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  1. Jerry Hairston Jr. drops suspension appeal because he’s injured anyway

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Jerry Hairston Jr. was set to appeal his one-game suspension at a hearing today, but that’s no longer necessary because he’s injured anyway. Instead he’ll serve the suspension this afternoon while sidelined by back spasms, but Hairston told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he still disagrees with MLB’s ruling that he made contact…

  2. Happy Strasburg-a-versary

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Strasburg walks off

    Lots of promising young guys make their major league debut every year, but there aren’t many like Stephen Strasburg‘s, both in anticipation and in actual payoff.  It was a year ago tonight that Strasburg made his, and I’m still in awe over it. He struck out 14 Pirates batters without issuing a walk.  His last…

  3. Rangers draft paralyzed outfielder Johnathan Taylor

    Jun 8, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Johnathan Taylor

    The Rangers used their 33rd-round pick Wednesday to draft University of Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor, who was paralyzed after an outfield collision in March and is considered unlikely to walk again. Taylor fractured two vertebrae in his spine in a collision with teammate Zach Cone three months ago.  Cone was the Rangers’ second-round pick, and…

  4. Jayson Werth to miss his second straight game

    Jun 8, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v  Washington Nationals

    Jayson Werth hurt his ankle Monday night and missed yesterday’s game because of it.  He was set to play in this afternoon’s game, but was a late scratch because the ankle is still bugging him. The more interesting part of this to me is how he hurt his ankle: tripping over the bullpen mounds down…

  5. Brewers draft Trent Boras, son of super agent Scott Boras

    Jun 8, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Boras thinking

    Among the interesting picks on Day 2 of the draft was the Brewers selecting the son of agent Scott Boras, high school third baseman Trent Boras, in the 30th round. In addition to having the sport’s most famous agent as his father Boras is also said to be leaning toward bypassing pro ball to attend…

  6. The Indians call up Cord Phelps, start him at second base today

    Jun 8, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians  Photo Day

    Prospect hounds and Indians fans will find this interesting: Cleveland called up infield prospect Cord Phelps today, and started him at second base in the game going on right now against the Twins. He grounded out to second in his first at bat. Phelps was a third round pick in the 2008 draft. So far…

  7. Mike Carp called up to Mariners after hitting .358 at Triple-A

    Jun 8, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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    In an effort to boost their terrible offense the Mariners have called up first baseman/left fielder Mike Carp from Triple-A, where he hit .348 with 19 homers and a 1.069 OPS in 57 games. That type of production obviously screams out for an opportunity, but it’s worth noting that Carp is also 25 years old…

  8. HBT Daily: On showboating, bat-flipping and other such nonsense

    Jun 8, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I try to figure out exactly why Bryce Harper’s kisses get us angry but David Ortiz’s bat flips don’t.

  9. Giants ready to admit mistake by releasing Miguel Tejada?

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    miguel-tejada-giants

    San Francisco signing Miguel Tejada to a one-year, $6.5 million deal and handing him the starting shortstop job at age 37 was a bad idea at the time, as they focused on his veteran-ness rather than his declining offense and lack of range. By the middle of spring training the beat reporters covering the team…

  10. Great moments in defense: Kansas City Royals edition

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Kansas City Royals

    It’s shaping up to be a pretty slow day, so let’s just keep watching videos, OK? Watch this one from the first run scored in the Royals-Jays game last night. It’s basically a replay of every single game I played in from the age of 7 through the end of my baseball career at the…

  11. Nationals draft Bryce Harper’s older brother, Bryan Harper

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    bryan harper college

    Lost in Bryce Harper’s latest foray into villainy is that the Nationals drafted his older brother yesterday, using their 30th-round pick on South Carolina left-hander Bryan Harper (not to be confused with the Brian Harper who spelled his name without a Y and was a really good player). This is actually the second time the…

  12. Would you like to watch the Derek Lowe arrest video? Of course you would.

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    derek lowe mugshot

    I’m mostly shocked that Lowe wasn’t charged for having that shirt tucked into khaki shorts.

  13. Rockies release Jose Lopez, eat $3.6 million salary

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    jose-lopez-rockies

    Colorado gave up a mid-level prospect to get Jose Lopez from Seattle this offseason, avoided arbitration by signing him to a one-year, $3.6 million contract, and released him yesterday after the veteran infielder hit .208 with a .521 OPS in 129 plate appearances. Lopez was designated for assignment last week and it’s no surprise that…

  14. Chipper Jones says Jason Heyward needs to get back on the field

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v San Francisco Giants

    I’m hesitant to say that this is an instance of Chipper Jones “calling out” Jason Heyward, but that’s only because the Braves have such little history of anyone calling anyone out for anything, I’m not certain that I can recognize a true Braves “calling out” when I see it. But yeah, Chipper is pretty much calling Jason…

  15. Rafael Furcal at least 25-30 days from returning to Dodgers

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Rafael Furcal got a platelet-rich plasma injection after being placed on the disabled list over the weekend with a strained oblique muscle suffered during a rundown and manager Don Mattingly told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that the shortstop is not expected back for 25-30 days. Dee Gordon was called up from Triple-A…

  16. Pablo Sandoval’s rehab is going well

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Pablo Sandoval began a minor league rehab stint last week following his surgery at the beginning of May.  It’s going well: last night he homered and drove in four runs for Fresno. Assuming no other physical setbacks, Sandoval could be activated by the weekend. And the Giants could use him. When he went down he was…

  17. More rumblings that Jorge Posada will be released by the All-Star break

    Jun 8, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Posada

    We heard this last month, but we’re hearing it again: If Jorge Posada isn’t hitting by the All-Star break, he’s gone.  Here’s how Ian O’Connor put it in his column at ESPN New York this morning: Posada doesn’t have two more seasons beyond this one on his contract, with a player option for a third.…

  18. Carlos Gomez made a great catch

    Jun 8, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Carlos Gomez catch.bmp

    The Mets won, but it wouldn’t have been as close if it weren’t for Carlos Gomez. Check out his catch for the third out in the top of the seventh inning, robbing Carlos Beltran of a homer. No, I got nothin’ to add to it.  Sometimes you just gotta watch a great catch.

  19. The Guillen family is not pleased with the draft thus far

    Jun 8, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    I missed this the other night, but Oney Guillen — son of Ozzie, enemy of Kenny Williams and former White Sox employee — wasn’t a big fan of the White Sox’ first pick the draft, Keenyn Walker.  Here he is on Twitter: Shocker white sox pick another good athlete black kid. How about picking a good…

  20. Ortiz’s bat flip inflames tabloids more than the Yankees

    Jun 8, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    David Ortiz

    As Matthew mentioned last night, David Ortiz flipped his bat in a somewhat flamboyant style after hitting his two-run homer off Hector Noesi in the top of the fifth (video here).  After the game, Joe Girardi said “I didn’t really care for it,” inasmuch as it was kind of showing up Noesi. After that, however,…

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