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  1. Jason Kubel suffers setback in rehab game at Single-A

    Jun 30, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

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    Twins outfielder (and sometimes designated hitter) Jason Kubel has been on the 15-day disabled list since the end of May with a sprained left foot. He began a minor league rehab assignment earlier this week and was hoping to return to the Minnesota starting lineup in a matter of days, but that plan is going…

  2. Carlos Zambrano taken to local hospital for MRI on back

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

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    Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano was lifted from his Thursday afternoon start against the Giants due to soreness in his lower back and now word comes from MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat that he had to be taken to a local hospital to undergo an MRI. The Cubs are optimistic that Big Z won’t need to miss any…

  3. Marlins to open new stadium on April 4 against Cardinals

    Jun 30, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Billy the Marlin

    Major League Baseball isn’t planning to announce its full 2012 schedule until sometime in September, but a source with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press on Thursday that the Marlins will open their spanking-new $515 million ballpark on April 4 with a visit from the St. Louis Cardinals. The currently unnamed stadium is…

  4. Free agent Scott Kazmir throws for Rangers

    Jun 30, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    And that’s pretty much the extent of the report. Scott Kazmir, who was waived by the Angels on June 15, checked out healthy upon working out for the Rangers earlier this week.  The team hasn’t yet decided whether it will make him an offer. “We’ve talked with him, doing our due diligence,” GM Jon Daniels…

  5. David Ortiz, Prince Fielder to serve as Home Run Derby captains

    Jun 30, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Apparently looking to add some interest for the Home Run Derby festivities, MLB today announced David Ortiz and Prince Fielder as captains for the event to be held the Monday before the All-Star Game. Ortiz, the 2010 champion, and Fielder, the 2009 champ, will each get to pick their three teammates for the contest.  Not limited…

  6. Mark Teixeira hits 300th career homer in win over Brewers

    Jun 30, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira

    Mark Teixeira‘s major league-leading 25th homer of 2011 Thursday against the Brewers was also his 300th career homer, as he moved into a tie for 129th place on the all-time list. The Yankees ended up beating Milwaukee 5-0, with CC Sabathia matching his career high with 13 strikeouts in 7 2/3 scoreless innings.  He became the…

  7. Roger Clemens wants to call George Mitchell as a witness

    Jun 30, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    George Mitchell

    There’s a lot about Roger Clemens’ legal strategy that I’ve never understood, so I shouldn’t be surprised when something new comes up that makes me want to scratch my head:  Former Sen. George Mitchell says Roger Clemens may call him to testify at his upcoming trial on charges he lied about drug use … Mitchell’s attorney…

  8. Nothin’ like a parade! In Phoenix! In July! At noon!

    Jun 30, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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    People keep asking me if I’m going to Phoenix for the All-Star Game.  I keep telling them no. A number of reasons, really. For one thing, I’m not really a proper reporter, so I’m not sure what I’d do there except get in everyone’s way while I did that “what the heck am I doing…

  9. Jerry Hairston blames broken wrist on late-afternoon start time

    Jun 30, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: So much for avoiding the DL. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Hairston will indeed be put on the shelf and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. ========== Jerry Hairston Jr. suffered what the Nationals are calling a “small break” in his left wrist when he was hit by a Dan Haren pitch during…

  10. The Dodgers bankruptcy case could, theoretically anyway, stretch into 2012

    Jun 30, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    The judge in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy case released a hearing schedule this afternoon, and it anticipates ten hearings between the next one on July 20th and the 10th one scheduled for  Jan. 25, 2012. Now, that doesn’t mean they’ll all be used, of course.  As has been reported, Major League Baseball is considering seizing the…

  11. Don’t let the SI poll fool you: LeBron James stinks at baseball

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

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    This week’s Sports Illustrated has a poll asking MLB players “which athlete in another sport would make the best baseball player?” and LeBron James finished second with 13 percent of the vote, behind Michael Vick at 16 percent. James is obviously an amazing athlete, but as Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer explains he isn’t…

  12. Carlos Zambrano leaves game early with sore back

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

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    I guess this is one of those posts where the headline is enough. But since I’m here: Carlos Zambrano left today’s game against the Giants in the second inning with lower back soreness. He had given up a run on two hits with two walks issued when he left. In other news, has it not…

  13. Willie Harris takes bereavement leave as Mets call up Fernando Martinez

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v New York Mets

    Sad news from the Mets, as Willie Harris has left the team and been placed on the bereavement list after his wife lost their baby five months into her pregnancy. Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that Harris’ wife unexpectedly went into early labor last night and the baby passed away this morning. The couple has…

  14. The Athletics trade Mark Ellis to the Rockies

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

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    The Oakland Athletics just announced that they have traded infielder Mark Ellis to the Colorado Rockies for pitcher Bruce Billings and a player to be named later (the latter of whom seems to get traded A LOT!). Ellis has been a fixture at second base for the A’s since 2002, but he has fallen off…

  15. Brad Lidge aiming to begin rehab assignment Monday

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge

    Brad Lidge, who has been on the disabled list all season with elbow and shoulder problems, threw a 35-pitch bullpen session yesterday and is scheduled to do so again tomorrow, at which point the Phillies may clear him to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the rehab stint could start…

  16. Cole Hamels leaves Sox-Phillies game early

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Cole Hamels was cruising along quite nicely against the Red Sox this afternoon, having shut out Boston on two hits over four innings, but then he faced Adrian Gonzalez for the second time and Gonzalez hit a line drive off Hamels’ hand, which required him to leave the game. The good news: it was his…

  17. Ryan Zimmerman struggling with new throwing mechanics

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman

    Last night Ryan Zimmerman made his fourth throwing error in 15 games since returning from an abdominal injury and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes that the third baseman made a decision to “overhaul his throwing mechanics in the middle of a season” to avoid future injuries. Despite his struggles, Zimmerman told Kilgore that…

  18. Must-click link: The collected sins of Frank and Jamie McCourt

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Combination of file photos of Frank and Jamie McCourt during their divorce trial in Los Angeles

    We all know that Frank and Jamie McCourt have run the Dodgers into the ground. But their failure has been so massive and all-encompassing, sometimes it’s hard to remember the specific episodes of futility, incompetence and avarice. Thankfully, the Dodgers blog Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness has put together a list of the top 50 sins…

  19. Scott Baker quietly emerges as current ace of Twins’ rotation

    Jun 30, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Scott Baker

    Scott Baker was excellent for the Twins again yesterday afternoon, allowing zero or one run for the third time in four starts by shutting out the Dodgers for 7.1 innings. Baker racked up nine strikeouts without a walk until issuing a free pass to the final batter he faced, finishing June with a 1.46 ERA…

  20. HBT Daily: Answering your questions

    Jun 30, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    We’ve been off video for a week due to technical difficulties. But we’ve since found Tiffany and returned her to the basement, so we’re back with more HBT Daily!

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