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  1. Who does Joe Girardi think he’s kidding?

    Jun 7, 2011, 7:01 PM EST

    Derek Jeter, Joe Girardi

    Hours after listing Derek Jeter as his designated hitter for Tuesday’s game against the Red Sox, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he won’t deviate from the plan in order to help his superstar reach 3,000 hits as home. But… that’s like… right after he listed Jeter as a DH… The Yankees play their next 10 games at home…

  2. Nationals’ Jason Marquis, D-backs’ Esmerling Vazquez suspended

    Jun 7, 2011, 6:40 PM EST

    Jason Marquis post-ejection

    It was a very calm first two months for the MLB discpline department, so apparently Joe Torre and company are making up for lost time. The Nationals’ Jason Marquis drew a five-game suspension today for throwing at the Diamondbacks’ Justin Upton in Sunday’s game.  Arizona’s Esmerling Vazquez got three games for retaliating as a result…

  3. Jonathan Papelbon gets three-game suspension for ump bump

    Jun 7, 2011, 6:25 PM EST

    Jonathan Papelbon, Tony Randazzo

    A rather severe penalty for an incident that was actually incited by the ump. Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon was suspended three games and fined for bumping home plate umpire Tony Randazzo after being ejected from Saturday’s game against the Athletics. Papelbon is appealing the penalty and will be available to pitch tonight. Papelbon has maintained…

  4. Giants beat writer Hank Schulman thinks he’s better than you*

    Jun 7, 2011, 6:17 PM EST

    Simpsons Mob

    *Assuming you happen to play fantasy sports, of course. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Giants beat writer just tweeted: Future tip: if you want me to answer a question, never include “fantasy team.” RT @NickJBurrows: Panda return? My fantasy team needs him. Yeah, Hank, it’s an insult to your whole prefession, being asked a question by…

  5. 2011 Draft – Rounds 6-10 wrapup: Trevor Gretzky to the Cubs

    Jun 7, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Trevor Gretzky

    The Cubs picked one of the draft’s biggest names in the seventh, grabbing Wayne Gretzky’s son, Trevor, a high school first baseman. Trevor Gretzky, who was the backup quarterback to Nick Montana (Joe’s son) on his Oaks Christian high school football team, is thought to be on his way to San Diego State.  At 6’4″ and…

  6. Jimmy Rollins diagnosed with deep bone bruise, may be headed for DL

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:43 PM EST

    Jimmy Rollins

    As recently as yesterday Jimmy Rollins indicated that his injured right knee was feeling better, but an MRI exam revealed a deep bone bruise and Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Phillies shortstop may be bound for the disabled list if things don’t improve within the next 48 hours. According to Gelb “the…

  7. A.L. All-Star balloting update: Teixeira and Gonzalez are neck and neck

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Mark Teixeira

    Major League Baseball has announced the latest in the A.L. All-Star balloting and the most interesting voting race is at first base, where  Mark Teixeira and Adrian Gonzalez are neck and neck. Teixeira has 1,333,445 votes. Gonzalez has 1,268,706. Otherwise it’s all the same as it was last week, with Yankees holding just about every position. Josh…

  8. Collision with catcher leaves Denard Span dizzy, out of the lineup, and “definitely scared”

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Denard Span

    Denard Span‘s collision at the plate with Royals catcher Brayan Pena didn’t look like much Friday night and he was able to play yesterday, but the Twins’ center fielder is now out of the lineup and will head back to Minnesota to have his dizziness examined. Span chose to slide hard into Pena rather than…

  9. Aroldis Chapman is heading in the wrong direction

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    chapman getty

    Reds’ flamethrower Aroldis Chapman was sent down to AAA because he couldn’t locate the strike zone.  Well, his control improved a tick once he went down to Louisville, but it came at the expense of his stuff, because he got tattooed there: nine hits and seven earned runs in 4.2 innings.  As a result, the Reds…

  10. A’s place Mark Ellis on DL, call up Jemile Weeks from Triple-A

    Jun 7, 2011, 4:42 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics Photo Day

    Mark Ellis is headed to disabled list with a hamstring injury suffered last night, so the A’s have called up Jemile Weeks from Triple-A to take over as the starting second baseman. Weeks will be in the lineup tonight as Oakland’s leadoff hitter, which has primarily been Coco Crisp‘s spot in the batting order. Weeks…

  11. 2011 MLB Draft – Rounds 3-5 wrap: Nationals gamble on Matt Purke

    Jun 7, 2011, 4:15 PM EST

    Matt Purke

    Matt Purke, who was drafted 14th overall by the Rangers coming out of high school in 2009, went to the Nationals with the No. 96 pick as a draft-eligible sophomore today.  It was a big tumble for the left-hander, who was a candidate to go first overall before a rough season. Purke agreed to a $6…

  12. Jim Leyritz wrote a book

    Jun 7, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Jim Leyritz

    I wouldn’t want to read a book written by Jim Leyritz even if hadn’t been involved in an accident that resulted in someone’s death, so you can be more sure of anything in the universe that I won’t be reading a book written by Jim Leyritz that focuses on that tragic accident. Someone disagrees, however, because…

  13. Agent says Aramis Ramirez won’t waive no-trade clause to leave Cubs

    Jun 7, 2011, 3:47 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v San Francisco Giants

    Aramis Ramirez‘s agent, Paul Kinzer, told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that the third baseman likely would not waive his no-trade clause to facilitate leaving the Cubs. Of course, it might be a moot point anyway, as Ramirez is making $14.6 million this season with a $16 million option or $2 million buyout for…

  14. HBT Daily: Draft chatter for non-draft experts

    Jun 7, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Matthew has been posting the stuff you need to read about the draft. This video is for those of us who really can’t get our brains around it.

  15. 2011 MLB Draft – Round 2 wrap: Josh Bell goes to Pirates

    Jun 7, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

    Josh Bell

    The Pirates grabbed the best player available to start round two, taking Texas prep outfielder Josh Bell with the 61st overall selection.  Bell, who would have gone in the middle of round one on talent, told teams not to select him because he was planning on honoring his commitment to the University of Texas. A…

  16. Getting to know David Einhorn — and hatching a half-crazy ownership roulette scenario

    Jun 7, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    File photo of David Einhorn speaking at 6th Annual New York Value Investing Congress in New York City

    Richard Sandomir has a story on the background of the Mets’ new minority and possible future majority owner, David Einhorn.  It’s all worth reading because it gives you a sense of what makes the guy tick, but the lede is interesting to me. Seems Einhorn — who grew up in Milwaukee — was interested in…

  17. Rays’ Double-A pitching coach shot in apparent mugging

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

    bill moloney rays

    A. Stacy Long of the Montgomery Advertiser reports that Bill Moloney, the Double-A pitching coach for the Rays, was shot in the thigh last night in an apparent mugging. According to Long the incident occurred at Moloney’s apartment complex around 11:30 pm, after he’d coached in the Montgomery Biscuits’ game. Here are a few more…

  18. Cubs, Red Sox to make “It Gets Better” videos

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    It gets better

    On the heels of the San Francisco Giants’ well-received “It Gets Better” video, which is part of a national anti-bullying campaign aimed at helping gay youth, two more teams are going to join in the fun as well: the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox’ announcement was inspired by a petition by a…

  19. Rockies move Carlos Gonzalez to center field, leadoff spot

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    Carlos Gonzalez outfield

    Dexter Fowler‘s abdominal injury has the Rockies shaking up their outfield and batting order by moving Carlos Gonzalez from left field to center field and from No. 3 hitter to leadoff man. Gonzalez had played exclusively left field this season, but he started 55 times in center field last year and has 1,300 career innings…

  20. Brad Lidge had a setback

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    lidge getty

    Brad Lidge had been pitching in extended spring training down in Clearwater, but he’s on his way back to Philly now due to a setback: elbow soreness. You’ll recall that the reason he’s on the DL in the first place is a strain of his rotator cuff in his right shoulder, so this is a…

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