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  1. Black church leaders are advocating for Frank McCourt for some reason

    Jun 10, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    This is odd.  A group of 20 ministers of predominately black Baptist and Methodist churches met with Frank McCourt last week — at McCourt’s instigation — and have written a letter to Bud Selig, lobbying for Major League Baseball to get off his case. From the letter: “We are deeply troubled by the rancor, media…

  2. Martin Prado diagnosed with staph infection, placed on DL

    Jun 10, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    prado batting

    Martin Prado has been out of the Braves’ lineup since being struck on the left knee by a throw while trying to steal second base Tuesday and today the Braves placed him on the disabled list … with a staph infection … in his other leg. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that…

  3. Joba Chamberlain to have Tommy John surgery

    Jun 10, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 4

    UPDATE: It’s official: Joba is going to have Tommy John surgery next week with Dr. James Andrews.  Tough break, kid.  Or, well, tough tear. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mr. Chamberlain’s name to The Human Fund. YESTERDAY, WHEN THERE WAS STILL HOPE LEFT IN THE WORLD: Bad news came back for Joba…

  4. After 255 straight starts Ichiro Suzuki out of Mariners’ lineup for first time since 2009

    Jun 10, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki, Drew Butera

    With his batting average down to .252 thanks to a month-long, 13-for-87 (.149) slump Ichiro Suzuki is out of the Mariners’ lineup today for the first time since 2009. That snaps a streak of 255 consecutive starts for Suzuki, which is the second-longest in baseball behind only Matt Kemp of the Dodgers with 268. Carlos…

  5. The Yankees add Kevin Whelan to the bullpen

    Jun 10, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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    Yesterday Matthew ran down the immediate possibilities for the now-depleted Yankees bullpen. One of them he mentioned was Kevin Whelan, who has a 30/6 K/BB ratio and a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s closer this season.  That possibility is now a reality as the Yankees have called him up. One would hope, if one…

  6. Jake Fox unclaimed on waivers, stays with Orioles at Triple-A

    Jun 10, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Apparently the Orioles weren’t the only team unimpressed with Jake Fox leading MLB in homers during spring training. Designated for assignment last week, Fox cleared waivers unclaimed and the Orioles have outrighted him to Triple-A. There was some speculation that the Pirates might claim Fox to help their suddenly extremely thin catching depth, but his…

  7. Must-click link: Tim Marchman on Bill Veeck

    Jun 10, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Bill Veeck

    Over at Baseball Prospectus today, Tim Marchman writes a piece about Bill Veeck that isn’t like any piece you’ve read about Bill Veeck. It’s partially about Chicago (where Marchman lives and Veeck lived) but mostly about Veeck’s forays into way ahead-of-its-time baseball television. One of the things he did was a pilot for a show…

  8. Kevin Kouzmanoff and his $4.75 million salary cleared waivers on the way to Triple-A

    Jun 10, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Kevin Kouzmanoff Getty

    Earlier this week the A’s optioned Kevin Kouzmanoff to Triple-A, demoting the struggling third baseman while calling up the recently acquired Scott Sizemore to replace him. As if that wasn’t depressing enough for a 29-year-old veteran of six seasons and 645 games, today the A’s dropped Kouzmanoff from the 40-man roster altogether and successfully passed…

  9. Tony La Russa to overmanage his 5000th game tonight

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Ah, I kid La Russa, because he’s a kidder.  Wait, no he’s not. He’s one of the more humorless managers in recent history. Hmmm, how about I kid Tony La Russa because I’m just not that big a fan. But even if I’m not a fan I do admire and respect his accomplishments, which will…

  10. Padres lose setup man Luke Gregerson to strained oblique

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:24 PM EDT

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    Lost in the hoopla surrounding Anthony Rizzo’s debut is that the Padres placed setup man Luke Gregerson on the disabled list last night with a strained oblique muscle. Gregerson isn’t a household name, but he has a 3.14 ERA and 196 strikeouts in 181 innings since debuting in 2009, including a 2.63 ERA in 30…

  11. Nats’ draftee Zach Houchins is in Twitter trouble

    Jun 10, 2011, 12:38 PM EDT

    Nationals logo

    The Nats’ 15th round pick was a shortstop named Zach Houchins, who played for  Louisburg Junior College in North Carolina.  Mr. Houchins used to have a Twitter account, but he deleted it after people noticed that he had a bunch of inflammatory stuff on there.  A lesson Mr. Houchins was apparently not taught: deleting your Twitter account doesn’t really…

  12. “Just a matter of time before the Angels release” Scott Kazmir

    Jun 10, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Scott Kazmir turned in another ugly start at Triple-A last night and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times writes that “it now appears to be just a matter of time before the Angels release the struggling left-hander and swallow his $14.5-million contract.” Kazmir coughed up six runs in 3.2 innings last night, walking five…

  13. Why are reporters in locker rooms anyway?

    Jun 10, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Press

    Over at the Wall Street Journal today Craig Wolff writes about something I’ve been thinking about for a long time: what purpose, exactly, does it serve to have reporters in the locker room before and after games? Read the thinking-it-through parts of it all, which are good, but here’s the central question I think: In…

  14. Cecil Fielder wants to make amends with Prince Fielder, who still wants nothing to do with him

    Jun 10, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    cecil fielder and prince fielder

    Alex Espinoza of the Yuma Sun wrote a story about former slugger Cecil Fielder entitled “Fielder hoping to mend relationship with son.” Within the article there are no real details about why Cecil Fielder and Prince Fielder are estranged, but the story does include a bunch of quotes from Cecil–including “can’t anybody say I didn’t…

  15. HBT Daily: The at-bat walkup song draft

    Jun 10, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    wutang

    We’re doing something a little different today. This time, with voting. Note. Tiffany says “I’m going getto. All the time.” And watch for the pic of Darth Vader.

  16. Twins place Denard Span on 7-day concussion disabled list

    Jun 10, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Denard Span

    Still “dizzy” and “foggy” following a relatively minor-looking home plate collision Friday night, Denard Span has been placed on the new seven-day disabled list for concussions by the Twins. Span was diagnosed with a mild concussion after spending four hours being examined by doctors in Minnesota yesterday and the Twins are all too aware of…

  17. There’s a (sadly non-binding) fan poll for the Home Run Derby

    Jun 10, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Home Run Derby

    I wasn’t aware of this, but apparently there is a fan poll in which people can vote for who they’d like to see in the All-Star Game Home Run Derby.  You can vote here. Major League Baseball just announced who was leading the voting thus far: In the NL it’s Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and…

  18. Bill Hall drawing interest from Nationals and Orioles

    Jun 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bill Hall

    Released by the Astros earlier this week, Bill Hall is drawing interest from the Nationals and Orioles, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Rosenthal also notes that the Yankees pursued Hall during the offseason and could be interested in the veteran utility man again now. Hall was released by the Astros two months into a…

  19. Some notable numbers from Japan: Pacific League stats

    Jun 10, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    Now a look through the Pacific League stats. It’s all about the pitching there right now: in a six-team league, there are 12 starters with sub-2.00 ERAs. Here was the Central League rundown, if you missed it. First the bats: Aarom Baldiris: .231/.329/.331, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 1 SB in 121 AB Dee Brown: .161/.188/.194,…

  20. Firing Bob Geren is not gonna solve the A’s problems

    Jun 10, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Lew Wolff

    If you believe what we’ve been hearing about the Atheltics’ clubhouse issues — and I tend to believe it — Bob Geren had to go. He had lost his team, assuming he ever had ‘em, and it was time for a change. The second pass at all of that — that it wasn’t Bob Geren…

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