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  1. HBT Daily: Answering your Twitter questions

    Jun 16, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Earlier today we handled all the geeky ones. This time, the non-geeky. Mostly.

  2. Hanley Ramirez on manager Edwin Rodriguez: “I’ve got his back till the death, man”

    Jun 16, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

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    Edwin Rodriguez is starting to feel some heat with the Marlins tied for last place in the NL East at 32-36 after losing 13 of 14 games to begin June, but today Hanley Ramirez made it very clear that he’s in the manager’s corner. Ramirez, who just returned from a stint on the disabled list…

  3. Jim Hendry gets the dreaded vote of confidence

    Jun 16, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Hey Tom Rickketts! What do you think of the general manager who put together this abomination of a Cubs roster? Ricketts said he has “100 percent confidence” in Jim Hendry, though he didn’t quite guarantee that the general manager will finish out the final year of his contract through the 2012 season. “We’ll see what the…

  4. Rich Harden is between injuries again

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Rich Harden threw 40 pitches in a simulated game yesterday and afterward manager Bob Melvin told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that the oft-injured right-hander “looks terrific to me.” In fairness to Melvin, he’s new in Oakland and hasn’t been through the usual routine with Harden and his never-ending injuries. Slusser reports that…

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

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    The Question

    Warning: this week’s entry is extra long and embarrassingly geeky.

  6. A.J. Pierzynski blames Gavin Floyd after White Sox allow five steals in loss

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Last night the Twins ran wild on the White Sox, stealing five bases in five attempts, and after the loss catcher A.J. Pierzynski put most of the blame on pitcher Gavin Floyd: We all know where we stand with the running game when Gavin is out there. Everyone knows where we stand, and it’s just…

  7. Chris Snyder and wife victims of a road rage incident

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    This is kinda freaky: Pirates catcher Chris Snyder, his wife and his kids were in the car yesterday. Snyder just had back surgery last week and his wife was driving. She apparently cut off a guy on a scooter — or at least the guy on the scooter thought so — so he followed them…

  8. Brandon Lyon back on the disabled list, may need surgery

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Brandon Lyon spent a month on the disabled list with a partially torn rotator cuff, returned last week to allow three homers and a total of eight runs in three appearances, and has been placed back on the DL. And he might be done for the season, as Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports…

  9. Baseball’s investigation into the Dodgers goes beyond finances

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Bill Shaikin reports today that, while Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Dodgers was initially intended to focus on team finances, it has expanded into matters pertaining to security at Dodger Stadium and interviews of former team executives. The security angle interests me the most in light of the lawsuit brought by the family of…

  10. Rafael Soriano transferred to 60-day disabled list and “advised to rest until next week”

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano did some throwing Tuesday, but afterward the Yankees decided that the rehabbing right-hander is not ready to progress any further in his recovery from elbow inflammation. Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Soriano has been “advised to rest until next week” and manager Joe Girardi explained that “if we felt it was 100…

  11. Play of the day: by a fan with a hat

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Reed Johnson hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning of last night’s Cubs-Brewers game.  It was a nice homer. Should have gone out on Waveland Avenue. But this fan and his hat had other ideas. That’s serious hat-savvy. Especially considering that, based on where the fan was sitting, he was probably a good three…

  12. Jorge Posada could very well catch

    Jun 16, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

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    The talk going in to the season was that Jorge Posada‘s days as a catcher were over. The Yankees have stayed true to that plan too, as he has not donned the tools of ignorance since spring training. But before yesterday’s game, Joe Girardi conceded that, yes, Posada is the team’s “emergency catcher.” Which normally…

  13. What in the hell are “OPSBIs”?

    Jun 16, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

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    Fact: two Major League Baseball teams gave Jim Bowden the keys to the entirety of their baseball operations.  Just thought you should remember that when you read one of the ways in which he likes to evaluate players: I get asked all the time which two or three common statistics I would pick to evaluate…

  14. The Mariners finally call up Dustin Ackley

    Jun 16, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

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    May 17th: Mariners could soon give Dustin Ackley a shot; June 14th: Mariners on the verge of calling up Dustin Ackley; Today: he’s up, called up from Tacoma. Ackley was hitting .300 and getting on base at a .418 clip through 326 plate appearances, and adding some power (.487 SLG) to boot.  His not being promoted before…

  15. Must-click link: “We are alive and we get to enjoy Jose Reyes playing baseball”

    Jun 16, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

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    It’s so easy, when you read and write a lot about baseball as opposed to merely watch it from time to time,  to get caught up in the business of baseball. The trade and free agency dynamics. The artificial or semi-artificial storylines that are created about what happens on and off the field. To think…

  16. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 16, 2011, 5:54 AM EDT

    Mal Reynolds

    I’m gonna be honest here: I didn’t want any games last night. Instead I watched “Serenity,” which seemed necessary after finishing up the entire 14-episode run of “Firefly” on the treadmill over the past couple of weeks.  The verdict: not bad, but I liked the series better. As “Star Trek: The Next Generation” showed, when…

  17. Joe Nathan likely headed for minor league rehab assignment

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:24 PM EDT

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    According to MLB.com beat writers Rhett Bollinger and Jordan Schelling, right-hander Joe Nathan told reporters in Fort Myers, Florida on Wednesday that he is ready to return to the major leagues. Nathan has been building the strength of his arm with semi-daily throwing sessions since the beginning of June and even tossed a live batting…

  18. Josh Beckett’s one-hitter gets Red Sox back into win column

    Jun 15, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

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    Already one of the AL’s Cy Young favorites, Josh Beckett had his best start yet in 2011 on Wednesday night, throwing a one-hitter as Boston beat Tampa Bay 3-0. The Rays’ lone hit was a Reid Brignac single in the third.  Beckett retired the other 27 hitters he faced, striking out six of them. It…

  19. Mitt Romney, Red Sox fan, didn’t know the Rays have a dome

    Jun 15, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT

    Former Massachusetts Governor Romney reacts during first New Hampshire debate of the 2012 campaign at St. Anselms College in Manchester

    Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is hosting a fund raiser in downtown Tampa, Florida on Thursday and decided to kill some time by taking in the Red Sox vs. Rays game Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. The former Massachusetts governor and self-proclaimed Red Sox fan told reporters that he didn’t want any political questions for the…

  20. Tom Gorzelanny cleared to return Sunday vs. Orioles

    Jun 15, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

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    According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington’s “Nats Insider,” left-hander Tom Gorzelanny has been cleared to return from the disabled list on Sunday for an interleague start against the Orioles. Gorzelanny has been sidelined since the last week of May with inflammation in his throwing shoulder. He was shelled for five hits and four earned…

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