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  1. Frank McCourt will try — and fail — to work the halls at the owners’ meetings

    May 11, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    The quarterly owners’ meetings take place today and tomorrow in New York and, as Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times notes, despite the fact that the state of the Dodgers is not on the meeting agenda, Frank McCourt has a big lobbying job on his hands: There will be pleasantries. How was your flight? Where…

  2. Tim Wakefield would consider playing for another team

    May 11, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Tim Wakefield

    When Tim Wakefield took what was, essentially a year-to-year contract with the Red Sox, and even since that deal expired, it seemed pretty clear that his preference was either to play in Boston or not play at all.  But as Rob Bradford of WEEI reports, that’s not necessarily the case: Tim Wakefield, who will become…

  3. Mets former clubhouse manager to be arrested today

    May 11, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Charlie Samuels

    Remember last fall how it was revealed that Charlie Samuels, the Mets longtime clubhouse manager/travelling secretary was running a gambling ring, stealing Mets’ memorabilia, skimming hotel money and living way, way beyond his means? Yeah, well, he’s going to be arrested today and charged with theft and many, many other things, I’m sure. For those in…

  4. The HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 11, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Breakfast Wrap

    Know what? We post an awful damn lot here at HBT.  Sometimes so much that even I can’t keep up and this is my job.  That’s especially true in the evenings when I’m putting my kids to bed and watching baseball. Know what else? In the past couple of weeks we’ve been posting even more…

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

    May 11, 2011, 6:08 AM EST

    Marlins' Johnson delivers a pitch against the Phillies in the first inning during their MLB National League baseball game in Miami

    The lesson from Tuesday: Roy Halladay, Josh Johnson, Tim Lincecum and Ian Kennedy simply don’t know how to win.

  6. Albert Pujols hugs Cubs GM with Wrigley faithful looking on

    May 11, 2011, 12:15 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Chicago Cubs

    The embrace that will start a million rumors. CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports that Albert Pujols and Cubs GM Jim Hendry shared a hug prior to Tuesday’s Cardinals-Cubs game at Wrigley Field. And he has the picture to prove it. A simple bro hug it wasn’t. No word yet on whether Hendry whispered “$300 million”…

  7. Ike Davis departs Mets game with strained calf

    May 10, 2011, 11:35 PM EST

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Still reeling from the Jenrry Mejia and Chris Young news, the Mets suffered another blow Tuesday when Ike Davis left the game against the Rockies with a strained left calf. Davis, who had a two-run single in the first, was injured during a collision with David Wright in the fifth inning.  He’ll be reevaluated Wednesday to see…

  8. Rafael Soriano to undergo precautionary MRI on “tender” elbow

    May 10, 2011, 10:47 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Well, nobody could have predicted this one. Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Rafael Soriano will undergo a precautionary MRI after he showed up to the ballpark today with what Yankees manager Joe Girardi called a “tender” elbow. Soriano, who signed a three-year, $35 million contract with the Yankees over the…

  9. Jason Heyward exits game, to have MRI on shoulder

    May 10, 2011, 10:25 PM EST

    Jason Hayward

    After leaving Tuesday’s game prior to the eighth inning, Jason Heyward admitted that he’s been dealing with soreness in his right shoulder since the spring.  He’s set to have an MRI. Heyward, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts tonight, said the soreness has worsened in recent days and that he’s recently experienced numbness in his…

  10. Chase Utley singles in first minor league rehab game

    May 10, 2011, 10:09 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Utley walks across the field after taking batting practice before a spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles

    According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Chase Utley went 1-for-4 with a single as the designated hitter in his first minor league rehab game with High-A Clearwater earlier tonight. Utley had two strikeouts and a ground out over his first three at-bats, but managed to bloop a single to center field in his final at-bat in…

  11. Illness causes Francisco Liriano’s early exit

    May 10, 2011, 9:12 PM EST

    Francisco Liriano

    9:25 p.m. EDT: The Twins said it was actually Liriano’s recent illness that caused his departure after three innings.  Liriano, who was originally supposed to pitch Monday, was pushed back until today because of a sore throat and other flu-like symptoms. /// Francisco Liriano was checked on by the Twins trainer with an apparent leg…

  12. Geovany Soto exits game with left groin strain

    May 10, 2011, 9:05 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that Geovany Soto left tonight’s game against the Cardinals in the bottom of the first inning with a left groin strain. It’s not clear how the injury occurred, but Carrie Muskat of MLB.com writes that Soto appeared to hurt himself while going after a foul ball during Matt Holliday‘s at-bat…

  13. Carlos Carrasco to return from disabled list for Wednesday start

    May 10, 2011, 8:46 PM EST

    Cleveland Indians v Seattle Mariners

    The surprising Indians are just about to get a nice boost for their starting rotation. Carlos Carrasco is expected to be activated from the disabled list to start Wednesday’s game against the Rays, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. Indians manager Manny Acta said Carrasco is “good to go” and has “no restrictions” following his…

  14. First time for everything: Roy Halladay walks opposing pitcher

    May 10, 2011, 8:26 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v  Washington Nationals

    For the first time in his career, Roy Halladay walked an opposing pitcher Tuesday, giving Josh Johnson a free pass with one out in the third inning in the game against the Marlins. Johnson advanced to third on a Chris Coghlan double and then scored on a sac fly from Emilio Bonifacio. Halladay, of course,…

  15. Phil Hughes on track to begin throwing program Thursday

    May 10, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

    Phil Hughes

    While Phil Hughes is still a long way from pitching with the Yankees again, Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com reports that he’s tentatively scheduled to begin a throwing program Thursday. Hughes was placed on the disabled list last month after posting a 13.94 ERA over his first three starts while showing significantly diminished velocity with his…

  16. Slumping Josh Thole quits twitter: “I’m out”

    May 10, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

    New York Mets' Thole reacts after hitting into a bases loaded double play against the San Francisco Giants in New York

    Frustrated with some of the criticism that’s come with his poor start at the plate, Josh Thole deleted his twitter feed on Tuesday, leaving with an “I’m out.” According to David Lennon, Thole called being on Twitter “a lose-lose situation” after deleting his account. ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin tweeted the following: Thole got advice on Twitter like…

  17. Vernon Wells to DL, Howie Kendrick to left field for Angels

    May 10, 2011, 7:02 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Tampa Bay Rays

    The Angels made the anticpated move prior to Tuesday’s game, placing Vernon Wells on the 15-day disabled list with a strained groin and calling up speedster Reggie Willits to play a reserve role. But this one came out of left field: replacing Wells tonight and making his first career start in the outfield is usual…

  18. Royals ace Bruce Chen placed on DL with lat strain

    May 10, 2011, 6:49 PM EST

    Bruce Chen

    And just after Aaron suggested they start printing up playoff tickets. Bruce Chen, who is 4-1 with a 3.59 ERA in seven starts to open the year, was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a left lat strain. Vin Mazzaro will be called up to start in his place Wednesday. Chen has been a…

  19. 15 years ago today: Ernie Young hits three homers for A’s

    May 10, 2011, 6:30 PM EST

    ernie young a's

    It was May 10, 1996. Ernie Young, a 26-year-old center fielder getting his first real shot in the majors, blasted three homers as the A’s beat the Twins 15-5. He had entered the game with three homers in 164 career at-bats, the lowest previous homer total for anyone who has ever had a three-homer game.…

  20. Andres Torres, Mark DeRosa off DL, into Giants lineup

    May 10, 2011, 6:22 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants

    The Giants activated both Andres Torres (Achilles’ tendon) and Mark DeRosa (wrist) from the disabled list Tuesday and inserted them right into the lineup for their game against the Diamondbacks. Torres is returning to his usual leadoff spot, while DeRosa is playing third and batting seventh. As expected, the Giants sent the struggling Miguel Tejada to…

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