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  1. So it seems that Derek Jeter was not rejuvenated by his 3000th hit

    Jul 20, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    On the day Derek Jeter hit his 3000th — and went 5 for 5 overall — there were people who rushed to play the “See! Jeter isn’t done yet!” card.  Others, myself included, were skeptical, figuring that anyone with Jeter’s latent skills was capable of having a great day, but it’s not like one great…

  2. “I do think Lenny was deceptively smart in a lot of ways”

    Jul 20, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Lenny Dykstra

    We’ve covered the tabloidy aspects of Lenny Dykstra’s plummet from grace pretty thoroughly. Now, then, it seems like a good time to link to a story that covers that fall in a more thorough fashion.  It’s by Harvey Araton in The New York Times and it’s pretty good. The quote from the headline comes from…

  3. U2 continues to wreck ballparks across the country

    Jul 20, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    U2 stage

    We’ve talked about how the current U2 tour — which was supposed to happen last summer, but got bumped to this summer because Bono had to go heal the sick someplace or something — has been disrupting the baseball schedule. See, their stage setup is gigantic and it takes several days on either side of…

  4. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 20, 2011, 5:53 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Pirates 1, Reds 0: Pittsburgh keeps rolling, as four pitchers combine to shut out the Redlegs for the second night in a row. This is all pretty trippy, but I’m curious to see what happens to the Buccos when they start a ten-game stretch against St. Louis, Atlanta and Philly beginning this Friday. Rangers 7,…

  5. Giants place Miguel Tejada on disabled list with abdominal strain

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:49 PM EDT

    Miguel Tejada

    According to Amy Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com, the Giants have placed Miguel Tejada on the 15-day disabled list with a lower abdominal strain. This is the corresponding move to make room for Brandon Belt, who was promoted from Triple-A Fresno earlier today and is starting at first base tonight against the Dodgers. Tejada left last night’s…

  6. Jason Heyward expects to return Wednesday

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:02 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Jason Heyward is being held out of the Braves’ lineup for the second straight night as a result of being hit on the top of his left foot by a pitch during Sunday’s game against the Nationals. Heyward dealt with some swelling and pain on Monday which made it difficult to run, but arrived at…

  7. Ryan Braun is back in the Brewers’ lineup tonight, sort of

    Jul 19, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

    braun wide getty

    Ryan Braun is back in the starting lineup tonight against the Diamondbacks. He was held out of the lineup the previous two days after leaving Saturday’s game with recurring tightness in his left calf. While this is a positive development for a lineup that was blanked by Josh Collmenter last night, Tom Haudricourt of the…

  8. The initial word on Grady Sizemore’s knee is encouraging

    Jul 19, 2011, 8:33 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore AP

    Grady Sizemore anticipated the worst after re-injuring his right knee during Sunday’s game, but at the moment, it appears another microfracture surgery is not in his future. Sizemore underwent an MRI on Monday and according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the initial report from the Indians is that the bone bruise is…

  9. Roy Oswalt throws bullpen session, could make rehab start next week

    Jul 19, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Roy Oswalt threw approximately 50 pitches in a bullpen session before tonight’s game against the Cubs and told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he’s optimistic his back issue is finally behind him. “I actually felt great,” Oswalt said. “Probably felt as good as I did in spring training.” Oswalt hasn’t pitched since leaving a…

  10. Phillies scouting more Mets than just Carlos Beltran

    Jul 19, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Scott Hairston

    According to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, the Phillies are scouting the Mets on Tuesday and they have eyes for more than just Carlos Beltran; they’re also evaluating Scott Hairston as a potential bench bat and Tim Byrdak as a possibly lefty out of the pen. FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday listed the Phillies and…

  11. Joe Maddon wants The Trop blown up

    Jul 19, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

    Tropicana Field

    After Sunday’s five-minute delay caused by a shattered light and Monday’s 18-minute holdup due to a power outage, Rays manager Joe Maddon joined the chorus Tuesday in calling for Tropicana Field to be replaced. “I don’t think anybody is going to argue against the fact that we do need a new ballpark,” he told the…

  12. Astros call up 5-foot-7 second baseman Jose Altuve

    Jul 19, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Jose Altuve

    The Astros likely got a little worse Tuesday with Jeff Keppinger’s departure, but they also got a little more interesting. Jose Altuve is listed at 5-foot-7, but according to just about everyone who has seen him in person, he’s likely much closer to 5-foot-5.  And now he’s the game’s most compact major leaguer after being…

  13. Giants acquire Jeff Keppinger from Astros, call up Brandon Belt

    Jul 19, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Jeff Keppinger

    The Giants made a couple of key changes on Tuesday, acquiring infielder Jeff Keppinger from the Astros for RHP Henry Sosa and RHP Jason Stoffel and calling up Brandon Belt from Triple-A Fresno. Keppinger has been on the trade block ever since he returned from foot surgery at the end of May.  Since replacing Bill…

  14. Angels demote Hank Conger to Triple-A

    Jul 19, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    Hank Conger

    Needing to clear a roster spot with fifth starter Tyler Chatwood returning from the minors, the Angels sent down rookie catcher Hank Conger prior to Tuesday’s game. Conger was the better half of the Angels’ catching duo, hitting .214/.297/.357 in 154 at-bats.  Jeff Mathis, who gets to stick around, has hit .194/.243/.281 in 160 at-bats.…

  15. Ryan Theriot suspended for two games

    Jul 19, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    Major League Baseball has announced that Cardinals infielder Ryan Theriot has been suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount for coming into contact with umpire Mike Muchlinski during the bottom of the sixth inning of Sunday’s game against the Reds. Theriot was disputing a “pulled-off-the-bag” call.  The runner eventually came around to score thanks…

  16. Now the Red Sox are asking about Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jul 19, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    1985 Corvette

    For those of you who don’t watch the HBT Daily videos, I made an analogy in this morning’s edition that I think explains the Ubaldo Jimenez trade rumors pretty well. My dad had a 1985 Corvette once upon a time.  He really dug that car. Low mileage. No problems with it.  Once in a while,…

  17. Dodgers release outfielder Marcus Thames

    Jul 19, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    As expected, the Dodgers have officially released Marcus Thames after designating him for assignment last week to make room on the roster for Juan Rivera. Thames was already a very limited player even when healthy and a strained calf kept him from being able to consistently play left field for the Dodgers, which along with…

  18. A dearth of black ballplayers, a dearth of black fans

    Jul 19, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    I missed this story from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram over the weekend, but a bunch of blogs are picking it up today. It’s about the relative dearth of black ballplayers compared to years past, what is driving it and the effect it has on the fewer black ballplayers who are in the game today. We’ve…

  19. Rays promote stud pitching prospect Matt Moore to Triple-A

    Jul 19, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Tampa Bay has promoted Matt Moore to Triple-A, putting the stud prospect one step from the majors at age 22. Moore, who ranked 15th on Baseball America‘s preseason list of the MLB’s top prospects and moved up to the No. 3 spot on their midseason revision, had a 2.20 ERA and 131/28 K/BB ratio in…

  20. Ike Davis tells summer campers he’s probably done for the season

    Jul 19, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Last official word we heard about Mets first baseman Ike Davis, he was getting a cortisone shot, getting an MRI and waiting for some improvement on his ankle.  If it didn’t improve:  season-ending surgery. Well, this is far from official word, but apparently Davis is pessimistic: he told a bunch of summer campers that his…

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