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  1. The latest t-shirt to capture some random baseball ephemera

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:53 AM EDT

    I mentioned recently that I am kind of fixated on t-shirts that memorialize the most temporary of baseball stories, quotes or happenings. The example I used was the “Laser Show” shirt. A few short years from now no one but hardcore baseball geeks are going to remember what that was all about. “Operation Shutdown” would…

  2. Cell phone-talkin' Yankees fan nailed in the face with a ball

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    The headline pretty much says it all. The video — for now anyway — can be seen at Deadspin. (UPDATE: if the Deadspin link disappears, try MLB.com). Wait for the slow-mo, which renders the fan’s divinely-deigned fate all the clearer.  Sadly, it doesn’t appear as though he’s talking on an iPhone, but let us not…

  3. Jamey Newberg responds to the revelation that he's paid by the Rangers

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    This follows this morning’s earlier post about the Rangers financial disclosures. Those disclosures revealed that Jamey Newberg has been paid some $27K in the past year by the Rangers, who he covers in his blog, The Newberg Report. You should read Newberg’s entire statement in the second half of this post, but for those too…

  4. The Rays designate Hank Blalock for assignment

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    The Rays cut Pat Burrell to bring up Hank Blalock and now they’ve DFA’d Blalock to make room for Gabe Kapler. John Jaha, Dante Bichette and Jeff Conine: call your agents. Not that Blalock needed to hang around. He hit .254/.319/.349 in limited play for the Rays team that desperately needs to find some offense.

  5. Manny hurts his hammy, gives Kemp a chance to play

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez is day-to-day with a strained right hamstring. He suffered the injury while running the bases in the first inning of last night’s game against the Giants.  The benched Matt Kemp came into the game to replace him and hit the ball all over the place.  Now Joe Torre is going to have to…

  6. Quote of the Day: Lenny Dykstra on steroids

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:09 AM EDT

    Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

  7. Let's take a peek inside the Rangers finances

    Jun 30, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Just like the divorce case in Los Angeles, the bankruptcy case in Texas has given us the rare opportunity to take a look inside the usually secretive world of team finances.  A pretty full financial disclosure was released by the Rangers yesterday. Maury has the documents here. The sad news: no V-energy peddling gurus, diamond…

  8. The DEA is investigating the Padres' doctors over prescription drug policies

    Jun 30, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres team doctors — as well as team doctors for the San Diego Chargers — are under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency over the “correctness” of how they regulate prescription drugs, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. As part of this investigation, the DEA served 10 warrants on various team offices and facilities…

  9. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:44 AM EDT

    Today’s ATH name-checks LeBron James, Ozzie Virgil and my wife, but it’s not as exciting as all that sounds.

  10. Jocketty happy with Aroldis Chapman's progress as a reliever

    Jun 29, 2010, 9:02 PM EDT

    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that he is pleased with Aroldis Chapman’s transition to the bullpen. “Excellent,” GM Walt Jocketty said when asked how Chapman was doing as a reliever. “His last time out [on Saturday], he pitched one inning and faced two left-handed hitters and struck them out. He…

  11. Braves promote left-hander Mike Minor to Triple-A

    Jun 29, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Mike Minor, the seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Vanderbilt, was moved up to Triple-A Gwinnett after Monday’s game. Many questioned the Braves’ pick of Minor given the team’s usual preference for upside high in the draft and Minor’s apparent lack thereof. The 22-year-old Minor, though, struck out 109 batters in 87…

  12. Edwin Rodriguez to remain Marlins manager for rest of season

    Jun 29, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    Well, this is pretty anticlimactic. Sources tell Buster Olney of ESPN.com that after all the speculation, Edwin Rodriguez will remain the Marlins manager for the rest of the 2010 season. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria informed the team of the organization’s decision before Tuesday’s game against the Mets.…

  13. Mets youngster Jenrry Mejia goes on minor league DL

    Jun 29, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    The Binghamton Mets announced Tuesday that Jenrry Mejia has been placed on the seven-day disabled list with the posterior rotator cuff strain he suffered during his start Sunday. The 20-year-old Mejia, whose name has come up in trade rumors involving Seattle’s Cliff Lee and Houston’s Roy Oswalt, was making his second Double-A start since being…

  14. How the Phillies and GM Ruben Amaro blew it over the winter

    Jun 29, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    OK, yeah, they should have kept Cliff Lee, too. But this is about the offense. The Phillies have received excellent work from Roy Halladay, yet nearly halfway through 2010, they’re a mere six games over .500 and in third place in the NL East. The postseason is still very much within reach, yet the road…

  15. Oliver Perez has a change of heart: will pitch in the minors

    Jun 29, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    It’s not an official demotion — remember, Ollie was “injured” — but Andy Martino reports that Perez has given his consent to the Mets, as he must, to begin a rehab assignment in the minors. He starts tomorrow for St. Lucie. I’d chalk Perez’s change of heart up to reality — in the form of…

  16. The Mets "aren't a serious player" for Roy Oswalt

    Jun 29, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    In light of Polanco and Utley getting sent to the DL, I was actually kind of worried that if the Mets traded for Cliff Lee, half of Philadelphia would commit suicide.  It’s after five, though, and Lee is set to start tonight so I’m guessing it won’t happen because no one ever works late in…

  17. Edwin Jackson will get two extra days of rest before next start

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    As expected, the Diamondbacks announced that Edwin Jackson’s next start will be pushed back two days after he threw 149 pitches in Friday’s no-hitter against the Rays. Jackson has said that his arm feels fine following the massive workload, but instead of pitching tomorrow against the Cardinals he’ll start Friday versus the Dodgers in Arizona.…

  18. Quote of the Day: Yankees President on Jeter and Rivera's contract status

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    You’ll be shocked to learn that the Yankees think Jeter and Rivera will be back with the Yankees next year.

  19. Randy Winn gives Mark Reynolds an alley-oop homer

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    What with the late start to the day due to the gremlins in the HBT engine, I neglected my usual morning practice of perusing video highlights from the previous night’s games, instead relying on the box scores.  As a result, I missed a nice one: Randy Winn giving the old alley-oop treatment to what should…

  20. Cardinals place rookie David Freese on the disabled list

    Jun 29, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    David Freese has been playing through a sprained ankle for the past several weeks, but after giving him Monday off the Cardinals placed him on the disabled list today. Handed the starting job at third base after putting up strong numbers in the minors, the 27-year-old rookie hit .296 with a .361 on-base percentage and…

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