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  1. “Free” donuts cost Astros fan $237 (and the “donut” versus “doughnut” debate rages on)

    Apr 18, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

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    Throughout each day Craig and I “claim” stories to write about. For instance, I’ll instant message him and say, “I’ll take the David Purcey trade” and then he’ll say something like, “OK, sucker.” However, sometimes there’s no claiming necessary. If there’s a story involving bourbon he gets it and if there’s a story about donuts…

  2. Rangers prospect Tanner Scheppers makes one appearance between disabled list stints

    Apr 18, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

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    Tanner Scheppers was considered a top-20 talent who dropped to the Rangers with the 44th overall pick in the 2009 draft because of an arm injury, but now back problems are slowing his rise to the majors. Scheppers began the season on the disabled list at Triple-A with back problems, came off the shelf to…

  3. HBT Daily: Who is the King of Los Angeles?

    Apr 18, 2011, 1:04 PM EST

    Tiffany and I discuss that, Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez, the Twins and the Braves

  4. Justin Verlander made an interesting pitch on Saturday night

    Apr 18, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

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    I’ve gone on record recently saying that I really don’t know what a balk is anymore. But after my brain processed it for a minute, yeah, I think what Justin Verlander did on Saturday night against the A’s was a balk.  Verlander explained the play afterwards: “I went to go pick one and I didn’t…

  5. A’s acquire David Purcey from Blue Jays for Danny Farquhar

    Apr 18, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

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    Last week the Blue Jays designated David Purcey for assignment and today they traded the former first-round pick to the A’s for Danny Farquhar, who originally went from Toronto to Oakland in the Rajai Davis trade back in November. Once upon a time I thought Purcey had a chance to be a solid mid-rotation starter…

  6. Joe Torre wants umpires to feel “part of the game.” What does that even mean?

    Apr 18, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

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    Joe Torre is now MLB’s umpire czar, and he told Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times that he wants to change their relationship to the game: The former Dodgers manager who now serves as Major League Baseball’s vice president of baseball operations said he wanted umpires to feel as much a part of the game…

  7. A’s infielder Adam Rosales “unlikely” to return before June

    Apr 18, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    Adam Rosales missed the final six weeks of last season with a foot injury that required surgery in December, at which point the official timetable for his return was 3-4 months. Unfortunately it’s now four months later and Rosales isn’t even close to being cleared for baseball activities, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com. Lee…

  8. Brandon Webb still rehabbing, willing to pitch out of bullpen

    Apr 18, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Brandon Webb workout

    Brandon Webb is now more than two full years removed from his last big-league start, but the former Cy Young winner is still trying to get healthy following shoulder surgery and said yesterday that he’d be willing to pitch out of Texas’ bullpen once he does come off the disabled list. Webb, who threw a…

  9. Baseball players and bad music go together

    Apr 18, 2011, 11:01 AM EST

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    Two items caught my eye this morning that make me realize how bad things have gotten with ballplayers and their love of bad music. First is a post by MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince, detailing the walkup (and walkout) music of the Cleveland Indians. The takeaway: the vast majority of Indians like very bad music.  There are…

  10. Dallas Braden placed on disabled list with shoulder injury

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Dallas Braden throwing

    UPDATE: Braden has been placed on the disabled list, so now he’ll miss at least 2-3 starts. ========== Dallas Braden was pulled from Saturday’s start after five innings because of shoulder soreness and told reporters yesterday that he expects to miss his next turn in the rotation at the very least. Having today off could…

  11. Ryan Franklin has probably lost his job as Cardinals’ closer

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

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    The Cardinals have a day off today so Tony La Russa has some extra time to think about it, but it seems pretty clear that Ryan Franklin‘s time as the Cardinals’ closer is over. Or hell, maybe it ended yesterday and we just didn’t notice it. I mean, in a 1-0 game in the ninth…

  12. Red Sox recall reliever Hideki Okajima from Triple-A

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Hideki Okajima

    Despite re-signing with the Red Sox for $1.75 million this offseason Hideki Okajima lost the left-handed specialist competition to Dennys Reyes during spring training and began the season as a 35-year-old at Triple-A. Reyes lost his job after just one week and now the Red Sox have also sent the man who replaced him, Felix…

  13. The difference between the Bonds and Clemens trials

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

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    The New York Times has an article up this morning in which various legal experts talk about the differences between the Barry Bonds trial and the upcoming Roger Clemens trial. Both are for perjury and both are about steroids, but the folks the Times spoke with believe that the fact that Clemens is accused of…

  14. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Apr 18, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Still lots of random shifting around given that the first batch of rankings were based on early season weirdness. I figure that from here on out we’ll see things start to stabilize a bit more. Well, except for maybe the Royals/Indians thing, because that can’t hold. Um, can it?  As usual, last week’s rankings in parenthesis.…

  15. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Apr 18, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    It seemed like all that happened this past weekend were injuries. And in one case a friggin’ death. How depressing.

  16. Photo of the Day: ESPN really misses football

    Apr 18, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    I caught this during last night’s Rangers-Yankees game.  No word if Washington said that he was going to make some adjustments at halftime and recommit to the ground game or whatever the hell it is that “head coaches” say to sidelines reporters.

  17. Frank McCourt takes a $30 million loan from FOX in order to meet payroll

    Apr 18, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

    FOX used to own the Dodgers. At this rate, they’re going to own them again someday soon: Frank McCourt took a $30-million loan this week from Fox to meet the Dodgers’ payroll obligations, according to three people briefed on the arrangement. The arrangement is expected to cover the Dodgers’ expenses into next month … The loan marks…

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

    Apr 18, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Does anyone doubt that Matt Kemp is back?

  19. Brian Matusz not close to making 2011 debut

    Apr 17, 2011, 5:04 PM EST

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    Orioles starter Brian Matusz has been on the disabled list since spring training concluded due to an intercostal muscle strain. The 2011 season is over two weeks old now and Matusz isn’t anywhere close to returning. According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, the left-hander is still working out at the Orioles’ spring training…

  20. Bryan Stow placed back into medically-induced coma

    Apr 17, 2011, 3:37 PM EST

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi brings rough news. Bryan Stow, the Giants fan and paramedic who was attacked outside Dodger Stadium on the first day of the regular season, has been placed back into a medically-induced coma due to a “recurrence of seizures related to his head trauma.” Doctors think Stow may have suffered brain…

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