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  1. Roy Oswalt throws bullpen session, expects to start Thursday

    Apr 18, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

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    Roy Oswalt exited his Friday start against the Marlins after six innings because of lower back soreness, but it looks like the injury will prove to be a minor one. Oswalt felt good enough to throw a 40-pitch bullpen session today and afterward indicated to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he’ll make his scheduled Thursday…

  2. Charlie Morton is a Roy Halladay clone

    Apr 18, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St. Louis Cardinals

    Ken Rosenthal’s latest notes column contains an item in which scouts are going on about how Pirates’ starter Charlie Morton has totally restructured his windup and delivery to be exactly like Roy Halladay‘s: “Roy Halladay now has an absolute clone on the Pittsburgh Pirates,” one rival scout says. “Morton has copied his windup perfectly, from the…

  3. Jason Bay scheduled to return from disabled list Thursday

    Apr 18, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Jason Bay wide

    General manager Sandy Alderson said last week that Jason Bay wouldn’t be returning from the disabled list before April 26, but apparently the Mets have changed their mind and now he’s scheduled to come back from a strained ribcage muscle Thursday. He’ll have to avoid a setback first while playing minor-league rehab games tomorrow and…

  4. OK, Francona: what have you done with the real Daisuke Matsuzaka?

    Apr 18, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Patriots’ Day in Boston means three things: the Boston Marathon, drinking at 8AM and an 11AM start for the Red Sox game.  Which, in turn, gives you plenty of time after 2PM or so to go and have some more beers. I could at least enjoy one of those things today, what the Red Sox-Blue…

  5. “Free” donuts cost Astros fan $237 (and the “donut” versus “doughnut” debate rages on)

    Apr 18, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    homer simpson donuts

    Throughout each day Craig and I “claim” stories to write about. For instance, I’ll instant message him and say, “I’ll take the David Purcey trade” and then he’ll say something like, “OK, sucker.” However, sometimes there’s no claiming necessary. If there’s a story involving bourbon he gets it and if there’s a story about donuts…

  6. Rangers prospect Tanner Scheppers makes one appearance between disabled list stints

    Apr 18, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Tanner Scheppers was considered a top-20 talent who dropped to the Rangers with the 44th overall pick in the 2009 draft because of an arm injury, but now back problems are slowing his rise to the majors. Scheppers began the season on the disabled list at Triple-A with back problems, came off the shelf to…

  7. HBT Daily: Who is the King of Los Angeles?

    Apr 18, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I discuss that, Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez, the Twins and the Braves

  8. Justin Verlander made an interesting pitch on Saturday night

    Apr 18, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Verlander quick pitch.bmp

    I’ve gone on record recently saying that I really don’t know what a balk is anymore. But after my brain processed it for a minute, yeah, I think what Justin Verlander did on Saturday night against the A’s was a balk.  Verlander explained the play afterwards: “I went to go pick one and I didn’t…

  9. A’s acquire David Purcey from Blue Jays for Danny Farquhar

    Apr 18, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    david-purcey-blue-jays-spring

    Last week the Blue Jays designated David Purcey for assignment and today they traded the former first-round pick to the A’s for Danny Farquhar, who originally went from Toronto to Oakland in the Rajai Davis trade back in November. Once upon a time I thought Purcey had a chance to be a solid mid-rotation starter…

  10. Joe Torre wants umpires to feel “part of the game.” What does that even mean?

    Apr 18, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    bob-davidson-umpire

    Joe Torre is now MLB’s umpire czar, and he told Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times that he wants to change their relationship to the game: The former Dodgers manager who now serves as Major League Baseball’s vice president of baseball operations said he wanted umpires to feel as much a part of the game…

  11. A’s infielder Adam Rosales “unlikely” to return before June

    Apr 18, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    Adam Rosales missed the final six weeks of last season with a foot injury that required surgery in December, at which point the official timetable for his return was 3-4 months. Unfortunately it’s now four months later and Rosales isn’t even close to being cleared for baseball activities, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com. Lee…

  12. Brandon Webb still rehabbing, willing to pitch out of bullpen

    Apr 18, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brandon Webb workout

    Brandon Webb is now more than two full years removed from his last big-league start, but the former Cy Young winner is still trying to get healthy following shoulder surgery and said yesterday that he’d be willing to pitch out of Texas’ bullpen once he does come off the disabled list. Webb, who threw a…

  13. Baseball players and bad music go together

    Apr 18, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Guthrie_Jeremy

    Two items caught my eye this morning that make me realize how bad things have gotten with ballplayers and their love of bad music. First is a post by MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince, detailing the walkup (and walkout) music of the Cleveland Indians. The takeaway: the vast majority of Indians like very bad music.  There are…

  14. Dallas Braden placed on disabled list with shoulder injury

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Dallas Braden throwing

    UPDATE: Braden has been placed on the disabled list, so now he’ll miss at least 2-3 starts. ========== Dallas Braden was pulled from Saturday’s start after five innings because of shoulder soreness and told reporters yesterday that he expects to miss his next turn in the rotation at the very least. Having today off could…

  15. Ryan Franklin has probably lost his job as Cardinals’ closer

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    The Cardinals have a day off today so Tony La Russa has some extra time to think about it, but it seems pretty clear that Ryan Franklin‘s time as the Cardinals’ closer is over. Or hell, maybe it ended yesterday and we just didn’t notice it. I mean, in a 1-0 game in the ninth…

  16. Red Sox recall reliever Hideki Okajima from Triple-A

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Despite re-signing with the Red Sox for $1.75 million this offseason Hideki Okajima lost the left-handed specialist competition to Dennys Reyes during spring training and began the season as a 35-year-old at Triple-A. Reyes lost his job after just one week and now the Red Sox have also sent the man who replaced him, Felix…

  17. The difference between the Bonds and Clemens trials

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    The New York Times has an article up this morning in which various legal experts talk about the differences between the Barry Bonds trial and the upcoming Roger Clemens trial. Both are for perjury and both are about steroids, but the folks the Times spoke with believe that the fact that Clemens is accused of…

  18. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Apr 18, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Still lots of random shifting around given that the first batch of rankings were based on early season weirdness. I figure that from here on out we’ll see things start to stabilize a bit more. Well, except for maybe the Royals/Indians thing, because that can’t hold. Um, can it?  As usual, last week’s rankings in parenthesis.…

  19. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Apr 18, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    It seemed like all that happened this past weekend were injuries. And in one case a friggin’ death. How depressing.

  20. Photo of the Day: ESPN really misses football

    Apr 18, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    I caught this during last night’s Rangers-Yankees game.  No word if Washington said that he was going to make some adjustments at halftime and recommit to the ground game or whatever the hell it is that “head coaches” say to sidelines reporters.

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