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  1. Frank McCourt goes on the offensive

    Jul 5, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Frank McCourt and the Dodgers filed a motion in the bankruptcy case in which they accuse Major League Baseball of singling out the Dodgers for rough treatment while treating other teams with financial problems “with a velvet glove,” thereby pushing the Dodgers to the financial brink. They also accuse the league of holding out on…

  2. Torn labrum finally sends Luke Scott to DL, surgery possible

    Jul 5, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    Scott_Luke

    Luke Scott has played through a torn shoulder labrum for much of the season, with horrible results, and now the Orioles have finally decided to shut him down. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Scott will be placed on the disabled list after hitting just .223 with a .712 OPS that’s 135 points…

  3. Interleague attendance is spectacular, announces MLB PR apparatus

    Jul 5, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    interleague play logo

    It’s been a very press-releasy day at MLB. Just got another one touting interlague play: Major League Baseball drew 8,468,620 fans during Interleague games this season for an average of 33,606 per game. The 2011 Interleague average is 18.2 percent higher than this season’s current intraleague average of 28,421 per game. Since its inception in 1997, Interleague…

  4. HBT Daily: Two All-Star Game haters talk about the All-Star Game

    Jul 5, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Gleeman and I try to get excited about an All-Star Game that has become increasingly un-exciting over the years.

  5. Ted Lilly’s sore left elbow has “been off and on for a while”

    Jul 5, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Ted Lilly

    Ted Lilly has allowed six runs in each of his last three starts and had his next turn in the rotation pushed back a day because of what Ken Gurnick of MLB.com calls “a tender left elbow.” And even while trying to downplay the injury’s impact on his recent performance Lilly told Gurnick that his…

  6. World’s longest-ever documentary to be produced

    Jul 5, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Yankees Rangers Baseball

    I didn’t wake up this morning with the intent of taking cheap shots at Derek Jeter, but sometimes the fates just set you up for that kind of thing. Straight from the MLB PR department: HBO and Major League Baseball Productions are teaming up for a new documentary chronicling New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter’s…

  7. Injured, slumping Placido Polanco will play in All-Star game

    Jul 5, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    polanco fist bump

    Placido Polanco has slumped horribly following a great first month, hitting just .219 with a .541 OPS in 56 games since May 1, and admitted yesterday that he’s struggled to play through a back injury that has led to leg numbness and “doesn’t feel right.” The injury and two-month slump didn’t keep him from being…

  8. Pettitte, Knoblauch testimony likely to be tossed from Clemens case

    Jul 5, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens closeup head

    It’s unclear if Andy Pettitte and Chuck Knoblauch will be completely eliminated from the Roger Clemens trial, but the judge ruled this morning that they will not be permitted to testify about Brian McNamee providing them performance enhancing drugs as a means of establishing that, yes, it may be likely that Clemens got some too.…

  9. Don’t count on Eduardo Nunez becoming the next great Yankees shortstop

    Jul 5, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    eduardo-nunez-yankees

    A funny thing happened while Derek Jeter was on the disabled list with a calf injury, as the Yankees went 14-4 without him in the lineup and fill-in shortstop Eduardo Nunez hit .339 with a .906 OPS. Jeter’s ongoing decline combined with Nunez’s impressive work in his absence has an awful lot of Yankees fans…

  10. Shane Victorino leaves Phillies to have thumb examined

    Jul 5, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Injuries continue to pile up for the Phillies, as Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that center fielder Shane Victorino has left the team in Florida and traveled back to Philadelphia to have his thumb examined by a hand specialist. Victorino injured his thumb Sunday and missed yesterday’s game while wearing a protective sleeve, with Michael…

  11. Rosenthal reports on the state of the Astros

    Jul 5, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Astros logo

    Ken Rosenthal has a good piece up this morning about the state-of-the-Astros. Specifically, where they stand on the ownership transfer. The short version: Jim Crane is on track for approval, but it may not come before the trade deadline at the end of the month. Which leads to an interesting discussion of how much say an…

  12. Mike Stanton to see specialist for blurred vision that’s “like looking through something hazy”

    Jul 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    stanton swing

    Mike Stanton hasn’t homered since June 11, which is the longest drought of the slugger’s young career, and Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Stanton will see a specialist tomorrow regarding blurred vision stemming from an eye infection. Stanton missed three games because of the infection last month and told Spencer that he’s…

  13. John Farrell had his jaw knocked out of place by Jon Rauch

    Jul 5, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    John Farrell, J.P. Arencibia, Jon Rauch, Alfonso Marquez

    Remember that ugly bit of ugliness involving  Jon Rauch over the weekend? In which his manager, John Farrell, had to come out and hold him back from killing home plate umpire  Alfonso Marquez, ripping Rauch’s jersey off in the process?  Yeah, well, Farrell got the worst of it: When asked Monday how he didn’t pull…

  14. Ryan Madson won’t be back before the All-Star break

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Brian Schneider, Ryan Madson

    When the Phillies placed Ryan Madson on the disabled list they downplayed the severity of his hand injury, but yesterday the team officially ruled out his returning before the All-Star break. Madson last pitched on June 18, so he’s already eligible to come off the DL, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that “he only…

  15. One of the better “how to fix the All-Star Game” stories you’ll read

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks - All Star Game 2011 - Logo

    “How to fix the All-Star Game” stories run pretty thick this time of year. Everyone looks at the rosters and, more significantly, looks at all of the fill-ins and beg-outs after the rosters are announced and realizes that there has to be a better way to run a railroad. I’m sort of blah about it…

  16. Are the Braves riding dominant duo of Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel into the ground?

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    venters and kimbrel

    Now that we’ve passed the midway point of the season I thought it would be interesting to examine reliever workloads to see which pitchers have been ridden the hardest in the first half. Atlanta’s late-inning duo of lefty setup man Jonny Venters and righty closer Craig Kimbrel has been incredibly dominant, combining for 2.01 ERA…

  17. Jon Garland’s season is probably over

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    We heard a week or two ago that Jon Garland is worried about his career in light of his shoulder problems.  That may have just been some understandable fretting. It’s hard to say.  But people are now saying that, at the very least, Garland’s 2011 season could be history. Specifically, Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com, who was…

  18. Major League Baseball is very optimistic about Derek Jeter’s 3000th hit

    Jul 5, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Oakland Athletics

    As we witnessed home run records being demolished starting in the late 90s, we also witnessed ugly scrums in the outfield seats as fans fought — literally fought — one another to snag a baseball that could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars at an auction. Realizing the lengths to which people would go to…

  19. Mariano Rivera has a sore triceps

    Jul 5, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Who will bridge the gap to Mo?

    A sore triceps muscle is normally not all that newsworthy because, really, simply opening a stubborn pickle jar and give a guy a sore triceps muscle. But when that guy is someone as bulletproof and essential as Mariano Rivera, it is at least worthy of mention. A sore triceps kept Rivera out of yesterday’s game…

  20. Dontrelle Willis is in the best shape of his life

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    dontrelle-willis-reds-spring

    Boy, it’s a rare treat to get a BSOHL story in July, but we have one! It’s Dontrelle Willis, who was scratched from his start down at AAA Louisville yesterday. The speculation was that he was going to get called up to Cincinnati to fill in for Bronson Arroyo, who was complaining of dizziness, but…

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