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  1. Franklin: “They’re supposed to be the best fans in baseball”

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:20 PM EDT

    franklin cards

    Veteran reliever Ryan Franklin has allowed a whopping seven earned runs in 6 2/3 innings so far this season. He has blown four saves in five chances and has surrendered four home runs. The guy has made mistake after mistake on the mound and has been mercifully stripped of closing duties. But his biggest flub…

  2. Dallas Braden undergoes MRI, only has shoulder inflammation

    Apr 20, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

    braden getty

    The A’s placed left-hander Dallas Braden on the 15-day disabled list earlier this week with discomfort in his throwing shoulder. On Wednesday, they got a promising diagnosis from orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum. According to our good friends at CSN Bay Area, an MRI taken of Braden’s left shoulder revealed only inflammation and no structural…

  3. Eric Hurley diagnosed with skull fracture and concussion

    Apr 20, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT

    hurley getty

    Rangers minor leaguer Eric Hurley was struck on the side of the head by a comebacker during an appearance Monday night at Triple-A Round Rock. He was able to walk off the field under his own power, but the Round Rock training staff thought it best that he spend a night in the hospital for…

  4. Logan Morrison undergoes MRI on injured left foot

    Apr 20, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    Mariners skipper Edwin Rodriguez said Tuesday night that he wasn’t overly concerned about the left foot injury that Logan Morrison suffered during the Marlins’ 6-0 victory against the Pirates. He’s probably worried now. According to beat writer Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Morrison underwent an MRI on his foot Wednesday evening, the results…

  5. Report: The McCourts are being investigated by the IRS too

    Apr 20, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    If the MLB takeover of the Dodgers isn’t enough, check this out. It’s from TMZ so consider the source, but really, would any of this surprise you at this point? The Internal Revenue Service is investigating the finances surrounding the Dodgers as well as Frank and Jamie McCourt … the IRS investigation was triggered by…

  6. The Rangers call up Brett Tomko

    Apr 20, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    tomko mad

    Yay! Another baseball player who is older than I am — there aren’t many left! — will play in the bigs this year, as the Rangers have purchased Brett Tomko‘s contract from Round Rock. Tomko will pitch middle relief, filling in for Mason Tobin, who hurt his elbow. Tomko hasn’t pitched in a major league game since…

  7. Yankees promote Mark Prior to Triple-A … and put him on DL

    Apr 20, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Mark Prior

    Mark Prior reported to Single-A after signing a minor-league contract with the Yankees, but after allowing two runs in three innings there they promoted him to Triple-A. And now–you may want to sit down for this–he’s on the disabled list. The good news is that is has nothing to do with his arm, as the…

  8. Breaking: MLB to take over the Dodgers

    Apr 20, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Major League Baseball has announced that it is going to take over the financial and day-to-day operations of the Dodgers.  The move, first reported by Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, was detailed in the following statement that was just released by Major League Baseball on behalf of Bud Selig: “Pursuant to my authority…

  9. Did the Cubs throw the 1918 World Series

    Apr 20, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    1918 Cubs

    This isn’t exactly new — there was a book written about it a couple of years ago — but the Associated Press is circulating the story in light of some of the relevant documents becoming public, so why not:  Did the Cubs throw the 1918 World Series to the Red Sox, inspiring the White Sox…

  10. Mets place Bobby Parnell on disabled list with numb finger

    Apr 20, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Bobby Parnell throwing

    Bobby Parnell has been experiencing numbness in the middle finger of his right hand and the Mets placed him on the disabled list, with the reliever scheduled to undergo further testing on the injury. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com there’s speculation that the problem may have to do with blood clotting, which “may be…

  11. Attendance is down? Eh, no big deal

    Apr 20, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    empty ballpark

    There has been an awful lot of chatter about attendance in the first couple weeks of season, driven mostly by empty seats in places that aren’t usually empty like Dodger Stadium. Yankee Stadium has had some small crowds too (for the Yankees anyway) and we’ve had the usual shots of nearly abandoned ballparks in Cleveland…

  12. Showtime’s “The Franchise” looks like a winner

    Apr 20, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants

    Last week, the premium cable network Showtime offered viewers a sneak peek at the reality series it has been working on since last October with the World Champion San Francisco Giants. When plans for the series were first announced this past winter, it came as great news for the baseball-watching world. Finally, something in-depth and…

  13. Giants demote Brandon Belt to minors, activate Cody Ross from disabled list

    Apr 20, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Cody Ross is back from the disabled list and batting cleanup for San Francisco this afternoon, and to make room on the roster the Giants have optioned top prospect Brandon Belt back to Triple-A. Belt played regularly after somewhat surprisingly making the team out of spring training, starting 13 of 17 games, but he hit…

  14. LaTroy Hawkins expected to come off disabled list Friday

    Apr 20, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    hawkins

    LaTroy Hawkins has been out since last August following shoulder surgery and rejoined the Brewers earlier this week, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that they’ll likely wait to activate him from the disabled list until Friday. Hawkins is 38 years old and had an 8.44 ERA in 16 innings before being shut down last…

  15. And now we have a robot batter

    Apr 20, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    All the talk of the robot umpires and the robot first pitch led reader jwbiii to alert us to the fact of a robot batter. It may be old – it’s been on YouTube for like three years — but I haven’t seen it before. Personally, when it comes to mechanical men, I prefer Charlie…

  16. Ian Desmond set to take “paternity leave” from Nationals

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    desmond hitting

    No one tell Richie Witt, but Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond will soon join Rangers starter Colby Lewis is taking advantage of MLB’s new “paternity leave” roster rule. Lewis missed one start, which has become a surprisingly big deal (or at least surprisingly frequent talking point), whereas Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Desmond…

  17. Inevitability theater: Philly fans booed the robot

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    Johnny 5

    Actually, the robot totally deserved the booing. According to those who saw the first pitch from that first-pitch-throwing robot a few minutes ago, he bounced it to the plate.  Brain as big as a planet and he can’t fling a sphere 60 feet on the fly. I’m far less impressed with this “machines become self-aware” business. Your move,…

  18. People asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    The Question

    I sort of liked the reader questions on Twitter thing last week, so we did it again on HBT Daily a little while ago. And, like last week, we had way more questions than could fit on a three-minute video. Here are some of the many we left out: Q: Are McLouths flowing locks of…

  19. Mets prospect Sean Ratliff to miss season after being struck in the eye by foul ball

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    sean ratliff mets

    Mets prospect Sean Ratliff broke six bones and suffered a partially detached retina when a foul ball struck him in the right eye while he stood in the on-deck circle during a game this spring and Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the 2008 fourth-round pick will miss the entire season. Ratliff has undergone two…

  20. HBT Daily: Taking reader questions

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    The fattest rotation ever? Which team wins if baseball is like a Survivor Series brawl and is it time for the robots?

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