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  1. Coaches and staffs announced for the All-Star Game

    May 17, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Chase Field

    There has been word buzzing around about this already, but Major League Baseball just officially announced the coaching staffs for the All-Star Game. Ron Washington  has picked Indians manager Manny Acta and Blue Jays manager John Farrell to serve as the American League coaches. Bochy picked the Diamondbacks’ Kirk Gibson and the Nats’ Jim Riggleman…

  2. Former manager Bob Melvin rejoins the Diamondbacks as a “special baseball advisor”

    May 17, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

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    Bob Melvin was fired as the Diamondbacks’ manager in mid-2009 after compiling a 337-340 (.498) record in four-plus seasons on the job, but he’s rejoined the organization as a “special baseball advisor” to team president Derrick Hall. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Melvin “will assist not just the baseball operations department, but also other…

  3. Alfredo Simon is going to trial

    May 17, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

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    Orioles’ pitcher Alfredo Simon had been released from prison and allowed to come to the United States to pitch, but he’s not out of the woods in connection with the New Year’s Eve shooting death of Michael Castillo. To the contrary: he’s going to trial. That was the determination at a preliminary hearing today.  No…

  4. Joe Mauer’s rehab progresses to extended spring training

    May 17, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    There’s still no timetable for his return from bilateral leg weakness, but Joe Mauer is taking a significant step in his recovery by reporting to extended spring training in Florida. For now he’ll merely work out in Fort Myers alongside Jim Thome and Tsuyoshi Nishioka, building up strength in his surgically repaired knee after admitting…

  5. Were ballplayers of the 1950s … sissies?

    May 17, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

    Old Hoss Radbourn

    While doing what I do quite often — killing time over at Baseball Think Factory — I came across this Sports Illustrated article from 1954.  The headline: “Are Today’s Baseball Players Sissies Compared To The Old-timers?” Seriously! Predictably, there was the usual assortment of “baseball is going to Hell” voices, two of which actually name-checked…

  6. Orlando Hudson expected to rejoin Padres on Thursday

    May 17, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Orlando Hudson completed a brief minor-league rehab assignment last night and is expected to return from the disabled list when eligible Thursday, according to Tom Singer of MLB.com. Hudson has been out since May 4 with a strained hamstring and didn’t hit much prior to the injury, but had already matched his career-high with 10…

  7. The Selling of Joe DiMaggio

    May 17, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Joe DiMaggio

    Bill Hicks once did a bit about ad and marketing guys that, while a bit on the harsh side, did tell some essential truths. the biggest one: ad and marketing guys can basically talk themselves into selling anything regardless of the facts on the ground. I’m reminded of this as I read about an ad agency…

  8. Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew dies after battle with cancer

    May 17, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    Killebrew

    Harmon Killebrew entered into hospice care last week following unsuccessful treatments for esophageal cancer and the Twins just announced that the Hall of Famer passed away this morning at age 74. Killebrew is arguably the greatest player in Twins history and one of the greatest power hitters in MLB history, ranking fifth all time in…

  9. Franklin Gutierrez on verge of return from stomach problems

    May 17, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Franklin Gutierrez has yet to play this season due to ongoing stomach problems that date back to last year, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that the Gold Glove center fielder “will rejoin the team as early as Wednesday” barring a setback. Gutierrez has been playing at Triple-A and Eric Wedge told Baker…

  10. T.J. Simers pays to go to a Dodgers game, just like a fan

    May 17, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers batter Andre Ethier reacts in the dugout after he struck out against the New York Mets during their MLB National League baseball game in New York

    I’ve had my issues with T.J. Simers in the past, but sometimes his curmudgeon act — though it may not be an act — is pretty damn funny. Like today’s column in which he eschewed the press pass and bought tickets to go see the Dodgers-Diamondbacks game the other night.  The point, I think, was…

  11. Royals calling up prospect Danny Duffy for Wednesday start

    May 17, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Kyle Davies leaving last night’s start after just one inning with a shoulder injury was terrible news for Vin Mazzaro, who took one for the team while allowing a remarkable 14 runs in 2.1 innings of relief. However, it ultimately may be good news for the Royals. Davies has long been one of the worst…

  12. Tyler Colvin sent down to AAA

    May 17, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    Tyler Colvin

    “Is this heaven?” “No, Tyler. It’s Iowa.” Cubs’ outfielder/first baseman Tyler Colvin has been sent down to AAA. This despite a rookie campaign that showed some promise. Indeed, it may have been too good to be true: 20 homers and 56 RBIs  in 358 at-bats despite not doing a ton in the minors to suggest that…

  13. HBT Daily: In which I talk to Matt Cain

    May 17, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    The most notable takeaway apart from my total lack of interviewing skillz: Matt Cain would not admit that Buster Posey was out on that steal attempt in the NLDS last year. So I guess we both have our problems.

  14. Bernie Williams was once demoted to ninth in the order. How did he handle it?

    May 17, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

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    I gotta admit: the Jorge Posada stuff has been a hoot for me. Helps that I’m not a Yankees fan, of course, but I’m not gonna lie: great fun in the way that all off-field drama is great fun for someone tasked with blogging about baseball for living. Which makes me a bit sad that,…

  15. Are the new Astros owners the latest in a long line of debt-riddled ownership groups?

    May 17, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Jim Crane

    Jim Crane met the media as the owner-in-waiting for the Houston Astros yesterday, and that led to a couple of glowing reviews of his business acumen and his plans for the future of the organization. It also led to a report in Forbes that says $300 million of the $680 million sales price of the team…

  16. Bonds jurors are second-guessing their votes

    May 17, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    It’s not often that you see jurors from high-profile cases tracked down well after the case is over, but the New York Times has tracked down the jurors from the Barry Bonds case. And guess what? Several of them are following the post-trial aspects of the case quite closely.  And whaddaya know, four of the…

  17. Poor, poor Vin Mazzaro

    May 17, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Vin Mazzaro

    When a pitcher “wears one,” it means he takes one for the team in a blowout, helping preserve the other arms in the bullpen to fight and pitch another day.  Vin Mazzaro did that last night in the Royals’ 19-1 loss to the Indians, and he did so in epic fashion. According to Joe Posnanski, this…

  18. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 17, 2011, 6:00 AM EDT

    Black Swan

    Cardinals 3, Phillies 1: I had this game on in my den with the sound off while my wife watched “Black Swan” in the other room. That made it really creepy, especially when I tweeted about it last night and people kept proposing scenes in which Cliff Lee was the Natalie Portman character and Charlie…

  19. Derrek Lee pulled from Monday’s game with strained oblique

    May 16, 2011, 9:36 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    The oblique epidemic has claimed yet another victim. Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that Derrek Lee was pulled from Monday’s game against the Red Sox with a strained left oblique. He was replaced at first base by Jake Fox in the bottom of the third inning after going 1-for-2 with an RBI double. Lee, who…

  20. Chipper Jones to test knee in batting practice Tuesday

    May 16, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Chipper Jones will test his ailing right knee in batting practice tomorrow, reports Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jones was diagnosed with a torn meniscus yesterday and received a pair of cortisone shots. The veteran third baseman will undergo arthroscopic surgery if the knee doesn’t respond to the injections, which would mean roughly 2-3…

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