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  1. Driving Lenny Dykstra

    May 11, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Dykstra

    Scott Engel of RotoExperts has an exclusive story in which he interviewed a guy Lenny Dykstra hired to drive him around New York for a few days.  That sounds like it might be a rather attenuated account of the Life of Dykstra, but the details in there paint a highly depressing picture that, in many…

  2. Cubs place catcher Geovany Soto on DL with groin injury

    May 11, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Geovany Soto

    Geovany Soto left last night’s game with a strained groin and the Cubs have placed him on the disabled list, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. Soto was off to a slow start before the injury, hitting just .226 with three homers and a .709 OPS through 31 games, but that’s still above-average production for…

  3. Jeff Francoeur explains why he gave Charlie Samuels $50,000

    May 11, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

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    As reported this morning, former Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels was arrested today, accused of gambling with mobbed-up bookies, stealing Mets’ equipment and memorabilia and committing fraud.  You know, typical New York stuff. You may recall that last fall when this all hit the news Jeff Francoeur‘s name popped up by virtue of him writing…

  4. Rehabbing in the 209: Dallas Braden set for shoulder surgery

    May 11, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    Dallas Braden throwing

    After getting second and third opinions on his injury, including a trip to see Dr. James Andrews, the A’s announced today that Dallas Braden will undergo surgery to repair a torn capsule in his left shoulder. There’s no official timetable yet for his return, but a torn shoulder capsule is the same injury that wrecked…

  5. Willy Aybar was imprisoned for beating his wife back in January

    May 11, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Rays' Aybar drives in the game-winning run against the Angels during their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    This morning I made a joke about Willy Aybar signing with Edmonton in the independent leagues, saying that he was being sent to baseball Siberia. Well, if this report is true, baseball Siberia is way too good for him.  Real Siberia is too good for him.  Frankly, he can take a flying leap into the abyss for…

  6. Albert Pujols explains hug with Cubs general manager

    May 11, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Yesterday his pregame hug with Cubs general manager Jim Hendry made headlines, so today Albert Pujols explained the embrace to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Pujols told Strauss that he’s been friends with Hendry for a while now through former Cardinals GM and current Reds GM Walt Jocketty. As an impending free…

  7. Quote of the Day: Buster Olney on the MLB’s approval of owners

    May 11, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    The other day Bud Selig was on Mike Lupica’s radio show* and, when asked about how Frank McCourt got the Dodgers in the first place, said that he was really the only viable bidder. That may be technically true given Selig’s definition of viable bidder, but Buster Olney makes a damn fine point about that in…

  8. Ike Davis flies back to New York to have MRI on calf injury

    May 11, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    After exiting last night’s game in Colorado with a strained calf Mets first baseman Ike Davis has flown back to New York to have the injury examined by team doctors. Davis expressed optimism that he won’t need a stint on the disabled list, but Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that he’ll undergo an MRI exam.…

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

    May 11, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    The Question

    We did the reader questions on HBT Daily an hour ago or so. Here are the leftovers. Which, like pizza and lasagna and Thanksfiving stuff, is better than when they were served fresh.  There were not quite as many questions this week since we did it on such short notice, but some good ones all…

  10. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen on Mike Scioscia

    May 11, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    mike scioscia angels

    Mike Scioscia surpassed 1,000 career victories this week and Ozzie Guillen was asked to describe the differences between him and the Angels manager: He weighs 200 pounds more than me. He’s bald, I’m not. He reads the scouting report, I not. He has his own way. Among active managers Scioscia trails only Joe Girardi and…

  11. Update: Astros sale could be completed by next week

    May 11, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Astros logo

    UPDATE:  Zachary Levine reports that the sale of the Astros could be completed by next week. If so, ownership of the Astros could be transferred as early as July. Tuesday: 5:07 PM:  Drayton McLane has commented on this morning’s report that he and Jim Crane have all but completed a deal to sell the Astros:…

  12. Joe Mauer: “I wish I knew when I would be back”

    May 11, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    Joe Mauer took batting practice prior to last night’s game, but told reporters that there’s still no timetable for his return despite “feeling a lot better.” Here’s more from Mauer on his status: Today was kind of my first day getting on the field a little bit, moving around, and it was a good day.…

  13. HBT Daily: Taking reader questions

    May 11, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    We make HBT history today. I believe, unless someone remembers differently, that this is the first time I’ve used the word “crapper” on video.

  14. Dusty Baker says struggling Aroldis Chapman won’t be sent to the minors

    May 11, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Aroldis Chapman failed to record an out last night for the second straight appearance, issuing three walks and hitting a batter before being yanked by manager Dusty Baker. Chapman had tons of success in April despite frequently displaying diminished (for him, at least) velocity, allowing zero earned runs through his first 12 games. However, he’s…

  15. Will a woman ever play in the majors? Don’t ask major league executives about it.

    May 11, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Japanese female knuckleballer makes debut against men

    There’s a story up by Pat Borzi of espnW about the possibility of a woman making the major leagues.  The most interesting passage in the whole piece, however, has little to do with the chances of that actually occurring on the merits but which is quite telling about it happening in reality. After reviewing the…

  16. Andrew Bailey reports elbow discomfort after simulated game

    May 11, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Andrew Bailey Getty

    Andrew Bailey threw a 25-pitch simulated game yesterday, but afterward the A’s closer reported discomfort in the “elbow area.” Bailey has been out since March 14 with a strained forearm and has made enough progress in his recovery to potentially begin a minor-league rehab assignment within the week, but Joe Stiglich of the San Jose…

  17. Report: Steve Cohen buy-in to the Mets is off

    May 11, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    mets logo hat

    At least I think that’s what this report is saying.  The headline is highly misleading: “Steve Cohen will not buy Mets for $840 million.” Which is fine, but he was never reported to be doing that. He was reported to be buying a stake in the $200 million neighborhood. The post itself seems to be saying that’s…

  18. Esmil Rogers to have MRI for suspected rotator cuff damage

    May 11, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Esmil Rogers is headed for an MRI exam after cutting short yesterday’s throwing session due to shoulder pain and the Rockies starter told Thomas Harding of MLB.com that “he suspects there is rotator cuff damage.” Rogers is already on the disabled list with a lat strain and struggled before landing on the shelf, posting a…

  19. Francoeur: move the fences in at Citi Field to help “poor David” Wright

    May 11, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    David Wright

    Someone told Jeff Francoeur that his former Mets’ teammate David Wright wasn’t happy with Citi Field, and Francoeur responded: “Poor David hits the ball to right-center so well and there it’s an out. They’ve gotta shorten the park up. It’s huge. I’m not saying make it a bandbox like Philadelphia, but they have to do something.”…

  20. No timetable for ailing Tony La Russa’s return to Cardinals

    May 11, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Tony La Russa is expected to miss the Cardinals’ entire six-game road trip that began last night after leaving the team to have his shingles treated at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the manager could miss “significantly more time.” Strauss quotes a source who…

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