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  1. HBT Daily: What was Fred Wilpon thinking?

    May 23, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Matt and I discuss the Fred Wilpon thing. The answer to that question, though: he wasn’t thinking.

  2. Joe Blanton taking injured elbow to Dr. James Andrews

    May 23, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

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    Scratched from his Thursday start and placed on the disabled list with the same elbow problems that shelved him earlier this season, Joe Blanton will now get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. Meeting with Dr. Andrews is never a good thing for a pitcher and beyond that Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer…

  3. The Reds send Edinson Volquez down to AAA

    May 23, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Aaron wrote this morning how Edinson Volquez‘s arm and his mouth are doing the Reds no favors.  Well, the Reds just did something to take care of that:  they sent Volquez down to Louisville. Not exactly the fate one would expect for the Opening Day starter of the defending NL Central champs, but he is…

  4. Chase Utley batting second in return to Phillies’ lineup

    May 23, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Chase Utley is back from the disabled list after missing the first 46 games with a knee injury and he’s hitting second in the Phillies’ lineup tonight against right-hander Bronson Arroyo and the Reds. Utley has hit third for most of his career but does have 168 career starts in the No. 2 spot, including…

  5. An ambidextrous pitcher is turning some heads

    May 23, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

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    There’s a story over at ESPN Chicago today about Ryan Perez, a pitching prospect who happens to pitch both right-handed and left-handed. At least one scout is saying he’s the real deal: “He can really pitch. He’s a crafty, crafty guy. It’s not like he’s just hitting 82. I’ve seen him in a tryout camp…

  6. Adam Dunn is 0-for-30 against left-handed pitchers this year

    May 23, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Like most left-handed hitters Adam Dunn has been much weaker versus left-handed pitchers throughout his career, but he has still been an asset against southpaws with an .810 OPS that is, for instance, higher than the overall career OPS of guys like Ichiro Suzuki, Ivan Rodriguez, Michael Young, Vernon Wells, Miguel Tejada, Adrian Beltre, and…

  7. Boras: “These statements are not indicative of the Fred Wilpon I know”

    May 23, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Boras thinking

    David Wright took the high road in response to Fred Wilpon’s comments in The New Yorker. Now Carlos Beltran‘s agent — the inimitable Scott Boras — offers a somewhat more pointed, but still far from angry response: “These statements are not indicative of the Fred Wilpon I know … If you’re a member of a…

  8. Pablo Sandoval “on pace to return in about two weeks”

    May 23, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Bruce Bochy shared some good news about Pablo Sandoval‘s recovery from a fractured hamate bone, telling Adam Berry of MLB.com that the third baseman has begun fielding ground balls and taking light batting practice. According to Bochy he could be ready to come off the disabled list in two weeks, which would be at the…

  9. A far more interesting Power Rankings than HBT’s

    May 23, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    Pierzynski_A.J.

    I think I do at least a serviceable job with the Power Rankings each week, but mine really pale compared to what Grant Bisbee has been doing over at SB Nation. This week: he ranks the teams based on the most annoying player on their roster.  At number one, the White Sox, who employ the…

  10. What’s wrong with Albert Pujols?

    May 23, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

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    The 2011 Cardinals are off to a fine start. They’ve scored more runs than any other team in baseball and feature an 11th-ranked 3.52 staff ERA, which has been inflated all year by poor bullpen work. Matt Holliday is putting together an MVP-like season with a .996 OPS, seven home runs and 31 RBI in…

  11. Reds calling up prospect Todd Frazier from Triple-A

    May 23, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

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    No official move has been announced yet, but John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds will call up prospect Todd Frazier in time for tonight’s game. Frazier, who ranked as one of Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects in 2009 and 2010, has hit .294 with 11 homers and a .949 OPS in…

  12. The Phillies signed Scott Podsednik to a minor league deal

    May 23, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    podsednik reuters

    Not the biggest thing in the world, but if the release of Scott Podsednik is big enough for us to comment on, I suppose his signing — by a contender no less — is big enough too. This move is clearly about insurance for the Phillies, as Shane Victorino is hurt and Charlie Manuel has…

  13. Revenge of the xFIP: James Shields racks up 13 strikeouts in three-hit shutout

    May 23, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

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    He didn’t join Francisco Liriano and Justin Verlander in throwing a no-hitter, but James Shields may have turned in the most impressive start of the season yesterday by striking out 13 and walking just one in a three-hit shutout of the Marlins. Based on “Game Score” it was the best start of the season, rating…

  14. David Wright takes the high road in response to the Wilpon comments

    May 23, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

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    The Mets are off today, so there doesn’t necessarily have to be a meet-the-press moment for the main players in Fred Wilpon-a-palooza until another day of the news cycle has passed. But at least one of the players called out by Fred Wilpon in the New Yorker profile — David Wright — has responded. And…

  15. Jose Canseco loves Lady Gaga and “would marry her in a second”

    May 23, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    In the surest sign yet that he’s gone crazy, Jose Canseco took to Twitter yesterday and wrote that he’d marry Lady Gaga “in a second.” Here’s more late-night tweeting from Canseco: I love lady gaga wish I could meet her .would marry her in a second Lady gaga is the truth get use to it…

  16. Moose Skowron has lung cancer

    May 23, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

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    Bad news about former (mostly) Yankees first baseman Bill “Moose” Skowron: “He collapsed into my arms,” said oldest son Greg, a trucking executive in the Phoenix area. “We were leaving a spring game around the fifth inning, which was unusual for him. Then he turned down an autograph request, which I’d never seen him do…

  17. Kevin Slowey and the Twins are moving toward a trade

    May 23, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kevin Slowey

    Kevin Slowey and the Twins have been heading in this direction since they demoted him to the bullpen during spring training despite a 4.42 ERA in 82 career starts and now LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that a trade may be in the works. According to Neal the Twins are…

  18. Baseball parks and the sound of silence

    May 23, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    Old Fenway

    Nick Carfado writes in the Globe about how the Red Sox turned off the sound system for a couple of innings during their throwback game with the Cubs, killing the music and the PA and the big flashing video board.  Carfado likes it. And to be honest, I think I’d like it too. But he also…

  19. Edinson Volquez gives up seven runs, points finger at Reds’ offense

    May 23, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Volquez reacts after giving up a run to the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning in Game 1 of the MLB National League Division Series baseball playoffs in Philadelphia

    Edinson Volquez was knocked around by the Indians yesterday, allowing seven runs while failing to make it out the third inning as his ERA rose to 6.35. He’s struggled all season with 38 walks and nine homers allowed in 51 innings, but what made yesterday’s ugly outing different than his previous ugly outings is that…

  20. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    May 23, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera, Orlando Cabrera

    Ohio reigns supreme at the top of the Power Rankings for the third consecutive week.

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