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  1. We are in for years of dominance by Congressional Democrats

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

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    No, not politically. But from a baseball perspective, most definitely: Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) smoked the GOP in this year’s congressional baseball game:  The former college player pitched a complete game one-hitter, striking out 13, in leading Democrats to a 8-2 victory. A full story of last Thursday’s Roll Call game can be read here. Photos…

  2. Jim Thome unleashes monster blast for 596th career homer

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Jim Thome’s monstrous three-run homer yesterday was the 596th of his Hall of Fame career and the Twins measured it at 490 feet, which would be the longest homer in the brief history of Target Field and the longest homer hit by anyone in the majors this season. Oh, and it also turned a 1-1…

  3. Great Moments in Self-Promotion: I talked a lot about baseball over at Splice Today

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    I’ve been talking baseball with Russ Smith over at Splice Today on and off for several years now.  From time to time we do an email interview.  We did one over the weekend, the results of which are just posted over at Splice Today. Among the topics: The “Moneyball” movie, the next baseball commissioner (assuming…

  4. Ubaldo Jimenez wants to finish his career with the Rockies

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    As rumors swirl around the Rockies’ asking price for Ubaldo Jimenez and various teams’ interest level in the 27-year-old right-hander, Jimenez made it clear yesterday that he’s not looking to be traded and wants to remain in Colorado for the rest of his career, telling Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post: As a player, you…

  5. Adam Dunn has totally cratered

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    We talked over the weekend about how low Jayson Werth could get.  One possible answer: not as low as Adam Dunn, right?  To see just how ugly* Dunn’s season has been, check out Brett Ballantini’s breakdown of it over at CSN Chicago.  It’s pretty mind-blowing.  There’s a Rob Deer comparison in there. And I think…

  6. Astros will limit rookie Jordan Lyles to 165-170 total innings

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Jordan Lyles was called up to replace an injured Wandy Rodriguez in late May and has struck in the Astros’ rotation, but the 20-year-old’s workload figures to be limited down the stretch. Brad Mills told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that Lyles likely won’t be allowed to throw more than 165-170 total innings this season between…

  7. The Pirates are scouting Hunter Pence

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    The bizarro theme of “Pittsburgh Pirates: trade deadline buyers” continues.  Building on their alleged contacts with the Oakland A’s regarding Josh Willingham, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports today that they’re aiming higher than that:  they’re scouring the Astros’ Hunter Pence. It strikes me as unlikely that anything could come of that.  Not too…

  8. Turn around, bright eyes. No, seriously, turn around. The ball dropped in behind you.

    Jul 18, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

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    An interesting story in the New York times leads with Mark Kotsay losing a fly ball in the sun to explain something most of us probably hadn’t thought to much about: As one of the roughly 16 percent of Americans with light-colored eyes (Kotsay’s are a soft blue), he is more affected by glare, experts…

  9. The boo birds come out for Jason Bay

    Jul 18, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    It seemed like Jason Bay was pulling himself out of his funk before the All-Star break. He had good series against the Tigers, Yankees and the Dodgers, putting a little hitting streak together for a while, showing some pop and generally not looking moribund. But the last series before the break against the Giants had…

  10. The Tropicana Field catwalk strikes again

    Jul 18, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

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    And now your semi-annual reminder that Tropicana Field is really not fit for the playing of professional baseball games: The Tampa Bay Rays’ second baseman hit a ball in the eighth inning of Sunday night’s game against Boston that broke a light on an overhanging catwalk down the third-base line. Parts of the light dropped to the…

  11. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jul 18, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Nick Johnson

    In addition to that trip to Kings Island I mentioned in the recaps, the weekend also included a trip to the Columbus Clippers-Indianapolis Indians game Saturday night.  I’m totally the father of the year.  I didn’t even beat my children when they got tired out in the bottom of the fifth inning, causing us to…

  12. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 18, 2011, 5:33 AM EDT

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    Reds 3, Cardinals 1:  I spent my Sunday near Cincinnati. Not in Cincinnati, but just north of it, at the Kings Island theme park (i.e. the one the Bradys went to where Greg lost Mike’s plans or whatever it was; it has improved a bit since 1974).  I took Mookie and Carlo and my old…

  13. Red Sox beat Rays 1-0 in 16 innings

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:48 AM EDT

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    After a pair of high-scoring games to start the series, the Red Sox and Rays put on a show of offensive ineptitude Sunday night, with Boston winning 1-0 in 16 innings. It was the longest 1-0 game since the Brewers beat the Angels 1-0 on June 8, 2004, though the Mets and Cardinals played 18 scoreless innings…

  14. Heyman: Rockies want four from Yankees for Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jul 17, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    It was a given that the Rockies would ask for the moon in return for Ubaldo Jimenez.  Who knew they’d want a planet, too? According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, the Rockies have asked the Yankees for catcher Jesus Montero, RHP Ivan Nova and the team’s top two pitching prospects — Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances…

  15. Mariners hold on to Jack Cust, demote Carlos Peguero

    Jul 17, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

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    Expectations were that Mike Carp would get another chance soon, but it won’t come at Jack Cust‘s expense.  The Mariners demoted Carlos Peguero to Triple-A to make room for Carp after Sunday’s loss to the Rangers. The struggling Seattle offense totaled just two runs while the team was swept by the Rangers in a four-game series.…

  16. How low can Jayson Werth go?

    Jul 17, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    $126 million man Jayson Werth went 0-for-5 while his Nationals lost 9-8 to the Braves on Sunday, dropping his average to .213.  He’s followed up a .154 month of June by hitting .157 in his first 51 at-bats during July. It was Werth’s seventh 0-for-5 this season.  That’s tied for the most in the majors…

  17. Twins aren’t planning to trade Michael Cuddyer this season

    Jul 17, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

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    Via Joe Christensen and Amelia Rayno, beat writers with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: The Twins have no plans to trade Michael Cuddyer this season even if they fall from contention, a team official said Friday, adding that an effort will be made to re-sign Cuddyer this fall. Cuddyer is an impending free agent and has around…

  18. Back still sore, Placido Polanco won’t return Wednesday

    Jul 17, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT

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    From Jay Greenberg of MLB.com comes word that Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco has experienced renewed back soreness after trying to take batting practice the past two days. Polanco has been sidelined since July 4 with a bulging disk. He tried to play down the severity of the injury at first, not landing on the…

  19. Pirates interested in A’s outfielder Josh Willingham

    Jul 17, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

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    If the Pirates are going to maintain their position near the top of the National League Central standings down the stretch, most would agree that they’ll probably need to make a couple of notable additions before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Well, good news. That hunt for an injection of talent has already begun…

  20. Rockies have spoken with Yankees about Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jul 17, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    The Rockies still feel like they’re in contention in the weak National League West despite an ugly first half and haven’t fully committed to selling off pieces. But that could change as the July 31 non-waiver deadline approaches, and one player drawing league-wide interest is right-handed ace Ubaldo Jimenez. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com,…

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