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  1. Initial AL All-Star voting released. Derek Jeter and five other Yankees leading at their positions

    Jun 1, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

    jeter grimace

    As was the case yesterday with the NL All-Star voting, it’s too early to really argue about this stuff, but it’s not like that has stopped us before. And given that Derek Freaking Jeter is leading the All-Star voting at shortstop right now, at least some complaining is warranted.  Really Yankees fans? Really? Aren’t you…

  2. Get used to Bartolo Colon-style stem cell procedures, because they’re going to explode in popularity

    Jun 1, 2011, 3:19 PM EST

    Bartolo Colon

    Dr. Damon Noto, who is one of five doctors in the United Statess who performs stem cell procedures like the one Bartolo Colon got before this season was on WFAN yesterday. When asked if we’re going to see a lot more of this kind of thing he said you can bet your bippy on it: “Absolutely.…

  3. Marlon Byrd likely out 4-6 weeks with facial fractures

    Jun 1, 2011, 3:03 PM EST

    Marlon Byrd after beaning

    We finally have a timetable for Marlon Byrd‘s return from the scary injury he suffered when he was hit by a pitch in Boston on May 21. “They’re looking 4-6 weeks, and I think that timetable is about right,” Byrd said Wednesday. “You can’t rush the fractures. You have to make sure they heal, and that…

  4. David Freese on recovery from broken hand: “I’m way ahead of schedule”

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:46 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    St. Louis’ medical staff hasn’t had the greatest track record this season, but David Freese was cleared to resume swinging yesterday and the third baseman said he’s “way ahead of schedule” in his recovery from a broken left hand. Freese underwent surgery on May 3 and visited a hand specialist yesterday, but Austin Laymance of…

  5. Quote of the Day: a fabulous explanation of the interplay between stats and baseball’s human element

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

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    Over at the Angels blog Halos Heaven, they’re interviewing their own writers so that readers can get to know them.  The man who goes by the name of Suboptimal was asked about his thoughts on the “stats vs. chemistry” debate. Or, as I took his answer to mean, the interplay between statistical analysis of baseball…

  6. First-third awards: 2011 NL Cy Young

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Roy Halladay

    Following up yesterday’s look at the AL Cy Young race one-third of the way through the season, here’s the rundown on the NL. First, the top 10 starters by ERA: 1. Jair Jurrjens (Braves): 7-1, 1.51 ERA, 38/11 K/BB in 65.2 IP 2. Josh Johnson (Marlins): 3-1, 1.64 ERA, 56/20 K/BB in 60.1 IP 3.…

  7. Spring training home run leader Jake Fox designated for assignment by Orioles

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:49 PM EST

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    Jake Fox made some headlines during spring training for hitting .333 with an MLB-leading seven homers, which got people who didn’t know any better way too excited about a 27-year-old journeyman without a defensive home. Orioles manager Buck Showalter stressed that Fox would have to improve defensively to get much playing time and sure enough…

  8. HBT Daily: What we talk about when we talk about someone being overrated

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Tiffany and I — and my new glasses, which are kind of weird, I’ll admit — discuss Sports Illustrated’s “most overrated” list

  9. Magglio Ordonez to begin rehab assignment Friday

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Magglio basepaths

    Magglio Ordonez has been cleared for game action after taking two weeks off to rest his surgically repaired ankle, so he’ll begin a rehab assignment Friday at Triple-A. According to Jason Beck of MLB.com the Tigers haven’t said how long they expect Ordonez to spend in the minors, so presumably his bat will determine the…

  10. “Moneyball” starring MLB.com’s Dick Kaegel

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    Moneyball

    I don’t have strong feelings one way or the other when it comes to either (a) MLB.com’s Royals beat writer Dick Kaegel; or (b) press box etiquette. But I do really like this story for some reason: Moneyball comes out 09/23. When filming in press box at OAK last year one KC reporter refused to move…

  11. Ron Gardenhire reiterates Joe Mauer isn’t changing positions

    Jun 1, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

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    There’s still no timetable for Joe Mauer‘s return from the leg problems traced back to offseason knee surgery, but manager Ron Gardenhire reiterated yesterday that whenever Mauer does come off the disabled list it will be as the Twins’ catcher. Ever since Mauer suffered a season-ending knee injury as a rookie in 2004 a certain…

  12. Folks are doubting Bartolo Colon

    Jun 1, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    Bob Klapisch writes about Bartolo Colon and the stem cell procedure he received.  He doesn’t go as far as John Harper did with Jose Bautista in terms of veiled accusations of PED use, but if you could find any evidence in his story that he believes Colon and his doctor when they say that Colon…

  13. Matt Garza not ready to come off DL when eligible Friday

    Jun 1, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Matt Garza is eligible to return from the disabled list Friday and the Cubs were initially hoping his elbow injury would be healed enough for him to face the Cardinals this weekend, but Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago says those plans have been scratched. Garza threw from flat ground Monday and said afterward that “everything…

  14. The Mets’ attendance isn’t so rosy either

    Jun 1, 2011, 12:06 PM EST

    Empty Citi Field

    We noted the Dodgers’ attendance problems a little while ago, but let’s not let the Mets off the hook either.  Nate Silver has a story about that in the New York Times with graphs and everything.  The key takeaway: you can’t simply blame the poor performance, because even if you control for that and other…

  15. So you wanna be an MLB beat reporter, huh?

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Astros Cubs Baseball

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune tweeting about his duties as the Cubs beat writer, which this morning included asking Carlos Zambrano how he felt after breaking a bat over his leg last night: Oh jeez. Big Z just pulled his pants down to show me his legs. No bruises. “I got soccer legs.” Watching…

  16. The World Baseball Classic gets bigger

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Globe

    HBT is not exactly your go-to source for World Baseball Classic information.  I just did a search of the archives, and apart from random mentions of international players who may have once played in the WBC, the last two posts we had about the thing was (a) Joe Torre saying that managing in the WBC…

  17. Padres place Cameron Maybin on DL, but MRI exam shows no structural damage

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Cameron Maybin

    Cameron Maybin‘s reign as the Padres’ center fielder is on hold after 50 games because of a knee injury that sent him to the disabled list. Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that an MRI exam revealed no structural damage, but Maybin had been playing through the injury for two weeks before sitting out the past…

  18. Stat of the day: Major League Baseball’s attendance problem is really the Dodgers’ attendance problem

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Empty Dodger Stadium

    A pretty stunning stat from Steve Dilbeck at the L.A. Times: Through Monday attendance in Major League Baseball is down 237,983 through the same number of games in 2010.  207,612 of that decline — a whopping 87% — is accounted for by the Los Angeles Dodgers alone. Wow. I said it in the last McCourt…

  19. Ozzie Guillen and Bobby Jenks make nice

    Jun 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Ozzie Guillen and Bobby Jenks had a nasty breakup, with mud being slung from both sides after Jenks signed with the Red Sox as a free agent and Guillen hinting at having some further bombs to lob should things escalate. Eventually the situation died down and yesterday, with the White Sox in Boston for a…

  20. Changing course: Matt Holliday may very well go on the disabled list

    Jun 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    holliday batting

    Matt Holliday sat out for most of six games, getting some pinch-hit duty only, with a bad quad. The Cardinals said he didn’t need a trip to the DL, and they started him on Sunday. Then was scratched again last night. Now he’s heading for an MRI and, probably, a trip to the disabled list,…

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