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  1. Dodgers attendance is down over 7,000 per game

    May 13, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Attendance is down across baseball this year. On average it’s down on the order of a few hundred a game. In Los Angeles, however, things are way worse: 7,268 fans a game off the 2010 pace for the Dodgers.  And, as Steve Dilbeck reminds us, that’s just in official attendance, not actual turnstile numbers, which Major League…

  2. Harmon Killebrew: “My battle with esophageal cancer is coming to an end”

    May 13, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Killebrew

    Hall of Famer and Twins great Harmon Killebrew has entered into hospice care following unsuccessful treatments for esophageal cancer and issued a very sad and equally brave statement: It is with profound sadness that I share with you that my continued battle with esophageal cancer is coming to an end. With the continued love and…

  3. Luke Gregerson has a cool car

    May 13, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    Better off dead

    There’s not a lot going on yet today, so we have a few moments to contemplate Padres’ reliever Luke Gregerson‘s car, a picture of which you can see here.  Yeah, it’s a black ’67 Camaro, which makes Gregerson my new favorite relief pitcher not named Jonny Venters. I’ve been in love with that car ever…

  4. Mariners closer Brandon League takes third straight loss

    May 13, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Seattle Mariners

    Brandon League stepped in for the injured David Aardsma and converted each of his first nine save chances as the Mariners’ closer, but all of a sudden he can’t get anyone out. League took his first loss of the season Sunday by allowing three runs, blew a save and took a loss in the 13th…

  5. When it comes to rookies and long term deals, there is risk in taking one too

    May 13, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    Boras thinking

    Buster Olney weighed in on Scott Boras’ comments from yesterday, om which Boras seemed to downplay the likelihood of a long term deal for Eric Hosmer. Here’s Buster: Scott Boras will advise against Eric Hosmer working out a longterm deal right now. Because, after all, what person in their early 20s would ever want to guarantee themselves tens of millions…

  6. Brandon Webb tops out at 86 mph in extended spring start

    May 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Brandon Webb workout

    Brandon Webb started an extended spring training game yesterday and finally showed signs of rediscovering his pre-surgery velocity levels. Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports that Webb threw four innings and “hit 86 mph a handful of times with his fastball, likely averaging around 84 mph.” That may not sound very encouraging at first glance, but…

  7. Bondy: The New Era ads are “far too provocative”

    May 13, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Alec Baldwin

    I liked that new New Era cap ad featuring Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski yesterday. I think the ads in that series are pretty funny.  Filip Bondy of the New York Daily News disagrees: The real heat between the Yanks and Red Sox burns off the field, in television commercials. Some of the spots are…

  8. What’s the big deal about Bartolo Colon’s stem cell injections?

    May 13, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    There was some moderate-to-serious hand-wringing the other day when it was revealed that Bartolo Colon received an injection of his own stem cells to help repair ligaments.  As David Epstein notes in a very informative article over at SI, however, the hand-wringing is unwarranted.  Colon’s procedure is fairly commonplace and, in its general effect, is…

  9. Tom Schieffer on the Dodgers: “The complexity of the situation is daunting”

    May 13, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Schieffer

    Tom Schieffer, the Dodgers’ trustee, sat for an interview with the Associated Press yesterday, and he described a situation that makes it seem impossible that Major League Baseball will truly have any sort of resolution of its investigation of Dodgers finances before their payroll comes due at the end of the month. Indeed, he has…

  10. Citizens Bank Park to host the 2012 Winter Classic

    May 13, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    CBP

    The NHL — and, to be honest, my employer — seem to have struck gold by playing hockey games outdoors on New Year’s Day, so they shall continue the tradition on 2012.  Well, except in 2012 it won’t be on New Year’s Day, it will be on January 2nd because the NFL likes to ruin…

  11. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 13, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Breakfast Wrap

    And if you don’t like the wrap, we can serve up your breakfast scattered, smothered, covered and chunked. What? Oh, I see you’re too good for Waffle House, your majesty.

  12. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 13, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Len Barker

    Indians 3, Blue Jays 0: Amazing! A perfect game for Len Barker! It was cold and damp at Municipal Stadium last night, so it must have been hard to hit anyway, but regardless, Barker’s stuff was incredible.  He never even reached ball three against any Blue Jay hitter.  This Barker looks so fantastic that I’d…

  13. Is improved vision making Bryce Harper even better?

    May 13, 2011, 1:54 AM EDT

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    We’ve already discussed how Bryce Harper is making a mockery of the Sally League. The Washington Nationals phenom has a 15-game hitting streak at the moment and is tearing the cover off the ball with a .396/.472/.712 line. It’s impressive for anyone, let alone an 18-year-old playing full-season A-ball for the first time. But Mark…

  14. Boras shoots down idea of Royals locking up Hosmer

    May 13, 2011, 1:22 AM EDT

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    Those who follow the Kansas City Royals expected Eric Hosmer to be a star. But they probably didn’t expect him to hit home runs on consecutive days in the Bronx and lead back-to-back victories over the New York Yankees. They also probably didn’t expect they would have to consider the 21-year-old’s departure from Kansas City…

  15. Evan Longoria has magical hands (video)

    May 13, 2011, 1:10 AM EDT

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    Everyone knows that Evan Longoria is a great player. The Tampa Bay Rays star third baseman not only has a dangerous bat, but is slick with the glove at third base, as his career UZR/150 of 17.8 attests. But did you know that he doesn’t really even need the glove? At least it seems that…

  16. Carlos Ruiz says Roy Oswalt’s fastball “had no life” Thursday

    May 12, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

    oswalt square

    Roy Oswalt allowed three runs on seven hits during a rough seven-inning rehab start Thursday night for Single-A Clearwater then dipped out of the minor league clubhouse before chatting with reporters. Why the rush? This tweet from Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer might explain it: [Carlos] Ruiz said Oswalt’s fastball had no life for…

  17. Eric Chavez only has bone bruise, gets walking boot removed

    May 12, 2011, 9:19 PM EDT

    chavez wide headshot

    Eric Chavez had an enjoyable Thursday. According to Kieran Daryc of ESPN New York, the veteran third baseman had the protective walking boot removed from his left foot and was also told by doctors that he never actually suffered a fracture — only a deep bone bruise. The Yankees’ team physicians are expecting Chavez to…

  18. Carlos Beltran slugs three two-run homers, Mets top Rockies

    May 12, 2011, 8:36 PM EDT

    Mets batter Beltran is congratulated by teammate Murphy after Beltran scored his second home run of the day, a two-run homer, against the Rockies in the seventh inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Denver

    Mets right fielder Carlos Beltran put a personal hurting on the Rockies’ pitching staff this evening at Denver’s Coors Field, slugging three two-run homers in a 9-5 victory. It was the first three-homer game of Beltran’s career and only the eighth three-homer performance in Mets franchise history. Jose Reyes was the last to do it,…

  19. Phils place Brian Schneider on disabled list with hammy strain

    May 12, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

    schneider bat

    No surprise here. Phillies catcher Brian Schneider, who was pulled from Wednesday’s game in the fifth inning after straining his left hamstring while running the bases, has now been placed on the 15-day disabled list. The news comes via our good friend Jim Salisbury over at CSN Philadelphia. The Phillies will wait to fill their…

  20. Rafael Furcal likely to begin rehab assignment on Saturday

    May 12, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters earlier this week that shortstop Rafael Furcal was “just not ready” to begin a minor league rehab assignment because he was unable to swing comfortably from the right side of the plate. That tune has changed a bit. According to the Dodgers’ Twitter feed, Furcal is likely to begin…

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