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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

  5. Shocking: Brandon Lyon may have shoulder problems

    May 5, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    brandon-lyon-astros

    Here’s a question: if you’re a pitcher who is struggling, do you actually prefer it if you realize that it may be because of injury? Is the alternative — you just don’t have it anymore — even scarier? I’ll almost certainly forget that question between now and the next time I’m talking to a real…

  6. A’s closer Andrew Bailey throws first round of batting practice

    May 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Andrew Bailey Getty

    Andrew Bailey successfully faced live hitters yesterday for the first time since injuring his forearm in mid-March, throwing live batting practice. Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Bailey threw 25 pitches, all of them fastballs, and afterward manager Bob Geren said the A’s closer “looked real good” and “felt good.” He’s expected to throw another…

  7. Josh Willingham, Curtis Granderson are bringing the charitable noise

    May 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Willingham_Josh

    After a day of dealing with Luke Scott and John Rocker it’s something of a palate-cleanser to talk about this stuff: Alabama native and resident Josh Willingham has been pitching in big-time to help the victims of last week’s tornadoes. His wife is back home on the ground helping out. Meanwhile, he has been collecting donations…

  8. Controversy in Tampa Bay: Joe West strikes again

    May 5, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Joe Maddon, Joe West, Angel Hernandez

    As mentioned in the recaps this morning, there was some serious controversy brewing in last night’s Jays-Rays game. And wouldn’t you know it, Joe West and his crew were at the middle of it. Watch the play that sparked it here.  The original call on the field was that Adam Lind — who was pulled…

  9. Major League Baseball to Frank McCourt: Don’t blame us, pal!

    May 5, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt’s talking point lately is that his financial problems — which threaten the Dodgers’ ability to meet May payroll — are Major League Baseball’s doing inasmuch as MLB won’t approve his TV deal with FOX. That line is nonsensical enough on its face and divorced from widely-reported facts, so it’s understandable that no one…

  10. Red Sox, Angels take over seven hours to get through last night’s game

    May 5, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox

    The time of play was “only” five hours. Tack on a two and a half hour rain delay, however, and it pushed the end of this game to 2:45 AM.  By the end of it all there was hardly anyone in the stands,* the Angels announcers were wearing wrestling masks and Daisuke Matsuzaka was taking the loss…

  11. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 5, 2011, 5:55 AM EST

    Tim Hudson

    Braves 8, Brewers 3; Braves 8, Brewers 0: A day the Brewers would like to forget. The Braves scoring eight runs is rare enough, but doing it — in the first game at least — with no homers is even more rare for this station-to-station team. Tim Hudson threw a 102-pitch one-hitter in the nightcap,…

  12. Tim Hudson’s one-hitter spoils Zack Greinke’s 2011 debut

    May 4, 2011, 10:54 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Tim Hudson pitched his third career one-hitter Wednesday as the Braves roughed up Zack Greinke and beat the Brewers 8-0 in the second game of a doubleheader. Rickie Weeks was the only Brewer to reach base against Hudson. He doubled in the fourth and walked in the ninth. Hudson retired the other 27 batters he…

  13. Derek Jeter pulled from Wednedsay’s game with sore right hip

    May 4, 2011, 10:23 PM EST

    jeter grimace

    From Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger comes word that Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was lifted from Wednesday night’s game because of a sore right hip. He is considered day-to-day. Jeter was 1-for-4 with a strikeout before exiting. He was replaced at shortstop by Eduardo Nunez, who did not make a plate appearance. Nunez seems…

  14. Neftali Feliz fans three batters in minor league rehab inning

    May 4, 2011, 9:39 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    Rangers closer Neftali Feliz made a one-inning minor league rehab appearance on Wednesday evening for the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders. It was his first rehab outing. And it will be his last. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the hard-throwing right-hander struck out three straight batters after giving up a leadoff single and…

  15. The American League’s worst by position

    May 4, 2011, 8:55 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins

    Just as the title says, I’m going position by position here to look for the AL’s weakest offensive situations to date. I’ll do the NL tomorrow. Presented along with the team is the player most responsible. Twins C – 390 (Drew Butera) Twins 2B – 451 (Luke Hughes) Mariners SS – 465 (Brendan Ryan) Red…

  16. Ryan Zimmerman walks a mile just 24 hours after surgery

    May 4, 2011, 8:21 PM EST

    zimmerman face

    Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn rectus muscle in his abdomen. By Wednesday afternoon, he was already back to working out. According to Ben Goessling of MASN, the 26-year-old was able to walk a mile on treadmill Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The mile took 30 minutes…

  17. Ricky Romero scratched Thursday due to mild oblique strain

    May 4, 2011, 8:15 PM EST

    romero wide

    Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com passes along word that left-hander Ricky Romero has been scratched from his scheduled Thursday start against the Rays due to a “mild left oblique strain.” Not to worry, though. Romero will simply rest up for a couple of days and then take the mound Saturday against the Tigers. Kyle Drabek will…

  18. Brandon Webb to be held out of games in Florida

    May 4, 2011, 7:03 PM EST

    Brandon Webb workout

    With his velocity too far down to make a minor league rehab assignment a possibility, Brandon Webb will stop pitching in games in extended spring training in order to work on his mechanics. The Rangers seem to be hoping that Webb can build some arm strength by focusing on his delivery in bullpen sessions.   Reports…

  19. Magglio Ordonez’s incredibly, monstrously awful start

    May 4, 2011, 6:30 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    Here’s a list of all the current major league regulars with the fewest runs batted in per plate appearance this year: Magglio Ordonez (2 RBI in 83 PA) Kosuke Fukudome (2 RBI in 82 PA) Jamey Carroll (3 RBI in 117 PA) Jason Bartlett (4 RBI in 110 PA) Michael Cuddyer (4 RBI in 105…

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