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  1. The Rays need to get out of Tampa Bay

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Matt Joyce, Evan Longoria

    I don’t know that I know enough myself to make such a judgment, but that’s the judgment of ESPN’s Steve Berthiaume, who writes what I feel to be a fairly accurate and even-handed assessment of the problems facing the Rays in St. Petersburg, concluding thusly: Again: This is not about assigning blame. Nobody is a…

  2. John Lackey isn’t doing himself any favors with Boston media

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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    John Lackey has certainly pitched poorly enough with the Red Sox that fans and media members would be extremely tough on him anyway, but he also didn’t help matters in last night’s postgame dealings with reporters. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe describes the scene, which started with Lackey replying “I don’t know, you guys…

  3. Roger Clemens can get the Mitchell Report notes

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens closeup head

    Roger Clemens’ perjury trial is coming up soon, and one of the little skirmishes in advance of it is whether Clemens would be allowed access to the notes of the investigators who helped put together the Mitchell Report. Today a judge ruled that, yep, he can have access to them. The specific notes in question…

  4. More elbow problems send Jose Contreras back to DL

    Jun 23, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    Jose Contreras lasted just nine appearances between disabled list stints, as the Phillies have placed the 39-year-old reliever back on the shelf with more elbow problems. Contreras was previously on the DL for five weeks beginning in late April and allowed six runs in six innings since returning, giving him a 3.86 ERA and 13/8…

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

    Jun 23, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Question

    If we can get the hamster and the wheel inside our camera working properly we’ll have some Twitter questions on HBT Daily later. For now, the ones that didn’t make the video cut.

  6. Adrian Gonzalez is hitting .359 and on pace for 151 RBIs

    Jun 23, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Adrian Gonzalez totaled eight hits in three games while facing the Padres for the first time since they traded him to the Red Sox in December and now leads the league in batting average (.359), RBIs (69), hits (109), and doubles (25) while ranking among the top three in slugging percentage (.609), OPS (1.019), and…

  7. No, Jose Reyes is not going to the Yankees

    Jun 23, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Mets

    There are some folks out there — not really folks with media credentials or any special insight, but folks all the same, usually in blog comments sections — who like to pretend that Jose Reyes is going to be a New York Yankee at some point soon.  They can probably apply their minds in a…

  8. Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge returns from mono

    Jun 23, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Detroit has activated Brandon Inge from the disabled list after the third baseman missed three weeks with mononucleosis, optioning Danny Worth back to Triple-A to clear roster space. Inge, who inked a two-year, $11.5 million extension this offseason, hit just .211 with one homer and a .565 OPS in 52 games prior to being shut…

  9. Orlando Cabrera is John Galt

    Jun 23, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Orlando Cabrera doesn’t much care for playing third base. But according to Paul Hoynes, Cabrera has a way of dealing with the challenges facing him at the hot corner: The Tribe’s Orlando Cabrera prepared for his second-ever start at third base Wednesday night by reading “Atlas Shrugged,” by Ayn Rand. “This is my bible,” Cabrera…

  10. A’s place Josh Willingham on DL with Achilles’ tendon injury

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Josh Willingham repeatedly said that he planned to avoid the disabled list after aggravating an Achilles’ tendon injury Friday, but he hasn’t played since and now the A’s have put him on the shelf. Willingham hasn’t hit well in his first season with the A’s, batting just .231 with 10 homers and a .718 OPS…

  11. Fox won’t have Frank McCourt’s back if he takes the team into bankruptcy

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    One possible strategy — outside of extreme and acrimonious litigation — Frank McCourt could pursue to thwart Major League Baseball’s seizure of the team when he fails to meet payroll is to put the team into bankruptcy.  I’m not a bankruptcy expert — not by a longshot — but generally speaking a bankruptcy filing puts…

  12. Second opinion confirms Jed Lowrie doesn’t need surgery

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Jed Lowrie was placed on the disabled list after feeling his left shoulder pop out of the socket last Thursday, but the Red Sox’s medical staff advised against surgery and a second opinion yesterday from Dr. Lewis Yocum agreed. Lowrie originally injured his shoulder in a collision with Carl Crawford on May 29 and ineffectively…

  13. 2012 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 40-21

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    Here’s the second twenty, free agents Nos. 40-21. The closer run begins here, and I’m also including the one potential Japanese import I felt comfortable enough ranking. I’ll be wrapping up the series Friday morning.

  14. Phillie Phanatic gets smacked with a foul ball

    Jun 23, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Phanatic

    I knew a guy who used to do the mascot thing. It’s not an easy gig. The suits are hotter than blue blazes, it’s not easy to see in them, let alone dance and clown around, and you can bet your life on the fact that at least half of the people you interact with…

  15. Ron Roenicke: Interleague play is unfair

    Jun 23, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    The Brewers look to be in a dogfight with the Cardinals in the NL Central all year. It’s hard enough to compete with the Cardinals, however, without being saddled with a tougher schedule. But a tougher schedule is what Milwaukee has, thanks to an interleague slate that includes trips to Boston and New York, a…

  16. A fan Bartmaned a ball at AT&T Park last night

    Jun 23, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Rage WTF

    It ended up not impacting the game, but this is a serious code violation: A Giants fan sitting along the left-field line at AT&T Park last night snagged a foul ball that Giants outfielder Cody Ross could have caught in the sixth inning. Here’s the play. I love how the fan mouths the words “oh shucks!” —…

  17. Frank McCourt has paid back hundreds of thousands in questionable Dodgers charity salary expenditures

    Jun 23, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    If Frank McCourt only misses the June 30th payroll by only $122,000, we know why! Jim Peltz and Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times report: Dodgers owner Frank McCourt repaid more than $100,000 to a team charity after the state attorney general found the funds had been used primarily for the benefit of the club’s former chief…

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

    Jun 23, 2011, 5:58 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Cincinnati Reds - Game Two

    Yankees 4, Reds 2; Reds 10, Yankees 2: A twin bill thanks to Tuesday night’s rain. We start with the second one because that has the coolest thing in it: Chris Heisey hitting three homers and driving in five. Like a boss. New York takes the first one with an effective outing from Freddy Garcia…

  19. Charlie Manuel makes plea for a right-handed hitter

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:22 AM EDT

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    At 47-28, the Philadelphia Phillies have the best record in baseball. They allow an MLB-best 3.2 runs per game, and trail only the Yankees and Red Sox in run differential. But this team could be better, and Charlie Manuel knows it. The Phillies manager is making a rather public plea for help for his lineup,…

  20. Torii Hunter leaves game after banging wall on catch

    Jun 22, 2011, 10:21 PM EDT

    hunter injured

    Angels outfielder Torii Hunter had to be lifted from Wednesday’s game against the Marlins after crashing into the right field wall while making a dazzling leaping catch on a Gaby Sanchez fly ball. Hunter laid on the ground for several moments before eventually walking off the field under his own power. He was spotted smiling…

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