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  1. Marginal celebrities are not concerned about the Red Sox

    Apr 13, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Duff McKagan

    I think everyone who works in baseball is tired of talking about whether the Red Sox will turn it around.  So it’s nice that some people from the larger world of entertainment are picking up the slack. First comes a guy who I wouldn’t have guessed would have an ESPN column someday, former Guns ‘N…

  2. Cliff Pennington sits out game with infected sweat gland

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Cliff Pennington missed yesterday’s game against the White Sox “with an infected sweat gland under his left arm,” according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Slusser notes that the infected sweat gland “makes swinging difficult” for Pennington, which explains why he unsuccessfully attempted to bunt for a hit in the 10th inning after…

  3. HBT Daily: Taking reader questions

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    And not just about baseball. For example: if you could save five famous people from the apocalypse, who would you save? I have my answer!

  4. Rangers to sign Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin for $15 million

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    leonys martin cuba

    Last week the Rangers were said to be close to signing Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin and now Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the deal could be finalized as soon as today. According to Grant the 23-year-old center fielder “is expected to receive a signing bonus in the neighborhood of $15 million”…

  5. Why didn’t Josh Hamilton just stay at third?

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton injury

    There’s a lot of chatter today about the play that resulted in Josh Hamilton breaking his arm yesterday.  A lot of it — most notably from Buster Olney — involves questioning his head-first slide.  I’m not too impressed with that line of thinking. Lots of guys — most guys, in fact — slide head first.…

  6. Umpire Bob Davidson had yet another “incident” last night

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    I wrote yesterday about how mainstream media members are thankfully beginning to take notice of how aggressively awful and confrontational umpire Bob Davidson has been for years and amazingly he had another “incident” last night. Of course, given how many “incidents” Davidson has every season the timing of the whole thing probably isn’t that remarkable.…

  7. There’s another ugly trial going on involving a former slugger

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Brian Giles

    If you think the Barry Bonds trial is weird and salacious, get a load of the Brian Giles trial.  He and his former girlfriend have a nasty civil suit going on in which their messy love life and dueling claims of domestic violence are front and center. And it involves Chuck Knoblauch of all people:…

  8. Kendrys Morales now aiming for early May return

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kendry Morales

    There’s still no official timetable for his return from last year’s broken ankle, but Kendrys Morales took a big step in his recovery yesterday by running on the field wearing cleats for the first time since early spring training. Mike Scioscia was quick to point out that Morales was running at less than 100 percent,…

  9. Brandon Belt is moving to right field. For now.

    Apr 13, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    belt pose

    While the Giants gave Aubrey Huff a vote of confidence following his adventures in right field following Opening Weekend, they’ve apparently seen enough. Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Brandon Belt has been shagging flies in right field and that Bruce Bochy is going to move him out there — and Huff…

  10. Ballplayers training with mixed martial arts

    Apr 13, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Jon Jones, Mauricio Rua

    It’s all fun and games until someone takes their training out to the mound with them for a post-beanball donnybrook! Mixed martial arts may be illegal as a competitive sport in some states, but several baseball players are incorporating its fighting methods into their training routines. Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox, Brad Penny of the Detroit…

  11. Potential Mets investors include a hedge fund manager

    Apr 13, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    mets logo hat

    I guess if you’re in he hedge fund business you’re going to have a lot of friends who are hedge fund managers. That seems to be the case with the Mets’ owners anyway, as it is being reported in the New York Times that hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen — you always get a…

  12. The Bonds jury deliberates into its fourth day today

    Apr 13, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    The Barry Bonds jury has now deliberated for two whole days and part of a third with no verdict and they’ll be back at it today for day 4. I’ve been asked by a lot of people if the jury taking this long is a good omen for Bonds or a bad one. Frankly, your…

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

    Apr 13, 2011, 5:58 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Nationals 7, Phillies 4: Heavy matchup. Both literally — Livan Hernandez vs. Joe Blanton — and figuratively as Jayson Werth faced the Phillies for the first time since he signed with the Nats. A signing that the Phillies fans who made the now-customary trek to Washington and decided to boo Werth throughout the game apparently…

  14. Mike Scioscia benches slumping Vernon Wells

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:09 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels manager Mike Scioscia has benched the struggling Vernon Wells for tonight’s game against the Indians, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. Wells, who was acquired from the Blue Jays for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera in January, is batting just .091 (4-for-44) over his first 10 games this season and currently…

  15. UPDATE: Rafael Furcal won’t need surgery for thumb; out 4-6 weeks

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Giants third baseman Sandoval is unable to tag out Dodgers baserunner Furcal during their MLB National League baseball game in San Francisco

    UPDATE: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said earlier tonight that Rafael Furcal‘s broken thumb won’t require surgery, but that he’ll still be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. 8:48 AM: The Dodgers shut the Giants down yesterday, but now it looks like their shortstop is going to be shut down too: Rafael Furcal broke his left thumb sliding…

  16. Adam Moore likely done for the season after knee surgery

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

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    According to Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune, Mariners catcher Adam Moore will be sidelined for 4-6 months after undergoing “major” surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee. Moore suffered the injury in the eighth inning of last Wednesday’s game against the Rangers while trying to chase after a ball in the…

  17. Pedro Feliciano to undergo another MRI on his left shoulder

    Apr 12, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

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    The Yankees signed left-hander Pedro Feliciano to a two-year, $8 million contract with a club option for 2013 over the winter, but their new investment was forced to begin the season on the disabled list with a strained left rotator cuff. And it doesn’t sound like we’ll be seeing him anytime soon. According to Andrew…

  18. Jason Bay unlikely to return for at least another two weeks

    Apr 12, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Jason Bay sliding

    Bad news for the middle of the Mets’ projected lineup. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said this afternoon that Jason Bay is unlikely to return from the disabled list until at least April 26 against the Nationals. “I think it’s unrealistic to expect him before then,” Alderson…

  19. Josh Hamilton out 6-8 weeks with fractured humerus

    Apr 12, 2011, 6:24 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton injury

    Update: Hamilton is out six-to-eight weeks with a non-displaced fracture of the humerus bone, FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports. /// While preliminary tests Tuesday showed no dislocation of Josh Hamilton‘s right shoulder, the Rangers were concerned enough to send the 2010 AL MVP for an MRI. According to ESPNDallas.com’s Richard Durrett, Hamilton will be placed…

  20. Power Rankings: with great power comes great responsibility

    Apr 12, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Matt LaPorta, Austin Kearns

    See, this is what I’m talking about when I say that Power Rankings are tricky things this early in the season.  I go and do something like put the Indians in the top 10 and all of a sudden we have bedlam: LOS ANGELES OF ANAHEIM, CA—Since the Indians are a consensus  Top 10 Most Powerful…

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