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  1. Orioles hoping to sign J.J. Hardy to contract extension before the All-Star break

    Jun 13, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

    J.J. Hardy

    J.J. Hardy wore out his welcome in Minnesota after one season, in part because Ron Gardenhire wanted more speed in the lineup, in part because Hardy missed one-third of the season with injuries, and in part because the Twins didn’t seem to grasp that excellent defense and a decent bat made him one of the…

  2. Nationals to activate Ryan Zimmerman from DL tomorrow

    Jun 13, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Last night Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reported that Ryan Zimmerman could return from the disabled list as soon as Tuesday and today he confirmed it via team source, writing: “Now it’s definite.” Zimmerman, who’s been out since mid-April with an abdominal injury that required surgery, went 8-for-21 (.381) with four extra-base hits and…

  3. HBT Daily: It’s time to declare some teams dead

    Jun 13, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Tiffany and I decide if we can’t officially declare dead the pretenders of the American League.

  4. Jason Marquis wants a multi-year extension from Nationals

    Jun 13, 2011, 1:42 PM EST

    Jason Marquis post-ejection

    Jason Marquis was injured and terrible last season, going 2-9 with a 6.60 ERA in 13 starts, but now that he’s healthy and pitching well the 32-year-old impending free agent told Bill Ladson of MLB.com that he wants to remain with the Nationals beyond this season. Oh, and he’d like a multi-year contract: Anybody would…

  5. Dodgers must pay Manny Ramirez $8.33 million by June 30

    Jun 13, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Mannywood sign

    Dodgers owner Frank McCourt already had to draw cash advances just to cover the June 1 payroll and now Molly Knight of ESPN Los Angeles reports that the team must pay Manny Ramirez $8.33 million in deferred money by June 30. Ramirez’s two-year, $42 million contract with the Dodgers included three deferred $8.33 million payments…

  6. Joe Maddon on Orioles starter Brian Matusz: “I’m certain he’s not feeling 100 percent”

    Jun 13, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    matusz throws

    Brian Matusz was being counted on to anchor a young Orioles rotation after throwing 176 innings with a 4.30 ERA as a rookie last year, but instead he missed the first two months of the season with a strained intercostal muscle and hasn’t looked very impressive since coming off the disabled list. Matusz failed to…

  7. Not taking Twins’ “pitch to contact” advice has worked well for Francisco Liriano

    Jun 13, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Minnesota Twins

    Francisco Liriano had a panic-inducing April, posting a 9.13 ERA with as many walks (18) as strikeouts (18) as the Twins tried to convince him to “pitch to contact” with terrible results. His first May start was a no-hitter versus the White Sox and Liriano flirted with a second no-hitter yesterday against the Rangers, giving…

  8. Peter Gammons and Ozzie Guillen agree: Wrigley is “a dump”

    Jun 13, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    Peter Gammons made some headlines in Chicago over the weekend by saying during a local radio interview that Wrigley Field is “a dump” that needs renovating like “what the Boston owners did with Fenway Park.” Ozzie Guillen, who has been a vocal critic of Wrigley Field in the past, was asked what he thought of…

  9. Documents released relating to the Livan Hernandez money laundering probe

    Jun 13, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Throwing in the tow... umm, rosin bag

    We learned in late April that Livan Hernandez is the target of a federal probe related to money laundering on behalf of convicted Puerto Rican drug trafficker Angel Ayala Vázquez.  Today the Washington Times has a report, based on court transcripts and other official records, fleshing out the alleged scenario: Now the target of a…

  10. Astros keeping 20-year-old rookie Jordan Lyles in rotation

    Jun 13, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    jordan-lyles-astros

    Wandy Rodriguez returning from the disabled list today was initially expected to bump rookie Jordan Lyles from the Astros’ rotation and back to the minors, but now Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that the 20-year-old right-hander will stick around. Lyles is no longer being viewed as a fill-in starter, as the Astros will…

  11. Freddy Sanchez to try to avoid surgery on bum shoulder

    Jun 13, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Freddy Sanchez injured

    Sticking with the Giants, the San Jose Mercury-News is saying that, rather than opt to have surgery on his dislocated shoulder, Freddy Sanchez is going to try to go the rehab route. This is really a play for this season, because surgery would end it and rehab has at least a shot at getting him back in…

  12. Hanley Ramirez to return Tuesday as Marlins’ leadoff man

    Jun 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Florida Marlins v San Francisco Giants

    Hanley Ramirez batted second or third in the Marlins’ lineup for each of his 47 starts prior to landing on the disabled list with back problems, but Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that he’ll return from the DL tomorrow as Florida’s leadoff man. Ramirez has been out since May 30 and the Marlins…

  13. The Giants activate Pablo Sandoval

    Jun 13, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    sandoval cap

    As expected, the Giants activated third baseman — or catcher?! — Pablo Sandoval from the 15-day disabled list. He’ll be in Tuesday’s lineup against the Diamondbacks. And not a moment too soon. He was hitting .313/.374/.530 with five homers in 24 games when he went down on April 30.  With Buster Posey and now Freddy Sanchez…

  14. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jun 13, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Red Sox batter Kevin Youkillis celebrates his two-run home during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    As usual, the number in the parenthesis was last week’s ranking. 1. Red Sox (5): I had them ranked number one to start the season. I was only two-and-a-half months off! 2. Phillies (3): A good week, but the Cubs and Dodgers aren’t exactly fearsome, nor were the Nats and Pirates, who they faced the…

  15. So what do you think about the realignment thing?

    Jun 13, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Bud Selig defiant

    As Drew wrote over the weekend and as everyone has been talking about since, Major League Baseball is considering realignment. There are a couple of flavors to it:  either just having the Astros moving to the AL or having that happen plus the elimination of divisions.  As has frequently been noted in these reports, that…

  16. Derek Jeter: best shortstop in baseball history?

    Jun 13, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    derek jeter and kevin long yankees

    You know what I don’t much care for?  When folks overly-denigrate Derek Jeter. He will be and should be a first ballot hall of famer and stands among the best ever, so it bugs me a bit when people overstate his flaws by way of pointing out that, yes, he does indeed have some flaws.…

  17. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jun 13, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    What you missed while, once again, paying attention to the lesser sports.

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

    Jun 13, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers

    Brewers 4, Cardinals 3: Milwaukee makes a statement, sweeping the formerly-first-place Cardinals. Shaun Marcum pitched seven strong innings and the Brewers came back from being down 3-0 after five and a half innings to taking the lead after six. The Brewers are the hottest team this side of Boston, methinks. Speaking of them … Red…

  19. Padres lose starters Aaron Harang, Dustin Moseley to the disabled list

    Jun 12, 2011, 7:32 PM EST

    Aaron Harang

    With no lineup to speak of, the Padres appear to be in really deep trouble now.  On Sunday they indicated that both their winningest starter, Aaron Harang, and the member of their rotation with the lowest ERA, Dustin Moseley, were going on the disabled list. Harang, who is 7-2 with a 3.71 ERA, is being…

  20. Royals shut out Angels; Vin Mazzaro lowers ERA from 17.47 to 10.80

    Jun 12, 2011, 6:57 PM EST

    Vin Mazzaro

    I’ll assume Vin Mazzaro is more upbeat about this one than his last start, when he gave up six runs in five innings and yet still lowered his ERA from 22.74 to 17.47. Mazzaro pitched seven scoreless innings despite failing to strike out a batter Sunday as the Royals beat the Angels 9-0 to win…

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