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  1. Now the Red Sox are asking about Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jul 19, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    1985 Corvette

    For those of you who don’t watch the HBT Daily videos, I made an analogy in this morning’s edition that I think explains the Ubaldo Jimenez trade rumors pretty well. My dad had a 1985 Corvette once upon a time.  He really dug that car. Low mileage. No problems with it.  Once in a while,…

  2. Dodgers release outfielder Marcus Thames

    Jul 19, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    As expected, the Dodgers have officially released Marcus Thames after designating him for assignment last week to make room on the roster for Juan Rivera. Thames was already a very limited player even when healthy and a strained calf kept him from being able to consistently play left field for the Dodgers, which along with…

  3. A dearth of black ballplayers, a dearth of black fans

    Jul 19, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    I missed this story from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram over the weekend, but a bunch of blogs are picking it up today. It’s about the relative dearth of black ballplayers compared to years past, what is driving it and the effect it has on the fewer black ballplayers who are in the game today. We’ve…

  4. Rays promote stud pitching prospect Matt Moore to Triple-A

    Jul 19, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Tampa Bay has promoted Matt Moore to Triple-A, putting the stud prospect one step from the majors at age 22. Moore, who ranked 15th on Baseball America‘s preseason list of the MLB’s top prospects and moved up to the No. 3 spot on their midseason revision, had a 2.20 ERA and 131/28 K/BB ratio in…

  5. Ike Davis tells summer campers he’s probably done for the season

    Jul 19, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Last official word we heard about Mets first baseman Ike Davis, he was getting a cortisone shot, getting an MRI and waiting for some improvement on his ankle.  If it didn’t improve:  season-ending surgery. Well, this is far from official word, but apparently Davis is pessimistic: he told a bunch of summer campers that his…

  6. Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran get healthy, rejoin Mets’ lineup

    Jul 19, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Mets

    David Wright is still on the disabled list, but Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran are both back in the Mets’ lineup tonight. They haven’t been in the same lineup together since July 2, when Reyes injured his hamstring. Beltran has missed the past three games with flu-like symptoms. Both players are impending free agents having…

  7. Which GMs are on the hot seat?

    Jul 19, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal complies a list of the general managers who may be on the move after this season, be it by their own volition or via defenestration (figuratively speaking, with the possible exception of Jim Hendry, who could literally be defenestrated). I can’t disagree with most of his list. I think Hendry has to go because…

  8. Phillies activate Shane Victorino from disabled list

    Jul 19, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Shane Victorino has been activated from the disabled list after missing two weeks with a sprained right thumb. Victorino went 5-for-15 (.333) with a homer during a brief rehab assignment and will be in the starting lineup tonight against the Cubs, with Pete Orr heading back to Triple-A to make room for him on the…

  9. The Rangers are going to raise the rails in front of all seating areas

    Jul 19, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Rangers Ballpark

    According to Evidence Rule 407, subsequent remedial measures are not admissible in order to prove liability for an accident.  But they sure are interesting outside of the context of litigation: The Texas Rangers have taken the first steps toward making their ballpark safer following the death of a fan during a recent game. The club announced…

  10. Giants catchers have hit .222 since Buster Posey went down

    Jul 19, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

    Scott Cousins, Buster Posey

    In researching yet another aspect of the Dodgers’ ineptitude Eric Stephen of True Blue LA stumbled across an interesting stat about the Giants, noting that San Francisco catchers have hit just .222 with a .647 OPS since Buster Posey‘s season-ending ankle injury. At the time of the injury Posey was hitting .284 with a .756…

  11. The Blue Jays will retire Roberto Alomar’s number

    Jul 19, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Roberto Alomar Jays

    I was kind of surprised when I read that the Blue Jays had not retired anyone’s number apart from the league-wide 42 for Jackie Robinson. Then I thought about it and realized that there really hasn’t been any strong candidate for the honor. Dave Stieb, maybe?  Hey, we all love the guy, but he doesn’t…

  12. Reds GM says “there is no timetable” for Edinson Volquez’s return from minors

    Jul 19, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    volquez getty

    Edinson Volquez was demoted to Triple-A two weeks ago and yesterday general manager Walt Jocketty told Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer that “there is no timetable” for his return to the Reds. Through two starts at Triple-A he has an 8/5 K/BB ratio in 12 innings and Volquez allowed five runs in six innings…

  13. The Phillies have inquired about Leo Nunez

    Jul 19, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    If you’ve been reading all the best websites, you know that the Phillies want both a reliever and a bat.  As far as the reliever goes, Jerry Crasnick reports that the Phillies have spoken with the Marlins about Leo Nunez. He of the 1.19 WHIP and 27 saves in 30 opportunities. Crasnick says that the Marlins…

  14. Nolan Ryan treated for heart condition, released from hospital

    Jul 19, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Nolan Ryan has been released from a Houston hospital after spending two days being treated for the recurrence of a heart condition. According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas tests revealed no new problems and the 64-year-old Hall of Famer will continue to be treated with medication. Ryan, who had double bypass surgery in 2000,…

  15. Will the Sox try to keep Jonathan Papelbon?

    Jul 19, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    It’s all just talk, not news, but over at the Providence Journal Brian MacPherson speculates that the Red Sox and Jonathan Papelbon may very well be together beyond 2011. His thinking: there are a lot of relief pitchers who will be available this winter, which could depress Papelbon’s asking price on the open market. At…

  16. Carlos Marmol (wildly) returns to mound in non-closer role

    Jul 19, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Chicago Cubs

    Stripped of closing duties last week following back-to-back ugly appearances, Carlos Marmol returned to the mound last night and successfully pitched the ninth inning of a 6-1 victory for the Cubs. However, it wasn’t exactly a flawless appearance, as Marmol walked two of the five batters he faced and threw just 15 of 29 pitches…

  17. Dustin Pedroia hitting .383 with 1.177 OPS in last 35 games

    Jul 19, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz

    Dustin Pedroia delivered the marathon-deciding hit in Sunday night’s exhausting 1-0 victory over the Rays and then came back yesterday with another game-winning hit against the Orioles, continuing an incredible run for the Red Sox second baseman. Pedroia’s season totals are arguably the best of his career, but his outstanding overall numbers include a modest…

  18. Who in their right mind would offer Carlos Beltran arbitration?

    Jul 19, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    beltran getty wide

    Look, I’m not going to pretend that I’m anywhere near the most knowledgeable dude on the planet when it comes to transactions, but I don’t get something that Buster Olney has been going on about for the past couple of days.  Short version: his belief that Carlos Beltan’s contract clause that prevents teams from offering…

  19. Orioles could make dominant setup man Koji Uehara available

    Jul 19, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    koji-uehara-orioles

    Baltimore took care of one potential free agent-to-be by signing shortstop J.J. Hardy to a three-year, $22.5 million extension, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun speculates that the Orioles will be shopping setup man Koji Uehara leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Uehara has around $1 million remaining on this year’s contract…

  20. Sunday is Hall of Fame Induction Day

    Jul 19, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    blyleven

    Hall of Fame Induction Day always sneaks up on me. I rarely read or hear about it until the week leading up to it.  Which, in today’s media environment is kind of strange when you think about it. But it has done it again: Hall of Fame Induction Day is this Sunday. For those who…

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