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  1. Pirates designate Lyle Overbay for assignment after Derrek Lee trade

    Aug 1, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    overbay_lyle

    Lyle Overbay got one last start at first base yesterday because Derrek Lee took his time reporting after the Pirates acquired him from the Orioles. Overbay smacked a two-run homer, going deep for just the eighth time in 352 at-bats, and today the Pirates designated the 34-year-old for assignment. He wasn’t worth Pittsburgh’s one-year, $5…

  2. Why do I do Power Rankings again?

    Aug 1, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    My original impulse to do power rankings was two-fold: (1) to force myself to actually look back at how each team did in the past week because I sometimes lose track, especially over the weekend; and (2) to have someplace to put occasional random observations about teams that wouldn’t justify their own blog post. I should add…

  3. Rays rookie Desmond Jennings is off to an incredible start

    Aug 1, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Desmond Jennings profile

    Many people questioned why the Rays kept Desmond Jennings at Triple-A for so long, allowing the speedy outfielder to rack up 230 games and nearly 1,000 plate appearances in parts of three seasons in Durham, but now that he’s in the majors the 24-year-old rookie is thriving. Jennings got some brief action in Tampa Bay…

  4. The Yankees are going to call up Jesus Montero “in the very near future”

    Aug 1, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    The exact timeline is unclear, but the Trenton Times reports that the Yankees are going to call up catcher Jesus Montero “in the very near future.” Montero was rumored to be the fodder of a possible Ubaldo Jimenez deal at the deadline, but one gets the sense that the Yankees weren’t keen on trading him.  It…

  5. B.J. Upton on trade rumors: “Most nerve-wracking two weeks I ever had”

    Aug 1, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    Publicly at least most players say they aren’t bothered a ton by trade rumors, but B.J. Upton admitted feeling very relieved yesterday once the afternoon deadline came and went without his leaving Tampa Bay. In fact, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune notes that Upton “raised his arms and yelled ‘word … I’m still here!’”…

  6. Let’s help research subconscious racism in sports commentary

    Aug 1, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    We’re all aware of the subtle racism that creeps into sports broadcasts, writing and general fan chatter.  About how the white guy is a hard worker and the black guy is gifted. About how the Latino guy is lazy and the white dude is nursing a hidden injury.  About how you can tell the hustlers…

  7. Angels send 19-year-old prospect Mike Trout back to Double-A

    Aug 1, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Mike Trout was called up from Double-A when Peter Bourjos landed on the disabled list, so when Bourjos returned last week there wasn’t much room in the lineup for the Angels’ stud prospect. They kept him around for a while as a bench player, but have rightly decided that the 19-year-old outfielder will be much…

  8. Astros demote Brett Wallace and Chris Johnson to Triple-A

    Aug 1, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Chris Johnson, Brett Wallace

    As if trading away Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn wasn’t enough of a roster shakeup, the Astros also decided to demote first baseman Brett Wallace and third baseman Chris Johnson to Triple-A last night. They started 91 and 86 of Houston’s first 108 games, but Johnson has struggled all season with a ghastly .286 on-base…

  9. I approve of this field-rushing

    Aug 1, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    A couple of fans rushed the field at the Cardinals-Cubs game last night. Awful. Such a thing has no place in polite society. Think of the safety concerns! Think of the poor example it sets for the children!  This must be stopped if we are ever to — wait, what?  One of them was kinda…

  10. Freddy Sanchez expected to undergo shoulder surgery

    Aug 1, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez injured

    Freddy Sanchez has been out since June 10 with a shoulder injury and the increasing likelihood that he’ll need season-ending surgery played a part in the Giants bringing in veteran middle infielders Jeff Keppinger and Orlando Cabrera via trades. Asked yesterday about Sanchez’s odds of playing again this season, general manager Brian Sabean described the…

  11. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Aug 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Howard Ortiz

    A lot of movement by default this week, it seems. No one except the Brewers really made a big impression, and as I mention in their comment, it wasn’t that big. Perhaps all of the trades that went down over the past few days will shake things up between now and our next Power Rankings…

  12. Jordan Zimmermann will be limited to just four more starts as Nationals monitor workload

    Aug 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jordan Zimmermann

    Jordan Zimmermann has fared extremely well in his full-season return from Tommy John elbow surgery, posting a 3.12 ERA and 98/22 K/BB ratio in 21 starts, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals will soon remove him from the rotation in an effort to limit the 25-year-old right-hander’s workload. According to…

  13. As if the trade deadline wasn’t stressful enough

    Aug 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Andrew Friedman Reuters

    I’d hate to be a general manager around trade deadline time. So much to do. So many calls to make and return. Pressure from the owners above and the fans below and the need to be clear — crystal clear — about where the team currently stands on the success cycle and where it might…

  14. Bobby Abreu’s $9 million option for 2012 vested yesterday

    Aug 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bobby Abreu

    As part of a two-year, $19 million deal signed with the Angels two offseasons ago Bobby Abreu got a $9 million option for 2012 that vested if he totaled at least 1,100 plate appearances between 2010 and 2011. He reached that mark yesterday afternoon, although no one really noticed at the time because the Angels…

  15. The Angels and the Tigers: men behaving badly

    Aug 1, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Detroit Tigers

    I had all kinds of fun yesterday watching that gonzo Angels-Tigers game.  But really, no one distinguished themselves once it got all ugly. For those who missed it: Magglio Ordonez may or may not have shown up Jered Weaver by posing for a home run after he hit it.  I actually buy Ordonez’s argument that…

  16. A’s owner Lew Wolff calls on Frank McCourt to sell the Dodgers

    Aug 1, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Lew Wolff

    While it’s been pretty clear that Bud Selig has the backing of all of the other owners in the Frank McCourt fight, yesterday Athletics owner Lew Wolff became the first to publicly call on Frank McCourt to sell the Los Angeles Dodgers. What set him off was Frank McCourt’s ridiculous statement in court filings in which…

  17. About post-trade deadline trades

    Aug 1, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, new team member of the Chicago White Sox, looks on during batting practice prior to the White Sox MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland

    While we talk about July 31st as the “trade deadline,” it really isn’t a deadline. Or at least a hard one.  You can still trade guys in August.  It’s just that (a) any trade after the July deadline is a little trickier; and (b) if you trade a guy after August 31st, he can’t be on…

  18. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Aug 1, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    trading places

    Really, it was all trades this weekend, and we had you covered like a jimmy hat on that stuff.  If you’re simply looking to see who went where, check out the HBT Trade Deadline Tracker, which has all the specifics of all of the deals.  If you’re looking for something a touch more in depth,…

  19. Report: Clay Buchholz out for season with stress fracture

    Aug 1, 2011, 8:16 AM EDT

    buchholz throws reuters

    Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com is reporting that Clay Buccholz is suffering from a stress fracture in his lower back and that it is unlikely that he’ll be able to pitch again this season. Erik Bedard looking better now, Red Sox Nation? McAdam reports that Buchholz, will see a back specialist in Los Angeles today, but that…

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

    Aug 1, 2011, 5:38 AM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    Tigers 3, Angels 2: Wow, this was a wild one. Made all the more wild by the fact that (a) it was going on just as the trade deadline was approaching; and (b) since Justin Verlander had a no-hitter going, it seemed like everyone was watching it. At least everyone in my little corner of…

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