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  1. In need of infield depth, Brewers get Felipe Lopez from Rays

    Jul 28, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    In a move that presumably won’t keep them from pursuing further infield help between now and Sunday’s trade deadline, the Brewers have acquired Felipe Lopez from the Rays for cash considerations. Lopez is a veteran of 11 seasons in the majors, but has spent most of this season playing at Triple-A Durham, where he batted…

  2. Hideki Irabu found dead; suicide suspected

    Jul 28, 2011, 3:24 PM EST

    Hideki Irabu

    Former Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead at his California home yesterday.  The initial reports came from the Japanese paper, Asahi Shimbum, and his death has since been confirmed by the New York Yankees. Suicide by hanging is suspected. Irabu has had a troubled post-baseball career. He was arrested in Gardena, California last year…

  3. Mike Stanton owns the Nationals

    Jul 28, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

    Mike Cameron, Mike Stanton

    Not literally, because that would almost certainly be a conflict of interest. But figuratively, there is some definite ownage here.  Stanton homered in a second straight game in Washington on Thursday, giving him 24 homers this season and nine career homers against the Nationals. Those nine homers are give more than he has against any other…

  4. Brad Penny, Victor Martinez bicker on the mound

    Jul 28, 2011, 3:03 PM EST

    Penny_Brad

    It has been an ugly day in Detroit so far.  Jim Leyland was ejected early for arguing balls and strikes, and then starter Brad Penny — who was losing to the Angels 5-2 at the time — got into an argument with his catcher, Victor Martinez, in the top of the fourth inning.  MLB.com doesn’t…

  5. Kenley Jansen hospitalized for irregular heartbeat after save

    Jul 28, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

    Jansen_Kenley

    Kenley Jansen needed just seven pitches to close out a 3-2 win Tuesday night, striking out two of the three batters he faced to continue an amazingly dominant stretch, but afterward the Dodgers reliever was hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat. According to trainer Stan Conte doctors used cardio conversion to shock his heart back into…

  6. The Braves are “hot” for Carlos Quentin

    Jul 28, 2011, 2:34 PM EST

    Quentin_Carlos

    Look, I’ll point you to the earlier post about how the White Sox are inclined to keep Carlos Quentin — it’s not like they’re our of contention — and I’ll remind you that various people have tweeted today that the Sox, if they were to trade Quentin would be asking for a ton of talent…

  7. Report: Nationals “not willing” to trade Drew Storen to Twins for Denard Span

    Jul 28, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Drew Storen

    Earlier this week there were several reports about the Nationals pursuing Twins center fielder Denard Span and yesterday Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote that they might even be willing to give up closer Drew Storen to get something done. Not so fast, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, who quotes “a baseball source” as saying…

  8. Rangers are in “substantive talks” with the Padres for Heath Bell

    Jul 28, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Heath Bell

    So you know, “substantive talks” are more than just “kicking the tires,” which in turn is more than someone just being “willing to listen.”  Anyway. Ken Rosenthal says that the Rangers are in said “substantive talks” with the Padres for closer Heath Bell.  Given that they’ve basically thrown Neftali Feliz under the bus* during his…

  9. Watch tomorrow’s stars, ummm, tomorrow

    Jul 28, 2011, 1:54 PM EST

    Cape Cod League

    CSN New England will be televising the Cape Cod League All-Star Game on Friday, only trying something a little different with it. Instead of the usual view of the pitcher and batter from the center-field camera, the broadcast will feature two main play-by-play cameras, one from above first base and the other from above third.  …

  10. No longer feeling sick, Tim Lincecum set to start tonight

    Jul 28, 2011, 1:46 PM EST

    Tim Lincecum

    Carlos Beltran‘s debut will be the big story tonight for the Giants, but they’ll also have Tim Lincecum on the mound after the two-time Cy Young winner missed his scheduled Tuesday start with a stomach ailment. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Lincecum played catch yesterday and felt strong, which along…

  11. Watching games on Twitter: “I’ll never watch another game alone”

    Jul 28, 2011, 1:35 PM EST

    Twitter logo

    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writer Joe Starkey just got on Twitter ten days ago, but during the Braves-Pirates 19-inning marathon/atrocity the other night he discovered just how fun it is to watch a game with a Twitter window open: I’m new to this Twitter stuff. I could never understand why anyone needed a laptop while watching a…

  12. Carlos Zambrano says the Cubs need some “changes”

    Jul 28, 2011, 1:21 PM EST

    Carlos Zambrano

    Yesterday afternoon there were several reports about the Cubs trying to convince a contending team to take Carlos Zambrano and his contract off their hands, which predictably didn’t go very well. Then a few hours later Zambrano took the mound against the Brewers and threw 6.2 innings of two-run ball in a tough-luck loss, looking…

  13. Colby Rasmus trade: the he-said, he-said in video form

    Jul 28, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Video cameras found both Colby Rasmus and Tony La Russa following the trade yesterday.  They each had particularly Rasmus-esque and La Russa-esque takes on the matter. First Rasmus who, when asked about La Russa, says “I hope he’s happy”: Now La Russa, who talks about how young players “are spoiled.” Say what you want about…

  14. Carl Crawford gets cortisone shot for strained left elbow

    Jul 28, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Carl Crawford missed yesterday’s game and is out of the lineup this afternoon as well because of a strained left elbow. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Crawford got a cortisone injection in the elbow Tuesday night, which usually knocks players out of commission for at least a couple days. Crawford told Abraham…

  15. The Red Sox would “almost certainly” try for Carlos Quentin

    Jul 28, 2011, 12:34 PM EST

    Carlos Quentin

    Carlos Quentin‘s name has popped up in rumor gulch a few times over the past 24 hours. The Phillies are said to be interested. I presume the Braves would be too.  Now Danny Knobler tweets that the Red Sox would “almost certainly” be interested in the White Sox’ slugger too. Only problem with that: Bob Nightengale…

  16. Done Deal: The Cubs trade Kosuke Fukudome to the Indians

    Jul 28, 2011, 12:21 PM EST

    Kosuke Fukudome

    UPDATE:  Done deal, reports Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.  Kosuke Fukudome is an Indian. 11:04:  Multiple sources are now reporting that the Tribe would send two minor leaguers, as yet unidentified, put a pitcher and a position player to Chicago.  It’s also being reported that the Cubs will pick up all but $775,000 of the $4.5…

  17. Officially official: Giants and Mets complete Carlos Beltran deal

    Jul 28, 2011, 12:15 PM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran has signed off on the move to San Francisco, so the trade sending him from the Mets to the Giants for pitching prospect Zack Wheeler is now official. There’s a press release and everything. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson gave Beltran a proper sendoff, saying: We thank Carlos for all he has done…

  18. The Red Sox are “all over” Erik Bedard

    Jul 28, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Indians

    Man, they should really get off of him. He gets hurt so damn easily! Of course, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi may be speaking figuratively here, suggesting that the Sox are eager to make a deal for the Mariners’ lefty. The Mariners are certainly preparing for such a thing, as Rosenthal and Morosi report that…

  19. Rickie Weeks won’t need surgery for “severe ankle sprain”

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:44 AM EST

    Cubs Brewers Baseball

    Good news and bad news on Rickie Weeks‘ ugly looking ankle injury from last night. The good news is that he won’t need surgery. The bad news is that he’s been diagnosed with a “severe ankle sprain” and is expected to be out for “anywhere from 3-6 weeks,” according to assistant general manager Gord Ash.…

  20. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    The Question

    My video setup downstairs has been borked all week thanks to a basement flood. I think we’re all fixed now, but there are some little problems with it, so HBT Daily continues to be on hiatus. But never fear! Even though I started the Twitter questions thing for the HBT Daily segments, I have way…

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