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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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.

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

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

    Jun 21, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Padres sticking with rookie Anthony Rizzo amid slow start

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies

    Anthony Rizzo has struggled in his first taste of the big leagues, going just 5-for-31 (.161) with one homer and 12 strikeouts since being called up two weeks ago, but the Padres have made it very clear that they won’t be benching or demoting the top prospect. Here’s what manager Bud Black told Rob Terranova…

  14. Baseball and religion do not mix, so let’s stop arguing about the DH

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Colorado Rockies

    I often take jabs at the DH as the most evil thing in the universe. And, yes, in some very, very small corner of my brain, part of my id believes that. But I don’t really endorse that view, and when I say such things I hope people realize that I’m joking around. Yes, I…

  15. Ricky Romero calls out Blue Jays’ offense for lack of support

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero blows a gum balloon during practice at their spring training facility in Dunedin

    Ricky Romero tossed seven innings of two-run ball against the Braves last night, but got stuck with a loss because the Blue Jays were shut out by Tim Hudson and Craig Kimbrel, managing just two singles and one walk while striking out 11 times. Pitching well and getting zero run support has been the story…

  16. Did Joe Maddon lie to the umpires last night?

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Milwaukee Brewers

    Weirdness in the Rays-Brewers game, as Sam Fuld — who had pinch hit for reliever J.P. Howell in the top of the eighth — came out to the mound to warm up as the relief pitcher in the bottom of the inning.  He did not face any batters, however, as manager Joe Maddon pulled him…

  17. Jonathan Broxton to begin rehab assignment at Triple-A

    Jun 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    broxton ap

    After sitting out the past six weeks with a bone bruise in his elbow Jonathan Broxton has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment tonight at Triple-A. A.J. Cassavell of MLB.com indicates that Broxton is scheduled to make just two rehab appearances, but given how awful he pitched for the Dodgers prior to being shut…

  18. The Ozzie-to-Florida maneuvering is beginning

    Jun 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    A year or two ago there was a bunch of talk about how the Marlins were hot for Ozzie Guillen, with rumors shooting here and there about the Marlins giving up a player for him and what have you.  That was mostly shouted down — semi-convincingly — but the resignation of Edwin Rodriguez and the…

  19. Former saves leader Chad Cordero announces retirement

    Jun 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    cordero

    Chad Cordero, who saved a league-leading 47 games as a 23-year-old in 2005 and has recently been pitching for the independent league St. Paul Saints, announced his retirement at age 29. He followed up that 47-save season with 29 saves in 2006 and 37 saves in 2007, but Cordero has pitched a grand total of…

  20. Pujols’ absence likely to be on the longer end of that 4-6 week time frame

    Jun 21, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Greg Hauck, Albert Pujols

    Yesterday when the Cardinals announced Albert Pujols‘ absence they cited a four-to-six week time frame for his absence. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting, however, that one shouldn’t get too optimistic about all of that: Am told Pujols needs 4 weeks in cast but may need longer wait for baseball-related activies. Mid-August…

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