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

    May 11, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

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    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:…

  2. 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.…

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Andrew Bailey reports elbow discomfort after simulated game

    May 11, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    May 11, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

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    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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.”…

  10. 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…

  11. Frank McCourt will try — and fail — to work the halls at the owners’ meetings

    May 11, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

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

    The quarterly owners’ meetings take place today and tomorrow in New York and, as Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times notes, despite the fact that the state of the Dodgers is not on the meeting agenda, Frank McCourt has a big lobbying job on his hands: There will be pleasantries. How was your flight? Where…

  12. Tim Wakefield would consider playing for another team

    May 11, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Tim Wakefield

    When Tim Wakefield took what was, essentially a year-to-year contract with the Red Sox, and even since that deal expired, it seemed pretty clear that his preference was either to play in Boston or not play at all.  But as Rob Bradford of WEEI reports, that’s not necessarily the case: Tim Wakefield, who will become…

  13. Mets former clubhouse manager to be arrested today

    May 11, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Charlie Samuels

    Remember last fall how it was revealed that Charlie Samuels, the Mets longtime clubhouse manager/travelling secretary was running a gambling ring, stealing Mets’ memorabilia, skimming hotel money and living way, way beyond his means? Yeah, well, he’s going to be arrested today and charged with theft and many, many other things, I’m sure. For those in…

  14. The HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 11, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Breakfast Wrap

    Know what? We post an awful damn lot here at HBT.  Sometimes so much that even I can’t keep up and this is my job.  That’s especially true in the evenings when I’m putting my kids to bed and watching baseball. Know what else? In the past couple of weeks we’ve been posting even more…

  15. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 11, 2011, 6:08 AM EDT

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    The lesson from Tuesday: Roy Halladay, Josh Johnson, Tim Lincecum and Ian Kennedy simply don’t know how to win.

  16. Albert Pujols hugs Cubs GM with Wrigley faithful looking on

    May 11, 2011, 12:15 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Chicago Cubs

    The embrace that will start a million rumors. CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports that Albert Pujols and Cubs GM Jim Hendry shared a hug prior to Tuesday’s Cardinals-Cubs game at Wrigley Field. And he has the picture to prove it. A simple bro hug it wasn’t. No word yet on whether Hendry whispered “$300 million”…

  17. Ike Davis departs Mets game with strained calf

    May 10, 2011, 11:35 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Still reeling from the Jenrry Mejia and Chris Young news, the Mets suffered another blow Tuesday when Ike Davis left the game against the Rockies with a strained left calf. Davis, who had a two-run single in the first, was injured during a collision with David Wright in the fifth inning.  He’ll be reevaluated Wednesday to see…

  18. Rafael Soriano to undergo precautionary MRI on “tender” elbow

    May 10, 2011, 10:47 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Well, nobody could have predicted this one. Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Rafael Soriano will undergo a precautionary MRI after he showed up to the ballpark today with what Yankees manager Joe Girardi called a “tender” elbow. Soriano, who signed a three-year, $35 million contract with the Yankees over the…

  19. Jason Heyward exits game, to have MRI on shoulder

    May 10, 2011, 10:25 PM EDT

    Jason Hayward

    After leaving Tuesday’s game prior to the eighth inning, Jason Heyward admitted that he’s been dealing with soreness in his right shoulder since the spring.  He’s set to have an MRI. Heyward, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts tonight, said the soreness has worsened in recent days and that he’s recently experienced numbness in his…

  20. Chase Utley singles in first minor league rehab game

    May 10, 2011, 10:09 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Utley walks across the field after taking batting practice before a spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles

    According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Chase Utley went 1-for-4 with a single as the designated hitter in his first minor league rehab game with High-A Clearwater earlier tonight. Utley had two strikeouts and a ground out over his first three at-bats, but managed to bloop a single to center field in his final at-bat in…

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