  11. Wait, the Tigers complained about an opponent hustling?

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles

    The play that ended the Tigers-Rays game last night was weird.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a would-be putout at second with two down fail, thus allowing the guy from from third to score. Neat. But more interesting to me were Joe Maddon’s comments after the game in which he praised Sean Rodriguez —…

  12. Lance Berkman says re-signing with Cardinals “would be my first choice”

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    At times last season Lance Berkman looked washed up, posting an OPS below .800 for the first time, but he’s bounced back in a huge way this season at age 35 by hitting .290 with 29 homers and a .975 OPS. Not surprisingly Berkman plans to keep playing in 2012, but the big question is…

  13. The crafty lefty hall of fame

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Tommy John

    Joe Posnanski writes a lot of great, deep things. But it’s often his simplest observations that are the best.  Like this one: And so, in Mike Flanagan’s honor, I’ve come up with the Crafty Lefty Hall of Fame. To find my first Crafty Lefty class, I came up with what I consider the quintessential Crafty…

  14. Where’s the MVP love for reigning winner Joey Votto?

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    votto-110808

    Joey Votto is the reigning NL MVP and his performance this season is remarkably similar to last year’s award-winning production, yet I’ve rarely seen him touted as a leading candidate this time around. Last year Votto hit .324 with 37 homers, 113 RBIs, 105 runs, and a league-leading 1.024 OPS. This year Votto is on…

  15. What’s the point of the waiver trade deadline?

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Kevin Kouzmanoff Getty

    We post on random waiver deals and waiver deal rumors, but our hearts aren’t really in it because it’s all rather silly.  Yes, it matters when a trade is made, but if I had to bet the lives of my children on anything in this world it would be that the “Player X claimed by…

  16. Nationals’ interest in B.J. Upton has cooled somewhat

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    B.J. Upton was among the many center fielders consistently linked to the Nationals at the trade deadline and the Rays placed him on revocable waivers yesterday, potentially setting up a trade. However, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post “some Nationals scouts are lukewarm on him, especially at the plate” and “there’s healthy debate…

  17. Davey Johnson could very well be the Nats manager in 2012

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    When Davey Johnson was hired following the resignation of Jim Riggleman, it was thought to be a temporary gig.  With comparisons to Jack McKeon, the story was that Johnson, already on the payroll, would be the 2011 caretaker and that this fall and winter Mike Rizzo would find the guy to lead the Nationals into…

  18. Ozzie Guillen on Peter Bourjos: “I’ve never seen a white man that can run that fast”

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Peter Bourjos

    Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos has been one of the most underrated players in baseball this season, combining exceptional defense with surprisingly strong hitting to rank 11th among AL position players in Wins Above Replacement. Ozzie Guillen came to appreciate Bourjos after the Angels swept a two-game series against the White Sox this week, heaping…

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

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    The Question

    Time for the weekly Twitterbag. Which, when I put out the call for questions last night, I did so thusly: Twitter questions for HBT. This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we’ll be lucky to live through it. Go! So, predictably, among my first few “questions” were “One…

  20. Moneyball at Wrigley? Billy Beane “might consider” Cubs offer

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Billy Beane

    Brian Cashman, Andrew Friedman, and Ned Colletti aren’t the only current general managers being linked to the Cubs’ opening, with Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writing that Billy Beane “might consider an offer if the Cubs do approach him about their GM vacancy.” Beane nearly became the Red Sox’s general manager in 2002,…

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