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  1. The Mets 2012 payroll is a matter of debate

    May 26, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Sandy Alderson Citi Field

    In that Sports Illustrated article we mentioned the other day, Fred Wilpon suggested that the team’s payroll is going to be slashed pretty dramatically next year, perhaps down to $100 million. Sandy Alderson spoke with the media yesterday, however, and he suggested that things may not be cut that low. More like down to $120…

  2. Frank McCourt says he’s gonna make payroll

    May 26, 2011, 9:39 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

    All of the whispers have had Frank McCourt not making payroll at the end of the month. And of course, if that happens, he probably loses the Dodgers.  It’s kind of like the plot of the Blues Brothers but, you know, totally not fun. But apparently McCourt played a big house show last night, collected…

  3. Report: The Mets finally have a minority owner. And Fred Wilpon’s days could be numbered

    May 26, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    File photo of David Einhorn speaking at 6th Annual New York Value Investing Congress in New York City

    Multiple outlets are reporting this morning that the Mets have an agreement to sell 49% of the team to one David Einhorn of the hedge fund Greenlight Capital, Inc. for $200 million. The sale would not include a stake in SNY, it’s being reported. No word on what kind of managerial control, if any, Einhorn…

  4. Should catchers be banned from blocking home plate?

    May 26, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Posey injury 2.bmp

    Buster Posey’s awful injury last night has set off the calls for some reform — or some something — regarding how catchers handle the play at the plate.  This morning another Buster — Olney — tweeted the following: In the big-picture question of risk/reward, the play of blocking home plate, to save one run, is…

  5. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 26, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Breakfast Wrap

    It was a very eventful evening and night around baseball. If you only waste time on the Internet at the office (good choice!), here’s what you missed.

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

    May 26, 2011, 5:53 AM EST

    Brooks Conrad

    Yesterday’s games: where the most interesting and/or notable things technically happened today. See, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

  7. Buster Posey injures left leg in collision at home plate

    May 26, 2011, 2:37 AM EST

    Scott Cousins, Buster Posey

    UPDATE: Posey had an MRI and x-rays. Andrew Baggarly spoke with a team official afterward. The official didn’t reveal the results, but he said “not good.”  Baggarly asked if the leg was broken. The response: “Not good.”  That’s, well, not good. Not good at all. 2: 37 AM: 2010 NL Rookie of the Year Buster…

  8. Phillies beat Reds in 19 as infielder Wilson Valdez earns victory

    May 26, 2011, 2:09 AM EST

    Wilson Valdez

    Wilson Valdez threw a hitless 19th inning and became the first position player since Colorado’s Brent Mayne in 2000 to record a victory as the Phillies beat the Reds 5-4 in 19 innings Wednesday. The game was the longest in the majors since the Mets edged the Cardinals 2-1 in 20 innings on April 17, 2010. The…

  9. Giants not yet ready to recall Brandon Belt

    May 25, 2011, 10:55 PM EST

    Brandon Belt

    Thanks to Darren Ford‘s ankle sprain, it sounds like the Giants will soon have a roster spot open up.  However, manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that a move involving Brandon Belt isn’t likely. “To be honest, Belt is more of a longshot,” Bochy told the San Francisco Chronicle.  “What we’re looking for is more of…

  10. Joe Blanton has elbow inflammation, shut down 3-4 weeks

    May 25, 2011, 10:28 PM EST

    blanton wide

    The Phillies sent starter Joe Blanton to Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday in the hope of getting some answers about what is continuing to cause discomfort in the right-hander’s throwing elbow. Those visits can sometimes lead to a recommendation of Tommy John surgery. This one did not. According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, Blanton…

  11. Rockies’ Ian Stewart pulls hamstring while playing at Triple-A

    May 25, 2011, 9:35 PM EST

    ian stewart rockies

    Another big blow for Ian Stewart. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the talented 26-year-old third baseman pulled a hamstring Wednesday while playing for Triple-A Colorado Springs. He’s likely to be sidelined for the next two weeks, and maybe longer. Stewart has been demoted to the minors twice this season because of his…

  12. Orlando Hudson leaves game with strained left groin

    May 25, 2011, 8:49 PM EST

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson removed himself from Wednesday’s series finale against the Cardinals moments ago after appearing to aggravate his once-strained right hamstring. Hudson managed an infield single on a hot shot to third base with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but he tweaked something just before landing safely on the…

  13. 60 years ago today: Willie Mays debuts for New York Giants

    May 25, 2011, 8:14 PM EST

    Willie Mays

    May 25, 1951 Less than three weeks after his 20th birthday, Willie Mays makes his major league debut for the Giants, going 0-for-5 in New York’s 8-5 win over the Phillies. Mays was called up after hitting an incredible .477/.524/.799 with eight homers and 30 RBI in 35 games for Minneapolis of the American Association.…

  14. Brandon Webb could make rehab start Monday at Double-A

    May 25, 2011, 7:56 PM EST

    webb poses

    Veteran pitcher Brandon Webb will throw a bullpen session Friday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to test the strength of his right shoulder. If it goes well, according to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Webb will be sent to Double-A Frisco to make a rehab start on Monday evening. The 32-year-old threw six solid innings…

  15. Lawyer: Miguel Cabrera wasn’t driving vehicle when arrested

    May 25, 2011, 7:34 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    Attorney Michael Kessler said Wednesday that Miguel Cabrera wasn’t driving his Land Rover when he was arrested in Florida on Feb. 16 and charged with DUI. Kessler said during a hearing that Florida law states a driver has to be in control of an operable vehicle to be required to take a breath test. He…

  16. Jon Lester first pitcher to seven wins this season

    May 25, 2011, 6:53 PM EST

    Jon Lester

    Incredibly, it took 30 days after Jered Weaver won his sixth gave for a major league pitcher to pick up his seventh win this season.  And the guy who did it was winless through three starts. Jon Lester cruised through six scoreless innings in Boston’14-2 rout of the Indians on Wednesday to become the first…

  17. Report: Francisco Rodriguez willing to waive no-trade, vesting option

    May 25, 2011, 6:29 PM EST

    Francisco Rodriguez

    A source close to the reliever told Andy Martino of the New York Daily News that Francisco Rodriguez is going to be pretty flexible about a deal should the team attempt to move him this summer. According to the source, Rodriguez will consider any deal presented to him and would discuss getting rid of his vesting…

  18. Ian Snell comes out of retirement, signs with Dodgers

    May 25, 2011, 6:07 PM EST

    Ian Snell

    Veteran right-hander Ian Snell, who said he was retiring after he failed to make the Cardinals this spring, signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers on Wednesday. Snell was reassigned to minor league camp by the Cardinals on March 15 after giving up two runs in two innings during Grapefruit League play.   The 29-year-old right-hander…

  19. We know McCourt and Wilpon are awful, but where does your team’s owner rank?

    May 25, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Ted Turner manager

    Over at ESPN.com, Jim Caple decided to rank Major League Baseball’s owners from 1-30 with a little explanatory blurb.  You won’t be shocked to find Frank McCourt at the bottom and Fred Wilpon in the 29th position. But what about the others? And for that matter, what makes an owner good anyway?  Is it just…

  20. Greinke’s arm, bat power the Brewers past the Nats

    May 25, 2011, 5:22 PM EST

    Zack Greinke

    Did you like that headline? Sounded just like a real newspaper article, huh? Never had one day of J-school! Anyway, Zack Greinke, some may recall, was a pretty good prospect as a position player back in high school. He swung a nice bat and, indeed, many think he could have gone pretty far a hitter.…

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