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  1. Collision with catcher leaves Denard Span dizzy, out of the lineup, and “definitely scared”

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Denard Span

    Denard Span‘s collision at the plate with Royals catcher Brayan Pena didn’t look like much Friday night and he was able to play yesterday, but the Twins’ center fielder is now out of the lineup and will head back to Minnesota to have his dizziness examined. Span chose to slide hard into Pena rather than…

  2. Aroldis Chapman is heading in the wrong direction

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    chapman getty

    Reds’ flamethrower Aroldis Chapman was sent down to AAA because he couldn’t locate the strike zone.  Well, his control improved a tick once he went down to Louisville, but it came at the expense of his stuff, because he got tattooed there: nine hits and seven earned runs in 4.2 innings.  As a result, the Reds…

  3. A’s place Mark Ellis on DL, call up Jemile Weeks from Triple-A

    Jun 7, 2011, 4:42 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics Photo Day

    Mark Ellis is headed to disabled list with a hamstring injury suffered last night, so the A’s have called up Jemile Weeks from Triple-A to take over as the starting second baseman. Weeks will be in the lineup tonight as Oakland’s leadoff hitter, which has primarily been Coco Crisp‘s spot in the batting order. Weeks…

  4. 2011 MLB Draft – Rounds 3-5 wrap: Nationals gamble on Matt Purke

    Jun 7, 2011, 4:15 PM EST

    Matt Purke

    Matt Purke, who was drafted 14th overall by the Rangers coming out of high school in 2009, went to the Nationals with the No. 96 pick as a draft-eligible sophomore today.  It was a big tumble for the left-hander, who was a candidate to go first overall before a rough season. Purke agreed to a $6…

  5. Jim Leyritz wrote a book

    Jun 7, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Jim Leyritz

    I wouldn’t want to read a book written by Jim Leyritz even if hadn’t been involved in an accident that resulted in someone’s death, so you can be more sure of anything in the universe that I won’t be reading a book written by Jim Leyritz that focuses on that tragic accident. Someone disagrees, however, because…

  6. Agent says Aramis Ramirez won’t waive no-trade clause to leave Cubs

    Jun 7, 2011, 3:47 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v San Francisco Giants

    Aramis Ramirez‘s agent, Paul Kinzer, told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that the third baseman likely would not waive his no-trade clause to facilitate leaving the Cubs. Of course, it might be a moot point anyway, as Ramirez is making $14.6 million this season with a $16 million option or $2 million buyout for…

  7. HBT Daily: Draft chatter for non-draft experts

    Jun 7, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Matthew has been posting the stuff you need to read about the draft. This video is for those of us who really can’t get our brains around it.

  8. 2011 MLB Draft – Round 2 wrap: Josh Bell goes to Pirates

    Jun 7, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

    Josh Bell

    The Pirates grabbed the best player available to start round two, taking Texas prep outfielder Josh Bell with the 61st overall selection.  Bell, who would have gone in the middle of round one on talent, told teams not to select him because he was planning on honoring his commitment to the University of Texas. A…

  9. Getting to know David Einhorn — and hatching a half-crazy ownership roulette scenario

    Jun 7, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    File photo of David Einhorn speaking at 6th Annual New York Value Investing Congress in New York City

    Richard Sandomir has a story on the background of the Mets’ new minority and possible future majority owner, David Einhorn.  It’s all worth reading because it gives you a sense of what makes the guy tick, but the lede is interesting to me. Seems Einhorn — who grew up in Milwaukee — was interested in…

  10. Rays’ Double-A pitching coach shot in apparent mugging

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

    bill moloney rays

    A. Stacy Long of the Montgomery Advertiser reports that Bill Moloney, the Double-A pitching coach for the Rays, was shot in the thigh last night in an apparent mugging. According to Long the incident occurred at Moloney’s apartment complex around 11:30 pm, after he’d coached in the Montgomery Biscuits’ game. Here are a few more…

  11. Cubs, Red Sox to make “It Gets Better” videos

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    It gets better

    On the heels of the San Francisco Giants’ well-received “It Gets Better” video, which is part of a national anti-bullying campaign aimed at helping gay youth, two more teams are going to join in the fun as well: the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox’ announcement was inspired by a petition by a…

  12. Rockies move Carlos Gonzalez to center field, leadoff spot

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    Carlos Gonzalez outfield

    Dexter Fowler‘s abdominal injury has the Rockies shaking up their outfield and batting order by moving Carlos Gonzalez from left field to center field and from No. 3 hitter to leadoff man. Gonzalez had played exclusively left field this season, but he started 55 times in center field last year and has 1,300 career innings…

  13. Brad Lidge had a setback

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    lidge getty

    Brad Lidge had been pitching in extended spring training down in Clearwater, but he’s on his way back to Philly now due to a setback: elbow soreness. You’ll recall that the reason he’s on the DL in the first place is a strain of his rotator cuff in his right shoulder, so this is a…

  14. Ryan Zimmerman “unlikely” to come off disabled list this week

    Jun 7, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    zimmerman face

    Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-3 and played seven innings defensively last night at Single-A, but manager Jim Riggleman said the third baseman is “unlikely” to return from the disabled list before the Nationals end their 11-game road trip Sunday. “We don’t want to push it,” Riggleman told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. “I really want…

  15. Or maybe Harper should just embrace villainy

    Jun 7, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Piper Snuka

    Maybe I went too far in my advice to Bryce Harper this morning.  Maybe Ted Berg has a better idea about it all: a full-on heel-turn: … make ‘em teach you, Bryce. Admire your moonshots. Maintain that godawful mustache. And maybe armor up a bit. The baseball world needs bad guys, and due to your unique…

  16. Yankees draft Dante Bichette’s son, Dante Bichette Jr.

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Dante Bichette Jr.

    They didn’t have a first-round pick last night, but the Yankees did have a supplemental first rounder at No. 51 thanks to losing Javier Vazquez as a free agent (seriously) and they used it on high school slugger Dante Bichette Jr. In addition to being the son of four-time All-Star outfielder Dante Bichette he’s also…

  17. It ain’t just Harper: pitchers who throw at guys need to grow up too

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v St. Louis Cardinals

    In that first Bryce Harper post this morning I wrote: Maybe he gets away with that kind of thing in A-ball. But if he doesn’t learn a bit of humility at some point on his journey to greatness, he’s going to get his ribs broken. To be clear, that was a prediction, not a prescription,…

  18. Jason Kendall takes “a huge step” in post-surgery comeback

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Kansas City Royals

    Jason Kendall took what he called “a huge step” in his recovery from shoulder surgery, participating in live batting practice yesterday for the first time since going under the knife in September. Kendall’s throwing program has progressed to 100 feet and Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that he could be cleared for…

  19. Davey Lopes misses Philly; isn’t crazy about the mess in L.A.

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers Photo Day

    Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes liked it in when he coached in Philly but, as was suspected at the time and as he said in an interview upon his return to Philly yesterday, the Phillies just didn’t want to pay him what he thought he was worth.  Despite this, however, he has fond memories…

  20. Andy Pettitte: “I don’t think I will ever pitch again”

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    New York Yankee Andy Pettitte Announces Retirement

    While appearing on Michael Kay’s radio show yesterday Andy Pettitte made it very clear that he has no plans to come out of retirement, saying: “I don’t think I will ever pitch again.” Pettitte added that he’s “not dying to be playing baseball right now” and is “absolutely loving being home.” He left the door…

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