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  1. Grady Sizemore’s “other” knee sends him back to the DL

    May 16, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    sizemore close

    After missing most of last season and the first two weeks of this year following left knee surgery Grady Sizemore came off the disabled list on April 17 with a hot bat, hitting hit .282 with six homers and a .974 OPS in 18 games. Unfortunately his comeback was been halted by a bruised right…

  2. The Reds and Cardinals are getting ugly. And it’s wonderful.

    May 16, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Francisco Cordero, Edinson Volquez

    Yeah, I’m using this picture again. It’s a great picture. I have absolutely no plans to take a side in the increasingly ugly Reds-Cardinals rivalry. I’m just thankful that it’s as intense as it is, because baseball needs a good hate-filled rivalry right now.  Giants-Dodgers still has bile but that got too damn real this…

  3. Casey Blake “close” to beginning rehab assignment in minors

    May 16, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Casey Blake has been out since April 25 with an elbow infection that was expected to sideline him for 4-6 weeks, but yesterday manager Don Mattingly revealed that “Casey is close” to beginning a minor-league rehab assignment. Mattingly told Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times that Blake “went the fully Monty” yesterday, which means…

  4. HBT Daily: Hip hip Jorge!

    May 16, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Well, what did you think we were going to talk about?

  5. The Posada flap is not done yet: the Yankees’ front office is mad at Derek Jeter

    May 16, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    derek jeter and kevin long yankees

    UPDATE: Peace in our time. 11:32 AM: In the wake of the Jorge Posada Sit-down-a-palooza, Derek Jeter had this to say: “My reaction was that I didn’t think it was that big a deal,” Jeter said about the Posada incident. “If you need a day, you need a day. It’s over. It’s done. It’s not the…

  6. Jose Bautista has 64 homers in his last 162 games and no one else has more than 42

    May 16, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    After destroying the Twins over the weekend Jose Bautista has an MLB-high 16 homers this season and also leads the AL in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, runs, total bases, and walks. People keep expecting him to turn back into a pumpkin and Bautista keeps performing even better. In fact, dating back to…

  7. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    May 16, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Francisco Cordero, Edinson Volquez

    I gotta tell ya, no one feels like a number one team right now. Cleveland and Philly have the best records in baseball, but both are flawed teams who played some unexciting baseball last week.  Then you have Florida, but Philly beat them two out of three last week, so how can I put them…

  8. Brewers think Zack Greinke was tipping his pitches yesterday

    May 16, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Zack Greinke began yesterday’s start against the Pirates with four no-hit innings, but Neil Walker led off the fifth frame with a homer and he allowed a total of five runs and five extra-base hits in what proved to be his final inning. He still ended up with a win because the lineup scored a…

  9. The ugliest ballcaps you’ll see today

    May 16, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    ugly red sox cap

    I’m not some stiff-necked purist. Sure, I’d prefer that people wear actual game-replica caps or throwback caps that were once actually worn in pitched battle on the diamond, but if you want to wear a black Dodgers cap or even a Red Yankees cap or something I’m not going to go crazy, even if I…

  10. Egad, there have been a lot of rainouts

    May 16, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Rockies Phillies Baseball Weather

    Praise be to Rob McKenna, La Nina or the deity of your choice, but there have been a lot of rainouts this year.  Three yesterday, which brings the total to 25, which is a pretty incredible number. As Maury notes, there were only eight through this point last season. 2007 was the record year for the past…

  11. The Aroldis Chapman horror show continues

    May 16, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

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    I was going to say “lost in the Reds’ win yesterday …” but I don’t think this was really lost on anyone: Aroldis Chapman came into the game with a seven-run lead in the ninth inning yesterday, faced five batters, walked four of them and all of them came around to score. He threw only…

  12. Chipper Jones has a torn meniscus

    May 16, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    They’re characterizing Chipper Jones’ knee injury as a “slight” meniscus tear, but is there anything “slight” when you’re 39-years-old and are already pretty brittle to begin with? The plan now: cortisone shot and some rest, but if that doesn’t work surgery is likely, which will put Jones out for a few weeks. Remember that stuff I…

  13. The Posada affair: only here, only now

    May 16, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    I’m rather glad that the Jorge Posada drama erupted on a weekend when I was takings kids to soccer games and stuff, because it’s a drama that, for all of the interest and focus on it, you really can’t say a ton about. Yes, Posada is owed criticism, but he also has built up so…

  14. HBT Weekend Wrap

    May 16, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Posada

    I didn’t do nothin’ this weekend except age with grace, humility and in full awareness of my limitations. Jorge.

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

    May 16, 2011, 5:40 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' Bautista watches his homerun off Minnesota Twins' Hoey during their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

    Blue Jays 11, Twins 3:  Jose Bautista is not a man. He’s a machine. A Terminator. A Cyberdyne Systems Model 101. Not a robot. A cyborg. A cybernetic organism (3 for 5 3 HR, 4 RBI). Braves 3, Phillies 2: The second straight complete game loss for Roy Halladay.  How the Braves manage to take…

  16. Juan Pierre cannot be killed

    May 15, 2011, 10:49 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics

    Just when it looked like things couldn’t possibly get any worse, Juan Pierre grounded into two double plays for just the second time in his career Sunday. He actually did have a hit in four at-bats against the A’s.  But he was promptly picked off first base afterwards. Pierre is currently sitting at .242/.314/.268 for the season. …

  17. Jason Heyward swings bat, aims for Tuesday return

    May 15, 2011, 10:26 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    Jason Heyward, who has missed five starts because of an inflamed right shoulder, took batting practice Sunday in the cage and said he hopes to return Tuesday against the Astros. Since the soreness is in his non-throwing shoulder, Heyward has made an appearance as a defensive replacement each of the last three games.  He said…

  18. Yankees decide no discipline for Jorge Posada

    May 15, 2011, 10:17 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    It’s case closed for the Jorge Posada drama, as the Yankees said Sunday that there would be no discipline for the five-time All-Star after he asked out of Saturday’s lineup for the game against the Red Sox. Posada had face-to-face conversations with both GM Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi on Sunday, apologizing to each.…

  19. After giving up six more runs, Javier Vazquez has to go

    May 15, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    It’s just not happening for Javier Vazquez.   In allowing six runs over four innings Sunday in a loss to the Nationals, his ERA jumped to 7.55.  Even when Vazquez has struggled in the past, it’s usually come with a respectable or better WHIP.  This year, he’s at 1.91.  He’s struck out just 20 batters and…

  20. Apologetic Jorge Posada sits Sunday

    May 15, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    As suspected, the Yankees are holding Jorge Posada out of Sunday’s lineup after the drama that ensued last night. Posada probably would have been on the bench regardless.  He’s been sitting against a lot of left-handers, and he’s just 4-for-21 with no extra-base hits lifetime against Red Sox starter Jon Lester. Posada talked to the…

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