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  1. HBT Daily: Who is that hot-hitting right fielder in Kansas City?

    Apr 25, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

    In which Tiffany taunts me with Frenchy’s early-season firepower

  2. Mariners plan to limit 22-year-old Michael Pineda’s workload

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Indians

    Michael Pineda has been fantastic through four starts with a 1.78 ERA, .202 opponents’ batting average, and 21/9 K/BB ratio in 25 innings, but pitching coach Carl Willis indicated yesterday that the Mariners plan to limit the 22-year-old’s workload. Doug Miller of MLB.com notes that in 2006 the Mariners capped a 20-year-old Felix Hernandez‘s innings…

  3. Defending Ron Washington from my cheap shots

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles

    I made a cheap joke at Ron Washington’s expense in the Power Rankings this morning regarding Neftali Feliz being in the bullpen. I don’t apologize for it because about 87% of my jokes are cheap, but I can at least admit it was a cheap joke. Most of the comments in my Power Rankings are…

  4. Tony La Russa’s daughter is an Oakland Raiders cheerleader

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    bianca la russa raiders

    Our blogmate Rick Chandler at Off The Bench passes along word that Tony La Russa’s daughter is now an Oakland Raiders cheerleader. Or more specifically, Bianca La Russa is a Raiderette. She tweeted the news: A goal and a dream come true- I’m a 2011 Raiderette! I’m so excited to rep an organization that does…

  5. Some of the dirt from the new Jeter book

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Jeter media

    Following up on this morning’s post about the new Jeter book, there’s a story over at ESPN New York — home of the book’s author, Ian O’Connor — detailing some of the book’s anecdotes. Among them: Some background the contentious contract negotiations last winter, including the shocking fact that team President Randy Levine was the…

  6. Cardinals admit obvious, name Mitchell Boggs closer (sort of)

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    mitchell-boggs-cardinals

    For whatever reason manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan have been reluctant to actually name a replacement for Ryan Franklin, who was stripped of closing duties last week. However, after giving Mitchell Boggs three straight save opportunities and watching him handle them successfully while looking very good in the process Duncan finally…

  7. Tim Lincecum doesn’t like the idea of expanded playoffs

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

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    I’d “quote of the day” this, but it came from a different day. Last week, in fact, after Bud Selig announced that expanded playoffs are an inevitability. Here’s Tim Lincecum: “It doesn’t seem very fair, and personally, I don’t know where his head is at. Players like it the way it is. It’s dog-eat-dog. People know…

  8. Don Mattingly’s wife joins Mr. Burns in telling him to shave

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    don mattingly simpsons

    First it was George Steinbrenner telling him to cut his long hair. Then it was Mr. Burns telling him to shave his sideburns. And now his wife is telling him to get rid of the goatee. Don Mattingly can’t seem to catch a hair-related break. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times describes how the…

  9. Mike Quade alleges a violation of The Unwritten Rules

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    This is from Friday night, but it’s well worth revisiting. Seems that for the second time this year, Mike Quade was unhappy when a Cubs’ opponent tried to steal a base with a big lead. This time it was Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, who attempted to steal with an 8-1 lead in the fifth inning.  Earlier…

  10. Everyone else is injured, so Ryan Madson finally gets a shot to be Phillies’ closer

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Ryan Madson has been one of the best, most underrated relievers in baseball since moving to the bullpen full time in 2007, but because he didn’t thrive in a few brief opportunities to close games in previous seasons the Phillies have avoided giving him another chance as closer. Philadelphia wasted no time choosing Jose Contreras…

  11. Shocker: Elijah Dukes arrested again

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    It’s been over a year since he last wore a major league baseball uniform so we’re probably at the point where a story about Elijah Dukes getting arrested is less about a ballplayer in trouble with the law than it is about a criminal who happened to once play ball.  Still, for old times sake:…

  12. Maicer Izturis rips “ignorant people” for questioning durability, then sits out game with injury

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Izturis_Maicer

    Last week Maicer Izturis called the fans who question his durability “ignorant people” who “don’t know the game.” I suggested at the time that it probably wasn’t a great idea, since a) he played only 254 of 486 games the previous three seasons, and b) fans tend not to see a comment like that and…

  13. Albert Pujols has a bum hamstring

    Apr 25, 2011, 9:57 AM EDT

    pujols_albert

    Last night we saw Albert Pujols walk off the field a tad gimpy after running out a grounder and subsequently leave the game early. Now we know what we had previously only suspected: he has a hamstring strain. It’s being termed “mild,” so that’s good, but either way the Cardinals would be wise to let…

  14. The Legend of Sam Fuld grows

    Apr 25, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Sam Fuld

    I’m going to have to refrain from joining the Sam Fuld cult. He’s a nice guy who has been fun to watch, but every time a brainy guy who does some pretty unexpectedly nifty things in a small sample of games, I end up getting burned. I mean, I’m still trying to unload all of…

  15. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Apr 25, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    Did you know that the order for this summer’s amateur draft will be determined by each team’s position in the last HBT Power Rankings prior to its occurrence? It’s true!

  16. New Book coming out portraying Derek Jeter as less-than-Captainy

    Apr 25, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Derek Jeter has been pretty much untouchable from a P.R. perspective for his entire career. Rarely have there been stories portraying him in a bad light and, even when there was something to chew on, it was never anything that stuck to him (quick: if A-Rod had issues with his taxes like Jeter did, how…

  17. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Apr 25, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Harvey

    In which we observe the commonalities between Daisuke Matsuzaka and Robert Johnson. And, for that matter, Jeff Wilpon and Paul Reiser.

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

    Apr 25, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v San Francisco Giants

    Braves 9, Giants 6: The Braves should have had this one won in regulation, but Fredi Gonzalez apparently fell asleep while reliever Jairo Ascencio poured kerosene all over the place and lit a match in the seventh inning. Maybe the warmth made Gonzalez’s nap more cozy. I don’t know. All I know is that by…

  19. Jake Peavy throws successful 40-pitch side session

    Apr 24, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

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    White Sox starter Jake Peavy had his minor league rehab assignment halted last week due to muscle tenderness and irritation in his right shoulder. That rehab is going to start up again shortly. From MLB.com beat writer Scott Merkin comes word that Peavy threw 40 pitches off a mound Sunday with the intensity of a…

  20. Evan Longoria takes live BP, nearing rehab assignment

    Apr 24, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    Rays third baseman Evan Longoria took live batting practice on Sunday morning for the first time since straining his left oblique during the first week of the regular season. He reported feeling great and told Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times soon after the workout that it was a “huge step forward.” Longoria will…

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