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  1. Joe Mauer catches three innings in extended spring training

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:10 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    Joe Mauer caught three innings in an extended spring training game this afternoon, getting back behind the plate for the first time since being shut down in mid-April due to leg problems stemming from his offseason knee surgery. Mauer went 0-for-5 at the plate, but afterward told David Dorsey of the Fort Myers News-Press that…

  2. The Pirates choke away a 7-0 lead, lose to the Mets 9-8

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v New York Mets

    There has been some ugly baseball played in this Pirates-Mets series, and today may have been the ugliest. The Pirates had a 7-0 lead after three innings. The Mets’ comeback began conventionally enough with a three-run homer by Carlos Beltran. Then things got smaller and slightly unconventional in the sixth, with New York scoring runs…

  3. The “A-Rod’s cousin-gate” scandal is over

    Jun 2, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

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    This morning the Daily News reported that Major League Baseball was looking into the fact that Alex Rodriguez‘s PED-connected cousin, Yuri Sucart, was travelling with A-Rod and staying at the team hotel.  Everything is fine with that, however, says MLB’s Executive Vice-President Rob Manfred, who spoke with ESPN’s Amy K. Nelson: “Our position is, we…

  4. Picture of the Day: Braves reliever Peter Moylan and his fiancee model black dresses

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:59 PM EST

    Peter Moylan has plenty of time on his hands following back surgery last month, so the Braves reliever tweeted a picture of his fiancee in the dress she’s wearing to the ESPY awards … and then tweeted a picture of himself wearing a similar dress. The double tattoo sleeves sticking out of a sleeveless dress…

  5. Rich Hill will need season-ending surgery

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

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    Yesterday we saw Rich Hill leave the White Sox-Red Sox game after grabbing his left arm. Today the worst fears have been confirmed: Pete Abraham reports that Hill will need season-ending surgery.  The exact diagnosis is unknown, but the MRI he received yesterday confirmed that the injury was serious. Probably a ligament/Tommy John thing. Hill was…

  6. Royals stud prospect John Lamb needs Tommy John surgery

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Heading into this season Baseball America ranked Kansas City left-hander John Lamb as the 18th-best prospect in MLB, but the Royals just announced that the 20-year-old former fifth-round pick will miss the remainder of season following Tommy John elbow surgery. Lamb was one of nine Royals prospects to crack Baseball America‘s top 100 list after…

  7. Ken Rosenthal: “the Mets damn sure should keep Jose Reyes and David Wright”

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    MLB:  AUG 09 Braves v Mets

    Should the Mets let Jose Reyes walk? Should they trade him at the deadline? Or should they just go in the other direction and keep Reyes and try to unload David Wright? Such a hard set of decisions! Or maybe not, because after reading Ken Rosenthal’s latest, I’m having a hard time disagreeing with him:…

  8. Darin Erstad is the new head baseball coach at Nebraska

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

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    Darin Erstad, who played baseball and football at the University of Nebraska before the Angels made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 1995 draft, will soon be named the Cornhuskers’ new head baseball coach, according to Aaron Fitt of Baseball America. Erstad is just 36 years old and only two years removed from…

  9. First-third awards: 2011 NL MVP

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder

    Now we’re on to the MVP awards. I’ll start with the more controversial of the two. Here are the league’s OPS leaders to date: 1.044 – Lance Berkman (OF STL): .329/.449/.595, 11 HR, 36 RBI, 0 SB in 158 AB 1.001 – Joey Votto (1B CIN): .338/.468/.532, 7 HR, 32 RBI, 4 SB in 201…

  10. Everything you ever wanted to know about the weather at Petco Park but were afraid to ask

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:35 PM EST

    Petco Park

    I’m not a weather geek, buy my old man worked for the National Weather Service for 40 years, so I can speak their language.  And I’ve only been to San Diego a couple of times, but my brother lives there, so I can speak that language a little bit too.  So, of course, when there…

  11. Phil Hughes throws simulated inning, nears rehab assignment

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

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    Pitching coach Larry Rothschild was the only batter and he never actually took a swing, but technically Phil Hughes threw about 50 pitches in a simulated outing yesterday. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Hughes will face real hitters taking actual swings when he throws batting practice Saturday, at which point the…

  12. HBT Daily: Answering some Twitter questions

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    And now those questions that did make the cut, including one led me to answer with a bleeped profanity for the first time ever!

  13. Major League Baseball to end its investigation into Dodgers finances one week after next payroll comes due

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Why is it that I have this feeling that MLB would have ended its investigation into Dodgers finances this week had Frank McCourt not managed to make payroll on May 31st? Anyway, here’s Shaikin: The commissioner’s office hopes to conclude its investigation into the Dodgers’ finances by June 22, a person familiar with the matter said…

  14. Must-click link: Rocco Baldelli, scout

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

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    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com has an excellent article about Rocco Baldelli, who’s quickly becoming one of the Rays’ top scouts after health problems ended his playing career at age 28: Crasnick: Rocco Baldelli’s new role Tampa Bay remarkably has 12 of the first 89 picks in the draft, so Baldelli’s reports on high school and…

  15. Will the Mariners cap Michael Pineda’s innings?

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:06 PM EST

    Michael Pineda

    Buster Olney raises that question this morning, noting that Mariners’ rookie Michael Pineda has thrown 70 innings so far this year and that, before this year, his high was 139.1.  The question he asks is whether the Mariners might cap his innings at some transitional step up — like, say, 170 innings — so as…

  16. Jose Reyes returns to Mets after three-day bereavement leave

    Jun 2, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    Jose Reyes is back with the Mets after spending three days on bereavement leave following his grandmother’s death. He’ll be in the lineup for this afternoon’s game against the Pirates, with the Mets placing Taylor Buchholz on the disabled list to make room on the roster. Even after missing three games Reyes leads the league…

  17. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Jun 2, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    The Question

    The video version is coming later — you’ll want to watch it because I drop some Mormon theology on you, brotha — but for now, here are the ones that didn’t make the video cut: Q: Bruins or Canucks? Charlestown Chiefs. I’m pretty big into the Federal League. Q: On the hipster scale, how much more…

  18. MLB bans Jim Joyce from umpiring games involving Armando Galarraga’s team

    Jun 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Joyce Galarraga shaking hands

    It’s a moot point for now after the Diamondbacks demoted Armando Galarraga to Triple-A, but Amy K. Nelson of ESPN.com reports that MLB has banned Jim Joyce from umpiring “any series in which Galarraga’s team plays.” Joyce’s botched call ruining Galarraga’s perfect game last season forever linked them in history and they’ve since become business…

  19. Let’s watch Terry Collins’ post-game rant

    Jun 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Earlier we talked about it. Now let’s watch it!

  20. Phillies to get Shane Victorino back from disabled list Friday

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Shane Victorino

    Out since mid-May with a hamstring injury, Shane Victorino is expected to return from the disabled list in time for tomorrow’s game, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Victorino went just 2-for-13 (.154) in four minor-league rehab games at Single-A and Double-A, getting thrown out on his only stolen base attempt, but homered…

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