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  1. The business of baseball and the business of movies: not all that different

    May 31, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Shia LaBoeuf

    I don’t know enough about the movie industry in order to know when the baseball GM/movie producer analogy in this story breaks down, but it’s an interesting read anyway: In baseball, as in the movie business, everyone wants to develop younger, cheaper talent. GMs do it either by trading established players for young prospects or…

  2. Jeff Niemann “ready to take the next step” to rehab stint

    May 31, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Jeff Niemann threw a 45-pitch simulated game yesterday and announced afterward that he’s “ready to take the next step” and begin a minor-league rehab assignment for the back injury that has kept him out since May 6. Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that Niemann will get his wish with rehab stint in which…

  3. The Nationals are dangling Pudge Rodriguez; may be delusional about his value

    May 31, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    People have been speculating about this since Buster Posey got hurt last week, but Buster Olney reports that the Nationals have “reached out” to the Giants to gauge their interest in Ivan Rodriguez. Based on what Mike Rizzo had to say in today’s Washington Post, however, the Giants will actually have to give something up to…

  4. A world in which the 2008 Phillies went 79-83

    May 31, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    APBA Baseball

    The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., Michael G. Kovacevich, Prop. Michael G. Kovacevich has figured out a way to play an entire baseball season without a rainout, assuming he avoids spilling a diet pop on his infield. The 58-year-old historian and extreme baseball fan is near completion of the 2008 Major League Baseball season, playing every game…

  5. Oh good: Miguel Cabrera gets his driver’s license back

    May 31, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    Miguel Cabrera‘s Maserati goes one-eighty-five. Got back his license, now he can drive. Life’s been good to him so far: Florida officials have returned Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera’s driver’s license, but he still faces DUI charges. The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department determined Friday there wasn’t enough evidence to prove Cabrera had been…

  6. Do luxury boxes cause ballpark violence?

    May 31, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    luxury suite

    No, I didn’t formulate that question. Political blogger Mickey Kaus did in his “assignment desk” feature over at the Daily Caller. If you’re unfamiliar with his work, Kaus uses the feature to play editor, coming up with a question that interests him, outlines the parameters and then “assigns” it to a reporter he thinks would…

  7. HBT Weekend Wrap

    May 31, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    grilling

    Your office was probably closed over the long weekend, but HBT was open for business. Here are the highlights.

  8. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 31, 2011, 5:42 AM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    Yankees 5, Athletics 0: Bartolo Colon with the four-hit shutout in which, in hindsight, the outcome was determined the moment Mark Teixeira hit his first inning homer.  A full house showed up at the Coliseum for this one. Gonna go out on a limb here and say that most of the fans weren’t there to…

  9. Reds’ ‘Mr. May’ Jay Bruce smashes 12th homer of month

    May 31, 2011, 2:39 AM EDT

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    They’re calling Jay Bruce “Mr. May” in Cincinnati. And for good reason. The 24-year-old Reds outfielder has had an amazing month, carrying the Reds offense. In Cincinnati’s 7-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday, Bruce was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs, falling a double short of the cycle. He’s bashed 12…

  10. Josh Johnson unlikely to be ready for June 7 target date

    May 30, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Marlins' Johnson delivers a pitch against the Phillies in the first inning during their MLB National League baseball game in Miami

    The Marlins had previously hoped that Josh Johnson would be able to return from the disabled list for a start on June 7 against the Braves, but manager Edwin Rodriguez told Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel earlier today that it’s doubtful he’ll be ready so soon. “It’s very uncertain at this point,”…

  11. Bartolo Colon throws first shutout in five years against A’s

    May 30, 2011, 8:24 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon, Francisco Cervelli

    Bartolo Colon, who was pulled with a chance to go for a shutout in a 1-0 game 12 days ago, got his ninth career shutout Monday, pitching a four-hitter against the A’s. Colon threw just 103 pitches in the game.  With the Yankees ahead 5-0, he was allowed to continue even after giving up a…

  12. Joakim Soria pulled from closer’s role after taking fifth blown save

    May 30, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Joakim Soria just isn’t fooling anyone. On Monday, he gave up a two-run homer to Torii Hunter with one out in the ninth inning, giving him three straight blown saves.  He went on to allow one more run before escaping the ninth in what turned out to be a 10-8 loss to the Angels. Soria…

  13. A position-by-position OPS breakdown

    May 30, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    The American League's best left fielder?

    A.k.a.: American League left fielders really stink this year. Earlier this month, I looked at what positions were producing worst on a team-by-team basis (here’s the AL and the NL).  This time, I’m going through the positions for each league as a whole and breaking them down by OPS: NL RF: .796 AL 1B: .786…

  14. Brandon Webb struggles in first professional start since Opening Day of 2009

    May 30, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Brandon Webb allowed five runs on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings earlier this afternoon in his first minor league rehab start with Double-A Frisco, reports Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. It was his first professional start of any kind since Opening Day of the 2009 season. Webb struck out two, walked two…

  15. Mike Matheny blames Scott Cousins for Buster Posey’s injury

    May 30, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    Mike Matheny

    Four-time Gold Glove catcher Mike Matheny, whose career was ended by concussions, said Scott Cousins was “hunting” when he hit Buster Posey and knocked out the 2010 Rookie of the Year for the rest of the season. “You know what, it wasn’t a dirty play, he didn’t come high spikes, he didn’t come high elbow,” Matheny…

  16. Hanley Ramirez says he can’t put on his shoes due to back problem

    May 30, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Hanley Ramirez, the National League’s other extremely disappointing superstar, was held out of Monday’s lineup after leaving Sunday’s game with lower back soreness.  He told the Palm Beach Post the discomfort there and in his upper left leg “the worst pain I’ve ever had in my life, in my career.” Ramirez said the back has been…

  17. Pirates place Ryan Doumit and Steve Pearce on 15-day DL

    May 30, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Ryan Doumit, Carlos Pena

    The Pirates’ lineup got a little lighter Monday, with both Ryan Doumit and Steve Pearce joining Pedro Alvarez (quad) on the disabled list. Doumit suffered a sprained left ankle when Carlos Pena slid into him at home plate in Sunday’s game aganist the Cubs. Pearce, who had been getting most of the starts at third…

  18. Russell Martin scratched with a sore toe

    May 30, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Russell Martin

    Russell Martin fouled a ball off his foot in Saturday’s game against the Mariners. I hear that Steve Kelley thought it was a fantastic play.  The bad part of it is that it caused Joe Girardi to have to scratch Martin from today’s game with the Athletics.  Martin was originally in the lineup today but…

  19. Twins place Francisco Liriano on DL with shoulder injury

    May 30, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    UPDATE: As expected, the Twins placed Liriano on the DL after today’s game. ========== Francisco Liriano and the Twins were hopeful that he’d miss just one start with shoulder soreness–and Anthony Swarzak nearly threw a no-hitter in his place Saturday–but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Liriano “did not feel well when…

  20. Jose Reyes placed on the bereavement list

    May 30, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Jose Reyes will miss the next 3 to 7 days after the Mets placed him on the bereavement list following the death of his grandmother in the Dominican Republic, Adam Rubin reports.  The Mets have not yet added anyone to the 25 man roster to take his place during that time. The Mets start off a…

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