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  1. Red Sox confirm Tommy John surgery for Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Jun 4, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    It’s official. After last night’s game, Red Sox manager Terry Francona confirmed that Daisuke Matsuzaka will indeed have Tommy John surgery. According to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com, Francona said the surgery would happen “probably next week” and will be performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum in California. Matsuzaka will miss the rest of this season and at…

  2. Astros release struggling second baseman Bill Hall

    Jun 4, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

    Bill Hall

    The Astros announced following last night’s game that they have decided to release struggling second baseman Bill Hall. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that Hall will be placed on unconditional release waivers, clearing the way for Jason Bourgeois to return from the disabled list. While Hall thrived as a utility player with the Red…

  3. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jun 4, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Boston Red Sox

    You asked for it. We responded. In the absence of “And That Happened” on the weekends, we’ve had a number of readers request a post on Saturday and Sunday mornings that includes the scores from the previous night’s action and generally opens up the floor for conversation. It’s nothing fancy, but that’s exactly what you’ll…

  4. David Wright shut down for at least three more weeks

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:38 PM EDT

    David Wright

    The Mets just set a major league record by losing their sixth consecutive home game with a lead after seven innings. But somehow that’s not the worst news of the night. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson announced after the game that David Wright will not begin baseball activities for at…

  5. 13-year-old dies after getting hit by pitch

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:02 PM EDT

    Little League logo

    13-year-old Little Leaguer Hayden Walton, from Winslow, AZ, was killed Tuesday when a baseball hit him in the chest as he was attempting to bunt. “He took an inside pitch right in the chest,” Winslow Little League official Jamey Jones said. “After that he took two steps to first base and collapsed.” He died Wednesday morning at a local…

  6. Ryan Zimmerman to begin minor league rehab assignment Sunday

    Jun 3, 2011, 9:09 PM EDT

    zimmerman face

    While Jayson Werth is out of tonight’s lineup after being hit by a pitch on the elbow last night, the Nationals are very close to getting the face of their franchise back. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that Zimmerman will begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday with low-Class A Hagerstown. Zimmerman, who underwent abdominal…

  7. Giants release statement on Brian Sabean’s comments about Scott Cousins

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:37 PM EDT

    Bruce Bochy, Brian Sabean

    It sounds like the Giants got the message from Joe Torre. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants have released the following statement regarding Brian Sabean’s recent comments about Scott Cousins: “This is a very emotional time for the Giants organization and our fans. We lost for the season one of our best players to a…

  8. Dan Haren to miss first start since 2005 due to back issue

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Minnesota Twins

    We mentioned the other day that Dan Haren was iffy to start Saturday against the Yankees after tweaking his back during a bullpen session. Now it’s official. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Haren was scratched from tomorrow’s start and is now tentatively scheduled to start Tuesday against the Rays. While Haren…

  9. Paul Konerko scratched from lineup after minor wrist procedure

    Jun 3, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports that Paul Konerko was scratched from tonight’s lineup against the Tigers after having a loose fragment removed from his left wrist earlier today. While he won’t start the game, he will be available off the bench. As Merkin notes, the minor procedure is likely related to chronic wrist soreness experienced…

  10. Scott Cousins issues statement on collision, Sabean’s comments

    Jun 3, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

    Scott Cousins

    Scott Cousins continues to take the high road after getting bashed by Giants GM Brian Sabean on the radio. “I hope and believe that Mr. Sabean’s comments were made in the heat of the moment and are based more on his fondness for Buster Posey than on any animosity towards me,” hes said in the…

  11. Anthony Castrovince rewrites Jose Bautista’s history

    Jun 3, 2011, 6:06 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista Pirates

    It’s a nice tale that MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince spins about Jose Bautista, and a lot of it is even true.  However, Castrovince is way guilty of overstating his case in this piece and Bautista’s story is good enough that it doesn’t need the exaggeration. Castrovince’s piece suggests in multiple spots that the Pirates never gave…

  12. Hey, Nick Johnson is alive

    Jun 3, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Nick Johnson

    Nick Johnson, who was rumored to have once played major league baseball, is going to get the start for the Double-A Akron Aeros tonight. I’m informed that it’s actually in a baseball-playing capacity as well.  Interesting. Now, everyone who remembered that Johnson signed with the Indians in the offseason, please raise your hands.  Not you…

  13. Dodgers starter Jon Garland bound for DL with arm injury

    Jun 3, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jon Garland went more than a decade without needing a stint on the disabled list, but now Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that he’s headed to the DL for the second time this season because of a shoulder injury. According to Jackson shutting down Garland will make room on the roster for Vicente…

  14. This is getting fun: Logan Morrison fires back at Brian Sabean, Buster Posey

    Jun 3, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    Marlins’ outfielder Logan Morrison was on Sirius/XM with Casey Stern and Jim Bowden this afternoon, talking about the Buster Posey/Scott Cousins collision and Brian Sabean’s comments from yesterday.  Not surprisingly, Morrison pulled no punches, especially with respect to Sabean: “First of all, it’s wildly unprofessional for him to make any comment on the situation.  When…

  15. Rangers activate Julio Borbon from disabled list … and send him to Triple-A

    Jun 3, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    Julio Borbon‘s lack of production at the plate and inconsistent defense in center field had him falling out of favor in Texas even before injuring his hamstring in mid-May, but now the fall is complete and he’s landed back in the minors. This afternoon the Rangers activated Borbon from the disabled list and optioned him…

  16. Anonymous GM: players can’t handle a 162 game season

    Jun 3, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    coffee pot

    Jayson Stark spoke with a major league general manager — we don’t know which one — who had a couple of interesting things to say about the length of the season and player stamina and all of that.  The upshot: the GM thinks the season is too long, players can’t handle it, and it needs…

  17. Nationals hitting coach breaks GM-imposed silence

    Jun 3, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

    rick-eckstein-nationals

    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo gave hitting coach Rick Eckstein orders to avoid talking to reporters for the past several weeks, apparently fearing that Eckstein would be too hard on himself about the team’s offensive struggles. Eckstein finally chatted with the media yesterday and sure enough he was very tough on himself: I’m going to…

  18. HBT Daily: What to make of the Dbacks and Mariners

    Jun 3, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    What east coast bias? Tiffany and I discuss a couple of surprise teams out west.

  19. First-third awards: 2011 AL MVP

    Jun 3, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Closing out the selections with the one no-brainer in the bunch.  Still., there’s a good race for second place. First, the OPS leaders: 1.276 – Jose Bautista (OF TOR): .360/.502/.773, 20 HR, 40 RBI, 5 SB in 172 AB 1.064 – Matt Joyce (OF TB): .364/.423/.642, 10 HR, 31 RBI, 4 SB in 173 AB…

  20. Joe Torre is going to have a talk with Brian Sabean

    Jun 3, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! hears from a source that MLB’s discipline czar Joe Torre is going to call Brian Sabean to talk about his comments regarding Scott Cousins. I would presume that there will be something of a “hey Brian, MLB frowns on senior management issuing or perpetuating defacto bounties on marginal rookies” flavor to…

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