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  1. Josh Hamilton cleared to begin rehab assignment tonight

    May 18, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton injury

    Josh Hamilton has been cleared for game action after sitting out the past month with a fractured arm and will begin a minor-league rehab assignment tonight at Double-A. Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports that Hamilton will serve as a designated hitter tonight and tomorrow, at which point he’ll likely move up to Triple-A. Nelson Cruz,…

  2. HBT Daily: Talkin’ Yankees with Jay Jaffe

    May 18, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Easily the best mustache we’ve had on HBT Daily. By far.

  3. Bonds hearing delayed

    May 18, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Begins in San Francisco

    There was supposed to be a hearing in the Barry Bonds case on Friday during which the defense would make post-trial motions and the prosecutors would announce whether they were going to re-try Bonds.  The sides have agreed to postpone the hearing until June 17th, however, citing the need for more preparation, thought, contemplation and…

  4. Joaquin Benoit demoted from setup role 16 appearances after signing $16 million deal

    May 18, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

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    Joaquin Benoit was nearly unhittable for the Rays last season, throwing 60 innings with a 1.34 ERA, .147 opponents’ batting average, and 75/11 K/BB ratio. That earned him a three-year, $16.5 million deal from the Tigers as a free agent, but after allowing 15 runs in his first 16 appearances Benoit has been demoted from…

  5. Franklin Gutierrez returns from DL after missing first 41 games with irritable bowel syndrome

    May 18, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    Franklin Gutierrez‘s stomach problems dating back to last season were finally diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome last month and the Mariners’ center fielder has been activated from the disabled list after missing the first 41 games. Gutierrez’s production suffered down the stretch last season, but even at less than full strength he almost can’t help…

  6. Are clubs jumping the gun on rainouts?

    May 18, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Mets Braves Baseball

    Yesterday I observed that the Washington-Pittsburgh rainout seemed a bit hasty. You know, what with there being no rain in Washington yesterday and everything. Same went for the Mets-Marlins game last night which, it seems anyway, could have been played. I’m not the only one noticing. The USA Today notes that  “preemptive postponements” seem to be…

  7. Questionable call leads to Mariners loss, Eric Wedge ejection

    May 18, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    eric wedge mariners ejected

    Francisco Liriano and Felix Hernandez had a great pitchers’ duel last night, with the Twins taking a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning in Seattle. With a runner on first base and one out Jack Cust hit a ground ball to third baseman Danny Valencia, who decided to throw to second base…

  8. Padres rewarded for sticking with slow-starting Brad Hawpe

    May 18, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

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    Brad Hawpe had the worst season of his career in 2010, signed a one-year deal with San Diego as a free agent, and hit just .098 through 18 games, at which point there was speculation about when the Padres would drop him and perhaps even call up top prospect Anthony Rizzo ahead of schedule. Instead…

  9. Great moments in reporters quoting anonymous scouts

    May 18, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    40 new 20

    Reporters are quoting anonymous scouts with more and more frequency, often substituting scouts’ opinions for actual analysis and conveniently using them to drive specific storylines. All of which leads to some amusing series of events. For instance, yesterday afternoon Jon Heyman of SI.com tweeted: And then last night, just hours later, this happened: Not bad…

  10. Justin Morneau is healthy, but hitting just .223 with one homer in concussion comeback

    May 18, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    The biggest question mark facing the Twins coming into the season was whether Justin Morneau would be in the lineup after missing the final three months of last season following a concussion. Morneau got a late start in spring training, got a few days off early in the schedule, and has spent more time at…

  11. The Phillies schedule isn’t helping them at the moment

    May 18, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v  Washington Nationals

    A factoid from Buster Olney’s column this morning: The Phillies had one of the easiest schedules in the majors in their first 30 games, playing only seven games against teams that had records over .500 — and they did a great job taking advantage, starting 21-9. Since their schedule got more difficult, they have struggled,…

  12. Indians minor leaguer, former first-round pick John Drennen suspended for fertility drug

    May 18, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    john drennen indians

    Indians minor leaguer John Drennen has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for the banned substance Clomphene, which according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer “is a female fertility drug used to start ovulation.” Drennen, who was the 33rd overall pick in the 2005 draft, is hitting .267 with three homers and…

  13. Albert Pujols: 22 games without a home run

    May 18, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Something I had not realized was going on until I read Derrick Goold’s column this morning: Albert Pujols has now gone 22 games without a home run. I’m not going to panic about it because of any current slumping star, I figure Pujols is the most likely to rebound and the most likely to do…

  14. Do not mess with Carlos Santana’s arm

    May 18, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    In the event you think that Indians catcher Carlos Santana is all bat, feast your eyes on what he does to napping runners hanging out down in no-man’s land at second base. There is just something, I dunno, dominating about a catcher throwing out a base runner like that. Not on steals — that’s a…

  15. Dodgers increase reward in the Bryan Stow case

    May 18, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    There has been a $100,000+ reward for information leading to the capture of the men who beat Bryan Stow outside of Dodger Stadium opening weekend. It has bore no fruit thus far, so the Dodgers have raised it by another $100,000. It’s highly frustrating that no one has been arrested yet, but the fact of…

  16. Jim Leyland blasts interleague play

    May 18, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

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    Jim Leyland’s Tigers begin a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Friday, and he’s not at all happy about it or interleague play in general: The appeal of interleague play, Leyland said, “has worn off for me. It was a brilliant idea to start with, but it has run its course.” He knows that higher-ups, such as…

  17. Armando Galarraga designated for assignment in somewhat amusing fashion

    May 18, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks

    This actually happened. Well, the first line and the third line are paraphrasing, but the line attributed to Galarraga is what he actually said on Monday. Reporter: Hey Armando Galarraga, about that next possible start … Armando Galarraga: “What are you talking about? What are talking about my next start, huh? What are you saying…

  18. Jorge Posada’s rift with Joe Girardi goes back years

    May 18, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Girardi Posada

    That’s the report from Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, who says that there has been a significant rift between Jorge Posada and Joe Girardi going back to Girardi’s stint as a Yankees bench coach in 2005. Back then, Feinsand’s sources tell him, Posada and Girardi clashed when Posada ignored Girardi’s scouting reports of other…

  19. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 18, 2011, 5:50 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Yankees 6, Rays 2: Wait, I thought the Yankees’ season was over and everything was doomed, so how does this happen? Two homers for A-Rod, and a two-for-three night for Jorge Posada, who will probably now stick in the seventh spot in the order for a while because, hey, no drama. But since apocalypses apparently…

  20. Tony La Russa responds to criticism from Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman

    May 17, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Thinking the Reds-Cardinals rivalry could use some more juice? Me neither. But this will certainly kick things up a notch. Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman was highly critical of the Cardinals on Monday, one day after the Reds completed a three-game sweep of their division rivals. Among other things, Brennaman called Sunday’s starter Chris Carpenter a “whiner…

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