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  1. Anthony Castrovince rewrites Jose Bautista’s history

    Jun 3, 2011, 6:06 PM EST

    Jose Bautista Pirates

    It’s a nice tale that MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince spins about Jose Bautista, and a lot of it is even true.  However, Castrovince is way guilty of overstating his case in this piece and Bautista’s story is good enough that it doesn’t need the exaggeration. Castrovince’s piece suggests in multiple spots that the Pirates never gave…

  2. Hey, Nick Johnson is alive

    Jun 3, 2011, 5:35 PM EST

    Nick Johnson

    Nick Johnson, who was rumored to have once played major league baseball, is going to get the start for the Double-A Akron Aeros tonight. I’m informed that it’s actually in a baseball-playing capacity as well.  Interesting. Now, everyone who remembered that Johnson signed with the Indians in the offseason, please raise your hands.  Not you…

  3. Dodgers starter Jon Garland bound for DL with arm injury

    Jun 3, 2011, 5:13 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jon Garland went more than a decade without needing a stint on the disabled list, but now Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that he’s headed to the DL for the second time this season because of a shoulder injury. According to Jackson shutting down Garland will make room on the roster for Vicente…

  4. This is getting fun: Logan Morrison fires back at Brian Sabean, Buster Posey

    Jun 3, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Logan Morrison

    Marlins’ outfielder Logan Morrison was on Sirius/XM with Casey Stern and Jim Bowden this afternoon, talking about the Buster Posey/Scott Cousins collision and Brian Sabean’s comments from yesterday.  Not surprisingly, Morrison pulled no punches, especially with respect to Sabean: “First of all, it’s wildly unprofessional for him to make any comment on the situation.  When…

  5. Rangers activate Julio Borbon from disabled list … and send him to Triple-A

    Jun 3, 2011, 4:11 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    Julio Borbon‘s lack of production at the plate and inconsistent defense in center field had him falling out of favor in Texas even before injuring his hamstring in mid-May, but now the fall is complete and he’s landed back in the minors. This afternoon the Rangers activated Borbon from the disabled list and optioned him…

  6. Anonymous GM: players can’t handle a 162 game season

    Jun 3, 2011, 3:06 PM EST

    coffee pot

    Jayson Stark spoke with a major league general manager — we don’t know which one — who had a couple of interesting things to say about the length of the season and player stamina and all of that.  The upshot: the GM thinks the season is too long, players can’t handle it, and it needs…

  7. Nationals hitting coach breaks GM-imposed silence

    Jun 3, 2011, 2:51 PM EST

    rick-eckstein-nationals

    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo gave hitting coach Rick Eckstein orders to avoid talking to reporters for the past several weeks, apparently fearing that Eckstein would be too hard on himself about the team’s offensive struggles. Eckstein finally chatted with the media yesterday and sure enough he was very tough on himself: I’m going to…

  8. HBT Daily: What to make of the Dbacks and Mariners

    Jun 3, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    What east coast bias? Tiffany and I discuss a couple of surprise teams out west.

  9. First-third awards: 2011 AL MVP

    Jun 3, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Jose Bautista

    Closing out the selections with the one no-brainer in the bunch.  Still., there’s a good race for second place. First, the OPS leaders: 1.276 – Jose Bautista (OF TOR): .360/.502/.773, 20 HR, 40 RBI, 5 SB in 172 AB 1.064 – Matt Joyce (OF TB): .364/.423/.642, 10 HR, 31 RBI, 4 SB in 173 AB…

  10. Joe Torre is going to have a talk with Brian Sabean

    Jun 3, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! hears from a source that MLB’s discipline czar Joe Torre is going to call Brian Sabean to talk about his comments regarding Scott Cousins. I would presume that there will be something of a “hey Brian, MLB frowns on senior management issuing or perpetuating defacto bounties on marginal rookies” flavor to…

  11. Cameron Diaz “hurt and betrayed” after breaking up with Alex Rodriguez

    Jun 3, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    A-Rod Cameron Diaz

    Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz have broken up, reports the New York Daily News. And to think, they seemed so happy together as she hand-fed him popcorn in a luxury box at the Super Bowl on national television. According to “a source” quoted in the article Diaz is “hurt and betrayed, because she tried so…

  12. Brandon Inge has mono

    Jun 3, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    brandon-inge-tigers-throw

    The Tigers just announced that they have placed Brandon Inge on the 15-day DL with mononucleosis. They’ve recalled Omir Santos from Toledo to take his place on the roster. This marks the third time I can recall a player having mono in the HBT era.*  Bronson Arroyo had it in spring training. Jed Lowrie a…

  13. How much value did the Red Sox get for their $103 million investment in Daisuke Matsuzaka?

    Jun 3, 2011, 12:42 PM EST

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    No official announcement has been made yet quite yet, but various reports confirm that Daisuke Matsuzaka will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery next week. That means he’s finished for this season and will likely miss most or perhaps even all of 2012, which is the final year of his six-year contract with the Red Sox…

  14. The second fire at Dodger Stadium explained

    Jun 3, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Remember last week that there was a fire at Dodger Stadium? And that, the next day, the same part of Dodger Stadium caught on fire again?  Well, the fire department explained it today. It seems that the flammable material that was supposed to be removed from the room was not removed. Also, quoting an LAFD spokeman, “Someone…

  15. Tommy Hunter to resume rehab assignment Saturday

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

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    Brandon Webb‘s latest setback means he won’t be joining the Rangers’ rotation any time soon, but Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that Tommy Hunter is set to resume his minor-league rehab assignment Saturday. Hunter’s last rehab outing was on May 9, when he aggravated a groin injury originally suffered in spring training and was…

  16. Darwin Barney is not the Cubs’ savior

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Shorter version of Gordon Wittenmyer’s article on Cubs’ second baseman Darwin Barney today: “Look! A weighted random number generator just produced a new batch of numbers! Let’s use them to build narratives!*” But as the Cubs open their toughest stretch of the season tonight in St. Louis, with temptation growing daily to wrap Albert Pujols…

  17. Brian Roberts “is still several weeks away from returning”

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Brian Roberts, Buck Showalter

    Brian Roberts has been out since May 16 with a concussion and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun writes that the Orioles second baseman “is still several weeks away from returning.” Initially when the Orioles placed Roberts on the new seven-day disabled list on May 19 they were hopeful he could return in a week…

  18. Must-Click Link: Larry Granillo on Brian Sabean’s idiotic comments about Scott Cousins

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    Brian Sabean phone

    Anyone can sit back and say how much of a classless, low-rent jerk Brian Sabean was in his comments about Scott Cousins last night.  I mean, when a high level executive of a major league baseball team fans the flames of a situation in which the player in question is already getting death threats —…

  19. Hideki Okajima would rather be traded than rejoin Red Sox

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Hideki Okajima

    Rich Hill‘s injury leaves the Red Sox short of a left-handed reliever and opens the door for Hideki Okajima to potentially be called back up from Triple-A, but Okajima told Michael Vega of the Boston Globe that he “would rather not be called up in this situation.” Demoted to Triple-A for the second time this…

  20. Quote of the Day: Rays’ owner Stuart Sternberg on the drivers of Tampa Bay

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Frankland Bridge

    Rays’ owner Stuart Sternberg was part of a panel discussion about sports in Tampa last night, and he was asked what he has learned about Tampa Bay since he bought the Rays. His answer made me laugh: “Water is a big divide …  You know, we’ve learned really lots about what — I would say…

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