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  1. About Joe Buck’s voice

    Aug 29, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Joe Buck

    People have noticed Joe Buck’s obviously weakened voice since the beginning of the season. As it was revealed last month, he’s the victim of a virus that has affected a nerve in his throat, and in turn, his vocal cords.  It’s killing his high register — wasn’t aware he had one, but hey, you learn…

  2. Derek Jeter ties passes Mickey Mantle for most games played as a Yankee

    Aug 29, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    UPDATE: I screwed up: Jeter passed Mantle in yesterday’s game. He tied Mantle on Friday. Derek Jeter played in the front end of yesterday’s Yankees-Orioles doubleheader. In doing so he played his 2,402nd game as a Yankee. That put him past Mickey Mantle on the all-time Yankees games-played list. Only 22 men* have appeared in…

  3. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Aug 29, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Bogart Madre

    I saw “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” on a big screen yesterday. Part of some western retrospective at the local quasi-art house theater. Never mind that “Madre” is more of a noir than a western. There are horses, guns and dirt in it, so that works. Either way, it was easily the best Sunday afternoon…

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

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:35 AM EDT

    David Price

    Rays 12, Blue Jays 0: David Price was dominant, punching out 14 Blue Jays. Not literally. If he actually punched them out he would probably have been arrested. Rangers 9, Angels 5: Josh Hamilton and Elvis Andrus combined to go 6 for 9 with five driven in. Jered Weaver hung tough for a while on…

  5. Tigers to give Jacob Turner another look Thursday

    Aug 28, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Jacob Turner

    Wanting to give Cy Young favorite Justin Verlander an extra day off before his next start, the Tigers have decided to call up top prospect Jacob Turner to make his second big-league start Thursday against the Royals. Turner made his major league debut July 30, allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings in a loss…

  6. Andre Ethier meets with Dodgers management after L.A. Times column

    Aug 28, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Andre Ethier

    T.J. Simers’ Sunday column in the Los Angeles Times, which highlighted Andre Ethier‘s struggles as he plays on a sore right knee that will require offseason surgery, created a stir in the Dodgers clubhouse and led to a meeting this afternoon between Ethier, GM Ned Colletti and manager Don Mattingly. Ethier, who has been playing regularly while…

  7. David Price strikes out franchise-high 14 batters for Rays

    Aug 28, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

    David Price

    David Price fanned 14 batters in seven innings and combined with two relievers on a shutout as the Rays beat the Blue Jays 12-0 on Sunday. Price topped the Rays record of 13 strikeouts in a game, set by Scott Kazmir and later matched by James Shields.  The pitching staff as a whole fanned 18 batters…

  8. Nationals’ Jordan Zimmermann ends season with 3.18 ERA

    Aug 28, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

    zimmermann getty

    Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann spent most of the 2010 season recovering from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, so he tallied only 70 2/3 innings between the minor and major leagues. Because of that low innings total, the talented 25-year-old right-hander entered the 2011 campaign with a loosely-defined innings limit. And he reached it on Sunday…

  9. Dayan Viciedo making 2011 MLB debut Sunday vs. Mariners

    Aug 28, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    viciedo swings getty

    Dayan Viciedo was officially promoted to the major leagues on Saturday, but he didn’t play in last night’s game because of the grueling cross-country flight from Triple-A Charlotte to big-league Seattle. Rested and ready, he’s in the White Sox starting lineup on Sunday afternoon, batting sixth and playing right field against the Mariners in what…

  10. Hanley Ramirez on track to return to Marlins Wednesday

    Aug 28, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez is 3-for-7 with a triple since beginning a minor league rehab assignment Friday night with Single-A Jupiter. If the production continues and he’s able to avoid setbacks, the 27-year-old will return to the major league lineup Wednesday against the Mets. This according to MLB.com’s Christina De Nicola, who spoke directly with…

  11. Showalter fires back at Yankees’ scheduling complaints

    Aug 28, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    showalter ap

    As D.J. Short noted yesterday, the Yankees were quite upset about the way the Orioles handled the rescheduling of games this weekend in the days before and after the arrival of Hurricane Irene. Instead of trying to fit in a split-doubleheader on Friday, when Baltimore was dry and Irene was still a few hundred miles…

  12. Shin-Soo Choo out a few days due to sore left side

    Aug 28, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    choo ap

    Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo missed a bit of time last week due to general discomfort on the left side of his body. That discomfort has now reemerged. According to Zack Meisel of MLB.com, Choo was pulled in the fifth inning of Saturday’s 8-7 victory over the Royals and is likely to sit out a few…

  13. Marlins still hoping Josh Johnson ready by late September

    Aug 28, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    From Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald comes word that the Marlins are still optimistic that ace right-hander Josh Johnson will be able to return for one or two starts in late September. Johnson has been on the disabled list since the middle of May with inflammation in his shoulder. Tests have ruled out structural…

  14. Michael Brantley won’t return this season

    Aug 28, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Texas Rangers

    Michael Brantley landed on the 15-day disabled list last week with inflammation in his right wrist. It seemed like a fairly minor situation at the time, but only because we didn’t have all the information. According to the Indians’ official Twitter feed, Brantley was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Sunday morning following further…

  15. Picture of the Day: Brian Wilson high-fiving runners

    Aug 28, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

    Giants closer Brian Wilson offered his support Saturday to runners participating in San Francisco’s “Giant Race,” which plays host to a 5K, a 10K and a half-marathon. Twitter user Nathan Brown snapped this shot:

  16. Jose Reyes goes 2-for-5 in final minor league rehab game

    Aug 28, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    reyes getty

    Mets shortstop Jose Reyes has been cleared to return from the 15-day disabled list Monday after wrapping up a short minor league rehab assignment Saturday night at Double-A Binghamton with a 2-for-5 performance. This according to Adam Rubin, beat writer for ESPN New York. Reyes came around to score each time he reached base and…

  17. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Aug 28, 2011, 8:21 AM EDT

    kemp walkoff

    It’s August 28. On this date in baseball history, Dodgers president Branch Rickey met with Jackie Robinson for the first time to discuss his plans to integrate the major leagues (1945), Ryne Sandberg became the first second baseman to hit 30 home runs in consecutive seasons as the Cubs topped the Astros (1990), and a 20-year-old…

  18. Man knocked unconscious in stairwell fall at Rangers Ballpark

    Aug 28, 2011, 3:04 AM EDT

    Rangers Barllpark Stairwell

    Seven weeks after Shannon Stone was killed while tumbling over a railing at Rangers Ballpark, tragedy nearly struck again. The Associated Press reports that a 24-year-old man was knocked unconscious after falling 21 feet in a stairwell while leaving the stadium.  Police are investigating the incident as an accident. “It doesn’t appear that there’s any foul…

  19. Carlos Gonzalez is hotter than the sun

    Aug 27, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Carlos Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 14 games in the first inning Saturday and then just kept going, finishing 4-for-6 with two bunt singles and a pair of RBI in a 7-6 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday. Despite spending the first five days of August on the DL finishing his recovery from a wrist…

  20. Stephen Strasburg shines in fifth minor league rehab start

    Aug 27, 2011, 9:29 PM EDT

    strasburg poses getty

    Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg took a big step in the right direction Saturday night at Triple-A Syracuse, hurling five impressive innings of one-run ball in his fifth minor league rehab start. Strasburg was perfect through five innings before allowing two singles to open the sixth. He was then pulled, and one of those runners later…

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