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  1. Ian Desmond set to take “paternity leave” from Nationals

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    desmond hitting

    No one tell Richie Witt, but Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond will soon join Rangers starter Colby Lewis is taking advantage of MLB’s new “paternity leave” roster rule. Lewis missed one start, which has become a surprisingly big deal (or at least surprisingly frequent talking point), whereas Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Desmond…

  2. Inevitability theater: Philly fans booed the robot

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    Johnny 5

    Actually, the robot totally deserved the booing. According to those who saw the first pitch from that first-pitch-throwing robot a few minutes ago, he bounced it to the plate.  Brain as big as a planet and he can’t fling a sphere 60 feet on the fly. I’m far less impressed with this “machines become self-aware” business. Your move,…

  3. People asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    The Question

    I sort of liked the reader questions on Twitter thing last week, so we did it again on HBT Daily a little while ago. And, like last week, we had way more questions than could fit on a three-minute video. Here are some of the many we left out: Q: Are McLouths flowing locks of…

  4. Mets prospect Sean Ratliff to miss season after being struck in the eye by foul ball

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    sean ratliff mets

    Mets prospect Sean Ratliff broke six bones and suffered a partially detached retina when a foul ball struck him in the right eye while he stood in the on-deck circle during a game this spring and Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the 2008 fourth-round pick will miss the entire season. Ratliff has undergone two…

  5. HBT Daily: Taking reader questions

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    The fattest rotation ever? Which team wins if baseball is like a Survivor Series brawl and is it time for the robots?

  6. Francisco Cervelli nearing return from broken left foot

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    New York Yankees catcher Cervelli smiles as he steps out of the batting cage at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

    Initially given a 4-8 week recovery timetable after breaking his left foot on March 2, backup catcher Francisco Cervelli could be close to returning to the Yankees after catching six innings in an extended spring training game. Joe Girardi said yesterday that “everything is going according to plan” with Cervelli’s rehab and Wallace Matthews of…

  7. And now, another edition of small sample size theater

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    I have already had multiple people ask me if I was prepared to eat crow over Jeff Francoeur‘s fast start. My response has been “It’s early. Don’t worry. The real Jeff Francoeur will show up soon.” Thankfully, Ted Berg has a great list of early-season statistical anomalies up over at his blog this morning, all…

  8. Buster Posey’s softball-playing sister can hit a little bit too

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    samantha posey

    Buster Posey‘s sister, Samantha Posey, is a junior third baseman on the Division II softball team at Valdosta State and ESPN.com reports that she “hit for the home run cycle” in a doubleheader, smacking a one-run homer, a two-run homer, a three-run homer, and a grand slam. She drove in a total of 11 runs…

  9. Blah, blah, blah and the future of baseball beat writing

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Duvall Natural

    Did you see Andy Martino’s game story from the Mets-Astros in the New York Daily News?  If not, here’s how it started: Blah blah blah blah rain blah blah blah Niese blah blah Astros blah blah Mets got spanked. Blah blah, 6-1. We really don’t know what else to tell you about this one. But we will try: He goes…

  10. Potential top 10 pick and former Rangers first rounder Matt Purke shut down with shoulder pain

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    matt-purke-tcu

    Matt Purke turned down millions to sign out of high school after the Rangers selected him with the 19th overall pick in the 2009 draft, opting instead to go to college (and wear his hat slightly askew) at TCU. His decision appeared to pay off when he went 16-0 last season to win national freshman…

  11. Mike Leake does not know how to exchange merchandise

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Leake_Mike

    That diversion program that Mike Leake‘s lawyer is trying to get him into requires the participant to admit his guilt first.  In light of that, let’s hope that this report from a Cincinnati TV stadion (hat tip to Big League Stew) doesn’t represent Leake’s current talking points on the incident: A reliable source tells me…

  12. Logan Morrison wears protective boot after injuring foot

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    logan-morrison-marlins

    Logan Morrison‘s hot start has been put on hold thanks to leaving last night’s game with foot injury and Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that the Marlins’ left fielder was wearing a protective boot in the clubhouse afterward. Morrison has been diagnosed with a strained arch in his left foot, but manager…

  13. It’s apparently time to declare the Mets dead

    Apr 20, 2011, 9:47 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    The Mets are off to their worst start ever and, no, it hasn’t been pretty.  But I am crazy to think that the multiple obituaries in this morning’s papers are premature?  Joel Sherman is calling for the fire sale. Tim Smith describes the apocalypse. No, I don’t think it was reasonable to expect the Mets…

  14. Miguel Cabrera could have killed someone on the night of his DUI arrest

    Apr 20, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    Yes, obviously anyone who gets behind the while when they’re intoxicated could kill someone, but in Cabrera’s case it was way more than hypothetical. According to evidence released by Florida state attorneys yesterday, two truck drivers told police that Cabrera’s black Range Rover forced one of the trucks off the road and forced an oncoming vehicle…

  15. Shame on Colby Lewis for witnessing the birth of his daughter

    Apr 20, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Colby Lewis

    Whenever I point out and link a column or an article that seems outrageous, there’s always someone who notes that the writer was probably just “trying to get a reaction” or that he’s an otherwise OK guy who says audacious or controversial stuff in order to draw attention to themselves. I get that. I understand…

  16. Jim Palmer thinks Mike Cuellar lost the 1970 Cy Young Award because of racism

    Apr 20, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Mike Cuellar pitch

    I didn’t watch the Orioles game last night — so someone please tell me if this is inaccurate — but a reader passes along a bit of byplay between Gary Thorne and Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, the color man.  The subject: Mike Cuellar. The issue: why he didn’t win the 1970 Cy Young. Palmer…

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

    Apr 20, 2011, 5:54 AM EDT

    Brewers Phillies Baseball

    Roy Halladay got rocked and Mariano Rivera blew a save. So what I’m saying here is that the world is probably going to end today.

  18. Angels finally decide to give up on Brandon Wood

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:03 AM EDT

    Wood_Brandon

    Following Tuesday’s 15-4 win over the Rangers, the Angels made the move many had anticipated since the end of last season, designating former top prospect Brandon Wood for assignment. The transaction opens up a roster spot for the returning Erick Aybar. Wood reached on an error in his lone at-bat in tonight’s rout. He was…

  19. Jason Bay has four hits, homers twice in rehab game

    Apr 19, 2011, 10:31 PM EDT

    Jason Bay sliding

    UPDATE: And wouldn’t you know it, now Mets manager Terry Collins tells Rubin that he will discuss bringing Bay back tomorrow as opposed to Thursday. 10:31 PM: Things are looking pretty bleak for the Mets at the moment, but at least they have some help on the way. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New…

  20. Zack Greinke tosses three scoreless innings in first rehab start

    Apr 19, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Zack Greinke made his first minor league rehab start with High-A Brevard County earlier tonight and things couldn’t have gone much better. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Greinke struck out four over three shutout innings and retired nine out of the 10 batters he faced. Granted, we can’t take much from results against a…

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