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  1. Astros will be sellers, but “unlikely to trade” Hunter Pence

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Houston Astros

    Houston has MLB’s worst record at 28-51, which puts them on a 57-105 pace and all but guarantees the Astros will be trying to unload various veterans for any kind of long-term help they can get before the trade deadline. However, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com “the Astros remain unlikely to trade right fielder…

  2. Mets player: “most of us are still Neanderthals”

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Neanderthal

    Last month when I wrote about Charles Barkley’s comments on an active gay athlete coming out, I referred to those who would not be accepting of such a thing as “Neanderthals.”  Some people in the comments thought it was a low blow of me to refer to simple dumb bigots as “Neanderthals.” To each his…

  3. Adam Dunn reaches 100 strikeouts in his 67th game

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    Adam Dunn struck out four times yesterday to reach 100 strikeouts for the season, which is pretty remarkable considering the White Sox have played 79 games and Dunn himself has appeared in just 67 of them. To put that in some context, 100 strikeouts in 67 games works out to 239 strikeouts per 160 games…

  4. The Dodgers’ goal in bankruptcy: a television rights auction

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    old TV

    The Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin has been reading the bankruptcy filings this morning, and notes that Frank McCourt’s apparent end game here is to get the bankruptcy court to auction off the television rights for the Dodgers, thereby providing them with the cash they need to keep going. The obstacles: the Dodgers’ current deal…

  5. Marlon Byrd to begin rehab assignment and wear specially designed helmet

    Jun 27, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    marlon byrd helmet

    Marlon Byrd has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment five weeks after suffering facial fractures from a beaning and the Cubs center fielder showed Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune the special protective helmet he’ll wear. As for how long he’ll wear it, Byrd told Sullivan that he’s not sure yet: I might…

  6. “David Ortiz is not a baseball player”

    Jun 27, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Remember that John Steigerwald guy who blamed Bryan Stow’s beating on the fact that he wore a Giants jersey to Dodger Stadium? Yeah, that was some first class poop-stirring. This bit he wrote about David Ortiz over the weekend doesn’t approach that state of sublimity, but it’s pretty good poop-stirring all the same. The inspiration:…

  7. Mike Quade on Starlin Castro’s lack of hustle: “It better not happen again”

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Mike Quade, Starlin Castro

    I’m sure Jack McKeon would have benched Starlin Castro for the rest of the decade by now, but Cubs manager Mike Quade has taken a less extreme approach to handling the 21-year-old shortstop’s lack of hustle. In the first inning of yesterday’s game Castro failed to run after a ground ball that went past him…

  8. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Phillies' Halladay throws in the fourth inning during their MLB Interleague baseball game with the Athletics in Philadelphia

    Some people didn’t like my little tour of the cities thing last week and said that you’d prefer it if I just stuck to the “Team X has won Y of Z games, so look out for Team X!” blather.  I can’t tell if those people are merely trolls or if there is a genuine…

  9. Twins’ momentum vanishes as they fall back into last place

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Delmon Young

    Digging out of their massive early season hole seemed possible and then some when the Twins chased Giants starter Madison Bumgarner from last Tuesday’s game with an eight-run first inning. They’d won eight in a row as part of a 15-2 stretch that improved the Twins from an MLB-worst 17-37 to 32-39, miraculously bringing .500…

  10. Jeff Wilpon scolds Mets for not throwing at Athletics’ players

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jeff Wilpon photo

    I missed this yesterday, but reader The Dangerous Mabry gave me the heads up.  ESPN New York reports that Jeff Wilpon scolded Mets players for not retaliating at Athletics’ players after Justin Turner was hit by a pitch on Thursday. The pitch that hit him — in the leg — was probably itself thrown at him…

  11. Mariners won’t limit rookie Michael Pineda’s workload

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Back in April the Mariners indicated that they planned to limit Michael Pineda‘s workload, but never got into specifics as pitching coach Carl Willis said: “We’ll come up with a number, maybe another month in.” We’re now another two months in and apparently they’ve changed their minds, at least somewhat, as Willis told Greg Johns…

  12. Bare-handed Evan Longoria breaks out

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria, Carlos Corporan

    I didn’t mention this in the recaps this morning because I was too busy being clever about a 14-10 final score, but Evan Longoria had a huge game yesterday, going 4 for 6 with two homers and five RBI. He had a huge weekend, in fact, getting eight hits, three homers and 10 RBI against the…

  13. Aaron Harang (foot) unlikely to return before All-Star break

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Aaron Harang

    Aaron Harang threw a bullpen session yesterday as he recovers from a foot injury, but manager Bud Black told Dan Hayes of the North County Times that the right-hander is unlikely to rejoin the Padres’ rotation before the All-Star break. Harang provided a nice return on the Padres’ modest $4 million offseason investment by throwing…

  14. Manny Ramirez is the Dodgers’ biggest creditor

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Whenever you file for bankruptcy, you have to file a list of your creditors.  The Dodgers filed theirs — see the whole filing here — and it’s a fun list: Manny Ramirez, $20,992,086 Andruw Jones, $11,075,000 Hiroki Kuroda, $4,483,516 Rafael Furcal, $3,725,275 Chicago White Sox, $3,500,000 Ted Lilly, $3,423,077 Zach Lee, $3,400,000 Kaz Ishii, $3,300,000…

  15. Ridiculous quote of the day: Frank McCourt edition

    Jun 27, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt just released a lengthy statement with respect to the Dodgers’ bankruptcy filing.  Here’s my favorite part. It comes right after McCourt says that he tried to do the Fox deal but that Bud Selig got in his way: I simply cannot allow the Commissioner to knowingly and intentionally be in a position to…

  16. The Dodgers file for bankruptcy

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    A mere three days before the payroll comes due — payroll that Frank McCourt can’t meet — the Dodgers have filed for bankruptcy, reports Richard Sandomir. With that, the legal game begins. Obviously the situation is fluid, and more details will stream in as the morning and day progresses, but for the time being, this could…

  17. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    mix tape

    While in West Virginia over the weekend I took the kids to a couple of scenic places in the New River Gorge and had a couple of nice meals. But this was easily the highlight of the trip. Found it in my wife’s childhood bedroom. Still in the wrapper, just waiting to be made into…

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

    Jun 27, 2011, 5:42 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Los Angeles Dodgers

    I was out of town for the second weekend in a row. This time to West Virginia to visit my mother-in-law and to breathe some mountain air. Bonus: you can pick up the Beckley, West Virginia newspaper on Sunday morning and read last Wednesday’s box scores! Reminds me of being a baseball fan back in…

  19. Yankees kick Keith Olbermann to the curb on Old-Timers’ Day

    Jun 26, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    Keith Olbermann

    Or as he put it himself, Keith Olbermann is a former old-timer. For 11 years, Olbermann was the in-stadium color commentator for the Yankees’ Old-Timers’ Day festivities, sitting alongside Bob Wolff.  However, the Yankees opted to relieve him of his duties in advance of Sunday’s event, replacing him with Suzyn Waldman. Olbermann was informed of…

  20. Carlos Guillen to begin rehab assignment Monday at Single-A

    Jun 26, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    guillen getty pose

    Finally, some positive news for Carlos Guillen. David Mayo of the Grand Rapids Press reports that the veteran infielder has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment and will get things started Monday with Single-A Lakeland. Guillen has not played in a major league game since undergoing microfracture knee surgery in September of…

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