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  1. Josh Beckett scratched with stomach illness

    Jun 21, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett vs. Yankees

    The Red Sox scratched Josh Beckett from his scheduled start Tuesday against the Padres with what manager Terry Francona called “intestinal turmoil.” Alfredo Aceves will start in his place tonight. “He actually looks just OK,” Francona said. “l’m glad we [pushed him back]. I think it was neccessary what we did. He didn’t look that…

  2. Royals manager Ned Yost is friends with Jeff Foxworthy

    Jun 21, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    jeff foxworthy

    There are worse people to be friends with, of course, but for some reason this tweet from Royals beat reporter Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star made me chuckle: Comedian Jeff Foxworthy and other friends of manager Royals manager Ned Yost are in uniform and taking part in early workouts. You know you’re a…

  3. Baseball divisions are probably not going anywhere

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    Jeff Passan — who, unless I’m wrong, coined the phrase “unalignment” to describe the elimination of divisions several years ago — reports that while the concept of unalignment has been discussed, it’s not terribly likely. His sources tell him that the reason is simple: too crazy!  Well, they didn’t say “crazy,” — the phrase “drastic…

  4. Padres place Brad Hawpe on disabled list with finger injury

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    brad-hawpe-padres

    Brad Hawpe moved from first base to right field to make room for Anthony Rizzo‘s arrival two weeks ago and now he’s out of the lineup altogether, as the Padres placed him on the disabled list with a stained left middle finger. Hawpe got off to a brutal start, turned things around for a while,…

  5. Jose Reyes does not want to negotiate with the Mets during the season

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    This morning we saw the shocking — shocking! — news that a player approaching free agency wants $X, and his team wants to pay him something less than $X.  That’s Jose Reyes and the Mets, in case you didn’t know. Perhaps because he’s felt this all along and perhaps he realized that stories like this…

  6. Hanley Ramirez hits cleanup in return from benching, reporter thinks Marlins should trade him

    Jun 21, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Day 1 of the (latest) Jack McKeon era in Florida involved benching Hanley Ramirez, but the Marlins’ shortstop is back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Angels. And not only that: Ramirez is hitting cleanup for the first time in his career. Also of note is that Marlins beat reporter Joe Capozzi of…

  7. The Braves call up Julio Lugo. Yeah, that Julio Lugo.

    Jun 21, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Julio Lugo, Adam Jones

    So I’m minding my own business a few minutes ago when Gleeman IM’s me, asking me if the Braves actually called up Julio Lugo.  His comment: Swear to god i assumed it was a different Lugo. no way they’d call up the same guy … I figured they had some 21-year-old at AA or something. So…

  8. 2012 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 80-61

    Jun 21, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    Honorable mentions Nos. 111-81 Part two of the top 111 free agents covers Nos. 80-61. I see most of the following players getting one- or two-year deals and making around $2.5 million-$4 million next year. (All ages as of April 1, 2012) * denotes players with contract options 80. Laynce Nix (31 – Nationals): Poor…

  9. Brian Roberts won’t return from his concussion before the All-Star break

    Jun 21, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Brian Roberts, Buck Showalter

    Brian Roberts was examined today by a concussion specialist who told him he needed more rest, so Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that the Orioles have ruled him out through the All-Star break. Roberts initially suffered the concussion while sliding head-first into first base on May 16 and the All-Star break is hardly an established…

  10. A.L. All-Star voting update: Bautista continues to pile up the votes

    Jun 21, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Not much new in the American League All-Star voting, the tallies for which were just released by Major League Baseball. Jose Bautista is the first player to surpass the four-million mark with 4,156,940 votes.  Bautista continues to be  joined in the outfield by Curtis Granderson and Josh Hamilton, though Jacoby Ellsbury is only a couple hundred…

  11. Cardinals call up Mark Hamilton to help replace Albert Pujols

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals

    It remains to be seen how manager Tony La Russa will actually choose to replace Albert Pujols in the lineup, but he’ll at least have the option of using Mark Hamilton after the Cardinals called the 26-year-old first baseman up from Triple-A today. Hamilton has struggled previously in a couple brief stints with the Cardinals,…

  12. HBT Daily: Talking the Pujols injury with Matthew Leach of MLB.com

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Matthew Leach covers the Cards for MLB.com. Today he tells us if Cardinals fans should fret, panic or run completely amok.

  13. Ricky Romero tweets: “I did NOT call out my teammates”

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Ricky Romero

    I wrote this morning about Ricky Romero pointing to a lack of run support after last night’s loss dropped him to 6-7 despite a 2.98 ERA and this afternoon Romero tweeted that he wasn’t calling out the Blue Jays’ lineup: Wanna clear up that I did NOT call out any of my teammates. Never been…

  14. Wily Mo Pena is coming back to the big leagues

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Wily Mo Pena hasn’t seen any major league action since 2008, but he has been absolutely destroying baseballs at AAA for the past two years, so it was only a matter of time before someone gave him a shot.  The Diamondbacks are giving him that shot, having just purchased his contract from AAA Reno, reports…

  15. Rafael Furcal nearing rehab assignment for oblique injury

    Jun 21, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    Jonathan Broxton is slated to begin his rehab assignment tonight at Triple-A and Rafael Furcal may not be far behind, as Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that the injured shortstop could start a rehab stint of his own as soon as Monday. Furcal has been out since June 4 with a strained left…

  16. Whitey Herzog doesn’t like the idea of realignment

    Jun 21, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Whitey Herzog

    Whitey Herzog is a year younger than Jack McKeon, but given his reactions to just about anything that comes down the pike in baseball, you wouldn’t know it.  Hey Whitey, what do you think of the realignment proposals floating around? “I’ve heard about it and what I hear is all crap … I really hope…

  17. Brandon Webb’s latest rehab start: 0.2 innings, 4 runs

    Jun 21, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    brandon-webb-spring-training

    Brandon Webb finally provided some reason for optimism last week by tossing three shutout innings in a rehab start at Double-A, but that all vanished in his follow-up start Sunday when he failed to make it out of the first inning while allowing four runs. Afterward the rehabbing former Cy Young winner told Louie Horvath…

  18. Help set a world record with the Texas Rangers

    Jun 21, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    Corey Hart Sunglasses at night

    Look, this isn’t a top shelf record like “fattest twins” or “most cigarettes smoked at one time” — and Robert Wadlow has nothing to worry about — but a place in the Guinness Book is a place in the Guinness Book: Seventeen years after the Canadian singer released his hit song “Sunglasses at Night,” the Rangers…

  19. Braves writer wants to make it very, very clear that everyone really, really hated Yunel Escobar

    Jun 21, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Jason Bay, Yunel Escobar

    When the Braves traded Yunel Escobar to the Blue Jays last year there was plenty of talk about how few people in Atlanta were sad to see him go, so this isn’t exactly shocking news. However, with Escobar back in town for an interleague series and playing very well for the Blue Jays while the…

  20. Players kick butt in their free agency walk years and slack off later, right? Um, no.

    Jun 21, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    It’s taken as a matter of faith that players go crazy in their free agent walk years, motivated by that big paycheck. And then that, after they get the fat deal, they themselves get fat and lazy and simply cash their checks. And sure, we all can cite examples of players who seem to fit this…

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