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  1. Picture of the Day: “Better Days” at Wrigley Field

    Aug 25, 2011, 6:06 PM EST

    Susan Tedeschi sang “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field today, which immediately becomes the highlight of the Cubs’ season:

  2. Indians on the verge of acquiring Jim Thome from the Twins

    Aug 25, 2011, 5:46 PM EST

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    This morning we learned that the Indians claimed Jim Thome off revocable waivers from the Twins and now Nick Camino of 1100-WTAM in Cleveland reports that the two sides are very close to a deal. Thome would fill the void in the middle of the Indians’ lineup created by Travis Hafner‘s foot injury, which may…

  3. Take a cruise with baseball greats

    Aug 25, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Vida Blue

    Some cruise company is offering cruises with various baseball greats this fall. Or in some cases near-greats, but they’re all better than you. They all take place between November and March. Here are the offerings: A seven-night Western Caribbean cruise Ferguson Jenkins, Glenn Beckert, Frank Howard and Bill Russell; A 10-night Western Caribbean cruise with Tommy…

  4. Tommy Hanson leaves Braves to have shoulder re-examined

    Aug 25, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Tommy Hanson

    Tommy Hanson had to cut short his bullpen session Monday because of shoulder pain and now he’s headed back to Atlanta to undergo another MRI exam. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Hanson has already had two MRI exams, with the first one leading to a disabled list stint and cortisone shot…

  5. Tweet of the Day: Manny Acta wants Jim Thome

    Aug 25, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

    Manny Acta, responding to reports that the Indians claimed Jim Thome off revocable waivers:

  6. Frank McCourt is paying someone to read this

    Aug 25, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    As Bill Shaikin reported yesterday — and as Steve Dilbeck reveled in today — part of the some $2.34 million in legal bills thus far submitted to the bankruptcy court considering the Dodgers case is a half hour entry by an attorney for “reviewing press reports” relating to Dodgers’ $150 million loan from MLB.  It…

  7. Francisco Liriano leaves start, put on DL with shoulder injury

    Aug 25, 2011, 4:21 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Minnesota Twins

    UPDATE: Liriano has been placed on the disabled list, with the Twins calling up Scott Diamond from Triple-A for tomorrow’s spot start. ========== Francisco Liriano, who spent time on the disabled list in May and June with shoulder problems and has a lengthy history of assorted arm injuries, left today’s start against the Orioles after…

  8. Rockies closer Huston Street set to come off DL tomorrow

    Aug 25, 2011, 4:12 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Colorado Rockies

    Huston Street threw a pair of scoreless innings while rehabbing at Triple-A and is expected to come off the disabled list tomorrow, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. He’s been out since August 8 with a strained triceps and Rafael Betancourt has been flawless as the fill-in closer, but the Rockies figure to…

  9. Derek Jeter moves up on hits, runs scored lists

    Aug 25, 2011, 3:52 PM EST

    Derek Jeter

    By tripling and coming around to score in the first inning of Thursday’s game against the A’s, Derek Jeter moved up one more notch on both the all-time hits and runs scored lists. Jeter’s hit was his 3,056th, pushing him past Rickey Henderson into 21st place.  He’s already moved up seven places since reaching 3,000…

  10. Herb, Youk and the Biz

    Aug 25, 2011, 3:33 PM EST

    Biz

    I’m not sure who debases themselves more in this commercial: the car dealer guy, Kevin Youkilis or the Diabolical Biz Markie. I’m going with the auto dealer, actually.

  11. Jeremy Hellickson fans four batters in an inning

    Aug 25, 2011, 3:21 PM EST

    Jeremy Hellickson

    Jeremy Hellickson struck out four batters in the third inning Thursday against the Tigers, becoming the first pitcher in Rays history to pull off the feat. After Austin Jackson reached on a strike three/wild pitch to begin the inning, Hellickson fanned Ramon Santiago, Delmon Young and Victor Martinez in order.  Martinez was hitting in the cleanup…

  12. Alex Rodriguez returns to Yankees’ lineup after thumb injury

    Aug 25, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez watches from the dugout as the Yankees take batting practice in Minneapolis

    After missing the past two games with a sprained thumb Alex Rodriguez is back in the Yankees’ lineup today, playing third base and batting cleanup against the A’s. Rodriguez missed 38 games following knee surgery and lasted just one game before suffering the thumb injury, going 0-for-5 against the Twins in his return Sunday. He…

  13. Hurricane Irene is totally messing with this weekend’s games

    Aug 25, 2011, 2:45 PM EST

    Hurricane Irene

    Yesterday the Marlins and the Reds played a double header in order to get out ahead of Hurricane Irene’s impact.  As of a few minutes ago we have our first official rejiggering of the schedule for this weekend: the Phillies have moved Sunday’s game to Saturday, making it part of a day-night doubleheader with the…

  14. The Cubs are giving away a strange cap

    Aug 25, 2011, 2:01 PM EST

    Cubs Cap

    The first 10,000 people at Wrigley Field for today’s Cubs-Braves game are getting this cap.  Hurm. The Cubs have never worn a cap like that as far as I can tell.  In 1931 and 1932 they wore an all-red cap at times.  From the mid-90s until 2008 or so they wore a blue cap with…

  15. Players pick Joe Maddon as MLB’s most popular manager

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

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    In a recent Sports Illustrated poll 291 players voted on which manager they’d most like to play for and Joe Maddon came out on top with 14 percent of the vote. Terry Francona finished second, followed by Jim Leyland, Mike Scioscia, and Dusty Baker. Asked about the poll results, Maddon equated it to a ninth-grade…

  16. HBT Daily: New York needs another team

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

    Your Twitter questions — including where I’d relocate a team if I had the power to do so — answered

  17. Twins on waivers: Indians claim Jim Thome, White Sox claim Jason Kubel

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    Jim Thome

    There was speculation that the White Sox would block the Indians’ attempt to reunite with Jim Thome by claiming him off waivers with their higher spot in line, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Thome indeed made it all the way to Cleveland on the waiver wire. Rosenthal also reports that the White Sox…

  18. Mike Flanagan died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    Mike Flanagan

    It was reported last night that suicide was suspected in the death of Mike Flanagan. Now it is confirmed: Chick Hernandez of CSNWashington.com reports that Baltimore police are saying that Flanagan died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. More details here. What a tragic waste.

  19. Carlos Quentin likely out until next week with shoulder injury

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

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    Carlos Quentin remains on the active roster despite a sprained left shoulder, but he hasn’t played since Saturday and Ozzie Guillen said last night that he’s unlikely to be back in the lineup before next week. Dayan Viciedo is waiting in the wings at Triple-A as a potential fill-in for Quentin, but Mark Gonzales of…

  20. Wait, the Tigers complained about an opponent hustling?

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:34 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles

    The play that ended the Tigers-Rays game last night was weird.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a would-be putout at second with two down fail, thus allowing the guy from from third to score. Neat. But more interesting to me were Joe Maddon’s comments after the game in which he praised Sean Rodriguez —…

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