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  1. Mariners activate Justin Smoak from disabled list

    Sep 2, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Reuters Justin Smoak

    The Mariners announced earlier this evening that they have activated Justin Smoak from the disabled list. He’ll serve as the designated hitter and bat fifth tonight against the Athletics. Smoak has been sidelined since suffering a broken nose on a bad hop grounder while playing first base on August 12. He went 0-for-11 with three…

  2. Mike Rizzo not interested in Cubs’ GM job

    Sep 2, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Mike Rizzo

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post is hearing that Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is “definitely” on the Cubs’ wish list for their vacant general manager position. We’ve heard a ton of names surface as potential candidates since Jim Hendry was fired two weeks ago, so I’m beginning to think the Cubs just love everyone.…

  3. Alex Rodriguez hopes to return to starting lineup Saturday

    Sep 2, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins

    Alex Rodriguez is out of the starting lineup for the sixth straight game tonight as he continues to rest his sprained right thumb, but believes he could be back as soon as tomorrow. According to Dave Hutchinson of the Newark Star-Ledger, Rodriguez felt good after testing his thumb this afternoon by participating in live batting practice…

  4. Johan Santana to begin rehab assignment Saturday

    Sep 2, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    Five weeks after being shut down because of shoulder discomfort, Johan Santana will begin another rehab assignment Saturday with high-A St. Lucie. ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin reports that Santana will throw two innings or40 pitches in his first appearance back.  If things proceed well, then the chance exists that he’ll come off the DL and make…

  5. Livan Hernandez to spend September as coach/pinch-hitter

    Sep 2, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Livan Hernandez

    Preferring to look at the team’s younger pitchers down the stretch, the Nationals informed Livan Hernandez today that he’d be removed from the rotation following his start Sunday against the Mets. According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, manager Davey Johnson indicated that Hernandez would become a mentor/coach the rest of the way.  He won’t pitch out of…

  6. Note to Pirates management: your team’s fans deserve better

    Sep 2, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    Willie Stargell

    It’s September 2nd, yet the Pirates are playing with a 26-man roster.  Because they subtracted Matt Diaz on Wednesday and added only one hitter — and a lousy one at that in third catcher Jason Jaramillo — they’re still going with their usual 13 position players, even though they could have added several more yesterday if…

  7. Andrew McCutchen likely out several games with hand injury

    Sep 2, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

    mccutchen swinging getty

    Andrew McCutchen exited today’s game against the Cubs after being plunked on the left hand by a Ryan Dempster pitch. The good news is that doctors examined the injury and found no fractures, so he’s been diagnosed with a bone bruise. The bad news is that he’s all but ruled out for tomorrow’s game and…

  8. “Greatness of Jeter yet to be fully appreciated”

    Sep 2, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    That’s the actual headline of Terrence Moore’s latest column over at MLB.com.  And it’s so timely too, because I was just telling some people how underrated and underappreciated Derek Jeter really is.  It’s high time someone pointed out that: He’s good at a lot of different things; He’s good in October; He’s a consummate professional…

  9. Al Alburquerque cleared to resume pitching after concussion

    Sep 2, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles

    Al Alburquerque has been cleared to resume pitching and is expected to begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment nearly a month after the Tigers reliever suffered a concussion when he was struck by a ball during batting practice. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Alburquerque will pitch Saturday at Triple-A and possibly again Monday, which…

  10. The Braves release Julio Lugo

    Sep 2, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Julio Lugo

    This is the end. Beautiful friend. This is the end. My only friend, the end. Of Julio Lugo‘s elaborate plans, the end …. we’ll never look into his eyes again … At least I seriously doubt we will.  The Braves’ signing of Julio Lugo was weird and pointless enough and his performance during his time…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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.

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
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  2. C. Rodon (4170)
  3. Y. Tomas (3997)
  4. A. Rendon (3828)
  5. K. Jansen (3781)
  1. S. Doolittle (3737)
  2. C. Martinez (3684)
  3. C. Davis (3654)
  4. K. Bryant (3646)
  5. J. Verlander (3609)