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  1. Brett Lawrie suffers broken middle finger, done for year

    Sep 21, 2011, 7:14 PM EDT

    lawrie reuters

    Unfortunate news this evening out of Toronto. According to John Lott of Canada’s National Post, Blue Jays rookie third baseman Brett Lawrie suffered a broken right middle finger Wednesday while taking pregame infield practice and has been shut down for the remainder of the 2011 season. There are only a handful of games left on…

  2. Indians shut down right-hander Josh Tomlin

    Sep 21, 2011, 6:34 PM EDT

    tomlin wide ap

    From Nick Camino of Newsradio WTAM 1100 in Cleveland comes word that the Indians have shut starter Josh Tomlin down for the rest of the year. Tomlin was placed on the disabled list near the end of August with a strained throwing elbow. The right-hander has made significant progress since, and even threw a successful…

  3. Ron Washington didn’t read “Moneyball” book, but “thought the movie was very good”

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

    Ron Washington press conference

    Ron Washington was the A’s third base coach during the Moneyball days, but told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that he stopped reading the book after the first chapter. However, the Rangers manager attended the movie’s premiere Monday night in Oakland and had a glowing review: “I thought the movie was very good. It brought…

  4. Debunking the “blame Theo” movement

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    I suppose that if the Rays keep losing and the Red Sox right the ship that everyone will quickly forget that we were all supposed to blame Theo Epstein for the Red Sox’ woes.  Hard to forget such a blitzkrieg of a meme, however, with so many people hitting on it all at once.  No,…

  5. Denard Span leading off for Twins in return from concussion

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Denard Span

    Denard Span is surprisingly leading off and playing center field for the Twins tonight in his first game action since August 13. Span suffered a concussion in a collision at the plate on June 3 and pushed himself to return two months later despite continuing to experience dizziness and other symptoms. He went 2-for-35 (.057)…

  6. The Yankees beat the Rays, clinch a playoff spot

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees - Game One

    For the Yankees, it’s 16 playoff appearances in 17 years. For the Rays: missed opportunities. For the Red Sox: some breathing room, at least for a bit.  The Yankees beat the Rays 4-2 in the front end of a double header today. The game was decided in the eighth when James Shields allowed a homer…

  7. Hunter Pence diagnosed with patella tendon strain, may play this weekend

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Milwaukee Brewers

    UPDATE: Pence may feel great, but an MRI exam revealed a strained patella tendon and he’s not in the lineup today.  According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com the team is hoping he can play at some point over the weekend. ========== Hunter Pence missed Game 2 of yesterday’s doubleheader after limping around with knee soreness…

  8. Chipper Jones to miss tonight’s game

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Atlanta Braves

    His belief that the Baseball Gods have forsaken the Braves and his losing a grounder in the lights on Monday notwithstanding, Chipper Jones has been really damn useful lately. In September he’s hitting .309/.372/.529 and has been one of the few bright spots for a skidding Braves team. This kid may make something of himself in…

  9. Royals designate Kila Ka’aihue for assignment

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    For years the Royals were unwilling to give Kila Ka’aihue an extended chance in the majors despite his strong minor-league production and then when they finally stuck him in the lineup he hit .216 in 52 games last season and .195 in 23 games this year. That’s hardly enough playing time to prove Ka’aihue can’t…

  10. What “Moneyball” really means

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Moneyball

    We’ve talked the “Moneyball” movie up to death. It’s a movie. It will bear some tangential resemblance to real events, but it’s there to entertain. Or not. It means very little to baseball other than for gossip purposes. But we still talk about the concept of “Moneyball” all the time.  And the thing is, most…

  11. Pirates get minor leaguer Eliecer Cardenas from Braves to complete Matt Diaz trade

    Sep 21, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Pirates Braves Trade

    Three weeks ago the Braves re-acquired outfielder Matt Diaz from the Pirates for a player to be named later and today Pittsburgh chose minor-league reliever Eliecer Cardenas to complete the deal. Cardenas was in the Twins’ farm system until this year, when the Braves picked him in the minor-league phase of the Rule 5 draft.…

  12. HBT Extra: The NL Wild Card and the Baseball Gods

    Sep 21, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    We probably skip too many days to really call it HBT Daily. So let’s call it extra today. Anyway, Tiffany and I talk NL Wild Card

  13. Ozzie Guillen said some Ozzie Guillen-type things in Esquire

    Sep 21, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Esquire magazine has a regular feature called “What I’ve Learned” in which they ask people for words of wisdom and their latest subject is White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who predictably provided plenty of amusing quotes. For instance, about his wife: What attracted me to my wife is she’s hot. She’s also nice, she’s a…

  14. The Columbus Clippers won the triple-A championship last night

    Sep 21, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    ABQ stadium

    We set it up here yesterday. The game went down last night. Columbus beat Omaha 8-3 for the triple-A championship. Joe Martinez was the MVP after pitching seven strong innings. He’s 28 and has 49.2 major league innings under his belt. He has 820 in the minors while playing in three organizations, mostly the Giants.…

  15. A’s announce three-year extension with manager Bob Melvin

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    Confirming a move that was reported yesterday, the A’s have officially announced a three-year contract extension with Bob Melvin, who took over as interim manager when Bob Geren was fired in early June. Oakland has gone 42-49 (.462) under Melvin, who previously managed the Mariners and Diamondbacks to losing records. Geren had a 334-376 (.470)…

  16. So those great 1990s Braves teams were doctoring baseballs? Awesome!

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    leo mazzone braves phone

    Maybe this is fun, b.s. banter. Maybe there’s truth to it. Maybe everyone did it. Maybe only the Braves did.  But former Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone was on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio with Evan Cohen and former Mets GM Steve Phillips today, and he seemed t admit that the Braves — or at least John…

  17. Pirates sending No. 1 pick Gerrit Cole to Arizona Fall League

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole didn’t sign with Pittsburgh until just before the August 16 deadline and won’t make his official minor-league debut until next season, but the Pirates announced that the right-hander from UCLA will pitch in the Arizona Fall League next month. General manager Neal Huntington told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh…

  18. Tonight will be Michael Pineda’s last start

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    It’s been several months since people outside of the Pacific Northwest stopped paying attention to the really super rookie year Michael Pineda is having, but know that it has continued just fine.  And after tonight it ends. But it ends with an easy mark: the punchless Minnesota Twins. It’s been a great year for Pineda.…

  19. Mike Quade expects to be back as Cubs manager

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Mike Quade

    Aramis Ramirez is “ready to move on” from the Cubs, but Mike Quade said today that he expects to return as Chicago’s manager in 2012 despite a 68-87 record. Quade got the full-time job after taking over for Lou Piniella last season and going 24-13 down the stretch as interim manager, and he’s at least…

  20. Everything you ever wanted to know about ballplayer statues

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Kirby Puckett statue

    Statues of baseball players: they’re not just the place where you meet your buddy who has the extra ticket or a convenient location for the pigeons to poop. They’re actually becoming an increasingly popular fixture in ballparks, and the New York Times is on it.  (They’re always ON IT, actually). For reasons that I can’t quite explain,…

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