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  1. How technology is changing the game

    Aug 30, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    iPad

    If you can navigate your way through the obligatory (and clunky) references to VCRs and record players at the beginning of this column from Jayson Stark, you’ll get a great insight into the way that technology is changing the game of baseball.  Most specifically with reference to just how easy it is for players to…

  2. Tim Lincecum allowed three homers last night for the first time

    Aug 30, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum made his 150th career start last night and lost to the Cubs, serving up three homers for the first time in five seasons. Even after the Cubs took him deep three times Lincecum still has the lowest rate of homers per nine innings among all active pitchers with at least 150 career starts:…

  3. Another look at the AL Rookie of the Year race

    Aug 30, 2011, 2:55 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Yesterday, I posted an entry dismissing Jordan Walden as an American League Rookie of the Year candidate without really looking at the race as a whole.  So, let’s do that this time around. Here are how the candidates rank according to Baseball-Reference’s WAR: 1. Jeremy Hellickson: 2.7 2. Michael Pineda: 2.6 3. Desmond Jennings: 2.5…

  4. HBT Daily: What makes an MVP?

    Aug 30, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    What Tiffany and I talk about when we talk about the Most Valuable Player award.

  5. Pirates release left-handed reliever Joe Beimel

    Aug 30, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

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    As expected, Joe Beimel cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and the Pirates released him. Beimel hasn’t pitched well this season, but posted an ERA below 4.00 every year from 2005 to 2010 and could be a potential fit as a second left-hander in a contender’s bullpen. Pittsburgh ate the remainder of…

  6. Who is “the best major-league managing prospect” in America?

    Aug 30, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    mystery man

    I don’t have a definitive answer to that, but Michael Arace of my hometown Columbus Dispatch says that it’s Mike Sarbaugh, manager of the Indians AAA team, the Columbus Clippers: In eight seasons since Sarbaugh started managing, his teams have made the playoffs every year save one … Sarbaugh has won championships in the New York-Penn,…

  7. Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew to begin rehab stints tonight

    Aug 30, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew are both expected to begin brief minor-league rehab assignments tonight at Triple-A. Drew has been out since mid-July with a shoulder injury and is already eligible to come off the disabled list, but Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that he’s unlikely to be activated until rosters expand on…

  8. Dodger Stadium feels “like an empty prison camp”

    Aug 30, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    For your reading, um, pleasure, Eric from Pitchers & Poets made a recent trip back to his native L.A. to take in a Dodgers game.  The report is one of the more depressing baseball-related things I’ve read in a while: The beefed up security presence and the thinned out attendance combine to give Dodger Stadium…

  9. Cameron Maybin undergoes MRI exam on injured wrist

    Aug 30, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Cameron Maybin

    Cameron Maybin has been one of the rare bright spots for the Padres, but the center fielder injured his wrist while taking batting practice over the weekend and will undergo an MRI exam today. Previously the Padres insisted that an MRI wasn’t necessary, but Maybin has missed three straight games and told Bill Center of…

  10. Phillies Fever! Get vaccinated against it!

    Aug 30, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Garry Maddox

    And I mean in a hurry!  And I’m sorry, but if this is me being a Philly-hater, so be it.  Defend this video at your peril, Phillies fans. And don’t go with “it was a product of the times.”  Because in 1970s Philadelphia there were more top-flight artists and producers than there were anywhere in…

  11. Tweet of the Day: Portrait of the manager as a young man

    Aug 30, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon’s son, Joseph Maddon, tweeted an old photo of the Rays manager from back when he looked “like Wario from Mario Brothers”:

  12. You’ll soon be able to get live ballgames on your flight

    Aug 30, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

    In flight entertainment

    Got a press release this morning that will make frequent travelers happy: Row 44, Inc., provider of the world’s leading In-Flight Broadband Entertainment Platform, is partnering with MLB Advanced Media, the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, to deliver live streaming video and audio broadcasts, in-flight, to passengers’ smart phones, laptops, tablets…

  13. Will the Nationals give Ryan Zimmerman a $150 million deal?

    Aug 30, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman

    Ryan Zimmerman is signed through 2013, so there’s no huge rush to work on an extension, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes that his “representative has remained in constant dialogue with the Nationals for the past year.” Missing two months with a torn abdominal muscle kept talks from picking up, but Zimmerman has…

  14. Relationship between Ozzie Guillen, Kenny Williams “beyond repair”

    Aug 30, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Kenny Williams, Ozzie Guillen

    There has always been some chippy nonsense between White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and GM Kenny Williams. They have fought openly. Ozzie’s kids have gotten in on the act.  But for as ugly as it has gotten at times, there has always been something approaching a cease fire. A time when one or both of…

  15. James Loney is on fire ever since the Dodgers asked him to warm up as a pitcher

    Aug 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    James Loney swinging

    It took six months, but James Loney is finally hitting. Actually, maybe all it took was for the Dodgers to have him warm up in the bullpen as an emergency pitching option. Since that happened on August 21 he’s 18-for-35 (.514) with four homers and five doubles, which is pretty amazing considering Loney hit .254…

  16. Danny Espinosa is not happy with the idea of giving up playing time

    Aug 30, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Espinosa_Danny

    The Nationals are expected to call up infielder Steve Lombardozzi soon. A lot of people are high on him, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him spell Danny Espinosa and/or Ian Desmond as the Nats play out the string. As The Washington Times’* Amanda Comak reports, however, Espinosa is not prepared to play the…

  17. Miguel Tejada will lay down a bunt for $6 million, but he won’t be happy about it

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Miguel Tejada

    With the Giants trailing the Astros by one run in the 11th inning Sunday and a runner on first base Miguel Tejada was summoned off the bench to lay down a sacrifice bunt. Tejada successfully advanced the runner to second base, but Aaron Rowand and Mike Fontenot stranded him, the Giants eventually lost 4-3, and…

  18. Your weekly Johan Santana reversal

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    johan santana getty

    Last week the New York Post, citing Sandy Alderson, said that Johan Santana was unlikely to pitch in the majors this year.  Today the New York Post, citing Sandy Alderson, said that it’s conceivable that Johan Santana would pitch in the majors this year. I dunno. This is just one of those things I pass…

  19. Diamondbacks reliever Juan Gutierrez to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Gutierrez_Juan

    Juan Gutierrez finished last season as the Diamondbacks’ closer, but Arizona signed J.J. Putz to take that role and after battling arm problems all year Gutierrez is scheduled for Tommy John elbow surgery. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Gutierrez will go under the knife on September 6 and the usual recovery timetable…

  20. Shin-Soo Choo is going to be out longer than first thought

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    choo blue wide

    Remember that sore left side that was going to keep Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo out for a few days?  Yeah, try a few weeks.  That’s the word from Zack Meisel at MLB.com, who says that it’s a strained oblique that is going to require Choo to be on the shelf for at least two weeks.…

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