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  1. Already out for season after elbow surgery, Joba Chamberlain had an appendectomy too

    Jul 18, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    New York Yankees pitcher Chamberlain poses during media photo day at the team's spring training camp

    Somewhat buried in the news about Yankees backup infielder Ramiro Pena undergoing an emergency appendectomy this morning is George King of the New York Post reporting that Joba Chamberlain had an appendectomy recently as well. Chamberlain went under the knife two weeks ago, according to King. He was already out for the season (and possibly…

  2. David Ortiz, Kevin Gregg drop their appeals

    Jul 18, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    David Ortiz, Kevin Gregg

    In an utterly not unexpected move, both David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg dropped their suspensions arising out of their actions during the last series between the Red Sox and Orioles.  Each suspension was reduced from four games to three and their fines — originally $2,500 — were reduced as well. Conveniently enough, today marks the beginning of…

  3. Which Red Sox player are you?

    Jul 18, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    ortiz head

    This quiz which purports to tell you, based on some abbreviated personality inventory, which member of the Boston Red Sox you’d be is so beyond silly that I can’t even begin to quantify it. But yeah, I did it anyway. And it said I was David Ortiz. I have no idea what to think. Calling…

  4. Yankees infielder Ramiro Pena has emergency appendectomy

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

    Pena_Ramiro

    Matt Holliday and Adam Dunn have started a trend, as Yankees backup infielder Ramiro Pena has joined them in undergoing an emergency appendectomy in the middle of the season. George King of the New York Post reports that Pena is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after having the surgery early this morning in Tampa Bay,…

  5. HBT Daily: Looking at the hitters available at the trade deadline

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Tiffany and I look at the market for Carlos Beltran and the lesser offensive lights available at the trade deadline

  6. The Red Sox and Rays played the 39th 1-0 game of 2011

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:18 PM EST

    Josh Beckett

    Sunday night’s 16-inning marathon won by the Red Sox was the 39th 1-0 game of 2011.  If that sounds like a lot, it is.  We’re currently on pace for the most 1-0 games since 1976. With scoring depressed, the number of 1-0 games shot way up last year and has only continued to increase.  Here’s the number of 1-0…

  7. Minor league announcer quits while he’s on the air

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Lake County logo

    Remember the silliness with the Lake County Fielders last week?  How the manager and a giant chunk of the team quit right before a game because they weren’t getting paid, leading to a game in which Jose Canseco pitched for the opposition? Yeah, well apparently that was just one part of a gigantic cluster going…

  8. Twins prospect Alex Wimmers returns to mound after severe control problems

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:46 PM EST

    alex wimmers twins

    After taking three months off from game action following a disastrous season debut that saw him walk all six batters he faced, Twins prospect and 2010 first-round pick Alex Wimmers has finally taken a big step in his recovery from extreme control problems. He returned to the mound last week at rookie-ball with just one…

  9. Frank McCourt calls MLB financing “a deal with the devil”

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

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

    One thing you learn pretty quick as a litigator is that, just because you can say something, doesn’t mean you should.  At least in court filings, where sometimes one’s rhetorical flourishes can go too damn far. Where one’s zealousness to make a sharp point leads one to say something in writing that they would never…

  10. Grady Sizemore on knee injury: “There’s a lot of concern”

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    sizemore close

    Grady Sizemore was placed on the disabled list this morning after re-injuring his right knee yesterday and the Indians center fielder told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that “there’s a lot of concern” about his status. Sizemore missed just two weeks after bruising the same knee back in May, but indicated that he…

  11. Defending Springsteen’s use of “speedball” in “Glory Days”

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    DicksonBaseball

    In the comments to the Springsteen post earlier, there were several of you who took issue with Springsteen’s use of the word “speedball” in the lyrics to “Glory Days.”  As in “he could throw that speedball by you, make you look like a fool,” for those unfamiliar. This bothered me for many years, and I’m…

  12. Jack McKeon wants Mike Stanton to steal 30 bases for some reason

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

    Mike Stanton, Paul Janish

    Not satisfied with Mike Stanton being perhaps the best young slugger in baseball, Marlins manager Jack McKeon wants him stealing bases now too: He needs a little polish on the bases. But that’s because he has not had that much experience. I gave him the steal sign one night a while back and he stood…

  13. HBT readers are smart

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:35 PM EST

    Mark Runsvold.bmp

    Mark Runsvold has been reading and commenting on HBT since its inception and before that was reading my old blog, Shysterball.  I always knew he was rather bright based on his comments, but I had no idea that he was going to do something like win $48K in one day on Jeopardy! But that’s what…

  14. Alfredo Aceves has the best winning percentage of all time

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Alfredes Aceves was the winning pitcher in last night’s 16-inning marathon between the Red Sox and Rays, throwing three scoreless innings before Dustin Pedroia‘s hit finally broke a 0-0 tie. With the victory Aceves improved to 19-2 for his career, which is a .905 winning percentage that ranks as the best mark in MLB history…

  15. That guy who could throw that speedball by you? His name is Joe DePugh

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

    Glory Days

    This was apparently in the New York Times last week, but I missed it. Reader Bill S. emailed me to let me know that it’s running again over at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The story: the real life identity of that pitcher Bruce Springsteen knew back in high school who could through that speedball by ya…

  16. Tigers interested in Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie

    Jul 18, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Jeremy Guthrie

    Matthew Pouliot wrote last week that Detroit’s primary focus heading into the trade deadline should be rotation help, so not surprisingly Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Tigers are interested in Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie has a hideous 3-13 record, but his 4.45 ERA and 80/36 K/BB ratio in 123 innings are…

  17. Mike Adams applied for a passport in case he’s traded to AL

    Jul 18, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Mike Adams

    San Diego is one-stop shopping for contending teams in need of bullpen help, with closer Heath Bell and setup men Mike Adams and Chad Qualls rumored to be on the trading block. Adams told Dan Hayes of the North County Times that he applied for a passport at the suggestion of his agent in case…

  18. Nolan Ryan hospitalized with chest pains

    Jul 18, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    Ryan Ventura

    This photo is a representation of what I assume Nolan Ryan is going to evetually do to any cardiac issues that dare mess with him. In the meantime, hold a good thought for Ryan, who was hospitalized in Houston today after experiencing chest pains at his home. Ryan has a history of heart trouble, having undergone…

  19. More knee problems send Grady Sizemore back to DL

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Cleveland Indians v Baltimore Orioles

    Grady Sizemore, who spent part of May on the disabled list with a right knee contusion, re-injured the same knee yesterday and has been placed back on the DL. The good news is that it was Sizemore’s left knee that caused him to miss most of last season and the beginning of this year following…

  20. We are in for years of dominance by Congressional Democrats

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    donkey_elephant

    No, not politically. But from a baseball perspective, most definitely: Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) smoked the GOP in this year’s congressional baseball game:  The former college player pitched a complete game one-hitter, striking out 13, in leading Democrats to a 8-2 victory. A full story of last Thursday’s Roll Call game can be read here. Photos…

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