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  1. Darin Erstad is the new head baseball coach at Nebraska

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    darin erstad nebraska

    Darin Erstad, who played baseball and football at the University of Nebraska before the Angels made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 1995 draft, will soon be named the Cornhuskers’ new head baseball coach, according to Aaron Fitt of Baseball America. Erstad is just 36 years old and only two years removed from…

  2. First-third awards: 2011 NL MVP

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder

    Now we’re on to the MVP awards. I’ll start with the more controversial of the two. Here are the league’s OPS leaders to date: 1.044 – Lance Berkman (OF STL): .329/.449/.595, 11 HR, 36 RBI, 0 SB in 158 AB 1.001 – Joey Votto (1B CIN): .338/.468/.532, 7 HR, 32 RBI, 4 SB in 201…

  3. Everything you ever wanted to know about the weather at Petco Park but were afraid to ask

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Petco Park

    I’m not a weather geek, buy my old man worked for the National Weather Service for 40 years, so I can speak their language.  And I’ve only been to San Diego a couple of times, but my brother lives there, so I can speak that language a little bit too.  So, of course, when there…

  4. Phil Hughes throws simulated inning, nears rehab assignment

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

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    Pitching coach Larry Rothschild was the only batter and he never actually took a swing, but technically Phil Hughes threw about 50 pitches in a simulated outing yesterday. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Hughes will face real hitters taking actual swings when he throws batting practice Saturday, at which point the…

  5. HBT Daily: Answering some Twitter questions

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    And now those questions that did make the cut, including one led me to answer with a bleeped profanity for the first time ever!

  6. Major League Baseball to end its investigation into Dodgers finances one week after next payroll comes due

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Why is it that I have this feeling that MLB would have ended its investigation into Dodgers finances this week had Frank McCourt not managed to make payroll on May 31st? Anyway, here’s Shaikin: The commissioner’s office hopes to conclude its investigation into the Dodgers’ finances by June 22, a person familiar with the matter said…

  7. Must-click link: Rocco Baldelli, scout

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com has an excellent article about Rocco Baldelli, who’s quickly becoming one of the Rays’ top scouts after health problems ended his playing career at age 28: Crasnick: Rocco Baldelli’s new role Tampa Bay remarkably has 12 of the first 89 picks in the draft, so Baldelli’s reports on high school and…

  8. Will the Mariners cap Michael Pineda’s innings?

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Buster Olney raises that question this morning, noting that Mariners’ rookie Michael Pineda has thrown 70 innings so far this year and that, before this year, his high was 139.1.  The question he asks is whether the Mariners might cap his innings at some transitional step up — like, say, 170 innings — so as…

  9. Jose Reyes returns to Mets after three-day bereavement leave

    Jun 2, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    Jose Reyes is back with the Mets after spending three days on bereavement leave following his grandmother’s death. He’ll be in the lineup for this afternoon’s game against the Pirates, with the Mets placing Taylor Buchholz on the disabled list to make room on the roster. Even after missing three games Reyes leads the league…

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

    Jun 2, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    The Question

    The video version is coming later — you’ll want to watch it because I drop some Mormon theology on you, brotha — but for now, here are the ones that didn’t make the video cut: Q: Bruins or Canucks? Charlestown Chiefs. I’m pretty big into the Federal League. Q: On the hipster scale, how much more…

  11. MLB bans Jim Joyce from umpiring games involving Armando Galarraga’s team

    Jun 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Joyce Galarraga shaking hands

    It’s a moot point for now after the Diamondbacks demoted Armando Galarraga to Triple-A, but Amy K. Nelson of ESPN.com reports that MLB has banned Jim Joyce from umpiring “any series in which Galarraga’s team plays.” Joyce’s botched call ruining Galarraga’s perfect game last season forever linked them in history and they’ve since become business…

  12. Let’s watch Terry Collins’ post-game rant

    Jun 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Earlier we talked about it. Now let’s watch it!

  13. Phillies to get Shane Victorino back from disabled list Friday

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Out since mid-May with a hamstring injury, Shane Victorino is expected to return from the disabled list in time for tomorrow’s game, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Victorino went just 2-for-13 (.154) in four minor-league rehab games at Single-A and Double-A, getting thrown out on his only stolen base attempt, but homered…

  14. Josh Hamilton is trying to quit the dip

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Josh Hamilton is trying to drop a nasty habit: Josh Hamilton made a decision early Wednesday morning before he arrived at Tropicana Field. He is trying to quit using smokeless tobacco. “Today is the first day,” Hamilton said before the Rangers’ series finale with the Rays. “The Holy Spirit … I kept waking up last…

  15. Kevin Millwood struggles in first Triple-A start for Red Sox

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kevin Millwood

    Kevin Millwood’s chances of being called up by the Red Sox improved with the news that Daisuke Matszuaka will likely undergo season-ending elbow surgery, but the veteran right-hander couldn’t make it out of the third inning last night in his first Triple-A start for Boston. Millwood, who signed a minor-league deal with the Red Sox…

  16. Loving Sterling and Waldman

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Sterling Waldman

    From the Wall Street Journal: How I learned to stop worrying and love John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman: … for sheer radio listening pleasure for the casual fan, I don’t think anybody beats the Sterling-Waldman duo. Their style is conversational rather than testosterone-crazed; it’s almost overheard, as if you were eavesdropping on their tête-à-tête from…

  17. The Giants produce an “It gets better” video

    Jun 2, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    It Gets Better.bmp

    For those unaware, the “It Gets Better” Project is an Internet-based initiative designed to reach out to kids who are being bullied because they’re gay or because they’re perceived to be so. The idea: for adults to convey to kids that, no matter how bad things may be at the moment, things do get better at…

  18. A-Rod’s PED-implicated cousin is still travelling with him on road trips

    Jun 2, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

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    The Daily News reports today that Yuri Sucart, Alex Rodriguez‘s cousin, who was said to be A-Rod’s drug mule back when he was taking PEDs, is travelling with him on the Yankees’ current road trip.  They report that he’s made several trips with A-Rod in the past couple of years despite the fact that he…

  19. Terry Collins blows up after Mets loss

    Jun 2, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    I had this headline coming in August, not June, but hey, the early bird gets the rage-induced aneurysm. This is less notable for what Collins actually said than because it is, by far, the biggest Mets managerial outburst since that time last year when Jerry Manuel put down the book he was reading, readjusted his…

  20. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    Jun 2, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    hangover breakfast

    What you missed while watching the Stanley Cup Final. You were watching the Stanley Cup Final, right?

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