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  1. Dustin Ackley already has quite an eye for the strike zone

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:05 AM EDT

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    In case you haven’t noticed, Dustin Ackley has been on quite a tear of late. The Seattle Mariners rookie, drafted No. 2 overall behind Stephen Strasburg in the 2009 draft, has a .315/.377/.559 line in 39 games since being called up from Class-AAA Tacoma. His OPS+ is 165, the fifth highest OPS+ ever for a…

  2. Stephen Strasburg to make rehab debut Sunday at Single-A

    Aug 4, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

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    As expected, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg made it through a side session Thursday in Viera, Florida and has been cleared to make his first minor league rehab start on Sunday with Single-A Hagerstown. This according to Adam Kilgore, beat writer for the Washington Post. Strasburg underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last September after beginning…

  3. Justin Morneau cleared for minor league rehab games

    Aug 4, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

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    From the Minnesota Twins’ official Twitter feed comes word that first baseman Justin Morneau has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Rochester. Morneau has been out of commission since undergoing surgery on his neck near the end of June. He’s also still regaining strength from the several months that…

  4. Johan Santana diagnosed with left shoulder fatigue

    Aug 4, 2011, 8:19 PM EDT

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    Mets left-hander Johan Santana was sent to New York earlier this week for a checkup exam after experiencing discomfort in his surgically-repaired shoulder following a three-inning rehab start. That exam took place today. And the results are pretty much what we expected them to be. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets’…

  5. Report: Yadier Molina, Gerald Laird fought last night

    Aug 4, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    Umpire Drake backs off, as Cardinals' Molina argues, and is restrained by Descalso at Miller Park in Milwaukee

    The Cardinals just dropped two of three to the Brewers in a crucial early-week series, falling 3 1/2 games back of Milwaukee in the National League Central standings. And now it appears that the Cards’ problems have spilled off the field. According to Craig Mish of SiriusXM, catchers Yadier Molina and Gerald Laird got into…

  6. Picture of the Day: Jordan Lyles got his first win and first pie

    Aug 4, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    It took 12 starts, but 20-year-old Astros rookie Jordan Lyles finally picked up his first big-league victory yesterday. And then he got his first big-league pie to the face:

  7. “Out: The Glenn Burke Story” to air on Versus on Tuesday

    Aug 4, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

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    We first wrote about the Glenn Burke documentary last year when it made its premiere on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.  Now it’s getting a national showing on Versus on Tuesday, August 9th at 10PM. For those unaware, Glenn Burke was the first and, as far as we know, the only gay player to be out of…

  8. No more delays: Blue Jays call up top prospect Brett Lawrie

    Aug 4, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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    Brett Lawrie was on the verge of being called up in May when a broken hand knocked him out for two months, but he’s hit .350 at Triple-A since returning in mid-July and today the Blue Jays officially added their top prospect to the roster. There are questions about whether Lawrie can stick at third…

  9. Yadier Molina suspended for five games for spittlepocalypse

    Aug 4, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

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    Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for his little freakout on Tuesday night. I love the way the MLB press release puts it. It says he was suspended for “his inappropriate actions” which included: … making contact with Umpire Rob Drake multiple times and spraying him with spittle…

  10. Jose Molina hit a triple!

    Aug 4, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

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    I’m watching the Rays-Blue Jays game and just saw Jose Molina drive a ball over B.J. Upton‘s head in center field for his first triple since May 9, 2004. Molina, who was literally still panting heavily and wiping sweat from his face when he took the field defensively for the next half-inning, went 1,582 plate…

  11. Former Oriole Doug DeCinces to pay $2.5 million for insider trading

    Aug 4, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Doug DeCinces

    Doug DeCinces had the unenviable task of following Brooks Robinson as the Orioles’ everyday third baseman. Clearly he was so disillusioned by the experience that he decided to turn to a life of crime 35 years later: The Securities and Exchange Commission charged former professional baseball player Doug DeCinces and three others with insider trading…

  12. Walks and strikeouts now available: Mariners cut Jack Cust

    Aug 4, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Jack Cust

    As expected, the Mariners have released Jack Cust after designating him for assignment last week. Cust is owed another $1 million for so as part of a one-year, $2.5 million contract, so predictably none of the other 29 teams wanted to take on that salary after he hit just .213 with three homers and a…

  13. It’s Ronald Reagan Day at Wrigley Field on Saturday

    Aug 4, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

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    Via Paul Sullivan I have learned that Saturday is Ronald Reagan Day at Wrigley Field. The Gipper’s son, Michael Reagan, throws out the first pitch. I imagine that poor people will be getting tickets too. All that needs to happen is for rich people to be given free tickets, and by some sort of economic…

  14. Breaking news: AL Central is a really, really bad division

    Aug 4, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

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    Last night’s loss dropped the Indians to 54-54, which means the Tigers are the only team in the AL Central above .500 at 59-51. Even the Tigers’ division-leading record would put them in second place in the NL Central and third place in every other division. And that might actually be a stretch, since Detroit…

  15. HBT Daily: Twitter questions … answered

    Aug 4, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Yeah, it’s been a while — thanks flooded basement! — but Tiffany and I are back with some of your questions

  16. Justin Morneau took batting practice, “had a really good day”

    Aug 4, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Justin Morneau‘s comeback from neck surgery was delayed earlier this week when his scheduled workouts were rained out on back-to-back days, but the former MVP took batting practice yesterday at Target Field and reported no problems. “He had a really good day on the field with BP and ground balls and the whole package,” manager…

  17. A-Rod denies the poker game report, story’s source says A-Rod wasn’t at the game

    Aug 4, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Another reason why Major League Baseball isn’t going to do anything about the A-Rod poker game report?  There’s no way they can prove anything.  For his part, A-Rod has denied it, saying that “the story contains numerous factual inaccuracies.”  What’s more, one of the story’s original sources says that Star Magazine got the story wrong and…

  18. Joel Pineiro on struggles: “Honestly, the next thing I can do is sacrifice a live chicken”

    Aug 4, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

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    Another ugly outing last night puts Joel Pineiro in danger of losing his spot in the Angels’ rotation and the veteran right-hander hasn’t been able to figure out why he’s struggling, telling Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times: This is embarrassing. I’m making the team, the staff and myself look bad. I’ve got to…

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

    Aug 4, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    The Question

    I asked questions last night, you answered them. Let’s go: Q: Orange you glad I didn’t say banana? Great. One of my kids has a Twitter account now.  Really, when you’re six, that joke never, ever, ever gets old. Q: Why does Tony LaRussa not age? His home is built over a Lazarus Pit.  True story.…

  20. Reds first base prospect Yonder Alonso taking third base reps

    Aug 4, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Reds top prospect Yonder Alonso is a first baseman, but the seventh overall pick in the 2008 draft is blocked there by reigning MVP Joey Votto. In an effort to find a long-term home for Alonso in the lineup alongside Votto the Reds have been using him in left field and now Mark Sheldon of…

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