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  1. Magglio Ordonez takes his .172 batting average to the DL

    May 13, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Magglio Ordonez has struggled mightily coming back from the fractured ankle that ended his 2010 season in July, hitting just .172 with one homer in 26 games, and today the Tigers placed him on the disabled list. Obviously his production at the plate has been non-existent, but the fact that Ordonez has to take his…

  2. The last replacement player is released

    May 13, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Minnesota Twins

    The Diamondbacks have released reliever Ron Mahay after ten pretty awful outings in the minors.  Not a notable move in and of itself. But, on the assumption that Mahay does not catch on anywhere else, this will mark the end of the career of the last replacement player from the 1994-95 strike. At least I…

  3. Mop-up man no more: Twins move Joe Nathan into setup role

    May 13, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Joe Nathan was stripped of closing duties and demoted to mop-up man following back-to-back blown saves in mid-April, but with the rest of the Twins’ bullpen struggling and Nathan putting together a string of decent outings Ron Gardenhire has decided to move him into a higher-leverage role. Gardenhire told Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com that Nathan…

  4. Orioles fan Professional ball hawk catches three foul balls in one game

    May 13, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: I’m alerted to the fact that, no, this guy is not an Orioles’ fan. It’s professional ball snagger Zack Hemple. Which is still kind of pathetic, but for different reasons than I assumed earlier. OK, pathetic is kind of a strong word, as he does do some charity stuff as a part of his…

  5. Aaron Cook to make three rehab starts before coming off DL

    May 13, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Aaron Cook

    Aaron Cook hasn’t started a big-league game since September 9 of last season, the Rockies right-hander is ready to take the next step in his recovery from shoulder and finger injuries. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Cook will make the first of at least three minor-league rehab starts tomorrow at Double-A and…

  6. A day at the nail salon with Russell Martin

    May 13, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Amy K. Nelson has a profile of Russell Martin.  The stuff about him regaining his health and confidence and baseball prowess in New York is the point of the story, but you’ll be forgiven if your attention is drawn to some stuff in the middle portion: “It’s not a good feeling when you’re putting…

  7. Andrew McCutchen apologizes for lack of hustle that led to benching

    May 13, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

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    Rain canceled last night’s Pirates-Dodgers game, so Andrew McCutchen‘s one-game benching for not hustling ends up being a zero-game suspension, as he’ll be back in Pittsburgh’s lineup tonight. However, the Pirates center fielder still took the time to apologize publicly for his not running to first base on a third strike that got away from…

  8. Justice: The Astros’ new owners are probably going to clean house

    May 13, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

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    Ed Wade, call your real estate agent. That’s the message Richard Justice delivers in his post today about how the Astros organization is likely to change once Jim Crane and his just announced right-hand man George Postolos take over following the imminent sale by Drayton McLane.  The idea: Postolos — who happens to be the…

  9. Phillies activate catcher Carlos Ruiz from the disabled list

    May 13, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v  Atlanta Braves

    Roy Oswalt‘s stay on the disabled list may not be as short as initially hoped and Chase Utley still isn’t ready to return from knee problems, but the Phillies will at least have Carlos Ruiz back in the lineup tonight. Ruiz has been activated from the DL after missing the past 12 games with a…

  10. Dodgers attendance is down over 7,000 per game

    May 13, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Attendance is down across baseball this year. On average it’s down on the order of a few hundred a game. In Los Angeles, however, things are way worse: 7,268 fans a game off the 2010 pace for the Dodgers.  And, as Steve Dilbeck reminds us, that’s just in official attendance, not actual turnstile numbers, which Major League…

  11. Harmon Killebrew: “My battle with esophageal cancer is coming to an end”

    May 13, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Hall of Famer and Twins great Harmon Killebrew has entered into hospice care following unsuccessful treatments for esophageal cancer and issued a very sad and equally brave statement: It is with profound sadness that I share with you that my continued battle with esophageal cancer is coming to an end. With the continued love and…

  12. Luke Gregerson has a cool car

    May 13, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    Better off dead

    There’s not a lot going on yet today, so we have a few moments to contemplate Padres’ reliever Luke Gregerson‘s car, a picture of which you can see here.  Yeah, it’s a black ’67 Camaro, which makes Gregerson my new favorite relief pitcher not named Jonny Venters. I’ve been in love with that car ever…

  13. Mariners closer Brandon League takes third straight loss

    May 13, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Seattle Mariners

    Brandon League stepped in for the injured David Aardsma and converted each of his first nine save chances as the Mariners’ closer, but all of a sudden he can’t get anyone out. League took his first loss of the season Sunday by allowing three runs, blew a save and took a loss in the 13th…

  14. When it comes to rookies and long term deals, there is risk in taking one too

    May 13, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

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    Buster Olney weighed in on Scott Boras’ comments from yesterday, om which Boras seemed to downplay the likelihood of a long term deal for Eric Hosmer. Here’s Buster: Scott Boras will advise against Eric Hosmer working out a longterm deal right now. Because, after all, what person in their early 20s would ever want to guarantee themselves tens of millions…

  15. Brandon Webb tops out at 86 mph in extended spring start

    May 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Brandon Webb started an extended spring training game yesterday and finally showed signs of rediscovering his pre-surgery velocity levels. Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports that Webb threw four innings and “hit 86 mph a handful of times with his fastball, likely averaging around 84 mph.” That may not sound very encouraging at first glance, but…

  16. Bondy: The New Era ads are “far too provocative”

    May 13, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    I liked that new New Era cap ad featuring Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski yesterday. I think the ads in that series are pretty funny.  Filip Bondy of the New York Daily News disagrees: The real heat between the Yanks and Red Sox burns off the field, in television commercials. Some of the spots are…

  17. What’s the big deal about Bartolo Colon’s stem cell injections?

    May 13, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    There was some moderate-to-serious hand-wringing the other day when it was revealed that Bartolo Colon received an injection of his own stem cells to help repair ligaments.  As David Epstein notes in a very informative article over at SI, however, the hand-wringing is unwarranted.  Colon’s procedure is fairly commonplace and, in its general effect, is…

  18. Tom Schieffer on the Dodgers: “The complexity of the situation is daunting”

    May 13, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

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    Tom Schieffer, the Dodgers’ trustee, sat for an interview with the Associated Press yesterday, and he described a situation that makes it seem impossible that Major League Baseball will truly have any sort of resolution of its investigation of Dodgers finances before their payroll comes due at the end of the month. Indeed, he has…

  19. Citizens Bank Park to host the 2012 Winter Classic

    May 13, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

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    The NHL — and, to be honest, my employer — seem to have struck gold by playing hockey games outdoors on New Year’s Day, so they shall continue the tradition on 2012.  Well, except in 2012 it won’t be on New Year’s Day, it will be on January 2nd because the NFL likes to ruin…

  20. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 13, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Breakfast Wrap

    And if you don’t like the wrap, we can serve up your breakfast scattered, smothered, covered and chunked. What? Oh, I see you’re too good for Waffle House, your majesty.

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