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  1. Brian Cashman: “I don’t want a guy walking off the mound singing ‘Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah’”

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Brian Cashman is not going to put his life on the line for A.J. Burnett. As the New York Post reports this morning, Burnett only has one more guaranteed start, and that’s this Friday against the Orioles. The next time he starts after that the rosters will be expanded and the Yankees, who have a…

  2. Cole Hamels downplays talk of Jered Weaver-like extension

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Philadelphia Phillies

    Cole Hamels and Jered Weaver are about as close as two pitchers get in terms of age, service time, and performance, leading to some natural speculation that Weaver’s five-year, $85 million extension with the Angels would clear the path for Hamels to sign a similar deal with the Phillies. That may happen eventually, but Hamels…

  3. Video: Minor leaguer uses his head to start a triple play

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    No, not his brain. His head.  Viva baseball:  

  4. Adam Wainwright threw from 120 feet yesterday

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    adam-wainwright-cardinals2

    Adam Wainwright‘s comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery has progressed to the point that he made 50 throws from 120 feet yesterday, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Wainwright, who went under the knife in late February, is hoping to be cleared to throw off a mound at some point in…

  5. The Roger Maris discussion heats up

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Roger Maris

    George Vecsey wrote a column on Sunday — and follows up with a blog post today — about Roger Maris, his legacy and his Hall of Fame chances.  In both places Vecsey says that he would not vote for Maris for the Hall of Fame if he had the franchise (he doesn’t, because the New…

  6. Angel Pagan almost misses an at bat while on the john

    Aug 23, 2011, 9:32 AM EST

    Pagan_Angel

    Gentlemen: start your references to this being a microcosm for the Mets’ season … now! Angel Pagan was due up in the fifth inning of last night’s Mets-Phillies game and … was nowhere to be found.  Seems that nature called. I like the way Andy Martino put it in the Daily News: “Turns out, the center…

  7. The Astros have already been eliminated

    Aug 23, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Houston Astros v Colorado Rockies

    All but eight teams get eliminated eventually, but it’s probably worth noting that the Astros were the first. They’re 34 games back of the Brewers, who only have 32 games left to play.  Seems pretty early for elimination, but that’s the 2011 Astros for you. Next up on the elimination list is Baltimore, who –…

  8. Ben Revere made a pretty spectacular catch last night

    Aug 23, 2011, 8:49 AM EST

    Ben Revere catch.bmp

    Two outs in the seventh, Vlad Guerrero up, hits a drive to deeeeeep left center, Ben Revere on his horse, and … he makes a fantastic catch. Of course since Guerrero was running he probably could have missed it and still thrown him out for an 8-3 putout, but let’s not dwell on that part…

  9. Cardinals-Dodgers game delayed by a moth flying into Matt Holliday’s ear

    Aug 23, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    Matt Holliday, Barry Weinberg

    This is one of those deals where you don’t need much more than the headline. But let no man say we don’t cover it all here at HBT: The game took an odd twist with two outs in the eighth when Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday walked off the field holding his right ear. A moth had…

  10. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 23, 2011, 5:56 AM EST

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Phillies 10, Mets 0: Actual conversation that took place between a Mets fan I randomly met and I yesterday: the two of us trying to pinpoint exactly when the season ended for New York. Think hard about it: there are so many possible instances you can point to and say “There! Right there! That’s when…

  11. Former Rockies outfielder Cory Sullivan aims for front office job

    Aug 22, 2011, 10:00 PM EST

    Cory Sullivan

    Cory Sullivan never officially announced his retirement after the Phillies let him go from Triple-A earlier this year, but he’s done as an active player and is looking for a front-office job, the Denver Post’s Troy Renck reports. Sullivan, a six-year major league veteran, hit .271/.327/.381 in 1,127 at-bats, most of them coming with the…

  12. Jose Contreras has setback during bullpen session Monday

    Aug 22, 2011, 9:43 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Philadelphia Phillies

    The odds of seeing Jose Contreras pitch for the Phillies again this season just took a real hit. Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that Contreras had his bullpen session cut short earlier today because his elbow was “barking.” He was originally scheduled to throw a bullpen session over the weekend,…

  13. Stephen Strasburg strikes out six in latest rehab start

    Aug 22, 2011, 8:31 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    The climb continues for Stephen Strasburg. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, the rehabbing right-hander allowed two runs (one earned) over three innings tonight in his latest minor league rehab start with Class A Hagerstown. Strasburg, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, gave up two hits while striking out six, walking…

  14. Jose Reyes set to begin rehab assignment Thursday

    Aug 22, 2011, 7:33 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    The Mets have lost three in a row and nine out of 11 to fall six games under the .500 mark, but they are close to getting a much-needed boost for their lineup. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Jose Reyes is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Double-A Binghamton. Reyes,…

  15. Rangers, Orioles have discussed the Chris Davis situation

    Aug 22, 2011, 6:54 PM EST

    Chris Davis

    Batlimore’s Chris Davis, who is currently on the disabled list with a partially torn right labrum, has complicated the July 30 Koji Uehara trade by saying the shoulder started bothering him when he was with Texas. Such a statement could be considered grounds for reworking the deal that sent Davis and right-hander Tommy Hunter to the…

  16. Starlin Castro benched after Sunday’s lapses

    Aug 22, 2011, 6:27 PM EST

    Starlin Castro

    Upon reviewing the tape from Sunday night’s game against the Cardinals, manager Mike Quade has decided to give shortstop Starlin Castro a “mental day off” against the Braves on Monday. In truth, it’s a benching. Castro has been accused of a lack of focus several times during his age-21 season, and ESPN focused on it…

  17. Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz closer to returning for Red Sox

    Aug 22, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Kelly Shoppach, Jacoby Ellsbury

    It looks like the banged-up Boston offense will soon get a boost. Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Jacoby Ellsbury, who is out for a third straight game tonight, likely will return to center field on Tuesday. The Boston Herald’s Scott Lauber also reports that David Ortiz will take batting practice and then have his…

  18. Alex Rodriguez is still gambling for high stakes

    Aug 22, 2011, 5:35 PM EST

    alex rodriguez poker

    I’m not sure anyone anywhere really thinks Alex Rodriguez playing high-stakes poker is a big deal, but with MLB repeatedly telling him to stop gambling and his involvement in Hollywood home games making headlines recently you’d think he might at least give it a rest for a while. Instead the New York Post reports that…

  19. Kevin Correia’s terrible second half now includes trip to DL

    Aug 22, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Kevin Correia made the All-Star team on the basis of his 11 first-half wins, but his 4.07 ERA was nothing special and not surprisingly the 30-year-old pitcher with a 4.57 career ERA coming into this season came crashing back down to earth after the break. Correia is 1-4 with a 7.23 ERA in seven starts…

  20. Indians place Travis Hafner on disabled list with foot injury

    Aug 22, 2011, 4:53 PM EST

    Travis Hafner

    Travis Hafner exited yesterday’s game with a sprained right foot and the Indians have placed the designated hitter on the disabled list. Hafner also missed time with a foot injury in April and spent a month on the DL with an oblique strain around midseason, but he’s been very productive when healthy enough to be…

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