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  1. Why Twitter rocks for sports coverage

    Jul 19, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    Twitter logo

    Twitter went a little haywire last night, just as there were nine or ten ballgames in progress.  The fact that it absolutely drove me and a bunch of other people nuts was kind of surprising to me.  I’ve been on Twitter less than two years. Surely I can enjoy an evening of baseball without hearing…

  2. Justin Morneau cleared for baseball activities, but not hitting

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    morneau reuters

    Justin Morneau has been cleared to resume “baseball activities” three weeks after undergoing surgery to address a pinched nerve in his neck, which according to trainer Rick McWane means “he’s ready to take ground balls, play catch, and run around.” Swinging the bat will come later, however, so even setting aside the Twins’ inability to…

  3. UPDATE: The Yankees have ruled out Carlos Beltran

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:34 AM EST

    New York Mets v San Francisco Giants

    Ah, late July. When a perfectly good blog post I spend several minutes on (as far as you know) gets mooted just a few minutes later. Regarding that report about the Yankees talking to the Mets about Carlos Beltran: yeah, forget it.  Bob Klapsich reports that the Yankees have ruled him out as “not a…

  4. Diamondbacks cut ties with veteran reliever Aaron Heilman

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Aaron Heilman was spotted shaking hands with teammates and cleaning out his locker following yesterday’s game, which jibes with the report from Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona that the Diamondbacks will release the veteran right-hander. Heilman re-signed with the Diamondbacks for a one-year, $2 million deal in the hopes of snagging a rotation spot…

  5. HBT Daily: Talking pitching at the trading deadline

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    How is Ubaldo Jimenez like my dad’s 1985 Corvette? Tune in to today’s HBT Daily to find out!

  6. Jose Reyes plays his rehab game, survives, returns to the Mets today

    Jul 19, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Jose Reyes

    Jose Reyes played a rehab game at Coney Island yesterday and everything went just swell:  1 for 3 with a double and a run scored plus six innings at shortstop.  No problems, no fuss, and now it’s back to the Mets for him tonight to face the Cardinals. And it’s not a moment too soon.…

  7. The Yankees have talked to the Mets about Carlos Beltran

    Jul 19, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    File this under “interesting, but I’d be surprised if it went anywhere,” but Buster Olney says the Mets and Yankees have discussed Carlos Beltran. The extent to which anything could come of this, Olney notes, is the extent to which the Mets are interested in a pure salary dump.  Beltran would be really useful if…

  8. Stephen Strasburg hit 95 m.p.h. in a simulated game

    Jul 19, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg, starting pitcher. A man barely alive. “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic pitcher. Stephen Strasburg will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.” Davey Johnson said Strasburg hit 95 today. And that was “a little tentative.”…

  9. Joe Mauer: signs of offensive life

    Jul 19, 2011, 8:26 AM EST

    Joe Mauer high five

    It’s been a mostly-lost season for Joe Mauer, what with injury and ineffectiveness and all of that.  But July has been much kinder to the former MVP. Yesterday Mauer went 6 for 8 in the doubleheader against Cleveland, with a double and an RBI.  That day raised his average 30 points, from .260 to .290. For…

  10. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 19, 2011, 5:54 AM EST

    Orioles relief pitcher Michael Gonzalez falls off the mound after delivering a pitch against the Red Sox in Baltimore

    Red Sox 15, Orioles 10: Of course. The night after Boston took 16 innings to score one run, they unload for 15 against the O’s. That after getting almost no sleep due to the late night. I said yesterday that the Orioles had their worst series of the season against Boston before the All-Star break,…

  11. Roy Halladay comes out with heat-related illness

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:07 PM EST

    Roy Halladay, Scott Sheridan

    Roy Halladay was forced from his start Monday against the Cubs because of a heat-related illness, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports. The gametime temperature in Chicago tonight was 91 degrees.  CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury points out that Halladay opened the game with red undershirt, but that it was gone when he came out for the fourth inning.…

  12. Yankees-Rays delayed after lightning strike

    Jul 18, 2011, 9:39 PM EST

    Lights out at Tropicana Field

    Another day, another problem at The Trop. Monday’s game between the Yankees and the Rays was delayed in the fifth inning after a couple of light sets went dark, reportedly the result of a lightning strike. The game resumed after an 18-minute delay.  Immediately, afterwards, rookie Alex Cobb was able to get Robinson Cano to…

  13. Report: Mets willing to cover Carlos Beltran’s remaining salary in potential trade

    Jul 18, 2011, 9:32 PM EST

    beltran square

    From Adam Rubin of ESPN New York comes word that the Mets are willing to cover the roughly $6 million left on Carlos Beltran‘s contract to facilitate a potential trade. “From what I gather, they are asking a lot for him because they are willing to pick up all of his salary,” the source told…

  14. Placido Polanco will likely receive epidural injection for ailing lower back

    Jul 18, 2011, 8:58 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Placido Polanco will likely receive an epidural injection due to lingering pain from the bulging disc in his lower back. “The idea was thrown out by the doctors in Philly,” Polanco said late Monday afternoon. “They say they really help. I’ve tried rest and medication. I’m at the point…

  15. Julio Borbon to miss six weeks after undergoing surgery on left ankle

    Jul 18, 2011, 8:05 PM EST

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    According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Julio Borbon is expected to be sidelined for six weeks after undergoing “left ankle ligament repair surgery” on Monday. Borbon injured his ankle on a slide into second base on July 8 while playing with Triple-A Round Rock. He fractured the very same ankle in 2007 when he…

  16. Nolan Ryan likely to be released from hospital

    Jul 18, 2011, 7:37 PM EST

    Nolan Ryan, George W. Bush

    A series of tests taken Monday showed no new heart problems for Nolan Ryan, and the Rangers CEO is likely to be released from a Houston-area hospital on Tuesday or Wednesday. Ryan was hospitalized after experiencing chest pains at his home Sunday.  The 64-year-old has a history of heart troubles.  He underwent a double bypass…

  17. Charlie Manuel wants a hitter and a reliever

    Jul 18, 2011, 7:22 PM EST

    Charlie Manuel

    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has revealed his Christmas list early, CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury reports. “We definitely could use a reliever, without a doubt,” Manuel said Monday. “But we also could use a bat.” Manuel, though, doesn’t want GM Ruben Amaro Jr. to make a trade just for the sake of making a trade. “I’m talking…

  18. Chipper Jones to rehab in Rome prior to return

    Jul 18, 2011, 7:11 PM EST

    Chipper Jones

    The AJC’s David O’Brien reports that Chipper Jones will begin playing in games with low Single-A Rome on Thursday in anticipation of a Monday return to Atlanta’s lineup. Jones, who underwent knee surgery to repair a cartilage tear just nine days ago, is likely to DH on Thursday and Friday before playing some third base…

  19. Reports: Tigers interested in Jeremy Guthrie, Aaron Harang

    Jul 18, 2011, 6:40 PM EST

    Jeremy Guthrie

    The Tigers are hunting for starting pitching as aggressively as any team in baseball, and they’re looking at Baltimore’s Jeremy Guthrie and San Diego’s Aaron Harang as fallback options if Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez and the Dodgers’ Hiroki Kuroda prove out of reach. Detroit is in need of a starter after shifting Phil Coke back to…

  20. Aramis Ramirez still not ready to waive no-trade

    Jul 18, 2011, 6:20 PM EST

    Aramis Ramirez

    But that could change next month, agent Paul Kinzer told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal on Monday. According to Kinzer, while Ramirez is currently unwilling to accept any deal that would take him out of Chicago, he might agree to something after his wife and children return to the Dominican Republic next month. Even more interesting is…

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