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  1. Dan Uggla reportedly seeking five-year extension worth at least $55 million

    Aug 24, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    A couple weeks ago Matthew suggested that Dan Uggla and the Marlins might be able to find some common ground on a contract extension worth around $30 million over three years, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Uggla is seeking a deal worth $55-60 million for five years. Uggla is making $7.8 million this…

  2. Reds' Joey Votto graces cover of Sports Illustrated

    Aug 24, 2010, 2:34 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon passes along word that Reds first baseman Joey Votto will be featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated that is set to reach newsstands today.  Sheldon also has a picture of the cover, so go check that out. Because we’re mostly sane here at HBT and don’t buy into petty jinx…

  3. Wade Davis, Jeff Niemann ready to return for Rays

    Aug 24, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    The Rays lost starters Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann on the same day in early August and in the middle of their ongoing hunt for the American League East crown.  Today the East is all tied up, with the Yanks and Rays sharing a .616 winning percentage, and both Davis and Niemann are projected to…

  4. Albert Pujols and Joey Votto must go through Omar Infante to win the Triple Crown

    Aug 24, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Believe it or not, Omar Infante may determine whether Albert Pujols or Joey Votto can win the Triple Crown. Pujols leads the NL in homers and RBIs while ranking third in batting average. Votto leads the league in batting average while ranking second in RBIs and third in homers. There’s still a lot of baseball…

  5. White Sox reportedly planning waiver claim on Manny Ramirez

    Aug 24, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote this morning that “claiming Manny Ramirez off waivers would be nuts.” And now he’s reporting that the White Sox plan to place a waiver claim on Ramirez. General manager Ken Williams and the White Sox were said to be interested in Ramirez prior to the July 31 trade deadline, so…

  6. George Steinbrenner will be honored in Monument Park

    Aug 24, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    From MLB.com’s Bailey Stephens comes word that the Yankees will honor late owner George Steinbrenner with a plaque in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park on September 20 of this year. “We remain profoundly grateful and…

  7. Troy Glaus playing third base while rehabbing at Triple-A

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Troy Glaus’ prolonged slump and knee problems convinced the Braves to replace him at first base with Derrek Lee, so now Glaus is somewhat surprisingly seeing action at third base while rehabbing in the minors. At the time of the Lee trade several Braves beat writers made it very clear that they didn’t think there…

  8. Jose Bautista denies performance-enhancing claims

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista, as we mentioned earlier, launched his 39th and 40th home runs of the season on Monday night in the Blue Jays’ 3-2 defeat of the Yankees. Because his previous career-high home run total was 16 and because we as baseball fans…

  9. With contract up after this season, would Joe Girardi want to replace Lou Piniella in Chicago?

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi’s three-year contract is up at the end of this season and the New York media is already starting to speculate about him potentially replacing Lou Piniella in Chicago. Girardi was born and raised in Illinois, got drafted by the Cubs in 1986, and spent two different stints calling Wrigley Field home, playing there…

  10. Aaron Harang is bullpen bound once he returns from DL

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    Even after shifting rookie Mike Leake to the bullpen last week the Reds still have more capable starters than their rotation can hold, so it sounds like they’ll end up using Aaron Harang as a reliever once he returns from the disabled list. Harang has been the Opening Day starter for the Reds in each…

  11. Cliff Lee says rumored affinity for Yankees is "a lie"

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

    Take one listen to the Colin Cowherd radio program — “The Herd,” I believe it’s called — and it’s not hard to conceive why people don’t take the guy seriously.  Cowherd is loud and far from level-headed, and on Monday he made a few ridiculous comments regarding Rangers ace Cliff Lee. Lee was shelled for…

  12. Carlos Guillen not close to return, still has "sharp pain" in knee

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Carlos Guillen is eligible to return from the disabled list on August 31, but said yesterday that he’s still experiencing “sharp pain” in his bruised left knee. “Right now, it’s not good,” Guillen told Jason Beck of MLB.com. Guillen guessed that he’s at least two weeks from potentially rejoining Detroit’s lineup and because he’s still…

  13. MLB investigating leak of financial documents

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    In news that should come with little surprise, Major League Baseball is quite upset about Monday’s leaking of the financial documents of various teams and is looking for the source that gave up the information.  As noted by Richard Sandomir of the New York Times, access to teams’ financial records is usually limited to the…

  14. Dusty Baker taking his time deciding on Reds extension offer

    Aug 24, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    Not so long ago Dusty Baker was believed to be on the hot seat after back-to-back losing seasons, but now the veteran manager is taking his sweet time deciding whether or not to accept the Reds’ contract extension offer. Baker’s current contract expires after this season and with the Reds in first place at 72-53…

  15. Johnny Damon "definitely leaning toward staying" with Tigers

    Aug 24, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon has until tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. ET to accept or decline a potential trade to the Red Sox, but said after last night’s game that he’s “definitely leaning towards staying” with the Tigers. As part of the no-trade clause negotiated into the one-year, $8 million contract Damon signed with the Tigers in February…

  16. Sosa fumes at Cubs over his unretired number 21

    Aug 24, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    Sammy Sosa hit 545 of his 609 career home runs as a Cub, won an MVP as a Cub in 1998 and was named to a total of seven All-Star games.  All as a Cub.  Now the organization seemingly wants little to do with him, and he opened up to ChicagoMag.com on Monday about how…

  17. Blue Jays' Jose Bautista hits home runs 39 and 40

    Aug 24, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista launched his 39th and 40th home runs of the year on Monday in a 3-2 victory over the Yankees.  It was his sixth multi-homer game of the season and gave him a seven-homer lead on Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols for most in the majors. Bautista is the first American League…

  18. Zimmermann set to return to Nationals' rotation Thursday

    Aug 24, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    The Nationals are going to have to shut Stephen Strasburg down for the next few weeks, if not the rest of the season, due to a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm.  It’s disappointing news because the young ace is incredible to watch, but there is a bright side. Replacing Strasburg in the Nats’…

  19. Joe Mauer breaks up Rangers' no-hit bid with one out in ninth

    Aug 23, 2010, 10:46 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Party’s over, folks. With one out in the ninth, Joe Mauer broke up the no-hit bid with a hard hit single up the middle, just beyond the outstretched glove of Elvis Andrus. It was the only hit the Rangers would allow in a 4-0 win over the Twins. It spoiled what would have been…

  20. Rob Dibble tells Stephen Strasburg to "suck it up"

    Aug 23, 2010, 9:42 PM EDT

    Don’t act so surprised. We all knew this was coming. During an appearance on Sirius XM’s MLB Network Radio this afternoon, Rob Dibble essentially called out Stephen Strasburg for being a wimp. I didn’t hear it as it happened, but Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post was nice enough to transcribe it all for us.…

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