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  1. The Astros have already been eliminated

    Aug 23, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Houston Astros v Colorado Rockies

    All but eight teams get eliminated eventually, but it’s probably worth noting that the Astros were the first. They’re 34 games back of the Brewers, who only have 32 games left to play.  Seems pretty early for elimination, but that’s the 2011 Astros for you. Next up on the elimination list is Baltimore, who –…

  2. Ben Revere made a pretty spectacular catch last night

    Aug 23, 2011, 8:49 AM EST

    Ben Revere catch.bmp

    Two outs in the seventh, Vlad Guerrero up, hits a drive to deeeeeep left center, Ben Revere on his horse, and … he makes a fantastic catch. Of course since Guerrero was running he probably could have missed it and still thrown him out for an 8-3 putout, but let’s not dwell on that part…

  3. Cardinals-Dodgers game delayed by a moth flying into Matt Holliday’s ear

    Aug 23, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    Matt Holliday, Barry Weinberg

    This is one of those deals where you don’t need much more than the headline. But let no man say we don’t cover it all here at HBT: The game took an odd twist with two outs in the eighth when Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday walked off the field holding his right ear. A moth had…

  4. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 23, 2011, 5:56 AM EST

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Phillies 10, Mets 0: Actual conversation that took place between a Mets fan I randomly met and I yesterday: the two of us trying to pinpoint exactly when the season ended for New York. Think hard about it: there are so many possible instances you can point to and say “There! Right there! That’s when…

  5. Former Rockies outfielder Cory Sullivan aims for front office job

    Aug 22, 2011, 10:00 PM EST

    Cory Sullivan

    Cory Sullivan never officially announced his retirement after the Phillies let him go from Triple-A earlier this year, but he’s done as an active player and is looking for a front-office job, the Denver Post’s Troy Renck reports. Sullivan, a six-year major league veteran, hit .271/.327/.381 in 1,127 at-bats, most of them coming with the…

  6. Jose Contreras has setback during bullpen session Monday

    Aug 22, 2011, 9:43 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Philadelphia Phillies

    The odds of seeing Jose Contreras pitch for the Phillies again this season just took a real hit. Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that Contreras had his bullpen session cut short earlier today because his elbow was “barking.” He was originally scheduled to throw a bullpen session over the weekend,…

  7. Stephen Strasburg strikes out six in latest rehab start

    Aug 22, 2011, 8:31 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    The climb continues for Stephen Strasburg. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, the rehabbing right-hander allowed two runs (one earned) over three innings tonight in his latest minor league rehab start with Class A Hagerstown. Strasburg, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, gave up two hits while striking out six, walking…

  8. Jose Reyes set to begin rehab assignment Thursday

    Aug 22, 2011, 7:33 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    The Mets have lost three in a row and nine out of 11 to fall six games under the .500 mark, but they are close to getting a much-needed boost for their lineup. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Jose Reyes is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Double-A Binghamton. Reyes,…

  9. Rangers, Orioles have discussed the Chris Davis situation

    Aug 22, 2011, 6:54 PM EST

    Chris Davis

    Batlimore’s Chris Davis, who is currently on the disabled list with a partially torn right labrum, has complicated the July 30 Koji Uehara trade by saying the shoulder started bothering him when he was with Texas. Such a statement could be considered grounds for reworking the deal that sent Davis and right-hander Tommy Hunter to the…

  10. Starlin Castro benched after Sunday’s lapses

    Aug 22, 2011, 6:27 PM EST

    Starlin Castro

    Upon reviewing the tape from Sunday night’s game against the Cardinals, manager Mike Quade has decided to give shortstop Starlin Castro a “mental day off” against the Braves on Monday. In truth, it’s a benching. Castro has been accused of a lack of focus several times during his age-21 season, and ESPN focused on it…

  11. Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz closer to returning for Red Sox

    Aug 22, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Kelly Shoppach, Jacoby Ellsbury

    It looks like the banged-up Boston offense will soon get a boost. Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Jacoby Ellsbury, who is out for a third straight game tonight, likely will return to center field on Tuesday. The Boston Herald’s Scott Lauber also reports that David Ortiz will take batting practice and then have his…

  12. Alex Rodriguez is still gambling for high stakes

    Aug 22, 2011, 5:35 PM EST

    alex rodriguez poker

    I’m not sure anyone anywhere really thinks Alex Rodriguez playing high-stakes poker is a big deal, but with MLB repeatedly telling him to stop gambling and his involvement in Hollywood home games making headlines recently you’d think he might at least give it a rest for a while. Instead the New York Post reports that…

  13. Kevin Correia’s terrible second half now includes trip to DL

    Aug 22, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Kevin Correia made the All-Star team on the basis of his 11 first-half wins, but his 4.07 ERA was nothing special and not surprisingly the 30-year-old pitcher with a 4.57 career ERA coming into this season came crashing back down to earth after the break. Correia is 1-4 with a 7.23 ERA in seven starts…

  14. Indians place Travis Hafner on disabled list with foot injury

    Aug 22, 2011, 4:53 PM EST

    Travis Hafner

    Travis Hafner exited yesterday’s game with a sprained right foot and the Indians have placed the designated hitter on the disabled list. Hafner also missed time with a foot injury in April and spent a month on the DL with an oblique strain around midseason, but he’s been very productive when healthy enough to be…

  15. Heath Bell, Carlos Pena and Jim Thome all go on trade waivers

    Aug 22, 2011, 4:35 PM EST

    Heath Bell

    From FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal comes the news that the Padres’ Heath Bell, the Cubs’ Carlos Pena and the Twins’ Jim Thome and Jason Kubel were all placed on trade waivers Monday. They’ll all be on waivers — but still eligible to play — through Wednesday.  If they clear waivers, they can be dealt at any…

  16. A’s pull back Rich Harden after Indians claim him on waivers

    Aug 22, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Rich Harden

    Last month the A’s had a Rich Harden trade worked out, only to have the Red Sox back away because of concerns about his health. And now Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the A’s put Harden on waivers only to pull him back when the Indians claimed him and “couldn’t work out a deal.”…

  17. Phillies lose Jimmy Rollins, but activate Placido Polanco

    Aug 22, 2011, 3:51 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Jimmy Rollins was placed on the disabled list with a strained groin, but the Phillies have replaced him on the roster by activating Placido Polanco from the DL. Polanco hasn’t played since August 6 because of a hip injury and hasn’t played well since April because of assorted health problems, but his return allows the…

  18. Austin Jackson’s feat hadn’t been pulled off since 1988

    Aug 22, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

    Austin Jackson

    When Austin Jackson threw out Kosuke Fukudome at home to end Detroit’s 8-7 win over Cleveland on Sunday, it was the first time since 1988 that a game had ended with an 8-2 double play. Baseball-Reference’s Raphy did the research and saw only five games that had ended that way since 1973, the last coming…

  19. Josh Beckett now able to block trades with 10-and-5 rights

    Aug 22, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett wasn’t going anywhere anyway, but now he’s officially able to block any future attempts the Red Sox might make to trade him. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com notes that Beckett recently gained his 10-and-5 rights, which means he’s accumulated 10 total seasons of service time in the majors, including five consecutive seasons with the…

  20. Picture of the Day: Joe Maddon is ready for some football

    Aug 22, 2011, 2:42 PM EST

    Rays manager Joe Maddon channels Ricky Williams by doing a press conference with a football helmet on.

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