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  1. Are the Royals are too cheap to buy replica Negro Leagues uniforms?

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    Paige

    Joe Posnanski once wrote about how, roughly ten years ago, the Royals decided not to buy Negro Leagues replica uniforms for their Negro Leagues tribute day — like every other team that runs such a promotion — because they didn’t want to pay the $20K or whatever it would cost to do it. Lately that…

  2. Redoing the 2001 draft: picks 21-30

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Skip Schumaker

    Here’s the third and final segment in the 2001 MLB draft redo. Click for parts one and two. 21. San Francisco Giants Actual: Brad Hennessey Redo: Ryan Theriot (78th pick, Cubs) As sad as it is to say, of the 20 pitchers drafted in the first round in 2001, only five have had better careers than…

  3. Why wouldn’t the Orioles trade Jeremy Guthrie?

    Jul 8, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    It seems like Orioles’ starter Jeremy Guthrie has been a named candidate for a midseason trade since sometime during the Nixon administration. And he fits the bill: a good starter but no ace, playing for a team that isn’t going anywhere and not yet expensive.  Heck, a lot of teams would like to have someone…

  4. And now a few words about comments at HBT

    Jul 8, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    megaphone

    A bit of housekeeping. This time about comments. One thing I take a bit of pride in is that, for a large website, our comments are pretty good. Oh, sure, there’s some jackassery going on below the fold in every post — and if you simply don’t like comments on blogs on general principle, the…

  5. Shocker: The Angels call up Mike Trout

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Mike Trout doesn’t turn 20 for another month.* But as of today, he’s a major leaguer. We certainly weren’t expecting that so soon. But with Peter Bourjos suffering from a hamstring injury and the surging Angels merely a game back of the Rangers in a surprisingly competitive AL West, the front office in Anaheim apparently…

  6. More details on the death of Shannon Stone

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:26 AM EDT

    General view shows area where fan was seriously injured after falling over railing in outfield bleachers while trying to catch ball in Arlington

    More details are available this morning on the death that occurred at the Ballpark at Arlington last night. The man’s name was Shannon Stone. He was a 39-year-old firefighter from Brownwood, Texas and, sadly, as preliminary reports noted, he was at the game with his young son, who watched the accident happen. According to this Associated Press…

  7. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:03 AM EDT

    Travis Hafner

    Indians 5, Blue Jays 4: Carlos Villanueva threw six shutout innings. Too bad he couldn’t stay in to throw more, because the Indians rallied like crazy in the ninth with an Asdrubal Cabrera RBI single and then the big shot: the Travis Hafner walkoff grand slam. That’s some serious dramatics right there, babies. Almost enough…

  8. How does Josh Hamilton recover from this?

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:29 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Texas Rangers

    I feel terrible for the man who died in the stands at Rangers Ballpark on Thursday night and even worse for his young son.  But it’s impossible not to have equal sympathy for Josh Hamilton. The foul ball that Hamilton threw into the stands is going to haunt the man for the rest of his…

  9. Nick Hundley set to undergo arthroscopic elbow surgery

    Jul 8, 2011, 1:16 AM EDT

    hundley camo ap

    Corey Brock of MLB.com passes along word that Padres catcher Nick Hundley is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery Friday on his right elbow and could miss more than a month while in rehab and recovery mode. Hundley began feeling discomfort in the elbow near the end of June and apparently underwent a battery of tests…

  10. Man dies after falling from stands at Rangers Ballpark

    Jul 7, 2011, 11:33 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Texas Rangers

    Terrible news out of Arlington, Texas. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram‘s Drew Davison, a man who fell 20 feet onto a concrete level Thursday evening at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington has been pronounced dead at a local hospital. Rangers president Nolan Ryan addressed the media shortly after the conclusion of Thursday’s game against the…

  11. Derek Jeter doubles again, just two hits away from 3,000

    Jul 7, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    The Yankees lost for a second straight day, falling 5-1 to the Rays, but shortstop and team captain Derek Jeter moved one step closer to history. Jeter entered the game sitting on 2,997 career hits after a 1-for-3 performance Wednesday in Cleveland. He got to work right away Thursday, rapping a double into the left-center…

  12. Chien-Ming Wang continues to impress in minor leagues

    Jul 7, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    wang getty wide

    From Geoff Morrow of the Harrisburg Patriot-News comes word that Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang tossed five scoreless innings Thursday against the Tigers’ Double-A affiliate. Wang surrendered only two hits and issued no walks while reaching 92 mph at one point with his fastball. Since beginning a minor league rehab assignment in late June, Wang has…

  13. Cardinals, Jaime Garcia closing in on contract extension?

    Jul 7, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

    garcia mound getty

    Michael Golde, an employee of KTRS 550 AM in St. Louis, tweeted Thursday afternoon that the Cardinals and left-handed starter Jaime Garcia had reached agreement on a four-year, $27.5 million contract extension with club options for 2016 and 2017. The Cardinals have not confirmed the rumor, but they’re not completely shooting it down either. Cards…

  14. Scott Baker scratched from start due to elbow strain

    Jul 7, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Minnesota Twins

    Gleeman penned a piece at the end of June explaining how right-hander Scott Baker had quietly become the ace of the Twins’ current starting rotation. Now we get to call Gleeman a jinx. According to beat writer Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, an MRI taken Thursday on Baker’s throwing elbow showed a mild flexor muscle strain.…

  15. Who earns the highest percentage of his team’s payroll?

    Jul 7, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Carlos Lee

    Would you believe it’s Houston’s Carlos Lee? Over at the Baseball-Reference blog, Neil Paine has listed the top 100 salaries as a percentage of a team’s payroll, and Lee holds an edge over Travis Hafner for first place. Five players are earning more than 20 percent of their team’s payroll (salaries in millions): 1. Carlos…

  16. Brandon Belt comes off DL, gets sent to Triple-A

    Jul 7, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    With any luck, it’s just a 10-day assignment. Brandon Belt, who began a rehab assignment Saturday after missing a month with a fractured wrist, was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Thursday. Belt earned his way back to the majors on May 26, only to get hurt in his second game back…

  17. Jordan Walden takes Mariano Rivera’s All-Star spot

    Jul 7, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

    Jordan Walden

    It’s a veritable passing of the torch. The game’s all-time closer, Mariano Rivera, makes way for new blood, rookie Jordan Walden, as the AL named the Angels reliever to the All-Star Game on Thursday. Walden was the choice even though he’s tied with Matt Capps for the major league lead in blown saves by a…

  18. Jason Kendall to undergo shoulder surgery after setback

    Jul 7, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    Jason Kendall

    Jason Kendall, who was expected to soon begin a rehab assignment in the minors, has instead suffered a major setback with his shoulder and will undergo another surgery. Manager Ned Yost said the procedure would knock him for the rest of this year and perhaps all of next season, potentially ending Kendall’s career. Kendall first…

  19. Paul Konerko, Shane Victorino win All-Star Final Vote

    Jul 7, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    Paul Konerko and Shane Victorino went wire-to-wire in winning the All-Star Game Final Vote and will be the 34th men on their respective teams next week. With no Yankees nor Red Sox making the cut, Konerko’s path to claiming the AL opening was clear.  He held off Victor Martinez, Alex Gordon, Adam Jones and Ben…

  20. Mariano Rivera won’t play in the All-Star Game

    Jul 7, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v New York Yankees

    In perhaps the least surprising All-Star Game-related news you’ll hear all week, Mariano Rivera has bowed out of the All-Star Game due to his wonky triceps. Tricep. No, triceps. Man that looks weird. Anyway, given that he hasn’t pitched for a few days and given that, no matter what the folks at MLB will have you…

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