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  1. Daisuke Matsuzaka’s next start pushed back after relief outing

    May 5, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    UPDATE: Matsuzaka’s next start has indeed been pushed back from Friday to Sunday, but it’ll be Tim Wakefield and not Alceves taking his place tomorrow. ========== Daisuke Matsuzaka was needed in relief during last night’s 13-inning game against the Angels, coming out of the bullpen for the first time in his career and allowing two…

  2. Eric Chavez is hurt

    May 5, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

    UPDATE: Turns out that Chavez fractured his fifth metatarsal bone. Which is his pinky toe to you and me. 3:02 PM: Eric Chavez got the start at third base for the Yankees this afternoon but he had to leave the game after pulling up lame on a triple.  No official word yet, but it looked…

  3. Joe Maddon has a good replay idea

    May 5, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Posey steal NLDS

    Joe Maddon was understandably upset at the Joe West nonsense last night, so it’s not surprising that he said after the game that there should be more instant replay in baseball.  Speaking to reporters after a good night’s sleep, however, he had a pretty good idea: “If you really want to be intelligent about it, technology is…

  4. Blue Jays expected to get both Jose Bautista and Aaron Hill back Sunday

    May 5, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    It sounds like Jose Bautista‘s neck injury isn’t serious despite needing an MRI exam, as Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that he’s “expected to ride a stationary bike today” and “will hit tomorrow” before likely rejoining the lineup Sunday. Aaron Hill is also aiming to be in the Blue Jays’ lineup Sunday, but will need…

  5. HBT Daily: Taking your questions

    May 5, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    This time, rather than read them to myself, Tiffany reads them. This is much better.

  6. J.J. Hardy scheduled to begin rehab assignment Friday

    May 5, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    J.J. Hardy

    Out since April 7 with a strained oblique muscle, J.J. Hardy is slated to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tomorrow at Triple-A. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was unsure how long the rehab stint would last, telling Robert Falkoff of MLB.com “we’ll see how long he needs [to be] there … they have a good, long…

  7. Matt Stairs notches career pinch hit number 100

    May 5, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    I was paying attention to Matt Stairs more closely to see when he’d get his first hit at all this season. Little did I know — until I read Adam Kilgore’s story in this morning’s Washington Post anyway — that the hit he had in last night’s game was his 100th career pinch hit. Strange…

  8. Jeff Niemann undergoes MRI exam on injured back

    May 5, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    niemann_jeff

    Jeff Niemann exited last night’s start against the Blue Jays after just four innings because of back soreness and Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that he underwent an MRI exam this morning. Niemann told Topkin that he’s “still pretty sore” after visiting with a back specialist and it sounds like his ending…

  9. Josh Thole taught his dog sign language

    May 5, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    josh-thole-mets

    I guess a catcher would be good at signs. Thole, considered a cornerstone to the Amazin’s rebuilding, has taught a deaf pooch named Picca – owned by he and his wife, Kathryn – to understand sign language. The 24-year-old backstop said his Maltese-poodle mix caught on pretty fast. My cat doesn’t come when you call him.…

  10. Red Sox place Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler on disabled list

    May 5, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Jenks_Bobby

    Bobby Jenks was unavailable to pitch in last night’s marathon loss to the Angels because of a forearm injury, so not surprisingly Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox have placed him on the disabled list prior to this afternoon’s game. Dan Wheeler joins Jenks in heading to the DL, which allows Boston…

  11. Be sure to forget to watch Jack Morris and John Smoltz talking Game Seven on MLB Network this Sunday

    May 5, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Lonnie Smith

    I sure know that I’ll forget to watch it! MLB Network’s MLB’s 20 Greatest Games continues on Sunday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. ET when Jack Morris and John Smoltz join series hosts Bob Costas and Tom Verducci to discuss Game Seven of the 1991 World Series between the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins, which is ranked second in the series. In a showdown featuring two teams that…

  12. Aaron talks Twins, Red Sox, Moneyball, and waitresses on the Red Sox Beacon podcast

    May 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    podcast

    One of the reasons why I was up late last night watching the Fenway Park crowd sing Kevin Youkilis-inspired Biz Markie songs at 2:00 am is that I taped a late-night podcast with Marc Normandin and Matt Kory of Red Sox Beacon. We discussed my beloved Twins to preview the Red Sox-Twins four-game series that…

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

    May 5, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    The Question

    Later today, HBT Daily will feature me answering reader questions submitted via Twitter. Now: the questions that didn’t make the cut for video.

  14. Fenway Park crowd serenaded Kevin Youkilis with Biz Markie song at 2:00 am

    May 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    biz markie just a friend

    Craig recapped last night’s epic seven-hour, rain-delayed Red Sox-Angels game, but he left out my favorite part: At around 2:00 a.m. Boston time the crowd of about 500 or so fans at Fenway Park started singing “Just A Friend” by Biz Markie during Kevin Youkilis‘ at-bat, substituting “Youk” for “you” in the lyrics. Oh baby…

  15. Shocking: Brandon Lyon may have shoulder problems

    May 5, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    brandon-lyon-astros

    Here’s a question: if you’re a pitcher who is struggling, do you actually prefer it if you realize that it may be because of injury? Is the alternative — you just don’t have it anymore — even scarier? I’ll almost certainly forget that question between now and the next time I’m talking to a real…

  16. A’s closer Andrew Bailey throws first round of batting practice

    May 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Andrew Bailey Getty

    Andrew Bailey successfully faced live hitters yesterday for the first time since injuring his forearm in mid-March, throwing live batting practice. Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Bailey threw 25 pitches, all of them fastballs, and afterward manager Bob Geren said the A’s closer “looked real good” and “felt good.” He’s expected to throw another…

  17. Josh Willingham, Curtis Granderson are bringing the charitable noise

    May 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Willingham_Josh

    After a day of dealing with Luke Scott and John Rocker it’s something of a palate-cleanser to talk about this stuff: Alabama native and resident Josh Willingham has been pitching in big-time to help the victims of last week’s tornadoes. His wife is back home on the ground helping out. Meanwhile, he has been collecting donations…

  18. Controversy in Tampa Bay: Joe West strikes again

    May 5, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Joe Maddon, Joe West, Angel Hernandez

    As mentioned in the recaps this morning, there was some serious controversy brewing in last night’s Jays-Rays game. And wouldn’t you know it, Joe West and his crew were at the middle of it. Watch the play that sparked it here.  The original call on the field was that Adam Lind — who was pulled…

  19. Major League Baseball to Frank McCourt: Don’t blame us, pal!

    May 5, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt’s talking point lately is that his financial problems — which threaten the Dodgers’ ability to meet May payroll — are Major League Baseball’s doing inasmuch as MLB won’t approve his TV deal with FOX. That line is nonsensical enough on its face and divorced from widely-reported facts, so it’s understandable that no one…

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