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  1. HBT Daily: Were the Royals right to call up Eric Hosmer?

    May 9, 2011, 12:38 PM EST

    Tiffany and I talk prospects and callups in general, Eric Hosmer in particular

  2. Opening Day shortstop Alexi Casilla moves closer to the exit in Minnesota

    May 9, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    alexi-casilla-twins

    Alexi Casilla‘s ill-conceived reign as the Twins’ starting shortstop lasted all of a month, as he played his way out of the job by hitting .190 with predictably spotty defense at a position where he lacked both the skills and experience to succeed. Trevor Plouffe has now taken over at shortstop, earning a call-up by…

  3. Roy Oswalt not likely to be ready by Friday

    May 9, 2011, 12:09 PM EST

    roy-oswalt-and-trainer-phillies

    Roy Oswalt is eligible to come off the DL on Friday, but he’s unlikely to be ready to pitch then, reports the Philly Inquirer. The Phillies will be in Atlanta next weekend, and that could mean that Kyle Kendrick gets another start against the Braves. Which wouldn’t be a bad thing at all for Philly,…

  4. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    May 9, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Grady Sizemore, Asdrubal Cabrera

    We gave the Power Rankings a miss last week, so everyone should be fresh. I’m taking a fresh look at the relative strength of teams, you’re offering up fresh takes about how full of it my rankings are.

  5. Jim Tracy on Ian Stewart: “He’s either going to play his way in or play his way off the team”

    May 9, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    ian-stewart-rockies

    Demoting their starting third baseman of the past two seasons to Triple-A because of a bad first two weeks was a pretty strong indication that the Rockies have soured on Ian Stewart and yesterday manager Jim Tracy made that even more obvious. When asked why Stewart batted eighth in the Rockies’ lineup, Tracy told Troy…

  6. Prince Fielder thinks Albert Pujols “should command it all”

    May 9, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    This weekend the Brewers were in St. Louis to play the Cardinals, so the local writers asked Prince Fielder what he thinks about fellow impending free agent first baseman Albert Pujols. Fielder naturally is in favor of Pujols breaking the bank, telling Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he “should command it…

  7. The nerdiest correction in the history of the New York Times

    May 9, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    R.A. Dickey

    Remember last week when R.A. Dickey as revealed to have named his bats after swords in “The Hobbit” and “Beowulf?” Yeah, well the hardcore fans were reading that article and they let the New York Times know that Dickey doesn’t know his mythical weaponry very well.  The New York Times’ correction: An item in the…

  8. Rays close to adding J.P. Howell to league’s best bullpen

    May 9, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    JP Howell

    Despite losing closer Rafael Soriano and setup men Joaquin Benoit, Grant Balfour, and Dan Wheeler to free agency the Rays’ bullpen leads the league with a 2.82 ERA and they’re close to adding left-hander J.P. Howell to the relief mix. After struggling as a starter Howell moved to the bullpen full time in 2008 and…

  9. Performance-enhancing pink

    May 9, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    I would sooner bet my 401K on a game of three-card monty than take this as a serious statistical exercise, but stats can be just for fun too, and this one is no exception: the Old Time Family Baseball blog looked at the performance of all of the players who used pink bats yesterday in…

  10. B.J. Upton had a whale of a series in Baltimore

    May 9, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    B.J. Upton

    I mentioned this in the recaps, but it’s worth noting again: B.J. Upton owned Camden Yards this weekend. Yesterday he went 2-for-4 with four RBI overall he was 7-for-14 with four extra-base hits and eight RBI against the O’s.  For his career he’s at .297/.370/.535 in 173 plate appearances in Baltimore. That’s easily the best he’s…

  11. Six lies about the Marlins’ new ballpark

    May 9, 2011, 9:11 AM EST

    Marlins ballpark

    We’re going to be hearing a lot of glowing reviews of the Marlins’ new ballpark as the finishing touches are put on it over the course of the next 9-10 months or so.  And for good reason. From what we’ve been able to see of it in artists’ renderings and in the photos of it…

  12. Frank McCourt could lose the Dodgers but remain their landlord

    May 9, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

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

    Remember how Frank McCourt, upon buying the Dodgers, split the team’s assets up into multiple different businesses and holding companies and things?  Yeah, that couldn’t even lead to a depressing outcome. Bill Shaikin: When McCourt bought the Dodgers in 2004, the purchase included the team, Dodger Stadium and the surrounding parking lots. He has since…

  13. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    May 9, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

    Justin Verlander

    It was really the first weekend that actually felt like spring, at least from a baseball perspective. Yeah, the previous weekend was nice, but we were still getting a lot of rainouts and cold games. This weekend, no matter which game I turned to, it looked and felt like baseball. Ah. Roy Oswalt is on…

  14. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    May 9, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Yankees Rangers Baseball

    Yankees 12, Rangers 5:  We read a lot of “Derek Jeter is done” commentary last week. Well, whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that Jeter was only mostly dead. And there’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Two homers for The Captain.  As for the game overall, I’ll…

  15. A true oddity: all AL games feature five in final scores

    May 8, 2011, 10:40 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Seattle Mariners

    Too bad it didn’t happen three days ago on 5/5. All seven American League games Sunday featured one team or the other scoring five runs. The A’s, Rays, Tigers and White Sox all won while scoring five, while the Indians, Rangers and Twins lost with that number of runs. STATS did the research and said…

  16. Tony La Russa to have eye examined at Mayo Clinic

    May 8, 2011, 9:40 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Cardinals manager Tony La Russa will have the viral infection around his right eye examined at the Mayo Clinic on Monday’s off day, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. La Russa said before Sunday’s win over the Brewers that the condition, which has caused swelling and redness around his eye, has left him “miserable.” “Day games…

  17. Taylor Teagarden hits three homers for Triple-A Round Rock

    May 8, 2011, 9:20 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    In his first game since being sent down by the Rangers, catcher Taylor Teagarden went deep three times and drove in seven runs for the Round Rock Express on Sunday. The huge game gave him five homers in just 22 at-bats in the PCL this season. Teagarden showed no rust at all despite a lack…

  18. Desperate for outfield depth, Nationals add Gregor Blanco

    May 8, 2011, 7:58 PM EST

    Gregor Blanco

    A day after placing Rick Ankiel on the disabled list and calling up Roger Bernadina, the Nationals added an outfielder in a trade with the Royals, picking up Gregor Blanco for a player to be named. Blanco was immediately assigned to Triple-A Syracuse. The 27-year-old Blanco did solid work for the Braves and Royals last…

  19. Phillies phinally place Carlos Ruiz on the disabled list

    May 8, 2011, 7:35 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v  Atlanta Braves

    After spending 10 days on the active roster but unable to play, Carlos Ruiz was finally shelved by the Phillies prior to Sunday night’s game, going on the DL to make room for the returning Joe Blanton. Although Blanton isn’t starting until Monday, the Phillies made the move tonight because 10 days is as far…

  20. Angels manager Mike Scioscia notches 1,000th victory

    May 8, 2011, 7:26 PM EST

    Mike Scioscia, Torii Hunter

    With the Angels’ 6-5 victory over the Indians on Sunday, Mike Scioscia became the fifth active manager to reach 1,000 wins. The up-to-the-minute list: 1. Tony La Russa – 2658-2308 – .535 winning percentage 2. Jim Leyland – 1510-1536 – .495 3. Dusty Baker – 1423-1300 – .523 4. Bruce Bochy – 1292-1316 – .495…

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