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  1. Scouting night owls is the new market inefficiency. Well, not for the Cubs.

    Jun 14, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Alarm Clock

    File this under one of those things that should have been obvious but wasn’t. Or at least wasn’t because I never thought about it: researchers did a study of baseball players and found that players who classify themselves as morning people do better in day games and night owls do better in night games. There’s more subtlety…

  2. Blue Jays demote Kyle Drabek and his 5.70 ERA to Triple-A

    Jun 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Kyle Drabek pitching

    Kyle Drabek secured a spot in the Blue Jays’ rotation coming out of the spring training, one-hit the Twins for seven innings in his first start, and had a 3.30 ERA through five outings. And then everything fell apart for the 23-year-old prospect acquired from the Phillies in the Roy Halladay trade, as Drabek posted…

  3. Red Sox set to call up left-hander Andrew Miller

    Jun 14, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Andrew Miller

    With Andrew Miller holding a June 15 outclause in his deal, it’s a given that the Red Sox are about to call up the former first-round pick of the Tigers. His ERA is down to 2.54 at Triple-A Pawtucket, and in his last three starts, he’s allowed a total of four runs and posted a…

  4. Mariners reliever Chris Ray is brewing beer for charity

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    SAMSUNG

    Mariners reliever Chris Ray was at the Fremont Brewing Company yesterday, helping brew a beer called Homefront IPA that will be sold at Safeco Field and around Seattle to raise money for the Operation Homefront organization that provides emergency financial assistance to the families of military personnel. Kendall Jones of Washington Beer Blog wrote a…

  5. Moneyball is dead. Long live Moneyball.

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Moneyball

    Nothing makes me roll my eyes more than when something bad happens with the A’s and some clever wag — often a print sports journalist who still bases his Cy Young vote on wins — makes some crack about “well, I guess “Moneyball” isn’t helping anymore, huh?” This is usually followed by chuckling, snorting and…

  6. Marlins no longer expecting Josh Johnson back before July

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    Josh Johnson

    When the Marlins placed Josh Johnson on the disabled list in mid-May their hope was that he’d rejoin the rotation on June 1, but his timetable has repeatedly been pushed back since then and yesterday manager Edwin Rodriguez admitted that “the most optimistic hope” for Johnson’s return is now July. Rodriguez told Tom D’Angelo of…

  7. The dirt on Jim Crane

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

    Jim Crane

    Over at Forbes, our friend Maury Brown lays out the Jim Crane dossier, as he Mr. Crane prepares to take over the Astros. It’s a good read, containing many of the things we’ve talked about before. For example, the old deal with Drayton McLane that fell through. His dalliance with the Rangers last year. The…

  8. Mariners on the verge of calling up prospect Dustin Ackley

    Jun 14, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Dustin Ackley

    Speculation last month that the Mariners were close to calling up top prospect Dustin Ackley proved wrong, but now Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times writes that the former No. 2 overall pick may make his much-anticipated debut Monday. Projecting call-ups is tricky at this point in the season because the service time ramifications aren’t…

  9. Astros fire their pitching coach

    Jun 14, 2011, 12:29 PM EST

    Astros logo

    The Astros have announced that they have fired pitching coach Brad Arnsberg. He is being replaced by an interim: Doug Brocail, who if you put a gun to my head I probably would have guessed was still pitching mopup duty for someone out west because I tend not to track guys like Doug Brocail very well.…

  10. Angels place Fernando Rodney on DL with back injury

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

    Fernando Rodney lost the closer role to rookie Jordan Walden in early April and hasn’t pitched particularly well as a setup man since, but now he won’t be pitching at all for a while after the Angels placed him on the disabled list with a back injury. Rodney is eligible to come off the DL…

  11. HBT Daily: Now let’s declare some NL teams dead

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Yes, one of the dead ones was my NL Central Pick. We’re just gonna have to deal with that.

  12. Where have Carl Pavano’s strikeouts gone?

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Minnesota Twins starter Pavano pitches to the New York Yankees during the first inning of Game 2 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoffs in Minneapolis

    Carl Pavano has put together a strong six-start stretch since beginning the season 2-4 with a 6.64 ERA, logging 43 innings with a 2.49 ERA and just two homers allowed as the Twins have begun to dig out of their huge early hole. However, his lack of missed bats continues to be worrisome from a…

  13. Great Moments in Perspective and Priorities: Nationals COO Andy Feffer

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Nationals Park

    Nationals COO Andy Feffer on a new element to Nationals Park: “I’ve been to stadiums and ballparks all over the country, and without a doubt I’ve never seen anything like this. I think it will become the iconic, defining element of Nationals Park, the thing people leave and say, ‘Did you see that?’” If the…

  14. Travis Hafner nearing possible weekend return from DL

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Travis Hafner

    Injuries have played a big part in the Indians losing 14 of 19 games to see their AL Central lead vanish, but it sounds like they’ll have Travis Hafner back in the lineup soon. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Hafner took batting practice yesterday and is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment today…

  15. The Marlins tell Logan Morrison to put a lid on it

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    Logan Morrison

    Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison is famously outspoken, both in interviews and on his Twitter feed. To date the Marlins have been wary but generally OK with it, but that changed last week after Morrison went on about how the team was upset after hitting coach John Mallee was fired: Marlins left fielder Logan Morrison has…

  16. Cubs manager Mike Quade is already on the hot seat, but so is general manager Jim Hendry

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    With the Cubs tied for the second-worst record in baseball at 26-39 “fans and the media have begun to wonder if Mike Quade’s days as manager may be nearing an end,” according to Sahadev Sharma of ESPN Chicago. Quade went 24-13 down the stretch last season after taking over for Lou Piniella, but all the…

  17. Meet Mrs. Met

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:02 AM EST

    Mr. Met Love

    I didn’t know there was a Mrs. Met.  I also didn’t know that she married Mr. Met.  And despite learning all of this just now, I find myself sad that they ended up getting a divorce. If two baseball-headed mascots can’t make love work, what hope do the rest of us poor schmucks have? (note:…

  18. The Diamondbacks do not want to move to the American League

    Jun 14, 2011, 9:34 AM EST

    Diamondbacks snake logo

    I missed this yesterday, but apparently there had been a report that the Arizona Diamondbacks could be an alternate candidate to move to the American League in that whole move-the-Astros-to-the-AL realignment gambit.  Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports, however, that the Dbacks wouldn’t be terribly interested in that.  And, for that matter, Diamondbacks CEO…

  19. OK, Justin Ruggiano was definitely safe

    Jun 14, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Double Face Palm

    In ATH this morning I voiced some qualified sentiment that perchance Magglio Ordonez‘s gunning down of Justin Ruggiano at the plate in the Tigers-Rays game was a blown call, deferring to the fact that I couldn’t see a really good replay. Courtesy of reader ChurchOfThePerpetuallyOutraged, who pointed us to a pic from Jonah Keri’s Twitter…

  20. Frank McCourt said to have “no chance” to make the June 30 payroll

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt scrimped and saved — wait, no he didn’t; he borrowed — to make payroll at the end of May.  He is said to be fine for the mid-June payroll due tomorrow too, so good for him.  That business with the Manny Ramirez payment coming due at the end of the month, however, makes…

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