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  1. Cleared of murder charges, Angel Villalona drops $5 million lawsuit against Giants and rejoins organization

    Sep 2, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    Angel Villalona AP

    Last month Angel Villalona sued the Giants for $5 million claiming that they violated the terms of his contract after he was charged with murder in 2009. Villalona spent three months in a Dominican Republic jail after being accused of killing a 25-year-old man in a nightclub, but the charges were eventually dismissed as part…

  2. Fine, the Red Sox and Yankees play long games. But who plays the shortest?

    Sep 2, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Stop-watch

    Everyone knows the Yankees and Red Sox play marathon games, but over at Market Watch, Sam Mamudi figures out who plays the shortest: Among clubs that have played each other at least six times this season, the shortest average for a nine-inning game is from meetings between the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants, calculated…

  3. Kevin Youkilis batting cleanup in return from back injury

    Sep 2, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Adam Kennedy, Kevin Youkilis

    UPDATE: Youkilis is back in the Red Sox’s lineup and batting cleanup tonight. ========== J.D. Drew isn’t ready to return from the disabled list yet, but Kevin Youkilis is expected to come off the shelf and rejoin the Red Sox’s lineup for tonight’s game against the Rangers. Youkilis has been out since August 18 with…

  4. Clemens will stand trial again

    Sep 2, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    Updating this morning’s item, the judge in the Roger Clemens case has denied Clemens’ motion to have the case thrown out on double jeopardy grounds.  Not surprisingly, he accepted the prosecution’s argument that it did not intend to derail the case when it introduced evidence that had been previously barred from the trial. New trial…

  5. Report: Carlos Carrasco slated for Tommy John surgery

    Sep 2, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Boston Red Sox

    Indians starter Carlos Carrasco hasn’t pitched since August 3 due to elbow inflammation. But Nick Collias of MLBTR just passed along a report from Venezuelan newspaper Líder de Deportes which suggests that it’s worse than that. It’s kind of hearsay, but a friend of Carrasco’s tells reporter Carlos Alberto Zambrano that TJ surgery is in the…

  6. Breaking news: Mike Pelfrey licks his hand a lot

    Sep 2, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal writes that Mike Pelfrey‘s “propensity for licking his hand is unrivaled in baseball.” So naturally Costa tracked how many times Pelfrey actually licked his hand while on the mound for Tuesday’s start against the Marlins at Citi Field and the final tally was 89. And he only pitched…

  7. Quote of the Day: Are the playoffs a crap shoot?

    Sep 2, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Craps

    Jon Heyman cuts to the heart of the playoffs: While the playoffs aren’t really a crap shoot, as some suggest, almost anything can and will happen. Anyone who makes it has a legitimate shot, and that includes the Diamondbacks, who may be baseball’s best story this season. As reader Michael K., who pointed this out…

  8. If you like bald guys, root for the Dbacks tonight

    Sep 2, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Towers

    The Diamondbacks head into San Francisco tonight with a six-game lead and the ability to all but put the defending champs away for good.  But, with nine straight wins under their belts, there are even greater things at stake: Arizona general manager Kevin Towers and club president Derrick Hall offered to sacrifice their hair if…

  9. Juan Uribe likely to undergo season-ending surgery

    Sep 2, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    uribe batting

    Casey Blake is already scheduled for season- and possibly career-ending surgery on his neck and now Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that another Dodgers infielder, Juan Uribe, may also go under the knife soon. Uribe hasn’t played since mid-July because of a sports hernia and is seeking a second opinion before likely…

  10. HBT Daily: Handing out this week’s awards

    Sep 2, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    These aren’t really awards, of course. Just our shoutouts. And I’m still struggling with the proper honoring gesture.

  11. Ted Williams completes four-stamp set honoring MLB greats

    Sep 2, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    ted williams stamp

    Last month the United States Postal Service announced that they’d be issuing “Major League Baseball All-Star” stamps honoring “four players who were perennial All-Star selections and left an indelible impression on the game.” Joe DiMaggio was the first honoree announced, followed by Willie Stargell and Larry Doby, and today the final player was revealed as…

  12. Today is “can they put Roger Clemens back on trial?” day

    Sep 2, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    For those of you following, Roger Clemens and all of the lawyers will be back in court today to argue over whether the government should be allowed to try him again. Or if, rather, the government will be held to have lost it’s chance to do so because they intentionally sought a mistrial because their…

  13. Antonio Bastardo is unhittable

    Sep 2, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Colorado Rockies

    Antonio Bastardo is 6-0 with a 1.38 ERA and 65/19 K/BB ratio in 52 innings, but in case that doesn’t effectively convey his dominance for the Phillies this season Todd Zolecki of MLB.com has an eye-opening stat on the 25-year-old southpaw: His .112 opponents’ batting average? It currently is the lowest in baseball history for…

  14. News Flash: promises of a publicly-funded ballpark driving economic growth don’t pan out

    Sep 2, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    gwinnet

    I know. I’m just as shocked as you are. I mean, the first several dozen instances of taxpayer-funded sports facilities failing to deliver on the politicians’ promises of economic growth may have failed miserably, but I was certain that it was gonna work this time: The team’s poor showing has implications for Gwinnett taxpayers. The…

  15. Yankees signee Juan Carlos Paniagua suspended again, $1.1 million contract voided

    Sep 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Back in 2009 a young pitcher from the Dominican Republic named Juan Collado signed with the Diamondbacks for $17,000 and even played in Arizona’s minor-league system, but it turned out his name was actually Juan Carlos Paniagua. MLB suspended him for one year and the deal with the Diamondbacks was voided, but then once he…

  16. Albert Pujols’ future in St. Louis: murky at best?

    Sep 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    I’m pretty sure I’m going to use that “murky at best” stuff every time I link an article at Grantland.  I’m hoping the fact that I’m friendly with Rany and Jonah and all of those guys will keep them from getting too mad at me for it, but you don’t get to choose your memes…

  17. J.D. Drew’s return from shoulder injury delayed by sprained finger

    Sep 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    J.D. Drew

    J.D. Drew sprained his finger while on a minor-league rehab assignment for his shoulder injury, so his return from the disabled list has been pushed back for at least a week. Drew has missed six weeks with a left shoulder impingement and fill-in Josh Reddick initially thrived in his place, but now that Reddick has…

  18. The Cubs say Carlos Zambrano will not rejoin the team this season

    Sep 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    zambrano getty wide

    The Cubs have announced that Carlos Zambrano won’t rejoin the team for the rest of the season They will, however, start paying him again on September 11th, which is when his time on the restricted list is up.  His grievance remains unresolved. So that’s this year. Whether he’ll ever rejoin the team is unclear.  Given…

  19. Jered Weaver pushes back next start to attend funeral

    Sep 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    Jered Weaver was scheduled to start tonight against the Twins, but instead the Cy Young contender will delay his next turn in the rotation to attend his grandfather’s funeral in Oregon. No official replacement has been named yet, but Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times reports that rookie Tyler Chatwood is expected to make…

  20. Must-click link: Yankee Stadium as Middle Earth

    Sep 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Click Here large

    Most of our “Must-click links” are to longish feature stories or studies.  Not this one. It’s just to a picture.  But it’s worth your click. Genius. Pure genius.

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