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  1. Brandon Lyon diagnosed with partially torn rotator cuff

    May 5, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    brandon-lyon-astros

    After blowing his fourth save of the season yesterday the Astros sent Brandon Lyon back to Houston to have his shoulder examined and the news isn’t good. Lyon has been diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff and biceps tendinitis, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. No surgery has been scheduled for now, but Lyon…

  2. Dodgers players could theoretically become free agents if the team misses payroll. But they won’t.

    May 5, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Matt Kemp

    There’s an item over at Bloomberg this afternoon that caused a bunch of people to email me with “Hey! Can we get Matt Kemp??!” messages. Thusly: Los Angeles Dodgers players could file for free agency if the team can’t make payroll, Major League Baseball players union spokesman Greg Bouris said in an e-mail. That is…

  3. Felipe Lopez clears waivers, accepts assignment to Triple-A

    May 5, 2011, 4:48 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Designated for assignment by the Rays last week, veteran infielder Felipe Lopez cleared waivers and has accepted a demotion to Triple-A. Good news for the Rays, as they get to keep Lopez around as depth should they need some help at third base or second base. Bad news for Lopez, as no team felt he…

  4. Someone might screw up the Dodgers worse than Frank McCourt: the NFL

    May 5, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    File this all under speculation but over at the L.A. Times’ Dodger Blog, Steve Dilbeck talks about how moving Frank McCourt out of the way may ease the way for the NFL to return to Los Angeles.  Why? Because there have been a lot of scenarios thrown around over the years which envision the Dodgers’…

  5. Roy Oswalt rejoins Phillies, set to make Saturday start

    May 5, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Roy Oswalt has rejoined the Phillies after leaving the team to be with his family in Mississippi following the tornadoes last week. He threw a bullpen session today in preparation for starting Saturday against the Braves, which means he will have missed just one turn in the rotation. Oswalt’s last start came on April 26…

  6. Great moments in bunting: Jonathan Sanchez edition

    May 5, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    sanchez_jonathan

    I don’t think that major league managers make players run laps for mental errors, but if they did, Jonathan Sanchez would be running some serious laps after this bunt against the Mets this afternoon. Earlier today Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News tweeted this from the press box: Long road trip. Everyone wants to get…

  7. Daisuke Matsuzaka’s next start pushed back after relief outing

    May 5, 2011, 3:18 PM EST

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    UPDATE: Matsuzaka’s next start has indeed been pushed back from Friday to Sunday, but it’ll be Tim Wakefield and not Alceves taking his place tomorrow. ========== Daisuke Matsuzaka was needed in relief during last night’s 13-inning game against the Angels, coming out of the bullpen for the first time in his career and allowing two…

  8. Eric Chavez is hurt

    May 5, 2011, 3:02 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

    UPDATE: Turns out that Chavez fractured his fifth metatarsal bone. Which is his pinky toe to you and me. 3:02 PM: Eric Chavez got the start at third base for the Yankees this afternoon but he had to leave the game after pulling up lame on a triple.  No official word yet, but it looked…

  9. Joe Maddon has a good replay idea

    May 5, 2011, 2:32 PM EST

    Posey steal NLDS

    Joe Maddon was understandably upset at the Joe West nonsense last night, so it’s not surprising that he said after the game that there should be more instant replay in baseball.  Speaking to reporters after a good night’s sleep, however, he had a pretty good idea: “If you really want to be intelligent about it, technology is…

  10. Blue Jays expected to get both Jose Bautista and Aaron Hill back Sunday

    May 5, 2011, 2:15 PM EST

    Jose Bautista

    It sounds like Jose Bautista‘s neck injury isn’t serious despite needing an MRI exam, as Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that he’s “expected to ride a stationary bike today” and “will hit tomorrow” before likely rejoining the lineup Sunday. Aaron Hill is also aiming to be in the Blue Jays’ lineup Sunday, but will need…

  11. HBT Daily: Taking your questions

    May 5, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    This time, rather than read them to myself, Tiffany reads them. This is much better.

  12. J.J. Hardy scheduled to begin rehab assignment Friday

    May 5, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    J.J. Hardy

    Out since April 7 with a strained oblique muscle, J.J. Hardy is slated to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tomorrow at Triple-A. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was unsure how long the rehab stint would last, telling Robert Falkoff of MLB.com “we’ll see how long he needs [to be] there … they have a good, long…

  13. Matt Stairs notches career pinch hit number 100

    May 5, 2011, 12:37 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    I was paying attention to Matt Stairs more closely to see when he’d get his first hit at all this season. Little did I know — until I read Adam Kilgore’s story in this morning’s Washington Post anyway — that the hit he had in last night’s game was his 100th career pinch hit. Strange…

  14. Jeff Niemann undergoes MRI exam on injured back

    May 5, 2011, 12:18 PM EST

    niemann_jeff

    Jeff Niemann exited last night’s start against the Blue Jays after just four innings because of back soreness and Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that he underwent an MRI exam this morning. Niemann told Topkin that he’s “still pretty sore” after visiting with a back specialist and it sounds like his ending…

  15. Josh Thole taught his dog sign language

    May 5, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    josh-thole-mets

    I guess a catcher would be good at signs. Thole, considered a cornerstone to the Amazin’s rebuilding, has taught a deaf pooch named Picca – owned by he and his wife, Kathryn – to understand sign language. The 24-year-old backstop said his Maltese-poodle mix caught on pretty fast. My cat doesn’t come when you call him.…

  16. Red Sox place Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler on disabled list

    May 5, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

    Jenks_Bobby

    Bobby Jenks was unavailable to pitch in last night’s marathon loss to the Angels because of a forearm injury, so not surprisingly Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox have placed him on the disabled list prior to this afternoon’s game. Dan Wheeler joins Jenks in heading to the DL, which allows Boston…

  17. Be sure to forget to watch Jack Morris and John Smoltz talking Game Seven on MLB Network this Sunday

    May 5, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Lonnie Smith

    I sure know that I’ll forget to watch it! MLB Network’s MLB’s 20 Greatest Games continues on Sunday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. ET when Jack Morris and John Smoltz join series hosts Bob Costas and Tom Verducci to discuss Game Seven of the 1991 World Series between the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins, which is ranked second in the series. In a showdown featuring two teams that…

  18. Aaron talks Twins, Red Sox, Moneyball, and waitresses on the Red Sox Beacon podcast

    May 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    podcast

    One of the reasons why I was up late last night watching the Fenway Park crowd sing Kevin Youkilis-inspired Biz Markie songs at 2:00 am is that I taped a late-night podcast with Marc Normandin and Matt Kory of Red Sox Beacon. We discussed my beloved Twins to preview the Red Sox-Twins four-game series that…

  19. People asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    May 5, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    The Question

    Later today, HBT Daily will feature me answering reader questions submitted via Twitter. Now: the questions that didn’t make the cut for video.

  20. Fenway Park crowd serenaded Kevin Youkilis with Biz Markie song at 2:00 am

    May 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    biz markie just a friend

    Craig recapped last night’s epic seven-hour, rain-delayed Red Sox-Angels game, but he left out my favorite part: At around 2:00 a.m. Boston time the crowd of about 500 or so fans at Fenway Park started singing “Just A Friend” by Biz Markie during Kevin Youkilis‘ at-bat, substituting “Youk” for “you” in the lyrics. Oh baby…

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