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  1. HBT Daily: Taking Twitter Questions

    May 26, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Earlier you saw the rejects. Here are the ones that made the video cut.

  2. Phillies activate Jose Contreras from disabled list

    May 26, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    As expected, the Phillies activated Jose Contreras from the disabled list prior to today’s game. Also expected, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports that Contreras “will work in a setup role while Ryan Madson continues to be used as closer.” Madson had his first rough outing of the season earlier this week, but he’s 9-for-9…

  3. Pray for your local beat writer for they have to endure some horrible, horrible cliches

    May 26, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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    I thank my lucky stars that my job description does not include “talking to baseball players after the game to get their insight.”  Because, if they actually have some insight, it’s buried under mountains and mountains of cliche. You think you know this already because of that scene in “Bull Durham,” but the problem is…

  4. Royals sticking with struggling closer Joakim Soria

    May 26, 2011, 11:54 AM EDT

    Kansas City's Soria and Pena celebrate after the Royals' win over Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    I wrote yesterday about how Joakim Soria hasn’t pitched like his usual dominant self this season with a 5.18 ERA, similarly ugly strikeout and walk numbers, and decreased velocity. While his performance so far should definitely have the Royals worried, it’s no surprise that manager Ned Yost made it very clear Soria is in no…

  5. Mets’ new owner David Einhorn won $660,000 in World Series of Poker and donated it to charity

    May 26, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    david einhorn poker

    Most people probably responded to this morning’s news of the Mets adding a minority owner by thinking of, say, the financial ramifications and impact on the team, but my first thoughts were “the name David Einhorn sounds familiar” and then “I think I’ve seen this guy on television playing poker.” Sure enough, before investing $200…

  6. You asked me questions on Twitter, so I shall answer them

    May 26, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    The Question

    Today: a quick jaunt through political theory.

  7. Grady Sizemore looks likely to return from DL tomorrow

    May 26, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    sizemore runs

    Grady Sizemore tested his injured right knee by running the bases yesterday and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that he could be activated from the disabled list as soon as tomorrow. “He went out there and ran the bases and felt good,” manager Manny Acta told Bastian. “We’re going to make a decision. I’m expecting…

  8. Josh Johnson unlikely to return on June 1 as Marlins play it safe with his recovery

    May 26, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    Placed on the disabled list over the weekend with right shoulder inflammation, Marlins ace Josh Johnson played catch from 60 feet yesterday and reported no problems afterward. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post there’s still a chance Johnson could be ready to return on June 1, but the Marlins are “leaning toward…

  9. The Mets 2012 payroll is a matter of debate

    May 26, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Sandy Alderson Citi Field

    In that Sports Illustrated article we mentioned the other day, Fred Wilpon suggested that the team’s payroll is going to be slashed pretty dramatically next year, perhaps down to $100 million. Sandy Alderson spoke with the media yesterday, however, and he suggested that things may not be cut that low. More like down to $120…

  10. Frank McCourt says he’s gonna make payroll

    May 26, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    All of the whispers have had Frank McCourt not making payroll at the end of the month. And of course, if that happens, he probably loses the Dodgers.  It’s kind of like the plot of the Blues Brothers but, you know, totally not fun. But apparently McCourt played a big house show last night, collected…

  11. Report: The Mets finally have a minority owner. And Fred Wilpon’s days could be numbered

    May 26, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    File photo of David Einhorn speaking at 6th Annual New York Value Investing Congress in New York City

    Multiple outlets are reporting this morning that the Mets have an agreement to sell 49% of the team to one David Einhorn of the hedge fund Greenlight Capital, Inc. for $200 million. The sale would not include a stake in SNY, it’s being reported. No word on what kind of managerial control, if any, Einhorn…

  12. Should catchers be banned from blocking home plate?

    May 26, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Posey injury 2.bmp

    Buster Posey’s awful injury last night has set off the calls for some reform — or some something — regarding how catchers handle the play at the plate.  This morning another Buster — Olney — tweeted the following: In the big-picture question of risk/reward, the play of blocking home plate, to save one run, is…

  13. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 26, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Breakfast Wrap

    It was a very eventful evening and night around baseball. If you only waste time on the Internet at the office (good choice!), here’s what you missed.

  14. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 26, 2011, 5:53 AM EDT

    Brooks Conrad

    Yesterday’s games: where the most interesting and/or notable things technically happened today. See, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

  15. Buster Posey injures left leg in collision at home plate

    May 26, 2011, 2:37 AM EDT

    Scott Cousins, Buster Posey

    UPDATE: Posey had an MRI and x-rays. Andrew Baggarly spoke with a team official afterward. The official didn’t reveal the results, but he said “not good.”  Baggarly asked if the leg was broken. The response: “Not good.”  That’s, well, not good. Not good at all. 2: 37 AM: 2010 NL Rookie of the Year Buster…

  16. Phillies beat Reds in 19 as infielder Wilson Valdez earns victory

    May 26, 2011, 2:09 AM EDT

    Wilson Valdez

    Wilson Valdez threw a hitless 19th inning and became the first position player since Colorado’s Brent Mayne in 2000 to record a victory as the Phillies beat the Reds 5-4 in 19 innings Wednesday. The game was the longest in the majors since the Mets edged the Cardinals 2-1 in 20 innings on April 17, 2010. The…

  17. Giants not yet ready to recall Brandon Belt

    May 25, 2011, 10:55 PM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Thanks to Darren Ford‘s ankle sprain, it sounds like the Giants will soon have a roster spot open up.  However, manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that a move involving Brandon Belt isn’t likely. “To be honest, Belt is more of a longshot,” Bochy told the San Francisco Chronicle.  “What we’re looking for is more of…

  18. Joe Blanton has elbow inflammation, shut down 3-4 weeks

    May 25, 2011, 10:28 PM EDT

    blanton wide

    The Phillies sent starter Joe Blanton to Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday in the hope of getting some answers about what is continuing to cause discomfort in the right-hander’s throwing elbow. Those visits can sometimes lead to a recommendation of Tommy John surgery. This one did not. According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, Blanton…

  19. Rockies’ Ian Stewart pulls hamstring while playing at Triple-A

    May 25, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

    ian stewart rockies

    Another big blow for Ian Stewart. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the talented 26-year-old third baseman pulled a hamstring Wednesday while playing for Triple-A Colorado Springs. He’s likely to be sidelined for the next two weeks, and maybe longer. Stewart has been demoted to the minors twice this season because of his…

  20. Orlando Hudson leaves game with strained left groin

    May 25, 2011, 8:49 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson removed himself from Wednesday’s series finale against the Cardinals moments ago after appearing to aggravate his once-strained right hamstring. Hudson managed an infield single on a hot shot to third base with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but he tweaked something just before landing safely on the…

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