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  1. HBT Daily: Taking your Twitter questions

    Jul 14, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson and french fries on sandwiches? Yes please.

  2. J.C. Romero released by Nationals, signs with Yankees

    Jul 14, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    Last night Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported that J.C. Romero wanted to be let out of his minor-league contract with the Nationals to sign a similar deal with the Yankees and sure enough that’s exactly what happened today. Washington released Romero and within minutes New York signed him, and according to Olney he’ll be available…

  3. A’s starter Brett Anderson undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Jul 14, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    Brett Anderson

    Brett Anderson was placed on the disabled list with a sore elbow in early June and Dr. James Andrews later advised him to rest for at least six weeks, which at the time indicated he wouldn’t need to go under the knife. Unfortunately the time off must not have done much for Anderson’s elbow, as…

  4. Mistrial declared in Roger Clemens case

    Jul 14, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    UPDATE: On day two of what was supposed to be a long, arduous criminal trial of Roger Clemens, the judge has declared a mistrial. It’s over. For now anyway.  A hearing has been set for September 2nd when the entirety of the case will be revisited, but now everyone goes home. The judge was plain…

  5. Padres GM on chances of trading Heath Bell: “At this point right now I’m not certain”

    Jul 14, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Padres pitcher Bell is congratulated by teammate and catcher Torrealba after the Padres defeated the Giants during their MLB baseball  game in San Francisco

    Padres general manager Jed Hoyer did a radio interview with XX-1090 in San Diego yesterday and had an interesting response to a direct question about whether he’s going to trade closer Heath Bell, saying: “At this point right now, I’m not certain.” Hoyer also explained that ownership has not told him to trade Bell and…

  6. Did Francisco Rodriguez’s old agent really mess up? Or is this just classic Scott Boras?

    Jul 14, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Last week Francisco Rodriguez switched agents, going from Paul Kinzer to Scott Boras, and a few days later he was traded to the Brewers.  Today David Waldstein has a report in the New York Times in which he says that Kinzer never submitted a no-trade list to the Mets, with the suggestion that (a) Kinzer screwed up; and (b)…

  7. David Wright aiming to come off disabled list next Friday

    Jul 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    David Wright

    David Wright is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tomorrow and general manager Sandy Alderson revealed that the Mets are aiming to activate him from the disabled list next Friday. Previously manager Terry Collins indicated that Wright would need 30-40 at-bats in the minors before returning, but the timetable laid out by Alderson would…

  8. Marlins looking to trade closer Leo Nunez

    Jul 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Leo Nunez celebrates

    In previewing what awaits the Marlins in the second half Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel writes that there’s “a good chance” closer Leo Nunez “is dealt before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.” Rodriguez notes that Nunez has one more season of arbitration eligibility, but “it’s doubtful the Marlins will absorb his…

  9. Who had the more impressive streak: Joe DiMaggio or Ted Williams?

    Jul 14, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Ted Williams

    Oh, you didn’t know that Teddy Ballgame had a big streak of his own?  He did: he reached base in 84 straight games in 1949.  Cam Martin has the story over at The Post Game, and makes the case that we should really be thinking about Williams’ streak like we think about DiMaggio’s. Of course…

  10. Alderson: wins and losses will dictate what we do with Beltran

    Jul 14, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    While there are a lot of reasons why it makes sense for the Mets to trade Carlos Beltran, Sandy Alderson said yesterday that his trade is not a fait accompli.  Rather, how the team plays in the next couple of weeks leading to the trading deadline will be the determining factor. Hmm. I wonder if…

  11. Terry Francona nails the central problem with the All-Star Game

    Jul 14, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Oakland Athletics

    The beauty of job security: you can tell the truth from time to time.  Here’s Terry Francona, pretty much hitting the nail on the head: “Maybe the significance of this game has run its course … I know what they were trying to do with the game, and I think they accomplished it, but maybe…

  12. The push for a new Dodger Stadium makes no sense whatsoever

    Jul 14, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    So I read Matthew’s post on Major League Baseball exploring the possibility of a new downtown stadium for the Los Angeles Dodgers. And as I read it I had one of those strange quasi-out-of-body experiences in which you look around and then slap yourself and try to make sure you’re not dreaming. First thought: this…

  13. And That Happened: Classic!

    Jul 14, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Ruth Called Shot Baseball

    The only baseball recap containing references to the Bonus Army, Prohibition and Hoovernomics you’ll read today, guaranteed.

  14. J.C. Romero may bolt Nationals to sign with Yankees

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

    romero wide pose getty

    Veteran left-hander J.C. Romero signed a minor league contract with the Nationals at the end of June. Since then, he’s registered cool a 1.29 ERA in five relief appearances at Triple-A Syracuse, allowing only one earned run in seven innings. He wants that impressive two-week stretch rewarded by the Nats’ front office. And soon. According…

  15. Tackling the trade deadline: Atlanta Braves

    Jul 13, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth, Jordan Schafer

    Atlanta Braves First-half record: 54-38 Standings: trail Phillies by 3 1/2 games in NL East, 5 up in wild card Needs Outfield: Jordan Schafer has had his moments, but he also has a .599 OPS in 169 at-bats while filling in for Nate McLouth and Martin Prado.  The Braves offense is fine when everyone is healthy…

  16. Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies on Joakim Soria’s no-trade list

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:57 PM EDT

    soria getty wide

    Royals closer Joakim Soria is under contract through 2014 at a rather affordable rate and the Royals haven’t so much as hinted at a desire to move him, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be hearing his name involved in trade rumors over the next few weeks. Crazy season is officially upon us. With so…

  17. The world will not end if Francisco Rodriguez’s option vests

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    We’ve all known for over a year now that the Mets weren’t going to want to be on the hook for Francisco Rodriguez‘s $17.5 million option for 2012.  They would have given him away to be out from under it.  As is, they had to pay the Brewers almost $6 million just to get a couple of…

  18. Carlos Gonzalez to sit out first game after All-Star break

    Jul 13, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

    cargo getty

    Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez suffered a deep bone bruise in his right wrist nearly two weeks ago when he crashed into the center field wall at Coors Field while making a highlight reel catch. Gonzalez was able to avoid the disabled list and remains active here in mid-July, but the 25-year-old has already been ruled…

  19. Report: MLB explores possibility of new ballpark for Dodgers

    Jul 13, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    SPORTSbyBROOKS has been told by multiple sources that MLB has reached out to AEG to inquire about the feasibility of building a new ballpark in downtown Los Angeles for the Dodgers. AEG is the owner of the Staples Center, home of the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers, in downtown L.A. and has already proposed to the city a plan to…

  20. Report: Cardinals covet Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson

    Jul 13, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    Jeremy Hellickson

    There’s been some speculation that the Rays would make a run at Colby Rasmus should the Cardinals make their center fielder available.  Now we know whom the Cardinals would ask for in return.  According to the Post-Dispatch’s Joe Strauss, Jeremy Hellickson is the pitcher the team most covets in any potential deal. And for good…

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