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  1. Matt Kemp is halfway to the 40-40 club after just 75 games

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Matt Kemp stole his 20th base of the season last night, which along with 20 homers puts him halfway to joining the 40-homer, 40-steal club after just 75 games. Jose Canseco was the first 40-40 player in 1988 and since then Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and Alfonso Soriano have joined him in the club. Kemp…

  2. “Life in Frank McCourt’s ghost town”

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Empty Dodger Stadium

    In what is becoming something of a series over at the Los Angeles Times, Bill Plaschke writes a column today about what it’s like to go to a Dodgers game now that the McCourt fan boycott is in full swing.  Those who have been to Dodger Stadium before will not recognize Plaschke’s description: We put…

  3. Josh Beckett “is really sick” and unlikely to pitch Saturday

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Josh Beckett vs. Rays

    Josh Beckett was scratched from last night’s scheduled start because of the flu–or as manager Terry Francona put it, “intestinal turmoil”–and Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston reports that he’s now unlikely to make his pushed-back start Saturday. Francona told McDonald that Beckett “is really sick” and “doctors are trying to figure it out.” Andrew Miller…

  4. David Ortiz stole a base. That actually happened.

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    David Ortiz

    When someone tells me that the DH rules because pitchers can’t hit, I have historically responded by saying “well, it ain’t like watching David Ortiz run the bases is a thing of beauty either.” I take it all back. Every word of it. Because this was poetry in frickin’ motion. The form. The grace. Sheer…

  5. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle benches Ronny Cedeno … again

    Jun 22, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

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    Ronny Cedeno has been benched by manager Clint Hurdle for the second time this season after the Pirates shortstop attempted to bunt with the bases loaded last night before eventually grounding into a double play. Hurdle declined to specifically attach the benching to that plate appearance, but Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review notes…

  6. Jonah Keri to write the definitive history of the Montreal Expos

    Jun 22, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Expos in a line

    And now for some news as fantastic as it was inevitable: friend of HBT Jonah Keri, fresh of his bestselling success, The Extra 2%, just signed a deal to write the definitive history of the Montreal Expos. The details are over at Jonah’s blog. The only slight bummer: his publisher has it slated to come…

  7. Monday was the 20th anniversary of Ivan Rodriguez’s debut

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

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    Ivan Rodriguez celebrated the 20th anniversary of his big-league debut Monday, but the Nationals had the day off and then last night he sat on the bench as the man who’s replaced him as the starting catcher, 23-year-old Wilson Ramos, delivered a game-winning homer. Despite that lack of drama, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post…

  8. Aroldis Chapman to be optioned to Louisville

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

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    John Fay reports that Aroldis Chapman will not be activated from the disabled list today, but rather, will be optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Chapman had another nice outing for Louisville yesterday, but the Reds likely want to make sure that’s more the norm than his horrific performances from earlier in his rehab stint and for the Reds before…

  9. Jonathan Broxton’s first rehab inning: 1 run, 2 strikeouts

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Jonathan Broxton started his rehab assignment last night by allowing one run in one inning at Triple-A. He gave up one hit and one walk while striking out two batters, throwing 12 of 23 pitches for strikes. Broxton hasn’t pitched since May 3 and was terrible before being shut down, so presumably the Dodgers will…

  10. Jack McKeon and the radio transmitter

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Dick Tracy ad

    Larry Granillo has a neat story over at Wezen-Ball today, recounting the time when, as a minor league manager nearly 50 years ago, Jack McKeon was part of an experiment wherein the manager and the pitcher communicated via radio transmitters. After reading that, all I can do is thank the maker that the idea didn’t…

  11. Cardinals GM says Albert Pujols’ return timetable is “fluid”

    Jun 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Albert Pujols was initially given a 4-6 week recovery timetable for his fractured wrist, but as you’d expect from someone who’s never played fewer than 143 games in a season he’s already talking about getting back in the lineup. News that Pujols would likely be in a soft cast for four weeks seemingly ruled out…

  12. Photo of the Day: Sunglasses at Night

    Jun 22, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    I think the Rangers little sunglasses at night world record thing was kind of silly. But hey, at least it gave us this picture, via the Associated Press:

  13. Jon Garland worried shoulder injury may end career

    Jun 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jon Garland was cleared to play catch yesterday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, but there’s no timetable for his return and the 31-year-old right-hander told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that he’s worried about his career: That’s the natural tendency. It’s my livelihood. I’ve depended on my…

  14. A trek to meet Omar Vizquel

    Jun 22, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

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    We talked relics in the last post. An autograph is kind of like a relic too, but it’s way higher up the list, at least if it’s obtained in person.  And the circumstances around getting that autograph matter too.  If you pay a bunch of money to have some flunky take your baseball card from…

  15. You can own the dirt beneath Derek Jeter’s feet

    Jun 22, 2011, 9:35 AM EST

    Derek Jeter smiling

    In ancient times, some random sect of people might lay claim to the remains of a venerated hero as a part of hero cult.  Parts of their weapons or clothes, a lock of hair, earlobes, whatever.  This practice developed over the centuries and, like most ancient practices, was adopted and/or co-opted by organized religion, with stuff like Elisha’s bones…

  16. The Twins’ first eight hitters reach base, all come around to score

    Jun 22, 2011, 9:22 AM EST

    Luke Hughes

    I saw the eight-spot the Twins put up in the first inning against Madison Bumgarner last night, but didn’t dig down into the play by play of it all until a few minutes ago.  And how about this: the first eight batters all got hits, and all eight came around to score. That’s some trick. In…

  17. Sign a petition to have Vin Scully call the World Series this year

    Jun 22, 2011, 8:57 AM EST

    Vin Scully

    I tend not to put too much stock in the efficacy of online petitions — big corporations are gonna do what big corporations are gonna do — but I’ll endorse this one because (a) it’s a fabulous idea; and (b) it helps cleanse the palate a bit after that bile I’m feeling towards the Dodgers right now.…

  18. Frank McCourt: Shameless

    Jun 22, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Last night, Bob Sacks, a lawyer who represents Frank McCourt, spoke with Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. The subject: Frank McCourt’s response to Major League Baseball’s rejection of the television deal McCourt sought with Fox and the impending standoff between McCourt and Bud Selig. Everyone knows this is a difficult time for McCourt…

  19. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 22, 2011, 6:13 AM EST

    Jack McKeon

    Marlins 5, Angels 2: The Feesh win! How they did it while allowing 13 hits is something you’d have to ask the Angels, who went 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position. Mike Stanton was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and Hanley Ramirez had a multi-hit game himself. Brewers 5, Rays 1: Zack…

  20. Yankees’ Gardner not sure how to earn more playing time

    Jun 22, 2011, 2:06 AM EST

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    Follow @bharks   Brett Gardner has been one of the Yankees’ hottest hitters for the last two months, hitting .357 with a .440 on-base percentage since April 28. He’s reached base nine times in 15 plate appearances in the three games since replacing the injured Derek Jeter at the lead-off spot. And in his last…

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