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  1. Brett Lawrie having trouble with grip, likely out until August

    Jun 23, 2011, 9:13 PM EDT

    lawrie spring reuters

    Bad news here for prospect lovers. According to Shi Davidi of Canada’s Sportsnet, Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie is still having trouble gripping a bat in his once-fractured left hand and is not expected to resume playing in live minor league games until early August. Lawrie was nearly called to the major leagues at…

  2. Nats name bench coach John McLaren as interim manager

    Jun 23, 2011, 8:26 PM EDT

    mclaren getty

    The Nationals were shocked and upset by manager Jim Riggleman’s sudden resignation after Thursday’s victory over Seattle. But it didn’t take long for the team to find a temporary replacement. According to Ben Goessling of MASN, bench coach John McLaren has been promoted to the post of interim manager and will skipper his first game…

  3. Red Sox push Josh Beckett’s next scheduled start to Tuesday

    Jun 23, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    beckett face

    From Rob Bradford of WEEI.com comes word that the Red Sox have again rescheduled Josh Beckett‘s next start, this time to Tuesday against the Phillies. Beckett has been battling flu-like symptoms since the beginning of last week and is just now starting to show signs of improving health. The Red Sox will use Jon Lester…

  4. David Wright cleared to begin baseball-related workouts

    Jun 23, 2011, 7:14 PM EDT

    New York Mets v New York Yankees

    According to David Lennon of New York’s Newsday, Mets third baseman David Wright was cleared to resume baseball activities after a promising checkup Thursday with a back specialist. Wright has been on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his lower back since mid-May. If everything goes smoothly in his workouts and subsequent minor…

  5. Tim Lincecum returns to form with 12 strikeouts against Twins

    Jun 23, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum entered Thursday 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA in four starts this month, but one never would have guessed it from his showing against the Twins.  He pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and striking out 12, before exiting a 1-0 game. Lincecum started this season showing better velocity than he had either…

  6. So what was Jim Riggleman thinking?

    Jun 23, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Jim Riggleman

    I’m still pretty stunned by the Jim Riggleman resignation.  And to be honest, I still can’t decide if it was a smart move by Riggleman or the dumbest thing ever. On the one hand, Riggleman says that he’s been “disrespected.”  We’ve heard that from wide receivers and power forwards before, but we’re not used to…

  7. Shocker: Unhappy with contract, Jim Riggleman resigns as Nationals manager

    Jun 23, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Riggleman

    Just minutes after the Nationals beat the Mariners with a walk-off sacrifice fly in a 1-0 game to move above .500 manager Jim Riggleman announced his resignation. According to general manager Mike Rizzo this morning Riggleman expressed displeasure about his contract, which includes a 2012 option that the Nationals haven’t picked up, and said he…

  8. The Nationals are a juggernaut

    Jun 23, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Washington Nationals

    UPDATE: Holy schnikes! Jim Riggleman resigned right after the game. Washington just beat Seattle 1-0, with a walkoff sac fly — the most exciting walkoff in all of baseball! — to win it. That’s a sweep of the Mariners. The most mind-boggling thing about it is that the sweep comes even though Mariners’ starters allowed a…

  9. Futures Game rosters announced

    Jun 23, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    bryce-harper-nationals

    Major League Baseball just announced the rosters of this year’s Futures Game, which will take place in Phoenix during the All-Star break.  You know the deal: prospects. Ones with future potential. Get it?  Yeah, I knew you would. You’re clever like that. The setup is U.S. vs. the World.  Here are the players, with their…

  10. Dustin Ackley moves to No. 2 spot in Mariners’ lineup as Chone Figgins’ role shrinks

    Jun 23, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics

    Dustin Ackley is batting second in the Mariners’ lineup today, which might end up being his spot for the next decade or so and points to Chone Figgins‘ role continuing to shrink. Figgins has been the No. 2 hitter for most of the past season-and-a-half and still has another two years and $17 million left…

  11. Bonus Twitter Questions!

    Jun 23, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    The Question

    For reasons outside of my control — let’s just say the video feed for HBT Daily barfed on itself this morning — we weren’t able to get to all of your Twitter questions.  And I had some saved up for the video too!  Well, waste-not, want-not, I always say, so here’s what we would have…

  12. Francisco Rodriguez after blown save: “I definitely have to get my head out of my butt”

    Jun 23, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    After blowing a save last night Francisco Rodriguez uttered one of my favorite quotes of the season: You know what, I’m going to speak as a fan, not as a player. I definitely have to get my head out of my butt, pretty much. Simple as that. I have to stop these pathetic outings; they’re…

  13. 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…

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

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    lackey face

    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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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.

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge returns from mono

    Jun 23, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    brandon-inge-tigers-throw

    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…

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