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  1. Humberto Quintero locked out of hotel after murder in Memphis

    Jul 4, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT

    Humberto Quintero

    Humberto Quintero, who is on a rehab stint with Triple-A Oklahoma City as he makes his way back from a sprained ankle, was forced to change hotels Sunday after an incident in Memphis in which a police officer and other person was killed. Quintero was the only member of the RedHawks still staying at the…

  2. Dodgers option Dee Gordon to Triple-A Albuquerque

    Jul 4, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Dee Gordon was given a brief reprieve yesterday when Casey Blake was placed on the disabled list with an arthritic condition in his neck, but Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers sent the speedy shortstop back to Triple-A Albuquerque today. Rafael Furcal started at shortstop in his return from an oblique injury yesterday and…

  3. Report: Mets shop Francisco Rodriguez to Yankees

    Jul 4, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Francisco Rodriguez, who threw two scoreless innings to pick up the win in relief when the Mets beat the Yankees in 10 innings Sunday, is being pitched to the Bombers, reports Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record. Klapisch tweets that the Yankees are only “marginally interested” in Rodriguez and that they’d prefer to wait until Rafael…

  4. Phillies pitching coach doesn’t want Roy Halladay starting All-Star Game

    Jul 4, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    The way it works in All-Star Games these days is that the starting pitcher throws two innings, while everyone else throws one at the max.  For that reason, Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee doesn’t want to see Roy Halladay start for the NL squad. As Dubee told the Philadelphia Inquirer: You’re looking at a guy…

  5. Grant Balfour expected to rejoin A’s bullpen Thursday

    Jul 4, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Balfour_Grant

    Assuming his rehab outing at Triple-A goes well tomorrow night Grant Balfour is expected to come off the disabled list Thursday, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com Balfour has been out for the past two weeks with a strained oblique muscle, but reported no problems following a bullpen session yesterday and told Lee: “I want…

  6. The Mets sign Miguel Batista

    Jul 4, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Miguel Batista

    He’s close to free, and given that he’s a big fancy author, he may add some color to the clubhouse, but given that Miguel Batista was averaging 5.83 walks and 15.43 base runners per nine innings when the Cardinals let him go, I’m not going to get too excited about the Mets signing the veteran to a minor…

  7. Derek Jeter back from DL and leading off for Yankees

    Jul 4, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Oakland Athletics

    As expected, the Yankees have activated Derek Jeter from the disabled list for tonight’s game against the Indians and he’s back in the lineup as the leadoff hitter. Not only is his .324 on-base percentage the worst of Jeter’s career, it’s the lowest OBP among the nine Yankees hitters with at least 150 plate appearances…

  8. Get this: Albert Pujols could come back as early as tomorrow night

    Jul 4, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Because he’s apparently some kind of super hero, the injury that was supposed to keep him out of action for a minimum of six weeks doesn’t seem to be bothering Albert Pujols all that much anymore, to the point where he may come back early.  We knew that already. But if he had his druthers,…

  9. Tweet(s) of the Day: Ozzie Guillen really likes “Cake Boss”

    Jul 4, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    cake boss

    Ozzie Guillen just posted three consecutive tweets expressing his love for the TLC reality show Cake Boss: Cake boss u are the man omg I have to meet this guy. Buddy you are out this world so awesome This a real reality show Cake boss bad ass If you’re not familiar, Cake Boss is a…

  10. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jul 4, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay, Carlos Ruiz

    The Phillies tightened their grip on the top spot by taking two of three from the Red Sox. What else that could have shifted the fundamental balance of power in the baseball universe went down in the last week? As always, last week’s rankings are in parenthesis. Thought about going with those fancy-looking bracket things once…

  11. John Lackey rocked again as ERA rises to 7.34

    Jul 4, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox

    Last week John Lackey denied speculation that he may need Tommy John elbow surgery and then tossed 7.2 innings of two-run ball against the Phillies, but the Red Sox right-hander was back to his old tricks this afternoon. Lackey failed to make it out of the third inning versus the Blue Jays, coughing up seven…

  12. Who has bigger forearms? Jose Canseco or Steve Garvey?

    Jul 4, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    Gun Show

    Probably the most pathetic headline I’ve ever written at HBT, but I don’t care. I really want to know the answer to this. Last night, following the Dodgers-Angels game, there was a charity old timers home run derby thing, the purpose of which was to raise money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research.  Good cause! I…

  13. AL wins interleague play for eighth consecutive season, but just barely

    Jul 4, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    interleague play logo

    For the eighth season in a row the American League has topped the National League during interleague play, but it was a lot closer than most of those years. With a record of 131-121 the AL had a winning percentage of .520, which is their lowest interleague mark since 2004: YEAR ALW% 2011 .520 2010…

  14. Josh Holden: from prospect to soldier

    Jul 4, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Josh Holden

    Good story in the New York Times this morning about Josh Holden, a West Point graduate-turned Cincinnati Reds farmhand.  His baseball race was run as of 2008, so he went back to fulfill his five-year commitment to Uncle Sam. As is often the case with stories about servicemen, one is struck by the subject’s positive attitude…

  15. Placido Polanco on struggling with back injury, leg numbness: “It doesn’t feel right”

    Jul 4, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Placido Polanco on bases

    Placido Polanco was voted into the All-Star game as a starter yesterday despite a modest .681 OPS that ranks 59th among NL hitters and the third baseman admitted to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he’s been playing through a back injury: I hate to use excuses, but it doesn’t feel good. It doesn’t…

  16. “Life, like baseball, is a series of tragedies separated by times of sheer joy”

    Jul 4, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    George Steinbrenner thumbs up

    Normally when you hear about ALS, Yankee Stadium and the Fourth of July, you think of Lou Gehrig’s “luckiest man on the face of the Earth” speech.  And you should remember it because it’s one of baseball’s defining moments. But former commissioner Fay Vincent has a piece over at Fox News.com today with a different…

  17. All-Star selections: Everyone was snubbed!

    Jul 4, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    life if not fair rabbits

    Every year the baseball world goes nuts arguing about who was “snubbed” by the All-Star selection process and every year within 24 hours of the All-Star game ending no one cares or remembers. This year Andrew McCutchen, Paul Konerko, and CC Sabathia seem to be the highest-profile cause de celebre, with tons of real and…

  18. Ryan Zimmerman scratched due to abdominal tenderness

    Jul 4, 2011, 11:12 AM EDT

    zimmerman bats

    Oh, it may be weary. Them abdomens, they do get wearied. Wearing that same old ace bandage dressing.  But when it gets weary, try a little tenderness, yeah, yeah … What? It’s a holiday. You want some actual hardcore analysis, or do you want Otis Redding references? And before you answer that, remember, you’re not…

  19. Tony La Russa on Albert Pujols’ rehab assignment: “He doesn’t need it”

    Jul 4, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v St. Louis Cardinals

    Not only are the Cardinals hoping Albert Pujols will be able to come back from a fractured wrist shortly after the All-Star break instead of the initial August return timetable, manager Tony La Russa said yesterday that they expect him to rejoin the lineup without even requiring a minor-league rehab assignment. “He doesn’t need it,”…

  20. The Mets might make a big offer to Jose Reyes

    Jul 4, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Mets

    Think the Mets are just gonna let Jose Reyes walk? Or maybe even trade him?  Maybe not. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports this morning that Sandy Alderson is “leaning strongly toward authorizing a substantial offer” to Reyes. Reyes is hitting .354/.398/.529 this year and, recent hamstring tweak notwithstanding, has completely changed everyone’s impression…

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