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

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    The Question

    Time for the weekly Twitterbag. Which, when I put out the call for questions last night, I did so thusly: Twitter questions for HBT. This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we’ll be lucky to live through it. Go! So, predictably, among my first few “questions” were “One…

  2. Moneyball at Wrigley? Billy Beane “might consider” Cubs offer

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Billy Beane

    Brian Cashman, Andrew Friedman, and Ned Colletti aren’t the only current general managers being linked to the Cubs’ opening, with Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writing that Billy Beane “might consider an offer if the Cubs do approach him about their GM vacancy.” Beane nearly became the Red Sox’s general manager in 2002,…

  3. “No one made me laugh like Mike Flanagan. Tonight, he made me cry”

    Aug 25, 2011, 9:47 AM EST

    Mike Flanagan

    As a ballplayer, Mike Flanagan was more of a fuzzy memory to me than a lot of guys of his era and stature. I should have more vivid memories of him pitching for the early 80s Orioles, back when I used to watch Tigers games all the time, but I don’t. I remember Jim Palmer…

  4. Gary Matthews: The Mets are crybabies

    Aug 25, 2011, 9:28 AM EST

    crybaby

    This was fun. As I mentioned in the comments, Mike Pelfrey got into it for a second with Placido Polanco when he thought Polanco was trying to stick his elbow out to get on base via a HBP.  In the booth, Phillies broadcaster Gary Matthews called the team “crybabies.” Later, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News,…

  5. Cubs interested in Cashman, Friedman and … Colletti?

    Aug 25, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti stands on the field before the MLB national league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles

    One of these things, is not like the others, one of these things doesn’t belong. Can you tell which thing is not like the others, by the time we finish our song? Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts is wasting no time gathering information on potential general manager candidates, talking this week to people in and around baseball about…

  6. Barry Bonds snags a ball, has a great time at Giants-Padres game

    Aug 25, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    Bonds at game.bmp

    Barry Bonds had front row seats — and somehow got himself a baseball — at last night’s Giants-Padres game.  Just watch the video of him here. Clearly the man is miserable and loathed due to his notorious past. His smiles mask his pain and all of those people shaking his hand, smiling at him and…

  7. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 25, 2011, 5:29 AM EST

    Carl Crawford, Mike Napoli

    Red Sox 13, Rangers 2: I would like to thank the Rangers’ pitchers for providing us with a pennant race in the AL West that we didn’t think we’d have. Carl Crawford was reanimated for this one and drove in five. Angels 8, White Sox 0: It’s not just about Texas’ pitching sucking though. It’s…

  8. Brian Wilson could resume throwing as soon as Thursday

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:34 PM EST

    brian wilson reuters

    The bearded one is on his way back. According to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Giants closer Brian Wilson will attempt a light game of catch on Thursday afternoon. If it goes well, he will be cleared for more strenuous throwing workouts by the weekend and could begin tossing bullpen sessions by early…

  9. Orioles great Mike Flanagan found dead outside home

    Aug 24, 2011, 9:42 PM EST

    mike flanagan card

    Tragic news out of Monkton, Maryland. According to Baltimore’s WBAL 11, former Orioles pitcher, broadcaster and front office executive Mike Flanagan was reportedly found dead on a trail outside his home shortly before 4:30 p.m. ET Wednesday. There aren’t many other details available at the moment and the Orioles have not issued a public comment…

  10. Logan Morrison homers in first game back with Marlins

    Aug 24, 2011, 9:10 PM EST

    lomo batting

    The Marlins demoted young outfielder Logan Morrison to Triple-A New Orleans on August 13. He was in a bit of an offensive rut and the Marlins’ front office disapproved of him bailing out on a meet-and-greet with season-ticket holders. As they say, time heals. Morrison was recalled from New Orleans before Wednesday’s doubleheader against the…

  11. Astros pull Wandy Rodriguez back, no deal with Rockies

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:23 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Houston Astros

    The Rockies claimed left-hander Wandy Rodriguez off waivers on Tuesday, but trade negotiations didn’t get very far and the 32-year-old has now been pulled back by the Astros. This according to Richard Justice, columnist with the Houston Chronicle. Rodriguez cannot be placed back on waivers and will finish out the 2011 season with the last-place…

  12. Justin Upton back in D’Backs lineup Wednesday night

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:01 PM EST

    upton wide getty

    The first-place Diamondbacks were dealt a scare on Tuesday night when star right fielder Justin Upton was forced from action after getting hit on the left elbow by a pitch. It turns out he’s just fine. Upton was diagnosed with a mild left elbow contusion and is back in the Arizona starting lineup on Wednesday…

  13. Cubs not expected to deal Carlos Pena to Yankees

    Aug 24, 2011, 7:36 PM EST

    carlos pena ap

    Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena was claimed off waivers by the Yankees on Wednesday afternoon. The Cubs are well out of contention for a playoff spot and would do well to dump some cash. And the Yankees could use an upgrade at designated hitter, where Jorge Posada and Co. have been far too inconsistent. But…

  14. Red Sox making Hurricane Irene plans for weekend

    Aug 24, 2011, 6:40 PM EST

    Hurricane Irene

    With Hurricane Irene’s projected path currently taking it through Massachusetts on Sunday evening, the Red Sox are talking with MLB about playing a preemptive doubleheader at Fenway Park on Friday or Saturday, the Boston Herald reports. The A’s will be in Boston for a three-game series scheduled to begin Friday night. Nothing has been decided about the…

  15. Miguel Cabrera to go on paternity leave list

    Aug 24, 2011, 6:22 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera

    Does a one-day absence really need an official transaction?  Apparently, it does. Miguel Cabrera will start at first base for the Tigers tonight, but he’ll miss Thursday’s game with his wife due to have labor induced, manager Jim Leyland said.  Detroit will officially place him on the paternity leave list and call up a player…

  16. Report: Cubs considering claim on Gavin Floyd

    Aug 24, 2011, 6:05 PM EST

    Gavin Floyd

    It’s hard to believe Gavin Floyd would last to the Cubs on waivers, but that’s not going to stop the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers from doing some speculating: Interesting waiver situation … cubs mulling a claim on Gavin Floyd that could could start talks on a multi-player trade w/white sox. The 28-year-old Floyd is 11-10 with a…

  17. Yankees claim Carlos Pena off revocable waivers from Cubs

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:41 PM EST

    Cubs Dodgers Baseball

    Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Yankees have claimed Carlos Pena off recovable waivers, which means they have 48 hours to work out a potential trade with the Cubs. Earlier today, before the Yankees were identified as the claiming team, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com speculated that the Cubs trading Pena was unlikely because he’s…

  18. Jason Heyward is in the lineup for the second straight night

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Chicago Cubs

    If you think I’m simply posting about this because when I posted about it yesterday Heyward hit a grand slam, and that I want to continue to exercise my particular brand of sorcery in this regard, well … that’s where you’re right. Jose Constanza‘s ankle is apparently still bothering him. Or else Heyward’s slam has…

  19. Phillies sign 16-year-old Venezuelan outfielder Carlos Tocci for $759,000

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    map_of_venezuela

    UPDATE: The deal is now official, with Tocci signing for $759,000. ========== Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies are on the verge of signing 16-year-old Venezuelan center fielder Carlos Tocci for around $750,000, with the only holdup being that they have to wait until he turns 16 and is actually eligible to sign.…

  20. Plenty of good seats available at the Reds-Marlins game

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    As I mentioned earlier today, because of the stupid hurricane, the Reds and Marlins scheduled an impromptu doubleheader today. It got underway just under an hour ago.  Cincy Enquirer reporter John Fay just tweeted that, during the National Anthem, an actual hand count totaled 250 fans. Another 50 or so have shown up in the past…

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