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  1. Citizens Bank Park to host the 2012 Winter Classic

    May 13, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

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    The NHL — and, to be honest, my employer — seem to have struck gold by playing hockey games outdoors on New Year’s Day, so they shall continue the tradition on 2012.  Well, except in 2012 it won’t be on New Year’s Day, it will be on January 2nd because the NFL likes to ruin…

  2. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 13, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Breakfast Wrap

    And if you don’t like the wrap, we can serve up your breakfast scattered, smothered, covered and chunked. What? Oh, I see you’re too good for Waffle House, your majesty.

  3. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 13, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Len Barker

    Indians 3, Blue Jays 0: Amazing! A perfect game for Len Barker! It was cold and damp at Municipal Stadium last night, so it must have been hard to hit anyway, but regardless, Barker’s stuff was incredible.  He never even reached ball three against any Blue Jay hitter.  This Barker looks so fantastic that I’d…

  4. Is improved vision making Bryce Harper even better?

    May 13, 2011, 1:54 AM EDT

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    We’ve already discussed how Bryce Harper is making a mockery of the Sally League. The Washington Nationals phenom has a 15-game hitting streak at the moment and is tearing the cover off the ball with a .396/.472/.712 line. It’s impressive for anyone, let alone an 18-year-old playing full-season A-ball for the first time. But Mark…

  5. Boras shoots down idea of Royals locking up Hosmer

    May 13, 2011, 1:22 AM EDT

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    Those who follow the Kansas City Royals expected Eric Hosmer to be a star. But they probably didn’t expect him to hit home runs on consecutive days in the Bronx and lead back-to-back victories over the New York Yankees. They also probably didn’t expect they would have to consider the 21-year-old’s departure from Kansas City…

  6. Evan Longoria has magical hands (video)

    May 13, 2011, 1:10 AM EDT

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    Everyone knows that Evan Longoria is a great player. The Tampa Bay Rays star third baseman not only has a dangerous bat, but is slick with the glove at third base, as his career UZR/150 of 17.8 attests. But did you know that he doesn’t really even need the glove? At least it seems that…

  7. Carlos Ruiz says Roy Oswalt’s fastball “had no life” Thursday

    May 12, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

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    Roy Oswalt allowed three runs on seven hits during a rough seven-inning rehab start Thursday night for Single-A Clearwater then dipped out of the minor league clubhouse before chatting with reporters. Why the rush? This tweet from Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer might explain it: [Carlos] Ruiz said Oswalt’s fastball had no life for…

  8. Eric Chavez only has bone bruise, gets walking boot removed

    May 12, 2011, 9:19 PM EDT

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    Eric Chavez had an enjoyable Thursday. According to Kieran Daryc of ESPN New York, the veteran third baseman had the protective walking boot removed from his left foot and was also told by doctors that he never actually suffered a fracture — only a deep bone bruise. The Yankees’ team physicians are expecting Chavez to…

  9. Carlos Beltran slugs three two-run homers, Mets top Rockies

    May 12, 2011, 8:36 PM EDT

    Mets batter Beltran is congratulated by teammate Murphy after Beltran scored his second home run of the day, a two-run homer, against the Rockies in the seventh inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Denver

    Mets right fielder Carlos Beltran put a personal hurting on the Rockies’ pitching staff this evening at Denver’s Coors Field, slugging three two-run homers in a 9-5 victory. It was the first three-homer game of Beltran’s career and only the eighth three-homer performance in Mets franchise history. Jose Reyes was the last to do it,…

  10. Phils place Brian Schneider on disabled list with hammy strain

    May 12, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

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    No surprise here. Phillies catcher Brian Schneider, who was pulled from Wednesday’s game in the fifth inning after straining his left hamstring while running the bases, has now been placed on the 15-day disabled list. The news comes via our good friend Jim Salisbury over at CSN Philadelphia. The Phillies will wait to fill their…

  11. Rafael Furcal likely to begin rehab assignment on Saturday

    May 12, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters earlier this week that shortstop Rafael Furcal was “just not ready” to begin a minor league rehab assignment because he was unable to swing comfortably from the right side of the plate. That tune has changed a bit. According to the Dodgers’ Twitter feed, Furcal is likely to begin…

  12. 25 years ago today: Angels rookie Wally Joyner hits 11th, 12th homers

    May 12, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

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    A brief trip back to “Wally World.” 23-year-old first baseman Wally Joyner was probably the biggest story of the early part of the 1986 season, hitting homer after homer on his way to becoming the first rookie voted into the All-Star Game. And it was a big surprise. Joyner was well regarded as a prospect…

  13. Jason Heyward to avoid DL after MRI shows inflammation

    May 12, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v San Francisco Giants

    Jason Heyward may get the weekend off, but he’s not expected to go on the disabled list after an MRI Thursday showed only inflammation and no structural damage in his right shoulder. Heyward received a cortisone shot and is expected to take at least two days off.  He could be used as a pinch-hitter tonight…

  14. How much longer will Cubs keep Tyler Colvin up?

    May 12, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Tyler Colvin

    I was wrong a year ago: I thought the Cubs made a mistake by keeping Tyler Colvin based on his strong spring. Given his lack of plate discipline, I figured he’d be back in the minors by May 1 and I had serious doubts that he’d ever make much of a contribution to the cause.…

  15. Picture of the Day: Ozzie Guillen, romantic wine connoisseur

    May 12, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    What does Ozzie Guillen do in California when the White Sox have the day off? He goes with his wife to do some wine tasting: And based on this tweet, Ozzie had a good time: “I don’t know much about wine but this is wauoooo.”

  16. The latest New Era ad is probably better than the last one

    May 12, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Yes, I know it’s a commercial and I know that I’m giving New Era free advertising here, but I kinda don’t care. These ads with Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski are just wonderfully entertaining, and since they barely even attempt to pitch a product, I don’t feel too dirty about it. We all have caps…

  17. Pirates bench Andrew McCutchen for not hustling last night

    May 12, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

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    Clint Hurdle has benched Andrew McCutchen for tonight’s game after the Pirates center fielder failed to run to first base yesterday when the catcher dropped a third strike, according to Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Hurdle taking that stance isn’t surprising–Dunlap notes that he did the same thing to Ronny Cedeno last month–but…

  18. The Rays, James Shields stay hot, tame the Tribe

    May 12, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon, Ben Zobrist

    Tampa Bay beat the Indians 7-4 today behind James Shields‘ two run, seven strikeout performance. He’s now 4-1 on the season and allowed a total of five runs in his last four starts. On the offensive side, every Rays’ starter got a hit except for Kelly Shoppach. Evan Longoria‘s two-run double in the ninth put any…

  19. Must-click link: The evolution of stats on baseball cards

    May 12, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

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    As a former baseball card fanatic who became a stat-head, this illustrated history of how the statistics displayed on the back of cards have changed over the years is a must-read from Larry Granillo at Baseball Prospectus: Granillo: Back of Your Baseball Cards You should also follow Granillo on Twitter, because he writes great, unique…

  20. How the Mets got black in their uniforms

    May 12, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    Takahashi Mets

    I really hate the black Mets uniforms. It screams “we want to sell these so, so bad!”  And it’s not like there was anything wrong with the classic Mets unis. Indeed, they are among the best in baseball, being both handsome and — with their stylistic nods to the Yankees (pinstripes) Giants (orange) and Dodgers…

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