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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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.…

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Ryan Zimmerman expected to return to Nationals on Tuesday

    Jun 12, 2011, 6:25 PM EST

    zimmerman pose getty

    Matt Holliday is on the way. Joe Mauer is just around the corner. And there’s another big star who could be arriving back in the major leagues this week. According to beat writer Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with a double and played a full nine innings…

  14. Brewers finish sweep of Cardinals to move into first place

    Jun 12, 2011, 5:58 PM EST

    Prince Fielder

    Prince Fielder homered in the bottom of the sixth to give the Brewers their first lead of the day, and Milwaukee held on from there, winning 4-3 to complete a three-game sweep of the Cardinals. With the victory, the Brewers moved a half-game up on St. Louis for first place in the NL Central. Shaun…

  15. Elvis Andrus yanked from game for lack of effort

    Jun 12, 2011, 5:41 PM EST

    Elvis Andrus

    Rangers manager Ron Washington pulled shortstop Elvis Andrus from Sunday’s loss to the Twins after the youngster made what looked like a lazy throw on a grounder in the bottom of the eighth. “I didn’t like his attitude,” Washington told the Dallas Morning News. “The inning before there were a couple of plays he didn’t make,…

  16. Matt Holliday aiming to return to Cardinals’ lineup Thursday

    Jun 12, 2011, 5:13 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Colorado Rockies

    According to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Matt Holliday is targeting a Thursday return from the 15-day disabled list. The left fielder has been out since June 1 with tightness in his left quadriceps muscle. He took batting practice and went through a strenuous workout before Saturday’s game at Miller Park in Milwaukee…

  17. Tommy Hanson fans career-high 14 as Braves top Astros

    Jun 12, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

    Tommy Hanson

    The Braves have never given Tommy Hanson a whole lot of help since he debuted two years, but he’s consistently gotten just enough this year.  On Sunday, he improved to 8-4 by striking out a career-high 14 in the Braves’ 4-1 victory over the Astros. Hanson pitched seven innings and allowed one run on three hits. …

  18. Yankees win third in a row by routing Indians

    Jun 12, 2011, 4:33 PM EST

    Carlos Santana, Curtis Granderson

    There were no fireworks today. After Friday’s benches-clearing incident and Saturday’s ejection of Mitch Talbot following an Alex Rodriguez plunking, the Indians and Yankees played a calm one Sunday that again sent the Yankee faithful home happy. The Bombers broke open a 1-0 game in the fifth, scoring five times on their way to a…

  19. Red Sox trounce Blue Jays again, win ninth straight game

    Jun 12, 2011, 4:18 PM EST

    Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz

    A day after scoring 16 times, the Red Sox settled for 14 runs in this one while beating the Blue Jays for their third straight series sweep.  With nine straight victories, they’ve put together the longest winning streak for a major league team this season, overtaking the Indians’ streak from back in April. What’s really…

  20. Liriano’s attempt at another no-hitter broken up in eighth

    Jun 12, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Minnesota Twins

    Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano has thrown a no-hitter through seven innings this afternoon against the Rangers, who currently sit atop the American League West standings and boast one of the highest run totals in all of baseball. The only baserunner he has allowed came via an error by third baseman Luke Hughes in the seventh.…

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