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  1. Ricky Romero still can’t solve the Red Sox

    Jul 6, 2011, 8:56 PM EDT

    Ricky Romero

    Toronto left-hander Ricky Romero has been one of the AL’s best pitchers over the last year and a half… except when he’s facing Boston. Romero just gave up six runs over 4 1/3 innings in his start against the Red Sox tonight.  He’s faced them twice this year and allowed 11 runs over 9 1/3 innings. Assuming…

  2. Eduardo Sanchez to be activated right after All-Star break

    Jul 6, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

    Eduardo Sanchez, Gerald Laird

    The Cardinals continue to get healthier. According to MLB.com beat writer and columnist Matthew Leach, rehabbing setup man Eduardo Sanchez is on track to return from the disabled list “for the first game” after the All-Star break. Sanchez started a throwing program at the beginning of July and will head out on a minor league…

  3. Carl Crawford expected to return around July 18

    Jul 6, 2011, 7:53 PM EDT

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    According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that left fielder Carl Crawford is expected to return to the major leagues around July 18 for the opening of a three-game series in Baltimore. Crawford ran the bases on Tuesday and is probably going to be…

  4. Cubs finally open the wallet to spend in Latin America

    Jul 6, 2011, 7:17 PM EDT

    Cubs logo

    Maybe Starlin Castro‘s emergence has something to do with it, but after often sitting out the early-July spending spree in Latin America in recent years, the Cubs have invested in three significant prospects these last few days. The most notable of the bunch is 16-year-old shortstop Enrique Acosta, who received $1.1 million to sign out…

  5. Mariners call up surging Kyle Seager

    Jul 6, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    Kyle Seager - Bowman

    It looks like Chone Figgins is about to start spending a lot more time on the bench. The Mariners announced after Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to the Mariners that they’re promoting 2009 third-round pick Kyle Seager to the majors.  The University of North Carolina product had been on an absolute tear in his two weeks in…

  6. Derek Jeter’s 3,000 hits: the victims

    Jul 6, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter, Lou Marson

    It shouldn’t take anyone more than a couple of guesses to figure out which pitcher Derek Jeter has the most of his 3,000 hits against.  It is, of course, the one pitcher who has has been on a rival AL East team for the entire duration of Jeter’s career. Here are the 12 pitchers Jeter has…

  7. MLB claims McCourt was still trying to loot the team as recently as April

    Jul 6, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Major League Baseball filed a response to Frank McCourt’s motion from yesterday, claiming that McCourt is engaging in “harassment” and that his claims for various documents related to how Major League Baseball treated other teams with liquidity issues as irrelevant and frivolous. Overall, the league is clearly trying to keep Frank McCourt’s financial irresponsibility as the central…

  8. Ryan Braun’s MRI comes back clean

    Jul 6, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    An MRI on Ryan Braun’s injured left calf showed only inflammation, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports, and it’s possible the Brewers will have their left fielder back by Friday. Braun hasn’t played since Saturday because of a strained left calf, and the Brewers have been hurting without him, though they did snap a three-game losing streak…

  9. Albert Pujols returns to action

    Jul 6, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    A day after being activated — but seeing no playing time — Albert Pujols is back in the Cardinals’ lineup, batting third and playing first base. Whatever we can say about his quick recovery, if I were the opposition, I’d certainly want to test just how recovered he is.  I certainly wouldn’t want to hit…

  10. Dr. Anthony Galea, HGH smuggler, takes a plea deal

    Jul 6, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Anthony Galea

    You’ll recall Dr. Anthony Galea, the Canadian doctor who has been under indictment for smuggling HGH into the United States?  And who counts as his former patients Alex Rodriguez, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and Tiger Woods?  Well, he just reached a plea agreement with federal authorities.  The agreement calls for less-than-the-recommended jail time in exchange…

  11. Jon Lester goes on disabled list due to lat strain

    Jul 6, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jon Lester

    As anticipated from the moment the injury was announced. Jon Lester has been placed on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle suffered in the fourth inning of his start against the Blue Jays last night. Reliever Scott Atchison has been called up to take his place on the roster. Lester takes a 10-4…

  12. Kevin Youkilis is back in the lineup tonight

    Jul 6, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    Kevin Youkilis, who missed yesterday’s game after being plunked on Monday, is feeling better and is back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Jays. One hitch: he’s playing first base, filling in for Adrian Gonzalez, who is apparently just getting a day off. Query: why does Terry Francona give Gonzalez a day off now…

  13. Derek Jeter had better not go 4 for 4 tonight!

    Jul 6, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Cleveland Indians

    There was some random speculation that Joe Girardi would sit Derek Jeter in tonight’s game against the Indians. Partially to rest him but — tin foil hats on please — also to make sure that he doesn’t get his 3000th hit on the road by going 4 for 4 or better. Stop that. It could…

  14. HBT Daily: Can you smell what The Rock is cookin’?

    Jul 6, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

    Just watch it. You’ll understand. It won’t be that funny or anything, but you’ll understand.

  15. Twins need to find a role for sudden slugger Trevor Plouffe

    Jul 6, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    Trevor Plouffe

    2004 first-round pick Trevor Plouffe, long considered a disappointment by Twins fans, hit three homers and walked four times in a doubleheader for Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday. Despite spending almost all of May in the majors, he now has 15 homers in his 45 games for the Red Wings.  Overall, he’s hitting .308/.385/.663 in 169…

  16. Brandon Webb likely done for year, could need surgery

    Jul 6, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    webb wide getty

    Chalk up another lost season for Brandon Webb. The veteran right-hander hasn’t pitched in a major league game since Opening Day in 2009 due to chronic issues with his throwing shoulder and he’s no longer expected to break that streak here in 2011. According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, an MRI taken Wednesday on…

  17. Ryan Braun sent for MRI on nagging calf injury

    Jul 6, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    Ryan Braun was sent for an MRI on his nagging left calf injury today, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Braun has been sidelined since leaving Saturday’s game against the Twins. He was originally expected to return to the lineup last night, but felt more soreness after participating in batting practice. While there’s…

  18. Wade Boggs, David Cone could testify on Roger Clemens’ behalf

    Jul 6, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Wade Boggs Devil Rays

    While today has been touted as the beginning of the Roger Clemens trial, there really isn’t much going on until next week. Why? Jury selection mostly, which began today, is supposed to last several days thanks in part to an extensive questionnaire. Eh, it happens. More interesting to me is Rusty Hardin, Clemens’ terrible awful…

  19. Joe Mauer expected to debut at first base on Thursday

    Jul 6, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

    mauer with gold glove ap

    Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters on Wednesday, including Phil Mackey of ESPN 1500, that catcher Joe Mauer will make his major league debut at first base Thursday evening in the club’s series-opener against the White Sox. Drew Butera will take his regular turn catching Carl Pavano and Jim Thome will serve as the DH.…

  20. Evan Longoria admits to having nerve problem in foot

    Jul 6, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

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    Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, an accomplished .278/.357/.513 career hitter, has registered a lowly .221 batting average and .281 on-base percentage since the beginning of June. After another 0-for-4 performance in Tuesday’s loss to the Twins, Longoria may have revealed to reporters the primary cause for that extended slump. According to Marc Topkin of the…

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