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  1. Josh Hamilton steps up rehab, takes batting practice

    May 13, 2011, 6:16 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles

    Participating in batting practice for the first time since suffering a broken humerus, Josh Hamilton took 40-50 swings without incident Friday, the Dallas Morning News reports. Hamilton said he “let it go pretty good” during the sesson in Arlington.  He’s expected to take batting practice again tomorrow. The plan is for Hamilton to have another…

  2. Ryan Dempster and digging out of a hole

    May 13, 2011, 6:08 PM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    Ryan Dempster has to be feeling pretty good about himself at this point.  He struck out 11 Friday in beating the Giants.  It was his third straight quality start, as he allowed a total of two runs in six innings. And lowered his ERA to 6.71. That’s how bad Dempster’s April was.  He gave up…

  3. HBT Daily: A weekend of great matchups

    May 13, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Tiffany and I talk about all of the great matchups with first place implications. And that battle of also-rans, the Red Sox and Yankees.

  4. David Aardsma puts off Tommy John surgery for rehab

    May 13, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

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    Brandon League‘s three straight losses may have the Mariners thinking about making a change at closer, but they won’t be turning back to David Aardsma in the ninth inning any time soon. Diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral elbow ligament earlier this week, Aardsma will be shut down for a month in an attempt to…

  5. Admit it: you’d hug Big Papi

    May 13, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    I’m not gonna lie.  I’d hug Big Papi if he walked up to me on the street. I’m not made of stone, man.

  6. Reds activate third baseman Scott Rolen from disabled list

    May 13, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Out since April 20 with a shoulder injury, Scott Rolen has been activated from the disabled list and will be in the Reds’ lineup for tonight’s game against the Cardinals after skipping a minor-league rehab assignment. Rolen was off to a slow start before landing on the DL, hitting just .217 with two homers and…

  7. Roger McDowell returns to the Braves

    May 13, 2011, 4:18 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves Photo Day

    Just in time for Baseball’s Civil Rights Weekend celebrations in Atlanta, Roger McDowell, the Braves’ gay-slurring pitching coach, returns from his suspension today: An emotional Roger McDowell has returned from his two-week suspension and is vowing he won’t repeat the inappropriate comments and crude gestures he made to fans that led to his punishment by…

  8. Magglio Ordonez takes his .172 batting average to the DL

    May 13, 2011, 3:47 PM EST

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    Magglio Ordonez has struggled mightily coming back from the fractured ankle that ended his 2010 season in July, hitting just .172 with one homer in 26 games, and today the Tigers placed him on the disabled list. Obviously his production at the plate has been non-existent, but the fact that Ordonez has to take his…

  9. The last replacement player is released

    May 13, 2011, 3:34 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Minnesota Twins

    The Diamondbacks have released reliever Ron Mahay after ten pretty awful outings in the minors.  Not a notable move in and of itself. But, on the assumption that Mahay does not catch on anywhere else, this will mark the end of the career of the last replacement player from the 1994-95 strike. At least I…

  10. Mop-up man no more: Twins move Joe Nathan into setup role

    May 13, 2011, 2:49 PM EST

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    Joe Nathan was stripped of closing duties and demoted to mop-up man following back-to-back blown saves in mid-April, but with the rest of the Twins’ bullpen struggling and Nathan putting together a string of decent outings Ron Gardenhire has decided to move him into a higher-leverage role. Gardenhire told Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com that Nathan…

  11. Orioles fan Professional ball hawk catches three foul balls in one game

    May 13, 2011, 2:23 PM EST

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    UPDATE: I’m alerted to the fact that, no, this guy is not an Orioles’ fan. It’s professional ball snagger Zack Hemple. Which is still kind of pathetic, but for different reasons than I assumed earlier. OK, pathetic is kind of a strong word, as he does do some charity stuff as a part of his…

  12. Aaron Cook to make three rehab starts before coming off DL

    May 13, 2011, 1:46 PM EST

    Aaron Cook

    Aaron Cook hasn’t started a big-league game since September 9 of last season, the Rockies right-hander is ready to take the next step in his recovery from shoulder and finger injuries. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Cook will make the first of at least three minor-league rehab starts tomorrow at Double-A and…

  13. A day at the nail salon with Russell Martin

    May 13, 2011, 1:28 PM EST

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    ESPN’s Amy K. Nelson has a profile of Russell Martin.  The stuff about him regaining his health and confidence and baseball prowess in New York is the point of the story, but you’ll be forgiven if your attention is drawn to some stuff in the middle portion: “It’s not a good feeling when you’re putting…

  14. Andrew McCutchen apologizes for lack of hustle that led to benching

    May 13, 2011, 12:51 PM EST

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    Rain canceled last night’s Pirates-Dodgers game, so Andrew McCutchen‘s one-game benching for not hustling ends up being a zero-game suspension, as he’ll be back in Pittsburgh’s lineup tonight. However, the Pirates center fielder still took the time to apologize publicly for his not running to first base on a third strike that got away from…

  15. Justice: The Astros’ new owners are probably going to clean house

    May 13, 2011, 12:34 PM EST

    Astros logo

    Ed Wade, call your real estate agent. That’s the message Richard Justice delivers in his post today about how the Astros organization is likely to change once Jim Crane and his just announced right-hand man George Postolos take over following the imminent sale by Drayton McLane.  The idea: Postolos — who happens to be the…

  16. Phillies activate catcher Carlos Ruiz from the disabled list

    May 13, 2011, 12:14 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v  Atlanta Braves

    Roy Oswalt‘s stay on the disabled list may not be as short as initially hoped and Chase Utley still isn’t ready to return from knee problems, but the Phillies will at least have Carlos Ruiz back in the lineup tonight. Ruiz has been activated from the DL after missing the past 12 games with a…

  17. Dodgers attendance is down over 7,000 per game

    May 13, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Attendance is down across baseball this year. On average it’s down on the order of a few hundred a game. In Los Angeles, however, things are way worse: 7,268 fans a game off the 2010 pace for the Dodgers.  And, as Steve Dilbeck reminds us, that’s just in official attendance, not actual turnstile numbers, which Major League…

  18. Harmon Killebrew: “My battle with esophageal cancer is coming to an end”

    May 13, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Hall of Famer and Twins great Harmon Killebrew has entered into hospice care following unsuccessful treatments for esophageal cancer and issued a very sad and equally brave statement: It is with profound sadness that I share with you that my continued battle with esophageal cancer is coming to an end. With the continued love and…

  19. Luke Gregerson has a cool car

    May 13, 2011, 11:10 AM EST

    Better off dead

    There’s not a lot going on yet today, so we have a few moments to contemplate Padres’ reliever Luke Gregerson‘s car, a picture of which you can see here.  Yeah, it’s a black ’67 Camaro, which makes Gregerson my new favorite relief pitcher not named Jonny Venters. I’ve been in love with that car ever…

  20. Mariners closer Brandon League takes third straight loss

    May 13, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v Seattle Mariners

    Brandon League stepped in for the injured David Aardsma and converted each of his first nine save chances as the Mariners’ closer, but all of a sudden he can’t get anyone out. League took his first loss of the season Sunday by allowing three runs, blew a save and took a loss in the 13th…

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