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  1. Yankees sweep, Red Sox get swept

    Jun 1, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano

    So much for momentum. The Yankees finished off a sweep in Oakland with their 10th straight victory over the A’s on Wednesday, while the Red Sox lost their third in a row to the White Sox at home, giving the Bombers a two-game lead in the AL East. The Red Sox, apparently worn out after…

  2. Japanese team sends Chan Ho Park to minors, tells him to “stop fooling around”

    Jun 1, 2011, 6:43 PM EDT

    CVhan Ho Park

    There wasn’t much of a free agent market for Chan Ho Park despite his sold performance down the stretch for the Pirates, so the 38-year-old veteran of 17 MLB seasons headed to Japan and signed with the Orix Buffaloes. And apparently it isn’t going very well. Alastair Himmer of Reuters reports that Park was demoted…

  3. Andrew Bailey looks ready to close for A’s

    Jun 1, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    Andrew Bailey, who missed the first two months with a strained forearm, just pitched his second perfect inning in two appearances since coming off the DL, getting two groundouts and a flyout in the ninth inning with the A’s down by two against the Yankees. Bailey has yet to get a strikeout since returning, but he is…

  4. First-third awards: 2011 AL Rookie of the Year

    Jun 1, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Wilson Ramos, who started off in the AL with the Twins, was my choice as the NL Rookie of the Year one-third of the way through the season.  Now on to the other league. Just for the fun of it, we’ll look at the hitters first: Mark Trumbo (1B Angels): .256/.306/.472, 10 HR, 28 RBI, 5…

  5. Cardinals to place Matt Holliday, Kyle McClellan on DL

    Jun 1, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    A pair of big losses for first-place St. Louis. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak told the media Wednesday that both Matt Holliday and Kyle McClellan would go on the DL prior to Thursday’s game. Holliday has been nursing a quad injury for over a week now.  He missed six games before returning to the lineup Monday. …

  6. Adam Jones may have made the play of the year

    Jun 1, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    Adam Jones catch.bmp

    Not much else to say about it other than “watch this.” Over the shoulder. On the run. Into the wall. Wow. That pic is from right after he caught it.  It reminded me of this:  

  7. Cue the injury jokes: Rich Harden is throwing again

    Jun 1, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    rich harden a's injured

    I’ll try to avoid the usual durability jokes and simply pass this news along, because Rich Harden has certainly had it rough enough. The oft-injured right-hander has resumed throwing off a mound following two months on the sidelines with lat muscle soreness, but manager Bob Geren cautioned to Jane Lee of MLB.com that there’s no…

  8. Aramis Ramirez leaves game after taking a grounder to the face

    Jun 1, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v San Francisco Giants

    Is it just me, or is a lot of this going around lately? Cubs’ third baseman Aramis Ramirez left today’s Cubs-Astros game after taking a grounder off the bat of Chris Johnson squarely to the face. He has a lip laceration and will be checked out for a concussion and stuff, but he seems OK.…

  9. Dan Haren tweaks back during bullpen session

    Jun 1, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Minnesota Twins

    The Angels might have to find somebody else to start Saturday against the Yankees. According to Robert Falkoff of MLB.com, Dan Haren had to cut his bullpen session short earlier today with something Mike Scioscia called a “a little tweak” in his back. Haren was immediately escorted to the training room for further evaluation, so…

  10. Red Sox reliever Rich Hill leaves today’s game with forearm injury

    Jun 1, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    rich-hill-red-sox

    Red Sox reliever Rich Hill came in to today’s White Sox-Red Sox game to face Adam Dunn, threw seven pitches and after the seventh grabbed his left arm in pain.  He was lifted from the game. As of a few minutes ago the Red Sox are referring to it as a “forearm injury.” Hill is,…

  11. Brent Lillibridge is the new Ben Zobrist?

    Jun 1, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Brent Lillibridge

    There are some definite similarities. Neither was particularly heralded coming out of college.  Lillibridge was the Pirates’ fourth-round pick in 2005. Zobrist was a sixth-rounder a year earlier. Both primarily played shortstop coming up. Both were very good on-base guys in the minors who struggled mightily in their initial looks in the majors. Lillibridge hit .194/254/.297 in 273 at-bats for…

  12. Initial AL All-Star voting released. Derek Jeter and five other Yankees leading at their positions

    Jun 1, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    jeter grimace

    As was the case yesterday with the NL All-Star voting, it’s too early to really argue about this stuff, but it’s not like that has stopped us before. And given that Derek Freaking Jeter is leading the All-Star voting at shortstop right now, at least some complaining is warranted.  Really Yankees fans? Really? Aren’t you…

  13. Get used to Bartolo Colon-style stem cell procedures, because they’re going to explode in popularity

    Jun 1, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    Dr. Damon Noto, who is one of five doctors in the United Statess who performs stem cell procedures like the one Bartolo Colon got before this season was on WFAN yesterday. When asked if we’re going to see a lot more of this kind of thing he said you can bet your bippy on it: “Absolutely.…

  14. Marlon Byrd likely out 4-6 weeks with facial fractures

    Jun 1, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Marlon Byrd after beaning

    We finally have a timetable for Marlon Byrd‘s return from the scary injury he suffered when he was hit by a pitch in Boston on May 21. “They’re looking 4-6 weeks, and I think that timetable is about right,” Byrd said Wednesday. “You can’t rush the fractures. You have to make sure they heal, and that…

  15. David Freese on recovery from broken hand: “I’m way ahead of schedule”

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    St. Louis’ medical staff hasn’t had the greatest track record this season, but David Freese was cleared to resume swinging yesterday and the third baseman said he’s “way ahead of schedule” in his recovery from a broken left hand. Freese underwent surgery on May 3 and visited a hand specialist yesterday, but Austin Laymance of…

  16. Quote of the Day: a fabulous explanation of the interplay between stats and baseball’s human element

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Over at the Angels blog Halos Heaven, they’re interviewing their own writers so that readers can get to know them.  The man who goes by the name of Suboptimal was asked about his thoughts on the “stats vs. chemistry” debate. Or, as I took his answer to mean, the interplay between statistical analysis of baseball…

  17. First-third awards: 2011 NL Cy Young

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    Following up yesterday’s look at the AL Cy Young race one-third of the way through the season, here’s the rundown on the NL. First, the top 10 starters by ERA: 1. Jair Jurrjens (Braves): 7-1, 1.51 ERA, 38/11 K/BB in 65.2 IP 2. Josh Johnson (Marlins): 3-1, 1.64 ERA, 56/20 K/BB in 60.1 IP 3.…

  18. Spring training home run leader Jake Fox designated for assignment by Orioles

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

    jake-fox-orioles

    Jake Fox made some headlines during spring training for hitting .333 with an MLB-leading seven homers, which got people who didn’t know any better way too excited about a 27-year-old journeyman without a defensive home. Orioles manager Buck Showalter stressed that Fox would have to improve defensively to get much playing time and sure enough…

  19. HBT Daily: What we talk about when we talk about someone being overrated

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I — and my new glasses, which are kind of weird, I’ll admit — discuss Sports Illustrated’s “most overrated” list

  20. Magglio Ordonez to begin rehab assignment Friday

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Magglio basepaths

    Magglio Ordonez has been cleared for game action after taking two weeks off to rest his surgically repaired ankle, so he’ll begin a rehab assignment Friday at Triple-A. According to Jason Beck of MLB.com the Tigers haven’t said how long they expect Ordonez to spend in the minors, so presumably his bat will determine the…

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